10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Thomas Rhett, Royal Bison, and Twenty One Pilots
10 to Do, May 9 to 15
He started out as a songwriter for the likes of Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, but country singer Thomas Rhett has carved out a pretty sweet career for himself since releasing his first album, It Goes Like This, in 2013. Since then he’s racked up an impressive number of hits, including 12 number one singles, along with blockbuster smashes Make Me Wanna and Sixteen. The Georgia-born Rhett is currently prepping his fourth studio album, Center Point Road, which is due for release at the end of May.
When: Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rogers Place
Admission: $43 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster
The Fiddle and the Drum at the Jubilee Auditorium, May 9 to 11. Supplied
The Fiddle and The Drum
Joni Mitchell herself has said that it’s one of the most satisfying projects she’s ever been involved in, so it seems right to close Alberta Ballet’s 52nd season with a remount of their 2009 collaboration with the revered singer-songwriter, The Fiddle and The Drum. Mitchell herself was heavily involved in all aspects of the production, including costumes, choreography, and artwork, joining forces with artistic director Jean Grand-Maître for a show that has drawn raves from the likes of the BBC and New York Times. You’ve got three chances to catch this sure to be hot show, so grab tickets while you can.
When: Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jubilee Auditorium
Admission: $41 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster
Mill Creek Colliery Band plays The Last Night of the Proms at All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral on Saturday, May 11. Supplied
It’s the last show of the Mill Creek Colliery Band’s season, and fittingly they’ll be ending it as they always do, with The Last Night of the Proms. The 28-piece, British-style brass band has put together a program of audience favourites, including Langford’s Fantasy on British Sea Songs and Land of Hope and Glory, as well as the Celtic-flavoured Gaelforce and Blenheim Flourishes. Euphonium wizard Chris Diaper will take a turn on Varied Mood, as will baritone Robert Johnson, who will be singing a self-arranged Casta Diva from Bellini’s opera Norma.
When: Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral, 10035 103 St.
Admission: $20, general; $15, students and seniors. Available at the door or in advance from Tix on the Square
Edmonton Bike Swap at the Edmonton Expo Centre on May 11. Supplied
Looking to buy or sell a bike? Better make your way down to the Edmonton Bike Swap for either purpose, as hundreds of two-wheeled vehicles are brought out for a full day dedicated to buying and selling. The bike of your dreams may be available if you get down early enough; check the website for more info.
When: Saturday, May 11. Consignment is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; sales are 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Ave.
Admission: $2, adults; kids under the age of 12 are admitted for free
Roxanne Potvin at The Aviary on May 11. Supplied
Regina-born singer-songwriter Roxanne Potvin has made a lot of musical friends in her nearly 20-year career. She’s used guitarist Colin Linden in the producer’s chair (for 2007’s Time Bomb), brought in Sue Foley and Daniel Lanois as side players, and collaborated with the likes of Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) and John Hiatt. The Juno-nominated roots musician is on the road with her latest effort, All It Was.
When: Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Aviary, 9314 111 Ave.
Admission: $10 to $15, available at the door or in advance from Yeglive
What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to bring your mom to hang out with animal moms? The Edmonton Valley Zoo is celebrating this most important of days with an afternoon filled with mom-related activities for the whole family. Look out for a magic show, airbrush tattoos, animal encounters, live music, and much more.
When: Sunday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo, 13315 Buena Vista Road
Admission: $15, adults; $12.50, youth and seniors; $10, child
Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel at the Winspear Centre on May 12 and 14. David Leavitt / Supplied
Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel
Boomers take note. You’ll have two, count ’em, two opportunities to see A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle pay tribute to two of the most iconic musicians of the ’60s and early ’70s as they bring Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel to the Winspear Centre on Sunday and Tuesday. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be adding multitudes of strings and horns to this concert, which sees the duo playing such cherished songs as The Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
When: Sunday, May 12 at 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Winspear Centre
Admission: $15 to $79, available at the Winspear box office or in advance from the Winspear website
Brian Cox at the Jubilee Auditorium on May 13. Vincent Connare / Supplied
Get yourself blinded by science as Professor Brian Cox takes the stage at the Jube on Monday night. The popular and respected physicist and BBC television host is in town with his latest stage show, Universal — Adventures in Space and Time, doing his best to step into shoes that we best know filled by Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Also on the bill is comedian Robin Ince, acting as host for a Q&A between Cox and the audience.
When: Monday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Jubilee Auditorium
Admission: $53 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster
Twenty One Pilots at Rogers Place on May 15. Supplied
Twenty One Pilots
It only takes one song to bust a career open. For Twenty One Pilots that song was Stressed Out, a smash hit that led to their fourth album, Blurryface, taking Top Rock Album at the Billboard Music Awards in 2016 and a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance the year after. Since then they’ve also hit with Heathens, from the soundtrack to the film Suicide Squad; they’re currently on tour with their latest record, Trench.
When: Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: Rogers Place
Admission: $49 and up, available in advance from Ticketmaster
Ten to Do is compiled and written by Tom Murray. If you are co-ordinating an event you want featured here, email the information to email@example.com. Information for the What’s On listings should be uploaded to http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/whats-on/index.html
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