1. Michael Blake’s Variety Hour at University Theatre, U of C (Monday, Jan. 21)
The University of Calgary department of music’s Monday Night Jazz Series brings in the New York-based saxophonist Michael Blake with his Vancouver-based group The Variety Hour. Blake and The Variety Hour released an album last year, In the Grand Scheme of Things, which you can sample above.
2. RBC Concerto Competition at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of C (Tuesday, Jan. 22)
The U of C also plays host to the RBC Concerto Competition this week, featuring performance majors from the department of music performing as soloists with members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Tuesday night will include performances by Amy Melnychuk (oboe), Lev Nesterov (violin), Nate Waters (saxophone), John Chan (piano) and Krishan Power (clarinet).
3. This is What Happens Next presented by Alberta Theatre Projects at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Wednesday, Jan. 23)
The High Performance Rodeo continues (see the full schedule at the Rodeo’s website) and Alberta Theatre Project’s contribution is a presentation of Daniel MacIvor’s autobiographical solo show. The show opens officially on Thursday, but you can enjoy a slice of pizza included in the price of admission at the Wednesday night preview if you drop by at 6:30 p.m. There’ll also be a pre-show chat about the performance on Wednesday, giving you even more value for your money.
4. Hot 8 Brass Band at Eric Harvie Theatre, Banff Centre (Thursday, Jan. 24)
I think any group that can do a jazz cover of a Snoop Dogg track is worth the trip out to Banff. The New Orleans brass band plays the Banff Centre.
5. Schmancy Style at Belgo (Thursday, Jan. 24)
Schmancy is the Glenbow’s signature fundraising gala on Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s event features George Stroumboulopoulos, but you can get in on the museum-suppporting action before Stombo hits town by checking out Schmancy Style, a Holt Renfrew fashion show at Belgo. DJ Mikey da Roza provides the musical backdrop. —Jon Roe