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Edmonton Theatre Preview (November 2014)

As the cool weather begins to settle in Edmonton, the live theatre starts to heat up! It’s a wonderful relationship, as theatre is great entertainment to seek out when avoiding the cold. Here’s a list of all the comedy, drama, and action that will hit our city’s stages this November — presented in the order of their openings so that you can plan ahead and catch them all!

One Man, Two Guvnors One-Man-Two-Guvnors| Through Nov 16
This British farce is a marvelous concoction of satire, songs, slapstick humour, and one-liners. The play follows the tale of a man who is hired by two different criminals and must keep each from learning about the other.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

Sequence | Through Nov 16
A nearly blind professor receives a surprise visit from an unlucky student, and a pregnant young woman confronts a celebrated author. These two encounters intertwine with unexpected twists and turns in this new work that explores the mysteries of science, destiny, and faith.
Varscona Theatre | 10329-83 Ave. | 780-433-3399

Sherlock Holmes | Through Jan 31
When Dr. Watson throws his friend, the world’s greatest detective Sherlock Holmes, a retirement party, he believes nothing can go wrong — but then a guest is murdered! Everyone at the dinner is a suspect — even you! Set to the best “killer” tunes of all time, this modern spin on a classic tale will make you sing and laugh along.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre | West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St. | 780-484-2424

Loveplay | Nov 1, 3–8
Set in one location in London, Loveplay moves through time to explore human nature’s constant quest for love and sex. This satirical romp asks: with every advance in intellect, does our human capacity to feel keep pace or fall behind?
Timms Centre for the Arts, Univsersity of Alberta | 112 St. & 87 Ave. | 780-420-1757

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble | Nov 6–23
A mother calls her three children to a family meeting to announce the news of her early onset of Alzheimer’s. Drizzled with heart, this play has all the right workings to remind us what keeps families together.
Roxy Theatre | 10708-124 St. | 780-453-2440

Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion | Nov 11 ­– Feb 1
For their annual holiday rock ‘n roll revue, Mayfield Dinner Theatre is hopping across the pond to celebrate all things British! From the 60s to today, the show covers the best British idols, from the Beatles to Amy Winehouse. Prepare for an evening of high-energy hilarity!
Mayfield Dinner Theatre | 16615-109 Ave. | 780-483-4051

Maggie-Now | Nov 14–22
A favourite of the Fringe, The Maggie-Now Cycle of Plays includes a cast of 9 portraying 72 characters on an epic journey from 1890s Ireland to 1930s Brooklyn. This bold, bittersweet tale covers the themes of life, disappointment, love, and redemption for a Brooklyn Irish immigrant’s family.
ATB Financial Arts Barn | 10330-84 Ave. | 780-409-1910

Flashdance | Nov 25–30
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this iconic film is now a live musical! With electrifying dance numbers, Flashdance tells the inspiring story of Alex Owns, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night, who dreams of becoming a professional performer. In addition to big hits like “What A Feeling”, 16 catchy new songs have been written for this show!
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

A Christmas Carol | Nov 29 – Dec 23
A favourite holiday tradition, this Dickens’ classic is sure to delight audiences young and old. Now on its 15th consecutive year of performance, this show provides exceptional entertainment with its unforgettable story, rich characters, and dazzling special effects.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

— Matthew Stepanic

5 Vegetarian Restaurants in Calgary


Lotus Root Salad at The Coup (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Lotus Root Salad at The Coup (Photo: Jason Dziver)

If you’re a vegetarian, you must love salad—because if you don’t, there won’t be a single thing you can eat on most restaurant menus. Fortunately for your taste buds, these five Calgary restaurants are turning out (mostly) vegetarian menus loaded with options.

