Events in Calgary: April 28 to 30, 2017

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I. Family & Kids Activities this weekend

1. Young King Arthur

A boy named Arthur will sit on the throne,
But first he must take the sword from the stone. The Loose Moose Theatre Company makes going to theatre an experience that is truly magical for children 4 – 10 years old, as well as fun and entertaining for parents. Details

April 08 to 30, 2017

Loose Moose Theatre – 1235 – 26th Avenue SE


2. Hana’s Suitcase

It is March, 2000. A child’s suitcase arrives from Auschwitz at the tiny Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo. Painted on the side are a name, Hana Brady, 1931, and the word “Waisenkind” (orphan). Spurred on by the children at the Centre, the curator Fumiko Ishioka, embarks on a relentless search from Tokyo to Prague to Toronto to uncover the story of Hana and her fate. Details

April 21 to May 6, 2017

StoryBook Theatre – 375 Bermuda Drive NW, Calgary

$20 to $25

3. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love-the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more-plus some surprising new twists! Details

April 25 – 30, 2017

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Ave. NW, Calgary

$30 – $106 + charges

4. Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge Open House

Discoveries in physics are occurring at an incredible pace. University of Calgary students will speak on the latest, fastest, smallest and most fascinating new research in physics. Learn more about two Kupier Belt objects Makemake and Haumea. Also explore exoplanets with observations of the transit of Wasp43b (beautiful data), and one on how to determine the properties of exoplanets from their observed transit light curves. Explore the physical properties of black holes that are related to thermodynamic quantities with a talk entitled “Quasilocal Smarr formulas for Asymptotically Flat Spacetime”. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, Priddis

$20 per car or $10 per person

5. Healthy Kids Day

Join us in celebrating YMCA Healthy Kids Day, a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids. A FREE event for everyone in the community, all six of our YMCA locations will be open to the public with fun and healthy activities for the entire family. Swim, climb, shoot hoops or try out one of our organized activities like our LocalMOTION Obstacle Course – a fun way to get active and to celebrate Canada at the same time! Or join us at our South Health Campus location where we will be celebrating the opening of our new Outdoor Sport Court. You’ll get a chance to try out the Sport Court and participate in a skill challenge. Details

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Calgary YMCAs



II. Live Music

1. Concerts on Weekdays

Westwinds Spring Band Concert. Details

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ RockPointe Church, Bearspaw | $10 – $12


D.R.I. Details

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 7:00 PM @ Marquee Beer Market & Stage | $25


An Evening with Jackson Browne. Details

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM @ Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons | $50 – $100


Miles Electric Band. Details

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 7:30 PM Jack Singer Concert Hall at Arts Commons | $29.00 – $69.00

2. Broadway Knights: Andrew, Elton & Paul

The compositions of Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, and Paul McCartney formed a musical tapestry that defined a generation. Experience the finest moments of three stellar careers – The Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Cats, Billy Elliot and The Lion King, and timeless Beatles’ classics and beyond – as the Calgary Philharmonic pays tribute to Broadway’s starry Knights. Details

April 28 to 29, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall

$25.00 – $85.00 + charges.

3. J.S Bach’s Passion According to St. John

Timothy Shantz, Tenor/Evangelist and guest soloists from Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist ProgramAn intimate and human account of Christ’s betrayal, suffering, and passing. Scripture and poetry set to deeply expressive Baroque music. Sung in German with projected English translation. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary

$15.00 – $30.00

4. Inter-Arts Celebration

An inter-arts celebration bringing together new writing and music by UCalgary students from The School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Department of English.Details

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – Rozsa Centre, Calgary


5. Ysaÿe and Eckhardt-Gramatté

Donovan Seidle teams up with Laura Reid, Kirill Kalmykov and Julia Haager to present a passionate, varied recital of solo caprices and sonatas, duets, including Ysaÿe Duo and Eckhardt-Gramatté Duo, a modern (and Calgarian) work, chamber music, and more.. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall – Rozsa Centre, Calgary

$18 – $25

6. Inglewood Jazz Walk Day

Various Music events in celebration of International Jazz Day Details

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Various Venues – Inglewood, Calgary



Upcoming Concert Tours in Calgary

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old – Sat, Apr 29, 2017 08:30 PM @ Stampede Corral, Calgary

For Food events, Nightlife/Club concerts and events, see section VI.

