Canada Day at St. Albert: Featuring Shower Champ and other Businesses

Albert Stalk   September 4, 2016   Comments Off on Canada Day at St. Albert: Featuring Shower Champ and other Businesses


Join the city of St. Albert for a lively daylong celebration of Canada’s 149th birthday, courtesy of Christenson Developments. Rotary Park and Riel Recreation Park will once again host a myriad of family-friendly activities, food vendors, and live entertainment for the entire community.   Kick off the morning with a pancake breakfast at École la Mission before heading to Rotary Park, where kids and parents can have a blast with face painting, crafts, games, inflatable playzones and a petting zoo. Celebrate Canada Day also invites everyone to a free outdoor concert and fireworks display at 11:00 p.m. Please arrive with a donation for our Food Bank.   ARRIVAL StAT is running a FREE shuttle service around town on July 1st. Guests may choose to park their vehicles on-site at Red Willow Trail or nearby at the St. Albert Centre’s Park ‘n Ride.   Visitors are also encouraged to explore the park’s beautiful outdoor trails by biking or walking to the event. A bike check will be provided at the venue.   SCHEDULE OF EVENTS École la Mission 9:00am – 11:00amHeritage Lakes Pancake Breakfast Rotary Park 11:00am – 5:00pm Family Activities

  • Inflatable castles, obstacle courses, slide
  • Realty Executives Petting Zoo
  • Coca-Cola Kids’ Zone
  • Flight Centre Adventure Zone
  • Lexus of Edmonton Family Zone
  • Food vendors and handouts
  • Crafts, face painting, children’s games
  • Live music entertainment
  • Displays by the RCMP, Emergency Services, the Military and Public Works

11:00am – 11:40am Orchard Duo 11:50am – 12:30pm Formal Speaking by Bilingual o Canada 12:30pm – 1:10pm Celeigh Cardinal 1:20pm – 2:00 pm Marie-Josée Ouimet 2:00pm – 2:30pm SPECIAL SECRET PERFORMANCE 2:40pm – 3:20pm The Skips 3:30pm – 4:10pm Apocalypse Kow 4:20pm – 5:00pm Thursdays City Hall 7:00pm – 10:30pm Night Concert 7:00pm – 7:45pm Scenic Route to Alaska 8:00pm – 9:00pm The Dungarees


9:15pm – 10:30pm Odds   Mission Park 11:00pm Fireworks Show ADDITIONAL EVENTS Historical sites and city parks around St. Albert’s will also hold community-wide festivities. Celebrate Canada Day at our partner locations, including:

  • St. Albert Botanic Park
  • Father Lacombe Chapel
  • St. Albert Grain Elevator Park
  • Little White School House

VOLUNTEER Interested in helping Canada Day run as smoothly and positively as possible? We’re looking for enthusiastic, driven individuals willing to donate their time on July 1st at Rotary Park. Help us with the following tasks:

  • Parking and traffic direction
  • Distribution of SWAG as a Public Ambassador
  • Public hosting at our information booth
  • Program assistance with inflatables, crafts, games, cookies and face painting
  • Nighttime concert security
  • Stage hands

Sign-ups for mid-morning, afternoon and evening shifts are available. Volunteers may participate as individuals or in teams. Please fill out our application form to be considered.   FEATURED BUSINESS Every year we pick 1 or 2 businesses who’ve helped make the program and celebration possible. We’d like to put Shower Champ on the spotlight, for all the support it’s given. It’s an online business created for anyone looking for the best high pressure shower head, or those who need best shower head reviews to be able to make the right shower purchase.   CANADA DAY 2017 If your group wishes to learn more about our festivities and how you can be a part of next year’s Canada Day, please contact us. We extend a warm welcome to all of St. Albert’s residents and visitors on this special day. From the bottom of our hearts, we hope you enjoy a safe and fun experience with us in 2016!

Music Recital Series: Something To Look Forward To

Albert Stalk   September 2, 2016   Comments Off on Music Recital Series: Something To Look Forward To


This year, the renowned St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series will be celebrating its 7th season. The recital will be offering an impressive lineup, blending the piano, dark oboe tones, and a variety of string instruments.


Nancy Watt, co-founder of this series has taken a step away from simply supporting chamber musicians in the region to going so far afield as New York City. Ms Watt plans to present two concerts, the highlights being world class prodigies from the New York area.

Ms Watt explains that the series hopes to bring in new people, musicians who haven’t before been heard in the region, as well to continue to connect with, and support, local musicians. This season, she says, the Chamber Music Recital Series will present an intriguing variety including not only strings, but the cello, oboe and harp as well.

Pianist Jason Cutmore, from Edmonton, along with Kathleen de Caen and Vladimir Rufio on cello and violin respectively, will perform on 19 November. Before showing off his talents as a virtuoso in New York, Mr. Cutmore studied under the tutelage of St. Albert’s Michael Massey.

While Mr. Cutmore continues to reside and perform primarily in New York City, he does make regular return visits to Edmonton in his effort to pass along his experience to others in his capacity as Edmonton Piano Festival’s founder.

Ms Watt says that Mr. Cutmore intends to make this concert a memorial for the internationally renowned and brilliant Edmonton cellist, Tanya Prochazka, who passed away last year after having suffered from ovarian cancer for a period of several years.

Another welcome visitor from New York will be the internationally acclaimed multi awarded Calidore String Quartet, popular for its fiery performances.

Ms Watt tells how Calgary based cellist Estelle Choi is amazed by the huge support of Alberta when it comes to music festivals. That kind of support has been truly influential on her and has helped in advancing her career. In her desire to give back to her supporters, Ms Choi enjoys holding performances for communities – big or small.  Further, she also aims to show other Calidore musicians how strong Alberta’s music community is. The chamber ensemble is expected to offer a performance on 11 March, 2017.

This series of concerts is quite special in St. Albert, as it’s the only one that offers such quality chamber music in the region.

One of the most notable differences for the series this year is the location. In the past it has been held at Don’s Piano Warehouse. This year, people can enjoy the concert series at Red Willow Place (previously known as the St. Albert 50 Plus Club) located at 7 Tache Street.

Having just been there and assuring herself that the renovation of the venue is almost finished, Ms. Watt is pleased to announce that there will now be a spacious multipurpose room with a raised stage at one end to enable the audience to have a complete view of all the musicians as they perform.

While continuing to preserve the intimacy implied by the very name, chamber music, there will be some additional seating this year as well, enabling more attendees to appreciate this fine musical event.

Ms Watt also emphasized that this more central location with parking, wheelchair accessibility and a strawberry and champagne reception will make the entire evening more enjoyable.

15 October will be the opening of the season with the trio called Tersona, composed of Sylvia Shaddick-Taylor on piano, Colin Ryan on cello, and Anna Kozak on violin. All three are experienced symphonic players of the highest caliber, Ms Watt says, as well as being extremely versatile, offering not only classical but contemporary music as well.

Oboist Lydia Khaner will join Alberta pianist Janes Scott Hoyt on 14 Feb. to present another anticipated offering. Ms Watt tells that those two talented musicians have worked together for several years now and have even recorded some CDs, so their combined work is a beautiful thing to watch and to hear. Their heartfelt warmth comes clearly through in their music.

22 April will be the final concert featuring renowned violinist Lizzy Hoyt along with harpists Keri Lynn Zwicker and Nora Bumanis. Ms Zwicker focuses on playing classical and Celtic music.

This year, single ticket will cost $35 for adult patrons. $30 tickets will be available for students and seniors. Season packages will cost $140 for adults, while for seniors and students, $120.