Big Valley JamboreeBrooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, and Old Dominion are among the superstar country acts performing at this year’s Big Valley Jamboree. The four-day festival in Camrose also features plenty of family-friendly activities, including pony rides and a bungee trampoline, as well as a boot scootin’ boogie dance hall and a marketplace and trade show. Check the website for more info.When: Thursday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Aug. 4Where: Exhibition Grounds, 4238 37 St., CamroseAdmission: $245 to $610 for a three-day pass; individual day passes are also available at the gate or in advance from the BVJ websiteInfo: bigvalleyjamboree.com
Max Uhlich, playing at Tim Rechner’s art show opening for Insomnia, at The Aviary on Aug. 1.
InsomniaMusic and art don’t get as intertwined as they often should in our city, but there are a few fun moments when they do. Like with drummer and artist Tim Rechner, who will be presenting his very own art show at the most suitable venue possible, unveiling his latest installation, entitled Insomnia, at the Aviary on Thursday night. It’s an all-ages event, with friends Max Uhlich and Fitness providing the soundtrack to Rechner’s most recent work.When: Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m.Where: The Aviary, 9314 111 Ave.Admission: $10, available at the door or in advance from YegliveInfo: yeglive.ca
Singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage, playing the Pigeon Lake Music Festival, running Aug. 2-4.
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Pigeon Lake Music FestThere’s no lack of Can-rock to be found at the Pigeon Lake Music Festival this weekend at Mulhurst Bay. The two-day dance party features old school (Honeymoon Suite; Prism), new (The Rural Alberta Advantage; Bedouin Soundclash), and plenty of local talent like Joe Nolan, Twin Bandit, and Major Love. Make it a three-day weekend by coming early for the free edition of the fest on Friday night, with music by Luca Fogale, Kane Incognito, and El Niven and The Alibi. Check the website for more info.When: Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4Where: Hilah Ayers Wilderness RV Park, 473008 Range Road 10, MulhurstAdmission: $112.50 weekend pass; individual day tickets also available at the door or in advance from the festival websiteInfo: plmf.ca
Strathcona County Ribfest at Broadmoor Lake Park Fields, Aug. 2 to 5.
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RibfestRibs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork; all will be available at the 2019 edition of Strathcona County Ribfest, taking place at Broadmoor Park in Sherwood Park this weekend. If you’re not interested in BBQ (we’ll pretend that we didn’t hear that) the family can also enjoy live music, a kids’ fun zone, food trucks, beer garden and more. Check the website for more info.When: Friday, Aug. 2, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Where: Broadmoor Lake Park Fields A & B, 20 Festival Way, Sherwood ParkAdmission: FreeInfo: facebook.com
Lucas Chaisson at the Cask & Barrel on Aug. 3.
Lucas ChaissonSo, you somehow missed out on the album release for Lucas Chaisson’s most recent offering, Most True Thing. This might be inexcusable, except that you can rectify your error on Saturday as the Edmonton-based singer-songwriter takes over the Cask & Barrel stage. Chaisson will be on the hook for two afternoon sets, and if you ask nicely enough, he might just take requests for some of his newer tunes.When: Saturday, Aug. 3, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.Where: Cask & Barrel, 10041 104 St.Admission: FreeInfo: facebook.com
The Goonies at Metro Cinema on Aug. 3.
The GooniesBob Newby might be officially dead, but don’t worry, friends; we still have head Goonie Mikey Walsh around as the hero we all need. In this classic family film directed by Richard Donner, Walsh (played by a very young Sean Astin) and his fellow Goonies go looking for pirate treasure to prevent the foreclosing of their homes. In the process they run afoul of the Fratelli crime family and befriend the deformed but misunderstood Sloth.When: Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m.Where: Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.Admission: $13, adults; $8, students and senior citizens. Free admission for kids 12 years of age and underInfo: metrocinema.org
The Heritage Festival at Hawrelak Park, Aug. 3-5.
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Heritage FestivalOver 100 countries and cultures are on display at this year’s Edmonton Heritage Festival, taking place at Hawrelak Park this weekend. The three-day celebration of multiculturalism features 73 outdoor pavilions, 25 stages with free entertainment, and food from such countries as Afghanistan, Congo-Kinshasa, Scandinavia, as well as a vendor for Indigenous treats. Check the website for more info.When: Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Where: Hawrelak ParkAdmission: Free; food tickets are sold in increments of $20. Available on-site as well as in advance from the websiteInfo: heritagefest.ca
Queen Ifrica, performing at JamDown Reggae Salute at Louise McKinney Park on Aug. 4.
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JamDown Reggae SaluteTony Rebel, Charly Black, and Queen Ifrica are among the headliners performing at this year’s edition of the JamDown Reggae Salute, this Sunday at Louise McKinney Park. The all-day music festival also highlights Jamaican cuisine and culture, with jerk chicken, fried fish, beef patties and more on offer. Check the Eventbrite page for more info on artists.When: Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.Where: Louise McKinney Park, 9999 Grierson HillAdmission: $60 to $90; children under the age of 12 are admitted for free. Available at the gate or in advance from EventbriteInfo: eventbrite.ca
Dating Game at On the Rocks on Aug. 4.
Dating GameComedian and actor Donovan Workun hosts this Sunday’s live Dating Game at On the Rocks. Sign up and meet the love of your life or just watch the fun go down as singles mix and match for your merriment, with prizes on the line for contestants. There’s also musical entertainment for the evening in the form on The Barkells and DJ Kenny K.When: Sunday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.Where: On the Rocks, 11740 Jasper Ave.Admission: FreeInfo: facebook.com
Zakk Wylde as Zakk Sabbath, at Union Hall on Aug. 7.
Zakk SabbathThere are many ways to see Black Sabbath these days. While the original band members hem and haw on possible reunions, you’ve got the option of seeing Cancer Bats doing Bat Sabbath, Brownout as Brown Sabbath — complete with horn section — and you can also see Zakk Wylde as Zakk Sabbath. The former Ozzy guitarist brings along his crew of Sabbath worshippers (including QOTSA drummer Joey Castillo) to Union Hall for an evening of pre-stoner metal. Rock ‘n’ roll comedian Don Jamieson is opening.When: Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.Where: Union Hall, 6240 99 St.Admission: $34.99, available at the door or in advance from the Union Hall websiteInfo: unionhall.caTen to Do is compiled and written by Tom Murray. If you are coordinating an event you want featured here, e-mail the information to email@example.com. Information for the What’s On listings should be uploaded to http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/whats-on/index.html