Eye on Edmonton: April 2018

By Brittany Rudyck 


EDMONTON – Preparing this column at the end of March doesn’t make one feel any closer to April or spring. It’s snowing right now and while that comes as a shock to no one, the hardy folks of Edmonton are ready to splash in some puddles and soak in some damn sunshine. Until then, head indoors for these fun, predominantly 420 oriented events.  

Tallest to Shortest are releasing an EP and music video April 7 at the Aviary (Edmonton) with Boosh, Street League and Machines Like These. Prairie Pirates Music is releasing the EP and it looks like it’ll be a killer show with humour, ruckus and good people. $10 advance tickets; 9 p.m. start, and it’s 18+. 

Rockin’ 4 Dollars happens every Monday night at the Buckingham (Edmonton) for a cool three dollars. April 9 is a special treat for those of us who remember seeing Avril Lavigne’s music video for “Complicated” debut on MuchMusic. It’s Avril Lavigne appreciation day featuring songs from Let Go 

Clean Up Your Act Productions has an all ages show on April 20 at the Aviary (Edmonton) if you’re into grunge and heavy drone. Siksika Nation stoner rock crew Iron Tusk, Calgary’s Pill Crusher, Edmonton’s Dead Fibres, Faith Crisis and ambient post rockers Tyle from Regina will share the stage and make you feel things. $12 at the door! 

Quickly becoming the spot for out of this world electronic events, 9910 (Edmonton) is hosting Residents with Neighbor, Essette and Phatcat on Friday, April 20. Residents is a unique, somewhat regular event that live streams each performance to shout out the incredible talent in the Canadian dance scene. Starts at 9 p.m., goes late. 

The Sewing Machine Factory is also hosting a great 420 show with Boosh, The Faps, Milhouse and Pot Cop. Lovers of weird noise, bright lights (epilepsy warning for this show), buckle up. This is 18+ and $10 at the door.  

What else would you be doing on Sunday, April 22 other than saying “wow” like Owen Wilson in Churchill Square? It is Earth Day, so maybe pick up some garbage to and from this spectacle. Please and thanks.  

Head to Temple in Edmonton (which shares the same entrance to the Starlite Room) on April 27 for the Aepoch (Ontario) album release supported by Bloodshot Dawn (UK) and Edmonton’s Valyria. This is for fans of death metal but with a little bit of groove. 

Fashion Revolution Week runs from April 23 through till April 29 with a Change of Clothes Swap & panel on April 29 at Ritchie Hall from 12 – 4 p.m. The aim is to bring awareness to the fast fashion industry and be a champion for ethical, sustainable and responsible fashion. Volunteers will repair gently warn items at the swap and panelists will discuss what transparent fashion looks like. Suggested donation of $10 please! 

The Edmonton Music Collectors Spring show takes place on April 29 at the Central Lions Recreation Hall. It’s one of the best places to buy and trade vinyl and the cost is $10 at the door between 10 and 11 a.m. for the super serious collectors and $5 for the rest of the day. This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids. 

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