january 29-31, 2015



November 25, 2013 - Presentation: Balancing Municpal Planning with Human Rights
June 4, 2013 - Presentation: Urban Ecosystems, Atelier3AM
February 16, 2013 - illumiNITE 2013 
February 2013 - Light Painting

July 2012 - Chalk in the Alley 
June 23, 2012 - Street Art Festival 
June 17, 2012 - Pedal Power Smoothies 
May 5, 2012 - Jane's Walk 
February 25/26, 2012 - IllumiNITE 

December 7, 2011 - Art Auction 
September 17, 2011 - Walk the Chalk 
August 28, 2011 - Colouring the Alley  
August 13, 2011 - Arts for the Alley 
Summer 2011 - Downtown Farmers Market Display   
June 18, 2011 - Park(ed) Day 
June 17, 2011 - Presentation at Next Gen’s Pecha Kucha   
June 11, 2011 - Fresco Block Party 
April 10, 2011 - Open House #2 

December 5, 2010 - Open House #1
April 24, 2010 - Design Charette 
April 23, 2010 - Presenation:  Lost Spaces Lecture with Greg Smallenberg  
March 2010 - Identifying Lost Spaces downtown 

November 2008 - Presentation:  U of A Festival of Ideas, Jaime Lerner 

november 25, 2013
balancing municipal planning with human rights

Delta Edmonton Suite Hotel Conference Centre 
3rd Floor  10222 - 102 Street (Edmonton Centre)

Join us for a free presentation and reception with Sandeep Agrawal, discussing the role of human rights in contemporary planning practice in Canada using a recent high-profile case.  

Sponsored by: Edmonton on the Edge, City-Region Studies Centre, M.A.D.E. in Edmonton

illumiNITE kickoff  - feb 16, 2013

Looking for a way to warm up a winter weekend?  Join us for our second round of illumiNITE:

illumiNITE 2013

Edmonton on the Edge is excited to host illumiNITE for second year running! Even more exciting is that illlumiNITE will be up for the entire long weekend in February (February 16-18,2013). As part of the event, we are inviting artists, designers and the creatively inspired to join in the design competition that will create the outdoor gallery in the Alley of Light.

More specifically, the competition encourages the creation of innovative and edgy installations that incorporate the element of light. These creations will bring warmth, sprirt and life to an otherwise dark and empty pocket park north of the Sobeys on 104th Street, also known as the Alley of Light. Prizes will be offered for top installations! We can't wait to see what your ingenuity will bring!

A submission to the competition is required and must include: (1) Brief description of the light sculpture/installation; (2) Sketch of the design with approximate dimensions; and (3) Identification of a display site within the Alley of Light. Submissions are due January 18, 2013, so BE INSPIRED! We look forward to reviewing the submissions and will notify those successful in entering the competition.  

Take a look at our call for submission poster if you would like to participate in the contest, or click on any of the names in the list below it to see some of the contributions from last year.


Last years illumiNITE submissions:  

     - Dylan Toymaker
     - wr-7 productions
     - Ryan Spotowski
     - DECL - Laurissa Kalinowsky
     - Justin Keats
     - Alexander Stewart
     - DECL - Thomas Rose 
     - DIALOG 
     - Stefanie Torres 
     - Chelsea Boos + Teng Chong 
     - Maria Landry + Eugene Dening + Chris Va

street art festival

arts 4 the alley exhibit & reception  

Art Exhibit
November 28 – December 7, 2011
Main Floor Atrium, Extension Gallery
Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue

Visit the artworks created at the July event Arts 4 the Alley, on display in the atrium at Enterprise Square, Extension Gallery.

Coffee/Cheese Gala Reception
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Artists, residents, business owners and everyone invited!

*A silent auction of the art works available.
Sponsored by Alley of Light Project with the City-Region Study Centre, University of Alberta.

walk the chalk

The Alley of Light working group presents a fun event for children and families this September 17, from 12pm to 2:30pm, during the Downtown Farmer’s Market and Downtown Edmonton Community League’s Corn Fest. Children will have the opportunity to create chalk art on the Alley pavement. Other activities will include bocce ball and skipping rope—both lead by volunteers. Clowns from the University of Alberta clowning school will be on site to entertain children and families throughout the festivities. All activities are free.

WHEN & WHERE: The Alley of Light between Sobeys and the Icon Towers on 104th Street, half a block north of Jasper Avenue.

Saturday September 17th
Google map

a fresh coat of paint

On Sunday August 28th a team of volunteers descended on the Alley of Light to brighten it with paint and colour.  Organized by the Edmonton Arts Council, the alley just North of Jasper between 103 and 104 received a face lift as three local artists brought their vision to the space.  Over the course of the day, the dingy back alley went from drab and grey to attractive and bright.  People passing stopped to look and many commented on this first for Edmonton.  

More images here

painting the alley

Colour Alley Public Art Project: The Edmonton Arts Council has commissioned a transitory public art project for the 104 street alley. This transitory topographical mural project will be designed to beautify and create awareness of the physical alley space through use of colour and dynamic composition/pattern. This artwork will have an exciting, high visual impact in the neighbourhood. Location: A team of three local artists will design and execute a horizontal mural on the asphalt surface of the T-shaped alleyway intersection between 104 street and 103 street and between 102 Ave and Jasper Ave. The site will be used for future programming by the Reclaiming Lost Spaces Committee, bringing more traffic to the businesses in the area. Time: Production will take place Sunday, August 28 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM, during which time the alley area will be closed to traffic. The painted surface of the alley is expected to be temporary and will wear away with time.

Don't miss this event - see you there!

