To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the City of Edmonton Archives is having a contest!
Test your knowledge of Edmonton and our history (or learn something new) with our 150 multiple choice questions. These questions are about both our recent and distant past and relate to who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going as a city.
Sets of 10 questions will be released over 15 weeks starting on Friday, March 17. The answers will be provided on the following Friday through Transforming Edmonton blog posts, at the same time as the next batch of questions is released.
Arts and Culture
Like community activism, the creation of arts and cultural experiences in early Edmonton was the result of direct action by individuals and groups in the community. Similarly, lending libraries often worked as co-operative book-lovers sharing their libraries or combining their money to purchase books for everyone. In the case of musical and theatrical performance, Edmontonians provided their own entertainment for many years through organizations like the Women’s Musical Club, the Civic Opera Society, and various amateur acting companies like the Walterdale Theatre Associates.
Gradually, the reign of the amateur performers gave way to more professional troupes. Today, Edmonton has a prolific arts community of professional actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists and the technical and artistic support personnel from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to keep our arts and cultural sector vibrant.
1. This iconic building in downtown Edmonton was designed by Randall Stout. Name the building.
A. The Citadel
B. Rogers Place
C. City Centre Mall
D. Art Gallery of Alberta
2. What was the 1923 organization that eventually established the Art Gallery of Alberta
A. Edmonton Museum of Art
B. Edmonton Art Gallery
C. Secord House Gallery
D. Edmonton Art Club
3. The Edmonton Folk Festival is located in Gallagher Park. What landmark used to be in the Park until the 70s?
A. Totem Poles
B. Radio Tower
C. Ski Jump
D. Water Tower
4. Which famous American provided funding for a library building in downtown Edmonton in 1923?
5. For what major event was the Stanley Milner library originally built and named?
B. Alberta becoming a province
C. Alberta’s Jubilee
D. Canada’s Centennial (the Centennial Library)
6. When was the first opera performed in Edmonton?
The Chimes of Normandy was an amateur production of a French comic opera composed by Robert Planguette in 1876 based on a play by Charles Gabet. There was enough talent in the Edmonton community to create their own sets and costumes, orchestrate the music and sing all the parts.
7. What famous jazz musicians call/called Edmonton home?
A. Tommy Banks
B. PJ Perry
C. Big Miller
D. All of the above
8. When did the Princess Theatre open as the first movie theatre on the south side?
The Princess also had a large enough stage to host Vaudeville style travelling shows – as did most movie theatres in Edmonton until the decline of the revue as a popular form of entertainment after the Second World War.
9. What Edmonton theatrical institution recently celebrated their 50th anniversary?
A. Walterdale Theatre Associates
B. The Citadel
C. Varscona Theatre
D. Roxy Theatre
10. What’s the name of the park used for the Heritage Festival?
A. Mayfair Park
B. Hawrelak Park
C. River Valley Park
D. Old Gravel Pit
Hawrelak Park was previously all of those things, Mayfair was its original official name – though it was also known as the River Valley Park after it had first been reclaimed from the old gravel pit which was there until the completion of the Groat Bridge – from which most of the stone and gravel for the construction was taken. William Hawrelak, after whom the park was named in 1976, was elected mayor of Edmonton many times and died in office in 1975.
Good luck with the next batch of questions about Transportation in Edmonton, you have until Thursday, April 13 at midnight to answer them and be entered in the contest!