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Peter Kageyama on Creative Cities at Latitude 53 in Edmonton on June 21

Peter Kageyama NextGen is hosting a special speaking engagement with Peter Kageyama who will be visiting Edmonton on June 21. Peter is a co-founder and producer of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary event that brings together practitioners around the big idea of the city.  He has traveled abroad learning and speaking about issues of local community development, talent attraction and retention and creative industries development.  He’s also worked with contemporaries such as Richard Florida and Charles Landry. He recently wrote a book called “For the Love of Cities” and he will be speaking about this and his insights about creative cities.

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NextGen Edmonton Invites you to DIYalogue on June 19

DIYalogue EdmontonLooking for a collaborative space to share ideas and gain advice on launching them into action? DIYalogue connects Edmonton’s established cultural entrepreneurs with emerging, young, creatives in 15 minute one-on-one mentorship mini-dates. DIYalogue explores the potential for individual success in the creative industries through unique partnerships and community support.Ever dream about.. Starting a gallery? Launching a magazine? Turning your sketches into a fashion line? Landing your own TV show? Getting your favorite musicians to play your festival? Let’s talk.

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Art of Conversation LVIII, Courtyard by Marriott Patio, Thursday, June 30, 2011

Art of Conversation with Graham Hicks EdmontonCo-hosts Graham Hicks, Rob Christie and Audie Lynds invite you (and your friends) to Art of Conversation LVIII, at the height of the summer, on the evening before Canada Day, on the patio of the Courtyard by Marriott Edmonton, one of Edmonton’s most spectacular river valley view patios ever. Thursday, June 30, 2011 from 4 p.m. until whenever at the Patio,  Courtyard By Marriott Edmonton Hotel, Jasper Avenue and 99 Street. Cash bar, snacks courtesy of the Marriott. Agenda: None. Purpose: None, other than an opportunity to meet and converse with interesting people over a drink or two. Obligation: To introduce yourself to somebody you don’t know, and enjoy a good conversation with them. RSVP: None. Come if you like, bring some friends if you like, don’t come if you don’t want to, or can’t! P.S. For once in our AoC lives, Rob and I are thinking ahead.  AoC LVIX will happen Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at the Hotel Macdonald. ~ Graham Hicks, Hicks Communications.

Uptopia Music Festival Launches in Edmonton on June 17 & 18, 2011

Utopia Music Festival EdmontonThe Utopia Music Festival is Edmonton’s first Summer Solstice Cultural Celebration. Utopia will be taking place at The Heritage Amphitheatre in beautiful Hawrelak Park in Edmonton on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 10.  The summer solstice celebration in 2011 will feature headlining acts: Ani DiFranco, LIGHTS, David Usher and Suzie Mcneil. There will be many other musical treats to look forward to including an exciting, eclectic blend of music in the genres of folk, reggae, electronic and acoustic pop. There is something for everybody at Utopia who’s focus is unity,  diversity and love. Make sure to “like” us on Facebook to receive special wristbands, which get you into the priority seating area, priority line up for the beer garden, meet some of the stars of the show and more. The event is open to all ages, but will have a licensed beer garden for those who  would like to enjoy a cool beverage during the celebration.  You will find alot more then music at Utopia; gourmet cuisine, visit The Utopian Village and market to find earth, animal and people friendly items. See more information at

Herbert Marshall McLuhan Edmonton Centenary Celebrations June & July 2011

Marshall McLuhan House Edmonton 2011

Marshall McLuhan House Edmonton 2011

In June and July 2011, the University of Alberta will host the Herbert Marshall McLuhan Edmonton Centenary. The Centenary will mark the birth of the influential scholar and public figure in Edmonton on 21 July 1911. The home in which the family lived while in Edmonton in Edmonton’s Highlands community provides a material link to an intellectual legacy that continues to grow. Professor McLuhan often commented that his upbringing in Western Canada provided a valuable alternative, or peripheral, perspective on the world. In his writings, he recalled experiences in Edmonton that were to shape his intellectual life. The University of Alberta awarded Prof. McLuhan an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1971. The Centenary will therefore continue the scholarly and popular development of the Edmonton-McLuhan connection. See the Public Events for June and July, 2011:

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)