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GUEST,Phillip Canuckleheads can't even Cheat right! (34) RE: Canuckleheads can't even Cheat right! 10 Aug 01


Short list of activities in and around Deadmonton as of the last two weeks.

Klondike Days: Edmonton's summer fair. Paid attendance to grounds 700,000+

World Triathlon Championships: Capacity crowds in the facilities as well as lining the streets,

Blueberry Bluegrass Festival: Canada's largest. Over 5,000 3-day passes were sold. Featuring "The Seldom Scene" as headliners.

Heritage Days: 2-day Multicultural event . Absolutely free to all. An explosion of ethnic dance, food, and music casually referred to as the world's largest food court.

Big Valley Jamboree: 4-day country music festival. Also Canada's largest. Over 60,000 paid weekend admissions, most of which were weekend passes.

Festival of The World's: Continuing nightly free concerts in a downtown park in conjunction with the track & field championships. Every night a different theme of music, aboriginal, country, classical, Celtic. Rita Coolidge, Paul Brandt, The Edmonton Symphony, have been featured.

Edmonton Folk Fest: Started last night. Tickets limited to 40,000, weekend admissions. Traditionally sold out within hours of tickets going on sale in May. Average evening crowd is 15,000-25,000 people Last night's headliners were Dougie MacLean, Ron Kavana & Niamh Parsons, Oysterband, Joan Osborne, and Jennifer Warnes. Way more to come over next three days.

To come this evening and weekend: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: World's Gala & Concert. featuring guest artist Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth.

Joe Cocker and the "Guess Who" reunion tour.

All this in addition to the World Track & Field Championships themselves. Which have 400,000 PAID admissions. No plans to give away free tickets to pad the crowd as they did in Seville.

For a small city, Edmonton seems to support it's events very well. I haven't mentioned the usual plethora of country fairs, rodeos, sport tournaments, and other small regional musical events. I don't think the theatres, restaurants, and clubs of Edmonton have been hurting lately either.

I note with interest that the mayor of Edmonton took Mr. Philip, who filed the controversial story, on a helicopter tour of Edmonton yesterday. It's good to see him get out a little bit. The British contingent has been spotted mostly in their hotel and surrounding pubs when they are not actually at the stadium. Not apt to sample too much of the local culture from in there!

I find it pretentious for anyone to travel and then complain that "It's not like it is at home!"


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