Be sure to arrive with time to spare in order to gain entry to this 17th Avenue hotspot. Well known and loved among Calgary’s vegetarians, The Coup is entirely vegetarian with a focus on fresh, whole, local, organic food. Vegans and gluten-free diners will be comfortable here as well. Don’t forget to try one of their unique cocktails such as the Kombucha Gimlet with schizandra berry, rose, citrus, vodka and elderflower liqueur, topped with hibiscus rose kombucha.
Must Try: Lotus Root Salad (pictured). Okay, technically this is a salad, but it’s a lot more hearty and flavourful than the standard pile of lettuce. Warm Asian greens, lotus root and organic cherry tomatoes are dressed in a citrus ponzu sauce, then topped with toasted pine nuts and perfectly crisped tofu.
• 924 – 17 Ave SW, 403-541-1041, www.thecoup.ca
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Join Indiana Jones on an Adventure in Edmonton!


Solve puzzles to collect pieces of a lost artifact as you explore the exhibition!

Dust off your high-crowned sable fedora and unbury your whip from the sock drawer — it’s time for an adventure! Indiana Jones™ and the Adventure of Archaeology offers you the perfect opportunity to practice your hand at archaeology!

The exhibition features authentic relics from ancient societies around the world that were selected by archaeologist and National Geographic fellow Dr. Fredik Hiebert. The artifacts represent some of the most significant discoveries in archaeology, including the oldest known map written on a Mesopotamian cuneiform tablet and gold artefacts from the Royal Cemetery at Ur.

As you learn about the science of archaeology, you’ll explore 14 different locations where Indy himself has travelled. You’ll also encounter actual props from each of the movies and sketches from iconic scenes, alongside cool movie trivia. For instance, did you know rimless glasses were invented for Sean Connery’s character in The Last Crusade? There’s more to learn about the movies and archaeology at the exhibition—so unfold your map and plot your course to the TELUS World of Science to begin your search for “fortune and glory”!


A sketch from the famous boulder scene.


The oldest known map.

TELUS World of Science—Edmonton | 11211-142 St. | 780-451-3344
Daily 10 am – 5 pm | Exhibition runs through April 6

— Matthew Stepanic

Fashion Calgary Portrait Gala Highlights Local Art, Music, and Community

When Calgary was named the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012, Fashion Calgary co-founder Ania Basak thought there should be an all-encompassing event in Calgary that would highlight the importance of culture in our lives and in the local community.

Inspired, she started the Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign to celebrate and recognize city ambassadors who promote Calgary culture in every area—from sports to media, food to fashion, to music to theatre. 2012 and 2013 ambassadors included James McIntyre, CEO of Calgary Philharmonic Orhestra; Heather Klimchuk, former Minister of Culture; Tara Nelson and Daryl Janz, CTV anchors; and Michelle Cameron Coulter, Olympic gold medalist.

This year, 25 new cultural ambassadors will be introduced, including Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, Chef Paul Rogaiski, CPO conductor Adam Johnson, chocolatier Bernard Callebaut; Stampede chuckwagon racer Jason Glass, and Global anchor Linda Olsen. They will join Portrait Campaign alumni and other culture-savvy guests for an evening of food, drinks, music, fashion, and art in celebration and support of arts and culture in Calgary. Proceeds from the campaign will support the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Musical Camps for Kids to provide educational music programming to families and children in need, ensuring that expression and creativity continue to be fostered in our city. 

The campaign aims to encourage Calgarians to discover and take part in the arts and cultural activities that the city has to offer. After all, there is so much good food to savour at local restaurants, art to admire, and venues to enjoy talented live music and theatre at—Calgary is a cultural hub!

The 2014 Fashion Calgary Portrait Gala is on Thursday, November 6 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. For more information and to see video interviews with some of the 2014 Portrait Campaign ambassadors, visit fashioncalgary.ca/portrait-campaign-2014.

Frightful Nights: Halloween Events in Calgary


Ghoul's Night Out at Heritage Park is spooky fun for little ghosts and goblins. (Photo: courtesy Heritage Park)

Ghoul’s Night Out at Heritage Park is spooky fun for little ghosts and goblins. (Photo: courtesy Heritage Park)

Witches and zombies and ghosts, oh my! Get scared silly at these events in the spirit of Halloween.