For more information, contact Chelsea Boos at the Edmonton Arts Council: phone (780) 760.7284 or email: publicart@edmontonarts.ca

>> Please click here for information

arts 4 the alley

Arts 4 the Alley was held Saturday August 13th in an alleyway north of Jasper between 103 and 105 street.  Bringing together the City of Edmonton and a number of community groups for a full day of arts programming, the event asked people to think about how ‘lost spaces’ such as this alleyway might become dynamic destinations.  As the first event in the space, the group of volunteer organizers were able to bring awareness to the alley as a unique venue.

Painting started early in the afternoon alongside the Farmers Market, attracting both children and adults, producing over a hundred images.  Later in the afternoon, these paintings were displayed at the entrance to and along the alley, enticing passers-by check out the music and performances:  John Tidswell, Ehren Flais, Whyte and the Avenues, Shawn Lamble, The Bayonets!!!, Mikey Maybe, Mercury Opera and Swensonic.

A lantern-making workshop (hosted by Harcourt House), and a booth setup by the Wee Book Inn enticed the audience to stay a little longer.  To finish the evening, MADE’s screening of This is Berlin, Not New York asked people to question their relationship to art.  Plied with free popcorn and beverages the audience left wondering…  What’s next for the Alley of Light?

Read the article in The Edmonton Journal and check out some more pictures on the blog ‘Only here for the Food’

Two Painting Participants:


The Bayonets!!!:

Art Gallery Alley:

Mercury Opera performs:

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, community partners and creative participants!



art 4 the alley program

All activities to take place downtown, 1/2 a block North of Jasper Ave, between Beaver Hills House Park and 103 Street.   


Time                    Location                                         Activity                                                   

1:00 - 4:30          Pocket Park Behind Sobeys              Painting
4:00 - 9:00          Alley between 103 and 104 St.        Music and Entertainment (schedule below)
5:00 - 8:30          Alley between 103 and 104 St.        Lantern Making
9:00 - 11:00        Alley near 104 St. entrance              Film  This is Berlin, Not New York


Music and Entertainment Schedule

4:00 – John Tidswell (Market Forces)
4:40 – Ehren Flais
5:20 – Whyte and the Avenues
6:00 – Shawn Lamble
6:40 – The Bayonets!!!
7:20 – Mikey Maybe
7:50 – Mercury Opera
7:55 – Welcome and introduction
8:15 – Swensonic 
9:00 - Movie:  This is Berlin, Not New York

art in the alley

On August 13, 2011, the ‘Alley of Light’ will come alive with art and entertainment for a day-long event being held in a downtown back alley.  A number of organizations and individuals have been considering this space and how it might be re-imagined to become a dynamic, creative, destination.  ‘Art in the Alley’ will bring these groups together for their first event in the alley, which will include music, entertainment, a film screening, and participatory art.  Check back on the Edmonton on the Edge event page and the MADE in Edmonton website for more information as the date approaches.   

When:  August 13, 2011 - all day event

Where:  The back alley runs just north of Jasper Avenue between 103 Street and 105 Street (A map can be found on the second page of this PDF).

Who:  This event is being organized as a collaboration between MADE in Edmonton, the Downtown Edmonton Community League, the Edmonton Arts Council, and other community organizations.  It is supported by the City of Edmonton and Edmonton on the Edge.

al fresco

June 14, 2011, 104 Street Edmonton

Volunteers Alex, Michael and Hardy work the crowd at Al Fresco.

alley volunteers in the community this summer

Alley of Light volunteers will be attending various events and festivals throughout the summer. Come by and check out what we're up to!

Al Fresco, June 11, 5:30-7:30
Pecha Kucha #10, June 17, 7:00-10:00pm
Park(ed), June 18, noon-3:00
Downtown Market at the Downtown Edmonton Community League booth throughout the summer

this could be the start of a beautiful intervention

Getting from presentations to reality is the tricky part
By Todd Babiak, Edmonton Journal
May 27, 2011 


Michael Phair wants to beautify an alley between 104th Street and 103rd Street in downtown Edmonton.
Photograph by:
Todd Babiak, edmontonjournal.com

We're all great schemers. Making the transition from talking to actually doing something is notoriously difficult. It's even harder if no one, in the end, has the opportunity to make millions of dollars.

Beautifying a city is a different sort of enterprise.



open house april 2011 - alley of light concepts and planning

finding community in lost spaces

Check out the latest issue of Curb Magazine and the Alley of Light Project!

alley of light next steps

On January 25, 2011, the Alley of Light working group met to discuss next steps for the project. The roughly 30 volunteers, many who have been working on the project since its conception a year ago, developed a timeline and workplan for the year ahead. On the agenda were plans to implement a transitory art project in the space this summer while also continuing to work with the City of Edmonton on design and implementation of the Alley of Light. The volunteers organized into subcommittees:

  • Transitional art committee
  • Grants and funding
  • Public education


alley of light open house - december 5, 2010

For nine months nearly 40 individuals from the 104 Street area, including residents, businesses, and interested individuals have been working on continuing the vibrancy of the 104 Street area by imagining how this space can be transformed. About 50-60 people attended the Open House to provide feedback and offer their own ideas.

Powerpoint presentation by U of A Community Service Learning students.

reclaiming lost spaces lecture and design charette - april 22/23, 2010

Inspired by Greg Smallenberg's presentation on Reclaiming Lost Spaces, Edmonton on the Edge hosted a design charette where members of the public offered suggestions on how to revitalize two forgotten urban spaces in downtown Edmonton. The group toured these spaces in the 104 Street Area, reflecting on how they could be reclaimed to meet their full potential and re-imagining them as vibrant, engaging places. The alley from Beaver Hills Park to 103 Avenue was chosen to move forward with the redesign process. A smaller working group has been meeting regularly since the design charette to continue work on this project.