Three to See Friday: Bison begins, Smokey sings and Children's Fest is on

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Royal Bison Spring Sale: The museum of regional earnestness opens once more! Over 120 D.I.Y. art and craft designers and vendors are once again getting together online for the physically much-missed Royal Bison — though the number of participants actually exceeds what could fit into the old Cosmo hall, if you’re into adaptation bringing out silver linings! There’s really no better place to grab unique loot sure to please for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, everything you buy from pottery to clothing to prints to books and so much more, conveniently mailed or delivered to your doorstep. Notes head organizer Vikki Wiercinski, setting up a Hollywood-action narrative, “It’s been exciting to watch the Royal Bison go viral — in a good way — and we hope this season’s event helps everyone kick their Amazon habit and shop local.” Go us!

This mugshot is a reminder Jennifer Jong is selling her lovely wares at Royal Bison this weekend.
This mugshot is a reminder Jennifer Jong is selling her lovely wares at Royal Bison this weekend. Photo by supplied

Details: 5 p.m. Friday through 5 p.m. Sunday at royalbison.ca, no charge

Keep Smilin’: Nickelas Johnson aka Smokey, the country and western troubadour king of Mossy Trails, joins forces here with local filmmaker Ryan Leedu for the first of hopefully many Live at the Garneau concert performances. You might remember Johnson’s giant green head at Lowlands Art Spaces on the cover of the Journal a while back, and as a hat trick here he’s also selling weird Canadiana crafts at Royal Bison (see above). But this short film commissioned by the indie theatre wonderfully captures the loneliness and haunted paranoia of being a hopeless performing artist right now; I’d recommend curling up with a bottle and watching it late at night in your fortified bunker as all the mutants scream outside.

Smokey stars in the new concert film Keep Smilin’, presented by Metro Cinema Friday.
Smokey stars in the new concert film Keep Smilin’, presented by Metro Cinema Friday. Photo by supplied

Details: Starts Friday at metrocinema.org, no charge

40 Days of Play!: This year marks 40 years the International Children’s Festival of the Arts has engaged countless children, youth and the young-at-heart with the arts across Northern Alberta. To celebrate, the festival and the City of St. Albert is hosting 40 Days of Play with daily activities and prompts and its usual feature performances, all available online.

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