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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Capital Ex Parade

Capital Ex is here. The 10 day event kicks off with a parade. Over that span there are concerts and various other live shows. There is also a Midway. I will be heading down to the grounds next weekend, so I will share more pictures then.

Here is a selection from the Capital Ex website.

Edmonton’s biggest summer celebration runs from July 17 -26

More value, more smiles, more entertainment and more shopping! There’s more of everything at Edmonton’s biggest summer celebration, Capital EX, running from July 17-26.

“Well Edmonton, get ready for our city’s biggest summer celebration to date,” said Laura Gadowsky, Northlands Director Responsible for Capital EX. “The 2008 edition of Capital EX is set to kick off with the biggest names in entertainment, incredible thrills, unforgettable family fun, and amazing shopping experiences creating an exceptional 10-day experience.”

Announcing its Canadian debut during Capital EX is Cirque Mechanics Birdhouse Factory presented by Mosaik MasterCard BMO Bank of Montreal. Imagined by veterans of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, the show occurs in a factory where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. This world-class event takes flight for two shows each day in Hall D and is included in the $10 gate admission.

Take flight for an amazing family adventure with The Spirit of the Butterfly. The overwhelmingly popular butterfly exhibit is five times larger featuring 25,000 exotic butterflies including the World's Largest Butterfly; just imagine a butterfly the size of your hand!
Top off your summer experience with some of the hottest, big-name talent around at Ed Fest presented by Coca-Cola and Molson Canadian. It's 10-days of high energy outdoor fun for people of all ages. And it’s absolutely free with your Capital EX gate admission. The 2008 line-up includes Hedley with Rides Again (July 17), Collective Soul (July 18), Raine Maida with Joel Plaskett (July 20), Jully Black with Kreesha Turner (July 21), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 22), The Sam Roberts Band (July 23), Doc Walker (July 24), The Trews (July 25), and Metric with Bedouin Soundclash (July 26). Or get full of ‘Corner Gas’ with an evening of priceless laughter with Brent Butt (July 19).

Sip! is just what the doctor ordered. Wind-down after work in Hall A at Sip! the wine and food experience at Capital EX. Celebrating delicious food, wine, beer and spirits, you can take a break from the mini-donuts and experience a gourmet alternative to traditional fair food.

Discover a feast for your eyes with Northwest Originals, a visual arts experience featuring remarkable treasures from across western Canada. Showcasing local young artists, Northwest Originals is pleased to display short-listed student art from the Heart 2 Art contest. Led by the City of Edmonton Youth Council, Heart 2 Art seeks to raise awareness and understanding of homelessness issues through visual art.

Midway fanatics can get their ticket-to-ride and check out the new Double Shock ride from Italy with a $35 ride-all-day (RAD) pass from any MAC’s Convenience store or Ticketmaster locations. Families can also head to the grounds with the advance Family Pass for $60, offering four gate admissions plus 80 multi-use midway coupons.

Racing along side Capital EX is three days of wild with the Rexall Edmonton Indy from July 24 to 26, 2008. Get ready to see the biggest names in car racing including Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, and Helio Castroneves put on the show at the only Canadian stop on the IndyCar Series calendar. Gate admission into Capital EX is included with every Indy 3-day pass purchase.

Some of the fiercest athletes head to Rexall Place during Capital EX. Elite mixed martial art fighters from around the world face-off July 19 in King of the Cage. With hand-to-hand battles of skill and art, it’s like no sport you’ve ever seen. Professional Bull Riding takes over July 24-26 where fans will see two and a half hours of full-throttle bull riding action - PBR style! Tickets purchased for Rexall events include gate admission into Capital EX.
Capital EX is Edmonton's biggest summer celebration providing something for everyone July 17 - 26, 2008.

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