Silver Skate Festival

The Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton’s longest running winter festival, has been creating winter experiences in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park for over 30 years!

What began as a small annual skating event rooted in Dutch winter traditions has blossomed into an all-embracing celebration of winter sport, art, music, and recreation.

Each year, attendees have beheld Hawrelak Park transformed into a mosaic of winter fun for the entire family! Whether gliding along the largest skating pond in the city, marveling at the artistic talent on display at the snow sculpture demonstrations, cheering on the athletes in the winter triathlon, or cooking bannock and learning about indigenous oral histories and traditions in a Cree winter camp, friends and families enjoyed activities that are as diverse as the people who call our Northern community home.

This year we invite everyone to rediscover the joy of that first childhood snowfall, or discover that joy for the first time. We challenge you to: explore the river valley... go for a skate... make a snow angel... visit a winter patio... Winter is magic, and the outdoor experiences in our city are limitless!

Our People 

The Silver Skate Festival is made possible by the contributions of many talented and passionate individuals. The festival is governed by a non-profit society, with a Board of Directors committed to encouraging public participation in outdoor winter activities, winter artforms, and spreading winter joy throughout the community. Festival staff work year-round ironing out every single event detail and collaborating with community organizations to help the festival grow. 

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT 
Tyler Westover 

PAST PRESIDENT 
Chris Ward 

TREASURER 
Rien Visscher 

SECRETARY 
Douwe Spriensma 

DIRECTOR 
Brian Johnston 

DIRECTOR 
Rodney Al 

DIRECTOR 
Jacquie Fenske 

DIRECTOR 
Jeff Davis 

DIRECTOR 
Joseph Pedrola

Staff

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Erin Di Loreto

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Matthew L’Hirondelle

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Judah Truong

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Micha Poworoznik

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Christina Kim

BOOKKEEPER
Preferred Client Services

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Valda Roberts

FOLK TRAIL COORDINATOR
Shauna Murphy

CULINARY EVENTS COORDINATOR
Monique MacDonald

SITE STAFF
Bruce Chedzoy
Paul McGowan
Adam Drost
Henry Pham

LIGHTING DIRECTOR
Gail Ksionzyk

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Darrek Anderson

SECURITY
Jason Ball
Shannon Ball
Robert Hunking

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
Cliff Grant

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Marc J. Chalifoux Photography

GRAPHIC DESIGNER / WEBMASTER
Greg deJong

WEBSITE COPY
Kyle Humeny

SOCIAL MEDIA
Linda Hoang Digital

Artists

Folk Trail

  • Kristi Hansen
  • Sheldon Elter
  • Amber Borotsik
  • Jesse Gervais
  • Lianna Makuch
  • Patrick Lundeen
  • Oscar Derkx
  • Gianna Vacirca
  • Colin Matty
  • Samantha Jeffery
  • Charlie Peters
  • Elizabeth Hobbs
Installations
  • Steven Teeuwsen
  • Kalli Melenius
  • MJ Belcourt Moses

Snow Carvings & Installations

  • Ritchie Velthuis

Snow Carvers

  • Dawn Detarando
  • Brian McArthur
  • Jeremy McConnville
  • Mell Wolfinger
Storytelling
  • Aaron Macri — sound design
Elders
  • William Sewepagaham
  • Elsie Paul
  • Francis Whiskeyjack

Volunteers

Silver Skate has always blessed with so much volunteer support from the community. Thank you! We love you all!! Our volunteers have been the key to our success.

We miss you and look forward to having volunteers return for Silver Skate in 2022. Please check back here for opportunities, and enjoy creating your Winter Experience – the winter is magic, and the outdoor experiences in our city are limitless!

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FESTIVAL PARTNERS
Edmonton Arts CouncilFunded by the Government of CanadaAlberta Foundation for the ArtsAlberta GovernmentEdmontonEPCORMammoetWaiwardImperial Oil Esso MobilPembinaThe Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupGlobal EdmontonPattison Outdoor Advertising

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SILVER SKATE FESTIVAL

The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.

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