Tips for a Smooth Virtual Festival Experience: Edmonton Cat Fest May 30, 2020

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If you’re purr-ticipating in the virtual Edmonton International Cat Festival taking place Caturday, May 30, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. first of all—thank YOU!

100% of ticket proceeds will go to support Little Cats Lost, ARTS Senior Animal Rescue and Second Chance Animal Rescue Society.

Secondly, if you haven’t purchased tickets yet, please do so by clicking the link below! Tickets are just $10. (You have the option to donate more if you wish!) You can buy tickets right up to the start of the event (so, 9:59 a.m. on Caturday, May 30, 2020) but it’s nice to commit!

CLICK TO BUY TICKETS

Finally, here are some tips you should know to ensure a smooth virtual festival experience! 

Know Before You Virtually “Go” – May 30 Cat Festival

Cat Festival Livestream View
From a computer or laptop, your livestream window should look something like this!

To access the virtual festival, click below:

Make sure you are logged in (or log in) with the email address you registered with. If you see the view like the screenshot image above (the cat with computer, a countdown, the top left title: Edmonton Cat Festival 2020: Online Edition, and access to the chat box, then you are logged in successfully). 

For the best possible experience, watch the festival programming with a computer or laptop.

Note: You can also access from your phone (iPhone or Android) but the view and engagement opportunities (chat, polls, questions) are just a bit harder to navigate on phone. If you would like to use your phone, you can download the free Crowdcast Mobile app on iPhone and open the link within the app, or on Android, open the link from your Android phone web browser.  Click here for more information about accessing from a mobile device.

How do you find the festival schedule and switch between sessions?

We’ve listed the schedule for easy reference at the bottom of this page, but it’s also available on the actual livestream page as well.
 
We’ve put together quite a jam-packed schedule for you with 7 hours of back-to-back and simultaneous cat-themed PURR-gramming so you’ll want to reference the drop-down schedule on the livestream page to go back and forth between sessions. 
 
When one session ends, you’ll need to click into another session. Follow these steps: 
Cat Festival Livestream Schedule View
  • From your computer, once you have the festival livestream link open, click SCHEDULE underneath the event title (Edmonton Cat Festival 2020: Online Edition) on the top left corner of the screen. 
  • When you click SCHEDULE, a drop down menu will appear that lists all sessions happening throughout the day. (See the screenshot image example). 
  • You will see you can choose from 22 sessions that start at various times. (In theory, 20 sessions, as the first and last sessions are opening and closing remarks). Each session actually has its own unique URL/link but for ease, just use the main Cat Festival Livestream Link and use the drop down menu to toggle through and click between sessions.
  • Just click whichever session you are interested in attending and it will load that session on your screen. 
  • Note: if it’s not yet time for the session to start, the window will show you a countdown of when the session will start. Come back when it’s the right session start time. 
  • Once a session is over, you need to click back into the schedule and select a new session to enter. 

Note: You can still toggle between sessions from the iPhone app or Android web browser, the layout and configuration is just a bit different depending on your device (so again, we repeat: if you can, purr-ticipate in the festival from your computer or laptop for the best possible experience).

How can you experience sessions happening at the same time or watch replays? 

  • We’ve got a lot of PURR-gramming planned throughout the day and some sessions overlap with other sessions. 
  • Don’t worry—all sessions will be recorded and a replay will be available following the event until June 4, so you can catch sessions you missed after the fact. 
  • The replays will be available to watch at the same virtual festival link above, and we’ll also send an email with links to each recording following the festival. 
  • Some sessions you may be able to “attend” both live by opening two Internet browser windows and having both open on your computer (think like a split screen). This might work if you also want to have Live Kitten or Cat Cams open while you attend a session with a formal speaker, however it may get confusing with overlapping audio going on in each session. For best experience, we recommend giving full attention to one session at a time!  

What should you do if the session you’re viewing isn’t loading properly? 

