Welcome Messages

The Honourable Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Welcome to the 2018 Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival!

Winter is an integral part of our Canadian identity. What better way to kick off 2018 than with an arts festival that brings the magic and fun of winter to everyone. It is a great time to come together to enjoy the talents of local artists, make new discoveries and celebrate our rich diversity. Our government is proud to invest in events like Deep Freeze and support our artists and creators in what they do best: inspire and entertain us as they bring our culture to life.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I salute Arts on the Ave and all the artists, organizers and volunteers who have helped make Deep Freeze 2018 a success. Have a great festival!


The Honourable Ricardo Miranda

Minister of Culture and Tourism | Minister responsible
for the Francophone Secretariat

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the eleventh annual Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival on Edmonton’s historic Alberta Avenue. 

Deep Freeze epitomizes Alberta’s warm and welcoming spirit during the cold, dark winter. This amazing, unexpected experience demonstrates the beauty and wonder of the season through art, cultural, and outdoor events. 

By celebrating our diverse roots and artistic expression, Arts on the Ave has created a space of community and joy for all. I acknowledge your efforts and many hours you have given to this event for your community and visitors to enjoy.

Thank you to all the organizers, donors, volunteers, and artists for putting together an unforgettable weekend of arts, culture, and outdoor fun. 

I encourage everyone to get into the winter groove and revel in the magic of the Deep Freeze Festival! 


His Worship Mayor Don Iveson

Mayor, City of Edmonton

As snow begins to fall and temperatures drop each year, Edmonton becomes a frost-covered wonderland. And as residents of the northernmost major city on the continent, we embrace the beauty and magic of our longest season.

For two days each January, Edmontonians young and old bundle up in toques, mittens and scarves for the annual Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival. The charm and character of 118th Avenue come to life as the festival transforms this frosty street into an old-world winter carnival. Colourful stilt walkers bring delight to crowds of children, the welcoming smells of hearty winter fare waft out from nearby restaurants and adventurous athletes clamber into old freezers for the festival’s renowned deep freeze race. From the icy sheen of freshly carved ice sculptures to the rich warmth of hot chocolate by the fire, the Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival is a true feast for the senses.

My thanks to festival organizers and the many volunteers, sponsors, artists and contributors who make this event possible each year. Your passion and enthusiasm add colour and energy to our city’s winter landscape. I encourage everyone to get outside, enjoy the beauty of the season and make the most of this wonderful festival!


Message from our Artistic Director and Festival Producer

It is with great pleasure that we would like to welcome you to the 11th annual Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival! For the past eleven years, Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society has presented this amazing two-day celebration showcasing Ukrainian, Francophone and Indigenous cultures on the weekend of traditional Ukrainian New Years (Malanka). Deep Freeze Festival is held on Treaty Six Territory, and we are very pleased and honoured to have Enoch Cree Nation as our festival-partner again in 2018 – generously sharing their traditions and knowledge with festival-goers at Deep Freeze. 

Join us for a FREE, family-friendly winter celebration of arts and culture like none other in the region. Enjoy the delicious local ethnic food offerings in the Festival Café – French Canadian fare on Saturday, Ukrainian on Sunday and Indigenous all weekend in Pipon Village. Visit the Blacksmith and Jam Maker on Prairie Homestead, and even participate in a traditional Cree Round Dance on Saturday evening in the Hearth inside the Alberta Avenue Community League. There are so many wonderful things to celebrate and do during this year’s multi-cultural arts festival on the historic Alberta Avenue, you definitely won’t have time to get chilly. Bringing this winter spectacle into reality is only possible because of the hard work and dedication of our festival team of staff and volunteers, and the continued generous support of our partners in local businesses and community. We also thank all of our donors, funders and sponsors for their kind, steadfast and ongoing support. 

Happy New Year and ENJOY!

Christy Morin, Artistic Director             Allison Argy-Burgess, Festival Producer

 

Message de notre directrice artistique et productrice du festival 

C’est avec un immense plaisir que nous vous invitons à la onzième édition annuelle de Deep
Freeze : un festival d’hiver byzantin !
  Depuis déjà onze ans, Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society présente cette célébration fascinante, étalée sur deux jours, mettant en vedette les cultures ukrainienne, francophone et autochtone durant la fin de semaine du Nouvel An ukrainien (Malanka).  Nous sommes fiers de souligner que le festival Deep Freeze se déroule sur les terres du Traité Six, et nous sommes honorés de ravoir la Nation Enoch Cree qui, en tant que partenaire en 2018, sont venus afin de généreusement nous partager leurs traditions et connaissances avec les participants au festival Deep Freeze. 

