JOIN US 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!

Pecha Kucha Night 28 - Thursday, June 1, 6:30pm - 9pm

As Canada goes through a period of reflection, NextGen is hosting an evening of Edmontonians intent on engaging, inspiring, and challenging their communities with ideas on how we can grow together into the next 150 years. Presenters will discuss their visions for building a stronger, more inclusive, and more sustainable Canada.

Join us for this very special PKN on June 1 at MacLab Theatre inside the Citadel Theatre. This evening wouldn't have been possible without the support of our event sponsors, Edmonton Heritage Council and Colliers International.

RSVP with the Citadel

100in1 Day - Saturday, June 3, 10am - 1pm

100in1Day is a day to turn ideas into reality all over the city by celebrating the cumulative power of small changes and temporary projects. On June 4, Edmontonians, communities, organizations will be hosting activities and projects that aim to improve a public space and demonstrate how a community might achieve more lasting positive change.

Join ECVO, Edmonton's NextGen and the City of Edmonton at our outdoor patio space in Michael Phair Park on 100in1day. We hope that you'll visit and chat about volunteerism, learn about volunteer opportunities, and share your stories about how volunteering benefits you and your community as a permanent part of the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organization's 150 Edmonton Volunteer Voices Project.

Pride Parade - Saturday, June 10, 11am - 2pm

Pull out your most colourful attire from you closet and show you pride at the annual Edmonton Pride Parade! Be on the lookout for the NextGen float and be sure to say hello!

NextGen Birthday Party - Tuesday, June 13, 5:00pm - 10pm

Join us on June 13 to celebrate NextGen's birthday! We will be proclaiming June as NextGen Month and celebrating our amazing volunteers and 11 years of projects, events, and impact in our community and YEG.

This year's party will be at the tasty Local Omnivore (10933 120 Street), where we'll have food and drinks, games and prizes, a balloon artist and photobooth, and more. We hope you can attend and and wish us a happy birthday!

RSVP with Eventbrite

Community partner events

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

Celebrating Reconciliation

Participate in events throughout the week in celebration of the second anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The events taking place throughout the week will celebrate Edmonton’s rich Indigenous history and recognize the reconciliation efforts being done in our city.
When: May 28 – June 3
Where: Throughout Edmonton

Celebrating Reconciliation event page

Nextfest 2017

500+ artists putting on 100+ events over 11 days! 
When: June 1 – June 11
Where: Throughout Edmonton

Nextfest website

Edmonton Prospects Home Opener

Calling all baseball fans! Cheer on the Edmonton Prospects in what should be a great afternoon of sunshine and fun.
When: June 2
Where: Telus Field

Edmonton Prospects website

Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival

Two days of family-friendly music and art in the heart of the city!
When: June 3 & 4
Where: Giovanni Caboto Park (95 St. and 109 St.)

Heart of the City website

Insectapalooza!

Down down to Insectapalooza and learn all about those little critters that are sometimes hairy, slimey, or even creepy, but always interesting and cool!
When: June 4
Where: John Janzen Nature Centre (7000 143 St.)

Insectapalooza Facebook event page

Sustainival

The world’s first green carnival is Coming to Edmonton! Sustainival will feature exhilarating games, attractions and rides powered by renewable energy!
When: June 8 – June 11
Where: Servus Lot at South Common (151 Karl Rd NW )

Purchase tickets through Eventbrite

Lana Gets Her Talk

A cinematic observation of Indigenous artist Lana Whiskeyjack as she works to complete a mixed-media sculpture.  This brief study of an artist and her work is a creative medium through which we can come to some understanding of the trauma experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people in the Indian Residential School system
When: June 8, 7 pm
Where: Metro Cinema

Metro Cinema event page

One Pride Many Voices

Join in on the many activities across the city for One Pride Many Voices, Edmonton's annual pride festival.
When: June 9 – 18
Where: Throughout Edmonton

Edmonton Pride Festival website

Edmonton Collector Con

Alberta's premiere toy and comic collectibles event returns! All the best collectible toys, comics and memorabilia under one roof, for one day only!
When: June 11
Where: Italian Cultural Centre (14230 133 Ave.)