  • If you’re in a session and the video or audio is lagging, or maybe chat box comments don’t appear to be loading or something looks or feels wrong—really, for any issue—the best thing you can do is to: refresh your browser window!
  • With the system we are using (Crowdcast), refreshing the browser window or app solves almost all issues.
  • You can also close the window entirely, re-open the browser window, head back to the virtual festival link and navigate to the session you want to see, but a simple refresh should do the trick for most errors.
  • On the iPhone app, hit the three dots to open a menu that includes a Refresh button or if on a phone (Android) browser, hit the refresh button on the browser. 
  • We hope that there won’t be errors, or at least, as little errors as possible, but no system is perfect, so we want you to be prepared if something does go wrong. 

How can you enter for a chance to win cat-themed prizes from Homes Alive Pets and City of Edmonton Animal Care & Control? 

  • We’re giving away cat-themed prizes throughout the day by randomly selecting people who leave comments or questions in the festival sessions, or post about the festival on Twitter/Instagram (tagging @YEGCatFest and #YEGCatFest).
  • You could win:
    • A $50 Homes Alive Pets gift card 
    • A cat treats Homes Alive Pets gift pack (four of these packs!)
    • A Vesper Cube cat tree from Homes Alive Pets 
    • A 1-year cat license from Animal Care & Control
  • All you have to do is make sure you’re interacting in sessions and sharing about your festival experience throughout the day!

We will announce winners at the end of day Closing Remarks and also post winners on our social media channels following the festival. If you have won a prize, you will be contacted via email or social media. 

Plan your day, pre-pick your sessions.

  • Check out the full festival schedule (also included below) and plan which sessions you’re going to attend!
  • Many sessions overlap, so we recommend planning ahead of time what sessions and at what times you’d like to attend (though you are able to switch in between sessions live as they’re happening, and you will have access to recordings of each session up until June 4 as well).  
  • Some sessions also encourage you to follow along LIVE! Knowing what you need beforehand will help with that. If you’d like to follow along live for the How to Make a Cat Toy, How to Make Homemade Cat Treats, or How to Draw Your Cat, you’ll need to refer to the schedule below (and session details) for the supplies you need to have ready in advance of the session. Virtual Cat Yoga also requires a bit more of your attention, and if you’re planning on purrticipating in Cat Show & Tell, make sure your cat is around with you!

THANK YOU! 

By supporting the Edmonton International Cat Festival: Online Edition, you’re helping raise money for three Edmonton area cat rescues: Little Cats Lost, Second Chance Animal Rescue, and ARTS Senior Animal Rescue. These three rescues are doing important work helping cats in need, and they need support more than ever. 100% of proceeds from the festival will be donated to these three rescues, adding to the $112,000 that has already been raised for rescues at our annual events since 2014. We couldn’t help them without you, and we couldn’t celebrate cats, cat culture and cat people without you, so THANK YOU! 
 
If you have any questions before the event, feel free to email: edmontoncatfest@gmail.com
 
“See you” on Caturday! 

May 30, 2020 Virtual Festival Schedule

Note: there are multiple back-to-back and simultaneous sessions happening throughout the day! Plan which festival PURRgramming you’d most like to attend at which times. You can also hop back and forth between sessions or put different sessions up live on different computers or screens. If you miss a session, there will be replays offered for about a week following the event. SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Tap the schedule time/title for more information about each session.

We’re excited to welcome you to #YEGCatFest: Online Edition! We’ll explain how the day will go, thank our sponsors, give you details about giveaways you could win throughout the day, and tell you a bit about the rescues the virtual event will be supporting. 

Marty Chan writes books for kids and plays for adults. His two newest novels are Kung Fu Master and The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Metamorphosis, which was nominated for a 2020 Aurora Award. 

At the 2020 Edmonton International Cat Festival: Online Edition, Marty will talk about how his two real-life tuxedo cats inspired his picture book True Story, and he will give a glimpse into the process of putting together a children’s book.

Marty Chan Edmonton Author

Veterinarians Dr. Ashleigh Allen and Dr. Chris Sauve, and emergency nurse Nonnie, from Pulse Veterinary Specialists and Emergency will walk you through how to do a variety of home care with your cat, including trimming nails, checking teeth, and general health checks.

