What’s Trending in Edmonton

Here’s what’s new and noteworthy in our city right now!

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Photo by Shayne Woodsmith.

Faces of Edmonton
After being inspired by people he met, new experiences he had, and photos he took while travelling, Shayne Woodsmith returned to Edmonton and started the website Faces of Edmonton. A hybrid between his own travel journal and the popular website Humans of New York, Woodsmith walks around the city photographing locals, learns their stories, and then shares them on his site.

History on display
Part of the city’s heritage now lights up the corner of 104 St. and 104 Ave. every night! Installed in 2014, the Neon Sign Museum showcases the glowing vintage billboards that were once icons of the city’s happening downtown streets.

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Photo by Jennifer Linford.

Local podcasts
Tap into the city’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene with the What It Is podcast. Created by locals Taylor Chadwick and Chris Cook, it features guests, games, news, reviews, and a lot of laughs.
The entertaining I Don’t Get It podcast is about all things dance told through the eyes of Paul Blinov (who knows nothing about it) and Fawnda Mithrush (who is more or less an expert).

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Photo by Jennifer Linford.

#YEG
While you may associate YEG with the Edmonton International Airport (it is the airport code after all), locals use it to refer to the city just as much (or more) as the name of the city itself. It is so popular in fact, that it was one of the top hashtags used in Canada last year on Twitter! Other common hashtags you may come across on Twitter and Instagram include #yegfood, #yegcoffee, and #yegtraffic.

Library of the year
The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) was unanimously named 2014 Library of the Year by Library Journal. This is the highest honour of its kind and EPL is the first Canadian library to receive this prestigious award that recognizes a public library that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community; creativity and innovation in developing specific community programs or a dramatic increase in library usage; and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries. Congratulations!

Citadel Theatre’s 50th anniversary lineup
One of the oldest theatre companies in the city, the Citadel Theatre is celebrating their 50th year with a fantastic lineup for their 2015/2016 season. Highlights include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Alice Through The Looking-Glass, Evangeline, and West Side Story.

Stargazing
Take a closer look at the moon, stars, and planets every Thursday night at the University of Alberta Observatory. Admission is free and includes an interesting lecture during the first half of the public viewing time. Telescopes are outside and the domes are not heated, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear!
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays explore the sky with the assistance of volunteers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) at the Observatory in Coronation Park, just southeast of TELUS World of Science—Edmonton. Admission is free, but observatory hours are weather dependent — temperatures must be above -10°C (including wind chill).