Art Party by Megan Morman at Stride Gallery (Opening Friday, Jan. 10)
Sharing is caring: Stride continues to share space with Truck as they’re still displaced from their homebase due to last June’s flooding. Megan Morman’s exhibition, featuring life-sized portraits of Canadian queer performance artists and their cats rendered in candy-coloured fusible beads, opens Friday. Morman will be in attendance at the opening on Friday at 8 p.m.; you can also hear her speak about the colourful exhibition, which “examines real and imagined relationships between friends and colleagues at the party of Morman’s dreams,” on Saturday at 1 p.m. at an artist talk.
Snow Days at Banff-Lake Louise (Opening Friday, Jan. 10)
The annual winter activity festival opens with a weekend full of events. You can learn to skate, watch movies off a 16mm projector, meet sled dogs and more. The big event on Friday is The Big Bear, a street party on Bear Street in Banff featuring a snowboarding trick show. There’s a lot going on (see the full schedule here) and the action is split between Lake Louise and Banff. Some events are free; some cost money (The Big Bear will run you $10).
Tin & The Toad album release at Wine-Ohs (Friday, Jan. 10)
“The Crossing Place” by Tin & The Toad
The country-rock duo from Vulcan celebrate their debut album, Roots to Ramble On, with a show at Wine-Ohs. They were kind enough to send along a copy of the album, which includes the track “The Crossing Place” you can hear above, and it’s full of Alberta roots-rock goodness. I’d give you a wine to pair the show with (Wine-Ohs, obviously, has an extensive list), but this is more of a whiskey and bourbon drinking show. Cover will run you $15 at the door.
10 Minute Play Festival at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Saturday, Jan. 10)
All the indie theatre companies have to work with is a prop and a line of dialogue and they have to come back in 24 hours with a 10 minute play. This year the challengers are Downstage,
Urban Curvz Theatre, Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, Dirty Laundry Calgary, The Shakespeare Company and Cowtown Opera Company. Witness the results of this High Performance Rodeo staple on the big stage at the Martha Cohen.
International Blues Challenge Fundraiser at The Blues Can (Sunday, Jan. 12)
Southern Alberta is sending its blues best to Memphis for the first time. The 30-year-old International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee attracts the best blues bands from across the world and locals Tim Williams and the Mike Clark Band will be seeing how they stack up later this month. But first, they need to get there, so they’re raising funds with a double-bill show this Sunday at The Blues Can. You can hear the Mike Clark Band (featuring the late, great Johnny V on the guitar) above. Tickets will be $15 at the door or you can grab $10 tickets online at the Calgary International Blues Fest’s website. Find out more about the event in Swerve‘s Cheap Date from Friday’s magazine.
Bonus weekend activity that will further your dream of becoming a star: Fargo miniseries looking for extras
The miniseries has been shooting in town since November and they’re looking for a few people to fill the role of townsfolk. There’s an open casting call at Marlborough Mall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you missed Bob Odenkirk (who is part of the miniseries, alongside Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton) at Comedy Monday Night at Broken City, this might be another chance to pitch your ideas for his upcoming Saul spinoff. —Jon Roe