Edmonton Resilience Festival: Community Connections Fair and Free For All Activities announced


Map of the Edmonton Resilience Festival by Stephanie Medford, with permission. (Stephanie is teaching a Personal Mapmaking workshop at the Festival.)
Map of the Edmonton Resilience Festival by Stephanie Medford, with permission. (Stephanie is teaching a Personal Mapmaking workshop at the Festival.)

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 cafesTickets for workshop streams (edmontonresiliencefestival.eventbrite.caand 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 animalsChristy 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 projectsAnna 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 SkillsHunter 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.

1:30pm – 3pm The How and Why of HuntingHunter Lawrence
When meat is readily available in a supermarket and even sustainable options can be found in farmers’ markets and butcher shops, why are people continuing to hunt for food? Learn about hunting, getting a license, responsible firearms ownership, hunting ethics, and more in this one hour workshop, followed by a 30 minute Q&A.
3:15pm – 4pm What Makes A Good Story? Susan Chau of the Edmonton Public Library
In the age of Wikipedia, iPods and Google, the need to hear and tell stories continues to be an essential part of life. Stories are shared in every culture for entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and as a tool for instilling values. Explore the art of storytelling and promote early literacy in this interactive workshop for adults and children, hosted by community librarian Susan Chau.
11am – 11:45am Once Upon a Time… Susan Chau of the Edmonton Public Library
Join community librarian Susan Chau as she entertains kids, parents and kids-at-heart with story time favourites from the library collection.

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 DaySkating 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.)

All Day – Bring Your Own Marshmallows for Roasting and S’mores
We’ll have fires going in the courtyard all festival long, and hay bales to sit on. Bring marshmallows and fixings to make your own s’mores and meet new friends!

Details, Times TBA – Sound and DrummingMarcus Fung of Sounds Awakening

Details, Times TBA – with John Janzen Nature Centre


Community Connections Fair 

Participating Organizations:

Alberta Father Involvement Initiative
Alberta Recreation & Parks Association
Alberta Yarn Project
Ameya Studios
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
City of Edmonton
Cozy Creations
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
It’s Oscar
jj wool company
Land Stewardship Centre
Leadership Edmonton
Men Edmonton
Ninad Fibreworks
Owl & Arrow Designs
Pesticide Free Alberta
Photos By Gina
Quarters Arts
Robin Light
Rosa & Lilium Apothecary Inc.
Skills Society
Sun Haven Housing Cooperative
Sustainable Food Edmonton
The Creation Emporium & Art Works
The Local Good
The Mombot
Vegans & Vegetarians of Alberta
Voice for Animals Humane Society
Wild Green

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