Cool Runnins’ Deep Freezer Race
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
118 Avenue at Alberta Avenue Community League
Come and join in the fun! Bring your friends and family for the ride of a lifetime. Teams of five (ages 12+) race toward the finish line to challenge for the fastest time. Bring helmets – deep freezers are provided.
For more details and to apply click here
Odin’s Ravens Viking Encampment
Saturday & Sunday Noon – 5:45 pm
On 118 Avenue between 94 & 93 Street
Odin’s Ravens Viking Encampment: Come see what a Viking Encampment would have looked like and learn about the real Scandinavian Vikings from history.
Tourtière Baking Challenge
Saturday January 14
The Hearth (in the Alberta Ave Community League, 9210 – 118 Avenue)
Tourtière is a wonderful French Canadian comfort food, loved by all, and each year on Francophone Cultural Day at Deep Freeze we serve homemade, delicious tourtière. Again this year we have challenged local cooks to come and show-off their best tourtière recipe in our Tourtière Baking Challenge. Results will be announced at 5:00 pm at The Hearth Stage.
Saturday & Sunday | On the Street
The Trollsons are a magical and comedic family of Trolls from the Canadian forest. Watch for this hilarious roving family and their wonderful companions the Polar Bear and the Reindeer. The Trollsons mingle with the crowd, tell jokes, match-make, sing songs, dance, play music, read rune stones, and generally cause mischief and merriment.
Art Gallery Show and Sale
Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts Stollery Gallery (9225–118 Avenue)
HOURS: Saturday: Noon to 6:00 pm | Sunday: Noon to 6:00 pm
Welcome to our 10th anniversary year of the annual Deep Freeze Gallery exhibition at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. All artwork on display is available for purchase with a portion of the sale going to support Arts on the Ave – the charity organization that produces Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival and other festivals and events in the community. This exhibition showcases a variety of artwork from emerging to established artists. We hope you enjoy this juried exhibition.
Here are some engaging ideas and activities you can try while you are looking at the artwork, especially if you have children:
Start by NOT reading the artwork’s label: Look at the work first; see if you can imagine what the work is about.
You Name the Artwork: Using sticky notes and pencils provided, rename one or two of your favourite artworks. Discuss the reasons for the new title.
Tell Stories: Make up a story about one of the paintings or sculptures. Ask questions.
Play I Spy: Choose an object/colour/shape/texture in an artwork and have friends and family members take turns guessing which artwork it is. If it is an object/shape/texture you will need to describe it first – but don’t give too much away!
Seek and Find: Pick your favourite colours, shapes, textures or objects and see how many you can find in the artwork. This games helps the viewer to look more closely at the art.
Change where you stand: Change how you view a piece of art by moving really close (but remember no touching) then move really far back. Talk about the differences.
Our Gallery Artists are: David Aaron, Pam Baergen, Jaye Benoit, Susan Berwald,
Catharine Compston, Julie Drew, Krista Hamilton, Curtis Johnson, Michelle Leavitt-Djonlic,
Wei Li, Tong Liu, Charles McDonald, Stephanie Medford, Sharon Moore Foster,
Mireille Péloquin, Angela Stadlwieser-Smith, John Renpenning and Charlene Wildeman
Horse & Wagon Rides
Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sleigh bells are ringing down the Ave! Take a ride down memory lane. Located on 92 Street between 118 and 119 Avenue, east of the Ice Promenade.
The wagon ride takes patrons through a two-block loop of our historic Alberta Avenue neighbourhood.
Arts of Life Studio
Sunday 2:15 pm
The Hearth Inside the Community League
9210 - 118 Avenue
Arts of Life performing studio “Kalyna – Tetractys” is a not-for-profit centre for youth and adult performers. The studio supports the research and development of new performing practices and concepts, creation of public outreach programs and encourages experimentation by performers through diverse programming.
You can see them in The Hearth performing Ukrainian folk tales and out on the festival streets in their vibrant costumes, singing, dancing and performing.
Canada 150 Fireworks!
Saturday 6:00 pm – 6:20pm
Behind the Alberta Avenue Community League
Fire Dancers, Mounties in Red Serge, Chinese Dragons and the Northlands Indigenous Princess, Britney Pastion, singing O’Canada in Cree and English will kick-off the longest, most breathtaking Canada-themed Red & White fireworks spectacle on Saturday evening. This will be a celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday and an evening to remember at Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival.
We continue to remember one of Edmonton’s strong festival leaders, Don Snider. This is the fifth year we raise a glass in his honour.
“Life is Beautiful.”
Enoch Cree Nation Round Dance
Saturday 6:30 pm – 12:00 am (Midnight)
Alberta Avenue Community League (9210 – 118 Avenue)
“A Round Dance is a traditional First Nation’s community celebration. The Round Dance was traditionally used by the Cree First Nation as a social dance. Its original purpose was to honor someone who had passed on so that the family could grieve in the proper way. Today, however, the Round Dance is used for all kinds of different reasons, from honouring someone for their accomplishments, or celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, weddings or graduations.” ~ G. Gaudet
Come learn and share in this very special community celebration presented by Enoch Cree Nation.
Kookums Kitchen | Food Concession during dance
Enjoy a bowl of warm stew or soup with homemade bannock and berries. A la carte menu. Please purchase your food tickets at the Info Booth.