Edmonton is one of the largest northern urban centers in the world. Located in Canada, Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. The city has a strong history as a trade center, and it served as the last major stop for the Klondikers during the Gold Rush. This is why we Edmontonions call our city "The Gateway to the North"

Please enjoy my perspective of one of of the fastest growing urban areas this side of China.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sorry Guys,

I have been tied up at work. I am also going on a much needed vacation.

Posts will continue Sept 15

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ptincess Theatre

Taken from the Princess Theatre website:
The historic Princess Theatre was built in 1915. The original auditorium, with a balcony, is still much the same as it was originally built. An intimate 90 seat screening room has been added to the basement. The main auditorium is partially wheelchair accessible (rest rooms are upstairs) but the downstairs theatre is not wheelchair accessible. It is the only theatre in Edmonton to have a Cry Room. It is a sound-proof viewing room equipped with volume control and a change table; ideal for families. Matinees are held every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Monday is discount night, with all seats at $6.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sorry Guys

I have been going to plays a lot of this week.. and the last play time is 12:15 am, so it's been eat, sleep and fringe.
I have also taken over a new department at work so I am busy busy busy.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Street Performers

On top of all the theatre, there are also street performers, beer gardens, vendors of all types and a children's area.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Posters and Playbills

The Fringe is all about soliciting people. These boards are the only place casts and crews can post their posters. You will also run into performer after performer handing out fliers and playbills.

I met a very nice musician from the UK in the beer tents, went and saw Te Be Arthur's (Look in the blog archive) and ran into some old theater friends.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Fringe

From the fringe website;

“Doing the Fringe” or “Fringing” means being adventurous and taking a chance. Over 260 producers are taking a chance on being selected for the festival’s 100 available lottery placements. Fringe Festivals are your opportunity to experience bizarre and outrageous uncensored live theatre. There is no good OR bad…just raw human creativity needing to be expressed AND experienced. Sure there are the reviews, but you are not going to let a theatre critic tell you what to see…are you?? Its summer…Be Adventurous!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Orange County Bicycle

These chopper style bicycles are popping up everywhere. Personally I can't stand the "ape hanger" style of handle bars, as I think they look a little too goonish. Regardless or what one thinks it's fantastic to see bikes are viewed as being vogue and stylish. This is the kind of thinking that is going to save our planet.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Capoeira Dancers

The folowing is taken from wiki:

Capoeira (IPA: [ka.pu.ˈej.ɾɐ],Tupi-Guarani word for - clear area) is a blend of martial art, game, and dance that originated in Brazil, from the regions known as Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, and São Paulo. The art form originated in Brazil during the 16th century, a result of the slave trading that took place in conjunction with the previously enslaved native Indians. Capoeira was created and developed by slaves brought from Africa. Participants form a roda (circle) and take turns playing instruments, singing, and sparring in pairs in the center of the circle. The game is marked by fluid acrobatic play, feints, and extensive use of groundwork, as well as sweeps, kicks, and headbutts. Less frequently-used techniques include elbow-strikes, slaps, punches, and body-throws.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The End of Cariwest

Thats it... The end of the parade.
The cute little goober in the hat decided that she too belonged in the parade and was so kind as to stop right in front of me and pose.

Next up... The Fringe

Have You Figured Out I'm Gay Yet?

Visible minorities accounted for 17.1% of Edmonton’s total population in 2006, up from 14.6% in 2001. This was the fifth highest proportion among Canada’s census metropolitan areas. Reaching 175,295 in 2006, Edmonton’s visible minority population grew by 29.1% between 2001 and 2006, almost three times faster than the 10.6% growth rate for the overall population of Edmonton.Chinese comprised the largest visible minority group in Edmonton, representing 4.6% of Edmonton’s total population, and 26.9% of the CMA’s visible minority population. South Asian was the second largest visible minority group in Edmonton, representing 3.9% of Edmonton’s total population, and 22.9% of its visible minority population.

Just in case it wasn't obvious to you.. I'M GAY. Various shot of men, gay pride parades, ABBA references and schooling in the preforming arts should have tipped ya off. Anyways.. Happy Friday guys and galls. This weekend will be the start of Fringe. Look for a new photo theme comming soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Selecting the photos I will post of the parade has been agonizing. The colour, life and energy of this event made for great photo ops, and the best part was it was like shooting fish in a barrel.

This event was a photo no brainer

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

You Can Dance! Having the Time of Your Life...

Eat your heart out ABBA, because you have nothing on this guy!

