Edmonton International Film Festival Kicks Off!

September 16th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Edmonton International Film Festival

The Film Fest runs from September 25 to October 4, 2014.

Well, we’ve made it through the summer, and we’re almost into the cool fall.

Times like these are great for long walking adventures, backyard fires and football games.

But there’s another festival right around the corner, and it’s one of the city’s most treasured events.

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) runs from September 25 to October 4, 2014. It is the city’s largest film festival, encompassing theatres downtown and in Old Strathcona.

EIFF brings together Albertan film lovers, creative directors, auteurs, and mixes them with an international cast of movie makers producers and music/audio moguls. Dozens of films get screened and the following question/answer sessions give audiences a director’s view of the work.

Now in its 28th year, EIFF has expanded its lineup to include some of the world’s best contemporary, independent, documentary and short films. But it’s short films that Canada is known for around the world, and EIFF takes advantage of the local talent even as it brings big ticket works to Edmonton.

Edmonton International Film Festival

This festival has scores of films and fun activities for families and friends.

One of the festival’s highlights is the 24/One Filmmaking Challenge. Now in its 10th year, this is the activity that get cameras across the city shooting, and you’ll see people out trying to get as much light as possible, since they only have a day to do it. See, teams get together and have no plot and no characters, only their camera and their crew. Teams are given a theme and a quote, and they have 24 hours to make a movie out of it—planned, acted, shot, edited and submitted. The top 7-minute movies are screened in a real movie theatre. It’s a spectacle, and the screening nights are fun for the whole family!

Edmonton’s local pride and perspective make it a great location for a festival of this caliber. Producers across the globe have commented, saying that it is one of the friendliest and warmest film festivals in Canada, which is no easy task when you consider how close it is to snow!

To find out more about the Edmonton International Film Fest, visit the website, and if you’re interested, they might still be needing volunteers!

Hope to see you at a screening!


Calgary and Edmonton Home Design Shows

September 9th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Calgary and Edmonton Home Shows

Home Shows are an easy way to get inspired, and you can go any time over the weekend!

It’s beginning to look more like fall in Alberta. Gardens are getting bare from picking, and the leaves are fading. It’s almost time to buckle down for an Edmonton winter.

Or is it? Life goes on! Fridges are upgraded, renos still go on, people are already thinking about the work they want and need to get done next year. In Edmonton, we think about our homes no matter what the season!

This year, Calgary’s hosting their Home and Design Show September 19-21, 2014 at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park. There is no better place to get a leg up on all things design, entertainment and home improvement. With up to 400 exhibitors expected, new features and presentations and a whole host of cool opportunities to hear and connect with experts, guests will find the most stylish ways to spark imagination and inspire action.

This year features a number of high-profile guests, including

  • Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin Pressure
  • Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan
  • Celebrity Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, and others.

One of the most exciting events for this year is the Samsung Cooking Challenge: Tag Team Kitchen. Three home cooks will partner up with a high-level chef and fight to the finish. The expert judges will determine the winning home cook, who will be awarded $5,000 worth of Samsung appliances for their kitchen. Sounds delicious…

Calgary Home and Design Show

It’s definitely worth braving the snowfall for!

So why are we talking about Calgary? Well it turns out that the Edmonton Home Show is still a year away (October 2015), so it would make sense for us to make the trip, get inspired and stay current on the great products and product ideas for our homes in Edmonton.

Looking to head down there? Let us know! Maybe you can catch members of the Paranych Team taking in the fun.

Got any questions about buying or selling an Edmonton home? We’d be happy to talk to you about your options. Thank you!

Edmonton School Zone Program Starts Today!

September 2nd, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Edmonton School Zone Program

Edmonton School Zone Program starts up today. Photo Credit: Global News

It’s the first week of school in Edmonton, and kids throughout the city are heading back to classes.

But things are different for commuters and drivers of Edmonton streets. Our elementary school zones have been marked with new yellow signs that state a maximum speed of 30km/h.

Beginning today, September 2, 2014, drivers will have to maintain a speed of 30km/h or less as they pass through the city’s elementary school zones.

Not all of the zones have been marked by the city, though drivers are expected to comply with the rule that any elementary school zone is a 30km/h speed zone.

These speed rules are in effect between 8am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The other posted speed for the zone (which is usually 50km/h) resumes once the zone time passes. These limits only apply to local and collector roads. Elementary schools on or near arterial roads might not have the speed limit applied.

Edmonton School Zone Video

The Why 30 video by the city makes it clear just how vulnerable our children are to accidents.

We think this is really good news. Edmonton hasn’t had school zones in almost 40 years, and since it was a rash of driving-related incidents that started a revisit

to school zones, it’s a welcome sight to see people slowing down where children walk and play.

Additionally, there will be more of a police and security presence as this program gets underway. Because so many folks may only be finding out about the program, police are gearing up an education phase to help drivers understand the rules and how they apply to commuters.

Again, it’s great to see the city taking the initiative on the education, and the added police presence will help everyone as they learn the new school zone program rolling out in Edmonton.

Safe travels to you and you family on those commutes to school and work! If you have any questions regarding the school zone program you can visit the City of Edmonton website.

