Edmonton's Canadian Festivals Full of Fine Culture This Autumn

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While the Edmonton Chante Festival brought French musicians to Edmonton Alberta, the upcoming LitFest brings nonfiction to the forefront at the end of October

We handpicked venues with a good atmosphere that gave people a chance to see a good artist right up close

Renowned for its year-round quintessentially Canadian festivals, Edmonton has ushered in Fall with Canadian culture galore. Edmonton recently closed out several successful days of the Edmonton Chante Festival, an Edmonton event focused French language music performance at various bistros, bars and restaurants in Edmonton's trendy Whyte Avenue district and the downtown area.

"We handpicked venues with a good atmosphere that gave people a chance to see a good artist right up close," says Sylvain Tardif, director of ACFA Edmonton, the organizing body responsible for the Edmonton Chante Festival. The artists, mostly musicians, come from all over Alberta, Quebec, even France.

For those who missed the Edmonton Chante Festival but are in the mood for French Canadian flavour, Edmonton, Alberta offers two French quarters. The first is located on the north side of the city near the Saint-Joachim French Catholic Parish. The city's francophone community regards this as the birthplace of many of the community's associations and institutions. The second French Quarter can be found south of the North Saskatchewan River in the Bonnie Doon district, affectionately referred to as "la Cité francophone." Here, there's a cultural centre, Francophone high school, church, seniors' centre, the Campus St-Jean and student residences.

For entertainment of a more cerebral nature, don't miss LitFest, the Edmonton International Literary Festival. They say that fact is stranger than fiction. The only one of Canadian festivals focused on non-fiction literature, LitFest shines a light on enlightening, fascinating and relevant stories that are powerful and compelling because they're true. LitFest fills downtown Edmonton with powerful and insightful discussions, October 21 to 25, 2009. Visit http://www.litfestalberta.ca.

This year's festival features 30 authors, with special focuses on food writing, memoir and World War I. Authors include such authorities as addictions expert Dr. Gabor Maté, New Yorker editor Paul Tough, and the launch of a new book by Edmonton author Myrna Kostash.

This autumn, culture reigns supreme in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information about Festival City and upcoming events, visit http://www.festivalcity.ca.

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