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Sir Winston Churchill Square

Downtown Edmonton continues to transform, building a better and more family-friendly gathering place for citizens and visitors. Sir Winston Churchill Square and the Civic Precinct will be impacted by Valley Line LRT construction from Fall 2017 until Fall 2019. Access to businesses on the Square will be maintained during construction. For your safety, please obey posted signs.

For up-to-date information on the Valley Line LRT project progress and impacts, please visit www.transedlrt.ca

Sir Winston Churchill Square is easily accessible by bus and LRT. Visit www.takeETS.com for route and schedule information.

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City Hall Swing 'n' Skate

City Hall Swing 'n' Skate

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to jump and jive in City Hall!

Join us for eight swingin' Sundays in January and February from 1:00 - 4:00 pm while enjoying free live music from local bands and dance lessons with Sugar Swing Ballroom. All ages are welcome and no experience is required! Drop in any time. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in.

Lace you your skates and try out the new fountain ice in front of City Hall. Free skate rentals are available on a first come, first served basis. The plaza rink will be open during favourable weather conditions; please call 311 for updates.

January 5: The Emeralds
January 12: The Trocadero Orchestra
January 19: The DSO (Dead String Orchestra)
January 26: Joel Gray and the Dixieland Allstars
February 2: Salsa ‘n Skate featuring ETOWN SALSA with Rumba Caliente
February 9: C Jam Big Bands
February 16: The Retrofitz
February 23: Capital City Big Band

Community Swing 'n' Skate

Community Swing 'n' Skate

Enjoy some family-friendly winter fun! Lace up some skates with free skate rentals courtesy of the Edmonton Arts Council, or dance along to the live music with the dancers of Sugar Swing.

This is a free, all-ages event open to everyone; you do not need to be a resident of the participating community leagues to attend.

Skating and skate rentals start at 12:00 pm, live music and dance lessons start at 1:00 pm.

January 4: Seven Deadly Syncopators - Ottewell Community League (5920 93a Avenue)
January 18: The National Emblem Society Orchestra - Canora Community League (10425 152 Street)
February 22: Don Berner's Little Big Band - Kensington Community League (12130 134b Avenue)
February 29: Dave Babcock and his Jump Orchestra - Yellowbird Community League (10710 19 Avenue)

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Happy Wall 

Happy Wall by Thomas Dambo on Churchill Square


Happy Wall, an internationally-loved pixel art installation, will help keep Sir Winston Churchill Square as a hub of activity for people while the area is impacted by the Valley Line LRT development and other rehabilitation projects. 

Created by Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo, Happy Wall inspires self-expression from everyone who comes into contact with it. The interactive public art installation is 17 metres long and is covered with 1,040 coloured panels of reclaimed wood that can be flipped to create images or phrases.  Edmonton is the first city in Canada to host a Happy Wall. Dambo’s Happy Wall, which was crafted in 2014 to revitalize construction sites, has been installed in Denmark, Chile, Brazil, and the United States.

“Dambo is an internationally-renowned artist with a penchant for placemaking projects - animating unexpected or transitional spaces across the globe with his upcycled art installations,” said Bob Rasko, Sir Winston Churchill Square Programmer for the Edmonton Arts Council. “That’s why Happy Wall was a perfect fit to bring some colour and energy to Sir Winston Churchill Square during construction. We can’t wait to see the creative messages and images that Edmontonians dream up over the next year - and share with the hashtag #Happywall.”

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The Edmonton Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, programs activity and event happenings in Sir Winston Churchill Square for casual and day-to-day public use between major festivals and civic events. Since August 2011, EAC Churchill Square Happenings programmer, Bob Rasko, has produced a diverse schedule of offerings open to the public including.

Winter 2020 Programming
Friday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Skating on the City Hall plaza rink
Skating will not be running if the temperature is -23 degrees or below with the wind chill (please refer to Environment Canada for weather updates). The plaza rink will be open during favourable weather conditions; please call 311 for updates. 

For more information, check out the Facebook event pages. All activities are free for the public to enjoy, and open to everyone of all ages.

EAC Community Programming Specialist, Bob Rasko: brasko@edmontonarts.ca, 780-508-8333

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