Paint The Town Teal – March 2018

March out of winter and into Spring with some of these fun events!


Red Bull Crashed Ice – One of the world’s most breathtaking winter sports events is coming to Edmonton for a second time!


Beer & Lego Night – Who says Lego is only for kids?! Build the London Cityscape with a friend while enjoying a few beers.


Paw Patrol Live – Take the family and go hang out with Chase, Marshal and the rest of the pups!


Tiny Home Building – Have you ever been curious about tiny homes? Find out what all the hype is about, and learn the many different ways there are build and customize them.


Children’s wish Poker Tournament – If you like playing poker and would also like to support a good cause check out this event.


Edmonton Collector Con – Toys, comics and other collectables all under one roof!


Rustic Sign Night – Feeling creative? Learn how to make beautiful rustic signs to spruce up any space.


St. Patrick’s Irish Whiskey Tasting – Try something new and celebrate St. Patty’s Day in Style at the Jasper Wine MRKT.


Succulent Saturday Plant Night – Build your own terrarium to add to your décor!


JB’s Power Center World of Wheels – Check out the Hot Rods, Custom Cars, cars of The Fast and The Furious all at the Expo Center.


Make it Edmonton – Beautiful handcrafted items of all different kinds; accessories, jewelry, art, clothing, kids items and more!


NOA Indoor Art Walk – Come in from the cold and see the work of the regions most talented artists.


Couples Massage Workshop – Have a hands-on date night with a few parting gifts!


The New Earth Expo – This event is perfect for anyone in search of a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Paint The Town Teal – January 2018


Over the holidays there are so many events around the city! Events for families, couples, nights out on the town with friends … Here’s a few of our favorites happening in January!


The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition – FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! … Or you can enjoy kid free on ADULT ONLY NIGHTS! Take a look behind the scenes at how some of your favorite Pixar movies and characters were created … You’ll even get to take a crack at it yourself with some hands-on activities!


Dark Matters – “18+ event, where the science is served on the rocks & the adults come out to play” … For all those gamers out there who want to test strategies or battle other gamers to claim the title of Game-Master!


Cats on Mats – This is a 90 minute session hosted by Paws the Cat Café. 60 Minutes of yoga followed by 30 mins of hanging out with the kitties & relaxing with a beverage of your choice.


Paint Night! – Drink, paint & be merry! Your ticket includes a free drink, there’s cash bar for those who want more & door prizes!!!


Ice on Whyte – Live music in Old Strathcona along with ice sculptures, games, art, food, drinks, skating and so much more!


Paint Your Face Night – Drinks & make up! What more could a girl want?! This event will teach you how to create the dramatic eye look.


Yoga & Taco’s – Yoga first …. Taco’s after! Bring your own mat & join in the fun!


Flat Iron Curls – Have you ever wondered how to curl your hair with a straightener? Wonder no more! Bring your straightener & learn how!


Date n’ Dash – 30 to 45 year old’s… let’s speed date! Meet & mingle with other singles! Limited to 15 spots for males & 15 for females, be speedy & get your tickets now!


Free Trial BooTy® Class – Bring your own yoga mat & shake the day off for free! Try out this style of workout without risking what’s in your wallet.


Glow in the Dark Yoga – Get your glow on with some high-energy yoga … also known as GLOWGA!


Vibe – Live entertainment, food and drinks at the AGA. Gallery & exhibitions are open late!


Snowshoe and Stargaze at Elk Island – Guided snowshoe hike under the night sky followed by a campfire & hot chocolate.


Ice Castles in Hawrelak Park – What a beautiful sight to see! Share the experience with your family or friends. If you bring your own sled you can take turns pulling each other around!

Top Five Winter Markets in Edmonton!


Fall and winter in Edmonton is not only beautiful, it’s also a great time to shop local and handmade goods. Edmonton is home to so many amazing artists, artisans, creators, and crafters, and each year there are some great markets that showcase this talent. I have my favorite markets below, but also some tips on how to make your market shopping experience the best it can be.


Buy Your Tickets In Advance

Whenever possible, buy your tickets online in advance. Sometimes you will get a discount for early-bird pricing, but the best part is you will skip the long lineup to get inside the market. Many places only take cash for tickets, so this is also a good way to avoid the ATM fees.


Dress Lightly

Even though it is starting to get cold out, when you get inside the market it will likely be quite warm. You won’t want to be bundled up in sweaters and long-johns underneath your fall or winter jacket while you’re in there, so dress lightly to avoid getting uncomfortably hot. Even better, wear a light jacket and forget about your puffy winter coat. Some markets don’t always have a coat check, and it’s quite a hassle to pack a big jacket around.