Sunday, August 10, 2008


The Cariwest parade yesterday, t is a fantastic show. I will be posting pics for most of the week on Cari Wesr. The following is taken from Cariwest's homepage. http://www.cariwestfestival.com/
The City of Festivals present its most colourful festival - the Cariwest Festival! The Cariwest festival brings the spirit of the Caribbean to Edmonton. Enjoy the sweet sound of a steel pan, the spicy flavour on your tongue as you sample the foods of the West Indies, and “jump up” in the streets of Edmonton as you dance alongside the Mas bands, with Calypso music resonating through your soul! The Cariwest Festival is 3 days of fun filled activity. Join us on Friday night and be amazed by the artistic talent of the Colourful Costume Extravaganza, revel in the streets with the Cariwest parade on Saturday, dance the night away at the Saturday night fete and complete the weekend chillin’ in the park with us on Sunday, as we wrap up the festival. .

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Quiet Moment

I thought I would try my have at a some male nudes.. The shoot turned out nicely.
Here is a pic.
O BTW.. He's from Edmonton so that is how I am linking it to the site ;-)
Cariwest parade is today.. It will be a good picture week.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Thai Beauty

OK it's o8.o8.o8 and the Olympics have started. My personal belief is the IOC made an inappropriate choice.

This young lady and her friend put on a fantastic traditional Thai dance performance.

This weekend is the Cariwest Fest. I will have pictures of all the great Caribbean costumes that are created for the parade. Snap ya later ;-)

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Kids Kids and Kids

Edmonton's population boom is also the result of a small "Baby Boom"

Almost all the festivals this summer are supersizing their kid and family areas. Heritage days was no exception.

Alberta has the highest birth rate in North America and we have one of the youngest Urban populations with the average age sitting somewhere in the 30's

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mango on a Stick

The Following is taken from the events website

Come Join The Fun!
Servus Heritage Festival 2008 marks the 33rd annual of this premier three-day showcase of Canada's vibrant multicultural heritage. We will feature over 60 pavilions representing over seventy-five cultures from all over the world. Sample culinary delicacies, see creative performances, shop for crafts, artwork, and clothing, or chat with people eager to tell you a little about their cultural roots and their present-day communities in Canada.Click here for Heritage Festival hours and details.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Sit and Stay

The heritage Festival was this weekend. Outside the Hong Kong exhibit we found these two playing with each other. I think this is one dog that has the upper hand ;-)
More on the festival throughout the week
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 4, 2008

No School Today

My house backs onto a schoolyard. It was once a regular catholic school, but now it's used by a private instiution. The only interesting elements are a couple of art deco features on the front of the building AND the old Boy's and Girl's entrances.

This Girl has the day off as it is the Civic Holiday.

The history of the "Civic" Holiday.

In 1869 Toronto City Council came up with the idea for a summer "day of recreation." In 1875, it was settled: the first Monday in August would be the official Civic Holiday. That name stuck as other cities followed Toronto's leisure-loving example and proclaimed this a municipal (rather than provincial) holiday.

Civic Holiday is the most widely used name for a public holiday celebrated in parts of Canada on the first Monday in August.
The holiday is known by a variety of names in different provinces and municipalities, including British Columbia Day in British Columbia, New Brunswick Day in New Brunswick, and Saskatchewan Day in Saskatchewan. It is also an official statutory holiday in Nunavut and Northwest Territories, where it is simply known as "Civic Holiday".
In Alberta, Heritage Day is an "optional" civil holiday. The first Monday in August is celebrated as Natal Day in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, but is not an official provincial holiday.
It is celebrated as a municipal holiday as Simcoe Day in Toronto, and Colonel By Day in Ottawa, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Founders' Day in Brantford, McLaughlin Day in Oshawa, Alexander Mackenzie Day in Sarnia, James Cockburn Day in Cobourg, and John Galt Day in Guelph. Although this is a day off work for many, including employees of federal and many municipal governments, the provincial government has not defined this day as a provincial statutory holiday and is not mentioned in either Ontario's Employment Standards Act or Retail Business Holidays Act.
Discovery Day is celebrated in Yukon on the third Monday in August.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Busy as a Bee

Still hard at it here. I am in the garden this weekend pruning and dead heading.
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Stopped to Smell the Flowers

I am taking some me time.... I will be back making posts soon.

Friday, August 1, 2008

BMX, Inner City Style

Some males in the animal kindom make sing, beat their chest or have beutiful multicoloured markings..... Maybe we aren't as "evolved" as we think ;-)

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