The Alberta Avenue Business Association and Arts on the Ave are pleased to present a special screening of Champions of Alberta Avenue at this year's Kaleido Family Arts Festival. This community-driven project produced by Arts on the Ave was made possible through support from the Edmonton Heritage Council, Edmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Avenue Business Association.
The project highlights our community members to celebrate the multicultural richness of the district and the people who have contributed to it – the true Champions of Alberta Avenue!
The title "Champions of Alberta Avenue" celebrates the business owners on Alberta Avenue 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. This film focus on only eleven of the many businesses started by immigrants and refugees on 118 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!
The Alberta Avenue Business Association would like to thank the following businesses for agreeing to share their fascinating stories and being a part of this project:
This project became reality through the creative efforts of:
Moving Artistry Productions
The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group
Please join us Sunday, September 16 at the Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 118 Avenue) at 1pm for a catered reception and special presentation of this amazing film. The photos and film will also be on display until 6pm.