Edmonton blog roundup: May 31, 2016

Journalist Interrupted panel
I learned a lot from fellow panelists Jorge Barrera, Kelly Toughill and Linda Solomon-Wood at the Journalist Interrupted event, which also served as a soft launch for Taproot Edmonton. Photo courtesy of Mack Male.

It’s nice to be back at it after a week away from the roundup. Last week was a blur: My daughter was in the hospital; Mack and I launched Taproot Edmonton; I spoke at Journalist Interrupted and at the Canadian Association of Journalists conference; and we had our podcasting meetup. Kind of a lot, but nothing we couldn’t handle thanks to the help of family and friends. Happy endings all around.

Let’s begin with media and makers:

  • Mack Male announces Taproot Edmonton, a new member-supported home for local journalism.
  • For more media-related matters, including some of the things I’ve been up to, check out Mack’s Media Monday.
  • Dominion newspaper folk are Edmonton guests today,” declares a 1924 headline in Vintage Edmonton; 92 years later, the National Newspaper Awards brought the same kind of folk here.
  • Lindsey McNeill sets up Randy Brososky’s ambitious 100in1Day project, Hellevator.
  • And hey, there’s Randy on Faces of Edmonton, talking about what motivates him.
  • Justina Smith shares a whimsical series of anthropomorphic animals commissioned by food blogger Chris Falconer.
  • Kendyl Lauzon has embarked on a 100-day photo project to centre herself.
  • Paper Leaf’s desktop wallpaper for June is going to make me happy for the whole month.
  • Forrest Zeisler outlines what design means at Jobber in light of a recent makeover.


Music and theatre

  • Sable Chan interviews choral composer Stuart Beatch in a post that comes complete with Pro Coro’s performance of one of his pieces.
  • Michael Senchuk recounts how the Tragically Hip have provided the soundtrack to his life.
  • Megan remembers her best first kiss, and other musical memories jogged by the news about Gord Downie.
  • The Northern Sessions found quite the interesting setting for a couple of videos with Jordan Norman & The Wisdom Teeth.
  • Colin Maclean writes up the resurrection of the Varscona Theatre.

Hockey all the time


  • Jess Holt is at her wit’s end when it comes to making supper for her twin toddlers.
  • Stu Kehrig’s baby Sophia tries solid food for the first time.
  • As we head towards the International Children’s Festival, Trent Wilkie chats about fatherhood with St. Albert events manager Stephen Bourdeau.
  • When you’re having a bad day, take five, says Lori Godin. It makes all the difference.



I know I missed some good ones, because of the craziness, but you can find plenty more at ShareEdmonton. You can find these and previous picks on my Flipboard magazine and in past roundups.

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