Calgary Weekender: December 4 through 7, 2014

Would we ever lie to you?

Come on, you know the answer to that; only if it brought us tremendous gain and we were totally sure you’d never find out. And that’s what friends are for right?

Well we told you it would happen and it did; you wiped off November and now you’ve got December all over you. And doesn’t it feel glorious?

The only thing standing between you, a mountain of gifts, and a bunch of days off is a few measly weeks filled with office parties and awkward mistletoe moments. But there’s a lot going on in this fine city. Between those aforemtnioned parties, gift shopping, and quarter-end work-rushes, calendars are filling up faster than a reindeer’s litterbox. Lucky for you, we’re here to help separate the cash from the coal.

Your weekend starts now, Calgary…

For some slightly edgy musical entertainment make it Naughty but Nice, happening in the Calgary Tower’s Lunchbox Theater. Here, you’ll find out who made it onto Santa’s good (and bad) list this year.  

People looking for a classy evening will enjoy Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Die-hard Smiths fans will be happy to know that Johnny Mar is coming through town on Thursday night and playing a set at the Republik. Get ready for some real 80s revival. How soon is now?

But any good concert deserves always desrves a stiff glass of whiskey before the show gets started. Luckily, you’ll find the perfect pre-show drink at Taste’s bar top.

Looking to get a jump on your Christmas shopping? Give the gift of art this year and peruse the collection of crafty goods that will be on sale during the first annual Truck Gallery Gift Shop.

Sometimes its good to get down – and what better space to spend Friday night than Broken City, where Mountaineer will be keeping the crowd moving.

Feeling country? We’re still months away from Stampede but Mikaila Cooper will give you a reason to brandish those boots at Cowboy’s.

If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this weekend you should catch a special screening of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas at the Plaza Theatre.

Winebar is just a few steps from the Theatre and will serve as the perfect spot to grab a snack after the movie.

With more art markets popping up this weekend you can catch the Merry Maker’s Market at Endeavour Art Space.

Stop by East Village’s headquarters to partake in the 12 Days of Giveaways that include presents from some of the city’s best spots like Charcut and Phil & Sebastian.  

Later on in the evening you can catch Mother Mother.

After taking advantage of a glorious sleep-in, grab something hot from Analog (the coolest coffee shop on all of 17th) and walk to the Historic Lougheed House to check out the Christmas tree display.

If you’re still into shopping, the Christmas edition of Market Collective sets up this weekend at the Chinese Cultural Centre and is always one of the best places to hit for those specialty gifts. You can always count on the photo booth making the visit worthwhile. 

Forget what’s outside and have a regular little Mexican fiesta at Anejo where everything is half price during their legendary happy hour (3 to 5 pm). The coconut chili margarita will definitely get you ready for whatever you had planned on Sunday evening. 


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