10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Styx, Midsommar, and Symphony Under the Sky

10 to Do, Aug. 29 to Sept. 4


If you ever want to feel old, just consider that Lawrence Gowan has been the lead singer for Styx for two decades now, longer by a couple of years than original frontman Dennis DeYoung. Crazy, right? To be fair, the classic rockers have quite a few members left from their ’70s heyday, including guitarists James Young and Tommy Shaw, as well as bassist Chuck Panozzo. They’ll be at the River Cree on Friday night, pounding out a back catalogue of hits that may-or-may-not include Babe, Come Sail Away, Mr. Roboto, and The Best of Times.

When: Friday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m.

Where: River Cree Resort & Casino, 300 East Lapotac Blvd, Enoch

Admission: $86 and up, available at the door or in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca


Before Midsommar was released this summer you likely equated Sweden with ABBA, Borje Salming, and IKEA. Now that Ari Aster’s second feature has become one of the must-sees of the year you can also add friendly-but-bloodthirsty pagan cult to the list. Set in rural Sweden during the title celebration, Midsommar is not so much a standard horror film as it is a deeply (and we mean deeply) disturbing breakup story, with some very sick culinary moments.

When: Thursday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 2 at 9:15 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Where: Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.

Admission: $13, adults; $10, students and senior citizens; $8, children

Info: metrocinema.org

Symphony Under the Sky

Celtic fiddle player Eileen Ivers, violinist Blake Pouliot, and members of the Sugar Swing Dance Company are among the guest artists at this year’s edition of the ESO’s Symphony Under the Sky, this weekend at Hawrelak Park. The five-day festival also features appearances by conductors Robert Bernhardt and Cosette Justo Valdes, as well as the Viva Dance Company and flautist Jeremiah McDade. Check the Winspear website for more info.

When: Thursday, Aug. 29 to Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

Where: Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park

Admission: $25 and up single-day tickets available in advance from the Winspear website. Festival passes are sold out.

Info: winspearcentre.com

Laser Schism

Beloved of post-metal acolytes, progressive rockers, and Belgian tour managers alike, Tool has recently emerged from a very long hiatus to release their latest effort, Fear Inoculum. You won’t hear any numbers from that album while watching the film Laser Schism: Tool, playing for two more nights at the Zeidler Dome Theatre at Telus World of Science, but you will hear plenty of favourites from their five-album discography, including Schism, complete with an entrancing laser light show. Check the Telus World of Science website for a complete setlist.

When: Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8:15 p.m.

Where: Telus World of Science, 11211 142 St.

Admission: $13.95, adults; $11.95, students, youth, and seniors; $9.50 child, available in advance from the Telus World of Science website

Info: telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Iron Maiden

Speaking of feeling old, metal legends Iron Maiden are back in town with their Legacy of the Beast tour, setting down on Friday night at Rogers Place. In a strange coincidence, Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson once convinced an early band of his in 1976 to name themselves Styx only a few years after the American group listed just above this started up. That obviously didn’t pan out so well, but Dickinson and Maiden certainly can’t complain; they’re still selling out arenas, and their last record, The Book of Souls, stands as one of their most successful.

When: Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rogers Place

Admission: $86 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca

Water Lantern Festival

Summer may be on the wane but that doesn’t mean we can’t push back against it with a few more outdoor festivals. Saturday night’s Water Lantern Festival in Borden Park will be a family-friendly get-together involving food trucks, live entertainment, and most importantly water lanterns that you yourself will get to design, create, and launch on the water. Check the website for further details.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m.

Where: Rundle Park, 2903 113 Ave.

Admission: $15.99 and up, available from the website. Children seven and younger are admitted for free

Info: waterlanternfestival.ca

The Sessions

Volume 3 of Arlo Maverick’s curated club night The Sessions once again features the best in local reggae, R&B, and hip-hop. This edition’s guests include K-Riz and the Honor Roll Music Collective, along with Maverick and Rich Echo. DJ Sonny Grimezz will be on the decks throughout, spinning hip-hop, dancehall, reggaeton, old school, and more.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Aviary, 9314 111 Ave.

Admission: $15 to $20, available at the door or in advance from Yeglive

Info: yeglive.ca

Harvest Festival

It’s harvest time in Alberta, and while most of us won’t be taking part in that arduous yet satisfying chore that doesn’t mean we can’t take a day to see what it’s all about. At the Reynolds-Alberta Museum you’ll not only watch as the wheat crop is harvested, learn how to bake bread, or find out how a grain elevator works, you can also purchase an open cockpit bi-plane adventure, listen to music by the Foggy Minded Mountain Boys, play carnival games, or check out the John Deere equipment display. There’s much more; check the website for a full list of things to do.

When: Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Reynolds-Alberta Museum, 6426 40 Ave., Wetaskiwin

Admission: $13, adults; $11, seniors; $9, youth. Children under the age of seven are admitted for free.

Info: reynoldsmuseum.ca


It’s been two decades since Jonathan Larson’s re-imagining of Puccini’s La Boheme took Broadway by storm, and now it’s time to celebrate that fact. Whether for the first or hundredth time you’ll have the opportunity to watch the trials and tribulations of seven artists struggling to make it on their own terms as the Rent 20th anniversary tour comes to the Jubilee Auditorium in the first week of September. Directed by Evan Ensign, with a cast that includes Zare Anguay, Lexi Greene, Rayla Garske, and Shafiq Hicks.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 8. All evening performances at 8 p.m., except for 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8. Extra matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Jubilee Auditorium

Admission: $43 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca


Lately, they’ve been hopping on the ’90s nostalgia tour circuit with groups like Blackstreet, Montell Jordan, and Naughty by Nature, but to be fair if there’s one band that can claim that decade as their own it’s TLC. The pop/r ‘n’ b legends (now down to two with the tragic death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes) were immutable fixtures on the charts with songs like Creep, Waterfalls, No Scrubs, and Unpretty, selling over 65 million records worldwide. They’ve been sporadic in the studio since but used Kickstarter to finance their satisfyingly retro-sounding fifth effort, TLC, back in 2017.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

Where: River Cree Resort & Casino, 300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch

Admission: $75 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster

Info: ticketmaster.ca

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