2019 Cat Festival

Saturday June 1, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta.
We look fur-ward to seeing you!

The Edmonton International Cat Festival is the only event of its kind in Alberta, and was the first festival of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014, bringing together cat lovers to celebrate cats and cat culture, while raising money and awareness for important rescues helping cats in need! Since 2014, we’ve raised $81,000 for local rescues. We are Alberta’s biggest celebration of cats!

Caturday, June 1, 2019
10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

MacEwan University
Robbins Health Learning Centre
(“The Heart” and “The Atrium”)
10910 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB. 

* Please note, MacEwan is offering $6 parking in Surface Lot S West and East. There are also several parkades on site. There is also lots of transit (bus and LRT) access to the venue!

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TICKET INFORMATION:

In advance (online): $15 per person (best value!)  + $1.68 Eventbrite fee

At the door (on June 1): $20 per person (CASH ONLY — there is an ATM but please come prepared with cash!)

$60 for Group Rate
(of 4 people)

Kids Age 12 and Under: FREE

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2019 CATIVITIES & PURRRGRAMMING

There’s so meow-ch happening at the festival and meown-y activities overlap. Be sure to plan your day to make the most of your Cat Festival experience!

JUNE 1, 2019 MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE

Emcee Hunter Cardinal makes opening remarks, welcomes attendees and kicks off the 2019 festival!

Sit back and watch some cat videos! 

This presentation features meow-derately Instagram famous Gary the Cat (@greatgramsofgary). In just under a year, Gary has grown his Instagram to over 5,000 followers and reddit subscribers to over 4,000! In this presentation, Gary’s pawrent and social media manager James will talk about the development of Gary the Cat’s social media presence and share simple strategies you can use to help boost your own cat’s Instagram fame.

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Sit back and watch some cat videos! 

Cats in Your Community, presented by the City of Edmonton Animal Care and Control, explores what to do if you spot outdoor cats (how do you know if it’s lost, owned, or feral?) and how to make sure your lost cat gets home safely to you.

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Sit back and watch some cat videos! 

Suki is a gorgeous bengal cat who is always up for an adventure! Suki’s paw-rents took her home as a kitty in March 2017 and since then Suki’s taken them on more adventures than they’ve ever experienced before! Suki has a bold spirit and you’ll often find her hiking through lush furr-ests, set against majestic meoewtains, or enjoying a cozy campfire. Suki has over 1.4 million Instagram followers and we’re especially thrilled that Suki and her paw-rents are Alberta-based, but with global reach. 

Emcee Hunter Cardinal will interview Suki and her pawrent Marti to learn all about Suki’s story, how she started adventuring, and how cat lovers around the world fell in love with this adventure cat. 

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Sit back and watch some cat videos! 

Come listen to poems about our favourite felines! We’ve got 10 cat lovers purrticipating in the Open Mic. If time allows, we’ll accept walk-up poets. You don’t have to be a professional writer or poet to purr-ticipate! We have poets of all ages and skill levels.

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Frederick and Rebecca of Open Sky Pictures, and Roxanne of Little Cats Lost, will show never before seen behind-the-scenes footage from their popular video on demand TV series KittenTV and talk about their experiences working on this ameowzing purr-duction! 

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This presentation features Rachel Dunn and Adam Rozenhart, who recently lost their beloved cat Moonie, and will talk about the stages of grief as they relate to their experience—what the did, choices they made to honour Moonie, and how they processed the loss differently, in an important presentation aimed at helping others deal with loss of their pets.

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The competition is fierce. The contestants can be catty 😉 And the poses are a-meowzing! Emcee Hunter Cardinal will go through photo purrticipants of the 2019 Edmonton’s Most Purr-fect Cat Photo Contest. Formal, Swimsuit, Everyday CAT-egories and the Answer to the Question: How would your cat make the world a better place? Who will be crowned Edmonton’s Most Purr-fect Cat? Come check out ameowzing photos and find out! 

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If you entered for door prizes when you first entered the festival, come by to see if you’ve won a prize from one of our ameowzing vendors/sponsors! If your name is drawn and you;r’e not there, we’ll contact you to arrange prize pick-up! (But it’s better if you’re there to pick up your prize!!) 

