ATB Financial Presents: The Winspear Summer Patio Series

This summer, plan on spending your lunch hour with us! Thanks to the generous support of ATB Financial, we are bringing back the Winspear Summer Patio concert series. Each Tuesday and Thursday from noon-1:00 PM, you can find us under the shady trees of the Winspear Centre patio, where we’ll bring you music, dance, and creative encounters of all kinds. Bring your lunch, bring your sunscreen, and bring your hands and feet for clapping and stomping along!

 

July 5
Young Medicine 

Curt Young and Jamie Medicine Crane are the creative minds behind the performing arts duo Young Medicine. They specialize in performance, workshops, and keynote speaking. Young Medicine are First Nation's Contemporary & Traditional Musicians/Artists that perform a variety of genres of music and dance. They have travelled and performed all around the world, in places such as Canada, USA, Peru, China and Africa.
Young Medicine enjoy sharing their culture, a piece of who they are and send a positive message: " Be Your own Person, Follow your own dreams".

 

July 7
iHuman 

Returning for another summer on our Patio, the creative minds at iHuman Youth Society are bring even more art and music to their Patio Sessions this year. Through music, iHuman encourages youth to write, compose, and perform songs, raps or beats that express their own individuality. Often the music speaks to their experiences on the street or in life. In their new facility on 102A Ave, the music program has grown to include CD production if a youth wishes to record their music for sale. Music video production has recently been added to the opportunities for youth expression through music.
This year, the music program youth will be joined by their peers from the visual arts, dance, and fashion programs as well. This is a multi-disciplinary arts showcase you won’t want to miss!

 

July 12
Winspear Instrument Petting Zoo 

Join the Winspear’s own Department of Musical Creativity and discover the wild and wonderful world of music making! Our famous instrument petting zoo will give you and your family the chance to try out instruments you’ve only ever seen played from a distance. Our staff will introduce you to a wide variety of instruments. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about any of the educational outreach programs we run during the summer months and throughout the year.

 

July 14
Skills Society CommuniTEA Infusion 

Come on out for a neighbourhood tea party… with a big cup of ComminuTEA! The Infusion Van is back at it with refreshments to enjoy and connections to be made. Learn about this incredible organization that provides meaningful opportunities for engagement to Edmonton’s adults with disabilities.
CommuniTEA is a mobile tea house that travels to neighbourhoods around our city — creating a “pop-up” town square where people come together, get to know each other and strengthen connections. In today’s fast-paced society, fewer people are connected to their communities in meaningful ways. CommuniTEA becomes a gathering place for people, creating opportunities for meaningful exchange. People with disabilities are the key leaders of this initiative taking the role of community builders in Edmonton neighbourhoods. What happens at the events is as unique as every neighbourhood, from tea with naturally flowing conversation and music to tea while engaging in dialogue about an important topic that matters to their community. The nature of this initiative is such that it requires the contributions of community members to make it work. The essence of a CommuniTEA Infusion event is to give, connect and contribute.

 

July 19
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Global Choir 

One of Edmonton’s longest serving settlement organizations, bringing aid and support to New Canadians, is making it’s Winspear Summer Patio debut! Global Choir creates opportunities for cultural sharing and promotes active participation from long-time residents and newcomers alike. Don’t be shy! There are plenty of song books and maracas for all. Of course, you’re always welcome to bring your own instruments and a song to teach the group!

 

July 21 – July 30

Night of Artists 

The Winspear Summer Patio is delighted to welcome back Night Of Artists, who’s inspiring works of art will be on display and available for purchase for the duration of the Taste of Edmonton festival (http://tasteofedm.ca/). The spirit of the patio carries on throughout this week, so bring your lunch down and enjoy the painterly scenery that this group provides.

 

August 2

ReUse Centre 

Join the City of Edmonton Reuse Centre on the patio and make your own musical instruments using reusable materials! Create DIY drums by upcycling tin containers and puzzle pieces. Together, we’ll decorate our musical masterpieces, and try out some unique drumming rhythms.

The Reuse Centre promotes the benefits of reuse and diverts waste from landfill by accepting reusable items and making them available to others. The Reuse Centre accepts over 250 types of items which include corks, baskets, VHS tapes, binders, trophies, bubble wrap and much more. These items are reused and repurposed by the community, as organizations and individuals can purchase them at an affordable nominal fee of $5 per 50 kg.

In 2015, the Reuse Centre accepted 243 tonnes of donations, 92 per cent of which was kept out of landfill.

No prior knowledge of crafting or music are required. Just say it with us: “Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!”

 

August 4

iHuman 

Returning for another summer on our Patio, the creative minds at iHuman Youth Society are bring even more art and music to their Patio Sessions this year. Through music, iHuman encourages youth to write, compose, and perform songs, raps or beats that express their own individuality. Often the music speaks to their experiences on the street or in life. In their new facility on 102A Ave, the music program has grown to include CD production if a youth wishes to record their music for sale. Music video production has recently been added to the opportunities for youth expression through music.
This year, the music program youth will be joined by their peers from the visual arts, dance, and fashion programs as well. This is a multi-disciplinary arts showcase you won’t want to miss!

 

August 9

Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival showcase

With just two days to go before North America’s largest Fringe Festival kicks off, you are invited to this sneak peak of the 35th Annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. What is the Fringe, you ask?
*Fringing: ‘to Fringe’. Fringe (verb)/frinj/

Enjoying a unique, evolving Edmonton experience Being swept up in an international artistic force to be reckoned with Taking an essential journey for every theatre lover Participating in a rite of passage for artists from around the world Don’t miss your chance to see some of this year’s talented lineup. See it first, on the Winspear Summer Patio!

August 11

Citadel Theatre Foote Theatre School

Show your support as students of all ages take centre stage on the Winspear Summer Patio. They’ll showcase showtunes, shadow puppets, maybe even a shim-sham-shimmy if you’re lucky!

The Foote Theatre School (FTS) is the oldest and largest theatre school in Edmonton. Since 1966 we have provided year round classes for all ages and experience levels, teaching physical, technical and creative skills in both acting and musical theatre. Over 1,000 students annually are taught by our faculty of 25 local theatre professionals. We offer the largest theatre education program in Edmonton and one of the largest in Canada.

August 16

CKUA Ukulele Chorus 

Another fan favourite from last summer, CKUA’s adorable ukuleles are back on the Patio bringing us sounds of the summer and classic tunes reimagined for the delightfully small 4-string guitar. Always recruiting for more members, you too can participate in this sunny singalong. The CKUA Ukulele Band & Choir is a group of people who get together for music that uplifts our spirits, hearts, and minds. Everyone is welcome to join!

August 18

Winspear Family Hootenanny

For the first time ever, Winspear staff and ESO musicians will join forces for the ultimate in silly symphonies! No tune is too retro, no instrument to plebeian. Got a pair of wooden spoons or a kazoo you’ve been itching to try out? Then join in the fun as we say farewell to another great season of music, community, and culture on the Winspear Summer Patio.

 

We are so grateful to ATB Financial and the people of Edmonton for supporting this program. It’s all for you! So if you have an idea for an act on next season’s lineup, let us know! You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll get in touch. Until next time, have a safe and happy summer!

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