Pulse Veterinary Specialists and Emergency is a brand new, state of the art hospital that opened its doors in March of 2020. Conveniently located just off the Anthony Henday to provide convenient access for all residents of the greater Edmonton area. Dr. Kim Hawkes, the first veterinary cardiologist in Alberta, had long-envisioned opening a practice that matched exceptional care with compassion and community pride. With this vision in mind, an incredible team of board certified veterinary specialists, emergency veterinarians, animal health technologists and amazing support staff began to grow together to bring this practice to life. Pulse is the only exclusively veterinarian-owned emergency and referral hospital in Alberta.

Pulse Veterinary Specialists Emergency Edmonton

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 the Edmonton International Cat Festival: Online Edition. “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.”

Morning session: Vinyasa – If you’re looking for an at-home workout that weaves movement and breath together, vinyasa is a fabulous practice.

Note: If you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please consult your doctor before practicing.

Janelle Snow Sundog Strength Soul

Watch adoptable mom and newborn kittens playing, sleeping and just generally existing! Maybe you’ll get the itch to give one of them a furr-ever home after this livestream! Open this stream in a new window to catch a different festival session happening simultaneously to the cute felines.

These cats and kittens are adoptable through SCARS Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Note: This is a different set of cats and kittens than the other Live Cam sessions.

If you just want to watch a curated selection of cat videos, this session is for you! We’ll be putting together a playlist of cat videos from YouTube and just hitting “play” so settle in and catch some funny and sweet videos of our favourite felines. 

Note: this playlist will be the same as the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cat Videos session.

Jordan Norman and the Wisdom Teeth are not teeth but they are wise and they do bite. Playing a mixture of acoustic rock and traditional folk, The Wisdom Teeth also throw in some of that 90’s grunge they heard so much about growing up in Edmonton Alberta. The Wisdom Teeth write about what they know, that’s why they talk a lot about the snow, sleeping, and the advantages of calling your mother. Lyrics are one of the most obvious ways The Wisdom Teeth draw you into their songs but don’t forget about the wickedly talented and gorgeous members of the band. Jordan Norman and the Wisdom Teeth have been fortunate enough to have some amazing shows such as performing twice at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, opening for Canadian folk rock legend John K Samson, and other iconic musicians such as Aiden Knight, Rueben and the Dark, and The Rural Alberta Advantage.

Jordan Norman and the Wisdom Teeth’s music is available on every legal and illegal streaming platform. Give them a chance by paying them no money to listen to their music and you never know, you might just find something you like.

Tune in for a special Edmonton International Cat Festival virtual performance by cat-lovin’ meowsician Jordan Norman! 

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!

Join Alicia for a how-to session on making cat toys! Alicia will walk you through how she makes a simplified version of her paw-pular pizza shaped cat toys.

If you would like to follow along at home you will need:

Or, just watch the meowgic happen and instead sign up to be notified when you can purchase a DIY pizza cat toy kit that will provide all materials delivered to you after the event, including access to the how-to video! 

Alicia Speers HeartFelt Calgary

Watch adoptable senior cats playing or probably sleeping. Maybe you’ll get the itch to give one of them a furr-ever home after this livestream! Open this stream in a new window to catch a different festival session happening simultaneously to the cute felines.

Learn about ARTS Senior Animal Rescue.

Note: this stream features different cats than the other Live Cam: Senior Cats session.

Megan Evans is a cat lover and french hornist (horn-er? hornerist?) with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. She grew up in Vancouver and went to McGill University in Montreal. Megan’s cat, an 11 year old grumpy tuxedo named Jerry, came to her unexpectedly 3 years ago and has since wormed his way into her heart.

Tune in for a special Edmonton International Cat Festival virtual performance by cat-lovin’ meowsician Megan Evans! 

Megan Evans Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Join celebrity adventure cat Great Grams of Gary on a live kayak through the Canadian Rocky Meowntains! Gary will be taking your questions and the final 15 minutes of this session will feature virtual Meet & Greet “photo op-PURR-tunities” with Gary fans!

