This year, we’re making sure nightly NASH social events are as hotly anticipated as stellar speakers and sessions . We’ve promised to bring the party, and we can’t wait to deliver.

Please note: the legal drinking age in Alberta is 18, and while most Edmonton establishments typically only ask for one piece of government-issued photo ID, we strongly encourage all delegates to bring two pieces of photo ID with them just in case. Under 18? Don’t you worry: Saturday’s gala event will be all-ages (though bartenders will be checking for ID) and we will have dry event options available for delegates on-site at the hotel on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening.

Wednesday evening (January 9th) — The Public House


Warm up to Edmonton at The Public House, one of the city’s best downtown pubs. After settling into the hotel, tuck into some gourmet burgers and wash it all down with $4 drink specials, including many local brews on tap. We’ll have the entire basement booked off for those of you looking to practice your dance moves before Saturday’s JHM Awards gala. Say hello to Vik and Ashleigh from FREE Media — they have arranged for one drink ticket per delegate, but get there before they expire at 10 PM!

The pub is a 15-minute walk from the hotel, or you can grab a cab for less than $10.

Thursday evening (January 10th)



Our second evening will have us heading south of the river at The Rack, one of the city’s most popular bars. Sip — or guzzle — some $6 bulldogs while shooting pool or twerking the night away on the busy dance floor. The Rack is smack dab in the centre of Whyte Ave, Edmonton’s most popular party street, so you’ll have plenty of bars and clubs to peruse. Buses will take you from the hotel to the bar for priority entrance between 8:30 and 9 PM, and back to the hotel at 1 AM. Catch the bus early and take advantage of a free drink ticket before 11 PM, courtesy of FREE Media.

Friday evening (January 11th)

Please check this page regularly for more details.

Saturday evening (January 12th)

This year’s John H. McDonald Awards Gala, honouring the year’s best work in student journalism, will take place at the beautiful Art Gallery of Alberta. Dress code will be semi-formal. Buses will depart the hotel following the keynote at 8:15 p.m. This is an all-ages event. Please read the JHM page for more information.