Bring a Tote

Bring a reusable bag to store your purchases in – it’s always better than having to handle several smaller bags all at once, and you will save waste from all the extra bags and packaging.


Research the Vendors

Follow these markets on Facebook and Instagram so you know what amazing things you will be seeing at the market. And when you get to the market, don’t be afraid to ask the vendor about their process, and what went into the product. They love to create, and obviously love to share that creativity with those around them.



Now that you’re prepared to go out and shop, here are my five favorite markets coming up this season!



Indie Handmade

November 16-19






November 18-19










Royal Bison

Two weekends! November 24-26 and December 1-3










Make It! The Handmade Revolution

November 24-26




Butterdome Craft Sale

November 30 – December 3


Do you know of any other fall or winter markets happening this season? Let me know in the comments!

Edmonton’s Top 10 Neighborhoods & How They Got Their Names

Each year, Avenue Magazine publishes a list of the “best” neighborhoods in Edmonton, as voted by their readers. As you probably know, the list is fairly similar each year, but do you know how each neighborhood got it’s name? We have the list of the top ten neighborhoods in 2017 below, but with an added bonus of how each community got it’s name.

1. Glenora

The development of the Glenora neighborhood began in 1906. Land originally owned by Malcolm Groat was bought by Montreal businessman and developer James Carruthers. Carruthers named the area and persuaded the city to bridge Groat Ravine at 102 Avenue. Carruthers placed a caveat on the development, dictating housing standards in the area. The regulations were implemented in order to ensure that Glenora would be an upscale development. In 1909 the Alberta Government built Government House in Glenora as the official residence of the lieutenant-governor.


2. Strathcona

Strathcona was named for Sir Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal (1820-1914). He was born in Forres, near Inverness in northern Scotland, and apprenticed with the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in 1838. Fifty years later, in 1889, Smith became governor of the company.

In the 1870’s, Smith was a politician and railroad financier who promoted the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). In 1896 he was appointed High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom. Smith held this position, and the governorship of the HBC, until his death. Smith can be seen in one of Canada’s most famous photographs: he is the white-haired top-hatted gentleman driving the last spike for the CPR ath Craigellachie, B.C., in 1885.

In 1891, a town site was established when the Calgary and Edmonton (C&E) Railway reached the south side of the North Saskatchewan River. Rather than embark on the building of a bridge across the river, the C&E located its terminus on the south side. Its plan was to promote “South Edmonton” as the areas major commercial centre in competition with Edmonton, on the north bank of the river. To this end, C&E purchased land for the establishment of a town site in the spring of 1891. By the end of 1898, South Edmonton was renamed Strathcona (informally known as Scona).

The high hopes for Strathcona were never quite fulfilled, however, and by 1910 the CPR had undertaken to build the High Level Bridge across the North Saskatchewan River. Stathcona became a town in 1899 and a city in 1907. The City of Strathcona amalgamated with Edmonton in 912.

The area now known as the Strathcona neighborhood was originally part of River Lots 15 and 17. Whyte Avenue between 101 Street and 109 Street is Strathcona’s traditional commercial area, and has gone through a number of transformations over the years. Through the efforts of the Old Strathcona Foundation and many others, much of the area’s original historical character has survived.


3. Oliver

Newspaperman and politician Frank Oliver (1853-1933) brought the first printing press to Edmonton and co-founded the Edmonton Bulletin in 1880. Oliver came to Edmonton in 1876 and went on to formulate much of the early legislation in the North-West Territories.

He was born in Ontario and attended high school in Brampton where he apprenticed at a local weekly newspaper. It was during this time that he dropped his original last name, Bowsfield, in favour of this mother’s maiden name, Oliver. The name change apparently followed a disagreement between Oliver and his father over his plants to enter the printing trade. Oliver later worked in the composing room of the Toronto Globe before coming west in 1873, where he was employed at the Manitoba Free Press and the Manitoba Journal. In 1876 he moved still further west to Edmonton, then only a small village controlled by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

After a telegraph line to Edmonton was established, bringing regular news from the rest of the country, Oliver went into partnership with the telegraph operator, Alex Taylor, and founded the Edmonton Bulletin. It was only the second newspaper on the prairies, the first being the Herald in Battleford, Saskatchewan. The first two-page edition of the Bulletin was published on December 6, 1880. In the paper’s editorials, Oliver was an outspoken and sometimes fiery supporter of the west. He lobbied for elected representation, protection of settler land rights and the building of schools. Between 1883 and 1885 he was a member of the Regina-based North-West Territories Council; he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the North-West Territories (which succeeded the council) and served from 1888 to 1896.

