Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Festival


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Edmonton is Canada's festival city and IGLA 2016 celebrates gay and lesbian participation in aquatic sport.  As such, organizers have partnered with local organizations to share the best of Edmonton!  Here is our plan for the week's festivities:


Registration Reception and Panel Discussion in our host hotel, the Chateau Lacombe, rooftop revolving restaurant, La Ronde. Enjoy the stunning views of the City and river valley.  Meet the Ugandan swimmers and other international delegates for a panel discussion at 6:00pm in the Lacombe Room on LGBTQ participation in sport and the impact it has on societal viewpoints and intercultural understanding.  Free admission, cash bar, complimentary appetizers. 7-11:00pm.  Registration opens in the hotel lobby at 4:00pm.
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IGLA Board Meeting and AGM at MacEwan University, our other host accommodations 10am-12pm. Robbins Health Learning Centre Classroom 9-202.
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IGLA Happy Hour at State & Main - Jasper Avenue 4-7:00 pm.

IGLA Opening Party at City Hall hosted by the City of Edmonton, this event kicks off the week in grand style in the centre of the City. Free admission, local entertainment, drinks and complimentary h'or doeurves. Reserved for IGLA participants and volunteers.
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IGLA Happy Hour at Cask & Barrel and Rocky Mountain Ice House 4-7:00 pm

Hosted Dinners in partnership with Making Waves members and Team Edmonton.  Enjoy the hospitality of local hosts for an evening of food, drink and socializing. Free sign up for a memorable local experience. Get a 20% TappCar Discount!

Women's Hosted Dinner/Social, enjoy the hospitality of local hosts for an evening of food, drink and socializing. Free sign up for a memorable local experience.  Get a 20% TappCar Discount!


IGLA Happy Hour at Central Social Hall 4-7:00 pm

deVine Wine Tasting from 7:00-9:30pm.  deVine Wine & Spirits is one of Edmonton’s premiere fine wine and spirit retailer. The store offers old world sophistication with a dose of urban chic. A revolving selection of paintings from local artists adorn the walls. Enjoy a relaxed, unintimidating and unpretentious wine tasting with friends, old and new. Ticket Price: $50.  Pre-paid tickets available for pick up at registration and at the pool.  Tickets available online until Saturday Aug 6.
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Score! The Water Polo Social at Evolution Wonderlounge. Amazing music, amazing drink specials. $5 IGLA participants $10 non-participants. Pants check available.
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IGLA Happy Hour at Mama's Gin Joint (formerly Woody's Video Bar) 4-7:00 pm (followed by a burlesque show).

HEAVEN & HELL Friday Party: Get the weekend started with an EPIC bar hopping Heaven & Hell party featuring DJ KITTY GLITTERDEKO-ZE, VELIX, and MICHELLE D at BLVD Bar + Kitchen and Studio 107 Dance Club. One wrist band gets you access to two venues: each with their own unique theme. Studio107 will be transformed into a HEAVEN themed room, and BLVD will be HELL. Dress up and costumes are encouraged. Hit up the dance floor, have a cocktail in the lounge, get down to some house music or take a breather on one of Edmonton's largest patios. Ticket Price: $35 + $4 processing fee. Pre-paid wrist bands available for pick up at registration, at the pool, and at the door.  Tickets available online until Thursday Aug 11.
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Aquatics Festival, including the wrap up of swimming competition, the water polo gold medal game, and a diving and synchro exhibition. 9:00-4:00 pm.  Beer gardens!

Pink Flamingo 4-5:00 pm

Closing Party PURE AQUA: From the organizers of Western Canada’s largest gay dance parties, ​Pure Pride Entertainment, comes Pure Aqua, a world class party in a life size aquarium. Starring CHAD MICHAELS as CHER (winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars), Tyler Ayres (former Cirque du Soleil), and Raye Sunshine and her sea monkeys! Plus fantasy performers Chanelta, Elektra Kute, Tara Bull, Man Up, Trixxie Munro and Mel Trixx. Music by Canada's hottest lesbian DJ Dopamine! You won’t want to miss this high energy party at Edmonton’s Starlight Room, in the heart of downtown. Ticket Price: $40 plus $4 service fee.  Pre-paid tickets available for pick up at registration, at the pool, and at the door. Tickets available online until Friday Aug 12.
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Are you a Survivor?  This brunch is for all our Survivors - not the faint of heart.  Come out to Central Social Hall and have one last drink with your fellow athletes. 12-3:00pm.

End your IGLA week in style at the Sunday Revue: Myra's Turn at Evolution Wonderlounge as Edmonton bids farewell to IGLA and kicks off Coronation Festival. $5 cover going to charities of the ISCWR.  9pm Doors/10:30pm Showtime.
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