From music acts to horse jumping and baseball, here are June’s hot dates
Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Relive memorable experiences like The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and the psychedelic sounds of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Featuring a full range of Beatles music and historical footage, this touring concert has been referred to as “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles.” Stampede Corral, for tickets call Ticketmaster, 403-777-0000.
Calgary’s professional baseball team hosts the Orange County Flyers.
The New Pornographers
The indie rockers from Vancouver present their newest album, Together.
June 9 – 13
Head to Spruce Meadows to watch some of the best riders from around the world compete for prize money and prestigious titles in The National tournament. During the competition, the International Plaza gets turned into a country fair complete with vendors, activities and entertainment. For tickets visit www.sprucemeadows.com.
Bar U Ranch
Enjoy beef stew and biscuits at the annual Chuckwagon Cook-Off.
Mojo is the first album in eight years for classic rocker Tom Petty, and he’s celebrating with a tour. Petty and his band, The Heartbreakers, first formed in 1976 and together have 36 Top 10 singles and three Grammy Awards. The tour will include hits such as “American Girl,” “Free Fall’in” as well as the “bluesy” tracks of Mojo. Pengrowth Saddledome, for tickets call Ticketmaster, 403-777-0000.
Calgary Jazz Festival
June 21 – 27
Jazz musicians from around the world come to the downtown core.
Star Wars In Concert
Fans of the Star Wars films will delight in this multimedia music spectacle. A full symphony orchestra and choir perform songs from all six of John Williams’ scores, while specially edited footage is displayed on a three-story-tall high definition LED screen. Actor Anthony Daniels, who played the character C-3PO will narrate live. Also accompanying the show is an exclusive exhibit showcasing Star Wars’ costumes, props, artifacts and behind-the-scenes video from Lucasfilm Archives. At the Pengrowth Saddledome, for tickets call Ticketmaster, 403-777-0000.
In 1997, Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan unveiled Lilith Fair, a festival of female musicians. The concept struck a chord, and in the two years that followed more than 1.5 million fans attended, earning more than $10 million for charity. Summer 2010 marks Lilith’s return, which boasts an impressive roster of both established and up-and-coming women. Headliners for the Calgary show include Sarah McLachlan, Erykah Badu and Sheryl Crow, in addition to performers such as Colbie Caillat and Frazey Ford. McMahon Stadium, for tickets call Ticketmaster, 403-777-0000.