November has been deemed “Shop Local First” month in Edmonton by Mayor Mandel – something to remember when looking around for those holiday gifts. Check out Keep Edmonton Original for a few ideas of locally-owned shops and services.
HomeFest, an annual concert fundraiser and campaign to build awareness of issues around homelessness, is on November 2.
If you’re not busy watching the US election coverage on November 4, why not check out a talk by sex expert Sue Johanson at the Myer Horowitz Theatre, a part of the University of Alberta Student Union’s Revolutionary Speakers Series.
Also on November 4, Good Earth Cafe is hosting a Science Cafe where you can “debate, debunk, digest!”
The Global Visions Film Festival, running November 6-9, “celebrates the passion of film and the diversity, joy, and responsibility of being a global citizen” by showcasing documentaries. I am looking forward to the opening night film, Triage: The Humanitarian Dilemma of James Orbinski.
I’ve been meaning to check out Stop and Shop, an event that showcases local designers and artistans, for some time. Thankfully, they have one planned for just around the corner, November 13-15 at the TransAlta Arts Barns.
In celebration of its centennial, the University of Alberta is hosting the Festival of Ideas, November 13-16. Salman Rushdie and Thomas King are among the speakers.
Hoping to engage local citizens on the subject of city planning and design, the City of Edmonton has been offering a series of “Planning Academy” workshops every spring and fall. More information here. I’ll be attending “Getting a Grip on Land Use Planning” on November 15.
For those (like me) who miss the City Centre Market already, there will be a winter reprieve on November 15, where many merchants will be setting up for theChristmas Market on the Square at Churchill Square, 1-6pm.
Once you’ve finished picking up goodies from the vendors, stick around on November 15 for the Holiday Light up on the Square at 5pm, where there will be fireworks and Christmas lights galore.
Looking for fair trade gifts? Look no further than Just Christmas, November 21 & 22 at the Alberta Avenue Community Hall.
Bright Nights, billed as “Edmonton’s Winter Family Festival”, begins on November 21 and goes until January 4, 2009 in Hawrelak Park. I would recommend going on the first night, as it is the only pedestrian-friendly day of the event.
For more marvels of holiday decor, visit the Shaw Conference Centre for their annual Festival of Trees, November 27-30, a fundraiser for the University Hospital Foundation.
City-wide developers, listen up: the annual Edmonton Code Camp will take place on November 29. For more information, click here.
As always, there are a multitude of theatre and other cultural events listed on Tix on the Square.