Get Lost
Oct 3, 10, 17
Navigate The Calgary Corn Maze after dark with just a flashlight—and watch out for things that go bump in the night.
• 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview, 403-648-2719, calgarycornmaze.com

Run for Your Life
Oct 4
A 5k race like no other, Zombie Evasion will have participants on the run through North Glenmore Park trying to outlast and outwit a pack of vengeful zombies. Fortunately, the runners will have a slight head start over their pursuers.
• North Glenmore Park, 7305 Crowchild Tr SW, zombieevasion.ca

Ghostly “Spirits”
Oct 25
Get up close and personal with some of Calgary’s “spirits” on this excursion to three of the city’s most haunted pubs. Follow a lantern carrying-guide from Calgary Ghost Tours to each location where you will have an opportunity to enjoy a beverage while enjoying intoxicating tales of that pub’s horrific history.
• Tickets available at calgaryghosttours.com

Thrilling Feat
Oct 25
Fans of Halloween, zombies, and Michael Jackson will come together for Thrill the World, an attempt to set a world record for the largest simultaneous dance to the horror anthem “Thriller”. Dress like a zombie, learn the Thriller dance, and join the flash mob.
• Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Road SE, thrillcalgary.com

Dine if You Dare
Oct 29 – 31
Enjoy a frightfully delicious dinner followed by a ghost tour through the dark and deserted streets of Heritage Park Historical Village during Ghosts and Gourmet. Little ones will enjoy Ghouls’ Night Out, Oct 23-26, where it’s less “tricks” and more “treats.”
• Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ab.ca

Murderous Mystery
Oct 31
Unleash your inner sleuth and search for clues to solve a homicide at Fort Calgary’s murder mystery dinner theatre performance of Act 1, Murder 2: Night of the Living Dead. Choose to be a zombie or a hero because when blood starts to splatter, it will be your job to pick sides and get to the cold heart of it all.
• 750 – 9 Ave SE, 403-290-1875, fortcalgary.com

Six Free & Fun Events in Edmonton for Alberta Culture Days


Photo by Justin Wondga

All across Alberta this weekend, communities will be hosting FREE activities to highlight their unique arts culture — and Edmonton is no exception! The selection in this city for Alberta Culture Days seems endless with movie screenings, dance performances, visual arts, live music, and tours of historical attractions, so we rounded up a few great possibilities — all of them free and all of them fun!

1. Art Before Dark | Sep 26 | 5 – 7 pm
The Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society is partnering with many prestigious arts organizations in Alberta, including Theatre Alberta, Guru Digital Arts College, Edmonton Opera, and more for this educational event! Take a backstage tour of their world-class facility, learn some musical insight from local performers, and enjoy tasty treats from Bully Food Truck and One Cool Cookie!
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-427-2760

2. Alberta Culture Days at Metro Cinema | Sep 27 – 28
Metro Cinema will be celebrating the wealth of talent and creativity in the community with a variety of short and feature-length films, all of which will be family friendly! Films will cover topics of prairie tales, indigenous perspectives, and more! For a full listing of what’s playing, check out Metro Cinema’s website.
Metro Cinema at the Garneau | 8172-109 St. | 780-425-9212

3. Pro Coro Canada: Everything Under the Sun | Sep 28 | 2:30 pm
Pro Coro Canada will be joined by the Richard Eaton Singers to perform the powerful “Path of Miracles” by Brit Joby Talbot. Tickets are free, but must be reserved through the Winspear Centre box office, so don’t delay in reserving yours! More details are available on their Facebook page.
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 780-428-1414

4. Winspear Centre Tour | Sep 26 | 12 pm
Take a free tour of the Winspear Centre and discover shows are run and put together! Winspear will also be hosting other free events throughout the weekend, such as an instrument petting zoo and a big drum workshop, so be sure to check out the website for more information.
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq. | 780-428-1414

5. LEGO Competition with MADE | Sep 27 | 11 – 2 pm
Compete to win a golden brick of LEGO with your team as you build your version of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s building from the past, present, or future! This is a great challenge for any age! Find out how to register here.
Art Gallery of Alberta | 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., 99 St. & 102A Ave. | 780-422-6223

6. All provincial and historical sites and museums have FREE admission, so don’t miss out on amazing exhibits, such as “Finding Place: Exploring Home Through Field Journal Art” at Royal Alberta Museum or “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne” at the Art Gallery of Alberta!

