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Edmonton’s Gospel Music Scene

Anmarie Bailey

Picture this: frenzied hand clapping, foot stomping, finger tapping, rhythmic call and response-type songs, passionate Amens, Hallelujahs and killer vocals all led by…

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Judi Singh: A Black & South Asian musician from 1950s-70s Edmonton

Poushali Mitra

Last year, while exploring South Asian music history in Edmonton, I randomly searched “Singh + artist + 70s Edmonton” and…

The Porter: Building a Better Canada for All

Donna Coombs-Montrose

The Canadian National Railway Pullman train bustled through the Rocky Mountains on the way from Vancouver headed for a stop…

The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 1

Dr. Russell Cobb

Advertisements promoting the “Last Best West”—a frontier open to all pioneers—have become an ingrained part of the Canadian national mythology.  Like…

The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 2

Dr. Russell Cobb

Read The Last Black West: Oklahoma Freedmen Seek Refuge in Alberta, Part 1. As we noted in Part 1, early…

The Ice Age in Edmonton

Lawrence Herzog

There is a fascinating series of photos in the Hubert Hollingworth Collection at the City of Edmonton Archives which shows men…

Forest Heights: A Hidden Pocket of History

Allie Quigley

I grew up in Forest Heights, a neighbourhood in southeast Edmonton, overlooking the North Saskatchewan River. The neighbourhood is known…

Jake Superstein: A Man for All Faiths

Debby Shoctor

During one of the most tumultuous times in European history, Jake Superstein was born in Pinsk, Poland, into an Orthodox Jewish…

A Brief History of the Edmonton Jewish Community

Debby Shoctor

Edmonton, Alberta was first incorporated as a town in 1892. At that time, there were about 700 permanent residents. Founded…

Buy It, Use It, Trash It: Changing Consumption & Growing Environmentalism in YEG

Allie Quigley

My name is Allie Quigley. I am a fourth-year history honours student from the University of Alberta, working with the…

Reverend McDougall’s 1871 Mission House: Epicentre of Edmonton’s Early Jewish Business Community

Dylan Reade

The year 2021 will be the 150th anniversary of the construction of Reverend George McDougall’s 1871 Methodist Mission House.  This important…

Finding Sophie’s Way

Lea Storry

Sophie’s Way is a twist of concrete winding up a short but steep hill in the Edmonton river valley. The…

History of West Ritchie

Cooper Csorba

At the center of West Ritchie is 81st Avenue (between 102nd and 100th Street), a commercial street that feels far removed from the…