1. Mother Mother at the Jubilee Auditorium (Saturday, Dec. 8)

The Vancouver pop-rock band enlisted Calgary artist Chad VanGaalen to animate their music video for “The Sticks” (above) off their new album of the same name. Read how that collaboration came about in my Q+A with Mother Mother lead singer Ryan Guldemond from the Dec. 7th magazine.

2. Featurecast at HiFi Club (Saturday, Dec. 8)

You might have heard a Featurecast track in an iPod commercial. It should be a banging atmosphere for the funky DJ at the HiFi Club on Saturday.

3. Annual Exhibition of Works of Historical Significance at Loch Gallery (Opening Saturday, Dec. 8)

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Loch Gallery and it’s celebrating with some canvasses by Canadian heavyweights, including Emily Carr. The above image is Carr’s 1935 painting, Logged Over Country. The exhibition’s opening reception runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8th.

4. Christmas Party for the Animals at the Calgary Humane Society (Saturday, Dec. 8)
Hey, I’m here as kind of a go-between. You see, your pets don’t know what you want for Christmas, but they thought maybe they could give you a cute picture of them with Santa. All you need to do is go to the Calgary Humane Society’s open house and then front them the $10 donation (they’ll pay you back later, they’re good for it). You walk away with a nice photo of them with Santa and everyone is happy.

5. Chef Guided Tours of the Calgary Farmers’ Market (Sunday, Dec. 9)
Who better than a chef to give you a tour of a farmers’ market? Calgary Food Tours presents two chef-guided tours of the Calgary Farmers’ Market starting this Sunday with Judy Wood, the Saturday Morning Chef on Global Morning News. If this Sunday’s tour doesn’t work, the second offering is with Swerve contributor Pierre Lamielle next weekend on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Honourable mention: Welcome to the West Three continues with the feature show with Rachel Fannan at the Arrata Opera Centre tonight and concludes with Petunia at the Area on Saturday (see him in the video below at a March show at the Ironwood). In case you missed it, here’s Welcome to the West’s co-founder Brendan Kane talking about the artists he selected for the fest from last Friday’s magazine.

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