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    PUBLICATION AGREEMENT #40020277 PRAIRIE SAVOURING CUISINE FROM FARM TO FORK Y DINING | SHOPPING | ART + ANTIQUES | ENTERTAINMENT | MAPS EDMONTON MAY/JUNE 2012 COMPLIMENTARY COPY BUSTLING URBAN FARMERS' MARKETS EXCITING EVENTS THE BEST CHAI IN THE CITY

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    CONTENTS May/June 2012 YOUR TRAVELLING COMPANION SINCE 1936 THE GUIDE Y ART+ANTIQUES PAGES 20 - 23 >> Noam Chomsky; art school in 1947; consumerism collage; and Modern Prairie pioneers. Y ENTERTAINMENT PAGES 24 - 30 >> Bon Iver; The Black Keys; outdoor opera; and a bloody fantastic contemporary ballet. Y SHOPPING PAGES 36 -43 >> Goodie two-shoes; vegan handbags; natural revitalizers; and "healthy" nail polish. Y DINING PAGES 44 - 57 >> Passage through India; some like it raw; homestyle comfort; and a hearty Ukrainian feast. Y ESSENTIALS PAGES 58 - 60 >> Easily the best Chai in the city, and a beautiful beverage laced with fragrant roses. Y ACCOMMODATIONS & MAPS PAGES 61 - 65 ON THE COVER: Alberta chefs are looking forward to using tomatoes again, and the variety of fresh produce that the growing season brings. Cover photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/ gerenme ELSEWHERE: WHERE is an inter national network of magazines first published in 1936 expressly for visitors, and distributed in more than 3,500 leading hotels in the cities of: Canada: Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Mississauga, Muskoka/Parry Sound, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Winnipeg. United States: Alaska & Yukon, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonsonville, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Maui, Miami, Minneapolis/ St. Paul, New Orleans, New York, Northern Virginia, Oahu, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Scottsdale, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, DC. Europe: Budapest, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome, St. Petersburg Asia: Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore. 4 where.ca // MAY/JUNE 2012 14 Sculptures carved by Head Waiter Graham Murdoch Robertson at Prairie Bistro. FEATURES 13 BUDDING OASIS The Enjoy Centre elevates the garden market concept, yet remains grounded in its salt-of-the-earth virtues. 14 PRAIRIE ROOTS A little digging proves that Alberta cuisine has a flavour as distinct as the people who call this place home. 17 CULTURE CLUB Explore Edmonton from the ground up and meander through some of the city's most popular Farmers' Markets. 18 NATURAL SELECTIONS We've scoured the earth to bring you these original finds evolved from nature. ALSO INSIDE 7 EDITOR'S NOTE 8 HOT DATES 12 YOU ARE HERE 66 30 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT EDMONTON PHOTO COURTESY MIKE KENNEDY

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    6 where.ca // MAY/JUNE 2012 EDITOR Shauna Rudd EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Hilary Darrah CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shauna Rudd, Hilary Darrah, Sharman Hnatiuk, Lindsay Shapka ART DIRECTOR Adam Still GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Rost Koval, Zuzana Benesova TRAFFIC COORDINATOR Cheryl Lindquist PUBLISHER R.H. (Rob) Tanner ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Gerry Leibel, Doug Stirrett, Wendy Wharton INTERNET MANAGER Mike Treloar CUSTOMER RELATIONS MANAGER Marie Tanner OPERATIONS MANAGER Dean Langille CIRCULATION Kendra Mah ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR Fossina Crytes WHERE EDMONTON MAGAZINE Tanner Young Publishing Group #1, 9301 - 50 Street Edmonton, Alberta Canada T6B 2L5 PHONE: 780-465-3362 FAX: 780-448-0424 EMAIL: editor@whereedmonton.com WEBSITE: www.where.ca/edmonton WHERE CANADA GROUP PUBLISHER Deborah Trepanier NATIONAL SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER Wendy Silva PHONE: 416-955-4985 WHERE.CA EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Gary Campbell INTERACTIVE SALES DIRECTOR Scott Atkinson PHONE: 416-955-4950 EMAIL: satkinson@where.ca WHERE Edmonton makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information it publishes, but cannot be held responsible for any consequences arising from errors or omissions. Tanner Young Publishing Group is pleased to be a member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonton Tourism, and the Trans Canada Yellowhead Highway Association. This magazine is a proud member of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, abiding by the standards of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. Visit www.albertamagazines.com. Subscription in Canada $24.00 plus GST for one year (6 issues); add $12 per year outside of Canada. Single copies $5.00 plus GST. Publications Mail Agreement No. 40020277 Please return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: WHERE EDMONTON MAGAZINE #1, 9301-50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2L5 E-mail: frontdesk@tanneryoung.com Printed in Canada by Transcontinental LGM Coronet At Tanner Young Publishing Group, we value your privacy. For our complete privacy policy go to www.tanneryoung.com/privacy or call us at 1-800-943-7336 All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part strictly prohibited. WHERE Edmonton is a part of the WHERE Canada network. Where is a registered trademark of St. Joseph Media, a division of 1772887 Ontario Ltd., used under license.