Under Liberal Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Oliver became the privince of Alberta’s first member of parliament in 1905. He sat in the House of Commons from 1896 to 1917, and was minister of the Interior and superintendent general of Indian Affairs from 1905 to 1911.


4. Westmount

Westmount, one of the oldest areas in Edmonton, may have been named for a Montreal neighborhood of the same name. Malcolm Groat settled here in 1878. In the early 1900’s, Groat sold his land and Westmount was quiclky developed. Most of the area’s homes were built around 1910. Marketed towards young professionals, the Westmount neighborhood was a popular location because of its proximity to downtown Edmonton. Beginning in 1910, residents could easily travel to and from downtown on the electric streetcar that ran from Jasper Avenue to 110 Avenue via 124 Street. The portion of Westmount located from 107 Avenue to 11 Avenue and 124 Street to 127 Street has also been known as West Ingle; the first settlers here were Malcolm Groat and John Norris.


5. Ritchie

Robert Ritchie (1848-1932) arrived in Edmonton from Ontario in the early 1890’s, just as development in South Edmonton was being spurred by the arrival of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway. In 1893 Ritchie and his brothers established the Edmonton Milling Company and built the Ritchie Mill. Ritchie went on to become the mayor of the Town of Strathcona in 1901, and again in 1906; he was also an alderman and school trustee. He retired in 1920. Ritchie School, built in 1913, was named in his honor. The area, present-day Ritchie neighborhood, was known as Richmond Park until the late 1950’s. In 1959, the name Ritchie first appeared on a city map.


6. Highlands

Now, in the early 21st century, the Highlands neighborhood can boast some of Edmonton’s best preserved historic homes and street-scapes, dating from 1912. In the 1880’s this area was known as the “lower settlement” and was originally owned by three Hudson’s Bay Company employees who were bought out by J.A. McDougall in 1888. By 1910 the real estate developers Magrath, Holgate, and Company, acting as brokers for McDougall, sponsored a contest to select a name for the district. The judges awarded the prize of $50 in gold to a 19-year-old law clerk, S. Loughlin, who suggested the name “The Highlands”, which is descriptive of its position on the banks above the North Saskatchewan River.

In 1910 William J. Magrath and Bidwell Holgate advertised the area as Edmonton’s newest “high class” neighborhood. Its selling features included the healthful, beautiful setting, large lots, and a $2500 minimum cost per house to ensure the standards of building would be high. So enthused were they about the area, they bought out J.A. McDougall’s interest in the land in 1913. Messsrs Holgate and Magrath also build houses next to each other on the Ada Boulevard in 1912-1913. Their houses were worth $49,000 and $76,000 respectively.


7. Garneau

Laurent Garneau (1840-1921) was of Metis descent and is believed to have been born in Michigan. He later moved to the Red River Colony in Manitoba, and in 1869 took part in the Red River uprising under Louis Riel, which led to the formation of Manitoba in 1870. By 1874 he had moved west to Fort Edmonton and by 1883 had been granted River Lot 7 in the Edmonton Settlement, on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River. He was active in local affairs and politics. After 1901, Garneau moved to St. Paul. His property, known as “The Garneau,” became part of the Town of Strathcona, and later, in 1912, part of Edmonton. That part of Garneau south of Whyte Avenue was part of a subdivision formerly known as Strathcona Place.


8. Downtown

In the late 1800’s, as the town of Edmonton began to develop outside Fort Edmonton, Edmonton’s downtown was established to the east of the Hudson’s Bay Company Reserve. At the turn of the 20th Century, Jasper Avenue and 97 Street were the hub of downtown activity. Much of the Downtown neighborhood is now located to the west, within the southern portion of the original Reserve. By the late 1980’s, Edmonton’s downtown was being challenged for its position as the city’s center of business and commerce by suburban shopping malls and commercial trips. Nevertheless, the Downtown neighborhood continues to be an important cultural, historic, governmental, and business area.


9. Crestwood

Crestwood neighborhood was developed around 1952. It had formerly been know as the Jasper Place and Capital Hill subdivisions. City council allowed the local community league to help choose and vote on the new name.


10. Bonnie Doon

The neighborhood of Bonnie Doon was named around 1912. The name is Scottish for “pleasant, rolling countryside.” In the early 1900’s, Canadian-born Premier Alexander Cameron Rutherford owned a portion of land east of the Mill Creek which later became part of the Bonnie Doon neighborhood. Rutherford is believed to have subdivided the land in 1906 and then named it Bonnie Doon in memory of his ancestral homeland, Scotland. He also named a second, nearby subdivision Scona Brae (the subdivision no longer exists under this name). In keeping with Rutherford’s fondness for reminders of Scotland, his second home, located along Saskatchewan Drive, was named Achnacarry, after a castle in the County of Inverness, Scotland.


