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What: It's an event that only the zaniest of French-Canadian Edmontonian minds could dream up: citizens take to the woods of Mill Creek Ravine en masse at night in mid-February to celebrate culture and creativity. A full list of activities and events is listed here, but here are a couple of highlights from this year's festival:
- Illuminated Trails: Lighting designer Dylan Toymaker (the artist behind the lights along the Freezeway) turns the woods in to a magical winter wonderland.
- Brite Lite Winter Nite Bike Ride: Riders of all skill levels are invited to take place in the night ride, which will wind through the river valley on Saturday night starting at 6 p.m.
- Winterus Maximus: It's like an ancient chariot race, but with snow and cycles. The sport makes its Edmonton debut on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
When? Feb. 5 and Feb. 6 from 6 p.m. to midnight
What: So you've already got evening plans this weekend, but still want to get outside for a bit and take advantage of the glorious winter weather? Here's a roundup of other outdoorsy things you can check out:
- Go skate at Elk Island National Park: The park offers a long list of winter-friendly activities to match any interest or skill level, including skating, geo-caching, cross-country skiing and wildlife photography.
- Sip & Slide Sundays: Head to Rundle Park, Jackie Parker Park or Gallagher Park this Sunday for an afternoon of sledding and free hot drinks.
- Visit the Ice Castle: It's been around for a while now, so the crowds may have died down a bit, although this weekend's fair forecast may mean it's a bit slushy.
- Skate the Freezeway: The lit-up ice trail, which loops off from the Victoria Park rink, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Hypothermic ½ Marathon: What warms you up better than running 21 kilometres through the snow?
What: Now, for something completely different. Looking to liven up your weekend in a loud, dusty, adrenaline-inducing way? I have two words for you: Monster Jam. There are three separate shows slated to happen this weekend at Rexall, and they'll look something like this: (Warning: you may want to turn down your volume a bit before playing this video)
When? Feb. 6 and Feb. 7
What: Edmontonians are invited to join AGA curator Kristy Trinier at Enterprise Square on Saturday afternoon on a tour of creativity and collaboration around several of the city's galleries and artist centres. Tickets cost $15 and are available here.
When? Feb. 6 at 12 p.m.
What: Your musical roundup for the week:
- Curtains: A "musical comedy whodunit" staged by MacEwan University's Faculty of Fine Arts. Shows run from Feb. 3 to Feb. 13.
- The King's Singers: You don't earn that title without being very, very good. The world-renowned sextet will perform a repertoire of their favourite numbers at MacDougall United Church on Sunday night.
- Corb Lund & Daniel Romano: Homegrown talent Corb Lund is touring to promote his newest album, Things That Can't Be Undone. He'll perform at the Jubilee on Saturday night.
- Jeff Lang: Often touted as Australia's best blues guitarist, Lang takes the stage at Festival Place on Friday night.
- Moon vs. Sun: Want to relive those heady days of the mid-to-late 90s, when Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviasuk were Canada's indisputable music power couple (we won't speak of the more recent iteration of the phenomenon). You'll want to get tickets to this.
Odds and ends
- Bonnie Doon Centre is celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You'll be in for games, dragon and lion dances, face painting and more.
- Join a theatre full of cult movie fans/deriders and gleefully throw plastic cutlery in the air at Saturday's monthly screening of The Room at Metro Cinema.