The livestream kayak + Q&A is included with your festival ticket but the “Meet & Greet” photo op-PURR-tunity is a separate, additional ticket (100% proceeds from all virtual festival tickets will be donated to local cat rescues).  

Great Grams of Gary Celebrity Cat edmonton Cat festival 4

Watch adoptable kittens playing, sleeping and just generally existing in a Medieval-themed kitty play pen display.

Maybe you’ll get the itch to give one of them a furr-ever home after this livestream! Open this stream in a new window to catch a different festival session happening simultaneously to the cute felines.

These cats and kittens are adoptable through Little Cats Lost.

Note: This is a different set of cats and kittens than the other Live Cam sessions.

Nicole is an international portrait and wedding photographer based out of Alberta, Canada. Her influence has branched out far beyond the boundaries of her city, bringing her throughout much of Canada, and on to international destinations such as Iceland, Italy, Switzerland, and Australia. Nicole has built an impressive resume, photographing magazine features, best selling novel covers, internationally acclaimed musicians, music festivals and fashion shows. With innate creativity, unparalleled work ethic, and a passion for the entire craft, Nicole Ashley is not only a photographer but an artist. Her main areas of focus are now intimate weddings and couples portraiture. Not only an artist but as an educator in her craft, she will be hosting and speaking at several awards winning photo conferences throughout the world.

Join Nicole at Edmonton International Cat Festival: Online Edition for how-to tips on taking better photos of your CAT! with a pawtential appearance from Nicole’s cat / meowdel Blanche. 

Nicole Ashley Photographer

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! 

If you just want to watch a curated selection of cat videos, this session is for you! We’ll be putting together a playlist of cat videos from YouTube and just hitting “play” so settle in and catch some funny and sweet videos of our favourite felines. 

Note: this playlist will be the same as the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cat Videos session.

Sit in on this panel featuring the three cat rescues who will be receiving donations from this year’s virtual event. 

Get a behind-the-scenes understanding of what it takes to run or volunteer for a rescue, the challenges, successes and opportunities of Little Cats Lost, SCARS Second Chance Animal Rescue and ARTS Senior Animal Rescue, advice on becoming a cat foster family, and more! You’ll also get a chance to ask the panels your own questions. 

Learn about the rescues the Edmonton International Cat Festival: Online Edition is supporting: 

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 the Edmonton International Cat Festival: Online Edition. “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.”

Afternoon Session: Yin – In this hour of practice, you’ll be guided through poses that help release your fascia and deep tissues. This is an excellent practice to tune into your parasympathetic nervous system (the rest-and-digest part) and you’ll be purring throughout this hour.

Note: If you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant, please consult your doctor before practicing.

Janelle Snow Sundog Strength Soul

Watch adoptable senior cats playing or probably sleeping. Maybe you’ll get the itch to give one of them a furr-ever home after this livestream! Open this stream in a new window to catch a different festival session happening simultaneously to the cute felines.

Learn about ARTS Senior Animal Rescue.

Note: this stream features different cats than the other Live Cam: Senior Cats session.

Watch adoptable mom and newborn kittens playing, sleeping and just generally existing! Maybe you’ll get the itch to give one of them a furr-ever home after this livestream! Open this stream in a new window to catch a different festival session happening simultaneously to the cute felines.

These cats and kittens are adoptable through SCARS Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Note: This is a different set of cats and kittens than the other Live Cam sessions.

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, make sure you have a paper, pen, and ballpoint pen or marker handy during the session.

Heather Simonsmeir 1Heather Simonsmeir 2

Join father-daughter cat lovers Chris and Hana as they make their way around a kitchen showing you how to bake up homemade treats for your cat! 

They’ll demonstrate the recipes below. If you’d like to bake along, pick up the ingredients before the festival! 

Chris and Hana

Join Edmonton International Cat Festival organizing committee Linda Hoang, Brittney Le Blanc, Shereen Zink, Brooke Hunker and Ashley Purdy for closing remarks, festival thank yous, and reminders of giveaway winners. 

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