Naming Edmonton, From Ada to Zoie, published by the University of Alberta Press.






Maintaining Your Home: Laundry and Utility Rooms


I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Referring my clients to a house inspector who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important. Brad Hanson from Hanson Inspections has proven himself to be one of the best home inspectors I have had to privilege to work with over the years. Here is Brad letting giving us a few tips on how to maintain and upgrade a few specific rooms in our homes.


There are a few things every homeowner should know to help him or her get the most out of their home. Each month, you’ll find plenty of useful information for keeping your house in great condition so that you can enjoy it for years to come. Preserve your investment, and keep your family safe and healthy, by maintaining your home using the following tips.

Laundry and Utility Rooms

Laundry Room: Watch for leaks and kinks developing at plumbing connections to the washing machine. Water can overflow from the top or bottom if the machine is overloaded with a load that’s too big, or if it is resting on an uneven surface.
Protect the electrical or natural gas connections to the dryer and ensure that they are not disturbed or accidentally dislodged from their connections.
A gas dryer vent that passes through walls or combustible materials must be made of metal. The length of a dryer exhaust ensures that its blower will be able to push sufficient air volume to take away the laundry’s damp air and lint. The maximum length of the exhaust hose should not be greater than 25 feet from the dryer to the termination at the wall or roof. The length can be increased only when the make and model of the dryer are known.
Inspect the dryer venting to make sure it is not clogged or restricted, which will help the unit operate efficiently and normally, as well as prevent the unit’s motor from overheating and failing. A clogged or restricted vent hose may also lead to an accidental fire caused by the ignition from built-up debris.
The clothes dryer exhaust poses a different problem than other exhaust systems because the air is damp and carries lint. Ensure that the vent exhausts go to the outside and not to the attic, crawlspace, or attached garage, because the wooden structural members of the house could be affected over time. The exhaust vent’s termination should have a backdraft damper installed to prevent cold air, rain, snow, rodents, and birds from entering the vent. The vent termination should not have a screen on it, as this can trap lint and other debris and pose a fire hazard.

Furnace Room: Rooms or closets containing combustion or fuel-burning equipment or appliances should not be located off a bedroom in a single-family residence (and must be in a publicly accessible area in a multi-family building).

Retaining Walls

If possible, weep holes and related drains should be assessed following a heavy rain to make sure they are working properly. If they are not discharging water, the drains should be cleaned out and observed again in the next rain. Retaining walls more than 2 feet high should be backed with drainage material, such as gravel. There should be drains at the bottom of the drainage material that should discharge the water either at the end of the wall or through pipes. These drains and the drainage material behind the wall relieve the pressure of groundwater on the wall. Failure to drain could be remedied by excavating behind the wall, replacing the drainage material and damaged drainage piping, and backfilling. In all but the driest climates, improper drainage of water from behind a retaining wall can cause the wall to fail.
Look for movement in your retaining walls. Bowing (vertical bulges), sweeping (horizontal bulges), and cracking in retaining walls can be caused by water pressure (or hydrostatic pressure). Bulging can also be a result of inadequate strength to resist the load of the earth behind the wall. Bowing and sweeping failures may be correctable if found early enough and if the cause is poor drainage.
There are other types of failures of retaining walls. Failure by over-turning (leaning from the top) or sliding may be caused by inadequate wall strength. In addition, water behind a wall can create unstable earth, especially in clay soils, and contribute to sliding. Retaining walls also fail due to settlement and heaving. Settlement occurs whenever filled earth below the wall compacts soon after the wall is built, or when wet earth caused by poor drainage dries out and soil consolidates. In cold climates, poor drainage contributes to failure by creating heaving from frozen ground. Both overturning and sliding earth may be stabilized and sometimes corrected if the amount of movement is not extreme. Settling may be corrected on small, low walls of concrete or masonry, and heaving may be controlled by proper drainage. Significant failure of any kind usually requires rebuilding or replacing all or part of a wall. Consult a qualified professional when major repairs or corrections are needed.


Have a few more questions about home inspections? Connect with Brad through his website.



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What’s Going On Downtown Edmonton?


Downtown Edmonton is going through a revitalization, which makes it a very exciting time to live in the city. With new developments, beautification, and many other projects on the go, we have gathered a list of what’s going on and how it might affect you.

