We made it! Whatever you thought of 2016, from it being the worst year in recorded history, to thinking, “Hey, at least I didn’t catch the plague!”, it’s all behind us now. Let’s take a look ahead to some of the good times we’ll be having in 2017!
Put your pinky rings up to the moon as Rogers Place welcomes the Grammy award winning pop-funk force that is Bruno Mars. The tight choreography of his 24K Magic World Tour drops in to Edmonton for two nights on Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31. This martian is sure to deliver an electrifying performance filled with Teddy Riley inspired vocoders and the attitude of Bobby Brown in his heydays. (We’ve got our fingers crossed that his European tour opener, Anderson .Paak, joins him on the North American leg of his tour. .Paak’s Malibu was a contemporary take on soul with a blend of hip hop and was one of the best albums of 2016!)
-Can’t wait until the summer for the next arena tour? Then you might also want to catch The Red Hot Chili Peppers, on Sunday, May 28.
Hamilton-based, multiple Juno Award winners, The Arkells are bringing their brand of soulful rock to the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday, February 3. The tour is in support of their fourth and latest album, Morning Report, and if it’s anything like the album, the show is likely to be a turn from what fans expect. Be prepared for more of a pop sound on this one as they attempt to break beyond the Canadian market.
-For shows with a closer-to-home feel, check out The Needle Vinyl Tavern’s event page for a plethora of shows by local artists and bands
“Kinky Boots” is coming to the Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Avenue) from February 14-19. Based on a true story, the play follows Charlie Price, a man expected to take on his family’s struggling shoe company after the death of his father. A man from a very different path walks into his life with an inspired idea. Drag queen, Lola, is the inspired mind who comes up with the idea of putting out ladies’ boots for men. Set to the songs of Cyndi Lauper, the Tony award-winning play is sure to kick you right out of your seat.
Speaking of kinky, on Saturday, March 25, The Needle Vinyl Tavern will be playing host to Edmonton’s premiere burlesque troupe, Capital City Burlesque, for their latest production entitled “Spring Time Jizz Jazz”. The troupe, entering their thirteenth year of performing, are presenting their newest routines set to the jazzy sounds of Doug Organ playing live. Performing at The Needle gives the ladies a bit more freedom with this performance: the room is set up to have Doug play on one stage while the Rockette-esque high kicks fly across the room on another.
Ear To The Street
DJ Nu-Mark: DJ Nu-Mark is an artist in a league of his own. Known mostly as a member of the world renowned hip hop group Jurassic 5, he’s one of the most versatile and playful DJs out there. Armed with an artillery of records better than your entire iTunes library, his tactful mixes blend radio hits with everything from Brazilian samba to northern soul. With support from Saskatoon’s The Gaff and locals All Out DJs, Gold Blooded DeeJays, and Freshlan, Uncle Nu drops in at 9910 (9910 109 Street) Friday February 24.
For those of you with a taste for creative DJing, LA’s Kastle performs at the Starlite Room (10030 102 Street) Saturday, January 21 with Edmonton’s own United Bass Kollective.
The city is bustling so much that we even your man about town, Mr. Derk, can’t keep up with it all. Be sure to check out more events through Explore Edmonton, To Do Canada’s Edmonton page, and all your local venue event pages!