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Holiday Patio Party | December 8, 2012


 Edmonton’s NextGen, in partnership with Public House, invites Edmontonians to help ring in the holiday season with its first-ever Holiday Patio Party, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Saturday, December 8 at the Public House patio, 10765 Jasper Avenue. Please note this event is 18+.

Guests are invited to cozy up under a canopy of lights and enjoy a unique collaboration between the Urban Monks and VJ’s from Guru Digital Arts as they create interactive, winter-themed live projections. No need to worry about the weather, hot appetizers, warm seasonal drinks and warming stations will be provided to keep everyone toasty warm no matter the temperature!

Held in conjunction with the Public House, Winter City Strategy Think Tank and Downtown Edmonton Community League, admission to the Holiday Patio Party is free. Hot soup and chili will be sold for $2 to raise funds for one of Edmonton’s inner city charities.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit


NextGen Speaks Out | July Theme announcement

July’s NextGen Speaks Out! theme will be Food

Summer is in full swing. Do you know how I know, besides the weather? Well the signs are all there. I know that you will be able to identify with at least a few of this signs.


  • The BBQs are out in full force, the aroma of my neighbours’ dinner taunting me on my way home. An unspoken challenge to get out there and make something on the grill.
  • Gardens are starting to produce fresh vegatables, fruit and herbs. Now you can go just a few steps to your backyard/balcony to collect ingredients for dinner instead of something trucked into the store.
  • Then there is the multitiude of Edmonton and area farmers markets which are now bustling with people on weeknights as well as weekends.
  • Patios are quickly becoming a hot commodity on lunches and after work. You almost have to leave early to send someone to “save” you a table, so you can enjoy your libations in the sunshine.
  • Last but not least we are on the brink of the festival season. It won’t be long before we can rub elbows (litterally and figuratively) at the Taste of Edmonton and then Heritage days is right around the corner.

    This month we will be bringing you tantalizing, and thought-provoking posts on and about the food scene in Edmonton. Ww’ll share what that means to a consumer, to a foodie, to a business owner, to an activist, and to someone who loves to cook, bake, and create.


    We also want you to engage in discussion. Come on nextgener’s we know you have opinions and thoughts on these themes too. We’d love for you to comment, start a discussion, and share these posts with your networks.


    Check back weekly as we will be adding new NextGen Speaks Out! posts regularly. We’re looking forward to it and hope you do too!


    NextGen Speaks Out, our guest blogging series, is envisioned as a hub for information and discussion. NextGen is a non-political, non-denominational organization focused on giving all nextgeners a voice. NextGen does not represent the opinions expressed by the individual columnists.

    Edmonton’s NextGen + Pride Parade 2012


    June 18, 2012 – UPDATE:

    Edmonton’s NextGen is thrilled to received the award for “Best Overall Float” in the 2012 Pride Parade, presented by the Edmonton Pride Festival Society. A HUGE thanks goes to our more than 40 volunteers who walked, danced, and cheered along the parade route to help NextGen celebrate Edmonton’s diverse LGBT community.

    Our float would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors:  City of Edmonton, Allstar Show Industries, interVivos, Progress Unlimited, Ampersand Grey, Regency Developments, Bottom Line Productions, Notables, Gateway Press, and Broadway Across Canada.

    Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (MT)

    Join Edmonton’s NextGen for its second time in the Edmonton Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9, 2012. We’re thrilled to participate in one of the best parties of the summer and celebrate Edmonton as a diverse and welcoming community for the next generation.

    First 50 to register receive a limited edition NextGen t-shirt to wear during the event. Register today at

    Parade Staging will be between 11:00 am and 11:30 am on 108 Street between Jasper Avenue and 102 Avenue.  Upon arrival, please find someone in a NextGen t-shirt to check-in and sign a waiver.  Please be on time so that we can get lined up.

    The Parade route starts on 108 Street and 102 Avenue and travels east on 102 Avenue to 99 Street. The parade will take up both lanes of 102 Avenue.

    After the Parade all participants are encouraged to gather with us at Churchill Square to continue the festivities. Celebration on the Square includes the main stage, beer gardens, business and community information booths, merchandise and food vendors, and various forms of entertainment.

    For more information on the Edmonton Pride Festival, visit

    Here’s a gallery of great pictures of NextGen at Pride in 2011.



    From January 26 to 29th, Edmonton’s NextGen is proud to be programming partner of the Community Centre Pavilion at METROPOLIS, Edmonton’s newest celebration of winter culture. With a focus on engaging Edmontonians, ages 18 – 40, in making the City of Edmonton a place they choose to work, live, learn and play, the four days of programming feature a Best of NextGen schedule of events plus a variety of creative collaborations with next generation community organizations. All activities are free of charge and open to all ages, unless otherwise stated.

    6:30 PM Doors, 7:30 PM Presentations | January 26 | PECHA KUCHA: METROPOLIS

    Pecha Kucha Nights have become one of Edmonton’s NextGen’s most popular and enduring public events. Japanese for the phrase “the sound of chitchat”, Pecha Kucha Nights feature presentations on local ideas, projects and musings in the 20 slides x 20 second per slide format made popular world-wide by Klein Dytham Architecture.  At METROPOLIS, the public is invited to attend Pecha Kucha: Metropolis featuring “best of” presentations from the past 11 installments of the event plus fresh ideas.