For a complete listing of all the wonderful free events you can check out this weekend, visit the Alberta Culture website!

Nordstrom’s Grand Entrance in Calgary


(Image: courtesy Nordstrom, Inc)

(Image: courtesy Nordstrom, Inc)

Make room in your closet for fall fashion! The iconic fashion retailer Nordstrom makes its Canadian debut in Calgary at Chinook Centre on September 19, with doors opening at 9:30 am.

Nordstrom is certainly making its arrival into Canada a grand entrance: before you even get to the fashion, there’s eBar coffee bar, Bazille full-service restaurant, a beauty boutique, free wifi, and personal stylists to consult. Once you make your way to the racks of covetable clothing, you’ll find exclusive brands and high-end statement pieces right alongside modestly priced everyday wear.


Fall Fashion From the Front Row

The change in season brings with it a change in fashion, and with Western Canada Fashion Week coming to Edmonton this month, people are curious about what’s trendy to wear. Here’s a look at some of the exciting new fashions writer Janis Galloway picked up at Toronto Fashion Week!

Texture Play: For both men and women, touch-worthy fabrics from fur, wool, velvet and leather were mixed and layered for interesting ensembles. Menswear line HD Homme showed us dapper texture at its best with velvet suits in festive green, red and blue. We’re favouring these suits as the perfect fit for swanky holiday parties. The designer also paired leather pants with a silk lapelled blazer, a bit daring for most, but strong inspiration for mixing up fabrics in your own wardrobe. For the women, one of the best layered textured looks was Mackage’s sleek interpretation of a modern, urban witch — a faux fur skirt topped with a leather jacket.

Roll Call: Scholarly dressing passed the test as a major trend for both the sexes. Edmonton’s own luxury womenswear designer, Malorie Urbanovitch, sent svelte models down the runway in pastel miniskirts accessorized with mini, white leather backpacks and sheer knee high socks. Urbanovitch’s muted and sophisticated colour palette means the private schools looks are very wearable, easily taken off campus and mixed and matched for both water cooler chat or a fashionable function. In the Outclass menswear presentation, varsity jackets were the star quarterback of the show in versions of yellow and red plaid with leather sleeves. We can see Edmonton’s young and hip taking these jackets to the streets on their way out to a night on say, The Common’s dance floor.


Photo by George Pimentel; Courtesy of World MasterCard Fashion Week

Fancy Fur: The fur was flying in many collections, and in such vivid colours it was hard to miss. Brightly coloured faux fur as well as the real deal (sorry, PETA) were wrapped around hoods, shoulders and torsos in numerous collections from some of Canada’s biggest style influencers such as Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan. Line Knitwear had the most exemplary designs, with an ultra sleek feminine collection of body hugging, brightly hued angora pieces in bold fuchsias and blues. One of the strongest looks was a simply sweet pairing of fuzzy, royal blue angora shorts and matching cropped sweater. Practical for an Edmonton winter? Probably not, but we’ve never preferred function over fashion. Still not convinced? Make the look more cold weather friendly by layering a pair of nylons under the shorts and slipping on heeled ankle booties.

Think Pink: Every season, one colour always reigns supreme and, similar to 2013, pink is on designers’ minds. Designer Mikhael Kale played up the shade in stunning splattered silk prints to create slinky cocktail dresses, while Mackage let pink pop on sophisticated, tailored outerwear. The happy hue is a welcome concept amongst what is normally a sea of black parkas on Edmonton’s dreary winter sidewalks.

