Martha Wainwright: Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You at Festival Hall, 1215 10th Ave. S.E.  (Friday, Nov. 8)

Martha Wainwright returns to Calgary to perform songs from her latest album Come Home to Mama both tonight and tomorrow night. Written during the emotionally charged months following the loss of her mother, Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, and the birth of her first child, the album is a raw and expressive offering. The evening also features a  screening of Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You, a concert documentary filmed in memory of McGarrigle. Tickets will be available (for both shows) at the door for $35, though if you snag them in advance you’ll save $5.

Vintage Hitchcock: Live Radio Play at Vertigo Mystery Theatre, 115 9th Ave. S.E. (Opening Saturday, Nov. 9)

The latest production by Vertigo’s BD&P Mystery Theatre series adapts three Alfred Hitchcock films (The Lodger, Sabatoge and The 39 Steps) into a live radio drama. Check out the above trailer for Hitchcock’s 1935 thriller to satiate your appetite until the show premieres on Saturday (the show runs until Sunday, Dec. 8). Still not satisfied? Don’t miss five facts about the production in tomorrow’s issue of Swerve, compiled by our ever-informed Going Out editor Jon Roe. Tickets are available online or by calling 403-221-3708.


The 3rd Annual Log Driver’s Waltz at the Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14th Ave. N.W. (Saturday, Nov. 9)

Canada Vignettes: Log Driver’s Waltz by ONFB , National Film Board of Canada

 I don’t know about you, but the moment snow begins to descend upon our fine chilly city, I dig out my collection of over-sized flannel shirts and swiftly proceed to live in them (in the comfort of my home) for the duration of winter. The folks at the GIRAF Animation Festival are calling for us to embrace the tartan and join together for free hot chocolate (but only if you wear plaid), myriad projected animations (including the National Film Board hit, The Log Driver’s Waltz by Wade Hemsworth, above), live music and more. Outdoor activities are free, indoor activities are pay what you can. More information is available online.


Christmas in the Country Art Sale at Leighton Art Centre, rural location 15 minutes southwest of Calgary, see for directions (until Monday, Nov. 11)

Craft sales are back in full swing, ladies and gents. Come November and December, the least crafty of folk can snag beautiful handcrafted items and claim to be artistic genii. Not that we at Swerve encourage lying, of course. A local fav is the Christmas in the Country Art Sale at the Leighton Art Centre, running over two weekends in November. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, you’re a little late to the party, but you can still check out the final weekend of sales this  Friday to Monday (10  a.m. to 5 p.m. daily). More than 100 artists are represented, plus treats and crafts will be available for the little ones. Oh, and admission is free!

Above, a winter-ific little ditty by Alberta-born Joni Mitchell. “I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town. It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summer down.” Indeed it did, Joni.

Remembrance Day cemetery tour at Union Cemetery, 28th Ave. and Spiller Rd. (Monday, Nov. 11)


After an event-filled long weekend, don’t forget to pause and remember why this holiday exists in the first place. Today is the day to remember those Canadian men and women who fought and died in war for Canada. The City of Calgary is once again offering two history-rich cemetery tours through Union Cemetery, focusing on the local heroes buried there. Tours run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, and admission is free. More information is available on the City of Calgary’s website.

For a more traditional Remembrance Day ceremony, both The Military Museums   (4520 Crowchild Tr. S.W.) and the Aerospace Museum (4629 McCall Way N.E.) have services running (The Military Museums’ service begins at 10:45 a.m.; the Aerospace Museum’s begins at 10:30 a.m.). Both services are outdoors, so don your hats and mittens. Museums will be open following the services. —Kerianne Sproule

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