Another purr-fect Cat Festival comes to an end. Thanks for being a part of Alberta’s biggest celebration of cats, cat culture and cat people, while raising money for cat rescues! 

Pop-up Cat-Themed Escape Room presented by Escape City

All Day
Room 9-213 (Upstairs)
Included with Admission
Reserve a time!
Play a pop-up, cat-themed escape room “Litter-ary Cat-astrophe!” preseneted by Edmonton’s leading escape room experts Escape City.
Reserve a Time

Cat Yoga with Bryanna Chan, GEARS and Little Cats Lost

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. start times
Room 9-214 (Upstairs) Included with Admission Reserve a time!
Purrticipate in a 45-minute beginner vinyasa yoga class led by Bryanna Chan, with kittens provided by GEARS and Little Cats Lost.
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Paint Your Cat presented by YAYMaker

11:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Main Floor (Nook)
$20 (in addition to
festival admission)
Book your spot!
Purr-ticipants will receive a canvas with your cat pre-sketched and ready to turn into a customized masterpiece!
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Cat LEGO presented by AIMBOT

All Day
Upstairs
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
Purrticipate in free builds or get cat lego instruction from AIMBOT LEGO purrfessionals!
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Scavenger Hunt presented by Homes Alive Pets

All Day
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
First 500 to complete the Scavenger Hunt get swag and all purrticipants are entered to win a grand prize by Homes Alive!
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Instagrammable Wall presented by Homes Alive Pets

All Day
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
Pose in front of a purrrrrrrrrrrr-fect Instagrammable Wall presented by Homes Alive Pets! Snap and share your photos!
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Celebrity Cat Meet & Greets

11:30-12:30 & 2:30-3:30
Main Floor
Included with Admission
Line-ups expected
Meet this year's celebrity guest Suki the Adventure Cat! First come, first serve. Line-ups are expected.
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Cat Board Game Lounge presented by The Gamers' Lodge

All Day
Main Floor
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
Sit back and relax with a cat-themed board game in our Cat Board Game Lounge. Like what you play? Buy the game to take home!
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Giant Kitty Maze presented by Zoe's Animal Rescue

All Day
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
Help guide a Zoe's Animal Rescue kitten through a Giant Maze!

Photo Booth presented by NEAT Photo Booth

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Included with Admission
Create a keepsake of the day! Stop by NEAT Photo Booth and take some fun photos to take home with you.

ROBO CATS presented by the Edmonton Public Library

All Day
Upstairs
Included with Admission
Purrticipate in the ROBO CATS Obstacle Course presented by the Edmonton Public Library!
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Cat Crafts presented by the Edmonton Public Library

All Day
Upstairs
Included with Admission
Visit the Edmonton Public Library's CATivities Centre to make cat-themed bookmarks and cat-themed bookmarks!
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Cat Festival
Cat Crafts

All Day
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
Create a paper plate cat, do some cat colouring, and other family-friendly cat crafts!

Cat Poem Writing Workshop by Matthew Stepanic

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Included with Admission
Take part in a short, cat poem creative writing workshop led by EPL Writer-in-Residence Matthew Stepanic!
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Share Your Mews Open Mic of Cat Poetry

1:50-2:30 p.m.
Main Stage
Included with Admission
Listen to cat lovers sharing their cat poems at the Cat Poetry Open Mic. If time allows, walk-up poets are welcome.
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Giant Cat Puzzle Challenge

All Day
Upstairs
Included with Admission
How fast can you solve our giant cat puzzle? Quickest time wins a prize, and all purrticipants are entered for a prize too!

Cat Nap Zone

All Day
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
If you need a break from the festival, stop by the Cat Nap Zone—a lounge with comfy chairs! Take a quick cat nap, fidget with some cat toys, just pause!

Kitty Play Pen presented by SAFE Team Rescue

All Day
Included with Admission
Stop by anytime!
Visit the very pawpular Kitty Play Pen presented by SAFE Team Rescue, where you can sit and play with kittens!

Mock Cat Show Demonstrations

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Upstairs
Included with Admission
Watch with bated breath to see which show cat takes home the top prize at the Edmonton Cat Fanciers' Club Mock Cat Show Demos.

