Notable Now Calgary: July 19, 2013

EL-P and Killer Mike
On July 25, Atlanta’s Killer Mike hits Republik as part of his North American tour. Killer Mike got his first big break on ‘Snappin and Trappin’ on Outkast’s release of Stankonia and just released the hit single ‘Get it’. Joining him is EL-P (El Producto), a long time hip-hop fixture and beatmaker in Brooklyn’s music scene. The duo will be performing music form their Run the Jewels tour along with Despot and Kool Aid. Republik is located at: 219 17th Avenue SW; Doors open at 9. Tickets are $22.50. To buy tickets, click here.

Calgary Folk Fest
The 34th Annual Folk Fest gets underway in Prince’s Island park on July 25 and this year has a stellar line up. An ever-eclectic mix, this year’s festival includes greats like singer-songwriter Steve Earl, Thievery Corporation’s acid jazz, Indie darling Kurt Vile and the rock n’ roll of Alabama Shakes. There will be lots of great food, good people and interesting collaborations at the artist workshops, which will be happening throughout the week. Come early and don’t forget your tarp for the main stage area. For information on tickets and show times, click here.

Historic Week
Historic week in Calgary begins on July 26. Enjoy a number of historical walks, talks and field trips around town that are geared towards teaching Calgarians more about local and Canadian history. Enjoy a tour through Chinatown, or check out the event called the “Scoundrels, Scallywags and Scandals,” which exposes the darker side of Calgary’s history. Take the chance to explore the many historic sites about town and gain a new perspective on this great city. For a full brochure of events, click here.  

Mad Decent Block Party
The Mad Decent Block Party stops in Calgary on July 19th (Prairie Winds Park, 223 Castleridge Blvd. N.E.) before hitting other party venues in Toronto, Detroit and Las Vegas. The show will include some of the hottest DJs around today including: Major Lazer (a Coachella regular), Zed’s Dead, Flosstradamus, Paul Devro and local beat heroes Smalltown DJs. Parking is limited, so take transit; doors are at 1pm. Tickets are $50 or there’s a VIP option for $80, which gets you priority entry, entry into a private VIP area, fancy bathrooms and a poster.

Kensington Sun and Salsa Fest
The 20th anniversary of the neighbourhood street festival is going on July 21 from 11am to 5pm. Head on down to Kensington Village, sample salsas, be entertained and peruse the street vendors. There will be five stages and when you purchase a bag of chips, the funds help support two charities: the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association and Norfolk Housing. Over 100,000 people visit each year so the people watching will be as hot as the weather is forecast to be.

Local on 8th Ave
What to eat for lunch today? The LOCAL Daily Roast Sandwich Special rotates all the time. We hear it could be any of these four sandwiches, depending on the chef’s pick: roasted beef tri-tip sandwich, roasted BBQ chicken club, smoked meat or pulled pork with house-made BBQ sauce. The sandwiches are on bread made in-house and come with homemade potato chips and slaw for $13. They are available until they run out, which was 12:15pm the day we visited. If you miss the last sandwich order, fish tacos are always a good go-to lunch item and their version is top shelf. 740 8 Ave SW.

Top photo courtesy Local on 8th Ave.