Three to See Edmonton Events: Fort Edmonton Park's 50th, Mark Templeton and Agent Orange

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50th Anniversary Celebration: On May 17, 1974, Fort Edmonton Park first opened its big gates, still the largest living history museum in Canada on 158 acres of river valley parkland. To celebrate the golden anniversary, roving fiddle, guitar and Bullies of Basin Street Brass Band will be among the entertainers enlivening the scene, as the park hosts musket and teepee-pole-making demos.

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Do make sure and pop into Capitol Theatre to see crowdsourced memories from over the decades. The milestone celebration of this living museum going back hundreds and indeed thousands of years lasts through holiday Monday.

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All aboard for Fort Edmonton Park’s 50th anniversary celebrations this weekend. Photo by David Bloom /Postmedia

Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Fort Edmonton Park (7000 143 St.), $26.20/adult; $20.90/child/youth/senior; $95/family at fortedmontonpark.ca

Mark Templeton: Innovative soundscape sorcerer Mark Templeton (marktempleton.bandcamp.com) will be rolling out an audiovisual set making use of samples of ‘70s/’80s meditation and religious tapes.

“Originally made to foster relaxation and well-being in a liturgical setting,” he notes, “the recordings now have a lysergic skew, as if heard underwater during the immersion of a baptism — a sonic lustration.” His album, Inner Light, also makes use of the material, here being released.

Modular synth artist and Listen Records seat captain k.burwash will also be playing his beautiful sonic Frankenstein to open up, also releasing his album, echoes of enlightenment.

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Details: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 9910 (9910 109 St.), $16.70/eventbrite.ca, $20/door

Agent Orange: As Monday’s a holiday, why not treat yourself to a little pioneering surf punk with a California band that’s been making crusty venues bounce and thrash since 1979? On the back of their seminal albums Living in Darkness and This Is the Voice, AO is easily one of the longest-enduring west coast punk acts ever, despite the various lineup changes over the years — but that cover of Metallica’s Seek and Destroy is gold.

Local thrash and punk bands L.A.M.S. and No Skies open the show up, so get ready to swirl and sweat.

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Details: 8 p.m. Sunday at Starlite Room (10030 102 St.), $30.31 at starliteroom.ca

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