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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.

Kasoa Tropical Image by The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

Kasoa Tropical
Image by The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group

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!