The Princess Bride at The Plaza Theatre (Friday, June 6)
To open its screening of The Princess Bride, the Fifth Reel enlisted Mark Mills, whose latest album, Triple Fire Sign, is about wooing his own princess, who, according to his Bandcamp page, was mermaid. She lured him to her private lagoon. You can hear Mark Mills’ “Youthful Love” below. Tickets are $10 to $13 online.
Girls on Decks Delux Edition at Nite Owl (Friday, June 6)
Lisa Delux and her killer Missy Elliott remix headlines Girls on Decks as the collective christens Nite Owl, a new nightclub opening in the space previously occupied by Vinyl Retro Lounge. If you need a refresher on Girls on Decks, check out Swerve‘s cover story by Kerianne Sproule from March. Zoobis has the tickets online ($15).
Saturday Night Stomp at Sunalta Community Centre (Saturday, June 7)
Fresh off the launch of her new album Gold, Ellen Doty and her band help kick off this monthly swing dance. Dress to impress and arrive early to take advantage of the free beginner lesson at 8:45 p.m. Doty starts at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students at the door.
Summer Exhibitions Launch Party at Glenbow Museum (Saturday, June 7)
The two new summer exhibitions launching at the Glenbow, A Singular Vision and Masterworks, double as profiles of different art-collecting styles. Eric Harvie’s taste for Western Canadian art (including Edward John Hughes, above) is showcased in A Singular Vision, while Lord Beaverbrook and his hired international art collectors are featured in Masterworks. To mark the occasion of this double opening, the Glenbow is putting on aristocratic airs and throwing a party with Champagne, fine wine, sumptuous treats, royal portraits and live music. There will be a cash bar and it’s pay-what-you-can at the door.
Sled Island and Lukes Drug Mart Pre-Fest Party (Sunday, June 8)
Sled Island is less than two weeks away (passes still available), but if that seems like an eternity, you can tide yourself over with this all-ages pre-party outside Lukes Drug Mart featuring Shad, the palindrome fans Tacocat, Night Committee and Dead Soft. The event kicks off at noon.
If you’re looking for fun events of the family friendly variety, Swerve has you covered there, too.
Bonus Photo Gallery of the Weekend: Sports Illustrated 100 Best Stanley Cup Finals Photos
In honour of the Stanley Cup finals, here’s Sports Illustrated‘s best 100 photos from the Stanley Cup Finals, which include some gems dating back to 1935. Thankfully, it only includes two photos from the Flames most recent (unsuccessful) trip to the Stanley Cup final. The first pic in question involves Jarome Iginla beating up Vincent Lecavalier; the second is Hulk Hogan, so it shouldn’t be too painful for Flames fans.