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5 Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

5. Speakeasy With Style
Just off Stephen Avenue Walk, Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar is downtown’s newest live-music hotspot. With loads of speakeasy cachet, its upstairs restaurant and lounge is the street-side cover for a basement that features not only cool jazz and warm blues, but bistro fare and an extensive and carefully curated wine menu.
• Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar 811 1 St SW, 403-263-1650, wine-ohs.com
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Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 27 to 29

Friday, April 27
The biannual Ottawa International Writers Festival takes place this weekend and will feature world-renowned writers speaking about their experiences in the field of history, science, fiction, poetry, and more. Some of the big-name draws include Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam and CBC correspondent Nahlah Ayed.

In an event that will showcase young Canadian performers, Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare tells the story of seduction and politics. The semi-staged production, put on by Thirteen Strings, is the highlight of the orchestra’s season.

Ana Miura plays at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Saturday, April 28
Folk music takes centre stage at the first-ever Ottawa Grassroots Festival. The event features local talent and includes Ottawa artists such as The Bytown Ukulele Group and Ana Miura.

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5 Steps to a Very Newfoundland Christmas

The annual Mummers Festival Parade (Photo by Christopher Deacon)

By Candice Walsh

Everyone has their own Christmas or holiday traditions, but in Newfoundland, sometimes we do things a little, well, different. Here’s how to celebrate the holidays like a Newfoundlander. (more…)

Opening Night: Calgary Folk Fest Nails It

The Calgary Folk Music Festival opened yesterday to a packed crowd of 12,000 for an evening-only performance at Prince’s Island Park.

City and Colour at Calgary Folk Music Festival

Dallas Green of City and Colour delivered a solid performance to a crowd of 12,000 at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo by Ryan Krochko

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band kicked off the festival with their high-octane delta blues performance. “Where we’re from, we tell it like it is,” Indiana native and lead vocalist, Rev Peyton shouted out over the crowd. He even brought the normally relaxed tarpies to their feet during the band’s performance of “Clap Your Hands”—an upbeat stomping bluegrass number.

Canadian rapper and producer, Socalled followed. Even with a break in the middle of the set to show the crowd a magic trick, the performance was as entertaining as it was musically intriguing, blending his signature style of hip hop “nerdcore” and Klezmer sounds. (more…)

Calgary Folk Music Festival: Thursday, July 21, Day 1

Gates open at 4:30 pm, close at 10 pm.

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s mainstage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival:

5:30 pm Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (USA) (more…)

Hot Date: Folk Fest

Blue Rodeo

July 21 – 24

Every July, Calgarians flood Prince’s Island Park for four days of live music at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Although its name suggests only folksy, acoustic performances, expect a tapestry of genres including country, blues, soul, indie, bluegrass, hip-hop and alternative. In all, there are 68 artists from 14 countries playing on seven stages throughout the day, including evening headliners K.D. Lang and Blue Rodeo. For tickets, call 403-233-0904, or purchase at the gate.