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

Visiting Edmonton this year for one of their amazing festivals? We have the perfect deal for you at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton.

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Complimentary Guest Room Upgraded Wi-Fi
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This package allows you to stay connected to friends, family, or the office while away from home.

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Make the most of your stay with an early check-in of 12:00pm and a late check-out of 2:00pm.

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Cars stay free! A value of $26.

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Be captivated by the latest Hollywood films in the comfort of your luxurious guest room. Enjoy two in-room movies per night.

Package also includes:
• Complimentary use of pool, Jacuzzi, and steam room
• Accumulate Sutton Prestige membership points
• Sutton Shopper program, offering savings of up to 30% at participating retailers

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Edmonton’s Old Strathcona is a Must-Visit Neighbourhood

Whyte AvenueHome to trendy Whyte Avenue, the busy University of Alberta, and a history that extends back over 117 years, Edmonton’s Old Strathcona District is the cultural, fashion, and culinary epicentre of the capital region. This neighbourhood, located on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River, is one of the few regions of Edmonton where heritage buildings are preserved and celebrated. The brickwork of the shops along Whyte Avenue, the centre of Old Strathcona, hints at a history extending back to the late 1800s. Originally called “South Edmonton,” the area was chosen as the northern terminus for a railway that extended from Calgary, completed in 1891. It is said the railway company wanted to capitalize on any future land value of the railroad terminus, so rather than extending the tracks over the North Saskatchewan River into then-Edmonton, they stopped on the riverbanks and created the new South Edmonton. It turned out to be a wise business move — South Edmonton soon overtook Edmonton as the region’s commerce centre, and land valued increased as expected.

Edmonton trainThe trains brought settlers; South Edmonton was a town by 1899 and designated “The City of Strathcona” in 1907. Construction of the first buildings began around today’s 103rd street — many of which still stand today. In fact, today’s Strathcona Hotel was one of the first buildings erected. Growth continued, and in 1912, the citizens of Strathcona voted themselves into Edmonton.

Growth in the area ebbed and flowed for the next few decades — but Strathcona’s fortunes changed in the 1970s, when, during an economic upswing, Edmonton’s downtown core was essentially demolished and rebuilt anew. Strathcona was spared this “revitalization.” This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it set the area up for its historic designation in the coming decades. Old StrathconaAs the area transformed from “run-down” to “heritage,” today’s Old Strathcona was born. In 2007, The Old Strathcona Provincial Historic Area was created — ensuring the preservation neighbourhood’s character for future generations to enjoy.

When staying at The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton, Old Strathcona is a must-visit neighbourhood. Within about 30 square blocks, you can enjoy more than 100 places to eat and drink, 54 clothing shops, 40 hair and body care stores, nine book and magazine stores, 25 health and wellness services, and the most live theatre per capita in Canada.

Old Strathcona Farmer's MarketBeyond the storefronts and eateries, though, there are some great community attractions in the neighbourhood as well. Every Saturday, year-round, residents and visitors alike flock to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market (10310 – 83 Ave.) to pick up fresh baked goods, organic produce and meat, arts and crafts, and generally enjoy the hustle bustle. Also, from May 20 to September 4, one can take in a sky-high ride aboard the Edmonton Radial Railway Society High Level Streetcar — a throwback to the days when Edmontonians travelled in style aboard San Francisco-like streetcars. (The sky high part comes when you cross the North Saskatchewan River from 46 metres above, atop of the High Level Bridge.) There are also bus tours, guided walking tours and heritage museums and houses to explore.

Edmonton Fashion WeekSeveral of Edmonton’s signature events take place in Old Strathcona. The beginning of April brings Edmonton Fashion Week, where local, Canadian and international designers have their haute couture on display at the Transalta Arts Barn (10330-83 Ave). Also in the first week of April is the Night Of Artists, where more than 200 musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers and more get together in the Transalta Arts Barn. Beyond that, summer brings the Jazz Festival and Canada’s Largest Fringe Festival and winter brings the annual Ice on Whyte ice carving competition, among so many other events.

But perhaps the best pleasure Old Strathcona brings is also its simplest: just enjoying the atmosphere of Edmonton’s trendiest, most historic, and most culturally diverse neighbourhood. It is people watching at its finest!