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    HOTO BY PAUL THURLIN, EDGE PHOTOGRAPHY A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR ON TO GREENER PASTURES I grew up in Winnipeg, a city similar to Edmonton. At age 20 I couldn't wait to leave; to jet off to Vancouver or Montreal and live the life I'd always imagined. This is a typical rite of passage for those of us from the Prairies, and Winnipeg Indie rock band the Weakerthans capture it brilliantly in their song "Left and Leaving." It's about the push and pull of home and why we're drawn to leave a place that we can't help but love so profoundly. Executive Chefs Shawn Hicks at Prairie Bistro and Sean O'Connor at Red Ox Inn had their own reasons for coming back. Both are now eager to be a part of Edmonton's reinvigorated culinary scene (pg 14). In this issue, we've visited St. Albert, which hosts events such as the International Children's Festival and the Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo, and where you'll find Hole's Greenhouses & Gardens. In a city that calls itself the "Botanical Arts City", the Holes are almost St. Albert royalty (pg 13). The articles featured highlight homegrown specialties that make this city unique. Whether it's finding one-of-a-kind souvenirs at a farmer's market, sampling Alberta cuisine, or getting out to events that showcase our talented performers such as the International Jazz Festival. I enjoyed living in Canada's urban metropolises, but I'm glad to be back on the Prairies. If you're here visiting family or if you're here on business-even if you've never before set foot on the Prairies-I say welcome home. -- SHAUNA RUDD, Editor I welcome your comments and suggestions. Write to me at editor@whereedmonton.com MAY/JUNE 2012 // where.ca 7

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    HOT DATES 8 where.ca // MAY/JUNE 2012 >> BY HILARY DARRAH Hot Jazz, Cool Vibe JUNE 22 - JULY 1 Embrace your inner "doo-bee-doowah" at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. This year's Grammy® award-winning headliners include trumpeter Chris Botti and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and don't miss sultry Brazilian singer and pianist Eliane Elias and premiere jazz-fusion guitarist Mike Stern. With a lineup like this, spontaneous bursts of ingenious improvisation are almost guaranteed. From casually soaking up the sounds to lively toe tapping to inevitable chair dancing this exciting festival will have you grooving to the rhythm. For a complete lineup of shows and venue locations, visit www. edmontonjazz.com. Various venues; prices vary. Call 780-990-0222 for tickets. TOO MUCH FUN! MAY 29 - JUNE 2 You can try to contain your excitement at the annual Northern Alberta International Children's Festival in St. Albert, but it's much easier to give in to the fun! The festival has been going for 31 years, and this year will be bigger than ever-more than 55,000 visitors are expected to attend. Festival-goers can choose from 88 shows, including eight main stage acts, with performances varying from dancing to circus acts to puppetry-all fun for the whole family. Be sure to catch AGA- BOOM, an interactive show that involves the audience in madcap adventures on the other side of a funhouse mirror, performed by clowns previously of Cirque du Soleil. Another, more unusual, act couples classical music plus breakdancing, which at first don't make an obvious equation, but in Breakdance for Solo Cello it adds up in a way that equals must-see entertainment. New is Telus Toddler Town, a mini-festival for children up to age 4, featuring a smaller stage with music, theatre, and even a little magic. There will be storytelling, hands-on activities and-thankfully for the parents-a nursing and diaper-change area. For the complete lineup, visit www.childfest.com. Arden Theatre; prices vary. Call 780-459- 1542 for tickets. PHOTOS COURTESY EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL; NORTHERN ALBERTA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

