#NEAB Online Festival: featuring northeast Alberta artists, makers, entrepreneurs

Connect to local community, artists, makers and entrepreneurs in northeast Alberta #NEABOnline

Festival Dates: -
Location: Athabasca, Alberta

Rootsy, artistic and connected to land and culture, the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, MD Bonnyville, Métis Crossing and Vermilion are overflowing with local makers, artists, crafts and cultural events that will awe and inspire you.   

Mar 7 - 28, 2023, join us for a series of Facebook Live events that will showcase 50 local creators and makers during the #NEAB Online Festival.

  • shop without leaving your home or office
  • eat without stepping into the kitchen
  • connect with your community all in one tap of your keyboard

The month-long event is a fun way to meet local creators, entrepreneurs and artists and support them by buying local. 

Consider this your invitation to join an array of locals as we celebrate the passions of the people behind the scenes who bring you goods and services created right here in northeast Alberta's beautiful backyard.

Curious about who'll be there? You can meet some of #NEAB's makers in this preview story by Jim Barr.

There are 3 ways to tune in or catch up on what you've missed

1) RSVP to each week of the #NEAB Online Festival / tune in to the LIVE broadcasts here:

2) Catch each of the LIVE videos shared on each community's pages:

3) Catch each of the LIVE videos shared on @FestivalSeekers Facebook page.

Or, scroll down to the Festival Lineup below and check out the schedule, and click through to the presenters' pages.

Launching Tuesday Mar 7, and running to Tues Mar 28, tune in to a series of Facebook Live broadcasts from diverse communities hosted by FestivalSeekers and the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, MD Bonnyville, Métis Crossing and Vermilion.

#NEAB Online Festival, March 7 - 28

Check out the schedule and tune in, Tuesdays and Thursdays! See the schedule below for all the LIVE action from northeast Alberta, featuring the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, MD Bonnyville, Métis Crossing and Vermilion.  

*All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Tues, Mar 7
09:00 AMAlberta Parks   
get a preview live music experience at Alberta's only live music venue on an island!
09:30 AMTravel-ING-ON app   
meet the app to find your next travelING experiences   
10:00 AMLac La Biche Museum   
A fascinating historical survey of the region, French, Russian, Indigenous, Métis and more. New and rotating exhibits.    
11:00 AMPlamondon Hall / Festival Centre   
Take a virtual tour and enter for a chance to win tix to the upcoming Comedy Night! 
12:30Talking Rock Tours   
Keith Diakiw, geo-educational Indigenous adventurer, presents a rock and stone demo 
3:00 PMKookum Clara's Custom Cree-ations   
Kookum Clara shows how she creates vinyl t-shirt designs; plus enter to win a custom keychain!
Thurs, Mar 9
12:00 PMSoup Time  
Take a cooking lesson and learn how to whip up delicious soup with Soup Time
12:30Grande Rapids Wilderness Adventures  
Take a tour of GRWA's backcountry cabins, and preview summer package trips
Tues, Mar 14
10:00 AMHideaway Adventure Grounds   
Watch a Trapper's Tent demonstration and learn about day trip adventures at Hideaway
11:00 AMRiver Meadows RV Park  
Make camping an adventure with outdoor activities at River Meadows - but book soon!   
1:00 PMChristy Creek Honey  
See Rob and Joanne suit up, meet the bees and learn about private tours to book now
2:30 PMBurnt Rock Adventure Co.
Announcing Paddlepalooza! And a new tour offering, LIVE from their historic location in downtown Vermilion
3:00 PMKookum Clara's Custom Cree-ations   
See how a ribbon skirt is made, and enter to win a custom keychain!
Thurs, Mar 16
9:30 AMFort McMurray Métis Trading Post
Join Lisa to learn smudging etiquette and participate in a live smudge
10:00 AMKT Creations   
See how moccasins are made
10:30 AMCopper Cork Distillery
Learn how to make a St. Patty's cocktail  
11:00 AMVermilion Heritage Museum
Take a look back in Vermilion history
12:00 PMOrchard Fresh Syrups  
Learn how to make a summer dessert topping with Saskatoon syrup
1:30 PMKapâwinihk Wilderness Triathlon   
Step to the starting line, and check out this wilderness tri course
Tues, Mar 21
09:30 AMTawatinaw Valley Retreat Bed & Breakfast  
Tour the B&B's relaxing setting 
11:00 AM350 Farms  
See what goes into making 350 Farms' popular charcuterie-style breakfast board
12:00 PMHealing A la Source  
Learn key steps in making stained glass
2:00 PMSandi's Métis Designs  
Join Sandi for a basket weaving demo
Thurs, Mar 23
10:30 AMKinosoo Ridge Resort
Check out MD Bonnyville's winter (and summer) playground, right on Cold Lake
11:30 AMCreeative Rose Beading
Sierra gives you a sneak peek on new beaded earrings and shows off some of her bestsellers
12:30 PMWater Spirit Spa and Retreats  
Learn about soothing, holistic health treatments at the spa
1:30 PMLac La Biche Agricultural Society
Celebrate 50 years with the the society's first market day coming up Mar 31 
2:30 PMPrairie Bakeshop & Bistro
Join Darren for baking demo
Tues, Mar 28
09:00 AMTerrBear Lauzon Artworks Creations   
Get a glimpes into an artist's creative process
09:30 AMOld School Cheesery
See the new storefront and learn about new spring offerings
10:00 AMReel Angling Adventures
Get ready for summer fishing!
11:00 AMMétis Crossing  
LilyRose introduces you to traditional workshops and signature experiences
1:00 PMLac La Biche Mission   
See inside the historic convent and preview their upcoming Easter event   
1:30 PMVermilion Agricultural Society
Join the Vermilion Ag Society to hear about exciting events coming in 2023
2:00 PMRocky Lane Fairways   
Discover new ways to golf - disc, fling and soccer
2:30 PMParks Canada - Elk Island
Take a walk through the Wahkotowin Visitor Centre at Elk Island National Park
3:00 PMMichif Beading  
Kayla reveals a new project she's working on
3:30 PMClosing Smudge
Join Lisa from Fort McMurray Métis Trading Post for a smudge to close out the festival

The Facebook Lives will include virtual tours and allows viewers to “go behind the scenes” at some of the top regional offerings.

The #NEABOnline Festival empowers local entrepreneurs, producers and creators with digital media education and promotion allowing them to tap into the ever-changing retail landscape. And you get to support them by learning more and shopping local. 

For more about the festival and the region, read this preview to the festival.