To catch up on more exciting trends in fashion, read Janis’ blog Dress Me Dearly. Or to discover the best new fashions for yourself, check out Western Canada Fashion Week: September 19 – 27! (ATB Financial Arts Barns | 10330-84 Ave. | 780-409-1910)

Curtains Up: What’s On Stage in Calgary


Kevin Corey stars in Theatre Calgary's One Man, Two Guvnors. (Photo: courtesy Theatre Calgary)

Kevin Corey stars in Theatre Calgary’s One Man, Two Guvnors. (Photo: courtesy Theatre Calgary)

Theatre season is just revving up in Calgary, making this the perfect time to catch a hilarious or heart-wrenching production. Here is a guide to what’s hitting the stage in September and October, from the tantalizing to the enchanting.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Sep 2 – 28
In 1960s England, a down-on-his-luck and slightly befuddled Francis Henshall is desperate to find employment. Fortunately he’s able to secure not one but two separate jobs—and unfortunately he must keep his two employers from finding out about each other, which turns out to be a much bigger headache than he ever imagined. (more…)

5 Spots for Perfect Pints

Visit any of these great Edmonton spots for a perfect pour!

BeerMug1. O’Byrnes Irish Pub (10616 Whyte (82) Ave.)
Guinness aficionados know that it needs to be poured just right — and the bartenders here know how to serve it up as smoothly as at a pub in Dublin.

2. The Underground Tap & Grill (10004 Jasper Ave.)
Craft beer fans will appreciate Underground’s dedication to being a true craft beer bar, with a menu full of unique brews in lieu of big-name macro-brew beers. In September their rotational taps include beers from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Co. and Evil Twin Brewing, and in October the taps will feature beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery.

3.Beer Revolution (11736-104 Ave.)
The beer here is fresh — you can see for yourself on the airport-style arrivals and departures board exactly when the kegs were tapped. Their 24 draught beers are all on rotation so every day there is something new to try.

4. Sugarbowl (10922-80th Ave.)
The food here is so delectable that it’s given this eatery its good reputation, but don’t skip over the beer list. Their impressive selection of bottled beer includes gluten free varieties, ciders, lambics, dubbels, and saisons.

5. Sherlock Holmes Pub (Three locations in Edmonton; click here for a complete list)
Want a no-frills pub experience? This cozy, British-style pub has got familiar lagers and ales served just right with traditional pub fare.

— By Breanna Mroczek

Calgary Can’t-Miss Events in September


Beakerhead is "a smash up of art, science and engineering." (Photo: Neil Zeller, courtesy Beakerhead)

Beakerhead is “a smash up of art, science and engineering.” (Photo: Neil Zeller, courtesy Beakerhead)

Festival season is still going strong throughout September with major events like Beakerhead and the Calgary International Film Fest hitting the stage. That’s not all that’s hitting the stage—several major comedians are coming to town this month, with and without YYComedy Festival. Oktoberfest is on its way too, with bratwurst, oompa and, of course, beer. Prost!

Honens International Piano Competition
Sep 4 – 7
Some of the world’s best piano players will be performing at this competition. Music lovers will enjoy intimate recitals, late night gigs in Calgary clubs and pubs, open-air concerts, family-friendly performances and music-based films and lectures.
• Various venues, 403-299-0130, www.honens.com

ZooGala is the Calgary Zoo's annual fundraising event. (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

ZooGala is the Calgary Zoo’s annual fundraising event. (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

Sep 5
One of the Calgary Zoo’s most important annual fundraisers offers an evening of wine, food, live music and behind-the-scene views to many of the zoo’s wild critters and creatures. New for this year is Roaming Among the Wild, a cutting edge fashion show for those with a wild sense of style.
• 1300 Zoo Rd NE, 403-232-9300, www.calgaryzoo.com

Calgary Mini Maker Faire
Sep 6 – 7
A festival of creativity and resourcefulness focused on the maker movement, which is comprised of amateur inventors and hobbyists who invent, design, create and build things by employing DIY (Do It Yourself) techniques. The event celebrates innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft with hands-on demonstrations and lectures.
• TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr NE, 403-817-6800, www.makerfaireyyc.ca

