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Freewill, Free Willy and so much more
He went to school to study how to become an explosives engineer, but came out a comedian. B.C. born standup Ian Bagg moved from slots at the Montreal Comedy Festival and a CTV Comedy Now special to guesting with the big boys on such prestige programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In his spare time he acts, showing up in features like The Cradle Will Rock, MVP 2 and MXP. In 2015 he placed in the Top 5 of Last Comic Standing, heading out on a successful tour with his fellow finalists.
When: Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Comic Strip, 1646 Bourbon Street,
West Edmonton Mall
Admission: $25.95, available from the Comic Strip website
Two brand new exhibitions are getting underway at the SNAP Gallery this weekend. Micheline Durocher takes over the main gallery with Home and Garden, a photographic display, while Megan Gnanasihamany brings her own “two-dimensional theatrical journey”, Copy Tropic, to the community gallery. Opening reception for Copy Tropic is on Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; the Home and Garden artist talk takes place at 6 p.m. on the same day at the Printshop, 12056 Jasper Ave.
When: Friday, June 15 to Saturday, July 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, noon-6 p.m.; Thursday, noon-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
Where: SNAP Gallery,
10123 121 St.
Beer by Analog Brewing, music by Manny V, and a whole host of local artisans makes this month’s indoor edition of Just A Little Night Market an irresistible choice this weekend. Hungry Hippo Bakery, Arty McFly, and Ice Cream by Gloria are just a few of the 70 participating artisans at the market, which is celebrating six years as a going concern. A portion of the proceeds from the door goes towards supporting the Rotary Club.
When: Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Aviation Hanger, 11410 Kingsway Ave.
Admission: $3 to $5, available in advance from Eventbrite. Children 12 and under are admitted for free
The Art Gallery of Alberta continues with its Vibe series of food, drink, and music, happening every third Friday of the month. Von Bieker and Soft March are the featured entertainment, trading off sets while the after-work crowd noshes down on a special food menu, as well as cocktails and beer. Check out art activities and gallery exhibitions while you’re at it.
When: Friday, June 15,
5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Art Gallery of Alberta
Admission: $12.50, available at the door or from the AGA website
It’s a glorious time to be a dad. Proof ? Over the Father’s Day weekend (that’s right, we’re making it a weekend) the Alberta Railway Museum will be choosing a dad every hour to be the train engineer, with the opportunity to ride the locomotive cab of a CN 9000, the “Queen of the Diesels.” Bring the family plus a picnic lunch and check out all of the iron horse activities available at the museum.
When: Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Alberta Railway Museum, 24215 34 St.
Admission: $10, adults; $7, students and seniors; $5, children
An orca whale, an abandoned 12-year-old boy, and a desperate escape plan from a moneyhungry amusement park owner; sounds like box office gold, doesn’t it? Free Willy was one of the unexpected smash hits of the early ’90s, grossing close to $200 million on a budget of $20 million, quickly spawning a series of less well-regarded sequels. The original, which features a song by Michael Jackson, still holds a place in the hearts of many ’90s kids.
When: Saturday, June 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: Metro Cinema,
8712 109 St.
Admission: $13, adults; $8, students and senior citizens; free admission for children 12 years of age and under.
They’ve hit the quarter century mark as a choral unit, and now Vocal Minority want to celebrate. What better way to do that then an anniversary concert during Pride, with music from Dear Evan Hansen, Fame, and new compositions by Trevor Schmidt and Darrin Hagen. Oh, and have we mentioned that Hagen also has his hands in the overall concept of the concert, which is based on an original script by the actor, musician, and writer?
When: Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave.
Admission: $20, adults; $15, students and seniors. Available from Tix on the Square
Daily Show host, actor, comedian, and author Trevor Noah makes his first appearance in Edmonton for two shows this Saturday night. The award-winning, South African-born standup has continued to do stand up through his tenure at the Daily Show, as well as a number of specials, including last year’s Netflix one-off, Afraid of the Dark. Tickets are going quick for this one, so move fast on them. When: Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Jubilee Auditorium
Admission: $85 to $255, available from Ticketmaster
Are you ready for a musical journey? Through the Stained Glass promises just that, with a host of local a cappella talent exploring the sacred and secular music of England, France, and Germany. This the latest announced performance in the inaugural season of the Golden Spike Concert Society; make sure to watch for more at their Facebook page.
When: Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m.
Where: St. John Lutheran Church, 51301 Range Road 274, Spruce Grove
Admission: By donation
The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is back for the summer, with two of the Bard’s most beloved works playing back-toback at Hawrelak Park over the next 27 days. Hamlet, which will be directed by Marianne Copithorne, runs on the even dates, while the Dave Horak-helmed Comedy of Errors takes over the odd. Keep an eye out for the “roving Shakespeare show” that is But, Hark a Voice, as well as puppet shows and special theme nights. Check out the website for more info.
When: Tuesday, June 19 to Sunday, July 15. Evening shows start at 8 p.m., rain or shine, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. No performances on Mondays.
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre, Hawrelak Park
Admission: $52.63 to $202.63 for a festival pass, available from the Free Will website. Individual shows also available for purchase.
Soft March will be performing at Art Gallery of Alberta’s Vibe series of food, drink, and music on June 15. The series runs every Friday of the month.
To celebrate Father’s Day weekend, the Alberta Railway Museum will choose one dad each hour to be the train engineer and ride in a locomotive cab.
Micheline Durocher takes over the main gallery at SNAP with Home and Garden, her latest photographic display.
Daily Show host Trevor Noah performs at the Jube on June 16.