Last night I went to Walterdale Theatre to see the play And Then The Lights Went Out by Canadian playwright Andy Garland. I love Film Noir so I had to see it. It was great to be back at Walterdale Theatre, it has been almost four months since I completed by field placement there, and I have missed the historical building. The play was great, I enjoyed it very much. The theme was complete with the fedora, a femme fatale, and jazz music. It is definitely worth seeing!
I think it’s important, at least for me, to attend arts events to be reminded of why I’m trying to get a job in this field. Although I’ve had a few interviews, people are looking for someone who have more experience. It is hard to get a job, in any field really. But when I go to a play, or an exhibition I feel motivated to keep looking and not giving up.
Photo Credit Douglas Stewart
This morning I visited the City Market Downtown for the first time! It was their last Saturday outside and next week they’ll be moving indoors to City Hall. The weather was lovely, the sun was shining, people were walking their dogs, talking to friends. The atmosphere was kind and generous. Words like “community,” and “organic” came to mind. The organization’s Administrative Manager was kind enough to give me a tour and tell me a bit about the history behind the market which I very much appreciated. It would certainly be fun to be a part of it! I know that a lot of people in Edmonton are regular visitors but if you haven’t been there yet you should check it out! It will be different now that they are moving indoors, but I’m sure it will be a different kind of wonderful!
Last night I saw my first movie at Metro Cinema which is in the historic Garneau Theatre. The building was lovely and reminded me very much of the movie theatre back home in Sweden, particularly the lounge area. I really love the idea of showing older movies, and having a chance to relive those moments when the movie was first screened. It’s like getting a second chance; perhaps you missed it when it first came out or you weren’t even born when the film was created. Metro Cinema also promotes Canadian and International independent films which I think is wonderful. So if you haven’t been there yet, check it out!
I will definitely be visiting Metro Cinema again (soon hopefully)!
Yesterday was spent at Creative Practices Institute where I am currently doing an internship. I documented the endurance performance of local artist Erik Osberg who applied Chanel lipstick and kissed all the walls in the gallery space. I also got some publicity stuff done. I really enjoy being at CPI, I think it’s a place where anyone can feel at home.
Erik’s exhibition Some Solitary Beacons has its opening reception on October 8 from 7-10 PM and I think you should come by and check it out!
I hope you all had a chance to enjoy Alberta Culture Days this weekend! I spent some of my Saturday and Sunday at the Winspear Centre which was vibrant with life and art.
I went to see the beautiful Davis Organ up close on a tour. It is such a spectacular instrument and I am happy I was able to be there. The man who told us all about the history of the organ graced us with a couple of songs. It was almost like a spiritual experience being so close to the instrument while listening to its vibrant sounds.
After the tour we watched the Shumka Dancers and listened to Ukrainian folk music. It is so wonderful to live in a place that completely embraces multiculture. It is great to be able to participate in so many different cultures here. To be honest I enjoyed the folk music the most, although I didn’t understand a word they were singing, you could feel its meaning. The performance echoed with history and human experiences. Absolutely lovely.
And finally, this morning, I experienced opera for the first time. Edmonton Opera brought two amazing sopranos who performed a few songs for everyone to enjoy. Mozart and Verdi among others. I can only imagine how spectacular it must be to see a real operatic performance with a stage, costumes, and more instruments to dazzle the senses.
To sum it up, it has been a great weekend!
Davis Organ – Winspear Centre
I had a very exciting Saturday! Last week I had a meeting with the founding directors of Creative Practices Institute which is an artist-run centre here in Edmonton. We discussed a potential internship for me at the organization and yesterday I officially accepted the position as their Event Management Intern! It is my goal to work as an Event Coordinator (eventually) and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to implement the skills I’ve already learned in this field, but also to learn more about event planning. The directors were awesome and tailored the internship to suit my goals which I really appreciate! I am excited to be able to contribute to the organization in a meaningful way – it’s going to be so much fun!
Creative Practices Institute
Last night I volunteered at the AGA for the exhibit opening of “Toulouse-Lautrec & La Vie Moderne Paris 1880-1910.” Ever since the gallery announced this exhibit at the Holly Ball last winter I have been waiting for it to arrive. I have always been a fan of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work and love La Belle Epoque. The AGA was very busy; lots of people gathered to experience works by some of the French impressionists from the turn of the century. To stand in front of this art, and think of all the history it contains, is truly breathtaking! I imagined myself in bohemian Paris with its cabarets, cafés, and shadow theatres. How wonderful it must have been!
If you can’t afford a membership at the Art Gallery of Alberta I suggest that you volunteer! It is a great way to experience their exhibits and at the same time contribute to the arts community!
Did anyone else get to enjoy Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Disney in Concert this weekend? I hope so because it was wonderful! About 12,000 people showed up on Friday night to experience the talents that ESO has to offer. The performance was really nostalgic for me who grew up with all the Disney movies, and I was glad to see many young families there. The musicians, conductor, and vocalists were truly amazing and the event was concluded with spectacular fireworks. I am so happy that I moved to this city and get to experience all the art and culture that it has to offer!
Today I went to Muttart Conservatory to see the Queen of Hearts exhibit in their feature pyramid. It was the second time I visited Muttart and I absolutely love it there! There is so much to experience and enjoy in Edmonton’s arts and cultural scene. The exhibit was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They had actors dress up as Alice, The Mad Hatter, and the March Hare to entertain the children. There was also face painting and a Card Soldier Workshop. So I recommend that you check out this exhibit if you 1. Have kids, 2. Enjoy the Alice in Wonderland story, or 3. Just adore flowers!
Mad Hatter in the Queen of Hearts Exhibit
It feels so strange that it is August and I’m not preparing to go back to school (buying new textbooks, and all that…) I can’t believe how quickly those two years went by, and I’m already nostalgic about the experience. I am so glad that I decided to take the Arts and Cultural Management program; I have learned so much over these past couple of years! It truly feels like I chose the right career path and I’m excited about the kind of work I will be able to do from now on.
My plan is to work in Edmonton for the next couple of years to gain experience and learn more about Arts and Cultural Management. After those two years are up, I will move back to Sweden where I belong, and contribute to my lovely culture as well. I already have a few organizations in mind where I would love to work in Halland county (where I’m from).
I’m so excited about the future and warmly recommend the Arts and Cultural Management program at Grant MacEwan University- it is a great academic investment as you won’t be limited to work in only one area within the arts; but can explore opportunities in art galleries, theatres, museums, festivals, and more!