Soyez des nôtres pour une célébration hivernale GRATUITE ancrée dans une ambiance familiale remplie d’arts et de culture unique dans notre région.  Savourez de délicieux mets au Festival Café – des mets traditionnels canadien-français le samedi, de la cuisine ukrainienne le dimanche, et de savoureux mets autochtones durant toute la fin de semaine au Pipon Village.  Découvrez notre forgeron et notre confiturier au Homestead. Vous pourrez même participer à une traditionnelle danse ronde de la nation Cri le samedi soir au New Moon Pavilion. Il y a tant de choses merveilleuses à célébrer et à faire durant notre festival multiculturel des arts sur l’historique Alberta Avenue que vous n’aurez pas le temps d’avoir froid. Pouvoir vous présenter un tel spectacle d’hiver relève du travail acharné et du dévouement des membres de notre personnel et de nos bénévoles, ainsi que de l’appui généreux de toutes nos entreprises partenaires et bien-sûr de notre communauté.  Nous désirons aussi remercier nos donateurs, nos bailleurs de fonds et nos commanditaires pour leur important appui continu.  

Nous vous souhaitons une très Bonne Année et AMUSEZ-VOUS ! 

The Honourable Mélanie Joly

Ministre du Patrimoine canadien

Bienvenue au Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival!

L’hiver fait partie intégrante de l’identité canadienne. Quoi de mieux que de prendre part à un festival empreint de magie hivernale et de plaisir pour commencer l’année 2018 du bon pied! L’occasion est belle de se réunir pour voir à l’œuvre des artistes talentueux de la scène locale, faire des découvertes et célébrer notre grande diversité. Notre gouvernement est heureux d’investir dans des rencontres comme le Deep Freeze et d’appuyer nos artistes et créateurs dans ce qu’ils font de mieux, c’est-à-dire nous inspirer et nous divertir tout en vivifiant notre culture.

À titre de ministre du Patrimoine canadien, je salue l’organisme Arts on the Ave ainsi que tous les artistes, organisateurs et bénévoles qui contribuent à la réussite du Deep Freeze de 2018. Bon festival!


The Honourable Ricardo Miranda

Ministre de la Culture et du Tourisme | Ministre responsable du Secrétariat francophone

J’ai le plaisir de vous accueillir au onzième festival annuel Deep Freeze, festival hivernal byzantin tenu sur l’avenue Alberta, un haut lieu historique d’Edmonton.

Le festival Deep Freeze incarne l’esprit chaleureux et accueillant de l’Alberta au cœur des mois sombres et froids de l’hiver. Cette expérience incroyable et pleine de surprises met en valeur la beauté et les merveilles de l’hiver grâce à la tenue d’évènements artistiques, culturels, et de plein air.

En célébrant la diversité de nos racines et de notre expression artistique, Arts on the Ave offre à tous et à toutes une occasion de se rassembler dans la joie. Je reconnais vos efforts et les nombreuses heures que vous avez consacrées à l’organisation du festival pour votre communauté et vos visiteurs.

Merci aux organisateurs, donateurs, bénévoles, et artistes d’avoir organisé une fin de semaine inoubliable où règnent l’art, la culture, et les plaisirs en plein air.

Je vous encourage à profiter des joies de l’hiver et à vous délecter de la magie du festival Deep Freeze!


samedi le 13 janvier est la journée francophone !

Bienvenue à la 11e édition du Festival Deep Freeze ! 

Notre Festival se veut une fin de semaine de célébration des cultures francophone, ukrainienne et autochtone.  Joignez-vous à nous pour découvrir ou redécouvrir de nouveaux artistes, apprécier des danses franco-albertaines, ukrainiennes, africaines et autochtones, savourer de la nourriture traditionnelle délicieuse, participer à des activités divertissantes et bien plus encore...

