These have been some major projects in Edmonton in the last few years and one in particular that I hadn’t explored (and photographed) up close. So today (2018 October 3)was the day. I went for a good long walk on this cool but sunny early-October day. The main landmark that I wanted to photograph was the new Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton’s river valley.
The arches of this bridge make it an instant landmark but the adjacent pedestrian/bicycle bridge has some striking lines and form too:
A few hundred meters west of the bridge on the south side of the river is Kinsmen Park is the newish outdoor Queen Elizabeth Pool. I think its been open since 2011 but with all of the construction in the river valley in recent years it has not been very accessible to me. The pool is closed for the season but I walked by and took a photo of the unique around-the-corner name:
Back on the northside of the Walterdale bridge is the old Rossdale Power Plant building. I’ve heard various proposals for redeveloping the space but I don’t believe any decisions have been made. The building is a landmark so I sure hope it is not knocked down.
On the other (north) end of Rossdale and leading into Louise McKinney Park is the bottom of the funicular development, with an elevator and set of stairs. This structure was opened in early 2018.
At the other end of Louise McKinney Park is the Chinese Garden which has been a landmark for a number of years already:
The TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival took place June 22 to July 1. This year I attended nine events including 4 as a volunteer and one as a performer (in one of the Big Bands playing in the Big Band Bash).
Aside from the music I also enjoy taking photos of the performances at the free noon hours concerts on The Works Stage (which this year was relocated to the plaza at the Alberta Legislature Grounds due to ongoing construction around the usual Churchill Square location). Here are a few of my favorite photos from those concerts.
From the Slide Zone performance on Sunday June 24th – four of Edmonton’s top trombonists: Audrey Ochoa, Allen Jacobson, Remi Noel and Ken Read, with Josh McCann (bass) and Jamie Cooper (drums)
From June 28th, the Finnish-inspired but Edmonton-based group, Sauna Sessions with Stephanie Urquhart (piano), Derek Plunkie (guitar), Joel Jeske (drums), Fred Mack (sax) and Aretha Tillotson (bass):
and from June 30th, the John Sweenie Group – John Sweenie (tenor sax), Chris Andrews (keyboards), Jamie Cooper (drums) and Rubim de Toledo (bass):
I also had the opportunity to catch performances by : The Heavyweights Brass Band, Vincent Herring Quartet, Audrey Ochoa Quartet and Al Muirhead’s Canadian Quintet, but unfortunately didn’t have an opportunity to capture any photos of these.
January 2018 in Edmonton was not very snowy but finally in the last week around 15cm fell. This snow freshened up the landscape, smoothed out the bumps of ice on the river, and inspired me to get out and explore (especially down by the river).
In this post, I countdown my 10 favorite photos of Edmonton* that I took in 2017:
Edmonton City Hall
North Saskatchewan River by Dawson Park
and finally my favorite (at the moment) for 2017:
Forest Heights Park
*I should further qualify that these are from just among the photos I took with my DSLR and each has some recognizable Edmonton viewpoint.
Bonus, a few other photos that made the shortlist (but not Top 10):
Yesterday I was out for a walk in the Edmonton river valley. That in itself is pretty common but on this day, I strayed from the usual path and discovered views of my City which were refreshingly different.
These photos were taken from the south side of the river (North Saskatchewan), west of the Capilano Bridge. While I walk the path/ bike trails frequently, this day I made an effort to get right down to the water’s edge. Here, beside the little island near the south bank I discovered what may be the only rapids on the North Saskatchewan River as it winds its way through Edmonton as a big, slow waterway.
From the water’s edge I was also able to see the layers of mud making up the lower river bank.
Looking across the island and gravel bar, and across the river to the east end of Dawson Park on the north bank.
A bit of subtle but striking, color from the few leaves that remain on the trees and shrubs in mid-October:
I’d never before noticed this view of the 50th Street footbridge, under and beyond the Capilano Bridge.
Looking up at the east end of Jasper Avenue from down beside the south bank of the North Saskatchewan River
Mid-October in Edmonton – we are past the peak of autumn foliage color and in fact a good swath of the river valley has taken on the grey color of bare trees. However there are still a few trees fulled enrobed in gold or red and a few (somehow) holding onto green leaves. What I like best about this season though, is how my senses get attuned to more subtle colors. I see and appreciate things besides colors (like lines and textures) which I would not have even noticed just a few weeks back.
Here are a few photo taken while I was out walking in Edmonton’s river valley (in Dawson Park) on the morning of 2017 October 16th.
Today (Tuesday June 27, 2017) I did something I really enjoy doing during the Edmonton Jazz Fest – going to Churchill Square at noon and taking in the free jazz performance on The Works stage. These events are especially delightful on warm, sunny early summer days. Alas, today was not one of those days. It was cloudy, cool and a bit of rain came down (at least during the first set).
However, the jazz performance put on by the Brett Hansen trio, made putting up with the elements, worthwhile.
The Brett Hansen Trio
The trio comprises Brett Hansen on guitar, Murray Wood on bass and Jamie Cooper on drums.
Te first day of October 2016 was gloomy, wet and cool (see part 1 post) but on Sunday October 2nd, the sun was out, shedding a whole new light <groan> on the autumn beauty in Edmonton. Here are a few shots from that day:
Houses on the North Saskatchewan River bank on the east end of Jasper Avenue
“Red Kayak” – some enjoyed the beautiful day on the North Saskatchewan River
Path in Dawson Park
“Path and Puddle”, in Edmonton’s River Valley
The north bank of the river valley (over the east end of Dawson Park)
Autumn in all its glory, has arrived in Edmonton. The colors may have peaked a week earlier but here is some of the beauty from the first weekend of October.
The Saturday (October 1st) was gloomy, cool and wet but the wetness brought out the color saturation and contrast in the river valley:
Downtown Edmonton Under Low Cloud
S-bend on Wet Path
Rainbow of Autumn Leaves
Bend in the North Saskatchewan
For more images of early October in Edmonton see part 2, taken on the very sunny day that followed the day of these images.
In part 1 I looked at the 2016 Edmonton International Jazz Festival as I experienced it through the first 5 days. In this post, I continue to share what I saw from Wednesday June 29th.
The noon hour performance at the Works with Jazz Stage in Churchill Square featured Blue Moon Marque. Blue Moon Marque is a duo featuring A.W. Cardinal on guitar and vocals, with Jasmine Colette on bass (while adding some drums using her feet). When I first saw and heard a bit of this duo I though it might not be for me but after listening to a couple of tunes I quickly grew to appreciate their unique style – gypsy jazz and blues?
On Thursday at noon I was back in the Churchill Square as the Berner Brothers took to the stage and paid tribute to the other B-Brothers: The Brecker Brothers, most famous for their fusion jazz sounds in the 70’s.
The Berner Brothers
On the evening of June 30 I was back at the Yardbird Suite to hear some more innovative trumpet playing – this time from Jacques Kuba Seguin:
Jacques Kuba Seguin
On Friday (Canada Day 2016) I was again sitting up front at the Yardbird suite for what might have been the high point of the festival – the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra featuring Bob Tildesley (trumpet) and Mike Rud (guitar).
The next morning I hiked across the river valley to attend Jazz in the Park (with a pancake breakfast. During the morning, Joel Gray’s Quintet played fine sets of great dixieland-style jazz.
Joel Gray Quintet
The end of the 2016 Jazz Fest for me was back at the Works with Jazz stage on sunday July 3rd for the John Sweenie Quartet. Particularly strong this day were leadman Sweenie and keyboardist Chris Andrew.
It was a great end to a superb jazz festival.