International Women’s Day celebrations, great musical concerts and more
By Rohit Bhaskar | February 24, 2022
Adventure and tradition
March 1-5 The Flying Canoë Volant Festival and Races is an annual event that celebrates French-Canadian, First Nation and Métis traditions and is held in Edmonton’s French Quarter and along the illuminated trails of the Mill Creek Ravine. The main event will be held on March 4 and 5, when teams of four take to the slopes of the Edmonton Ski Club to compete in the Flying Canoë Volant Race.
March 3-13 The 10th edition of the multidisciplinary arts and theatre festival, SkirtsAfire, runs for 10 days at various locations in Old Strathcona. The performances and workshops include many disciplines such as theatre, poetry, spoken word, design, visual art, dance, music, comedy, yoga and more. Be sure to watch the play Ayita, by Teneil Whiskeyjack, at the ATB Arts Barns.
Fridays and Saturdays in March The Beverly Heights Variety show is the longest-running adult comedy variety show in Edmonton with a history that dates back over 50 years. Take time out to visit one of the shows this month and find out what you’ve been missing out on all along.
Scent of a Woman
March 4-5 With International Women’s Day approaching, celebrate the melodious tunes of some of country music’s most famous female singers including Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Brandi Carlile at the All Because I’m a Woman show at the Citadel Theatre. Performing the songs will be an ensemble of some of the city’s best female performers including Kristi Hansen with Kate Blechinger, Mo Lefever, Jameela McNeil, Larissa Pohoreski, Tatiana Zagorac and Kaeley Jade Wiebe, with musical direction by Jennifer McMillan.
March 4 MacEwan University’s Department of Psychology will host a talk on trauma with guest speaker Tyler Smith, one of the survivors of the Humboldt Broncos hockey tragedy. Go to this event to see how one event can change a life and what it takes to pick up the pieces after a life-altering moment.
March 4 Award-winning classical pianist Sarah Hagen pairs humorous anecdotes from life on the road as touring classical musician with music to create a compelling and funny evening of light-hearted humour and high notes on the piano at the Perk up, Pianist show at the Arden Theater in St. Albert.
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March 4 Some of Canada’s best mixed martial artists return to the octagon at Unified MMA 43 at the River Cree Resort and Casino. Headlining the event will be two former UFC fighters — Shane “Shaolin” Campbell squares off against Kyle “Killshot” Prepolec.
Saturdays in March A production written for kids. A morning of laughter, fun and music. And a three-course lunch menu. It’s been a weird school year (or two) and as the spring break approaches spend a wonderful day with your little ones all while enjoying a great family-friendly show. Catch this production of The Frozen Princess Bride at the Jubilee Auditorium.
March 5, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, 24, 28, 30 Despite starting the month on the road, the Oilers have plenty of home games at Rogers Place this month. Starting off with a home game against the Habs and ending against the Los Angeles Kings, the Oilers have 9 of their 15 games this month at home as they make a late playoff push. Cheer your team on, or just watch Connor McDavid work his wizardry.
March 7, 14, 21 Think Agatha Christie on Whyte Avebnue. Yes, that sounds really exciting for anyone with the slightest interest in mystery murder capers. Are you among that bunch? Rejoice, at the Varscona Theatre when you try to decode the mysteries atMurder at the Off-Whyte Lotus Hotel.
My Chemical Romance
March 9-19 The Tony award winning play, Copenhagen, makes its way to the Walterdale Theatre this month and don’t miss out on it as it imagines a dialogue between two of the most influential scientists of the 20th century – Bohr and Heisenberg – as they discuss the impending nuclear holocaust.
Make it Irish
March 11 Enjoy an evening of the best classical Irish music the venue has to offer. One of the biggest names in Irish music, Dervish, will put on a performance for the ages at the Festival Place. Dervish includes Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Cathy Jordan (vocals/bodhran) and Tom Morrow (fiddle).
March 12 The Mosquers Film Festival will showcase some of the most talented Muslim filmmakers across North America and help combat misconceptions about Muslims and the Islamic faith. The festival started out as a short-film competition over a decade ago and has grown in popularity since then and includes nuanced short-films, relevant feature films and an awards ceremony celebrating diverse voices across the Muslim community.
March 12 With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner leave your friends green with envy by getting tickets to see Newfoundland folk-rock band, Shanneyganock, who will be performing at the Century Casino and Hotel. The band, which has been together for over 25 years, performs songs with a decidedly Irish feel and its name in Gaelic roughly translates to “creature of the night.”
Viva La Cuba
March 16 With two Juno Awards, four Latin Grammys and multiple Grammy nominations, Alex Cuba’s musical mastery is appreciated far and wide, especially in the Latin music community. Catch the award-winning musician, who is now based in British Columbia, at Festival Place.
March 17 It had sold over 80 million albums, have 10 multi-platinum albums and plenty of memorable songs, yet Foreigner is still going strong after four decades in the industry. Listen to the band recreate some of its classic tunes when it performs at the River Cree Casino and Resort.
Tears of the Dragon
March 18 You know him as the iconic lead man of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Iron Maiden, but Bruce Dickinson is so much more – a licensed pilot, a best-selling author, an international fencer and a beer brewer. This event has no music, but instead the focus is on the man beyond the high-octane performances and the larger-than-life persona. Catch him for one night only during his Evening With spoken word tour at the Winspear Centre.
March 19-April 10 Charlotte Brontë’s classic tale, Jane Eyre, of a young woman’s rise and the trials and tribulations that shaped her views on love and life will be playing at the Citadel Theatre. The classic will be reimagined by one of Canada’s best playwrights Erin Shields and will be infused with a sharp, witty and modern feminist touch.
All out of Love
March 19 If Valentine’s Day left you all out of love, you can get back that lovin’ feeling when beloved Australian soft-rock act Air Supply plays for one night only at the River Cree Casino and Resort.
Rhythm and Blues
March 19 With a voice that evokes images of Billie Holiday, and multiple Juno awards to boot, Molly Johnson has a sound out of a bygone era. Listen to her belt out some of her classic tunes in her trademark husky voice at the Arden Theatre.
March 19,22,25 If there are any certainties in life, it’s that you can never go wrong with Mozart. If you’re a fan of the Austrian, only saw the movie Amadeus, or once went to Salzburg, there is no bad reason for enjoying an opera by the maestro. Head on down to the Jubilee Auditorium to catch his witty, romantic comedyCosì fan tutte.
Half and half
March 19-24 The spring equinox divides the day and night into two equal halves as the sun is directly above the equator. Celebrate this annual ritual with music from the Edmonton Chamber Music Society. The festival consists of three main concerts and a special closing performance.
March 23 If you’re into heavy metal, don’t miss this rocking show that will see three bands take the stage at the Edmonton Convention Centre as part of their aptly titled Trinity of Terror Tour. Black Veil Brides, Motionless In White and Ice Nine Kills promise to put on a headbangers ball.
Just for Laughs
March 26 Born in Alexander First Nation reserve on the outskirts of Edmonton, Don Burnstick has created a reputation as one of the finest comedians in Canada over a two-decade career. Edgy and sarcastic, Burnstick will host a comedy masterclass at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
Ground Control to Major Tom
March 31-April 2 Alberta Ballet’s PHI is a Sci-Fi ballet inspired by the tunes of the late great David Bowie. The show, choregraphed by Jean Grand-Maître, explores the virtual world that seems to be taking over and contrasts it with the disappearing world of true reality.