10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Lizzy Hoyt, Altar Boyz, and Johnny Reid

10 to Do, Dec. 5 to 11

Lizzy Hoyt

Christmas carols go back a long way in our history, and Lizzy Hoyt has done some deep digging to unearth an impressive number of them. The Edmonton-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is using that knowledge in her show Ancient Carols on a Winter’s Night, at the Maclab Theatre in Leduc on Friday night. Early carols from Europe and the British Isles will be mixed in with more well known numbers at her concert, as well as a number of instrumentals and fiddle tunes.

When: Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Maclab Centre, 4308 50 St., Leduc

Admission: $35, adults; $32, students and seniors. Available at the door or in advance from the Maclab website

Info: maclabcentre.com

Altar Boyz

Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham are the hottest thing in Christian boy-band pop. At least in Ohio, that is, where the pious quintet are able to fill bingo halls and pancake breakfasts with such indelible hymns to the religious life as Church Rulz and The Miracle Song. When opportunity comes a-knocking in the form of a career-altering trip to New York, the five have their faith put to the test. Directed by Gregory Caswell, starring Darian Ames, Anthony Hurst, David Anderson, Renell Doneza, and Lidinei Harnum.

When: Until Saturday, Dec. 14. Evening performances are at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. No shows on Mondays

Where: Walterdale Theatre, 10322 83 Ave.

Admission: $20, adults; $18, seniors, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square

Info: tixonthesquare.ca

Wild Coasts of Canada

We sure have some gorgeous scenery in this country. Canadian Geographic photographer-in-residence Scott Forsyth is celebrating that very fact in his latest book, Wild Coasts of Canada, and you’re all invited. He’ll be teaming up with musician and fellow adventurer David Newland for an evening of stunning photography, stories, videos, and music inspired by the natural beauty of Canada.

When: Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Almanac, 10351 Whyte Ave.

Admission: $20, available at the door or in advance from Yeglive

Info: yeglive.ca

Tribute to Renoir

It’ll be a century since the passing of revered French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir this month, which has prompted the Alberta Symphony Orchestra to present their Tribute to Renoir, at the Triffo Theatre in MacEwan University on Saturday night. Composers who developed Impressionism in music are the focus, with works by Faure, Ravel, and Debussy on the musical agenda. Reception to follow.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Triffo Theatre, Allard Hall, MacEwan University, 11110 104 Ave.

Admission: $25 and up, available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square

Info: tixonthesquare.ca

The Collective West

They’ve been keeping a low profile recently, but The Collective West are officially back with their self-titled, third album this Saturday evening at The Aviary. The Edmonton-based four piece have been indie-folk scene darlings for some time now, even picking up an Edmonton Music Award nomination back in 2012. With Dylan Greenhough.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Aviary, 9314 111 Ave.

Admission: $10 to $15, available at the door or in advance from Yeglive

Info: yeglive.ca

Cartoon party

Let’s see how many bowls of Frosted Flakes you can down at the Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party, this Saturday at Metro Cinema. Probably not as many as you think you can, but give it your best shot as the screen unspools endless cartoons from the ’40s through to the ’80s, with the added bonus of vintage commercials. Curated by Kier-La Janisse; admission includes cereal.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 p.m.

Where: Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.

Admission: $16, adults; $14, students and seniors; $12, children

Info: metrocinema.org


Ellen Doty, at the CKUA Performance Space on Dec. 7.

Brendon Klem / Supplied

Ellen Doty

Calgary’s Ellen Doty is braving the icy roads for a quick trip up to Edmonton and the CKUA performance space this Saturday evening. The singer-songwriter traffics in jazz, soul, folk, pop, and indie music, all evident on her 2018 release Come Fall. Along with her two-set performance Doty is also bringing along bags of Calgary’s Monogram Coffee; the company has roasted a coffee in honour of a song (Next to the Fire) co-written with Kate Stevens. Five dollars from every bag sold goes to The Mustard Seed.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: CKUA Performance Space, 9804 Jasper Ave.

Admission: $28, available at the door or in advance from Yeglive

Info: yeglive.ca


Johnny Reid, performing at the Jubilee Auditorium on Dec. 9.

Supplied

Johnny Reid

How long has it been since you last heard Johnny Reid sing Jingle Bell Rock? A whole year, you say? Well, prepare for that and more from the multi-platinum-selling, Scottish-born singer as he brings his latest EP, My Kind of Christmas, to the Jubilee Auditorium on Monday night. Presumably his kind of Christmas will also include selections from his other seasonally themed albums, Christmas and A Christmas Gift to You, including such favourites as Away in a Manger, Winter Star, and Silent Night.

When: Monday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Where: Jubilee Auditorium

Admission: $96 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca


The Tenors, at the Jubilee Auditorium on Dec. 10.

Tibrina Hobson / Getty Images

The Tenors

It’s pretty clear that the Christmas season is also The Tenors’ most favourite time of the year. The trio have two holiday albums to their credit (including 2017’s Christmas Together), recently reached into the grave to collaborate with Bing Crosby on The Christmas Song along with orchestral arrangements by the London Symphony Orchestra, and even filmed a PBS holiday special in 2012. They’ll be bringing their Wonder of Christmas tour to the Jubilee Auditorium on Tuesday night.

When: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.

Where: Jubilee Auditorium

Admission: $49 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca

Ayla Brook

Getting a little frustrated with the preponderance of sugary Christmas music wherever you go? Substitute eggnog for Jägermeister and you’ll be properly prepared for Ayla Brook and the Sound Men’s Annual X-mas Shindig at the Black Dog on Wednesday evening. Brooks and company promise songs both new and old, with an array of special guests, as well as the comforting presence of the Yuletide Elf himself, Brent Oliver, on bass.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m.

Where: Black Dog Freehouse, 10425 Whyte Ave.

Admission: Free

Info: facebook.com

Ten to Do is compiled and written by Tom Murray. If you are co-ordinating an event you want featured here, email the information to rgarner@postmedia.com. Information for the What’s On listings should be uploaded to
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/whats-on/index.html