Until March 12
Four men from the wrong side of the (New Jersey) tracks take the Citadel stage to tell the dramatized, decade-spanning story of The Four Seasons in Jersey Boys. Watch their rise to fame and potential fall while singing along to classic pop-rock songs.
Until March 5
Teatro la Quindicina puts on a double bill of Canadian playwright (and long-time Teatro artistic director) Stewart Lemoine’s work, The Exquisite Hour and Love is for Poor People. It will be a night humour and glamour from “two plays about time management.”
Bryce Vine will give you all kinds of good feelings at Midway Music hall, where he’ll put on a show from his Serotonin Tour (with guest Jamie Fine), in support of his new EP, Mixed Feelings.
March 2 to 12
Help SkirtsAfire celebrate its 11th anniversary by supporting the theatre, music, dance, comedy and visual arts programs (plus workshops!) happening at venues all around Edmonton. It’s a women-centric festival open to everyone.
John Wing, one of Canada’s most prolific and reliably funny comedians, brings his dry wit and stellar crowd work to the Pearl Showroom in Pure Casino Yellowhead.
One of Canada’s longest-running-yet-underrated bands bring its two-plus decades of musical experience to Midway Music hall. For one day in your life, you should come over, unbend and enjoy some casual viewin’.
Standup, podcasts, a memoir and soon a feature film — wherever Bert Kreischer’s name appears, laughs are soon to follow. That includes his time at the Jubilee Auditorium for his Tops Off World Tour. It will probably still be too cold to go shirtless, but that hasn’t stopped him before.
March 3 to 5
There are no instruments necessary at SING!, an a cappella festival that brings together local groups with singers from around the world, including “internationally-renowned” the Real Group, plus workshops for those who are a cappella curious. We didn’t know an a cappella group could be internationally renowned, so it must be really good!
It’s a golden era in Edmonton — or at least a golden evening as the Art Gallery of Alberta hosts its signature event, Refinery: Go for Gold. It’s an evening of live DJs, interactive art and tasty cocktails. Guests are encouraged to glam up and dress the golden part.
Women across the country have had all kinds of success with plenty of inspiring stories along the way, and Women + Wealth celebrates them with its Women + Wealth Gala at Edmonton Convention Centre. Hear from speakers sharing their journeys over a three-course meal, then get out and start your own.
March 7 to 26
Five talented performers bring their musical perspectives to Songs of A Prairie Girl, a non-linear musical tribute to the life and art of Joni Mitchell. The Roxy Theatre welcomes die-hard Joni fans and lovers of great art alike to this celebration of a Canadian icon.
Julie Kim has toured with Ronny Cheing, and written for Kim’s Convenience and the 2023 Juno Awards host Simu Liu. Now the stand up comedian brings her act to the Grindstone Theatre for a night of local laughs.
Marc 9 to 12
There’s a reason Edmonton’s theatre scene is so robust: Because of events like Walterdale Theatre’s Cradle to the Stage, where emerging local playwrights get to show their work with performative staged readings. Get a taste of the city’s upcoming theatrical talent.
March 10 and 11
They’ll tap the kegs and brew the…uh, brews (not necessarily in that order) at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival, full of food, spirits and (duh) beer. With seminars, food pairings, entertainment and all kinds of ciders, meads and beers from over 100 different breweries, you’ll need a two-day pass to enjoy it all.
March 10 to 12
The Junos are coming to Edmonton, but the real party happens over the days leading up to the event. JUNOFest will take over stages around the city to showcase talent from across Canada and here at home, including Martin Kerr, King of Foxes and D’orjay the Singing Shaman.
Cara Lianne McLeod — one of Edmonton’s most beautiful voices, and famous for pandemic porch performances — brings to life the opera Roberto Devereux at Festival Place. Five Edmonton Opera singers (plus local emerging artists) will tell the story (with English subtitles) of Roberto Devereux, an influential member of the court of Queen Elizabeth, for the first time (live) in Edmonton.
CBC Kids’ Janaye Upshaw hosts Junior Junos, a free live music and storytelling event at the Stanley A. Milner library featuring 2023 Children’s Album of the Year nominees and special guests like Beppie, Splash ‘N Boots and Maestro Fresh Wes with Keysha.
The Mad Moto Aquathlon/Provincial Paratriathlon Championships is more than a mouthful to say — it’s a great way for kids to test the literal waters of triathlons. Kids aged six and up can run, swim and then run again (distances increase with age categories) at Kinsmen Sports Centre, followed by the paratriathlon provincial championship.
Sure, your favourite musical artists look great on stage, but how well can they skate? Find out at the Juno Cup, where musicians and professional athletes face off in the Downtown Community Arena in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity.
To get you warmed up for the big show, the Winspear Centre hosts Juno Songwriters’ Circle, a two-part event that starts with a live taping of CBC’s Q, in which Tom Power will interview Juno host Simu Liu. Then, CBC Music’s Damhnait Doyle hosts Juno Songwriters’ Circle, featuring conversations and stripped-down performances from Juno nominees like Adria Kain, Dan Mangan and the Reklaws.
And then there’s the big event, as Canada’s premiere music awards show returns to Rogers Place. For the second year in a row, Simu Liu hosts the Junos, which will feature glitz, glamour and great Canadian bands like Alexisonfire, Preston Pablo and Tate McRae. Nickelback will also be there.
March 15 to 26
Apparently, the organizers of Downtown Dining Week are bad at math, but that just means you’ll get more time to taste more great food at fine-downtown-dining establishments over the 12-day event.
No St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be as lucky as the one at Evolution Wonderlounge, with its Drag Show and Dance Party lead by Lady Camden and DJ Lady Luck.
March 24 and 25
Western Canada’s biggest beer fest is back, as the Edmonton BeerFest returns to Edmonton Convention Centre. Get some suds in your stomach and beer knowledge in your brain with classes, workshops and demonstrations, all while sampling a wide variety of flavours and listening to live music (there’s a roving circus, too).
Do you want to play bingo, but can’t stand the bad food or drab, monotone host calling out numbers with the enthusiasm of a sleepy accountant? Come to Spotlight Cabaret for Drag Queen Bingo and let the good food and hilarious queen Gogo Fetch reinvigorate your love for the number-based gambling game that doesn’t involve math!