Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Aug. 8 – 11)
Edmonton Rock Music Festival (Aug. 16 – 17)
International Cat Show (Aug. 24 – 25)
Transform your deck or patio into a relaxing space this summer with these creative outdoor lighting ideas.
The warm summer weather and sunshine should be enough to entice most kids out of the house but sometimes, staring at screens for hours at a time can be all too tempting.
The easiest way to get kids active and moving around outside is to simply make it fun. So the next time they complain about being bored, suggest some of these activities instead.
1. Run a lemonade stand
2. Make a giant board game with chalk
3. Visit the public library
4. Make ice cream or popsicles
5. Look into summer camps
6. Go camping — in your backyard
7. Have a water balloon fight
Sunny days and warm temperatures are a welcomed sign of summer coming. But it’s not too long before things start to get hot in the house— maybe too hot.
Putting a large AC unit in every room of the house or installing a swimming pool in the backyard might seem like great ways to keep cool, they’re also hugely expensive.
Here are some tips to cool things down without breaking the bank.
1. Grow some houseplants
2. Buy a dehumidifier
3. Close your blinds
4. Shade the outside
5. Reverse your fans
6. Cool sheets
7. Create a flow of air
The Mac and Cheese Festival (July 5 – 7)
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (July 5 – 14)
The 12th music festival hosted by Edmonton Chamber Music Society.
An international improve and sketch comedy festival with ten days of laughter.
Tri A Taste (June 15)
Different variations of Shakespeare’s productions, from the contemporary to professional.
International Jazz Festival (June 21 – June 3)
Boodang Outdoor Music Festival (June 28 – 30)
A three-day festival of music, hosted outside where you can enjoy the warm weather.
Interest in electric cars is growing as prices at the pump surge and Canadian society in general turns away from fossil fuels.
In British Columbia, for example, the government recently announced a new law requiring that all cars and trucks sold in the province be zero emission by 2040. In addition, the federal government is offering buyer’s incentives for newly purchased or leased electric vehicles on or after May 1, 2019. Click this link to find the list of eligible vehicles.
This may seem all fine and dandy — who doesn’t like the idea of no longer paying high gas prices to commute? — but a lot of questions still remain about the infrastructure surrounding electric vehicles.
In particular, charging them is a concern.
It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours to charge an electric car, depending on the vehicle and the type of charger.
In an ideal situation, you plug in your electric car when you pull into the garage at home and let it charge overnight. Come morning, you’re all topped up and good to go.
But it’s not always that easy.
The cars can charge with a variety of different charge points, including a standard 120-volt outlet. That’s the option that takes the longest to charge, though, and still ideally requires access to a garage or somewhere covered to park your car.
Most electric car owners opt for a 240-volt charging station – but that needs to be installed at home and can cost several hundred dollars.
If you rent or live in an apartment with building policies, it can be tricky to install the charger you want. That’s why it’s crucial to look into your options before buying an electric car.
If you can’t charge it at home, though, not all is lost.
Many apartment buildings are opting to install charging stations – bring it up with your building manager. The same is true at workplaces where, increasingly, charging stations are being installed in parking lots. Then you can simply charge it while you work.
If none of those are options, look into what is around you in your neighbourhood. Oftentimes, malls and other public places will have free charging. There are also hundreds of paid super-chargers around the city, as well.
Check our photo gallery featuring spring themed wallpapers to bring vibrant colours into your living space.
The first signs of warmer weather and spring are starting to appear. For homeowners, that means bringing out the home maintenance to-do list.
Fear not, we have some tips on what you need to do this season to get your house in the best condition. All these things can help preserve the value of your property and save you money down the line.
1. Go high
2. Probe wood trims and frames
3. General spring cleaning
4. Check the AC and furnace
5. Clear out the gutter
6. Plan ahead for the garden
First-time homebuyers have something to look forward to in the new 2019 federal budget: Canada's housing agency is offering to pitch in towards the purchase price.
Exact details of how this "shared equity mortgage” will work still need to be hashed out by the government and are expected to be released in the fall.
In the meantime, this is what we know so far about the new incentive:
The First Time Home Buyer Incentive is a measure to help with housing affordability and lower the amount of money Canadians pay.
Under the program, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) contributes up to 10 per cent of the purchase price of a home. This brings down the mortgage load for borrowers.
In exchange, the CMHC gets a 10 per cent stake in the house — which is why it’s described as a “"shared equity mortgage."
For example, let’s say a homebuyer is purchasing a $400,000 property. Under both the old and the new rules, they need at least a $20,000 down payment — five per cent of the price.
So that means they would usually need to borrow the remaining $380,000 as a mortgage.
Under the new program, the CMHC would contribute 10 per cent and so throw in an additional $40,000 at the time of purchase. That means the buyer only needs to take out a $340,000 mortgage – which leads to savings over month-to-month payments.
Homebuyers pay back the money to the CMHC when they sell the house (or sooner, if they want).
Essentially, it acts as an interest-free loan but what is still not clear is if the buyer pays back the same dollar amount that was originally fronted or if it changes based on the increased value of the home.
Women and girls in developing countries must walk an average of 10,000 steps every day to collect the basics their families need to survive –water, food and firewood. This event helps raise awareness and funds to end the cycle of poverty.
AVENTURA Live Salsa Bachata Series (April 6 – 7)
Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat (April 13)
Spring Gallery Walk (April 13 – 14)
The Celtic Tenors (April 16)
Kids All In (April 25)
From home safety devices to toilets, checkout some of the latest and best smart home products featured at CES 2019.
Home designs, though more permanent than the fast fashion of catwalks, still follow the ebbs and flows of trends.
What homebuyers look for and want in a home is partially dependent on what is popular and trending at the time of purchase. Gone are the days of orange carpets, patterned curtains, and burgundy furniture of our parents’ generation.
Currently, the latest home trends reflect a shift in society due to land shortages, home prices, and the economy. Going smaller has become more popular, with an emphasis on sustainability and affordability, without forgoing comfort.
Here are some of the top trends right now.
1. Light and airy
2. Technology for greater convenience
3. Big tubs and remodelled bathrooms
Overhead showers, particularly square-shaped ones, are making a come back. But the biggest surprise is the demand for big, free-standing tubs: Homebuyers wants a little corner of luxury in their home.
4. Colours and motifs
5. Sustainability and green-minded
Swing into Spring: Witches Market (March 9)
Floral Education Week (March 11 – 15)
Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show (March 14 – 17)
Annual Interfaith Symposium (March 14)
Western Canada Fashion Week (March 20 – 24)