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The Edmonton Galleria Project

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A view from the Galleria plaza looking west.

Phase One Concept shot - front web size

A view looking east across 101 street.

Imagine a place in downtown Edmonton where thousands of people come every day to be involved, entertained and engaged. This is the essence of the Edmonton Galleria Project, which is an incredible opportunity to bolster Edmonton’s cultural, academic and downtown vibrancy.

John Mahon on being named Executive Director of the Edmonton Cultural Trust Foundation: “I agreed to be the founding Executive Director because I like the whole concept. Although there is a good model in Pittsburgh and some other American cities, it has never been done in Canada. So what could be a better place than Edmonton where we instinctively make and create new and innovative ways of doing things we think important.” Read John’s blog.










A concept image of the new U of A building, looking west, as viewed from the Galleria.
Another rendering of the new U of A building, as viewed from the west across 101 Street.
An aerial view of the Galleria Project, looking from the southeast.
Edmonton Galleria Project site map
An artist's conception of what one area of the Galleria may look like..
Another concept of what the built-out interior of the Galleria may look like.
An example of a Galleria - the Sony Centre, PotsDamer Platz in Berlin.

Architect RFQ Issued

A Request For Qualifications from architects was issued today for the design of the Phase I University of Alberta building. The design scope includes facilities for the University’s Department of Music & Department of Art and Design plus a 200-seat recital hall and a 650-seat proscenium theatre/concert hall. Two other RFQs have been developed; one for the project's commercial elements and the other for the large concert hall and black box theatre.

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City Consultation Shows Majority Support

The City of Edmonton's extensive consultation in late 2014 and early 2015 regarding the Edmonton Galleria Project showed majority support for the project. According to the City's Consultation Report, this support ranged from 54% to 59% among survey participants (open + Edmonton Insight Community) to 75% and 84% support respectively among those who participated in open houses and focus groups. Nearly 2,000 people provided input into the consultation. The City's consultation report shows Edmonton Galleria Project support has increased since a September, 2014 public opinion poll commissioned by the EDACC Foundation.

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What People Are Saying

The Edmonton Opera indicated in a letter that it supports the Edmonton Galleria Project: “Edmonton Opera commends your organization for developing a business case that fosters an improved and sustainable arts benefit to the citizens of Edmonton and Alberta. We agree with the EDACC Foundation that the establishment of a cultural trust will positively impact the arts and culture community in Edmonton and surrounding areas.”