CBC's Night at the Needle event has been cancelled because of the acts of suspected terrorism in Edmonton late Saturday.

The Night at the Needle was a live event planned for Monday evening. It was set to tackle some of the municipal issues facing the city's downtown such as homelessness, transportation and crime.

"In light of last night's suspected terrorist attack, we have made the difficult decision to cancel CBC's Night at the Needle event," Chuck Thompson, head of public affairs with CBC English Services, said in a statement.

"We fully acknowledge some will feel we should have gone ahead with the event but after carefully considering all of the factors, we feel we've made the right decision.

"In the coming weeks and on all of our platforms, we will continue to offer coverage and opportunities for Edmontonians to engage on the issues facing our downtown.

"Our hearts go out to the individuals and their families whose lives were affected by this tragic event." 

The event at the Garneau Theatre on Oct. 16 will move ahead as planned.

Election Night at the Garneau Theatre

Join Edmonton AM's Mark Connolly and Garrette McGowan as they host an election-night extravaganza at the Garneau Theatre. CBC reporters will be at the Garneau and in the field reporting live as the results come in.

We'll also have political scientist John Brennan, Equal Voice chair Lana Cuthbertson and writer Omar Mouallem weighing in on the important issues that matter to Edmontonians.

John Brennan is a political scientist who has served as a strategic advisor to two Edmonton mayors, Don Iveson and Jan Reimer. John has been a participant and an observer of politics in Edmonton for more than 30 years.

Lana Cuthbertson is the chair of the Alberta North chapter of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization that advocates for the election of more women to political offices in Canada at all levels of government. 

Omar Mouallem is a National Magazine Award winning writer. He's contributed to The Guardian and NewYorker.com, co-authored the bestselling book Inside the Inferno about the Fort McMurray wildfires and was the founding editor of The Yards magazine.

The evening includes a trivia game show, a special performance from Rapid Fire Theatre, giveaways and more. Mac's Burger Shack will also be on site!
Schedule of events:

  • 7 - 7:30 p.m.: live music and FREE popcorn.
  • 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.: exclusive entertainment. You can be part of Mark and Garrette's trivia game show and win big prizes!
  • 8:30 - 10 p.m.: live election coverage begins the moment the polls close. Reporters all over the city will bring us the latest developments.

Click here to reserve your free tickets.

Can't make it in person? We'll be broadcasting the live election coverage, and taking your questions and comments, on our Facebook page, from 8:30 - 10 p.m.

  • What: Election Night at the Garneau
  • When: Monday, October 16, 7 -10 p.m.
  • Where: The Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 St.

Can't make these events in person? We'll be broadcasting live, and taking your questions and comments, on our Facebook page.

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