There are plenty perfect spots to get some rest and relaxation in the sun on/near Alberta Avenue. Here are a few good options to start with.
There are so many ‘Instagrammable’ walls in Edmonton. These are walls that catch your eye, that have a pleasing aesthetic and that photography well for social media.
Instagrammable Walls can be mural or graffiti walls, brightly coloured walls, interesting texture walls, you name it. These interesting walls add to the beauty of a city and can attract people to a location that might otherwise not be frequented.
Qi Creative (9410 118 Ave) is a unique business on Alberta Avenue. Maybe you've driven past and noticed their beautiful new facade? Maybe you've seen their roof top mural "Create YouR Awsome" by local artist Rust Magic? Or, maybe you've seen Qi Creative CEO and Founder Jonathan Rivero - or Jon Jon as he's known - around the Avenue at events, festivals and local coffee shops. We sat down with Jon Jon to find our more about Qi Creative.
Once upon a time in Edmonton...
In the early 20th century, Alberta Avenue was on the outskirts of the city. The proximity to 'Packingtown' (a confluence of meat packing facilities) gave rise to Alberta Avenue as a home for workers and as a business centre to support the industry. The area continued to develop as an industrial centre with the additions of the Great Western Garment Factory and the Norwood Foundry.
Street car lines were extended to Alberta Avenue during the First World War. This connection to other developing neighbourhoods, and the emerging downtown, facilitated further economic development in the area.
Like all areas in the country, Alberta Avenue was hit hard during the great depression. The residents of the area were able persevere through hard work and supporting one another. Alberta Avenue has always been very community minded, and the Alberta Avenue Community League has played a prominent role in the community since it's inception in 1922.
Life on the Ave has had its ebbs and flows through the 1970s and early 2000s, but the community spirit of those early residents is still alive and well. The store facades have changed, but the Ma and Pop character of the area remains. Whether you are sipping a coffee at the Carrot, or strumming through the aisles at Mhyre's Music, it's unmistakable which avenue you're on.
Norwood Dental, located at 11660 95 Street, had some work done this spring. With a new look and new equipment, they had a grand re-opening to celebrate. We sat down with Office Manager Amanda Nielsen to get the inside scoop.
Eats on 118 is back! Get your tickets today. Your taste-buds will thank you.
A culinary tour de force, Wild Heart Collective, will be your hosts for the evening, and guide you along the Avenue to discover a variety of dishes from some of Alberta Avenue's best restaurants. Come feeling hungry, adventurous and ready to enjoy a summer evening on the Ave.
June 13 tour destinations have been confirmed: Battista's Calzone Co., because who doesn't love Calzones?; Paraiso Tropical, spice up your life; and goodies from Handy Bakery.
Winter is loosening its grip on the Ave. Time to get out there!
The Oilers won't be making a trip to the spring dance, but you can still come down to Mona Lisa's Pub for some game action and great food and drink specials. Stick around for some karaoke every night Wednesday through Saturday.
Beef Smokies – $2.50
Chicken Burger – $3.50
Cheese Burgers – $2.50
Poutine – $3.50
Half Price Crispy Chicken Dinner & Fries
Donairs – $3.50
Submarine Sandwich (Turkey or Beef) – $3.50
Beef Smokies – $2.50
Chicken Burger – $3.50
Cheese Burgers – $2.50
Poutine – $3.50
Half Price Crispy Chicken Dinner & Fries
Donairs – $3.50
Plaza Bowl - 10418 118 Avenue
Work of that winter weight by joining a bowling league. These leagues are a fun & affordable way to stay active and social. Mid season spots available for all ages and skill levels!
Bleeding Heart has hand-picked some of Edmonton's finest live performers to suit their intimate gallery setting for a series of mysterious musical evenings.
For just $20 you'll get access to a two-hour evening of live music and other art forms, as well as an intimate conversation with the artists (snacks/refreshments included!) Events are capped at just 25 guests. April 7 at 7:30pm.
"We won't tell you who's playing. That's the fun part. But trust us, you want to be here."
Where you have a green thumb or not, learn, shop and share about gardening at the Bloomin' Garden Show & Art Sale, May 12 at the Alberta Avenue Community League.
Learn - A variety of info booths will be available to answer all your questions.
Shop - Bedding plants, herbs, hanging baskets, home decor, pottery, jewelry and more!
Share - Perennial & seed swap
Purge and feel good about it! Bring all your unwanted items down to the Carrot's Ultimate Garage Sale and marvel at all of your new space.
The Thousand Faces Festival brings to life the stories at the root of our cultures so we may find we are all connected at the root! Food, art, theatre, dance, and more!! May 24 - June 1 on Alberta Avenue.
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!