April 1 Head to the Winspear Centre to enjoy the University of Alberta Augustana Choir, Madrigal singers and winner of the U of A concerto competition, Ehren Moser, for a special and grand return to the stage, in collaboration with the University Symphony Orchestra.
All that Jazz
April 1 There’s never not (double negative, yes, I know) a good time to listen to jazz, and when you have one of Alberta’s finest jazz musicians it’s always a good time. Enjoy this concert led by renowned saxophonist and bandleader Dave Babcock. The award-winning Jump Orchestra is known for its hard-swinging brand of jazz and vintage rhythms.
What the puck!
April 1 to 4 With the NHL playoffs a little over a month away, enjoy a great hockey weekend when the Rogers Hometown Hockey makes its way to Edmonton. Expect a great weekend of free, COVID-friendly, hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music, and fun for the whole family.
April 1 to 3 Wear your campus green and gold as the 2022 USPORTS Men’s Basketball National Championship takes place with the top eight men’s basketball teams in the country, including the University of Alberta Golden Bears, compete for the W.P. McGee Trophy.
Hope and Joy
April 2 We could all use a little hope and joy after the past two years, and that’s exactly what the University of Alberta Mixed Corus is hoping to provide. It returns following two years of postponed concerts at the Winspear with a special concert themed of “Hope and Joy” and a specially curated playlist chosen to leave you hopeful and joyous.
April 3 They are to classical music what U2 are to the mainstream — the most successful crossover artists from Ireland. Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson have performed together as the Celtic Tenors for over 15 years. Head down to hear their interpretation of the classic “Danny Boy.”
Join the Herd
April 5 to 24 Exploring a story where culture, science and politics collide, and, with twin white bison born to a First Nation ranch as the glue that holds the story together, The Herd promises to be a great show. Head to the Citadel to find out if the bison are a miracle in the spiritual life of a Saskatchewan First Nation or a one in a billion scientific event.
April 5 YouTube sensation and now well-established pop star Conan Gray will perform multi-platinum hits such as “Heather” and “Maniac” during this exciting concert at the Winspear Centre.
April 6 to 10 A festival for all theatre lovers to enjoy, The Collider festival returns at the The Citadel Theatre, with keynote speaker Bob White, who has served the Canadian theatre industry for over 50 years. The festivities include readings of new works by top Canadian playwrights, hands-on theatre workshops and panel discussions with arts leaders.
Legacy Lives On
April 6 Glenn Miller was one of the most famous musicians of his time — and almost 80 years after his mysterious disappearance , his name is still synonymous with timeless classics. Head to the Winspear to enjoy the world-famous orchestra that lives on in his name.
April 7 to 10 Age is a just number for these athletes, as they look to put their best feet forward at the 2022 Alberta 55+ Winter Games. These games provide a competitive opportunity in multi-sport events for participants 55 years of age and over. Winners from the provincial games will move to compete in the Canada 55+ games which will be held in Kamloops, B.C., in August 2022.
Life’s a Dance
April 7 to 8 Shumka, which means “whirlwind” in Ukranian, is a traditional dance native to the now war-torn nation. The Shumka Dance troupe returns for its 10th Canadian tour, respecting their rich cultural heritage as well as challenging conventional boundaries. Shumka on Tour will feature two new works, including the whimsical “Mosquito’s Wedding” and its most recent film project, “Promised Land,” a tribute to the 130th Anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.
Until April 9 Comedy, music, drag and bonus shows — there’s something for everyone at the YEG Winterruption festival. Welcome spring by putting the winter to rest at this multi-artist event. In addition to indoor events, Winterruption features a number of free outdoor activities in the downtown core.
April 10 FC Edmonton kicks off the 2022 Canadian Premier League season with a home date against Winnipeg’s Valour FC. The Eddies have a brand-new lineup this year under coach Alan Koch.
Until April 10 Indulge your taste buds and have a good time doing it. The Downtown Dining Week is back (and yes, it’s 10 days, not a week). Let your tastebuds run wild and sample the best eateries in the core with special fixed-price menus from participating restaurants.
Trip Down Memory Lane
April 12 With an unmistakable stage presence that has endured for over half a century, and a musical live act that has few peers, Alice Cooper is a certified rock ’n’ roll legend. Catch the man himself when he performs for one night only at the Jube.
April 12 On Tuesday, April 12, head down to the Festival Place to enjoy Steve Dawson belt out his folk/root tunes. The set will include plenty of originals including his first collaboration with another artist (mostly co-written with Alberta songwriter Matt Patershuk).
April 12 to June 12 Do you like ABBA? Do you like musicals? Have you seen the hit big screen adaptation? Now you can watch the theatre sensation that has dazzled millions across the world live in Edmonton. Watch Mamma Mia! and experience the feel-good joy you’ve been craving at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.
April 14 Named after the historic neighbourhood in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad, the Juno Award-nominated Kobo Town will hit you with Calypso flavour and dancehall reggae during their one-of-a-kind performance.
April 16 Firefly Theatre and Circus returns to the stage, after nearly two pandemic-hit years that saw no in-person performances, when it performs at The Auditorium at Campus Saint Jean. VIVAREE is a family-friendly variety show that will feature many classic and beautiful acts throughout the hour and a half presentation.
April 17 Over 50 years after it was released, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is still one of the first albums that come to mind when picking the greatest album of all time. Classic Albums Live will honour the album with a “note for note – cut for cut” performance featuring 16 of the world’s best musicians.
Soundtrack to Our Lives
April 20 to 24 From the haunting theme to Jaws, to the unmistakable soundtrack of Star Wars, John Williams has composed music for some of the most iconic films of all time including Jurassic Park and the Indiana Jones series. On his 90th birthday, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, led by chief conductor Alex Prior, celebrates some of his most memorable notes.
Laugh out Loud
April 21 to 22 Catch one of comedy’s modern greats when Australian comedian Jim Jefferies brings his unique brand of humour to town as part of The Moist Tour. Give it a shot if you like provocative, thought-challenging comedy. Or, give it a shot just for the laughs.
April 22 to 24 Fancy getting a tattoo? Or just want to see some talented ink artists? Head down to the Edmonton Tattoo and Arts Festival, the largest of its kind in Canada. Featuring over 150 of the best local artists, with contests, retail exhibits and more.
Time for Blues
April 24 One of Canada’s finest Blues musicians will put on a concert for a lifetime when Juno Award-nominated performer Sue Foley performs at Festival Place.