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Dancin' in the streets this weekend with Kaleido on Tour

Annual celebration of music and merriment along Alberta Avenue hits pocket parks, balconies, alleys and more this weekend.
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Kaleido on Tour runs through the Alberta Avenue area this weekend. See kaleidofest.ca for details. Photo: Marc J. Chalifoux

Fans of Alberta Avenue's Kaleido Fest are in for a change and a treat this September. This weekend, September 10-12, Arts on the Ave is bringing Kaleido to city streets (alleys, pocket parks, you name it) with Kaleido on Tour 2021: Dancin' in the Street.

Organizers say Kaleido has been 'radically reimagined' to ensure the safety and health of their team, performers and spectators. Described as a spontaneous extension of a summer-long celebration of music, art and magic, Kaleido is a physically-distanced, free event.

Visitors will enjoy musicians, street performances and visual artists on front porches, balconies, outdoor rinks and parks throughout the Alberta Avenue district (from NAIT to Northlands, 75 Street to 106 St./111 Ave-Yellowhead). Whether on flatbed trucks or stages at select parks and large open areas, Kaleido aims to entertain where folks can safely watch and enjoy the show.


Weekend Highlights Include:
Friday:
Aurora Lantern Parade | Delton Community League (12325 88 St) | 8:30 - 11 pm
Fireworks! | Delton Park (12219 90 St) | 11 pm 

Saturday: 
Pickin' and Pluckin' Pancake Breakfast | Spruce Avenue Community League (10240 115 Ave) | 10 am - 1 pm
Kalabante Productions | Borden Park (11020 75A St) | 6:15 - 7 pm  
William Prince | Elmwood Park (12505 75 St) | 9:30 - 10:30 pm

Sunday:
Takwakin Village | Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society (11648 85 St) | 1 - 4 pm
Jazz Alley | Alley - 93 St & 118 Ave | 12 - 8 pm
Captain Tractor | Borden Park (11020 75A St) | 5 - 6 pm
 

Kaleido organizers have also put together a list of must try items from each of the restaurants that participated in the Eats on 118 tours this summer. Plan your route and indulge in food from the Avenue. While you're at it, tag @AlbertaAveBA and use #Eatson118. Here's a sampling:

1) Authentic Jerk Chicken + Jerk Sauce to go from Flava Cafe

2) The best Green Onion Cake in the city from The Green Onion Cake Man

3) Giovanna Calzone from Battista’s Calzone

4) Donair Pizza from The Duck Taphouse & Grill

5) A delectable Custard Tart from Handy Bakery

6) Homemade Caesar Salad from Coliseum Steak & Pizza

7) Yuca Con Chicharron from Paraiso Tropical (plus, check out their entire aisle of hot sauce!)

8) Savoury Spring Rolls from T & D Vietnamese Noodle House

9) Smoked Sausage from YEG Smoked Meats

10) Spicy Chicken Tikka Masala + sweet Coconut Naan from Swagat India Bar & Bistro

11) Empanadas from Jasmine Belle Cafe

12) A round of Bowling and a Beer at Plaza Bowl

13) Board games at Pe Metawe Games

A full schedule of performances, stages and artists is at kaleidofest.ca 

Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society is a registered non-profit, charity organization working to develop 118th Avenue (75 – 106 Streets) into a community arts district.
 
The organization is engaged with the city and dedicated to the community through the cultivation of positive urban renewal.