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Coming to Edmonton in 2020!

a multi-venue music and arts festival

Official Press Release

JULY 23, 2019


(Edmonton) - The first annual Winterruption YEG festival is set to take place this January in Edmonton. The multi-venue music and arts festival rolls out January 23-26, 2020 in multiple venues in downtown Edmonton: The Starlite Room, Temple, Freemasons Hall, Downtown Edmonton Community League, The Cask & Barrel, Rocky Mountain Icehouse and Station on Jasper. In addition to inside events, Winterruption will also feature a number of free outdoor activities in the downtown core.

Started in conjunction with Saskatoon and Regina Winterruption festivals, and Calgary’s Big Winter Classic, Winterruption YEG hopes to work closely with the arts community of Edmonton and greater Western Canadian winter arts festivals to create a truly unique festival experience. Using the leverage of the past five years of Winterruption SK and Big Winter Classic Calgary, Producer Brent Oliver (Sidetrack Cafe, Foundation Concerts, UP+DT Festival) will to share talent and resources with other winter partners in Edmonton and throughout the West. “I am thrilled to be asked to produce this multi-venue indoor and outdoor event, and I can’t wait for downtown Edmonton to experience this signature event,” says Oliver. “This all-volunteer run festival is launching its call for artists and volunteers to apply to be a part of something big in 2020.”

With event prices ranging from free to $45 weekend wristbands, the aim of the community winter arts festival is inclusivity and promotion of the arts in a snowy setting. Every show will also be subject to a safe and inclusive space policy, and a number of events will be geared towards all ages and family communities, as well as 18+. Programming will be diverse and inclusive, in genre, gender, sexuality, age and culture. “We look forward to making Winterruption YEG a regular staple of January in Edmonton and look to build on 2020 for years to come,” Brent Oliver, Festival Producer. Join us January 23-26, 2020 in downtown Edmonton for Winterruption YEG!

Check out more details, artist and volunteer applications at 

Winterruption YEG takes place on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional territories of the nehiyaw, Dene, Stoney Nakoda, Nakota Sioux, and Annishnabe. We would also like to acknowledge this land is home to Metis and Inuit peoples. The volunteers, producers, patrons and artists humbly admit that we are learning what it means to be on Treaty territory and unceded land. We recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting. We know there is still important work that needs to be done to honor the treaties and. Indigenous histories, languages, and cultures influence our music community, and we are grateful to be guests on this land.

More info: Brent Oliver, Producer 780-394-4272, 

Stay tuned, more coming!