Le festival débute le samedi 13 janvier avec la journée francophone et se poursuit le 14 janvier avec la journée ukrainienne.  Vous aurez l’occasion de découvrir les cultures Cri et Métis durant toute la fin de semaine !  

Vous êtes tous invités au Festival ! C’est un événement familial, accessible et ouvert à tous. Venez rendre visite à la communauté amicale qu’est Alberta Avenue et en apprendre davantage sur la culture et les racines de certains des peuples qui ont contribué à l’essor de notre belle province.

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer le long de la 118e Avenue les 13 et 14 janvier !

Saturday, January 13 is Francophone Cultural day!

Welcome to the 11th edition of the Deep Freeze Festival! 

Our festival is a unique weekend-long celebration of the Francophone, Ukrainian and Indigenous cultures.  Join us in discovering or re-discovering numerous artists; in appreciating Franco-Alberta, Ukrainian, Indigenous and African dances; in tasting fabulous traditional foods; in participating in countless fun activities; and so much more…

The festival kicks off at noon on Saturday January 13th with Francophone Day and continues on the 14th with Ukrainian Day.  You will be able to discover and enjoy Cree and Métis culture all weekend long! 

Everyone is invited to our festival! It is a family-friendly event, accessible to all.  Come on down and visit the friendly people of Alberta Avenue and learn more about the various cultures who, among others, have so greatly contributed to the great province we live in today. 

Looking forward to meeting you along 118th Avenue on January 13 and 14! 

Alain Bertrand, Francophone Cultural Coordinator
Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival 2017


Indigenous Programming All Weekend!

Tansi, Tawow!! Welcome to the Pipon (Winter) Village at Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival!

It is with deep respect we acknowledge the traditional lands of Treaty 6 and its descendants. We are honored to have Enoch Cree First Nation representing. 

In our Pipon Village we will have tipis, tents, an Inuit tupik and our traditional Mongolian Yurt. Our village will be a home away from home, where you can warm your hearts and your hands by the outdoor fire while sipping on tea with a taste of bannock. You will also find heart-warming entertainment with storytelling, cultural workshops, Métis fiddle, First Nation hand drum singing, hoop dancing and more.

Please bundle up and join us for a souls feast of fun and laughter at the Pipon Village.

 AiyHiy, Merci, Thank you,

Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt Moses, 
Indigenous Arts Coordinator
Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival 2018


Sunday is Ukrainian Cultural Day!

Welcome! Vitaemo!

The Ukrainian Community is very excited to be invited by Arts on the Ave to the streets of Edmonton as part of their eleventh annual Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival! 

Ukrainian Cultural Day brings a variety of entertainment from our rich cultural community, including traditional performances. Music, dance, stories and the exciting Ukrainian Kitchen Party at 3:00 pm in the New Moon Pavilion, fill not only the street but The Hearth, Stage Carrot Café and the Northern Lights Ice Bar Igloo (or as we like to call it, На Здоров’я – Na Zdorov’ya – Тo Your Health!)! Cheers! 

The  Deep Freeze Gallery in the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, not only features an amazing, juried  local visual art exhibition, but you will also hear live music there too, and you can try your hand at making lucky, traditional Spider Web decorations for your Christmas Tree (иалинка – yalynka). Check us out for a free workshop between 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday to find out! The Edmonton Public Library will be facilitating this fun workshop. ‘A Season of Traditions’ is a curated exhibition in The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, showcasing the fine art of local Ukrainian, French-Canadian, Indigenous and Métis artists – Iryna Karpenko and Valeriy Semenko are among those featured.

Hungry for more? Visit The Hearth in the Alberta Avenue Community League, where you will be drawn in not only by the aroma of borscht, pyrohy, and kovbasa (Smachnoho! Dig in!), but also stirred by the sound of live traditional music that will warm your soul and stimulate some toe tappin’!

It’s a pleasure to celebrate our diversity, enveloped in each others’ cultural traditions and spurred by the brilliance of color and animation amid the cold of winter.  

Thank you – Дякую – Dya-koo-you to Arts on the Ave for inviting us once again to participate in this festival that reflects Edmontonians’ spirit for embracing the cold as an impetus for feelings of warmth towards one another. 

Pamela Shapka, Ukrainian Cultural Coordinator

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival 2018