“Let There Be Height: An Aerial Cabaret” – Firefly Theatre’s Annual Showcase & Fundraiser, June 7 & 8

Firefly TheatreIt is time for the 13th annual Let There Be Height: An Aerial Cabaret, a fundraiser in support of the Firefly Circus Academy, June 7th and 8th 2017 in the Westbury Theatre at Fringe Theatre Adventures. Now in its thirteenth year, this unique performance event features Edmonton’s professional and upcoming circus artists along with physical theatre, comedy and dance. “Let There Be Height” is one of a kind in Edmonton – come and see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, 20 feet in the air. You may have to remind yourself to breath as you witness the astonishing skills of more than 75 up & coming aerial artists as they flaunt gravity climbing, hanging and dropping on the trapeze, aerial silks, hoop, vertical rope, and more. The theme for the 2017 showcase is: Super Heroes, Super Villains, and Superlatives.

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Edmonton Entrepreneurs Celebrate International Women’s Day and Share Advice on Closing the Gender Gap

Womens-DayCelebrate International Women’s Day at the second annual Women and Wealth Conference on March 8th, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Edmonton (it will also be live streamed across Canada). This year the theme is “Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship”. Women play a major role in driving the world economy. According to the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, women control about $20 trillion in annual consumer spending – a number expected to rise to nearly $28 trillion by 2020. They make up 40% of the global workforce, are earning professional degrees in record numbers, and companies have implemented programs to remove organizational biases in order to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Yet a gender equality gap remains.

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Edmonton to Join in Solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017

Womens-MarchIn the spirit of diversity, equality and inclusivity, Canadians across the country will rally in the United States and over 20 countries on Saturday, January 21, 2017, in support of the Women’s March on Washington. The recent U.S. election is a reminder for all of us that the rights, freedoms, and sense of safety we cherish are not to be taken for granted. We will gather to say loudly and clearly that we will not tolerate discrimination, and that we will stand in support of all those who have been (and continue to be) the targets of hatred and closed minds. By marching and rallying in solidarity on January 21, 2017, we are saying that we intend to remain vigilant, here in our country to ensure that the hard-fought gains that have been achieved are not reversed or diluted.

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Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (Wisest) Announces Annual Lecture & Symposium

wisestWISEST announced that their 2016 keynote speaker is Dr. Anne Condon, a Professor of Computing Science at the University of British Columbia, where she has served as Department Head and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Condon’s research in computational complexity theory and algorithms currently focuses on DNA programming – the art and science of writing programs that are realized and executed by DNA. She is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has held the NSERC/General Motors Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and received the Computing Research Association’s Habermann Award for her work on increasing the numbers and successes of women in computing research.

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The 2016 Edmonton Comedy Festival to Deliver Laughs on Thanksgiving Weekend

Edmonton Comedy FestivalThe Edmonton Comedy Festival is proud to present another 4 days of funny from October 5th through 8th, 2016. This year’s Festival will feature over 30 comics from across North America performing at venues throughout the city and St. Albert. In addition to 8 gala performances to include a ladies night, a cabaret series, a masters series, a media challenge and free shows for both children and adults. The line-up of performers for 2016 includes world famous acts like Hollywood star Tom Arnold, as well as some festival favourites like John Wing (America’s Got Talent), Rondell Sheridan (That’s So Raven), Mitch Fatel (The Howard Stern Show), Andrew Grose (Just For Laughs), Louis Ramey (The Tonight Show) and Monique Marvez (Showtime) and many many more. Take in a Gala at The ATB Financial Arts Barns to watch headliners or stroll down to the Varscona Hotel for the Master’s Series.

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