Don't worry, whether it's your first date or your 1000, Alberta Ave has you covered this Valentine's Day.
The key to happiness is a healthy body and mind! Alberta Avenue has a number of fitness focused establishments catering to all skill levels and interests.
Heading into the new year, many of us are looking to make daily positive changes, and to generally live healthier. A healthy lifestyle begins with the food we eat, and Alberta Avenue has no shortage of options when it comes to grocery shopping. From fresh organic produce, to homemade bread and specialty stores, Alberta Avenue has everything you need to start 2018 off right!
Get more fruits and veggies into your diet. Safeway Coliseum has an abundance of produce available, including locally grown and organic options. Safeway prides themselves in selecting produce from the best crops and has an inspection process to ensure you enjoy a bountiful selection of local best of the season and exotic imports.
The smell, the warmth... who can resist freshly baked bread? Popular Bakery is a family owned bakery that has been on the Avenue for decades. You can bet that love and wholegrain goodness is baked into every handmade loaf.
Spice up your recipes with specialty food items from Kasoa Tropical Foods, including exotic spices you won't find anywhere else! Plenty of healthy grains, lentils, legumes and rice are also available.
Hydration, hydration, hydration - drinking plenty of water is one of the keys to healthy living! Polar Bear Health and Water has been on the Avenue since 1947. They specialize in filtered water systems and have an incredible selection and knowledge about health products, supplements and vitamins.
Other friendly neighbourhood grocers to check out:
Africana Tropical Foods - 9218 118 Avenue
Paraiso Tropical Latin Food Market - 9136 118 Avenue
Polish Food & Gift Centre - 10133 Princess Elizabeth Avenue
Visit our Directory for a full list. Happy Eating!
Arts on the Ave's annual winter festival, Deep Freeze, is coming to the Avenue, Saturday and Sunday. This Edmonton festival favourite is a great way to explore Alberta Avenue. Take in all the sights, sounds and winter activities, then take a stroll down the Ave to discover a plethora of unique businesses.
Saturday, January 13th - 12pm to 11pm || Sunday, January 14th - 12pm to 6pm
Street Hockey Tourney | Ice Skating & Curling | Deep Freezer Races | Artisan Market| Saturday Night Round Dance | Kids Ice & Snow Kingdom | Ice Carving Competition | Aboriginal Village| Ice Sculptures | Viking Encampment| Cabane à Sucre | Live Music | Ukrainian & Francophone Food
Fireworks take place on Saturday at 6:00PM in the soccer field behind the Alberta Avenue Community League!
FREE showing of MONSTERS INC. in the New Moon Pavilion after the fireworks!
ROAD CLOSURE IN EFFECT: Friday, January 12th starting at 9:00AM until Monday, January 15th at 6:00AM.
Traffic will be re-routed north or south at 90 St and 95 St. Please see the Deep Freeze Program for additional parking options in the neighbourhood.
PARKING BAN: There will be no parking on 91 St and 92 St between 118 Avenue and 119 Avenue as this is our wagon ride route. Residents on these streets are asked to use the back alley and park behind their houses. If you have any concerns, please call 780-471-1580.
Did you know the game of five-pin bowling was invented in 1909 at the Toronto Bowling Club in response to customer feedback that ten-pin was too strenuous?
Bowling is fun. Beer is delicious. The taps at Plaza Bowl are always pouring tasty offerings like hoppy IPAs, fruity saisons and crisp lagers. Gift certificates available!!
The Carrot was opened in 2007 as a physical space for Arts on the Ave and community members to meet. It began its life on a six-month trial as a volunteer-powered, not-for-profit coffeehouse. Still going strong today, the Carrot offers delicious coffee and baked goods, and a great selection of locally made art and artisan goods.
El Rancho serves up authentic Salvadoran & Mexican Cuisine. Now you can enjoy their amazing house made salsas at home. These would look great in a stocking, just saying...
Passion de France is a French pastry shop dedicated to offerING original and high quality fine pastries in a cozy and elegant atmosphere. Enjoy their delicacies in the cafe, or package them up to go! A great selection of house made jams and spreads are also available for purchase (just in case you need a gift for yourself).
With more than 45 years experience selling and servicing (and playing!) acoustic instruments, Myhre's Music is the perfect location to get something for the musician on your list!! They sell and service a wide range of instruments, including all members of the violin family, acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins, resophonics and more.
Wee Book Inn has been owned and operated by the Luxford family of Edmonton, Alberta for 45 years! With a great selection of books, records, and movies, Wee Book in is the ideal place to find that special treasure soemeone will love.
