5 Things To Do This Week in Calgary: The Calgary International Blues Festival, Made With Love mixology competition and more

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Calgary International Blues Festival (Monday, July 28 to Sunday, Aug. 3) The start of the festival is easy on the wallet: the events Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are all free. First up is a volunteer appreciation bash on Monday (it’s open to the public) featuring the Tony Kaye Trio. Then, there’s a blues guitar workshop [...]

Jul 28th, 2014

The Playlist: Day 4 of the Calgary Folk Music Festival

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Griveous Angels at National Music Centre Stage 6, 3:20 p.m. The band includes member of parliament Charlie Angus, who previously was a member of the punk band L’Étranger with Andrew Cash (who also became an MP). Meanwhile, Stephen Harper sits at home, working hard on his Beatles covers in case he ever gets the folk [...]

Jul 27th, 2014

The Playlist: Day 3 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

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Roger Knox at National Music Centre Stage 6, 3:20 p.m. Knox performs country music filtered through the lens of the Australian Aboriginal experience. The Koori King of Country is part of the Folk Fest’s first-ever series featuring Aboriginal artists from Canada, the United States and Australia. Typhoon at National Stage 4, 6:15 p.m. I like [...]

Jul 26th, 2014

The Playlist: Day 2 of the Calgary Folk Music Festival

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Debo Band at National Stage 4, 6:15 p.m. This big band could be a workshop by itself (they do participate in two over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 p.m.) Instead, they’ll be leading off a great night at Stage 4 and livening up the entry lineup with their jazzy music that draws from [...]

Jul 25th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary: DNBibliotheque, Franco Fest, Telus Spark’s Meet an Innovator and more

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Broken City Lab: Varying Proximities at Stride (Opening Friday, July 25) The Windsor-based artist collective Broken City Lab has been taking a look at watershed issues in Calgary for the past year (somewhat of a hot topic) and they’re presenting their findings in this exhibition which runs until Aug. 2 at Stride. They’ll be giving [...]

Jul 24th, 2014

The Playlist: Who to see at Day 1 of the Calgary Folk Music Festival

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Trampled by Turtles at Mainstage, 5:30 p.m. The dudes of Trampled by Turtles wanted to take a break from their rock bands and try making music with acoustic instruments in 2003 and never looked back. They’re now bringing bluegrass music to a new generation by keeping it (mostly) up beat and using their rock experience [...]

Jul 24th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Week in Calgary: The Ship turns 24, the Calgary Folk Music Festival and more

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Truck Bike-In Cinema: A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness at Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre (Tuesday, July 22) The drive-in is dead; long live the bike-in. Truck Contemporary Art Gallery’s twist on a summer favourite brings the surreal flick by experimental filmmaker Ben Russell, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, which follows an unnamed [...]

Jul 21st, 2014

The Playlist: Calgary Psych Fest

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Psychedelic music won’t die. MTT Fest burned bright for one year and then faded, and from its ashes rises the Calgary Psych Fest. It’s a bit of a scaled back affair featuring only one day and one venue, but the content will be very similar, says organizer Barnaby Bennett. “It’s bringing in this cool out [...]

Jul 17th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary: Red Bull Thre3style, Kensington Sun and Salsa, Arnold Schwarzenegger double feature and more

Paper Cinematheque at the Globe (Opening Friday, July 18) I don’t know if Snowpiercer is any good, but it certainly is better than going to see another cookie cutter summer super hero movie (though it does feature the dude who was Captain America). The Globe is packaging an opening night screening of the post-apocalyptic train [...]

Jul 17th, 2014

Q&A with Skratch Bastid, Red Bull Thre3style judge

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Skratch Bastid (a.k.a. Nova Scotian Paul Murphy) has gone from first cutting his teeth as a DJ at competitions to judging them. He’s travelling to Calgary to preside over the Western regional finals of the Red Bull Thre3style World DJ Competition (Sunday, July 20 at Commonwealth Bar & Stage), where up-and-comers battle it out with [...]

Jul 16th, 2014