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Hot Entertainment

Mingle with Locals at the Canmore Mountain Market

On Thursday, June 11, the sun was shining during the first Canmore Mountain Market of the season. Vendors from Canmore and the surrounding area came to peddle their wares, drawing crowds of locals and tourists alike.

The Raven and The Fox provided entertainment, filling the market with singer Julie Chang’s melodious voice and acoustic guitarist Sean Isaac’s accompaniment. The duo played a few of their original songs and covered bands including Guns N’ Roses and Damien Rice.

Spring brings an abundance of new seasonal fruits and vegetables, which were out in force. Fresh and colourful produce filled every corner of the market. Favourites like crunchy sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and black kale sat beside baskets of beautiful strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. Interesting additions include garlic scapes and heirloom eggplants.

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi

Red, orange, yellow and green peppers provided a rainbow of healthy snacks. Photo by Ashley Materi


5 Beatles’ Tribute Shows

Not able to get tickets to the sold-out Paul McCartney shows? Never fear! Experience the music and iconic story of The Beatles at one of these exciting tribute performances:

See RAIN: The Beatles’ Experience this weekend in Edmonton
Photo by Joan Marcus

1. Four Lads Who Shook the World: The Beatles Story Part 2
Where: The Mayfield Dinner Theatre (16615-109 Ave.)
When: Tue – Sun, now through November 4; performance times vary
Admission: $70 – $105; purchase in advance by calling 780-483-4051 or online.
What: Enjoy a spectacular buffet followed by an entertaining and moving performance that chronicles the tale of The Beatles’ success and turmoil during their 1967 – 1970 era.


Hot Entertainment: Bob Dylan at the Saddledome

Dylan performs in Calgary tomorrow. Photo: Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment Canada.

Music legend and icon Bob Dylan performs at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday, October 10th with special guest Mark Knopfler. The Freewheelin’ Dylan performs songs from his 2012 album, Tempest, as well as some of his classics. The show begins at 7:30 pm, for ticket information contact Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.


Hot Entertainment: Hot Nuts & Popcorn 2.0 at Loose Moose

Last week, Calgary comics were joined by some of the nation’s top comedians in performing at the first YYComedy Festival. The week-long affair proved a success and will now be an annual event.

Hot Nuts & Poporn 2.0 returns Oct. 6. Photo: Photobat.

The festival coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Loose Moose Theatre Company. The improv comedy company is known across Canada for its innovative theatre sports and well-known alumni (including Kids in the Hall actors Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney).

A festival highlight was the reunion show of the company’s popular late night live talk show, Hot Nuts & Popcorn. For those who missed the show, it will be held again on Saturday, October 6 at 11 pm. Hot Nuts & Popcorn 2.0 reunites hosts Derek Flores, Comedy Central’s Eric Amber and Terry Cahill of the cult movie FUBAR. The show ran weekly from 1999 to 2002 and featured hilarious improvised interviews with local celebrities. Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased on the Loose Moose website. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: YYComedy Festival

Kids in the Hall stars Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney perform Saturday night at the YYComedy Festival Gala. Photo: Courtesy YYComedy.

Comedy in Calgary is more popular than ever, making it a terrific time for the city’s first YYComedy Festival. In the week-long festival, local talent and Canada’s top comedians come together for a hilarious collection of stand-up, improv, theatre sports and live recordings of award-winning comedy podcasts and radio programs. The festival also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Comedy Cave, 35th anniversary of Loose Moose Theatre Company and the 25th anniversary of Yuk Yuk’s in Calgary.

Several events take place nightly, here are Where’s recommendations for what to see:

Monday, September 24 Head down to the Loose Moose Theatre where alumni Rebecca Northan (of the one-woman play Blind Date) and Albert Howell (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) improvise a play with dialogue provided by the audience. Show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $20.

Tuesday, September 25 Check out great local talent at the live recording of CJSW 90.9FM’s “Am I Right??” comedy program at Lolita’s Lounge. Local comedians perform, show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $10. (more…)

Hot Date: Taste of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

On Friday, September 7 the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents a glimpse of its 2012 – 2013 season with Taste of the CPO. The concert will include a variety of performances, from Beethoven and Handel to the Hockey Night In Canada theme and the “Imperial March” from Star Wars. Guests will have the opportunity to meet CPO musicians before the show as well as to find special ticket offers. The show begins at 8 pm at the Jack Singer Concert Hall (205 – Eight Avenue SE).

