Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s New Axis Mundi Harvest Festival

Axis Mundi Harvest: A mythical place where heaven meets earth, the four compass points join, and where arts & culture, adventure, the environment, and community connect. Join The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort this autumn for a celebration of music and culture as well as autumn and winter adventure sports.

Axis Mundi Harvest, the first in a biannual festival cycle launching in Revelstoke this September, has released its jam-packed event schedule for the three days of the festival, September 18-20, 2015.

Axis Mundi festivalFestival Friday: catch a free concert at Grizzly Plaza, downtown Revelstoke, featuring bluesman Sherman TANK Doucette, followed by the roots rock reggae of Buckman Coe, all while enjoying a bevy in the beer garden. Or take in the Radical Reels Film Tour showing at the RPAC at 7pm. Later on, attendees can take in a music crawl happening at seven different venues throughout the city centre, with performances from artists like Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, The Walkervilles, Rodney DeCroo, Rachelle van Zanten, and more.

Revelstoke

Celebrate all things sport, art, and nature during the Axis Mundi Harvest festival.
Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke

Saturday daytime: take in the Axis Mundi Adventure Market on Mackenzie Avenue (closed to traffic during the festival weekend). The Adventure Market will showcase adventure sport gear and services alongside non-profit run information booths. Add to the mix, sport demos and street performances, like a kid-interactive telling of the Stone Soup tale or the Kid’s Drumming Workshop with David Thiaw. Down the street, find local, organic, and healthy foods and handcrafted goods at the Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market at Grizzly Plaza. Workshops and lectures in venues around the city are also part of the Saturday daytime fare. Festival attendees can catch Adham Shaikh and Buckman Coe in the Electro-Acoustic Shakedown Workshop and walk to other performances happening at different venues around the city. They can get inspired by speakers like mountaineer and survivor Jamie Andrew or Olympic medalist and motivator, Chandra Crawford. At the end of the day, attendees are invited to share in a ‘by donation’ community meal in aid of the Revelstoke Soup & a Smile program and food bank. Enjoy delicious ‘Stone Soup’ and a bun, prepared by the Revelstoke United Church volunteers before heading to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) to take the gondola up to the Revelation Amphitheatre, for the Teen’s and a Women’s Devil’s Club Challenge race. Then settle back for a full night of live music with superstars, Walk Off The Earth, headlining an amazing show.

Revelstoke has the perfect backdrop for the Axis Mundi Harvest Festival. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke

Revelstoke Mountain Resort has an absolutely stunning backdrop for the Axis Mundi Harvest festival. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke

Sunday daytime: the Adventure Market continues with more sport demos, up the street from the Hundred Mile Harvest Food Fair at Grizzly Plaza. The Food Fair features food from regional producers from within a 100 mile (ish) radius of the festival. An epicurean extravaganza, expect an atmosphere where festivalgoers and foodies can sample, learn about, and purchase the many amazing products the region has to offer. An edible mushroom walking tour and preservation demo is also part of Sunday’s appetizing action. Workshops and lectures continue on Sunday. Catch Ashley MacIsaac up close and personal in the Trad to Rad workshop with Baskery or take in the amazing Nyundo School Road Show in an inspirational gospel performance at the United Church. Get motivated by speakers like extreme skiing legend Greg Hill or inspired by environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s talk ‘Coming Back to Earth: Charting a Course Through the Transition’. At the end of the day head up to RMR for the Men’s and Kid’s Devil’s Club Challenge race then get ready for an electric evening with music by Australian superstars Sticky Fingers, headliner Ashley MacIsaac, and electro funk duo The Floozies, whose high energy music will bring it all home.

White-water rafting is just one of the many outdoor activities around Revelstoke. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke.

White water rafting is just one of the many outdoor activities surrounding Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Photo provided by Tourism Revelstoke.


Don’t miss the chance to enjoy this amazing fall festival at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Package includes:
• Luxurious accommodations at The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort
• 1 adult 3-day pass to Axis Mundi Harvest Festival
• Complimentary admission to all festival events for children 12 years and under
• Complimentary parking

For more information, click here.

Edmonton: Canada’s Festival City

Edmonton Skyline

Edmonton Skyline

Art Gallery of Alberta

Art Gallery of Alberta

Alberta Legislature

Alberta Legislature

The Heritage Amphitheatre - Edmonton

The Heritage Amphitheatre

Edmonton

Sunrise Over the River Valley

The City of Edmonton is a vibrant and exciting place in Alberta! With over 30 different festivals throughout the year, it has certainly earned its name of Festival City. Residents of and visitors to Edmonton can explore the beautiful river valley, where the green and gold of the fall trees inspired the University of Alberta’s own colours. Edmonton is home to over 20 theatre companies and the new, visually inspiring Art Gallery of Alberta.

Old Strathcona is a bustling area, with a thriving Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and a lively bar scene at night. Visitors to Edmonton should take a moment out of their visit to explore the local shops and restaurants in the district. A plethora of parks appeal to the outdoor-lovers of any group and in the beautiful prairie summer months, they are the perfect place to sit down and relax. The Alberta Legislature, the capital of the province, impresses with its manicured gardens and wading pool for cooling off in the summertime.

The Heritage Amphitheatre is the largest of its kind in Western Canada. The landmark’s distinctive white canopy offers excellent acoustics and an open view of William Hawrelak Park. It has fixed-seating for 1,100 patrons in the safety of a permanent structure with additional festival seating for 2,900 on attractively landscaped grassy slopes, for a comfortable capacity of 4,000 patrons.

