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What's Happening: October

Enjoy upcoming events in and around Edmonton and Calgary this month.

Living With... Festival in support of mental health. Oct. 5-7 at The Backstage Theatre 10330-84 Ave. Enjoy three evenings of performing arts dedicated to opening up conversations around mental health. Tickets $25 each evening; $60 for all 3 evenings. Enjoy theatre, dance, spoken word and music from Alberta talent. A portion of sales goes to Canadian Mental Health Association. See DEPTH Perception Productions Facebook page for details.

Don Berner Big Band - A Salute to Tommy Banks - Oct 7 at 7:30 at Triffo Theatre, 11110 104 Avenue NW. See Edmonton’s flagship big band launch a third season in their new home in MacEwan’s Triffo theatre! And they do it in style. Senator Tommy Banks was not only an Edmonton musical mainstay and internationally recognized performer, but he was also a major influence on multiple generations of Edmonton musicians and helped launch MacEwan’s renowned music program. See for tickets and details.

Seniors United Now, Northeast Chapter meets Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. at Glengarry Hall, 13325 89 St. Come enjoy free coffee, goodies and speaker Opel Vuzi, regional air quality and health specialist, talk about the environmental health program Alberta and the effect smoke has on the lungs. Contact Arlene 780-476-6072 for more.

Brandon Lorenzo concert and silent auction in support of the Dickson Store Museum. Sat. Oct 14 from 5 p.m. at Spruce Grover Community Hall. Supper and cash bar, plus entertainment for $60. See for details.

Edmonton Short Film Festival Oct. 13-15. Indulge in three days of independent film at Metro Cinema and CKUA in Edmonton. From red carpet galas to discussions on the danger and thrill of film stunts, there's something for all. A festival pass is $50 for the full three days. Tickets are available at FilmFreeway/EdmontonShortFilmFestival/Tickets.

Alberta Old Buildings Art Exhibition - to Dec 7, 2023. This exhibit in the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Kaasa lower gallery features 10 paintings and ten sketches of well-known old buildings. At 11455 87 Ave. NW. Technology allows the public to interact with all *20 pieces of artwork unfolding the artist’s painting progress & viewing each Alberta old building’s exterior to interior design and decoration. Famous buildings include Edmonton’s Alberta Government House, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Calgary’s Lougheed House Mansion, Jasper Park Information Centre, Lake Agnes Tea Houses, other museums, a railway station other heritage sites across Alberta. They were all built between 1888 to 1921.

Crescendo! (A play with music) Oct. 18 to Nov. 5, 2023 - Crescendo! is inspired by true stories and takes us into the lives of women in a community choir. Both hilarious and moving, it is an examination of the need for music in our lives and the journey into the connections and community that make us human. Directed by Kate Ryan, the touching, funny play runs at Varscona Theatre - 10329 83 Ave. See for details.

Southeast Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) Fall Rummage Sale - Oct. 21-22. Donations can be dropped at south doors 8:30am-3:00pm Oct.10-19. SEESA book sale Oct. 10-22. Registration for classes and clubs running to Dec. 22 starts Oct. 10. Program guide is on the website. For details, go to or visit 9350 82 ST NW.

Minus One Dance Club of Edmonton - Social dancing for seniors 55+, singles and couples welcome. Sat. Oct 14 Sparkling Tones; Oct. 28 Chwill Brothers. Dance 7-11 p.m. lunch at 9:30. Members $15, guests $17. At Bellevue Community Hall, 7308 112 Ave. NW. For info call 780-478-6187 or see

Seniors United Now (SUN) South Edmonton Chapter presents Jolyn Hall on 'Housing options for seniors', Oct. 20. At 2 p.m. Edmonton Whitemud Public Library, 4211-106 St. Coffee and snacks provided. For more, call 780-250-7164. 

Stage West Calgary - An Evening with Groucho - Until Nov. 12 -Enjoy this all ages show for comedy fans, starring award-winning actor and director Frank Ferrante. The 90-minute, two act show is a portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx, known for one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray for Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady." The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. See for details.

Alberta Genealogical Society-Edmonton Branch offers Catherine Roy presenting 'Edmonton's Working Class History', Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. To register go to society also has special interest groups on England/Wales, French, DNA, Canada/United States, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine, Computers & Writers. See website or Facebook page for details.efer to our above website or face book page for more

Rosebud Theatre: Magic Lies: An evening with W.O.Mitchell. Until Oct. 21. Enjoy spell-binding storytelling and a lovely buffet meal at the hamlet of Rosebud, an hour from Calgary. See for details and tickets.

The 2023 Edmonton Challenger tennis event, Oct 29 to Nov 5 at the Royal Glenora. Professional players and top juniors from across the globe play in men’s and women’s events. See for details.