Ten to Do, Sept. 12 to 18
She’s got a decade’s worth of experience in the music business, which means that it’s time for Lissie to celebrate. The singer-songwriter has done so with her latest record, When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, an intimate reconfiguration of songs from her previous records, as well as covers by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Dixie Chicks. The Iowa resident is taking her show to the Starlite Room on Thursday night, with local chanteuse Rebecca Lappa opening.
When: Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
Where: Starlite Room, 10030 102 St.
Admission: $17.50 and up, available at the door or in advance from the Starlite website
It’s said that when a Leahy is born, a small golden fiddle is placed in their crib to imbue the child with magical musical skills. Actually, nobody ever said that except me, but the fact is that all eleven siblings from the Ontario-based family have taken part at one time or another in the family band, selling over half a million records of Celtic-folk and country in the process. Slimmed down to six they’re back in town for some step dancing, jigs, and roots rocking over at Festival Place on Thursday night.
When: Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park
Admission: $41 to $47, available at the Festival Place box office or in advance from the website
Check out workshops, culinary tours, author readings, and more at Dig In, St. Albert’s Food Festival. Taking place over a 7 day stretch in various city locales, the celebration of all things culinary includes a beef-and-brews dinner, a reading of Food Artisans of Alberta with authors Karen Anderson and Matilde Sanchez-Turri and fairy gardens and wine workshop. Check the website for more info.
When: Thursday, Sept. 12 to Wednesday, Sept. 18
Where: various venues
Admission: free to ticketed, available in advance from Eventbrite
Victoria-based Rae Spoon returns with their tenth and latest album, Mental Health. It’s a heavier-than-usual effort for the non-binary singer-songwriter, and an explicit exploration of depression and anxiety, albeit one with irresistible hooks. Opening is Wares.
When: Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Aviary, 9314 111 Ave.
Admission: $18 to $20, available at the door or ion advance from Yeglive
My Son the Hurricane, Moonchild, and Dragon Fli Empire are among the headliners at this year’s edition of Kaleidofest, taking place on 118th Ave. this weekend. That’s just the musical side of the festival, which also boasts kids’ activities, cultural showcases, workshops, art galleries, dance, and much more. Check the website for full details.
When: Friday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 15
Where: various venues
Chatterjee and Asokan
They’re musical powerhouses in their own right, but together they’re magical. Sitar master Purbayan Chatterjee and vocalist Gayatri Asokan are combining for an evening of Indian classical music at the Campus Saint-Jean as part of the Raga Mala music series. They’ll be accompanied by percussion prodigy Ojas Adhiya.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Campus Saint-Jean, 8406 rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 St.)
Admission: $20, available at the door
One guess as to what you can expect to find at the 2019 edition of Cornfest, at Alex Decoteau Park on Saturday night. That’s right; the yellow vegetable that grows on a stalk is free for the taking, along with music, games, and fun activities for the kids. Check out the community garden while you’re at it, and be sure to hand in some feedback on the child-friendly art in Churchill Square.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Alex Decoteau Park, 10201 105 St.
L.A. based author Jacquie Somerville explores passion, explosive sex, and unconditional love in her latest effort, One Woman After Dark. The best-selling writer and motivational speaker extends the philosophy behind her Life is Too Short for Boring Sex, speaking about how her world changed after falling in love with a younger man at the age of 46. The self-described “passion coach” will also be bringing along her latest book, The Beautiful Man, for purchase.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
Where: Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, MacEwan University, 11110 104 Ave.
Admission: $69 and up (U.S.), available in advance from Somerville’s website
What do a parrot, a mathematician, a microbiologist, and a young girl have in common? In Ice Bugs, a novel for young adults, all four characters bond over a trip to the Arctic, where they encounter a singing valley, a sunken Indian city, and two businessmen of possibly suspicious intent. There’ll be readings at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the book launch for the new work by Edmonton authors Elaine Cust and Larry Donovan.
When: Sunday, Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Cafe Bicyclette, 8627 91 St.
Dancing on Eggshells
Last year’s successful Shumka dance piece Ancestors & Elders gets the documentary treatment in Dancing on Eggshells: The Making of Ancestors & Elders, over at the Metro Cinema on Tuesday night. Filmmakers Leslie Sereda and Steven Glassman follow Shumka choreographer Joseph Hoffman and Indigenous theatre artist Barry Bilinsky as they work out a story line about the first Ukrainian settlers and their relationship with the First Nations of Treaty 6. It’s a deep look at artistic process, cultural baggage, and, of course, dancing.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.
Admission: $13, adults; $10, students and seniors; $8, children
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