Hip Hop Karaoke Canada Day edition at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (Monday, June 30)
The problem with Canada Day happening midweek is that it makes it tough to celebrate the day of. But you should take the rare opportunity of a Tuesday off to test out your rapping acumen at hip hop karaoke (the subject of Swerve Our Town back in February). Big ups to anyone who can rip through this CanCon classic. If you want to step up to the mic, you need to email HHK@commonwealthbar.ca to reserve a spot.
Fireworks at Centre Street Bridge (Tuesday, July 1)
Song contains some NSFW language.
A Canadian song for a Canadian holiday. Canada Day fireworks return to Calgary and plenty more, check out Swerve‘s Canada Day listings here.
The Brainasium Sneak Peek and Stampede Breakfast at Telus Spark (Thursday, July 3)
It begins. The 10-day long gorge of dough and syrup. Telus Spark is handing out free breakfast for the first 500 people who drop by to get a first look at The Brainasium, which is their new outdoor adventure playground opening later this summer. But that’s really only the start of the pancake buffet, Swerve has you covered if you want to get out and chow each day.
Said the Whale at the Coca-Cola Stage, Stampede Grounds (Thursday, July 3)
I must be in a Canada Day mood because this has rapidly turned into a CanCon Youtube embedding party. Vancouver’s Said the Whale provides the musical entertainment on Sneak-a-Peek night at the Stampede (which will only cost you $8 admission). See the full Coke stage lineup over at calgarystampede.com.
Ranchmans Renegades Bullbustin’ at Ranchmans Bullbustin’ Arena (Thursday, July 3)
Ranchmans seems like the proper place to start your Stampede fun. They’re hosting a Professional Bull Riders event in support of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre on the eve of Stampede. Tickets are $70 and you can grab them online. —Jon Roe