June (and late May) 2015

As I stated in my welcome spiel, I'm gonna try and keep this blog semi-chronological, and start the clock at June 2015.  I think I may start at the very end of May, though as there's some good stuff in there.

And away we go...

So I went on this long walk from downtown up through McCauley to Alberta Ave and Delton, before ending up in Parkdale.  Pictured above is various phenomena surrounding the Lucky 97 Market on 97th Street in Chinatown North.

For those unfamiliar with Edmonton, we have two Chinatowns (technically three, if you count the one inside West Edmonton Mall) -- Chinatown South, the original Chinatown, in Boyle Street, and Chinatown North, in McCauley, where the Lucky 97 Market is.  Nowadays, very few Chinese businesses are located in the South, and that area is now more central to the Quarters revitalization.

McCauley itself is probably one of the most interesting neighbourhoods in Edmonton in my opinion.  It is incredibly diverse and raging with a tattered character that makes one feel like John Paskievich wandering through and making photographs.  The aforementioned Chinatown North in McCauley more or less huddles 97th St, with some spillover westward towards 101 St.  The neighbourhood is also home to Edmonton's Little Italy (95 St), Church St (96 St), and various social agencies which keep the neighbourhood at bay from gentrification (for now).  On this walk, I mostly stuck to the commercial areas around 97th and 101st St.

And looking towards Norwood Blvd is Burger Baron, an Edmonton based fast-food chain whose location in McCauley is perhaps a perfect reflection of the neighbourhood itself.

I always end up taking a photo of Pussycat Video whenever I'm on 118th.  Apparently the building is slated to be torn down so the time is now to get that perfect shot!

My mom got remarried here (couldn't get a good shot of the building itself)...

Hit the Yellowhead...

Then, I hit Strathearn (another day)...

With this guy...

Such stern, much beard.  Why?  I do not know.

Then I did Re's convocation photos...

Fooby, you're not even Japanese ;).

Meanwhile, in Allard...

Now we head north...

Then west...

Edmonton Pride 2015 -- was kinda disappointed in the photo results from this year, but still managed a few gooders...

"It's so hot!"

*car starts moving*

*bliss*

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Following disappointing results from Pride, I had the opportunity to go on perhaps my favourite photoshoot to date--

Believe it or not, this next one took a lot of coordination...

Back to the banality...

Then the walk... had some people pull out of it this year but Matt (whom I hadn't asked to be apart of it) surprised us by showing up to support.

Dad was pleased...

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They wanted Starbucks, so away we went...

...before realizing Starbucks is closed.  The shame!

There was a fire at Kingsway...

Florals are (were?) in...

Edmonton is often lauded as a 'festival city' and while that is definitely true (moreso in the summer) and it does bring vibrancy to our city's core, I sometimes lament the fact that without these festivals to give reason for everyday people who wouldn't otherwise go downtown to go, the core can be rather empty (outside usual business hours), as the photo below shows with festival tents all closed off.  It's as if Edmonton is a city of temporary vibrancy, veiled in the tents and buskers of summer's past.  Now, this is slowly changing, but I know for a fact Churchill Square is never busier than when it has a big festival going on.

See?!

Showing Chad and Colin inside City Hall...

'Glamour' shot

And finally, Father's Day...