GlobalFest at Elliston Park (Starting Friday, Aug. 16)
Starting Friday night, the international fireworks festival lights up the sky over Elliston Park. There’s four competing nations this year and a grand finale designed by Patrick Brault, who designed the fireworks show for the Vancouver Olympics. Of course, fireworks isn’t the only attraction of GlobalFest. Read Swerve‘s five facts to find out what else there is to see over the next 10 days of activities.
Wet Heat at Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art (Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17)
The flood washed out a lot of events, including half of Sled Island. Artist duos Kelly Smith and Gwen Morgan, Joleen Toner and Ashley Ohman, and Mohammad Rezaei and Alia Shahab had crafted installations for the exhibition White Heat at Avalanche’s old space which was supposed to take place during the festival. The flood moved the exhibition and they’ve renamed it Wet Heat. The opening reception is tomorrow at 8 p.m. and features music by DJ McClure.
ReggaeFest at Shaw Millennium Park (Friday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 17)
A Marley is one of the many things you should look out for at this weekend’s ReggaeFest if you want to complete Swerve‘s scavenger hunt (Ky-Mani headlines on Saturday). A free event is another thing on the list: you can drop in to Shaw Millennium Park free on Friday. The prize for a successful scavenge? An enormous sense of self satisfaction.
Spaghetti Western Festival at Olympic Plaza (Saturday, Aug. 17)
You may think at first glance that you’re going to be seeing a lot of cowboy movies downtown at the Spaghetti Western Festival, but it’s actually a free country music festival organized by Matt Masters. Leeroy Stagger (who you can hear above at his appearance at the TransCanada Alberta Music Series in April) plays at 7 p.m. Saturday; Masters kicks everything off at noon. Swerve‘s Arts All Star profiling Masters has more info on him and the festival. If that’s not enough music for you, there’s a pre-party Friday night at Wine-Ohs featuring Tin and the Toad, Treeline with Shaela Miller and Angela Harris and there’s an after-party at The Palomino on Saturday with Matt Masters, Animal Parts and Mike Tod. The fest itself is free, but both the pre- and after-parties are $10 at the door.
Get Literary at Olympic Plaza (Sunday, Aug. 18)
The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (of which Swerve is a member) is showing off its literary bonafides. Writers including Kat Main, Stuart Ian McKay and Juleta Severson-Baker will read their work published in magazines like Alberta Views, Eighteen Bridges, FreeFall and filling Station at Olympic Plaza (provided the weather stays fine, otherwise, they’ll move the event inside to the Central Library). Chris Turner hosts the proceedings.
Bonus Photo Essay of the Weekend: A Photo Tribute to Drunk Scottish Fans
England and Scotland’s soccer teams met annually from 1872 to 1989 (except for war years), but they haven’t played each other in international soccer in 14 years after fears of hooliganism cancelled the annual event (in 1977, Scottish fans joyous at their victory rushed the field at Wembley and ripped up the pitch—you can see that at around the 1:59 mark of the above video). This week saw the renewal of the oldest rivalry in the sport, and Scottish fans invaded London to drink and watch the match. Deadspin has a great photo essay of the Scots assembled in all their revelry and kilts in Trafalgar Square. —Jon Roe