Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism

May 22, 2009 09:11 ET

A Whole World of Edmonton Entertainment in May 2009

Throughout May, Festival City offers fun for all ages with an international twist

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - This exciting month of Edmonton entertainment launched with Edmonton Youth Week, timed perfectly with the running of the Olympic torch into the city, and it only gets more festive from there.

On May 18th for five weeks onward, a wholly different kind of entertainment starts in Edmonton. Opera Nuova presents the Vocal Arts Festival, featuring singers from across Canada in Edmonton for intensive study with some of Canada's top opera instructors and performers. "Our goal is to make opera accessible to people," says Kim Mattice-Wanat, Artistic Director. "We provide intimate venues that allow the listener to really be drawn into this art form."

Also on the Edmonton festival calendar for May is the 45th Annual St. Albert Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo & Exhibition, held at the Kinsmen Fairgrounds in St. Albert, starting May 22nd. "This year, our focus is on family fun," says Jim Oscroft of St. Albert Kinsmen. That means a midway packed with over 30 rides, everything from extreme rides for teens and less extreme ones for youngsters and grownups... and mini-donuts, of course. "You can enjoy a great day for less than you'd spend at a movie theatre," says Oscroft.

May 26 - 30th, St. Albert also hosts the 2009 International Children's Festival. The festival brings a wide array of entertainment to kids... and even a bit of education. The three clowns from Brazil's O Cano, for instance, have a hilarious time showing kids how to make music out of "found" objects, turning floor tiles into xylophones and PVC tubing into trombones. "We're bringing performance, literary and visual artists from all around the world: the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, Peru, the Republic of the Congo," says Troy Funk, Artistic Associate - Programming & Marketing. In other words, expect to see a whole world of entertainment in Edmonton, Alberta this month!

Opera Nuova Presents - Vocal Arts Festival

May 18 - June 28, 2009

www.operanuova.ca

St. Albert Kinsmen Rainmaker Rodeo & Exhibition 2009

May 22 - 24, 2009

www.rainmakerevents.ca

2009 International Children's Festival

May 26 - 30, 2009

www.childfest.com

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