The Best Goodbye - Thank You for 5 Years

Over 5 years ago, I started City and Dale. From the beginning my intention was for the site to act as an open love letter to the city I choose to call home, Edmonton. I wanted to share the best in fun, eats, fashion, shopping and happenings. By blogging regularly, I created a digital space for others to explore Edmonton. During this time, business owners invited me into their shops and restaurants. I attended cool events. I met great people. I had so many coffee dates with passionate Edmontonians. I shared the contributions of people committed to building a great city. We’re finally arriving. Five years ago, I felt passionately Edmonton had stories that needed to be shared. Now, there’s more people telling the stories of Edmonton – through podcasts, websites, blogs, instagram, twitter, video - making City and Dale less relevant. It makes me really happy.

A lot happens in five years. Personally, I married. I moved into my thirties. I started a company. My interests changed. Two years ago, I mostly stepped away from City and Dale because I craved more time with people and less time with my computer. Already a contributor at the time, Gillian Thomson, took over City and Dale including the managing, writing and storytelling. For two years, Gillian’s done a remarkable job. Through Gillian’s experience with City and Dale, she discovered her favourite aspect was interviewing the people building our city. This transformed into her latest project – The Noteworthy (it’s awesome!).

It’s the right time for City and Dale to end. As with most goodbyes, there are an impossible number of people to thank. So I’ll keep it simple: Thank you to everyone who spent time in our little digital corner. Unlike most goodbyes, this one is not sad. This project has run its course. I can’t wait to see what we – the city, the people, the creatives – create next.

Thank you for sharing 5+ years with us.

With gratitude,
Kendall & Gillian 

Keep in touch with Kendall: Twitter, Instagram
Keep in touch with Gillian: Twitter, Instagram 

p.s. You can always go back through our Edmonton discoveries in the City and Dale Archives.

Edmonton Weekend Guide :: October 9-13

This Thanksgiving weekend, spend all day cooking, eating, and drinking with those that mean the most to you. Then, be thankful for leftovers!

Coffee Lovers: New cafes - Burrow (in Central Station) and Credo (on 124 St)
Cheer: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames (season opener)
Reunite: Oilers 1984 Stanley Cup Reunion
Run: Turkey Trot
Drink: Creative Edmonton's BrewFest

The Enjoy Centre will be hosting Dig In Horticulinary Festival. It's a celebration of horticulture and culinary arts including hands-on workshops, demonstrations, regional celebrity chefs, and a multi-course meal. More details here.

The Up+Downtown Music and Arts Festival is on Friday to Sunday. There are 10 venues around Downtown hosting independent music and visual artists. Tickets start at only $5! For more info and schedule, see their website.

Buy these tickets now: Nocturne - AGA Masked Fundraiser

*Photo by Henrik Bulow for Eurowoman via visual optimism

go :: Buy These Tickets Now

October is shaping up to be a busy month. Here, we've highlighted a few events to add to your calendar (and snap up tickets before they vanish).

For beer lovers: Craft Brewmasters Dinner
For science lovers: LUMEN at Telus World of Science
For art lovers: Late Night Wednesdays at Art Gallery of Alberta
For fashion lovers: Fall Fashion in the Fast Lane

Nerd Nite #16
Tickets to Nerd Nite are usually long gone by the time it makes it to our weekend guide. It's basically three interesting talks by experts (from watch collectors and body builders to NASA medical researchers and renowned physicists) plus beer. As they say, learning is more fun while drinking. 
When: October 22, 7:30pm doors
Where: Citadel Theatre (9828 101A Avenue)
Tickets: $15 available here. 

Halloween Haunt at Rutherford House
A ghost tour around campus and historical Garneau area followed by pumpkin pie, hot tea and other treats at Rutherford House. You can take a tour of the house with a medium providing information on paranormal activity. We get the chills just reading about it!
When: October 25, 7pm or 9pm
Where: Rutherford House
Tickets: $35-40 or $75 per couple, available here.

Timeraiser is part silent auction, part volunteer fair, part night on the town! Bid on art in the silent auction and pay with volunteer hours for one of the organizations at the party. If you are the winning bidder, you have one year to complete your volunteer pledge before taking your art home to keep.
When: November 8, 7pm
Where: Boyle Street Plaza
Tickets: $10 in advance, $20 at the door.

Image from Hither & Dither

Edmonton Weekend Guide :: October 2-5

You might want to memorize this. This year's Edmonton Corn Maze!

You might want to memorize this. This year's Edmonton Corn Maze!

Go: The Home and Renovation Show
Drink: Tequila at El Cortez
Tour: Float Yer Boat - River History Tour
Eat: City Market Fall Harvest Dinner 
Recharge: Bloom 2.0 Yoga Festival

Pecha Kucha Night 20 takes place at Royal Alberta Museum on Thursday night. Be enlightened by presentations on local ideas, projects, and musings in a 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide format. A few tickets are still available here.

It's that time of year again! Take a short trip to the edge of town and find your way through the Edmonton Corn Maze before it is too cold! Navigate through this year's Santa's Anonymous daily (except Mondays). More info here

Oktoberfest comes to Edmonton at the Edmonton Expo Centre. On Friday and Saturday, celebrate beer, food, music, games, tradition and community at Edmonton Oktoberfest! Authentic Bavarian style booths will be serving Bavarian style beers and local brews from Alberta. Buy your tickets here.

The OT Collective is hosting an old fashioned Sock Hop on Friday night. Artists, prizes, drinks, music, and a chocolate chip cookie bake off! All money raised will go towards their new space for creatives and community. Get your tickets here.

style :: Fall/Winter 2014 Trends

Left to right: Chloe, Valentino, Louis Vuitton via

Left to right: Chloe, Valentino, Louis Vuitton via

If there’s anyway to console our summertime sadness it’s with the beautiful days of fall. The trees in Edmonton have dawned their enchanting autumn hues, which gives us the cue to break out our fall essentials. It’s the fashion season filled with layering and cozy knit staples that will fend off that extra nip in the air; styles that were in full force in Fall 2014 runway shows. Other key trends that dominated the fall runways were 60’s inspired looks, feminine feline prints, chic velvet styles, and military khaki flare – all trends that are simple enough to incorporate into any wardrobe, while instantly updating your look for the season!

Left to right: Givenchy, Gucci, Saint Laurent via

Left to right: Givenchy, Gucci, Saint Laurent via

Left to right: Nina Ricci, Tom Ford, Emporio Armani via

Left to right: Nina Ricci, Tom Ford, Emporio Armani via

Left to right: Balmain, Isabel Marant, Paul & Joe via

Left to right: Balmain, Isabel Marant, Paul & Joe via