Edmonton: The City With the Most Nicknames

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Although it’s currently winter, we are dreaming of blue skies and green grass…

Whether you’re from Edmonton or not, you’ve probably uttered one of many nicknames describing Alberta’s capital: The Big E, The Chuck, Edmonchuck, The City of Champions, E-TownFestival City, Gateway to the North, River City…

(We like to call The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton the perfect location for all your business or leisure needs.)

One thing that cannot be denied is the mass amounts of amazing festivals that Edmonton holds every year. With the beginning of festival season upon us, we are very excited for all the festivities that will ensue this year!

Festival
Date
Ice on Whyte January 23 to February 1
Opera NUOVA’s Vocal Arts Festival March 2015
Improvaganza
June 17-27
Edmonton International Jazz Festival June 19-29
The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival June 19-21
Freewill Shakespeare Festival June 23 to July 19
The Works Art and Design Festival June 25 to July 7
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival July 3-12
A Taste of Edmonton
July 16-25
Edmonton’s K-Days July 17-26
Interstellar Rodeo July 24-26
Blueberry Bluegrass & Country Music Festival July 31 to August 2
Servus Heritage Festival August 1-3
Rock’n August August 4-8
Edmonton Folk Fest
August 6-9
Cariwest – Edmonton’s Caribbean Arts Festival August 7-9
Edmonton Fringe Festival August 13-23
Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival August 14-16
Edmonton Blues Festival August 14-16
Symphony Under the Sky August 28-31
Edmonton International Film Festival October 1-10
LitFest October 15-25
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
TBA
Pure Speculation TBA

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The lobby of The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton

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8 More VIFF 2014 Films That Are Not Yet On Your Radar

radar 2Written by the Vancouver International Film Festival

In celebration of the commencement of our 2014 festival, we have compiled another list of fascinating but underrated films that you may have missed while flipping through our program. Take a moment to watch a few trailers and browse the movie intros below, we promise you will find a film or two that will pique your interest!

The Boy and the World:
In this unique and enchanting animated film, the story starts with a young boy standing heartbroken as a train carries his father into the distance. The boy will eventually leave home as well, moving from the country to a towering metropolis in search of his dad. In his adventures, he’ll float on clouds of cotton, ride on ships with the beaks of birds and encounter a world ruled by black-clad oppressors.

Beautiful Youth:
A 20-year-old still living with her younger brother and single mom, Natalia is also pregnant with her boyfriend Carlos’ baby. With no job prospects on the horizon and a few hundred Euros on the table, Natalia and Carlos agree to appear in a porno.

Finding Fela:
Legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer and political dissident Fela Kuti is brought to life in this documentary from Oscar-winner Alex Gibney. Kuti’s raw charisma, many wives, mesmerizing musical performances and political aspirations and persecution have certainly been documented before, but director Gibney’s decision to fold in behind-the-scenes documentation of the 2009 Broadway musical Fela! makes this kaleidoscopic film as protean and rousing as Kuti himself was.

Free Fall:
When a senior throws herself from her rooftop, the suicide attempt fails to take. Consequently, she’s left to ignobly limp back to the life she was dying to escape. Her odyssey quickly assumes a phantasmagoric air, with each floor warped into a surreal showcase of bizarre spectacles such as a macabre gynecologist’s office, a dinner party frequented by well-heeled grotesques and a germaphobe’s hermetic sanctuary.
*Caution: Trailer below contains scenes that may be mildly disturbing to some viewers.

Li’l Quinqin:
When a dead cow stuffed with human remains is found in an abandoned WWII bunker, Captain van der Weyden is on the case. A Clouseau-like bumbler afflicted with a strange (and mesmerizingly funny) series of tics and twitches, van der Weyden, along with his assistant Carpentier, whose driving skills leave a lot to be desired, take two steps forward and three steps back as they hunt for the murderer. And all the while the dynamic duo must contend with recalcitrant villagers and mischievous interference courtesy of a pack of juvenile scoundrels led by the impish Quinquin.

Jungle School:
In this filmed based on the autobiography of Butet Manurung, Butet spents several years in the Bukit Dua Belas National Park helping tribal kids to become literate and numerate. She faces many challenges in her makeshift jungle school: her own misgivings about leaving behind a life of comfort in Jakarta, the arrogance and self-interest of her NGO boss, and the dangers from illegal loggers in the forest. Most of all, she also has to face the rivalries between the tribes who live in the jungle and the hostility of some to her influence on their kids. TICKETS.

Meat and Milk:
Given reactions to the recent expose of cruelty at a Fraser Valley diary farm, this revealing and unsentimental documentary of where cattle stand in our world forces us to witness the slaughterhouse but also revel in the glory of our land and the magnificent diversity of cowdom.
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Pulp:
This documentary follows the Britpop stars Pulp, almost two decades (and 10-million record sales) after “Common People” and “Disco 2000” dominated the UK charts. In the film, the band returns to their unlikely industrial hometown of Sheffield to play one last gig. Rakish frontman Jarvis Cocker once again assumes the spotlight, delighting in adopting the guise of a doddering retiree, making a show of fixing a tire and feeding the ducks.

Be Treated Like a Star at the Vancouver International Film Festival

celebrity_67202458Fledgling filmmakers practice their craft far from the glitter of Hollywood. In backyards, in small studios, or on local sets, they transform their vision into a film that they hope will one day be seen by thousands or even millions of people around the world. What they may lack in budget and star power they more than make up for in raw ambition.

Independent filmmakers might remain forever in obscurity were it not for film festivals. These annual events, where films are screened and professionally judged, are held around the world. At film festivals, cinema fans can see the new — and sometimes daring — films they would never be able to find in their local movie theaters.

Film festivals give new talent an opportunity to shine, while also showcasing the work of already well-known and respected filmmakers. Festivals can range from huge, star-studded events, such as the Cannes festival in France or the Sundance Film Festival in the United States, to small, independent, local awards that garner just a few hundred attendees. But all festivals have something in common: They celebrate the art of film and they champion the artists who produce it.

You no longer need to read Vogue or watch Entertainment Tonight to learn how to emanate a celebrity. You simply need to attend the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). From September 26 until October 11, VIFF will do three things that make their festival unique: screen the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region, has one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world, and has a large and important nonfiction program.

As the host hotel for the festival, The Sutton Place Hotels has created a star-studded VIFF package for one lucky Facebook follower and their guest which includes round-trip airfare for two, airport pick-up and drop-off, tickets to VIFF’s opening night including movie and gala, and breakfast the next day. Visit The Sutton Place Hotels’ Facebook Page, ‘Like’ the page, ‘Share’ the VIFF posts, and you will automatically be entered to win a celebrity package.

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