This year’s virtual sessions are entertaining AND in many cases educational! Many are also hands-on and interactive!
Below are a few paws-on, interactive sessions you may be interested in as you plan your virtual festival weekend!
Can’t attend them all? No worries. Your festival ticket gets you 3 weeks of recordings/session replays too!
HOW TO DRAW CATS WITH HEATHER SIMONSMEIER
CATURDAY MAY 29 FROM 10:15 A.M. TO 11 A.M. MST
Join artist Heather Simonsmeier as she shows you how to draw cats! How to draw YOUR cat! Heather is an Edmonton based artist who specialized in custom portraits and printmaking. Although she is allergic to cats and doesn’t have her own, she loves them so much & enjoys making cat art. If you’d like to follow along live with Heather, have a paper, pen, and ballpoint pen or marker handy during the session.
CAT TRIVIA WITH RINGO TRIVIA
CATURDAY MAY 29 FROM 11 A.M. TO 12 P.M. MST
Join Ringo Trivia for a paw-some round of cat-themed trivia! Play solo or with a team and see who knows the most random facts about cats!
Anyone with a festival ticket can purrticipate for fun but if you’d like to be an Official Trivia Player and be entered to win a cat prize gift basket, you need to register a FREE official player spot (individual or team).
CAT YOGA WITH JANELLE OF SUNDOG STRENGTH & SOUL
CATURDAY MAY 29 FROM 12 P.M. TO 12:30 P.M. MST & SUNDAY MAY 30 FROM 10:15 A.M. TO 11 A.M. MST
Janelle Snow (She/Her) of Sundog Strength & Soul (200-RYT) took her yoga teacher training to deepen her practice and through that, fell in love with teaching. Her approach to teaching is creating classes and workshops for everybody and all bodies. She believes yoga has had a profound effect on her physical and mental health.
Janelle will be leading TWO online yoga practices for our 2021 Virtual Cat Festival Weekend!
“If you’ve wanted to try yoga and the only difference you know between upward facing dog and downward facing dog is how your own pupper likes to play, don’t even worry about it – this is CATFEST, after all! Join me and my cat Yogi for some CAT-arunguas, kitten poses and all the other cat puns I can come up with.”
Note: If you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please consult your doctor before practicing.
CAT EYE MAKE-UP TUTORIAL WITH BLOGGER KASSIA
CATURDAY MAY 29 FROM 12:30 P.M. TO 1 P.M. MST
Learn how to purr-fect the purr-fect cat eye in this cat-themed eyeliner tutorial using animal-friendly products by cruelty-free & vegan beauty blogger Kassia.
HOW TO MAKE CAT TOYS WITH ALICIA SPEERS (HEART FELT)
CATURDAY MAY 29 FROM 1 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M. MST
Join Alberta cat toy maker for a how-to session on making cat toys!
Alicia Speers is the face behind Heart Felt @heartfeltcalgary. Alicia was born and raised in Fort McMurray, is a proud Albertan, Auntie and Mom. She started making felt toys for her nephews first Christmas and then ventured into cat toys for one of her best friends kitties Billy! Both her nephew and Billy loved them so much she decided to spread her love of felt to the rest of Canada!
In this pre-recorded session, Alicia will walk you through how she makes a simplified version of her paw-pular CAT-ctus (cactus) shaped cat toy. She will also be on hand live to answer any questions as you work through your toy.
If you would like to follow along at home you will need:
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CAT FOOD WITH CHEF KATHRYN JOEL
SUNDAY MAY 30 FROM 11 A.M. TO 12 P.M. MST
n this ameowzing session, follow along and learn how to recreate savoury cat recipes developed by Chef / Owner Kathryn Joel of Get Cooking. Spoil your cat with delicious homemade dishes!
If you’d like to follow along, download Chef Kathryn Joel’s homemade Cat Food Recipe.
- Always consult with your Vet or a Veterinary Nutritionist before transitioning your cat to a homemade diet.
- You will require a meat grinder to make the attached recipe. If you don’t plan to include bones, then you should add a bone supplement.
- All home-made cat food diets require nutritional supplement. Please reference the attached resources (in the document) and speak with a Veterinary Nutritionist, to determine your own cat’s needs.
- Our recipe calls for partially cooking chicken to kill any salmonella on the surface. You can also blanche in boiling water. Cat’s digestions are not the same as human digestive tracts, so a raw diet is recommended by many. It is important that bones remain raw when they are ground. Cooked bones can create splinters.
- When changing your cat’s diet you should do so gradually. Cat’s stomachs are sensitive to change and the should be acclimatized slowly to any new diet.
CAT QUESTIONS GAME
SUNDAY MAY 30 FROM 12 P.M. TO 12:30 P.M. MST
Join fellow festival goers in this fun virtual game led by Cat Festival committee member Brooke Hunker and see who can guess the correct cat items for a chance to win prizes!
CAT SHOW & TELL
SUNDAY MAY 30 FROM 12:30 P.M. TO 1 P.M. MST
This session is for your cat to shine! If you’d like to do a Show & Tell about your furry friend, join this session, moderated by festival founder Linda Hoang. Whoever would like to do a few minutes Show & Tell on camera will be invited onto the virtual stage to introduce fellow cat lovers to your cat. Tell us your cat’s name, age, breed, what kind of things your cat likes to do, funny quirks, interesting points about its personality, reasons why you love your cat, and anything else you’d like to share about your furr-end!
You can do a quick Show & Tell with your cat or take a few extra minutes to tell us more details about your cat if you’d like.
This could be crazy, ameowzing, awkward or a bit of all those things!
… and so meowch more!
Your $20 festival ticket gets you access to a weekend of CATivities & purr-gramming with over 30 cat-themed sessions.
100% proceeds from this year’s festival will be donated to Edmonton cat rescues Little Cats Lost, Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCARS), and Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).
Plan your virtual Cat Festival weekend!
- Get tickets to the 2021 Edmonton Cat Festival: May 29 & 30
- See the full schedule for the 2021 Edmonton Cat Festival: May 29 & 30
- Read tips for a smooth virtual Edmonton Cat Festival experience
- Enter the 2021 Cat Festival Digital Scavenger Hunt
- Learn how to win AMEOWZING prizes from this year’s sponsors