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Weekend Round-up August 17 to 19

This weekend calls for beautiful weather so get outdoors and take in some fantastic summertime traditions!

Friday 17 – Saturday 18  The Calgary International ReggaeFest runs Friday and Saturday at Shaw Millenium Park. Visitors can expect hot performances by Bryan Art, Cherine Anderson and Jermaine Cowan. Also enjoy Caribbean cuisine, beer garden and a youth area. Tickets are available at Calgary Co-op locations or by calling 403-355-5696. (more…)

Travel Tuesday Q&A with Crooner Matt Dusk

Juno-nominated Canadian singer/songwriter and arranger Matt Dusk has been likened to Sinatra by reviewers. His 2007 debut album, Two Shots, achieved gold status. Though his suit-and-tie-clad public persona and self-described role as a “jazz-popp musicologist” might suggest someone who takes himself über-seriously, Matt is surprisingly laid-back and isn’t afraid to mix it up with his music: throwing a techno beat behind a crooning-style song or mixing Motown and ballroom on his most recent album, Good News. Born in Toronto, where currently lives, Matt has seen most of Canada while touring, with the exception of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Newfoundland. (Attention NL concert promoters: Matt wants to hear from you!) Recently, Matt carved some time out of his busy schedule to talk travel with Where.ca.

While on tour you spend maybe one or two nights in a city. Are you able to get out and see the places where you’re performing?
To be honest, there NEVER is enough time. Canada is HUGE and it usually takes 8 hours to go between major urban centres. So when you do a show on Monday, you’re on the bus overnight and in the next place on Tuesday. I’ve been coast to coast (almost) numerous times, and I have to say that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries, period.

What place or experience has stood out for you while travelling in Canada? Anything that has surprised you about your own country?
Recently while travelling from Calgary to Vancouver, we were making our way through the mountains, and became engulfed in a traffic jam…in the middle of nowhere. There were a bunch of goats that decided it would be a GREAT idea to camp out in the middle of the road and have a goat party or whatever they do. I thought this only happened in the movies…and in Europe!