I remember delivering the Edmonton Journal when I was a kid, along with our hometown Slave River Journal. I always envied people who lived in Edmonton because, when I’d sit down to flip through the Edmonton Journal, there was always so much happening. As an adult now, as a proud father and husband, we are so blessed to be growing just a little bit older with our friends and family here.
Edmonton, we are on Treaty 6 Territory, and I give thanks to the traditional keepers of this place. I love your sundogs, your moonrises, your sunsets. And I love how you love it dark and fast: look at the concerts coming in Vue Weekly. I love how your radio stations are stuck in the ’80s cuz I am, too. Your anthem -and you crank it every single day on one of your many radio stations – is Mtley Cre’s “Kickstart My Heart.” I love how you taste. There’s a butcher here – I’ll never tell you which one – who brings in caribou meat from Labrador and Arctic char from the eastern Arctic, and I love how the farmer’s market is all about the vollkornbrot bread, a family pack of buffalo meat, local honey and produce. The apples and empanadas with tzatziki from Uncle Lou’s is gold!
I love your comic scene here: Happy Harbor, Shades of Grey, Variant Edition, Warp 1 and I love your Edmonton Expo, your Pop Culture Fair, your CollectorCon. I love all things Edmonton Public Library. I love that our son was born in our home here in Old Strathcona; I love how there are so many babies being born up and down our street. I love how we make time to visit with each other. I love how we look out for each other. I love how we cook for each other here.
I’m grateful to Audreys Books for launching so many local authors. We’ve launched my last six books there. I love how we showed the cinematic adaptation of my novel, The Lesser Blessed, for two weeks straight at the Princess Theatre: I’m crazy about just about everything that the Garneau shows, too. I love how The Lobby is the last video store standing.