    Featuring Presentations from:

    Ron Gilbertson, Warning: Revitalization will Dramatically Change the Character of Downtown Edmonton, EEDC (from PKN X)

    Nadir Bellahmer & Mike Rivest, Media Art and Design Exposed in Edmonton (from PKN  8)

    Todd Babiak, Interventions (from PKN X)

    Tad Hargrave & Amy Shostak, PKN Off The Cuff  (Improv PKN)

    Kevin Kossowan, Food Writer and Activist (from PKN 9)

    Christopher Samuel, Starcraft: More Than Just A Game (from PKN 11)

    Lisa Baroldi, Designing Downtown: A Movement (New presentation)

    Shafraaz Kaba, First Nations Architecture (New presentation)

    Michael Strong, Downtown Edmonton: Place, Perception, Transformation (from PKN X)


    8:30 AM | January 27 | SOCIAL MEDIA BREAKFAST #13 

    Edmonton’s NextGen is pleased to partner with SMBYEG as Food Sponsor of Social Media Breakfast #13, taking place right next door to METROPOLIS at the CBC Centre Stage, 10062-102 Avenue.  The Edmonton Social Media Breakfast (SMBYEG) is pleased to announce Walter Schwabe (@fusedlogic) as this month’s guest speaker.

    The Awesomeness of SocialTV

    Understanding the digital behaviors of today’s online audiences can help businesses accomplish their objectives far better today than in the original static Web eco-system.  Walter Schwabe, Chief Evolution Officer of fusedlogic inc., and Executive Producer of fusedlogicTV will define and discuss the impact of digital behaviors such as, “social viewing” now associated with traditional television programming and how it’s changing the industry as a whole.  Further, he’ll demonstrate how the entertainment industry has effectively integrated into the social eco-system, while discussing the impact of social viewing data which is affecting entertainment expenditures.

    Overall, Walter’s talk on SocialTV will look to reveal interesting behavioral patterns associated with this evolving space for your viewing, tweeting and blogging pleasure. Register for Social Media Breakfast #13 at

    6:30 PM| January 27 | MEÆT 1.5

    A project of Edmonton’s NextGen ENGAGE, producers of the popular DIYalouge forums, MEÆT1.5 brings local creatives and new philanthropists together for an evening of short proposals followed by a shared meal. At the end of the meal, all diners vote on which proposal receives the pot of funds to move forward with their project: immediate funding for awesome ideas! Presenters and diners are encouraged to register in advance at; a minimum donation of $10 for dinners is suggested.

    MEÆT1.5 is supported by JCI Edmonton. JCI Edmonton is dedicated to the development of opportunities that empower young Edmontonians to create positive change. Founded in 1929, JCI Edmonton encourages young professionals to Be Better and is part of a global movement with more than 200,000 members, creating positive change in the communities they call home.

    January 28 | WINTER WONDERS

    Visitors are encouraged to explore their creative sides with a number of interactive activities, events include:

    • interVivos presents A Minute to Win It | Ongoing
    • Break dance jam | 1 PM – 4 PM
    • Open hoop / spinning jam | 4 PM – 6 PM
    • artsScene presents an evening of creativity | 6 PM – 10 PM
      • Modern dance, improv and comedy performances
    • Fire spinning performance | 10 PM – 10:30 PM

    Winter Wonders is made possible through the support of artsScene Edmonton and interVivos. artsScene Edmonton is a volunteer-driven non-profit initiative that brings together young creative and business professionals (ages 18 – 40) through the arts to grow Edmonton’s creative community. artsScene is a national initiative from Business for the Arts. The interVivos Mentorship Society of Alberta (interVivos) provides a welcoming, respectful forum to openly discuss issues that affect our community, province and country’s current and future social, political and economic well-being.

    11 AM – 4 PM | January 28 | SNOW SCULPTURE COMPETITION

    M.A.D.E, Media Art and Design Edmonton hosts a Snow Sculpture competition in the East Gardens of Sir Winston Churchill Square. Teams can register at

    A maximum of 8 teams of 2-3 people will compete to create snow furniture. Each team is provided 4 blocks of snow, sized at 0.5 cubic meters. Teams are required to bring their own hand tools and water to shape and fasten snow furniture. Powered tools are not allowed for this competition.

    M.A.D.E , Media, Art, Design Exposed in Edmonton, is a young, volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization that is actively working to bring out the best in Edmonton’s design community, with a focus on the fields of architecture, graphic design, industrial design, landscape architecture, interior design, fine art, and film. The Snow Sculpture Competition is a natural extension of M.A.D.E’s popular street furniture collaboration with the Works Art & Design Festival which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary!

    12 PM – 9 PM | January 29 | THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

    Old Ugly curates The Tip Of The Iceberg: featuring half hour sets from twelve of Edmonton’s most sought after independent music acts! Acts include: Jom Comyn, Camembert, Krang, Viking Fell, Brazilian Money, Jessica Jalbert, Field & Stream, Mitchmatic, Scenic Route To Alaska, Jeff Stuart & The Hearts, Liam Trimble, and 100 Mile House.

    Old Ugly Recording Company is a collective of artists dedicated to creating and preserving an Edmonton musical aesthetic for audiences of all ages.

    METROPOLIS is a celebration if Edmonton’s dynamic winter culture, featuring four pavilions designed by an international roster of architects and programming from a variety of community and corporate partners. Tents are fully heated. For more information, visit

    Edmonton’s NextGen + Pride Parade 2011

    Saturday, June 11th was NextGen’s debut in the Edmonton Pride Parade! We were excited to be one of 60 entries – up from 35 last year – in the parade downtown along 102 Avenue and to participate in the celebrations on Churchill Square with 20,000 people.

    Thank you to all those who joined in on the fun and helped us show our support.

    NextGen plans to be a part of it again next year in an even bigger way, so watch for information in Spring 2012.

    For more information on other Edmonton Pride Festival events this week, visit