get on board for nextgen month!

NextGen Month takes place in June and unites and celebrates a new wave of volunteer organizations dedicated to making Edmonton a place that young people choose to live, learn, and work.

 

NextGen Month Events

Come catch us at these special events all through June!

NextGen Month Kick-off Celebration - Wednesday, June 1, 7pm - 9pm

Join us in at scenic Little Brick Cafe to officially kick off NextGen Month. Enjoy small appetizers and drinks, networking opportunities, fun activities and the beautiful scenery of Edmonton's river valley. As part of the night's agenda, City Councillor Andrew Knack will be on hand to proclaim June as officially NextGen Month.

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Edmonton Pride Festival Parade - Saturday, June 4, 11am - 1pm

NextGen will be walking in the annual Edmonton Pride Festival Parade. With this year's float, we are going all out with a retro beach theme. Be sure to say hi!

The annual Edmonton Pride Parade will take place in Old Strathcona. We will start at 108th Street & head down Whyte Avenue before turning left onto 104th Street towards Saskatchewan Drive. The PRIDE IN THE PARK celebration will then commence at End of Steel Park, where you'll enjoy all the events you've come to love about your Edmonton Pride Festival.

Pecha Kucha Night 25 - Thursday, June 9, 6:30pm - 10pm

Come for another great night of amazing speakers at Pecha Kucha Night 25 at Garneau Theatre. PKN 25 presentations will feature local ideas, projects and musings in the 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide.

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Mercer Summer Super Party - Friday, June 17, 5:00pm - 10pm

Visit our stall and take part in family-friendly activities at the always fun Mercer Summer Party!

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The Mercer Summer Super Party is a free, all-floors, close-the-street extravaganza! Join the Mercer Warehouse community as they open their doors and close the street for live music, special programming, social spaces, art installations, a dance party and more.

We need your help to keep the party going. Without volunteers the Super Party can't run and wouldn't be very super. So, if you have an enthusiastic attitude, three hours of time, and most importantly, want to be at the centre of one of the biggest parties of the year, join the volunteer team!

Community partner events

June is full of fun community events that celebrate our great city. Here's just a few of them.

NextFest

700+ emerging artists creating 90+ events over 11 days. 
When: June 2 - June 12
Where: Throughout Edmonton

NextFest website

June Hack Day

Held every month at Startup Edmonton, Hack Days are an opportunity to build, learn and tinker in a collaborative environment with members of the Edmonton startup community. 
When: June 4
Where: Startup Edmonton

June Hack Day event page

100in1day

100 in 1 Day is a day to turn ideas into reality all over the city by celebrating the cumulative power of small changes and temporary projects.
When: June 4
Where: Urban interventions taking place all over Edmonton

100in1day website

Latitude 53 Summer Patio Series

Starting June 11, look forward to weekly cocktails, special guest hosts, snacks from some of Edmonton's best spots, great company and more in the sun at Latitude 53's popular summer patio events. 
When: June 16, June 23, June 30
Where: Latitude 53

Latitude 53 Summer Patio event page

Edmonton Opera Al Fresco

Come celebrate one of the longest days of the year with Edmonton Opera and enjoy a variety of charming operatic performances on four different stages.
When: June 17
Where: Devonian Botanic Gardens

Edmonton Opera Al Fresco event page

What the Truck?! at Blatchford

Grab some grub from Edmonton food trucks and learn all about the cutting-edge technology being used in this up and coming sustainability-focused community.
When: June 18
Where: Blatchford

Facebook event page

The Works Art & Design Festival

Completely free to the public, the Works is North America's largest, free outdoor art and design festival.
When: June 23 - July 5
Where: Throughout Edmonton's downtown and around the city

The Works website

15th Annual MADE Street Furniture Competition

Teams of 2 to 4 people will spend the day designing and building usable pieces of furniture at Churchill Square. The competition is open for everyone to attend and see the creative process in action!
When: June 25
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square

MADE website

NextGen Month Poem

Written by Mary Pinkoski

Edmonton's Poet Laureate
2013 to 2015

In 2015, standing out like a beacon in a sea of change, Edmonton's Thomas Dang becomes the youngest elected politician in Alberta

In 2015, the Edmonton Youth Council paved the way through a barrier of concrete silence that held people's tongues to open a conversation on youth homelessness

And shifting the dialogue into one of hope instead of hopelessness

In 2015, Charlotte Cranston became Edmonton's first youth poet laureate

Using her poems centered on social issues to help youth speak their own truths

She is helping youth write a new story onto the landscape of their lives

In 2014, political science student Emerson Csorba was named one of the Globe and Mail's Notable Canadians

In 2014, Alberta Venture lauded environmental activist Mike Hudema as one of their Top 50 Most Influential People

In 2014, Grade 6 student Nessa Deans, fascinated with the particularities of the running her city, became Canada's Youth Every Day Political Citizen

In 2014, City of Edmonton Strategic Analyst David Rauch placed pianos on our street corners ushering in a new kind of urban sound so that we might hear the way this city's rhythm is plucked out on willing keys

In 2013, Nuela Charles sang her way to the top and swept the Edmonton Music Awards

In 2013, I became Edmonton's second youngest Poet Laureate

In 2013, Edmonton elected its second youngest Mayor

It does not stop here, in a city that has built itself on an entrepreneurial spirit
On the idea that anyone and everyone can make a contribution
A city that does not lend itself readily to tradition or old family history
We are a city whose establishment is innovation, inventiveness, something new

We are a city that is always turning over a new leaf
To see what is underneath
A city that honours its question-askers
Its challengers, its discoverers
Its latent lego block builders

We are the Make Something Edmontons
Spring up like Poppy Barleys we are custom fit to this place and this time

We are Catch the Keys and Start Up Edmonton

With compassion and belief in the potential of anyone,
We are the iHumans and the Kids in the Hall

We are not Generation Y or Z,
We are Generation Next

Next chance
Next opportunity
Next vision
Next

I am going to make this happen

And we do

We are city of visionaries from the ground up
An environment that plants its seeds
And then encourages those sprouts to grow
Into something amazing,
Something that is shifting the city,
The province and
The nation

Edmonton, 
There is lightening in the veins of your Next Gen
Fireworks in the mindscape of their dreams
Sparks in their throats

And despite the advice,
We are not going placidly amidst the haste and the turmoil
No, We are ruffling feathers and rustling papers
We are dancing outside of the lines and
Colouring this place like nobody's watching

We are the spectrum in full shine across the ski
We are consent and care and compassion and creativity

We are the fault lines upon which Edmonton is growing
And we are shaking things up

We are unanswered prayers being actualized
There is something holy about this city

Something about the way it has found its fortune
in the palms of its youth
Something about the way this city keeps saying,
"Open your hands.
hold this"
A city that calls on people when they are most needed,
A city of elders looking towards the Next Generation,
Handing them the backbone of this city,
Saying:
"Take this. This spine.
You firework,
you brilliant flash light.
Take this and swallow my stand up straight,
gulp down my resilience.
Take this gnarled trunk of tree spine
and let it ring with wisdom inside you.
You young warrior,
it is not that I don't think you can do it
without me,
It is that I already know you have."