Edmonton today is now marketed as a Winter City, but it hasn’t been a smooth transition without some flops. The Metropolis Winter Festival was perhaps one with the highest controversy. Since Churchill Square isn’t put to use during the winter months, why not add several large pavilions to draw people in? Sounds like a great idea on paper, but the result was an expensive eyesore in the square for months. This was then put on hold for a year, and placed into the Deadmonton history books.
Despite the criticism, those who attended the festival enjoyed what could have been a signature winter event for this city.