Alberta Floods 2013 Fundraiser at Collectors’ Gallery of Art (Until Saturday, Aug. 31)
The charitable events keep rolling in to support Alberta Floods relief. The Collectors’ Gallery will be donating 20 per cent of sales made to the Canadian Red Cross during this summer exhibition. You can pick up work by Barbara Hirst, Arlene Hobbs, Robert Dempster, Pat Fairhead, John Hoyt, John Snow and Steve Coffey. You can find out more about prairie painter Steve Coffey, pictured above, in Swerve’s Arts All Star from December 2011.
Breaking Walls at Communitea Cafe (Monday, July 22)
The Banff Centre is coming closer to you. Well, it’ll meet you halfway. Tonight out in Canmore, you can check out what’s going on in the Banff Centre’s literary journalism program during a panel discussion (hosted by Ian Brown), featuring authors Marcello di Cintio, Cathrin Bradbury and James Little. Tickets are available through Communitea.
Music in the Plaza: Deanne Matley at Heritage Park (Wednesday, July 24)
You gotta start early if you’re going to make it as a jazz singer. Just ask Deanne Matley, whose first gig was singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” for her parents at the age of three. You can see her more mature repetoire at Heritage Park for free. Find out more about the local jazz songstress in Swerve’s Arts All Star from May 2012.
Calgary Folk Music Festival at Prince’s Island (Starting Thursday, July 25)
Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective is one of many acts kicking off the Folk Fest on Thursday on the Main Stage. Swerve will be previewing the fest before each day, but to whet your appetite we have some musical samples in a separate blog post.
Run the Jewels at The Republik (Thursday, July 25)
For those who are looking for something a little less folky, there’s the Run the Jewels show at the Republik. The hip-hop duo features Killer Mike and El-P and they released their critically-acclaimed eponymous album a few months ago. There’s a few tracks up on YouTube (be aware that there’s strong language, though—this is hip-hop). For Killer Mike this follows an acclaimed solo release, R.A.P. Music. You can see a politically charged animated music video for “Reagan” also up on YouTube (and yes, more strong language there, too). You can snag tickets for the show through Ticketfly. —Jon Roe