It will be a musical weekend in the capital city, with symphonies, Sonic Boom and a new documentary about Edmonton's music scene.
Symphony under the stars
What: The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be playing a series of free outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown. The orchestra will perform a family-friendly set of Disney and classical pieces on Friday and Saturday night in Churchill Square, and then will be joined in concert by The McDades for a special performance at Kinsmen Park on Sunday night.
When? August 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.
What: If the symphony isn’t quite your speed, Sonic Boom is serving up an impressive lineup of talent at Northlands, including Jack White, Serena Ryder, STARS, Current Swell, Foster the People, the Arctic Monkeys, Tegan and Sara and The New Pornographers. Both weekend and single day passes are still available.
When? August 29 to 31
What: You may have already noticed the city has recently been inundated with very fit-looking folks from all over the world (I myself caught sight of a troupe of eerily tall and lean Swedes at Southgate the other day) … that’s right. It’s triathlon time. Edmonton is hosting the ITU World Triathlon Grand Finals this weekend, which will mean street closures but also plenty of bustle and jaw-dropping athletic spectacle. Although smaller-scale events have already been happening all week, the main events will take place Saturday through Monday.
When? Races and events through to September 1
When? August 30 to September 1
Sounds like Edmonton
What: While technically not a weekend event, the premiere showing of Evan van Ramshorst’s documentary “Sound of Edmonton” warrants an inclusion this week. The film, which will debut at the Artery (9535 Jasper Avenue) on Wednesday night, explores the city’s colourful music scene and the issues it faces. Local bands At Her Feet, Latcho Drum and I Am Machi will also be playing at the premiere.
When? September 3 at 7:30 p.m.