Edmonton Collector Con Facebook event page

Women @ the City: Let's Talk Municipal Politics and the Upcoming Election!

Attend a lively discussion about our election process, the importance of diverse representation, and how to poll your candidates in issues that affect women. 
When: June 14, 12 pm – 1 pm
Where: Edmonton City Hall

Register through Eventbrite

On the Edge: How Indigenous Stories Can Relieve Stress, with Anna Wilson

This free presentation by Anna Wilson will explore how Indigenous stories can help us cope with stress. There are many stories we encounter throughout our lifetimes. Some stories have the potential to heal because they can redirect our thoughts from a moment of stress into a moment of joy.
When: June 14, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: 8331 104 Street

Register at the event webpage

Mercer Summer Super Party 2017

Join the Mercer Warehouse community as they close the street outside the building for live music, delicious food and drinks, social spaces, a dance party and more!
When: June 17
Where: Outside Mercer Warehouse (corner of 104 St. and 104 Ave.)

Mercer Super Party website

Downtown Edmonton Annual Pancake Breakfast

What better way to start the day than with pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice? Only $2, with proceeds going to support Downtown Edmonton Community League programming.
When: June 17, 9 am –11 am
Where: Downtown Edmonton Community League (10042 103 St.)

Facebook event page

Have Mercy Burlesque Brunch

For $25, dinners get served their choice of amazing brunch offerings and a show featuring some of Edmonton’s best burlesque performers.
When: June 18, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar (8232 Gateway Boulevard)

Purchase tickets through Eventbrite

Youth Art Walk

Are you a visual artist between the ages of 9 and 17? Do you have art you want to show, share or sell? The Paint Spot is seeking young visual artists to set up and create art live – ‘art walk-style’ during Backbeat School of Rock’s Block Party.
When: June 18, 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: The Paint Spot (10032 81 Ave.)

Youth Art Walk Facebook event page

Wine & Wildlife: Bees!

Bees have been in the news lately as global populations decline and urban beekeeping becomes more popular. Enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers as you learn about the latest research into Alberta’s own native bees. Visit the zoo’s bee hives and sample some honey made by the Zoo’s bees!
When: June 20, 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Edmonton Valley Zoo (13315 Buena Vista Road)

Wine & Wildlife Facebook event page

The Yards Summer Salon

How can we build a narrative of Edmonton that truthfully includes the indigenous histories that we have marginalized in the past? Will creating more truth offer Edmonton a way toward reconciliation? Join a timely conversation that offers insight into Edmonton’s next 150 years.
When: June 22, 6 pm
Where: CKUA, 9804 Jasper Ave.

Purchase tickets here

The Works Art & Design Festival 2017

For 13 days every summer, The Works unleashes art & design throughout 1 square kilometer of Edmonton's downtown core . Completely free to the public, the Festival is an extravaganza of visual art, design and entertainment that attracts artists and patrons from around the globe.
When: June 22 – July 4
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square and nearby venues

The Works website

Apathy is Boring: 150 Years Young

In partnership with the Works Festival, Apathy is Boring will be projecting inspiring photos and captions promoting the contributions of millenials on buildings in downtown Edmonton. 

When: June 22 & 23, 8 pm
Where: 10129 104 St. NW

Apathy is Boring website

Opera al Fresco

Celebrate one of the longest days of the year with us and enjoy a variety of charming operatic performances on four different stages. Enjoy appetizers and wine as you stroll through the greenery; let the vibrant music and gentle breeze lift you to a state of summery bliss!
When: June 23, 7 pm
Where: University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly known as the Devonian Garden)

Edmonton Opera event page

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."