It’s Labour Day, and the weather has thoughtfully turned drizzly and cold (at least as I write this) so we don’t feel so bad about the unofficial end of summer. I still feel a little bit bad, but I am greatly cheered up by all of the interesting things I found to read and listen to:
- Beverley Jackman has launched a new site called Edmonton Spaces, a project cataloguing “awesome office spaces and creative studios.” She talked about it on Edmonton AM.
- Andrea Beça concludes her epic ukulele year with a Q&A, a do-over and a lot of gratitude.
- Sally Neal found a creative way to grow potatoes.
- Christine Shankowsky has quit her job to start her own business, Just Bella Bash.
- Emma Butler offers tips on how to take a decent head shot with your phone.
Talking and playing
- Sunil Agnihotri’s podcast, The SuperFan, launches with thoughts on what it means to be an active fan rather than a passive one.
- Erin E. Fraser and Matt Bowes now have an outlet for their passion for Hindi cinema with a new podcast, Bollywood is for Lovers.
- I Don’t Get It, the podcast about contemporary dance, is back with a jam-packed episode that includes a preview of the coming season.
- The latest Vintage Edmonton podcast features One Horse Blue, whose name you surely saw on a bar marquee if you grew up in Alberta in the late ’70s. (Comme moi.)
- The What It Is podcast kicks off Season 4 with Dan Clarke of The Worst Podcast Ever and Joshua Lee Coss and Robyn Slack of Success 5000.
- Salena Kitteringham explores the idea of suppressed music through a Q&A with guest artist Suzanne Snizek.
- The beautifully shot and wonderful sounding Northern Sessions turns its attention to Justine Vandergrift.
- Michael Senchuk has the video for Kimberley MacGregor’s single, Trouble, to be officially released Oct. 17. He also previews F&M’s video release party, coming Sept. 12.
- Jay Runham and the Tech Geek Gamers do a criss-cross: Jay interviews them about video-game movies, and they have a wide-ranging chat with him.
Camping, cooking, community
- Stacey Brotzel more than survives her first real camping trip, and learns a lot about the culture along the way.
- Margaret Bose-Johnson shares beautiful pictures from her trip to the cabin and a mouth-watering campfire recipe.
- Rachel Foley covers the Alder Society’s pop-up event featuring great dishes made from food that would have gone to waste.
- Phil Wilson names his top five Edmonton food trucks. (Speaking of food trucks, the menus are up for the final What the Truck?! event of the season, and Stephanie Gonzales has a golden ticket.)
- Farmers’ market stalwart Celebrate, Gluten Free now has a west-end cafe, reports Abisaac Saraga.
- Linda Hoang learns a lot about how the downtown restaurant business has changed on a recent (and delicious) visit to Lazia.
Reading, writing, dreaming
- Donna McKinnon interviews Sydney Smith, illustrator of the new children’s book Grant and Tillie Go Walking.
- Laura Frey doesn’t quite know what to think about Patrick deWitt’s Undermajordomo Minor, but she likes that she’s still thinking about it.
- Sandy VanRiper scratches her back-to-school itch with a great set of resources on learning through journaling.
- On The Noteworthy, Tineke de Jong kicks off her new series about big dreamers with a visit with Robin Mazumder.
- Allan Mitchell, aka Lowetide, has something to say about every player expected at Oilers training camp.
- Glenn Kubish runs into stories wherever he goes. This one involves power tools.
OK, I know that’s a lot, but maybe you have the day off and have a little extra time. And if you need still more, check out the blogs feed at ShareEdmonton.
I collect my picks in a Flipboard magazine, and I share stuff on Twitter: @seenandheardyeg and @karenunland. The Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast has a short, sweet interlude this week.
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