Trooper at Deerfoot Inn & Casino
For those who believe that the new year will bring a change of luck. Canadian rockers Trooper hits the stage at 11 p.m., so you can use up any remaining 2013 luck you have at the slots and table games. (If you see any threes dressed up as nines while playing blackjack, you may want to report the fraudulent cards to the pit boss). You can see what a new year will do to your fortunes after the show. There are still tickets available at Ticketmaster.
English New Year’s at The Ship & Anchor and The Drum & Monkey
For the early New Year’s crowd. Both the Ship and the Drum celebrate the across-the-pond calendar changeover at 5 p.m. You can secure your seat at the Ship at 11 a.m.; doors open at the Drum at 3:30 p.m. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the evening entertainment at the Ship includes Blades of Steel and Blist. Over at the Drum, it’ll be a reggae-infused evening of Dub at the Pub. You can grab tickets in advance for the night at the Drum at the bar or at Recordland for $5. There’s no cover for the Ship.
Noon Year’s Eve at Telus Spark
For the even earlier New Year’s crowd. A perfect option for those with early bedtimes: instead of fireworks, you’re going to be jumping up and down on bubble wrap. Other activities include story time, book binding and creating pictures using Lego. The details are over at sparkscience.ca.
New Year’s Family Dance Party at Municipal Building
There will be no star-studded City TV event at Olympic Plaza this year, but the City of Calgary has stepped up to host a family dance party in front of the Municipal Building downtown. Dress in neon, white or anything that glows and enjoy skating across the street, dancing, the current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (H2O, an exhibit of international and national artists including Julius Popp and Max Streicher) and a kids’ countdown at 9 p.m. You can find out more info over at calgary.ca.
A Really Good New Year’s Eve at Ten Nightclub
For the older crowd looking to dance their way into 2014. I’m a big fan of The Librarian a.k.a. Andrea Graham, the B.C. DJ who co-founded the Bass Coast Music Festival. You can hear her bass-heavy beats alongside fellow B.C.-based DJ Mat the Alien, Red Bull 3style finalist DJ Wakcutt and locals Boh Nanza and Slim Pickins. Boodang has your tickets for $30.