Face Painting by the Painted Parrot

All Day
Main Floor
Included with Admission
Get your face painted like a cat from professional face painters at the Painted Parrot.
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Suki Cat Bow Lake Explore Alberta

The 2019 CELEBRITY CAT GUEST IS:

Suki is a gorgeous bengal cat who is always up for an adventure! Suki’s paw-rents took her home as a kitty in March 2017 and since then Suki’s taken them (and BFF Coda the Dog) on more adventures than they’ve ever experienced before! Suki has a bold spirit and you’ll often find her hiking through lush furr-ests, set against majestic meoewtains, or enjoying a cozy campfire. Suki has over 1.3 million Instagram followers and we’re especially thrilled that Suki and her paw-rents are Alberta-based, but with global reach. 

Meet Suki the Adventure Cat and her mom Marti on June 1, 2019.

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Vendors and Rescues

From toys, accessories and furniture for your cat, to cat-themed clothes and accessories for you – there’s something for everyone at Cat Fest!

Visit over 50 cat-themed vendors, rescues, and sponsors, all under one roof!

* Bolded = Sponsors

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A Pet’s Pantry 

AIMBOT LEGO 

Artwork by Kacy Doucet

Atelier Nekozuki

Calm Cat Co.

Cat Cafe on Whyte 

Cat Factory

Catillac

Cat Festival Door Prize Table

Cat Festival Merchandise Table

Cat Festival Scavenger Hunt Table

Cat Festival Giant Cat Puzzle

Cat Festival Cat Crafts Table

Cat Nap Zone

Cat Yoga with Bryanna Chan, GEARS,
and Little Cats Lost

Cats Love Shoes

Catty Canine

Celebrity Cat Meet & Greet 

City of Edmonton

Cowtown

Custom Home Watch

Edmonton Public Library Crafts
& Robo Cats

Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club 

Edmonton Cat Fanciers Club
Mock Cat Show Demos 

 Escape City – Cat Escape Room

Great Grams of Gary

GEARS 

Heart Felt 

 Hella’s Pet Enclosures

Hey Hello Heather

Homes Alive Pets (+ Instagrammable Wall)

Hop N Flop 

House Calls 4 House Cats 

JOJO & GUN 

Just Coasting 

 Kristine Parsons 

Kritter Kompany 

Little Cats Lost 

MacEwan Food Concession

Majesty & Friends 

Mak’s Knacks 

Matthew Stepanic Cat Poem Workshop 

Meower Power (Vendor)

NASAP

Ochre Lea 

Painted Parrot Face Painting 

Part of the Family 

Paws in Need 

Paws the Cat Cafe 

Petland 

Photo Booth by NEAT Photo Booth

Purrs & Waggs 

Puttin’ Fore Paws

 Rogz

SAFE Team Rescue (+ Kitty Play Pen)

Salgado Fenwick 

Scarlet’s Stickers & Smartie’s Crafts 

Suki the Adventure Cat Merchandise 

TELUS PureFibre

The Gamers’ Lodge 

Tinker Trading Co. 

YAYMaker Paint Your Cat 

Zoe’s Animal Rescue (+ Kitty Maze)

 

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Are you ready for a purr-fect Caturday?

Frequently Asked Questions

100% of net proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations go to support cat rescue organizations. This is a completely not-for-profit event. Since 2014, $80,000 has been raised for the Edmonton Humane Society, Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, and SAFE Team Rescue. In 2019, festival proceeds will support five cat rescues: SAFE Team Rescue, Little Cats Lost, Zoe’s Animal Rescue, GEARS Animal Rescue and A Pet’s Pantry.

The cat festival features adoptable cats, show cats, cat-themed presentations from cat experts and enthusiasts, cat videos, cat-themed vendors selling everything from cat jewelry to cat clothes, cat art to cat furniture. It’s an all ages, family-friendly event that has something for all cat lovers! There are cat-ivities (cat activities and crafts), mock cat show judging demonstrations, cat LEGO, cat photos, Cats of Edmonton book/display, kitty play pen interactive activities, and much more! Each year we also bring in a famous, celebrity cat for meet & greets! 

In 2016 and 2018, we flew in the most famous cat on Instagram, Nala Cat, and her famous sister Luna, who did meet and greets with hundreds of festival attendees! In 2015, we flew in celebrity cat Pudge!

