From the YOUth Riot Performance Showcase to EV Junction, here’s what’s up this week in YYC.
1. YOUth Riot Performance Showcase!
May 14th from 7:30pm-9pm
Lunchbox Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE
Over the past 3 months, Alberta Playwrights’ Network has facilitated a space for industry professionals and guest artists to work with LGBTQ+ youth by helping them tell their stories through the medium of playwriting and theatrical storytelling. The program helps to ignite creativity in teens and provides valuable tools to foster confidence, acceptance and positive self-image. These talented individuals are ready to show you their voice on May 14th. Join them as they show you the culmination of their work – it’s a time to celebrate, inspire and break the status quo.
2. Toast Volume 05. Relationships and Communication
May 15th from 730am-9am
ATB Financial, 102 8 Ave SW
Invest in your best self with our morning mindfulness speaker series designed to showcase the foundations of successful living and provide valued tools to motivate our guests to live an intentional, empowered life. The Ace Class and ATB Investor Services are bringing you a new theme each month with a desire to activate bold conversations, cultivate connections and inspiration and empower you with the tools to be the best version of yourself.
3. Top Drop Wine Festival
May 15th at 7pm-9:30pm
Rodney’s Oyster House, 355 10 Avenue SW
This Tuesday, join us and Mealshare for the annual grand tasting featuring dozens of international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, and the people behind them! Wine samples are free to taste upon entry with a valid ticket and donations from the event will go to help grow the Mealshare program, which will in turn help provide meals for youth and children in need.
4. Alberta Spotlight: Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet
May 18th from 8pm-11pm (Doors open at 7pm)
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, 850 4 St SE
The National Music Centre is proud to present Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet with opener, La Mosca, as part of its Alberta Spotlight series on May 18th at Studio Bell. Renowned saxophonist Kent Sangster brings together some of Edmonton’s brightest musicians to create an elegant blend of classical, tango and jazz. The group will perform works by Astor Piazzolla, Chucho Valdes, Cole Porter and a collection of Sangster’s original compositions.
5. EV Junction
May 18th – September 3rd
East Village Junction, 439 8 Ave SE
Mark your calendars – round two of East Village Junction opens on May 18th. The innovative shipping container shopping hub is back with local retail shops, a stage, food trucks, music, art and more. This is the perfect place to be all summer while you work on your tan and indulge in all your favourite things.
BONUS: Old School Brunch
May 20th from 10am-2pm
Modern Steak, 107 10A St NW
On Sunday, May 20th, Modern Steak will be throwin’ it back for some old school brunch. Join them for brunch while DJ Kav and DJ S. Dot bring you some of the best beats. The menu includes Modern Tartare, Modern Eggs Benny, Steak & Eggs, Wagyu Burger and more. There will also be a curated brunch menu inspired by some of your favourite hip hop artists like Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Lauryn Hill and others.
BONUS #2: Picnic in the Park – YYCFoodTrucks
May 19th – 20th from 11am-7pm
1st St and 11th Ave SE
Join YYCFoodTrucks for the second Frenzy of the 2018 season on May 19th & 20th. Feast on 15 of your favourite YYCFoodTrucks, take in live musical performances from some of Calgary’s newest talents, relax with a cold drink and amazing food in a family friendly, zero waste environment in the heart of our great city.