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Happy birthday EAC!: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Edmonton Arts Council is one of the city’s most important institutions — certainly my favourite kaiju-sized megaphone — for a quarter century now giving a boost to countless artists by providing support, space and amplification to a mind-bogglingly wide range of local expression. There’s no regional art ecosystem untouched by their support and stewardship in theatre, music, dance, public and gallery art, film and the written word — from tiny chapbooks, to touring assistance, all the way up to their fuel funding various mighty cultural venues and institutions around town like Edmonton Opera, Rust Magic International Street Mural Festival and the Art Gallery of Alberta. Without EAC’s passion, focus and ongoing artistic calls, this city would be a much deflated place, and as an arts writer I owe you heaps. Here’s to another 25, and 100 after that! Check out the YouTube Valentine from many of the city’s finest artists and arts-adjacents.
Details: Any time on Edmonton Arts Council’s YouTube channel, no charge
Matt Bahen and Andrew Rucklidge: A new double show opens over at Peter Robertson in the Gallery District Saturday, a series of beautiful horse and landscape oil paintings from Bahen in his show On the Wind; surreal, impressionistic landscapes seen from on high by Rucklidge, his show called Edge of the Wild Country. Both artists work in Toronto, and their work deserves to be soaked up in the spacious, 124 Street gallery.
Details: Through May 29 at Peter Robertson Gallery (12323 104 Ave.), no charge
The Agony of Pandemic Parenting: A must-listen is this devastating New York Times podcast of the unending reality of trying to balance professional and parenting life to, and past, the breaking point. The paper set up a call-in line, and the responses from exhausted mothers, I warn you, will probably make you cry. So give this a listen, and then let’s do what we can to reach out to all the parents (and teachers) out there trapped in the awful reality of Zoom classrooms — you are appreciated, hold fast.
Details: Any time at nytimes.com/column/thedaily, no charge