And if you have any questions about area schools, neighbourhoods, or buying or selling homes in Edmonton, get in touch with our team.


Buying a Home in Edmonton: Real Estate Trends for August/14

August 26th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Edmonton Real Estate Market Trends

Getting to this place is getting easier in Edmonton.

We know that Edmonton is an amazing to place to live. But the process of buying or selling a home can seem impossible. And for those who look, it can be difficult to make sense of the numbers.

Fortunately, the new statistics that came out this August paints a pretty good picture for people looking to buy a home in Edmonton. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, Alberta’s housing average sits in the top three provinces in terms of housing prices. It might look like rising prices are a challenge for buyers, but there are unique advantages for homebuyers in this market, too.

Locally, The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton report that the current average price for all residential homes sits at $362, 091, which is a slight decrease from two months ago. This can be expected as sales slip from people trying to get the last bits of vacation in through the waning days of summer.

The great thing is that the demand this year has been high. Prices year-over-year have been up from between 3.9% for single detached homes to 9.2% for duplexes/rowhouses.

Overall residential sales was up nearly 10%, suggesting that demand is strong, and it is likely to remain that way throughout the rest of the fall.

Also, the year-to-date listings are up over last year, which indicates that there will be plenty of opportunity for both buyers and sellers this year, and possibly into 2015.

It’s important for people to understand that this market offers tremendous opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Considering that our average income across Edmonton CMA is almost 20% higher than the national average (according to Global), our home prices are remarkably affordable. Additionally, there are numerous options available for you to make a move into this market, whether it’s a home for your family or an investment property.

We are here to help! If you want to buy or sell a home in Edmonton, we can work with you to help you navigate through the process.

Get in touch with us, and we can have a conversation about getting you into your dream home today.

Edmonton Historical Walking Tours

August 19th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Fort Edmonton Post and Alberta Legislature

LegislatureFortEd” by William James Topley – This image is available from Library and Archives Canada under the reproduction reference number PA-011278 and under the MIKAN ID number 3302887.

Well, we are at the home stretch of Edmonton’s festival season, and summer’s hot and endless days are starting to cool. This is a favourite time of year for avid walkers, as the temperature is right for activity at any time of day!

This is an excellent time to explore Edmonton’s unforgettable history and the heritage buildings that helped to cement our city’s growth and success.

There are four main historical tours in Edmonton. They are:

  • Historical Walking Tours of Downtown
  • Strathcona Historical Walking and Driving Tours
  • District of Oliver Walking and Driving Tours
  • Highlands District Walking Tours

Each of these heritage areas has up to four individual trails, as individually, they represent a unique part of Edmonton’s story.

CIBC Building, Edmonton Downtown Tours

All images courtesy of the City of Edmonton Archives, unless otherwise stated.

The Downtown Historical Walking Tours are comprised of four distinct historical trails:

  • The Heritage Trail, which encompasses government, culture and tourism buildings including MacDonald Hotel, McDougall United Church, and the Legislature.
  • Jasper West and Warehouse District, which rolls through the old industrial warehouses near and along 104 St and stops at Jasper Ave and 107 St.
  • Downtown and Rice Howard Way which centres around the financial and business district buildings from 104 St to 101 St.
  • Jasper East, which follows the distinct early-era construction along Jasper Ave from 99 St through to 97 St.







Strathcona Public LibraryThe Strathcona Historical Walking Tour takes you on a journey of a small neighbouring town, as it made its way into the collective history of Edmonton.

  • The Walking Trail wanders from 103 St and 83 Ave and ends not far from there. It’s still nearly an hour of walking, so you get an idea of just how many historical properties remain in Strathcona.
  • The Driving Trail covers the remainder of Old Strathcona, circling the walking trail and moving through parts of the Ritchie neighbourhood, which at the time were mainly mills and small industry.


The District of Oliver Walking Tours: LeMarchand MansionThe District of Oliver Walking Tour has both a west and east walk available. Seeing as the Oliver Neighbourhood has been around since Edmonton was first amalgamated, the buildings here are the mark of our earliest history as a city, and this tour is especially captivating because of this. In fact, even as far back as 1892, the Oliver District was well established.





Highlands Walking Tour - MacLuhan ResidenceThe Highlands District Walking Tours offers a combination of commercial streetscapes and breathtaking homes from as far back as the 1920s. Established as Edmonton’s newest elite neighbourhood at the time, it enjoyed immense growth followed by decay as the Great Depression ravaged the west. It’s an especially interesting tour because Highlands suffered incredible hardships and has still come through as a prosperous, desirable community despite it.

Each of these tours brings history to life. The Terry Paranych Team recognizes the importance of history in community, and that is why we love to talk about how we can all engage in our neighbourhoods more. Understanding how we make it, through good times and bad, we get a better understanding of each other and how we can support one another. This summer and fall, expect to see a few of us taking advantage of the cooler temperatures, the healthy walking and the amazing history.

For more information on Edmonton Historical Walking Tours, you can visit the City of Edmonton website.

And if you have any questions about the Edmonton community, homes in Edmonton, or buying/selling property here, we’re always ready to talk.

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