Calgary Weekender: February 17 through 19, 2012

With so much to do this weekend, you are going to be running all over the city and out to the mountains.

Friday, head to Cantos Music Foundation at 7:30pm to catch Songs of the Prairie Poets. See some of Alberta’s finest performers as they play from the great Canadian songbook, drawing on this country’s treasure trove of Prairie Poets. From Ian Tyson to Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, the prairie provinces have given us some of the world’s most gifted songwriters.

Taking the evening’s theme to a whole other level will be Voyageur, the Six String Nation Guitar. Each of the guest artists will perform songs on the guitar, an instrument inspired by the nation itself and constructed with more than 60 historic artifacts collected from across the country including seat 69 from Massey Hall, Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick, Trudeau’s canoe paddle and many more.

Jowi Taylor, the visionary behind the guitar, will emcee the show and kick things off with a short presentation about this amazing instrument and some of the many stories behind it.

Since your are in the area, why not head to Taste for some light nibbles and a glass of wine as you discuss the music?

Saturday evening brings you Classical Vienna: Mozart & Beethoven at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

One classic combination, Beethoven and Mozart, will be performed by another, Bernard Labadie and Benedetto Lupo, two of the world’s most renowned interpreters of their works. From Beethoven’s spirited third Piano Concerto to Mozart’s magnificent 40th Symphony, this delightful concert embodies the exuberance and refined drama of the Classical era.

For those who can’t make it Saturday evening, there is also a show on Friday.

This weekend we also suggest experiencing Exposure: Calgary, Banff, Canmore Photography Festival. Happening until the end of the month, it is a registered non-profit established in 2004 by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies to encourage the broader Calgary-Banff- Canmore community to consciously examine, question, and appreciate the medium of photography.

Each February, Exposure provides a festival focus to exhibit a diversity of photographic imagery by involving as many entities within the community as possible. Anyone willing to create a meaningful photography-based program, exhibit, or event is welcome. To date, Exposure has united educators, independent artists, and public and private galleries, aided by the generous support of businesses, media partners, and the city of Calgary.

Nearly 50 venues in Calgary, Canmore and Banff are participating in this Festival, including everything from galleries to public spaces.

If you decide to head to the mountains to check out some of the different exhibits, we think you should definitely enjoy a meal at The Crazyweed in Canmore. We suggest digging into the Bacon-y Goodness Mac and Cheese, some true comfort food.