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Yes, attendees are welcome to bring their cats to the festival as long as their cats are leashed, or in a carrier / kennel / stroller / cat backpack, at all times, and as long as the cat would be comfortable in large, busy, loud and crowded settings. Most cats would prefer to stay at home, but if your cat goes on adventures with you, we’d love if you brought your cat to the festival! If not, there will be LOTS of cats and kittens at the event for you to see, cuddle, and hold!

There are adoptable cats at the Edmonton International Cat Festival, it just depends on which rescue booth you’re visiting. If you’re planning on adding a new member to your family, finding a cat/kitten, or learning more about cat/kittens that need homes, the Cat Festival is a great place to meet a lot of different local rescue organizations and learn about the adoptable cats in their care that need fur-ever homes.

Because it’s so meow-ch fun! What other opportunity do you get to come together with 2,000-3,000 like-minded cat lovers, who are just as passionate about cats as you are! More importantly, your attendance means you are supporting a great cause. 100% of net proceeds from ticket sales, additional donations and sponsorships go to support cat rescues and the important work they do helping cats in need!

If you need more convincing, check out the full festival schedule and purrgramming to get a sense of all the CATivities that are happening and all the things you could do for a cat-filled day! 

The Edmonton International Cat Festival was the first cat festival of its kind in Canada when it began in 2014. It combines elements from cat-themed events that currently exist: cat adoption events, cat video/film festivals and cat or pet trade shows, even educational conferences for example, but our event brings it all together for one unforgettable experience for cat lovers of all ages! 

The Edmonton International Cat Festival began in 2014 as an extremely grassroots initiative led by one crazy cat lady (Linda Hoang) and her friends (Brittany Le Blanc and Diane Lee), and is still put together by a very small group of people (and a big group of volunteers!)

Next to no money is spent in paid advertisements or marketing, and there are very little overhead costs. This is done intentionally, so the most money possible can be donated to cat rescues. Promotions are earned (through traditional media) or put out, with awareness raised and shared through social media and we also rely heavily on sponsorships and donations to help ensure we’re able to give the most money back to these important organizations.

The Edmonton International Cat Festival started in 2014 as the only event of its kind in Canada. It takes in late May/early June, kicking off the summer festival season in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city. Cat lovers from across Canada descend onto the city for Cat Fest! Our goal is to celebrate cats with cat lovers, and raise money to help cats in need. Each year, the event gets bigger and better.

We aspire to have the Edmonton International Cat Festival become a destination – a must-attend event – for cat lovers every where – attracting not only local attendees and vendors, but international audiences as well. Currently the Cat Festival brings out attendees who travel from across Canada—we know of attendees who have come from B.C., Saskatchewan and even Ontario! 

The festival would not be possible without vendors or sponsors! If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the Edmonton International Cat Festival OR you run a local non-profit organization for cats and would like to have a booth at the festival, please contact edmontoncatfest@gmail.com.

Note: You do not need to based in Edmonton to be a Cat Festival vendor or sponsor! We are an ~international~ event!  However, please note space is limited and we do give priority to local vendors.

Learn more about how to get involved  

If you are interested in covering the Edmonton International Cat Festival for your news organization, please do not hesitate to contact Linda, Founder and Cats Meow, at edmontoncatfest@gmail.com to arrange for interviews! Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram!

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The adorable Edmonton International Cat Festival logo was designed by Jeff from Sonder Creative & his wife Chithra.

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Thank you to our 2019 Cat Fest Sponsors

Main Stage Sponsor
Petland

Branding & Website Design Sponsor
Sonder Creative 

Celebrity Cat Hotel Sponsor
Fairmont Hotel Macdonald 

Programming Sponsor
Homes Alive Pets

Event Photography Sponsor
Nanc Price Photography 

Programming Sponsor
TELUS PureFibre

CATivities Sponsor
The Gamer’s Lodge 
(Cat Board Game Lounge)

CATivities Sponsor
Escape City

Festival Sponsor
Majesty & Friends

Festival Sponsor
Cat Cafe on Whyte

CATivities Sponsor
Yaymaker
(from the creators of Paint Nite)

Photo Booth
Sponsor
NEAT Photo Booth

CATivities Sponsor
Painted Parrot
Face Painting

Promotional Sponsor
newad Indoor Advertising

Photo Booth
Sponsor
NEAT Photo Booth