AOL Travel

Edmonton Pop Culture

If you want to get a feel for the vibrant arts and culture scene in Edmonton, your best bet is to turn the radio on (or stream it in from and tune into 94.9 CKUA on the FM dial. The listener-supported station plays everything from blues and bluegrass to R & B, classical, jazz, funk, rock, and world music. CKUA is Canada’s oldest public broadcaster and a great supporter of local talent, a testament to Edmonton’s fierce grassroots movement and love for local, independent artists (including the likes of the Juno-nominated pop band the Stereos and electro-rock darlings Shout Out Out Out Out.) Edmonton made her debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Trevor Anderson’s documentary The High Level Bridge, a dark documentary about suicides on the infamous bridge. Hollywood has visited more than once too, most notably when Brad Pitt was in town to film scenes from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at Fort Edmonton Park. In fact, rumor has it was while he and Angelia Jolie were staying in the area, their daughter Shiloh was conceived. On the literary front, local journalist and culture commentator Todd Babiak introduced a beloved Edmonton neighbourhood to the masses in his novel "The Garneau Block," a glimpse into the lives of regular folks living in Alberta’s oil-rich boomtown. It won the City of Edmonton Book Prize and was long listed for the prestigious Giller Prize. Online, writer Amy Fung has managed to carve out her own sizeable niche in the blogosphere with her witty (and sometimes scathing) look at the Alberta art scene at Prairie Artsters ( The Edmonton Vestiary ( is another blog to follow. Here you can check out the street fashion of everyday Edmontonians.