In the last few years Edmonton has been put on the map when it comes to entertainment, arts, and development. Next year the new Rogers Place Arena will play host to the Edmonton Oilers, while a new casino the Grand Villa will stand tall in the flourishing Edmonton downtown core. The new Ice District has been receiving a lot of media attention as of late and I just wanted to pay homage to the other creative minds that have helped shape Edmonton to what it is today!
What would Edmonton be without late night dining, night life & entertainment?
1) BEST NIGHTLIFE
Two12 Social is the parent company of Central Social Hall & the Ranch Roadhouse which is owned & operated by Edmonton nightlife legend Jerry Rota & creative mind Jesse Kupina. Together they have created an illustrious establishment that serves amazing food until 2 am every night of the week. With 2 locations Central Social Hall brings a New York feel to Edmonton & St Albert’s night life, with plenty of seating, great music & an action packed dance floor.
They also own The Ranch which is predominantly a country bar but also brings in massive electronic music events, hip hop concerts, special celebrity appearances, and the biggest after parties in this city!
- How important is graphic design to your online marketing campaign?
2) BEST ONLINE MARKETING
I would say the constant creation of creative and fresh visuals is a very important aspect of any online marketing campaign and Evan Rutherford from ETR events does an amazing job of creating buzz with creative concepts for his events and clubs! He is consistent, very creative and brings a big city feel to all his marketing material, bringing a new & interesting vibe to Edmonton! Check out his clubs Society & the grand opening of his new bar Circus this Saturday April 9th.
- Have you been to a Theatresports Improv show at the Citadel on a Friday night?
3) BEST IMPROVISOR
Rapid Fire Theatre puts on a hilarious event every Friday night at 7 & 10 pm. If you’ve never seen a show I highly recommend checking it out, it’s the best $10 you’ll ever spend! One of the funniest Improvisers on the lineup is Vancouverite turned Edmontonian; associate artistic director of Rapid Fire Theatre Ben Gorodetsky. He is a highly skilled actor, very witty and ultra-funny! The best part is you can learn from Ben while becoming an improviser yourself, all you have to do is sign up for the class at www.RapidFireTheatre.com
- What happens when your food looks as good as it tastes?
4) BEST PRESENTATION
When you dine at Characters it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience! Your food is turned into art, as the presentation is as artistic as it is good! Your beet salad from the earth is served on a shovel; you can have tableside s’mores with an open flame to share with your friends or family. For 17 years we’ve had world class dining in the heart of the downtown core with Shonn Oborowsky’s Characters Restaurant.
- Did you know Edmonton has been a leader in the EDM scene for over 17 years?
5) PIONEER AWARD
A lot of people are band wagon jumpers but Viet Nguyen & Martin Kloepfer have been putting on EDM events way before it was considered cool and mainstream. Together they formed Boodang who has revolutionized the Alberta party scene by bringing in Massive events to both Edmonton & Calgary with some of the biggest names in music today like Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Skrillex and basically everyone else! Edmonton is a hot bed and literally a pioneer for electronic music in Canada, check out their new App AGNT which is helping DJ’s & promoters from all over to world to put on events!
- Who’s the most important person in a bar?
6) BEST DJ
He has the look, he has the charisma, he has the skills, he has the personality, and he has the right people around him to make it to the next level! DJ Seelo Mondo originally from Windsor, Ontario brings his skill set to a club near you soon! He has travelled overseas, he has opened for some of the music industry’s biggest names and he will make his name known worldwide in the next few years!
Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, think outside the box, never conform and truly make something spectacular that the world has never seen!
Written By: Dave Pavelich
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