We are excited to announce the participating organizations in the Community Connections Fair and the lineup of Free For All activities for the inaugural Edmonton Resilience Festival!
Showcasing local makers (curated by our partner On The Spot Pop Ups), community organizations, and not-for-profit groups, the Community Connections Fair allows participants to make meaningful connections with those working towards social and environmental sustainability and learn about existing initiatives and programs.
Free For All activities are drop-in skill-building classes and childrens’ activities being held in indoor classrooms and outdoor gathering spaces.
Both are part of the free programming at the Festival, which takes place on February 7th and 8th at Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 103A Avenue.
We have previously announced the lineup of ticketed workshops and free conversation cafes. Tickets for workshop streams (edmontonresiliencefestival.eventbrite.ca) and individual workshops (edmontonresilienceindividualtickets.eventbrite.ca) are now on sale.
Free For All activities
Free Classes and Childrens’ Activities
Bringing Stuffy Back: learn to hand-sew and create a boa scarf from small stuffed animals – Christy Boulter (garbaganza) – Sunday all day
The stuffed characters of a person’s life, sewn together to create a boa, provide an effortless pick-me-up made up of very personal embedded memories!
Children In The Garden: plant seeds and make nut-free bird feeders with your parents!
Community Crafting Space: knitting and crocheting community projects – Anna Davidson (Alberta Yarn Project)
Learn a new skill in a low-key setting using Alberta-made yarn! Learning to knit or crochet is a useful skill and learning from others passes along these skills in a multi-generational way. Several scarves and shawls that can be knit and crocheted from two sides will be on the go. We will to teach people how to knit and crochet as they arrive and wish to work on the scarves and shawls. Scarves and shawls made from this event will be donated to a women’s shelter; any unfinished projects will be brought to future Craft & Draught events to keep the momentum going.
Kids’ Crafts Area
Outdoor Activities and Workshops
10:30am – 12pm Outdoor Survival Skills – Hunter Lawrence
If you had to survive for 4 days in the woods, how would you do it? Using the Boyle Street Plaza and Community Center as your landscape, Hunter will lead guests on an interactive trek where you’ll talk about where to set up shelter and why, which shrubs to use as pitch, what to pack in your backpack, animal tracking, and more. A one hour workshop followed by a 30 minute Q&A.
11am Food Trucking with Incredible Edibles
Food trucks in winter?! Incredible Edibles will be offering warm and comforting selections from its tasty menu, including: creamy tomato soup, hot chocolate, Philly cheese streak sammies, flat bread sandwiches, Canadian poutine with homemade gravy and Indian butter chicken nanwiches.
All Day – Skating and Shinny Hockey – Scott Habkirk and Friends
For the kids and kids-at heart! Scott will be running a half rink, casual shinny game and offering skating tutoring on the other half. Skates and helmets are available for youth and adults, but please bring your own gear for the wee ‘uns.
(Please note: children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must wear a CSA-approved helmet to participate.)
Details, Times TBA – Sound and Drumming – Marcus Fung of Sounds Awakening
Details, Times TBA – with John Janzen Nature Centre
Community Connections Fair
Alberta Father Involvement Initiative
Alberta Recreation & Parks Association
Alberta Yarn Project
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
City of Edmonton
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Edmonton Permaculture Guild
Edmonton Seedy Sunday
Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network
Ever & Bliss
Frog Princess Designs
Fruits of Sherbrooke
Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
jj wool company
Land Stewardship Centre
Owl & Arrow Designs
Pesticide Free Alberta
Photos By Gina
Rosa & Lilium Apothecary Inc.
Sun Haven Housing Cooperative
Sustainable Food Edmonton
The Creation Emporium & Art Works
The Local Good
Vegans & Vegetarians of Alberta
Voice for Animals Humane Society