Calgary Weekender: August 30 to September 2, 2013


The Calgary Homeless Unintelligible Mumbling Poets Society is an eclectic group of poets, many of whom are homeless or semi-homeless. The group has grown from a creative writing course taught at a local homeless shelter and the group now meets on a weekly basis to share ideas, collaborate, and to show support to each other when it comes to talking about the issues associated with living on the streets of Calgary. CHUMPS will be giving a reading at Shelf Life Books this Friday at 7pm  (located at 1320 4th Street SW). For information call: 403-265-1033. Boxwood is right across the street from Shelf Life and is a terrific place to grab a bite after the reading.


The Wanted Man
On August 31, the Deerfoot Inn and Casino will be hosting M. Soul as the “Wanted Man” in a Tribute to Johnny Cash. Come out and enjoy some of the classic country and Western tunes from the infamous Man in Black. If you have time, consider showing up a bit early to enjoy dinner at the casino’s Mohave Grill or Sushi Bar. There are several watering holes in the casino as well including the Island Bar and Cactus Lounge. Tickets are $19.00 or $29.00 for the first 10 rows. Show begins at 9pm.  


Pride Parade Day
It’s Gay Pride Week here in Calgary and Sunday is parade day. This will be Calgary’s biggest and most colourful Pride parade to date. The attendance last year was roughly 35,000 people and the crowd is expected to be even bigger this year. The festivities begin at noon on the corner of Center Street and 8th Avenue (Stephen Avenue). The parade will head West ,making it’s way to the Shaw Millennium Park where a Street Festival will be held. For more information on other Pride events happening over the weekend, visit:

Canmore Highland Games
The annual Highland Games will be held this Sunday in Canmore. Gates open at 7am and the events kick off at 7:30am with a pancake breakfast. There will be piping, drumming, heavy sport and dance contests held all day along with sheepdog demonstrations. The event will be held rain or shine, and remember to bring a lawn chair. There will be lots of food vendors on site, a beer tent and Celtic wares to buy. Need a new kilt or set of bagpipes? For information on tickets and location of the event, click here

BBQ on the Bow
It’s the 21st Annual BBQ on the Bow on September 1st. The event will be held in the Eau Claire festival market space between the mall and Prince’s Island Park. All contestants will be doing their best to cook up the tastiest chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket. The award-winning chefs are going for over $8000 dollars in cash prizes and competing for the title of “Alberta Grand Champion.” There will be live entertainment throughout the day including Bill Dowey and the Blues Devils. Eau Claire has some great little shops to check out when you’ve had your fill of chicken and ribs.


Ride for Relief
Southern Alberta has been through a great ordeal this summer with all the floods and resulting damages to property. On Monday, the Calgary Jewish Community Centre is putting on the event ‘Ride for Relief with Tyler Hamilton’. Tyler Hamilton is a professional cyclist and former teammate of Lance Armstong. All proceeds will be going to KidSport, which will ensure that kids from flood-affected families still have access to organized sports. The ride is 55-km long and starts at the Red Deer Lake School off of highway 22X. The ride begins at 9am. To register or donate, click here.

Top photo courtesy Boxwood