Judy Allan is passionate about Alberta Avenue. She has worked in the community for almost 13 years as the Avenue Initiative Coordinator with the City of Edmonton. We sat down with her to chat more about the We Believe in 118 Initiative.
Q: Why was there a need for the We Believe in 118 Initiative?
JA: About 15 years ago, Alberta Avenue (118th Ave) had a bad reputation and had become quite run down. There were several wonderful gems in the area, but few people knew about them. The Business Association, along with many community members, lobbied the City to invest in the area to improve the quality of life for those living there, and to improve the economic vibrancy for the businesses that call 118th home. We Believe in 118 was born!
Q: What are some of the campaigns and projects We Believe in 118 initiated?
JA: Many projects were undertaken to change the perception of the area. The Edmonton Neighbourhood Empowerment Team had a We Believe in 118 logo designed, and we created a sign for storefront windows. This gave the businesses a voice that clearly said "there is something here that is good, we just need to tell others”. We Believe in 118 became a rallying cry for the people who lived and worked in the area to come together and work towards a clean, safe, vibrant area.
Shortly after, a coalition was formed that included Edmonton Police Service, Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, Avenue Initiative, Arts on The Ave, Alberta Avenue Business Association, community members and business owners. The coalition went on to implement campaigns aimed at making the area safer; Eyes on the Alley placed large images of local’s eyes on dumpsters; a rally was held to urge business owners to remove weapons and drug paraphernalia from stores; and a social media campaign called “Dear John" aimed at creating awareness about the sex trade. For the most recent campaign, Shop Smart, Shop Alberta Ave, information on predatory retail was sent area-wide to business owners on how to keep their store safe and welcoming.
Q: What was the community's reaction to We Believe in 118?
JA: It was very well received. The majority of business owners responded positively to the project and were happy to display the sign in their window front.
Q: What is the biggest change you've seen in the community?
JA: There has been significant physical change over the years, but projects like We Believe in 118 have helped turn the perception of Alberta Avenue around. People now talk about the great restaurants, stores, festivals and events. It has drawn the businesses and community together.
Champions of Alberta Avenue is community-driven project celebrating Alberta Avenue business owners who left their homeland over the past forty years, spoke little or no English on arriving in Edmonton, and started a new life and business here on Alberta Avenue.
The historic Alberta Avenue neighbourhood has enjoyed a true multicultural atmosphere for over the past 100 years. The area has seen continued influx of immigrants and refugees from all parts of the world since 1891, when the first Ukrainian immigrants arrived, right up to today with the arrival of newcomers from Syria and Somalia. Alberta Avenue is a very special place, with many special people who have chosen to live and work here. This wonderful multicultural reality has created a community of people and businesses that truly represent the greater world.
In one short block you will see Mama Afro’s Beauty Salon, the Latin grocer, the African/Caribbean grocer and the Portuguese bakery, to name but a few. We believe that 118 Avenue has been named very aptly Avenue of Champions, not just for the sports teams the area has hosted, but for the amazing people who have come from all over the world, many under difficult circumstances, and yet arrived and started a business in their new home.
This special community project became reality through the creative efforts of: » Justin Brunelle, Moving Artistry Productions » Weyme Teeter, Video Editor » David Baron, Cinematographer » Shirley Serviss, Writer » The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group » Christy Morin, Project Producer » Allison Argy-Burgess, Project Coordinator
Stay tuned for our champion profiles!
The Carrot Coffee Friendship Club
November 29, 2017 1-2 pm
The Coffee Friendship Club at The Carrot is a place where individuals who are single, divorced, or widowed can meet and make new friends with neighbours in our local communities of: Delton, Eastwood, Parkdale - Cromdale, Westwood, Spruce Avenue, and Alberta Avenue.
Rareflower at the Carrot
December 1, 2017 7-9:30 pm
Local alternative rockers Rareflower live at the Carrot! Their consists of a melancholic mix of bittersweet melodies and a half-bred mixture of art house rock and punk sensibilities all coated with a thin layer of grunge.
Winter Patio Party at the Carrot
December 1 | 12 - 4 pm
December 2 | 10 - 4 pm
Patios are not just for summer - think apres-ski meets urban chic! Come to The Carrot and warm up with hot chocolate on the heated patio for Winter Cities 2nd Annual Winter Patio Kick-off. The Deep Freeze ice carving team will be coming out to create a custom tiki-bar. Head down at 11 am on Friday to see it all take shape. Don't forget your warmest and brightest Hawaiian print shirts and leis!
Bedouin Beats presents The Best Bellydance Pagaent Ever
December 3, 2017 6:30 pm
Coffee with Cops at the Carrot
December 5, 2017 10-11:30 am
The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse is happy to host our Edmonton police service.
