Notable Now Calgary: May 17, 2013

Fleetwood Mac
One of the most successful and enduring rock bands is making its way to the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday May 17. Continuing with their Spring Tour, the band has been playing songs from their latest album, old favourites, a song they lost only to find on YouTube, and songs from their experimental 1979 album Tusk. Hope to hear stories behind the songs as well as a glean tidbits into the inner workings of the band. These legends are true performers, know how to put on a show, and will not disappoint. The show starts at 8pm.

Victoria Day Tweed Ride
On May 20, join in the fun for Calgary’s 2nd annual Tweed Ride. All levels of cyclists are encouraged to dress in tweed and explore the 15km city route in a leisurely fashion. The ride raises money for Bicycles for Humanity with the funds going to send used bikes to developing countries. Registration for the ride starts at 2pm and the ride kicks off at 3pm from the Sunalta Community Centre (1627 10 Avenue SW). We hear there will be Naked Leaf tea and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and Pascal’s Patisserie pastries, a half-way lemonade stop (with cookies) and an after-party at the Oak Tree Tavern (124 10 Street NW). Pre-registration is encouraged; click here for more info.

ACAD 2013 Grad Show
Following this week’s opening night, the Alberta College of Art & Design’s 2013 Grad Show runs to May 25 at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery. Exhibition Hours are 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. The Show is an exciting chance to view their 2013 graduating students’ work, featuring: Ceramics, Fibre, Glass, Jewellery + Metals, Drawing, Media Arts + Digital Technologies, Painting, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, and Visual Communication Design. With pieces by nearly 200 graduating students, you’re sure to be inspired, if not surprised and awed. 1407 14 Ave NW

85th Annual Slush Cup
Ski season is coming to a close and Sunshine Village in Banff is hosting an unbelievable milestone of an end of season party this weekend. Playing in the snow runoff started in 1928 and continues to the present with live performances, fun competitions and the Molson Beer Gardens. Dozens of competitors will entertain thousands of spectators gathered on Monday, May 20. Dress up in costume and join in the slope-side entertainment. Sunshine will also be hosting the 4th Annual Cancer Research fundraiser Bikinis & Boardshorts on Sunday, May 19. Visit for more details.

Banff Jazz
The Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music starts May 22 and runs until June 8. There will be main stage shows, master classes and intimate late-night gigs at the Maclab Bistro at various venues around The Banff Centre. Three weeks of performances are set to feature visiting musicians including workshop director and pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and Grammy-winning vocalist Esperanza Spalding, as well as leading young players from around the world. Click here for more info or call 800.413.8368.

Royal Tea Baby Shower
In anticipation of the impending arrival of Baby Cambridge, the Fairmont Palliser is hosting a Royal Tea Baby Shower on Sunday May 19, at 1pm. Afternoon tea, a glass of Moet bubbly, a performance by the School of Alberta Ballet plus baby shower games. A baby gift registry has been created at Hudson’s Bay, and guests are encouraged to purchase an item for donation to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. The afternoon’s entertainment is set to include a performance of Mozart by international violinist Sophie Serafino and a display of photographs of Royal visits. Purchase your tickets online and in advance here.