1. The Last Blue Monday at the National Music Centre (Monday, Jan. 28)
The National Music Centre is working towards its big move north across the railroad tracks (it’s looking to break ground at the new location around the King Eddy early this year). The all-ages Blue Monday jam will be temporarily shutdown in preparation for the move. Get one more in with Tim Williams tonight.
2. Calgary Comedy Competition Finals at Yuk Yuk’s (Tuesday, Jan. 29)
Since November, Calgary’s standups have been duelling each other in a judged tournament to determine who’s the best in town. The surviving comedians take to the stage on Tuesday to determine the overall winner. Todd Ness, Marito Lopez, Vic McWhan, Thomas Mellor, Noor Kidwai and Doug Mutai are battling it out for a chance to fly to Toronto and perform in front of Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin. Admission is only $5 if you mention the codeword butterflies.
3. The Walrus Talks at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Epcor Centre (Tuesday, Jan. 29)
Eight speakers—author and conjurer David Ben, author Will Ferguson, GE Canada VP Ross Hornby, Olympian Clara Hughes, Jay Ingram, Shaw chief marketing officer Jim Little, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild and Juno award winner Dan Mangan—talk from a variety of perspectives on the topic of performance. The talk is part of the winding-down High Performance Rodeo, check the website for a full schedule of the final week.
4. Whitehorse at Knox United Church (Thursday, Jan. 31)
Whitehorse is the musical marriage of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Together they make some beautiful music.
5. Two Feet Deep Improv Duo Tournament at The Area (Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1)
If a musical marriage isn’t your thing, than perhaps you could be persuaded to see some comedic ones. The city’s best improv duos go tête-et-tête à tête-et-tête in this tournament. Read more about it in Ruth Myles’s Five Facts from Friday’s mag. —Jon Roe