5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

This weekend is all about music in Edmonton, with shows of every type, size and venue for you to explore.

Music, music, music and munchies

Toronto-based folk trio The Good Lovelies will play in Spruce Grove Saturday night. (Supplied)

This weekend is all about music in Edmonton, with shows of every type, size and venue for you to explore.


What: Be a Super Trouper, embrace your inner Dancing Queen and Take a Chance on Mamma Mia this weekend. The immensely popular Broadway show is at the Jubilee for a limited five-night run, meaning tickets will go fast so lay down down your Money, Money, Money because The Winner Takes it All. But seriously, this show is very popular, grossing over $2 billion in ticket sales since its 1999 debut. Tickets are available here.

When? Shows nightly at 8 p.m. through to April 27; 2 p.m. matinees on April 26 and 27

Bright Lights

Ellie Goulding, seen here performing at Coachella, will play the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on Sunday night. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press)

What: British indie pop/synthpop/folktronica sweetheart Ellie Goulding is playing the Shaw Conference Centre this weekend. While the award-winning singer has recently been making headlines for her musical ties to teen-friendly fare like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Divergent, she has steadily been building a name for herself in the electronic dance music scene since 2009, performing along with the likes of Passion Pit and Little Boots. And if that isn’t enough for you, she also sang “Your Song” at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as the couple had their first dance.

When? April 27 at 7 p.m.

Woman (and man) in song

What: If you’d prefer to forego the glitz and crowds, there are a couple of smaller-venue shows happening this city that are sure to be worthwhile:

  • Fans of Deep Dark Woods can check out the solo offshoot of lead guitarist Clayton Linthicum (paired with Kacy Anderson) at the Empress at 4 p.m. on April 26.
  • Folk favourites and Interstellar Rodeo alumni (and 2012 Juno nominees) The Good Lovelies will take to Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove April 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The ‘Queen of the Swamp Blues’ (and another former Folk Fest-er) Kat Danser will give an intimate show at the Blue Chair Cafe Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Check your records

What:  If you’re more into listening to your tunes at home, vinyl enthusiasts will gather at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 - 113th Street) on Sunday for the Edmonton Music Collectors Show. The trade-in and sale is northern Alberta’s largest celebration of rare, vintage and collectible vinyl, memorabilia, sheet music and “all things music-inspired.” Admission is $10.

When? April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be demonstrations, tutorials and tasty treats at NAIT all day Saturday as part of Eat Alberta. (Facebook/Eat Alberta)

And now for something completely different

What: Finally – just to give you a single, non-musical option for your weekend – here’s something you can really sink your teeth into. Back for its fourth year, Eat Alberta gives you the opportunity to meet local food advocates, farmers and chefs, take part in tasting sessions and pick up some new kitchen tricks from the most epicurious of Edmontonians at the NAIT campus. Tickets cost $150.

When? April 26; a full schedule is available here


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