Connect with local residents and our Edmonton Police Service officers to chat about your neighbourhood and any concerns. This is a great meet up whether you you are a long-time resident or new to the neighbourhood.
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival
January 13 & 14, 2018
Arts on the Ave is proud to present the 11th annual Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival featuring Into The Winter Grove. Embrace the cold northern climate by enjoying artistic panache and authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun.
Arts on the Ave presents Black History Month
February 1 - 28 (Various events)
Arts on the Ave is once again presenting a variety of events in celebration of Black History Month. Take part in everything from a Jazz Jam (Feb 1), African Dance Workshop (Feb 4), an Afro-Inspired Recipe Exchange (Feb 13), Drum Workshop (Feb 25) and more. Check out their website for a full list of events.
SkirtsAfire herArts Festival
March 8-11, 2018
Founded in 2012, SkirtsAfire Festival is a 4 day multidisciplinary arts festival that EMPOWERS, DEVELOPS, SUPPORTS AND SHOWCASES WOMEN-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, our festival runs each March at various venues in the heart of Alberta Avenue, an area that is reinventing itself as an Arts and Dining district in Edmonton.
Serca Festival of Irish Theatre
March 16-18, 2018
The Serca Festival inspires and entertains our community with theatre and culture, consciously revealing and celebrating the vast, complex and often unsung contribution of Irish writers, artists and stories to the culture of the world.
The Alberta Avenue Business Association and The City of Edmonton are excited to announce the FINAL INSTALLMENT of 2017's Eats on 118! Join us for a culinary tour de force that highlights the culturally diverse food and dining district that exists on 118 Avenue.
After 4 sold out tours, we are thrilled to be hitting up a brand new restaurant as well as returning to a couple of old favourites.
The last event will be on August 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM and will feature an epic evening of food and drink at participating culinary stops Mama Asha, Paraiso Tropical and an exquisite dessert on the patio at Passion de France.
Tickets are already 75% sold!
The Alberta Avenue Business Association and The City of Edmonton are thrilled to be bringing the summer installment of Eats on 118 to Edmonton. Patrons will experience something entirely new as they venture down to the west end of Alberta Avenue on a guided food tour
“Eats on 118 is returning because it was a great success and the most successful initiative our Business Association has had over the last several years,” says Joachim Holtz, Executive Director of the Alberta Avenue Business Association. “We received great feedback from people who were a part of the tours last year, but we have also heard from many of our restaurants that patrons had returned to their businesses for a meal after the tour.”
The second tour of 2017 launches Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 from 6-9P. Featuring three brand new establishments to the Eats on 118 series, patrons will fill up at Lan’s Asian Grill, The Blind Duck Pub and finish with some craft beer and bowling at Plaza Bowl.
“Lans is a critically acclaimed restaurant, the Blind Duck Pub has a Red Seal chef in their kitchen and Plaza Bowl is a 3 generation establishment on the Avenue. These are just a few amazing things that we discovered while working with Alberta Avenue and are excited to share with patrons”, says Kirsta Franke, one of the Coordinators of the event. “We sold out two tours for our spring tour, food tours seem to be very popular right now!”
Eats on 118 is a unique and cost effective way to tour the many diverse restaurants on 118 Avenue. Alberta Avenue hopes you will join them to taste and tour the flavors of 118! Tickets for each event in 2017 will be $40.00. More details and tickets are available at http://www.wearewildheart.com/tickets/eats-on-118-spring-food-tour-2-1
Learn crime prevention strategy and stay for free BBQ
North Edmonton Town Hall for Cultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Date: Friday, May 26th
Venue: South Clareview Community League (3250 132a Avenue)
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Perks: Free event, food and refreshments provided
What is the North Edmonton Town Hall for Cultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs?
At the North Edmonton Town Hall for Cultural Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Hon. Deron Bilous and representatives from Business Link, Futurpreneur, and other organizations will share provincial resources with African, Caribbean, and Indigenous entrepreneurs who either own or want to start a small business in Alberta.
Building on the success of MLA David Shepherd event in October, this town hall is a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about the following:
- How to start a small business in Alberta
- How to access capital for small businesses
- Available provincial supports and resources, including the Alberta Investor Tax Credit and Alberta Capital Investment Tax Credit
At the end of the event, participants will have a chance to gather in the main hall and engage Minister Bilous in a Q & A session.
Food and refreshments will be provided. This is also an excellent networking opportunity, giving business leaders in north Edmonton a chance to meet and share their experiences.
We hope to see you there!
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