Notable Now Calgary: May 31, 2013

Vine Arts Wine and Music: The Sled Island Edition! – May 31st, 2013
Join Erik Mercier (@grapesandvinyl) for a wine and music tasting on May 31st. Sled Island Music Festival is coming up in June and Vine Arts is playing homage to the homegrown fest. Your spot will cost $60, and includes six wines paired to six songs from this year’s lineup. Erik has matched the character, tone, dynamics, instrumentation and tempo with the wine. Call 403 – 290 – 0700. Vine Arts Wine and Spirits, 1310 – 1st Street SW Calgary

Ian Tyson
Ian Tyson is playing at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre in Okotoks June 1 and 2 starting at 8pm. The country music crooner, member of the Order of Canada and winner of Canada’s #1 song of the 20th Century by CBC listeners in 2006, is set to entertain with his songs inspired by the Canadian West. The Centre is a restored and converted church that has a 150-person capacity, which is sure to be an up-close and personal acoustic evening. For tickets, call 403.938.3204; 3 Elma St, Okotoks.

FunnyFest Calgary Comedy Festival
The 13th annual Comedy Fest is on now until June 9. With 70 stand-up comics, performers and 11 nights, you’re sure to get an ab workout from the laughs. Each show features between 4 and 8 performers and runs 90 to 120 minutes; the shows take place in a variety of venues across town. From Festival Favourites at S-Sports Bar & Grill on May 31 to the Best of the Fest at Union Station on Sunday, there’s sure to be something to tickle your fancy. Check out the events schedule at

A Creative Affair
A Creative Affair at the Hotel Arts on May 31 celebrates art and creativity while raising funds for the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. The event showcases the work of local artists plus a selection of works created by some of Canada’s best-known celebrities, from Dr. David Suzuki to Rick Mercer. The evening also includes tapas and live entertainment and will kick off at 7pm. For more information and tickets, which are $95, call (403) 228-1488 or click here. Hotel Arts – 119 12 Ave SW

Underwear Affair
On June 1, the Underwear Affair, a fundraiser for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, aims to uncover the cure for below-the-waist cancers like prostate, colon and ovarian. There’s a 5k run, a 10k run and, new for this year, the Booty Hunt, a scavenger quest through Calgary. From start to finish, this will be a fun event: music, crazy games, and food booths will great runners as they register at Max Bell Centre and check out their fellow participants’ wild getup. Post-finish line, participants can celebrate at the EXPOsed Afterparty for a night of indulgence and fun. 

Sled Island Pre-Festival Party at Luke’s Drug Mart
Sled Island has partnered with Luke’s Drug Mart to present a pre-festival party for Sled Island. On June 2, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ladyhawk and other special guests will be performing a free show in the pharmacy’s parking lot in Bridgeland. The event will run between noon and 5pm and all ages are welcome. Luke’s Drug Mart is located at 112 4 Street North East, Calgary. Tickets for Sled Island will be on sale at Luke’s Drug Mart. 

Photo courtesy Sled Island