Music Director Maestro Roberto Minczuk. Photo: Courtesy CPO.

The CPO’s season will be diverse. Featured performances will include its Scandanavian Masters concert and November’s War and Peace Festival. Several tribute performances will feature the music of Paul Simon and Nat King Cole as well as classic rock legends and the sounds of Motown. Music from The Fellowship of The Ring is sure to be hit for the family, as will the Symphony Sunday’s For Kids program.

Tickets for Taste of the CPO are available on the CPO’s website– Adele Brunnhofer

Top 10 Best Local Comedy Nights

Kaboom…Hooray! at Yuk Yuk’s. Photo: Andy Nichols.

10. Festivals  Two September comedy festivals—the Calgary International Improv Festival and the new YYComedy Festival—spotlight local talent. The Calgary International Improv Festival features improv and stand-up performances at various venues. The YYComedy Festival kicked off its inaugural year in 2012 with performances by both emerging and established comedians, including Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney.

9. Improv Guild   A performance theatre and training centre for improvised acting which features local shows and acts every Friday at 8 p.m. Drop-in improv classes for all experience levels take place every Sunday at noon, September through June. Tickets available at the door. Call 403-703-4705 for more information.

8. Juliet’s Castle  This northeast sports bar hosts the popular Going to Hell Sundays experimental open comedy show. Featuring professional touring performers and local emerging talent, the show’s main focus is crude and uncensored humour. Show at 8 p.m. No cover charge. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Twin Shadow at The Gateway

Twin Shadow

Brooklyn-based musician Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.) brings his magnetic combination of synth, R&B and ‘80s pop to Calgary on Friday, August 10.

A regular star on the music festival circuit of the past two years, Twin Shadow released his first album, the critically praised Forget in 2010. This year he released the equally successful Confess, an album featuring the instant classic “Five Seconds.” Where Calgary recommends this show for fans of groups such as Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and The Smiths.

Twin Shadow with guests at The Gateway 1301 16 Ave SW on the SAIT campus, Friday, August 10. Doors are at 8 pm, tickets are $22.75 and can be purchased at Prime Box Office.

Editor’s Picks: Must-See Performances at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Second only to The Calgary Stampede in its size and cultural importance as a summer festival, the 2012 Calgary Folk Music Festival invades Prince’s Island Park July 26 through 29.

The crowd at the CFMF. Photo: Dave Kenney.

Though festival attendance is rite of summer treasured by dedicated, perennial fans, the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s talent roster is a serious draw as well. Rock ‘n’ roll crooner Chris Isaak is the consummate showman; piano troubadour and film-score composer Randy Newman exists in his very own American folk music genre; and Saturday-night headliner Gillian Welch (in duet with guitarist Dave Rawlings) turn country music into something sweet and soulful. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Photo: Name Dropping Productions

Funnyman and musician Steve Martin comes to town on Saturday night for a performance at the Jubilee Auditorium. Martin is a long-time banjo-picker and will be joined by the Grammy Award-winning North Carolina quintet, the Steep Canyon Rangers for a rollicking performance of bluegrass tunes interspersed with comedy. Expect to hear tunes from the group’s 2011 album, Rare Bird Alert. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.

Hot Entertainment: Weekend Round-Up

Tonight until 11pm at the Bandstand Stage along Stephen Avenue Walk (between 1 St SE and 1 St SW), CJSW 90.9 FM will be presenting the New West Fest. Local bands will perform while CJSW DJs spin tunes and broadcast live on location.

Also this evening, at 8 pm at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington, the Calgary Folk Music Festival presents a screening of the film Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus with the film’s narrator, gonzo folk musician Jim White, in attendance for a Q&A and acoustic performance. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: MacHomer

Rick Miller of MacHomer

“Is this a dagger I see before me? Or a pizza?” Fans of The Simpsons shouldn’t miss Rick Miller’s one-man show that blends the long-running animated series with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, creating something entirely new—and unforgettable. At the Vancouver Playhouse (May 14 and 15).—Sheri Radford