Calgary Weekender: January 15 through 18, 2015

Anytime you can see men in tutus (drag ballet anyone?) you know it’s going to be a good weekend.

Not to mention the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the chance to get naked after lunch, and brides to be getting their own personal heaven at the Wedding Fair runway show.

That’s right, Calgary, your next mini-vacation starts right now… 


Take a trip back to the ‘90s this weekend with Bif Naked at the Deerfoot Casino.

Hear the incredible true story of Maurice Ruddick, known as the ‘singing miner’, he survived underground for nine days with the help of song.

Award-winning artist Tona Ohama has created music for the Calgary Tower Carillon and this week you can hear the composition. So grab a seat under the Stephen Avenue tree sculptures for ten minutes and relax.


Need some lunchtime entertainment? A team dressed in horse heads will be parading through Banker’s Hall from 11am-2pm on Friday as part of the High Performance Rodeo musical ride. If you’re stuck on an awkward business lunch then book your meal in the Plus 15s. This is a huge icebreaker.

Friday night, rocker John Elefante will be grooving at Jack Singer Hall and playing hits you can sing along to like Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’ and Heart’s ‘Barracuda’.

At the Inside The Wall of Sound event, over fifty of the city’s singers and musicians will be on stage to play renditions of the Beach Boys, The Beatles, and classics from the Boss. And you can never go wrong with Springsteen.

The name might be off putting, but Urinetown is a play you might want to see if you’re into stories about post-apocolyptic societies where you can’t pee in public.

If you’ve ever waited in the bathroom line at HiFi you’ll appreciate this play.  


Think ballet is kind of lame? Then you need to sign up for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Making fun of traditional ballet, this all male troupe assumes both gender roles – and the results are far from graceful. Essentially this is ballet drag and it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.

If you missed the Banff Mountain Film Festival you can catch the highlights at the University of Calgary. See the best of 2014 and hold onto your seat if you get vertigo.

The Showcase Festival is happening at Republik so if you’re into bands, this is the night where you get to watch the most talented of indie bands audition for their shot at the big time.

You can also take in the painterly magic and pure insanity of Vincent Van Gogh at the Pumphouse Theatre.


You’ve probably heard of ‘Naked Lunch’ but this is a whole new level. The Untitled Feminist Show has some of NY’s biggest cabaret stars bearing it all in the name of feminism. Grab some grub and take in the 2pm spectacle.

Getting hitched? You should definitely plan on attending the Wedding Fair to get the low down on dresses, venues, and how not ensure your mascara doesn’t run when you cry at the alter.

Last but not least, fans of old school hip-hop will go wild for Blackalicious on Sunday night. To get pumped we suggest watching Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) rap ‘Alphabet Aerobics‘ on Jimmy Fallon. #puregold


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