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    PHOTOS COURTESY PAUL MERCS CONCERTS; LIVE NATION; STARS ON ICE B.B. KING MAY 14 The King of Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is touching down in Edmonton as part of his six-city tour across Canada. The 86-year-old living legend, together with his guitar, Lucille, will play a unique fusion of traditional blues, jazz, swing, and mainstream pop gleaned from any one of his 43 studio albums. Don't miss this chance to witness one of the greatest musicians of our time. Jubilee Auditorium; $69.50-$105 (plus service fees). Call 1-855-985- 5000 for tickets. VAN HALEN / KOOL & THE GANG MAY 11 What do legendary rockers Van Halen have in common with the boogie-funk of Kool & the Gang? Actually, quite a lot, starting with their fans, who are united in their love of infectious music. Concertgoers are guaranteed to party all night long-kicking it off with pop-funk hits like "Ladies Night" before moving on to classic rock tunes like "Jump." Rexall Place; $29.50-$149.50 (plus service fees). Call 1-855-985-5000 for tickets. NICKELBACK MAY 15 The boys from Alberta, Nickelback, are coming to Edmonton-and the Prairie rockers are bringing Bush, Seether, and My Darkest Days with them on their North American tour-the band's first in over two years. Nickelback recently released their seventh studio album, Here and Now, and have sold more than 45 million albums worldwide. If you're a faithful fan, you won't want to miss it. Rexall Place; $49-$99 (plus service fees). Call 1-855-985-5000 for tickets. STARS ON ICE LOVE 'N' LIFE MAY 12 Glide into Rexall Place to witness figure skating superstars flaunt their artistic flare and athletic skill. See the World Champion Kurt Browning in action, who is also co-director and choreographer of the tour, along with Olympic Bronze Medalists Joannie Rochette and Jeffrey Buttle and Olympic Gold Medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Rexall Place; $25 (plus service fees) Call 1-855-985-5000 for tickets. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 MAY SOUND OF MUSIC HIGH TEA MAY 5, 12 & 19 This Mother's Day, take in a stage performance of The Sound of Music with an Austrian-themed high tea at Dauphine Bakery. (pg. 27) LILY TOMLIN MAY 11 Enjoy an unforgettable night of witty observations and sidesplitting humour from this renowned stand-up comedian. (pg. 26) JOHN PINETTE MAY 11 Laugh all night long with this hilarious accountant-turnedself-deprecating jokester and master of comedic impressions. (pg 26) GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS MAY 21 & 22 The legendary blues/rock guitarist and vocalist is on tour with his band promoting their latest album, 2120 South Michigan Ave. (pg 27) KINSMEN RAINMAKER RODEO & EXHIBITION MAY 25-27 Giddy-on-up to St. Albert for the rodeo to see bull riding, barrel racing, chuck wagons, and more. (pg 27) CHARLEY PRIDE MAY 31 The country music superstar returns with his smooth baritone voice bringing an evening filled with classic hits. (pg 26) MAY/JUNE 2012 // where.ca 9

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    OPEN SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 8-10 Take in Canada's 3rd annual outdoor surf rock, reggae, and roots music festival in beautiful Hawrelak Park. (pg 26) EDMONTON PRIDE FESTIVAL JUNE 8-17 This weeklong celebration features a parade, fashion show, pancake breakfast, art exhibits, film screenings, and more. (pg 26) IMPROVAGANZA JUNE 13-23 Sidesplitting jokes and giggles are guaranteed at this favourite comedy festival in the heart of Old Strathcona. (pg 28) FATHERS' DAY BBQ JUNE 17 Treat your dad to an Alberta Beef prime-rib BBQ with all the fixin's, while admiring the city by riverboat. (pg 27) THE WORKS: ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL JUNE 21 - JULY 3 International artists and designers set up throughout downtown Edmonton to showcase more than 200 exhibits. (pg 26) RONNIE DUNN JUNE 27 One half of the famous country duo, Brooks & Dunn, singer Ronnie Dunn rides into town to promote his first solo album. (pg 27) 10 where.ca // MAY/JUNE 2012 JUNE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 BRENT BUTT JUNE 22 This Saskatchewan native and creator of the instant television hit Corner Gas is commonly considered one of the funniest people in the country. Join Brent as he flexes his comedic muscles in this entertaining evening of decidedly Canadian humour, and be prepared to work a few muscles of your own-your abs-from laughing all night long. Winspear Centre; $30.50- $44.50 (plus service fees). Call 1-800-563-5081 for tickets. ESO: A TRIBUTE TO RAY CHARLES JUNE 1 & 2 Frank Sinatra once called Ray Charles "the only true genius in show business." Indeed, he was a musical pioneer with his masterful fusion of rhythm and blues, gospel, and other musical styles. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and talented musician and vocalist Ellis Hall will perform a diverse collection of his Charles' best-known works, including Georgia on My Mind, Hit the Road Jack, Let the Good Times Roll, and more. Winspear Centre; $24-$85 (plus service fees). Call 780-428-1414 for tickets. BRYAN ADAMS JUNE 19 The Canadian Rock icon is waking up the neighbourhood again by plugging in his guitar and going back to his rock roots. The singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist, producer, actor (we could go on..) is touring Canada for the first time in over 20 years, celebrating the 20 th anniversary of his popular album, Waking Up the Neighbours. Rexall Place; $20-$95 (plus service fees). Call 1-855-985-5000 for tickets. NEXTFEST JUNE 2-12 Brimming with emerging talent of the younger (next) generation, this festival celebrates all forms of artistic expression- from theatre to dance to visual art and more. With more than 10 days of groundbreaking performances held at numerous venues throughout the city, you couldn't miss it if you tried. Various venues; $10 (per show), $18 (day pass), $40 (festival pass), plus many free events. Call 780-453-2440 for tickets. PHOTOS COURTESY UNION EVENTS, LIVE NATION; PHOTO BY SANDY PHIMESTER

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