Calgary Weekender: December 20 through 22, 2013

The Weekend before Christmas is one of adventure and art, from geocaching on the snowshoe trails around Lake Louise to your last chance to see the artRISE exhibit at the Art Gallery of Calgary. Here’s what’s on our social radar…


Geocaching, anyone?
Have you ever tried geocaching before? It’s like being on an exciting treasure hunt in the great outdoors. As part of the Winterstart festival, people will have the opportunity to try Geocaching this Friday out in the mountains. All you have to do is enter the following coordinates into your GPS or the GPS app on your smart phone to start your own adventure on the snowshoe trails around Lake Louise: (N51.24.873 W116.13.051, N51.25.181 W116.13.260, N51.25.158 W116.13.038). You can visit the Winterstart website for more information.

Mad Max
Cinema Fantastique presents a special cinematic event on December 20th. If you need a break from Christmas activities, then head to the Plaza Theatre in Kensington to catch Mad Max 2: Road Warrior. This film is a cult classic that takes place in a future post-apocalyptic landscape of Australia. This screening is being held to help out the Interfaith Food Bank; if you bring two non-perishable items to the show, you will be entered to win four tickets to the next film at the Plaza.

Friday is your last chance to see the artRISE 2013 exhibit at the Art Gallery of Calgary. Up until December 20th you can purchase a raffle ticket for the art on display. The raffle will decide who gets to select a new piece of artwork to take home. There are still 28 works of art on display and you can view the catalogue of work here. The tickets are $500, which is a great price for signature art.


Market Collective Workshops
Market Collective is hosting a series of workshops and Amy Victoria Wakefield is leading a few over the weekend. This is your chance to learn how make image transfers onto wood. The DIY workshops happen Friday from 5 to 5:45 p.m. with an hour break, starting again at 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday it is 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. During your breaks, feel free to shop the booths at the market. Tickets are $40 per workshop.


Calgary Jazz Orchestra
The Calgary Jazz Orchestra is a one-of-a-kind fun-loving collective that tries to play a little something for everyone. Their performances are always upbeat and inclusive to all ages. This weekend, the CJO is celebrating the sound of Big Bands with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones and a three-piece rhythm section that will wow audiences. Tickets are $15 to $30. The show begins at 7pm. Be sure to call in advance to get your ticket.

The three fabulous voices that make up Tenore are performing a medley classic and pop tunes for the holiday season. Tenore will be accompanied by an orchestra as they bring you their holiday debut, “Christmas With You.” Tenore has won numerous accolades since they hit the stage and have performed with the likes of ‘Il Divo’. Tickets can be purchased for $30 on eventbrite. The show will run from 7pm to 9pm at the First Baptiste Church. 

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