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Emil Tiedemann, I Heart Edmonton

My name is Emil Tiedemann, and I love Edmonton! It's my hometown, where I was born (in 1979) and raised, and where I'm sure I will die one day in the far off (I hope) future! Since 2009 I've been happily promoting and celebrating what Edmonton has to offer...and trust me, it's an endless mission. In the meantime, I myself have discovered soooo much about Edmonton, it's talent, it's places, it's history. I'm very proud to be a part of a city like this. 

Our mission is celebrate & promote everything to see & do in Edmonton, as well as profiling the people & places that make #yeg the best city in Canada!


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#ShowYourPride in #OldStrath

Friday June 05 , 2015

It's here! We're excited to welcome the Edmonton Pride Festival and Pride in the Park back to Old Strathcona! 

Check out Emil's blog post below to discover what's happening in Old Strathcona for Pride this year.

Enter to Win! We're giving away 3, $150 Old Strathcona shopping sprees! Snap a photo of you Showing Your Pride (whatever that means to you) and share it on twitter or instagram with the hashtags #ShowYourPride and #OldStrath.

Contest is open until 5pm on Monday, June 8 with winners being contacted on Tuesday, June 9th. Each winner can choose up to two Old Strathcona businesses for their shopping sprees and we'll provide the winners with Gift Certificates to the businesses of their choice!  - Congratulations to our winners: cosette_d (instagram), bkpadfield (twitter) and fwiwchar (instagram).

Edmonton Pride 2015!

For the full event listing, check out Emil's full blog post HERE.

The Pride Parade is moving from downtown to Whyte Avenue this year!

Edmonton Pride Parade
Saturday, June 6 (11AM)
Whyte Avenue & 108 Street (start)

The annual Pride Parade has a brand new route! It is now in Old Strathcona, starting at 108th Street & headed down Whyte Avenue before turning north (left) onto 104th Street to 86th Avenue. This year's Parade Grand Marshal is Michael Phair, and you can also look out for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and national Liberal leader Justin Trudeau! The Parade begins at 11AM on Saturday. Roads close at 10am so come early! 

Edmonton Pride Parade route 2015 (Old Strathcona)

Pride in the Park

Saturday, June 6 (11AM - 8PM)
End of Steel Park (8720 - 104 Street)

Commencing right after the Pride Parade will be Pride in the Park, a celebration of good friends, friends-to-be, live entertainment, food, drinks and lots of FUN!! This FREE family event will also include the Bounce Stage (hosted by Mike Chalut & Bridget Ryan), which will be headlined by Canadian R&B star Jully Black! The Beverage Garden is FREE, but a $5 donation is suggested. You can avoid lines and wait times by purchasing a Pride Pass ($50) HERE!

Pride Shop Hop

Thursday, June 11 (10AM - 9PM)
Old Strathcona (various locations)

Experience the annual Pride Shop Hop, an event for all five senses as participating Old Strathcona businesses offer a day of promotions, discounts, events and more. Check out all of the information on Shop Hop HERE!

The Rainbow Effect

And don't forget to pick up a copy of the beautiful commemorative magazine The Rainbow Effect during the Edmonton Pride Festival. It features stories, information, photographs, interviews and more on the history of Edmonton's LGBTQ+ community. 

I personally penned nine of the articles in the magazine, including my personal coming out story. The Rainbow Effectis just $15 each and all proceeds go back into the Pride Festival! It is available online, at the Pride Festival grounds (including information booth), The Briefing Room, The Traveling Tickle Trunk, Express Video, and the Pride Centre of Edmonton!
The Rainbow Effect magazine is available NOW!