Calgary Weekender: November 25 through 27, 2011

This weekend features some amazing shows that are bound to have you feeling the rhythm.

Friday night we have you heading to the Calgary Folk Club, home of folk music and a favourite venue of artists from all over the world. You are in for a treat as The Tequila Mocking Bird Orchestra is going to be in town performing. This B.C. band is a perfect and amusing blend of Gypsy-roots-folk-grass music – they boast a violin, stand up bass, and accordion amongst other instruments. And although they have toured through Europe, North America and South America, delighting crowds with their unique tunes, they have a soft spot for Calgary. This might have something to do with band member Kurt Loewen, a native of Calgary. Make sure you wear your dancing shoes, because these guys will have you out of your seat the entire evening.

Try to save some energy for Saturday, because the day is packed with some great shows you won’t want to miss.

Saturday afternoon you are off to the Calgary Jubilee to take in a showing of STOMP, presented by Broadway Across Canada. A unique combination of percussion, movement, and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression; both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

But be sure to order your tickets quickly. With only seven shows it’s bound to sell out. 

After this, you are heading downtown to the Palomino for another evening of local talent. This famous location is one of the best venues in the city for live music and they also serve up some of the tastiest honkytonk BBQ in the city. Saturday night The Palomino is playing host to Cowpuncher. This Calgary band comes to plunder the Canadian musical landscape with a sound “that borders paranoid country with a stinking wool mitt of rock and roll.”

Head down a bit early before the show for dinner. Palomino smokes all their meat low & slow in Canada’s largest barbeque pit. You can find anything from St. Louis-style ribs and pulled pork to chicken and true Alberta beef brisket. We suggest trying their pulled pork poutine as you indulge in a pint.

Sunday morning you’ll need to recharge and refuel. Head to Cafe Rosso, a hidden gem and fixture in the community of Ramsey. After you have satisfied your appetite, it’s a quick jaunt up to the community of Inglewood. We know it is still only November, but what better time to start doing a little Christmas shopping? We all know that once December hits, your social calendar is going to be jammed with YP parties.  

Inglewood is the perfect antidote to mall exhaustion. Stroll the shopping district in Inglewood and check out the variety of shops and businesses, from funky clothing boutiques to those offering jewelry, accessories, specialty foods, cool furniture, and art pieces.

Make your way across the river for an adventure at the Calgary Zoo. The Zoo’s lights are now on display and delight the inner child in all of us. Wander through the zoo lights as you sip your hot chocolate and warm up by the fire and take it as the perfect opportunity to sport your favourite outdoor winter pieces.

Photo courtesy Calgary Jubilee Auditorium