Bike to the Symphony 2016


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Bruckner & Bruch

Please join the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for our seventh annual Bike to the Symphony event.

Max Bruch’s remarkable G minor Violin Concerto is among the most famous ever written. Former ESO Concertmaster Martin Riseley returns to perform it, along with conductor Alexander Prior. There was no greater admirer of Wagner than Anton Bruckner, who dedicated his Third Symphony to his idol.

100 in 1 Day: Get in Tune

This year, #Bike2ESO is taking place on June 4, the same day as 100in1Day! In celebration of Bike Month, the Winspear Centre opens up its patio to EBC for an afternoon pop-up bike workshop, including free minor adjustments and safety checks, from 1pm-3pm. As champions of active transportation, EBC and ESO members can come together and promote what we love: music, movement, and people power!

100 in 1 Day is a day to turn ideas into reality all over the city by celebrating the cumulative power of small changes and temporary projects.

The staff and musicians of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Winspear Centre are avid cyclists. Through our ongoing partnership with the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society (EBC) we have sustained an annual tradition of the Bike to the Symphony #Bike2ESO. Every year, the ESO and EBC work together to celebrate Bike Month with this group ride from Bike Works to the Winspear Centre to partake in an evening of cycling and symphony.


Under the High Wheel
Enjoy dinner before the show at Under the High Wheel (8135 102 St) at 5pm. Dinner tickets for a special #Bike2ESO menu are $35 and available online until May 30.

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If you can’t join us for dinner, and prefer to meet us downtown, Mercer Tavern (10363 104 St) will have reserved seating and a feature drink for Bike to the Symphony attendees.

The Ride

You can choose to either meet the ride at either:

The group ride, including Lucas Waldin, will leave from BikeWorks South/Under the High Wheel (8001 102 St / 8135 102 St), at 6:40pm, proceed to Mercer Tavern to pick up any people joining the ride downtown at 7:10pm, and arrive at the Winspear Centre for 7:20pm.

Supervised bicycle parking will be provided in front of the Winspear Centre for the duration of the event.

Bike to the Symphony

The Expectations

Bike to the Symphony is a fun, short group ride to a performance of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) at the beautiful Winspear Centre in downtown Edmonton. The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society (EBC) partners with the ESO to present this event. The ride itself is free and open to all; the ESO offers EBC members a special discounted ticket price for the performance.

There is no dress code (neither for the ride nor for the performance), and the event is welcoming and casual, but many participants enjoy dressing up for the ride. Whether you’re a seasoned symphony-goer, or you can’t tell a violin from a viola, this friendly event is enjoyable and accessible for everyone. Music Director Bill Eddins, Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador Lucas Waldin, and other members of the ESO have all participated in previous Bike to the Symphony rides, and this year Lucas Waldin with both be joining us again.

Secure, monitored bike parking will be provided.


Tweet about this great event using the hashtag #Bike2ESO, and join us on Facebook.


EBC members: you can look up your promo code by checking your member status. If you have difficulties with this, please contact [email protected]

Purchase tickets

To purchase tickets at the EBC member-rate of only $19 (plus service fees), go to the Winspear Box Office site and enter your promo code. Non-members may purchase tickets at the regular price. An EBC membership entitles you to many additional benefits! You may also purchase tickets by calling (780) 428-1414. All seats are eligible for the promo price.

You may purchase, renew, or check the status of your EBC membership at

Under the High Wheel

Under the High Wheel (located next to Da Capo at 8135 102 St) is offering a special 3‑course meal exclusively for Bike to the Symphony participants. The dinner will include salad, main (meat or vegetarian), and dessert for just $35 per person.

Make reservations

Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance, prior to May 30. Dinner will be at 5pm, June 4.

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Don’t forget your lights for the ride home! Lights are available for sale at BikeWorks South.

Meet at 6:20pm at BikeWorks South (8001 102 St) to mingle and snack.

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If you can’t join us for dinner, and prefer to meet us downtown, Mercer Tavern (10363 104 St) will also have reserved seating and a feature drink for Bike to the Symphony attendees. The ride will pick up attendees from the Mercer at 7:10pm.

Winspear Centre

We’ll depart en masse for the Winspear Centre at 6:40pm, starting from BikeWorks South. ESO Community Ambassador Lucas Waldin will be riding with us! We ride pick up participants waiting at partner venues along the route, riding across the High Level Bridge and follow 102 Ave to the Winspear Centre. The performance will begin at 8pm.

EBC and the ESO will once again have bike parking with dedicated security directly in front of the Winspear’s front doors.