Best of Anything Else 2024

Your McMurray Magazine’s Best of Anything Else of YMM 2024!

Best Date Night

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

10006 MacDonald Ave | 780-791-2540

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Surekha’s On the Snye
  • East Village Pub & Eatery
  • Keyano Theatre
  • Landmark Cinemas
  • The Alley YMM
  • Uptown Alley YMM

Best Theatre Show

Rent the musical – Swamp Rat Experience

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Anne of Green Gables, Keyano Theatre Company
  • Clue – Keyano Theatre Company
  • Finding Nemo Jr. – Keyano Theatre Company / Drama Force
  • Mean Girls: The Musical – Ecole McTavish High School

“RENT The Musical was a wild and wonderful journey! It was truly a production by this community, for this community, and it being named Best Theatre Show really emphasizes how well received it was by the community as well. The vision for RENT was more than just the final performances, but we wanted to create new and more inclusive processes and build the capacity of local theatre artists, all while telling a story that was compelling, beautiful, and moving. The undertaking of producing a Broadway musical as a volunteer-run independent theatre company was tremendous, but it was worth every drop of blood, sweat, and strip of gaff tape as we saw artists from all walks of life connect with a wonderful audience in telling a story that holds a lot of truth and beauty, not to mention unforgettable music! We are humbled and ecstatic that Wood Buffalo loved RENT as much as we did.” — RENT The Musical

Photos courtesy of Moccasin Media

Best Charity Event or Gala

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (Festival of Trees)

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • CMHA Charity Jam & Silent Auction
  • Fore the Ladies Classic
  • Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards
  • YMM Outdoor Patio Party (Fort McMurray Food Festival)

Best Festival

Festival of Trees – Northern Lights Health Foundation

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Fort McMurray Food Festival
  • Harvest Festival – Fort McMurray Heritage Society
  • Pride YMM Festival
  • Rock The Rails

Photos courtesy of the Northern Lights Health Foundation

Best Bar Theme Night

Line Dancing Lessons at Kickin’ Horse Saloon

320 Thickwood Blvd | 587-276-5000

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Fort McMurray Food Festival Pub Crawl
  • Craft Old Fashioned Night by cocktailsbyboots
  • Karaoke Dance Party with DJ QPid at East Village Pub
  • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Rivers Casino
  • Trivia Tuesday at Blackhorse Pub

“We would like to thank the community for supporting us, and bringing our vision of the Kickin Horse Saloon to life! Cheers to line dancing, cold beer, hot food, and the Kickin’ Horse Saloon.” —Kickin’ Horse Saloon

Best Children’s Event

Christmas at the Village | Fort McMurray Heritage Society

1 Tolen Dr | 780-791-7575

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Winterplay
  • Clearwater Horse Club ” Trick or Treat”
  • Junior Boo – BGC Fort McMurray
  • Rock The Rails
  • The Craze

“The Fort McMurray Heritage Society is so happy that the residents enjoyed our Christmas event. We look forward to always being part of everyone’s Christmas traditions year after year for many years to come.” —Verna Murphy

Best Trade Show/Market

Fort McMurray Trade Show & Artisan Market

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Father Mercredi’s Annual Santas Anonymous Christmas Market
  • Arts Council Wood Buffalo Winter Makers Market
  • Christmas Market at Fort McMurray Golf Club
  • Whoville Vendor Village – United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo
  • Winter Wonderland Trade Show presented by The Artisan Square

Best Home Business

Be-You-tiful Skin Care

200 Torrie Crescent | 780-838-6545

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Cade’s BOMB Bombs
  • Lavender Hair Studio
  • OMA Beauty and Wellness by Sorina
  • Skintricate Studios
  • Sugarmonkey Bar

Best New Thing in Fort McMurray

Uptown Alley YMM

175 Eagle Ridge Blvd #9 | 780-713-0303

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Downtown Revitalization Program
  • Drum Brewing
  • Luxury Head Spa at Be Flawless YMM
  • The Agency North Central Alberta

“The Uptown Alley team has experienced tremendous support from the community during both the highs and lows of our inaugural year. We are committed to delivering top-notch casual dining, entertainment, and guest service at Fort McMurray’s premier adult venue. A heartfelt thank you to our patrons for consistently choosing us, both in person and online; allowing us to excel at what we love to do.” —Uptown Alley YMM

Best Indigenous-Owned Business

Ginger’s Bannock House


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Acden
  • Moccasin Media
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Skintricate Studios
  • The Agency North Central Alberta

“Absolutely honored to receive this award. My hardworking staff deserve this recognition! Grateful for all the support from the Beautiful Community and Strong Nations! We are Rising Together.” —Ginger Auger

Best Hidden Gem

Vista Ridge All Seasons Park

1 Spruce Valley Dr | 780-743-8651

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Corridor Shops & Events
  • Clearwater Horse Club
  • Glitter N Glee Gifts
  • Oil City Game Rig
  • The Grand Ole YMM Opry

Best Event Planning / Event Decor Company

Cass & Nat Event Planning


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Balloons By Melanie Bruneau
  • Black Dress Events
  • Blow Up Your Birthday
  • Encore Tents YMM
  • Vivid Vibes Events

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