Jann Arden
Sep 9
The Canadian songstress is back with a cross-Canada tour and a new album, Everything Almost.
• Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 403-777-0000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Sep 10 – 14
Beakerhead’s tagline is “a smash up of art, science and engineering,” and there really is no better way to describe it. The zany five-day festival turns all of Calgary into a mad scientist’s laboratory with interactive installations and performances for all ages. Flying robots join forces with humanoids in electric stage shows, scientists hit the streets with live experiments, roving art installations are engineered with eye-popping effects and restaurants create delicious gastro-science eats. Most events are free.
• Various venues, 587-351-7787, beakerhead.org

The 'Masters' tournament is Spruce Meadows biggest event of the year. (Photo: courtesy Spruce Meadows)

The ‘Masters’ tournament is Spruce Meadows’ biggest event of the year. (Photo: courtesy Spruce Meadows)

Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament
Sep 10-14
The best athletes from the world’s top show jumping nations will be at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament, one of the world’s premiere equestrian events, to compete for over $2 million in prize money. Off the track, enjoy family entertainment and an international shopping bazaar.
• 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, 403-974-4200, www.sprucemeadows.com

Calgary Bridal Expo
Sep 16
Watch fashion shows, sample products, shop for wedding dresses, and talk to vendors about everything you need for the big day.
• BMO Centre, 1409 Olympic Way SE, 403-660-0166, www.bridalexpo.ca

The Imagination Movers star in a Disney TV show. (Photo: courtesy Imagination Movers)

The Imagination Movers star in their own Disney TV show. (Photo: courtesy Imagination Movers)

Imagination Movers: Back in Blue
Sep 16
The stars of the popular, kid-friendly Disney TV show hit Calgary for a concert and meet-and-greet.
• Epcor Centre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.epcorcentre.org

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy
Sep 16
A lively and thought-provoking discussion on the state of philanthropy featuring Blackfoot elder and spiritual advisor Casey Eagle Speaker, Free the Children’s Craig Kielburger, former NHL player and child advocate Sheldon Kennedy and others.
• Theatre Junction Grand, 608 – 1 St SW, thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-philanthropy-2014

Calgary International Film Fest
Sep 18 – 28
An 11-day showcase of international and Canadian cinema with over 200 film screenings.
• Various venues, 403-283-1490, www.calgaryfilm.com

Calgary Home + Design Show
Sep 18 – 21
Get products and advice for your home renovations and meet HGTV star Bryan Baeumler.
• BMO Centre, 1409 Olympic Way SE, 403-253-1177, www.calgaryhds.com

50 Years of James Bond
Sep 19
Suspense, mystery and drama abound as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra plays soundtrack highlights from the blockbuster 007 films. Re-live the secret agent’s most thrilling moments with classic Bond theme songs and memorable film scores from Dr. No, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and the Oscar-winning song Skyfall.
• Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, www.cpo-live.com

Jerry Seinfeld is performing four standup comedy shows in Calgary. (Photo: courtesy JS Touring)

Jerry Seinfeld is performing four standup comedy shows in Calgary. (Photo: courtesy JS Touring)

Comedy Stars
Sep 19, 20, 27
Three major comedians are hitting Calgary in September. Fresh off his appearance as a judge on Last Comic Standing, Russell Peters returns to the stage with all new material for his Almost Famous World Tour on September 19. Next up is Jerry Seinfeld—the popular sitcom star is bringing his standup act with humorous observations about every day life to Calgary for four shows on September 19 and 20. Bob Saget finishes off the month. The former star of Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos is in town on September 27 to promote his new book Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.
• Tickets available at Ticketmaster: 403-777-0000, www.ticketmaster.ca

NMC Out Loud Gala
Sep 20
A fundraiser for the National Music Centre, the gala is a one-a one-of-a-kind musical experience featuring elegant cuisine, interactive exhibitions and an evening of live music, including a special performance by Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards winning artist Johnny Reid.
• Uniquities, 2501 – Alyth Rd SE, 403-543-5115, nmcoutloud.ca

The Calgary International Flamenco Festival is a week-long celebration of music and dance. (Photo: courtesy Calgary International Flamenco Festival)

The Calgary International Flamenco Festival is a week-long celebration of music and dance. (Photo: courtesy Calgary International Flamenco Festival)

