Alberta Day to be celebrated at Monarch Theatre

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The place to be for Alberta Day in Medicine Hat is the historic Monarch Theatre, where a celebration kicks off at noon.

The best part — all of it is free, including popcorn and drinks.

“We are super excited. We are celebrating Alberta, our culture, our diversity, our heritage and what better place to do it than the historic Monarch,” said Josie Doll, entertainment and events coordinator at the Esplanade.

Inside the lobby of the theatre will be a cultural display, curated by archival and museum staff at the Esplanade. After a prayer by Elder Charlie Fox, jingle dancer Josie Saddleback will take the stage at 1:10 p.m. for her first performance of the day.

Two different movies will be showing. “The Grizzlies” begins at 1:30 p.m., and is a family friendly, G-rated movie. Indigenous made, the movie is based on a true story about a small town in Nunavut who started a lacrosse team. This small, arctic town had the highest suicide rate in North America and the movie tells how the lives of a group of Inuit students are transformed when they are introduced to the game.

“It’s a really feel good story and also showcases Indigenous talent in celebration of Alberta,” said Doll.

“Land” will be showing in the evening at 7:30 p.m. Prior to this movie will be another cultural performance by Josie Saddleback. “Land” is the directorial debut of Robin Wright. It was filmed completely in the

Kananaskis and, as Doll states, “amazingly enough, it was filmed in 29 days and employed 150 Albertans. It really is a great showcase for Alberta in addition to being a great movie.”

Once again everything is free, entry to the Monarch, the popcorn and drinks.

Doors open at noon on Saturday at the 400-seat theatre and entry is first come, first serve.

SAMANTHA JOHNSON, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News