Many of Edmonton’s Festivals make the Heritage Amphitheatre home, including The Free Will Shakespeare Festival, The Labatt Blues Festival, and the Symphony under the Sky Festival. Each year, over 50,000 visitors enjoy the unique natural and cultural setting this facility offers.

There are numerous other festivals that do not call the Heritage Amphitheatre home, but are strongholds in the Edmonton festival scene.

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, July 5-14, 2013, is Canada’s oldest celebration of street theatre. Streetfest is home to over 1,500 exciting and entertaining outdoor performances by musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and unicyclists.

The Heritage Festival, August 3-5, 2013, is Canada’s longest-established multicultural celebration. Savour the tastes from around the planet, all in the great green river valley.

The acclaimed Edmonton Folk Music Festival, August 8-11, 2013, is the biggest in North America. International performers and composers rate it one of the world’s top 3.

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, August 15-25, 2013, is North America’s largest live theatre event. It attracts 500,000 visitors to over 1,000 live theatre experiences each year.

Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, Edmonton offers countless unique festivals and special events that celebrate the performing arts, cultural diversity, music, sports, and international cuisine. Fear not. There is always something to do.

Hot Tips for Making the Most of Festival City!

Webster’s Dictionary defines a festival as “a time of celebration marked by special observances.” If that’s the case, then Edmonton is Canada’s most observant city, or in real speak, it is Canada’s ‘Festival City.’

As thrilling as this title sounds, earning it is no easy feat. The responsibility requires the planning, foresight and capacity to hold over 30 celebrations a year – not to mention the diversity and culture to have enthusiastic crowds for everything from the eclectic (The International Street Performers’ Festival) to the big guns (the Edmonton Folk Festival).

With so much action in the city, it’s easy to get confused – which is why we’re offering our ‘insider’ information on the biggest and brightest attractions. With that said, here is a quick fire list of hot tips of catching the best of E-town this summer.

Hot Tip #1: Be a Square

No, we’re not talking about the plaid shirt, thick framed glasses and ironic moustache kind of square, we’re talking about the heart of Edmonton’s Downtown core: Sir Winston Churchill Square. As the city’s famed centennial park, there are countless celebrations held here throughout the summer including:  Edmonton Pride Festival, The Edmonton International Street Performers’ Festival, A Taste of Edmonton, Cariwest, The Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Movies on the Square , The Works Art & Design Festival and more. You can pretty much catch a stage performance here on any given day of the week, but, as usual, all the best ones happen on the weekend. The critics’ choice? Hands down, it would have to be The Edmonton International Street Performers’ Festival

 

Hot Tip #2: Get Down in Gallagher Park (or nearby)

As the biggest folk music celebration in North America, The Edmonton Folk Festival is certainly one of the best parties all year long. Luring thousands upon thousands of tourists from all around the world  (20,000 people per day for four days to be exact), this annual event, held in the picturesque beauty of Gallagher Park, lets you catch great tunes, some sun and that wholesome beatnik vibe that is oh-so-hip right now.  If you’re looking for more fun in the surrounding area, the entire region near Gallagher Park is flush with movement. Popular events situated around the “River District” (named as such because of its proximity to the Saskatchewan River) include the Edmonton Heritage Festival, Labatt Blues Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and Symphony Under the Sky Festival.

The pick? It’s hard to compete with the Folk. The sheer size, scale and calibre of performances are unlike anything else in the city. Plus, with new walkways, bike lock-up service and tons of volunteers, you could say the experience is near flawless.

Hot Tip #3: Find Some Fringe in Old Strathcona

The area may be old, but the vibe is definitely new. Often referred to as the cultural hub of Edmonton, this colourful hot spot hosts a perfect blend of independent art workshops and large festivals like the International Fringe Theatre Festival (North America’s largest live theatre event with over 500,000 visitors to over and 1,000 live theatre performances each year).There are also countless funky clothing, antique and book stores, plus a farmers’ market, great eats and some of the most interesting commercial developments in Canada.

Critic’s Pick: We love the Fringe, but it can be intimidating at first, so we suggest to follow your curiosity and don’t be afraid to see bold and outrageous performances.

Hot Tip #4: Think Theatre. Go Gallery. Do Dance

In addition to earning the title of Festival City, Edmonton was also designated as ‘the Cultural Capital of Canada’ back in 2007. Permanent art venues like the 85,000 sq-ft Alberta Art Gallery, the Alberta Aviation Museum, The Royal Alberta Museum, Fort Edmonton Park, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and Winspear Centre have an endless assortment of galleries, exhibits, and dance shows all year round to prove it too!  Whether you want to take in a musical or concert at the ‘Jube’ or see Canada’s most talented dancers at Winspear; you’ll always have a large variety of choices to pick from. Also, don’t forget the ever-popular Gallery Walk of Edmonton. Held 3 times a year, a collective of some 60 odd art galleries in the 124 Street area of Edmonton make a grand event by inviting the public to take a gander at the diverse collections. Always a great place to catch the best up and coming artists in the industry, this is the most interesting 12-block walk you’ll ever take.

Critics Choice: The Fort Edmonton Park where time has stopped and you can walk back in history to experience life in historical periods between 1846 and 1929. 

Hot Tip #5: Stay with Sutton

Right in the centre of town, just across the street from Sir Winston Churchill Square and walking distance to other exciting venues (the Citadel Theatre, The Art Gallery of Alberta, City Hall and the Stanley Milner Public Library), you can’t get more in the middle of the fun than with our gorgeous Edmonton property. Upholding a renowned standard of luxury and service, we take pride in helping all of our visiting guests experience the best that the city has to offer. Whether you need help finding the fastest route to your concert, or simply need some assistance planning your day, we can accommodate you with that famous friendly smile!

For more information about local events click here.

To book your stay with The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton click here.