Notable Now Calgary: November 1, 2013

Sleeping Beauty
The Alberta Ballet presents the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, which runs from October 31st until November 3rd at the Jubilee Auditorium. Swedish choreographer Mats Ek is regarded as one of the best in his profession and this is Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal’s first visit to Calgary. The story has been updated to follow a young Aurora in modern times who tries to rebel against her parents but things don’t go as planned. Be warned: this ballet is not for kids. For tickets and show times you can call: 403-245-4549

We Pay Tribute to ABBA
The ABBA Show comes to town on November 5th so get ready to be entertained with music from the group that brought you eight albums, 42 singles and a long-lasting legacy. The ABBA show takes you on a journey that celebrates the magic, the music and the talent. This show has now toured in 23 countries and critics have given this performance rave reviews. Show begins at 8pm at the Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets on Ticketmaster.

GIRAF, which stands for Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival, starts on November 6th. The GIRAF Festival celebrates independent and experimental animation created by Canadian and international animators. There will be a series of workshops, artist talks and screenings over five days. This is your chance to see one-of-a-kind animation. The festival is brought to you by Quickdraw Animation Society, a local non-profit artist-run centre. Admission to the screenings is $10. There will be a limited amount of festival passes available for $50. 

Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain are in the middle of their Western Canadian tour and the boys will be at Broken City on November the 6th. Bear Mountain made a brief stop in Calgary during Sled Island, and they gave an incredible live performance that showcased their fresh electronic sound during their last stay. The group will be playing songs from their album ‘XO’ and will be joined by special guests Belle Game. Doors are at 9pm. Broken City is located at 613 11 Ave SW. For tickets you can call (403) 262-9976 or visit the website

Martha Wainwright
Martha Wainwright is a Canadian folk singer that came from a family of talented musicians. She can sing just about anything, from Edith Piaf to her own version of pop. Her most recent album, titled ‘Come Home to Mama’, is multi-instrumental and shows off yet another side of her talent, which she will be showing off at Festival Hall on November 8th. Doors are at 7pm and show begins at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Lunchbox Theatre
That Men May Fly is the story of a two bomber pilots from Canada and Britain and their female flight mechanic. The story follows the two pilots as they are anxiously waiting to enter World War II. The play features a wonderful selection of music from the 1940s and touches on the themes of camaraderie and courage. That Men May Fly is directed by Glenda Stirling, with musical direction by Tom Doyle. Play runs until November 16th. Lunchbox Theatre is located at the bottom of the Calgary Tower (160, 115 9 Ave SE).

Photo by Kevin Saff