9938 70 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
9938 70 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Last chance to visit the Cafe, Friday, Nov 28th 9am to 5pm.
Expressionz was a not-for-profit social enterprise; it was an intimate place where people came together to network, and to share their creative ideas and expressions in an inspiring, friendly and relaxed environment that promotes originality, wellness and harmony.
We provided over 6000 sq ft of multifaceted and versatile creative and intimate space for concerts & performances; classes & workshops; meetings, seminars, & presentations; trade shows & open houses; Christmas & retirement parties; anniversaries & birthdays; weddings & bridal showers; and so much more!
You can still email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by and visit us at 9938 70th Avenue in Edmonton until November 30th, 2014.
PRESS RELEASE – November 4th, 2014
Expressionz Cafe announces its closure at the end of November 30th, 2014.
For the past 4 years, Expressionz Café (a not for profit Social Enterprise) has provided Edmontonian’s with a great community gathering place & arts hub located just off of 99 St & 70th Ave, a transitional industrial area of the city across from the Ritchie & Hazeldean communities.
The Café itself added a fresh & healthful cuisine option to the neighborhood, but more importantly, it brought people, the creative arts and well-being together in an “every-day-kind-of-way” by providing a fully equipped, multifaceted venue that housed everything from a local art gallery and market place, to concert & theatrical presentations, corporate and family gatherings, recitals, workshops, seminars, art classes, and so much more. It was also home for groups like Al Anon, Alberta Health Services “Out of the Shadows Art Collective”, the Multicultural Family Resource Society, and the Uptown Folk Club to name a few; a great use of communal space and collective resources.
One year ago, Expressionz lost “permission/ability” to have a liquor license, having outgrown the AGLC’s definition of a “Private Annual Liquor License” issued to not for profit groups, which the Cafe operated with for approximately 2 ½ yrs. Neither a permanent license nor a public event license could be issued to Expressionz because of their location in a Medium Industrial (IM) Zone which does not allow for the proper use class (i.e. restaurant) that a liquor license requires to be issued.
The City agreed to consider a zoning change application, however, the overall situation is expensive, complex and lengthy, and there is no guarantee that the application would be successful.
Funding was found to pay for the direct costs of the zoning change, but not enough to sustain the Cafe through the long and drawn out process ahead, or to recover from the setback (loss of rental income) over the past year. All [financial & human] resources are exhausted.
And so, with a heavy sigh, the Expressionz Cafe will close its doors November 30th, and will not be relocating (unless a miracle patron presents themselves).
Please join us in support throughout the month of November for our month long ESTATE SALE.
Everything must go – even the paper clips!
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this vision along the way!
A great space was created and a big hole will be left behind.