Are you ready to dive in — literally or metaphorically — to your weekend? Here's your cheat-sheet:
For your ears only
What: Let's start the weekend off in tune (see what I did there?). You have a lot of musical options available, but here are some of the highlights:
- Rufus Wainwright: The indie crooner performs at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on Thursday.
- Smokey Robinson: The Motown giant takes the stage at the River Cree Casino on Saturday
- Reuben and the Dark & Vance Joy: The Calgary band will team up with the Australian singer-songwriter for a show at the Jubilee on Saturday.
- Good Lovelies: The Folk Fest and Interstellar Rodeo staples play at The Citadel on Saturday.
- Fred Penner: The children's rock star is playing shows in Edmonton and Spruce Grove this weekend.
- Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats: They were a big hit at Folk Fest last summer and now they're back for a show at the Winspear on Monday night.
At the Expo Centre
What: There are two big events that will likely attract two very different crowds at Northlands this weekend:
- lululemon and ivivva warehouse sale: Buy all of the colourful, stretchy fabric of your dreams at the sale and then work out in it at the open hearts yoga party.
- The Motorcycle & ATV Show: More into motorcycles than moksha? Head next door for all the gear sales, demonstrations, motor madness and mayhem you can handle.
Embrace the cold
What: According to Environment Canada, it's going to be a chilly weekend in the city — but take a page from Queen Elsa's book and give these activities a try:
- World Snow Day at Snow Valley: Race your family and friends, get some terrain tips and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
- World Snow Day in Strathcona County: Enjoy the warmth of a free bonfire lunch before heading out on a trail walk with a biologist who will share the secrets of animal tracking. Then, strap on some skis or snowshoes for an outdoor adventure.
- Polar Plunge: In the words of the organizers — "Freeze 'em for a reason." Sunday's polar plunge at Summerside Lake will raise money for Alberta's 3,000 Special Olympics competitors. Edmonton AM's Garrette McGowan will be taking the polar plunge, too, if he can raise $2,500. To help out: Donate here
Celebrate the bard's birthday
What: Sure, it's a little early, but who doesn't love an afternoon of bagpipes, traditional dancing and haggis? Rutherford House is celebrating Robert Burns and his homeland on Sunday, so unleash your inner Scot.
When? Jan. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.
What: Yes, you read that right. Edmonton yogis can now follow in Vancouverites' footsteps and stretch alongside their feline friends at a special Cats on Your Mats yoga lesson taught at the Edmonton Humane Society. Learn more here.
When? Jan. 16 from 9 to 10 a.m.