Champions of Alberta Avenue


 Champions of Alberta Avenue is community-driven project of Arts on the Ave. This project offers a unique opportunity for community members to celebrate the multicultural richness of the District and the people who have contributed to it – the true Champions of Alberta Avenue. 

This project claims the title Champions of Alberta Avenue, and celebrates those business owners on Alberta Avenue who left their homeland over the past forty years, spoke little or no English on arriving in Edmonton, and started a new life and business here on Alberta Avenue. In this project, we focus on only eleven of the many businesses started by immigrants and refugees on 118 Avenue, and we would like to thank each of them for the generous support and kind participation in this project. 

The historic Alberta Avenue neighbourhood has enjoyed a true multicultural atmosphere for over the past 100 years. The area has seen continued influx of immigrants and refugees from all parts of the world since 1891, when the first Ukrainian immigrants arrived, right up to today with the arrival of newcomers from Syria and Somalia. Alberta Avenue is a very special place, with many special people who have chosen to live and work here. 

This wonderful multicultural reality has created a community of people and businesses that truly represent the greater world. In one short block you will see Mama Afro’s Beauty Salon, the Latin grocer, the African/Caribbean grocer and the Portuguese bakery, to name but a few. We believe that 118 Avenue has been named very aptly Avenue of Champions, not just for the sports teams the area has hosted, but for the amazing people who have come from all over the world, many under difficult circumstances, and yet arrived and started a business in their new home. Arts on the Ave believes that these extraordinary stories need to be told and shared with our City. 

We would like to thank the following businesses for agreeing to share their fascinating stories and be a part of this project:

  1. Lan's Asian Grill
  2. Downtown Auto
  3. Popular Bakery
  4. Kasoa Tropical Food Market
  5. Paraiso Tropical
  6. Passion de France
  7. El Rancho
  8. Nolan Drugs
  9. Donair Express
  10. Optimum Auto
  11. T and D Noodle House

This special community project became reality through the creative efforts of: 

  • Justin Brunelle, Moving Artistry Productions
  • Weyme Teeter, Video Editor
  • David Baron, Cinematographer
  • Shirley Serviss, Writer
  • The Edmonton Shutterbugs Photography Group
  • Christy Morin, Project Producer
  • Allison Argy-Burgess, Project Coordinator

And through the generous funding support of the Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Heritage Council and the Alberta Avenue Business Association.

Annual General Meeting Announcement

Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Monday, June 26 at 7pm

Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society (AOTA) is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday, June 26 at 7:00 pm at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse. Members must have purchased membership 30 days prior to the AGM in order to vote. You can purchase or renew your memberships online or in person at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse (9351-118 Avenue, Edmonton). 

Nominations to the Board

The AOTA Nominating Committee is looking for interested members to join the Board. If you are interested in serving, please read on.

Requirements to sit on the Board

  • You must have an interest in the arts and a belief in neighbourhood renewal
  • You must be a member at least 30 days before the June 26, 2017 AGM
  • You must submit a letter and phone numbers of two references to AOTA president: Jon Jon Rivero by June 12, 2017, two weeks before the AGM.
  • A nomination letter can contain a resume or any other information you think pertinent to a board position.
  • You can be nominated by another AOTA member; self-nominations are accepted. Nominations from the floor of the AGM are not accepted.
  • The nominations committee will hold an interview or phone interview with all candidates.
  • The nominations committee will make recommendations for board membership to the AGM; these nominations must be voted on.
  • Board membership is immediate at AGM.

If you are interested, please visit and read the mission, mandate and goal statements to get a better understanding of what the board of AOTA does.

Chalk It Up in the Community - Call for Artists

Community Celebration!

Join Arts on the Ave for a community celebration as we take over side streets and back alleys with chalk images and word art.

July 22, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

We need chalk artists! This event is for both emerging and professional chalk artists. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 16th at Midnight. Apply online below:

Fill out my online form.

Alberta Avenue in the News

A great read / interview about Alberta Avenue with Arts on the Ave's Executive Director, Christy Morin. The article opens with some interesting facts about the area and speaks to the past, present and future. Read the full article.

People call it the tipping point,” she says. “We haven’t tipped yet. But more and more people are moving in. That’s what the arts are doing. We’re a presence, and we’re advocates, and we’re humanitarians and lovers of life, so whatever we can help grow and be part of, we are. It’s pretty exciting.

Current Job Postings

Work with us!

We have some new postings open:

Please follow the link to view the complete job posting and application procedure.

June 29, 2016: Part-time Fund Development Coordinator

The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse also has new postings open:

Please follow the link to view the complete job posting and application procedure.

June 27, 2016: Part-time Volunteer Coordinator / Event Planner

June 29, 2016: Part-time Permanent Cleaner

Spring Pub Night Fundraiser

Grab your party hat and join us Friday, June 10 for our annual Pub Night fundraiser from 7 pm – 11 pm.

The Parkdale Cromdale Community League (11335 - 85 street) will be hosting us for the evening. Tickets are $20 which includes delicious finger foods, a silent auction, live entertainment and an Arts on the Ave membership! Food is prepared by our own Mary Ann who is our Carrot Operations Manager and Red Seal chef! It's going to be delicious!! And of course, being a pub night - there will also be a cash bar available. 

One of our featured artists is Taylor Harp! After growing up in both Edmonton and Calgary, Vancouver based Taylor Harp is a singer-songwriter who has just released an EP as The Voyageur. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come!

Can't wait to see you all there!