Edmonton Welcomes Canadian Finals Rodeo and Global Visions Film Festival
Canadian Finals Rodeo puts Edmonton on the map with 90,000 rodeo fans drawn to the dirt, while Global Visions Film Festival showcases Edmonton to the world.
The famous CFR brings Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding and more, and provides non-stop adrenaline pumping action. "Once you're hooked, you're hooked," says Earl Klapstein, a Northlands volunteer and director responsible for the CFR. "I started volunteering 17 years ago. Every day at CFR, I see match-ups of rider and animal stock that get pulled out of the hat and people go, 'Whoa, I've gotta see THAT!'"For more Canadian Finals Rodeo Information or tickets visit .
The City of Edmonton also plays host to the Global Visions Film Festival this November 6-9th. "This is a festival that really brings the world to Edmonton, Alberta," says Graydon McCrea, program director of the Global Visions Film Festival, which features 37 documentary films in 20 languages from 26 countries. “The festival introduces us to a range of experiences for people all around the globe, whether it's the villages of China or the streets of east Africa" says McCrea. "These are stories that filmmakers have somehow stumbled across and said, 'This is a story worth telling.' And they're great stories!"
The opening gala of the festival, November 6th, 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Edmonton, shines a light on the difficult themes of Somalia and Rwanda, with Triage: Dr. Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma, a remarkable documentary about the former international president of Doctors Without Borders. Dr. Orbinski and the film's director Patrick Reed will be in attendance. Six-packs of tickets for the festival are available at Tix On the Square or through the Global Visions website.
For more Global Visions Film Festival visit www.globalvisionsfestival.com or for Edmonton tourism information visit