International Flamenco Festival
Sep 20 – 27
Enjoy a week of passionate and innovative music, as well as dance workshops and concerts featuring top flamenco artists from Canada and Spain.
• Various venues, www.calgaryflamencofestival.com

Calgary Oktoberfest
Sep 26 -27
You don’t need to travel to Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest. Celebrate Bavarian culture Calgary-style with beer, food, games and an authentic oompa band.
• Big Four Building, 1410 Olympic Way SE, 403-520-5433, calgaryoktoberfest.com

Alberta Culture Days
Sep 26 – 28
Ninety organizations across the province will celebrate Canadian arts and cultural life with free activities, performances, and workshops. As part of the festivities Fort Calgary, the city’s birthplace, will host family-friendly live stage performances, historical displays and movies as well as face painting and craft-making.
• Various venues, 403-290-1875, culture.alberta.ca/culturedays

Ziggy Marley is touring his latest album, Fly Rasta. (Photo: courtesy Ziggy Marley)

Ziggy Marley is touring his latest album, Fly Rasta. (Photo: courtesy Ziggy Marley)

Ziggy Marley
Sep 29
As a young child Ziggy Marley sat in on the recording sessions of his famous father, reggae master Bob Marley.  For the past 25 years, he has established his own musical name with 12 albums, six Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award.
• Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.epcorcentre.org

YYComedy Festival
Sept 29-Oct 4
This fall, YYComedy Festival will be hosting 22 events that are guaranteed to tickle your funnybone. The lineup includes a variety of standup and sketch comedy performances, including headliners Harland Williams and Brian Posehn and a live taping of CBC Radio One’s The Irrelevant Show.
• Various venues, 403-614-6818, yycomedy.ca

Country Music Stars Mosey Into Edmonton

Edmonton country fans are polishing their boots and spurs in preparation for next week’s big events: the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and Country Music Week are riding into town, and Edmonton fans have many reasons to hoot and holler in celebration.

This year marks the second year that Edmonton has hosted the events, which CCMA President Don Green attributes to the hugely successful event back in 2010. “There are many reasons why we love [hosting the event in] Edmonton,” says Don Green, “including: incredible government, business and community support, spectacular venues, a dedicated and solid volunteer base, and many local enthusiastic and passionate music lovers.”

Not only should Edmontonians celebrate for their fantastic hosting skills, but homegrown Brett Kissel — recent winner of the 2014 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year — leads the pack with 8 CCMA Award nominations, including Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year! “It’s an indescribable feeling to be leading the way,” says Kissel. “I remember watching my first CCMAs in Edmonton with my mom, Brenda, and telling her that, ‘One day I’ll be up on that stage!’”

Brett1Kissel’s happy to be visiting Edmonton, and admits that what he misses most about the city is attending an Edmonton Oilers game. “Whether I’m with friends, family, or business associates, it’s always a blast watching a game in Oil Country!” The city holds a special place in Kissel’s career, as it’s had a strong influence on his music and songwriting. “Growing up on a cattle ranch outside of Edmonton allows me to sing about country music freely and from a special point of view,” says the country star. “Having performed thousands of times in the Edmonton area, I’ve been able to develop my craft and morph into the entertainer I am today.”

Kissel’s also looking forward to being back in the same city as one of his top 5 favourite restaurants in all of Canada: Hardware Grill. “The servers Garry and Steve take excellent care of my wife and I when we come in, and I feel as though we’re family there. Not to mention it’s likely the best restaurant in the city for presentation and flavour.”

The CCMA Awards take place on Saturday, September 7, and Kissel will perform along with other greats such as Terri Clark, Jann Arden, Kira Isabella, and Dallas Smith. And Country Music Week starts Thursday, September 4 with artists taking the stage at various venues throughout the city including the Citadel Theatre, Shaw Conference Centre, and West Edmonton Mall. These events will feature performances from Tom Cochrane, MacKenzie Porter, Paul Brandt, and many more!

For full details on performers, event times, and purchasing tickets, visit the CCMA website here!

— By Matthew Stepanic