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Revolutionary Festivals

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The French artist Paul Cézanne once said, "The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution." He could not have predicted the strange power of his sentence - who or what it might inspire. Cézanne died in 1906, when the City of Edmonton, Alberta, was only two years old. One hundred years later, in 2006, a coffeehouse opened on Alberta Avenue with his words on the wall. The coffeehouse, run as a community co-op, is called The Carrot.

edmonton1In the 1930s, Alberta Avenue (118th Avenue) was a year-round playground and main street north of downtown. The shops and clubs and skating rinks hummed with crowds and creativity. By the 1960s it was a wild neighbourhood, home of one of the city's top jazzclubs, where Edmonton's legendary pianist and recently-retired senator Tommy Banks played some of his early gigs.

The middle-class shift to the suburbs had begun, and within ten years the Avenue would decline. By the early 2000s, it was one of the roughest corners of the city, despite the authentic bones of the frontier-town mainstreet that characterized its architecture. However, the events continue, including the family-friendly Kaleido Festival due again between September 7-9. More details....

 

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