Churchill Square (Officially “Sir Winston Churchill Square”) is the main downtown square in Edmonton, Alberta, which plays host to a large majority of festivals and events including: the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival,1 Edmonton Fashion Week, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton,2 Cariwest and in recent years the annual Pride Festival (which was previously held in Oliver Square, north-west of downtown).
It is bordered on the north by 102A Avenue, on the west by 100 Street, on the south by Harbin Road (102 Avenue) and on the east by Rue Hull (99) Street. In 2009, 102A Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic permanently, providing easier pedestrian access to City Hall.
Surrounding the square are several cultural and governmental buildings, including Edmonton City Hall to the north, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Art Gallery of Alberta to the north-east, Chancery Hall and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music to the east, the Citadel Theatre to the south-east, the Stanley A. Milner Library (the main branch of the Edmonton Public Library) to the south and Edmonton City Centre mall to the west.
Churchill Square has undergone several face-lifts, the most recent, expensive, and most controversial, being completed in 2004, in time for Edmonton’s Centennial Celebrations. These renovations saw the removal of a large amount of green space, as well as the building of several new structures in the square including an amphitheatre, a waterfall, as well as several structures for retail space (currently occupied by the Three Bananas Cafe and Tix on the Square).