Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival Jan 8-9!

This weekend Alberta Avenue hosts the third (I think) annual winter festival: Deep Freeze. And I must say it gets better and bigger each year. So, bundle up and come on down for some fun! Oh, and feel free to bring scarf/mitt/hat donations as all Winter Light Festivals have collectors for these times somewhere on site!

Complete program and schedule:  deepfreezefest.ca

Here is a complete copy and paste of the email they sent me (you can subscribe to Winter Light mailouts too):

Arts on the Ave is excited to bring another year of the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival in 2011. This year’s theme is Midwinter Merriment in a Land Where Time Stood Still.

Saturday’s programming is steeped in Ukrainian heritage and the celebration of the Julian New Year with an array of fun throughout the day, culminating in the annual Melt the Deep Freeze Dance with Le Fuzz ($10 tickets are available at the Carrot Community Coffeehouse, Myrhe’s Music, or at the door).

Sunday shines the spotlight on French Canadian culture, with the best of neighbourhood, local, national and international artists including the fun of a traditional Cabane à Sucre.

Indoor venues

The Carrot Community Coffeehouse (9351 118 Ave.) for music all day. Relax and warm up with some of the best coffee on the Ave.

Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (9225 118 Ave.) celebrates its eighth birthday on January 8! Join the fun Saturday from 1 to 3 pm with music, refreshments and an art auction.The Nina features Ukrainian crafts and a wheat weaving workshop on Saturday, and is also the alternate indoor venue in case of extreme weather,.

Old Cycle Building (9141 118 Ave.) hosts dance performances, storytelling, music, arts market and gallery, concession and farmers market.

Alberta Avenue Community Centre (9210 118 Ave.) is the hotspot for music, from the zabava-style Kubasonics on Saturday to the Francophone sounds of Allez Ouest. Food will be available at this site: Saturday’s Cossack Cravings include perogies, kielbasa, lazy cabbage rolls and borscht. On Friday, La Petite Cuisine d’Alice welcomes guests with tourtière, poutine, soupe aux pois, fèves au lard, and delicious tarte au sucre.

Outdoor venues

The Mummer’s Outdoor Stage (corner of 92 St. and 118 Ave.) presents an original theatre creation from the Alberta Avenue Mummers Collective as well as performances vying for prizes in Deep Freeze’s first-ever Mummers Contest.

On the Street (91 St. to 94 St. on 118 Ave.), find the Street Hockey Tournament featuring members of the Edmonton Oil Kings hockey team, and wagon rides. On Sunday, enjoy a traditional French-Canadian Cabane à Sucre and heritage games as well as a wild fight courtesy of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Alberta Avenue Park (9210 118 Ave.) is the home to Mosóm’s Tipis, with traditional dancers and Tipi Teachings with Elder Philip Campiou, as well as tobogganning, snowshoeing, and painting.

Tom Fool’s Ice and Snow Kingdom (behind 9210 118 Ave.) is the shining centrepiece to the festival, with ice for skating, curling and sculpture. Be dazzled by ice creations made by artists from across Canada, and with special guest artists from Edmonton’s sister city, Harbin, China. On Saturday, adults can also enjoy a refreshing sip from the Bailey’s Ice Bar starting at 7 pm.

Download the complete program and schedule at deepfreezefest.ca

Deep Freeze is brought to you by Arts on the Ave, the Avenue Initiative Revitalization, the Sculptor’s Association of Alberta, the Alberta Avenue Community Centre, and Winter Light.

Contact the Winter Light Office:
w: www.winterlight.ca     p: 780-760-2229     f: 780-760-2263     e: info@winterlight.ca


  1. And Adar invented another cool activity at this festival: A child toss into snow banks! Whoever can toss a kid onto the highest snowbank, without injury* to the child, wins!

    * injury is defined as treatment administered at a hospital or medical facility with professional medical help. Simple bruises, cuts, minor concussions are allowed.


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