10 Things to Do at the Deep Freeze Winter Festival 2019


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Deep Freeze – a Byzantine Winter Festival takes over 118 Avenue during January 12 and 13th weekend for the 12th edition of Deep Freeze Festival.

Heat up this winter weekend as Arts on the Ave presents “Winter Tales” with snow laden fun and an array of cultural and heritage activities.

We’ve compiled the top ten activities for you to enjoy over this unique weekend!

1. What’s more magical than a horse and wagon ride along the streets where caribous, trolls, elves, stilt walkers and vikings rule!

Enjoy the sounds of hoofs and take in the festivities and beautiful nature as you go clackity clack along the avenue.

Learn how the real Scandinavian Vikings actually lived and worked at the Viking Encampment, enjoy the antics of family of Trolls from the Canadian forest as they cause merriment all weekend long, laugh with the exuberant and playful Emily Elf, and follow enthusiastic stilt walkers as they navigate the festival street filled with revellers.

2. Experience a multitude of performances

Enjoy evenings of belly dance performances, tap with CHAIKA, as they play a range of arrangements from folk to contemporary selections, or rock out to the sounds of Erasmo Coco as he takes the stage with his bluesy beats. To hear beautiful Ukrainian songs, be sure to attend the Trembita Ukrainian Choir performance. Regarded as a top francophone performer, Mireille Moquin will be dazzling audiences with her theatrical talents. Talented in many ways, Giselle Lemire, a seasoned bilingual actress, will be taking to the stage to perform spoken word. These are just a few the highly talented performers who will be heating up the evening!

3. Jive along with toe tapping Kitchen Parties

Gather round friends & family and join for Ukrainian/ French Canadian & Métis Kitchen parties. Canada’s finest fiddlers and musicians, including Calvin Vollrath, Daniel Gervais, Marango Pie, Brianna Lizotte will be bringing their best fiddle music to amp up the fun.

4. Slide down the giant ice slide


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Starting at noon and running until midnight, bring your children (or your inner child!) to slide down the giant ice slide. Or try crokinole, curling, play with frozen x’s and o’s and more at Ice Kingdom located at 91 St & 118 Ave .

5. Grab a cold one from the igloo bar

Grab a cold one from the igloo bar and take in the festivities at the Northern Lights Beer Garden & Ice Bar.

6. Explore the Treaty 6 Territory

Enjoy amazing performances, taste fresh Bannock and Jam, learn a traditional craft, buy indigenous crafts, explore a Métis Trapper’s tent and an Inuit Tupik, and more at Pipon Village.

7. Go for a Deep freezer ride

Join climb inside the deep freezer with skis and get your friends to push you for a race along 118 Ave.

8. Shop original and local at the artisan market

Shop for your significant other from the wonderful collection of hand-crafted products by local artisans at this unique arts market. Valentine’s day will be here before you know it!

9. Pose for that gram!

Decorate your instagram wall with your best shots of magical ice sculptures inspired by the festival theme Winter Tales created by international ice and snow sculptors Wilfred Stijger and Edith van de Wetering, Netherlands.

10. Fireworks


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What is a festival without fireworks! Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment and enjoy the creative colours filling the night sky. Behind the Alberta Avenue Community League. on Jan 12, 6:00 pm.

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