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Hot Dates

Hot Date: Tea and Chocolate Outing

Tea and Chocolate Pairings take place throughout the fall.

Thursday, Sept. 29. If wine and food pairings aren’t your cup of tea, then how about a tea and chocolate pairing? Spend an evening learning about the drink that is both traditional and trendy with Kimiko Uriu, one of the top 50 accredited tea specialists in the world. (She’s also the founder of the business Kimicha Tea, which is the force behind the city’s first annual Ottawa Tea Festival, taking place on Nov. 5 and 6). For this event, Uriu joins forces with Colette West from Maison Chaloin, a chocolaterie in Gatineau that’s popular with local foodies. The event offers three teas alongside complementary treats, which include the mouthwatering flavours fleur de sel, white chocolate, and milk chocolate. Can’t make it out this Thursday night? No problem! The tea and chocolate pairing event will be offered throughout the fall, see schedule for details.

Hot Date: Getting down with the Moody Blues

The Moody Blues. Photo credit: Mark Owens.

Sept. 22. Be prepared for a wave of nostalgia to hit when this English rock band takes the stage at Scotiabank Place. The Moody Blues have been musical mainstays for over thirty years, ever since their classically-infused album Days of Future Passed was released in 1967. With over 70 million albums sold and hit singles such as “Nights in White Satin,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” and “Your Wildest Dreams,” they created a standard for classic rock music that garnered them numerous awards, platinum records, and a place in rock history, as well as the highest of accolades, a guest appearance on The Simpsons. Head to The Bank to see these guys rock out as they take on their first-cross Canada tour.

Hot Date: Blink-182


August 28

Their potty-humoured, infectiously campy pop-punk ballads connected with millions of teens in the late ‘90s, who were bored of the boy band-dominated airwaves (their Backstreet Boys-spoofing “All The Small Things” music video was an MTV instant classic). After five years of break-ups, solo projects and even a plane crash, Blink-182’s Mark, Tom and Travis have reunited to record a new album. Hear it, along with their hits, at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.

Hot Date: Globalfest

Photo: Eric Chu (Flickr CC)

August 19 – 27

Globalfest celebrates the city’s multiculturalism for five days every August, ending with a bang each night—literally. The international fireworks festival is the main draw here, with different countries asserting their explosive dominance, from the Philippines to crowd-favourite Italy. Choreographed fireworks routines are set to music, magically reflecting off the pond in Elliston Park. There’s also a night market to taste the city’s cultural diversity as well as other special events, including a human rights forum and youth forum. For tickets go to globalfest.ca.

Hot Date: International Fireworks Show

Catch the dazzling array of fireworks, on view at the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light. Photo credit: Mike Alexander.

Aug. 6, 10, 13, 17, and 20. If you love fireworks, then there’s no better place to be than at the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light, an annual competition that pits country against country in a battle between the best pyrotechnics in the world. For five nights, dazzling theatrical displays light up the sky, accompanied by music. At the grand finale on Aug. 20, see who scores top marks and the coveted Zeus Trophy.

Hot Date: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes

July 29 – 31

Dance, sing, and clap along with your little one as they learn about the importance of healthy eating habits, exercise, and hygiene from their favourite Sesame Street characters including Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo and more. Elmo’s Healthy Heroes, a Broadway-like production, weaves in these lessons while following a quest to restore Super Grover’s powers. Jubilee Auditorium, call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.

Calgary Folk Music Festival: Saturday, July 23, Day 3

Gates open at 9:30 pm, close at 11:30 pm.

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

5:30 pm Ennest Rangling

“Solid Jamaican grooves and complex beats on his recent albums reinvent classic tunes and contemporary jazz.” (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.

Hot Date: Wicked

To July 17

Get a new take on the merry old Land of Oz with Broadway Across Canada’s Wicked, winner of 35 awards, including three Tonys and a Grammy. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, this magic-filled musical tells the story of two unlikely friends—one smart and inquisitive with green skin, the other beautiful and materialistic, and how they became the famous Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.

Calgary’s Largest Stampede Breakfast

July 9

Stocked with 4,000 lbs of buttermilk pancake mix, 1000 lbs of Spolumbo’s breakfast sausage and 6000 litres of Van Houtte coffee, Chinook Centre is gearing up for its 51st Annual Stampede Breakfast. What’s anticipated to be the largest Stampede Breakfast in the city, crowds in excess of 60,000 are expected today. Get there early to catch live entertainment from Michelle Wright, Chad Klinger and Hey Romeo.