Ice District

The Ice District is a whopping 25 acres of land located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. This new development is expected to house one of the best arenas in the world, new hotels, upscale residences, and bring in more entertainment. Features of the Ice District include:

  • Roger’s Place – a new arena with seating for over 18,000 people for events including musical entertainment and hockey games.
    • Cost: $480 million
    • Construction to be finished in the fall of 2016 – just in time for the next NHL season!
  • Wintergarden – this space, spanning over 24,000 square feet, is the primary entrance for Roger’s Place, but is also a space that will be used for different events throughout the year. It will be built atop a pedway, making it easy for people to access the Ice District and to catch the new LRT connection in the area.
    • Wintergarden Cost: $56.5 million
    • Medway Cost: $15 million
    • LRT Connection Cost: $7 million
  • Community Arena – A new community arena in the Ice District will be a space rented to community leagues for hockey games, used as a space for the MacEwan University Hockey Teams, and will be the ice the Oilers will practice on.
    • Cost: $23 million
  • Stantec Building – Stantec is designing and engineering the tallest building in Edmonton – around 250 metres tall. It is going to be Canada’s seventh tallest building, and will have space for retail and grocery shopping, a connecting pedway, and a rooftop garden. There will also be residential space – within the top 36 floors there will be about 450 condos.
    • Construction is to be completed in 2017.
    • Cost: Approximately $500 million
  • Edmonton Tower – Primarily an office space which will be about 27 storeys high, it will also hold common space, conference rooms, a café, and a bank. This tower will be built to meet a LEED gold standard – a step toward creating more sustainable developments.
    • Construction to be completed in 2016
  • Residences, Shopping, and More – Aside from the main attractions, there will be a new luxury hotel, over 1,300 residential units, office towers, and space for boutiques and restaurants.

Royal Alberta Museum – on the Northwest corner of 103A Ave and 97 Street

The new and improved Royal Alberta Museum will be a larger space (about twice the size of the original) to host even more artifacts and an exhibition hall which will house touring exhibitions from a variety of different museums. It will not only be a museum space, but a spot for community events, new programs, a café and a theatre. The new museum is being built on the former site of the downtown Canada Post building.

  • Cost of the new Royal Alberta Museum: $340.5 million
  • Construction to be completed some time in 2016

Blatchford Redevelopment Project
Close to downtown on the site of the old city airport, will be the community of Blatchford. It will house up to 30,000 people, with 20% being affordable housing, and will be a perfect space for transit.
Blatchford aims to stay “green” with urban agriculture plots and will use 100% renewable energy.
this development carries a $632-million price tag phased over 25 years and will house up to 30,000 people.

  • Housing will be medium-density residential, with high density residential being close to future LRT stations.
  • Included in the plan are schools, shops, and restaurants, as well as walking and bicycle routes connected to various trails within the city.

104th Avenue Corridor Plan
Between 111th Street and 123rd Street, 104th Ave will be developed into a more transit-oriented space with easy access to the Valley LRT line. Developing this space will encourage more people to take transit throughout Edmonton and reduce the number of motor of vehicles that pass through on a daily basis.


Mechanized River Valley Access

The new River Valley access is a new development which will allow easier connection from downtown to the River Valley. There are several main aspects to the new connection:

  • The Promontory – This is the top landing which contains a covered canopy, and is also the entrance or landing to the funicular, and as you wait for the funicular you can take in the incredible scenery near the Hotel MacDonald.
  • The Stairs – These stairs are designed for more than just walking, with wide lanes they are meant for strolling, leisurely stopping to take in the view, and socializing at one of the many stopping points on the route.
  • The Funicular – Creating a more convenient way to get downtown for people with bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, and trailers, the funicular is one of the most exciting parts of this renovation. Surrounded by glass, people who take the funicular will have an incredible view of the River Valley as they descend from the landing point into the valley.
  • The Promenade – The landing at the bottom of the steps and funicular will lead into a lush, green space made for enjoying the natural surroundings.
  • The Bridge and Lookout – There will be a bridge attaching the promenade to the lookout, and will also be a great way for passerby’s to pass over Grierson Hill Road. A lookout on the bridge will be created with grass railings in order to enjoy the scenery of both the river and the downtown horizon.
  • The Elevator – Creating a hassle-free connection to the river valley, the elevator will link the Mechanized River Valley Access to the current valley trails. It will also connect to the Low Level Bridge as well as the Rosedale/River Crossing space.


So that’s what’s happening in downtown Edmonton! With city enhancements and residential areas being developed, purchasing property near the area is a great idea! The value of property will only increase as the area is upgraded. Have questions about purchasing in a developing area? Let’s Chat!

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