2017 Music Festivals in Alberta

Live Music & Concerts in April

Performing Arts & Theatre in Calgary in April

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Newfoundland Mary

Inspired by events in the life of Mary McCarthy Comez Cueto, Newfoundland Mary celebrates the unique life of a remarkable Canadian who spent her life in exile in her adopted homeland of Cuba. Mary’s world is forever changed when she meets Luis Gonzalez, who dreams of singing like Frank Sinatra. Details

April 24 – May 13, 2017

Lunchbox Theatre, 160, 115 9 Ave SE

$20 to $25

2. G&S’s Iolanthe

Love. So beautiful. So musical. So complicated. Although forbidden by fairy law, Iolanthe marries a mortal and is then banished from fairyland. Here in our human world, she bears a son; a lovely lad named Strephon, who falls head over heels and wants to marry Phyllis, who is, of course, desired by all the members of the House of Peers. Details

April 28 to May 11, 2017

Pumphouse Theatre – 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary

$15 – $20

3. Bonds

A play about finding the meaning of life in the face of death. What happens when two estranged sisters are brought together because one is dying? BONDS looks at the role of patient and care giver and what happens when those roles are reversed. Details

April 18 – 29, 2017

Motel Theatre at Arts Commons
225 8th Avenue SE, Calgary

$20 – $25

4. An Almost Holy Picture

Samuel Gentle, the groundskeeper for The Church of the Holy Comforter, has heard God’s call three times. The first was in a field while accompanying his father on a walk; the second was in the aftermath of a terrible bus accident while he was minister of a small adobe church about forty miles outside of Albuquerque and the third was the birth of his daughter, Ariel, covered all over in a white-gold swirl of hair. Samuel has heard this voice but struggles to comprehend its mystery and his own rage and bewilderment at loss. He wants to believe that “grace enters the soul through a wound.” As Ariel grows into a child of transcendent inner beauty and strength, Samuel regains his own faith and discovers what is most holy. Details

April 26 – April 30, 2017

Engineered Air Theatre – Arts Commons, Calgary

$20 – $25

5. Foothills Regional One Act Play Festival

Join community theatre groups from Nantion to Airdrie, and Canmore to Strathmore as their local theatre artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work in a series of plays. This year’s regional festival is being hosted at the Rotary Performing Arts Centre by local theatre group Dewdney Players. Details

April 28 – 29, 2017

Rotary Performing Arts Centre, Okotoks


6. The Weir

The Liffey Players present Conor McPherson’s haunting drama about strange occurrences and the comfort of sharing them with strangers, A dark and windy night in a small town on the west coast of Ireland, the new girl in town is invited to the local pub to meet a few of the locals. Tall telling of tales ensues as the guys try to impress, then the tables get turned. Details

April 28 to May 6, 2017

Joyce Doolittle Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary


7. Crazy For You®

When a young banker is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock to foreclose a rundown theatre, his heart and his life are turned completely upside down. This hilarious song-and-dance extravaganza features the classics “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” High-energy fun!

April 18 – May 20, 2017

Max Bell Theatre – Arts Commons, Calgary

$35.00 – $117 + charges

IV. Sport

1. Humpty’s Champions Cup

The Humpty’s Champions Cup showcases all of the top winners on tour over the course of the season in one final showdown. Details

April 25 – 30, 2017

WinSport Arena – Canada Olympic Park, Calgary

$8 to $279 + charges

2. Calgary Roughnecks

vs. Saskatchewan Rush

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary


3. Calgary Roller Derby

Your hometown Thrashin’ Lassies as they take on (Fearsome Opponents) at 5:00pm, then Your hometown B-52 Bellas battle it against the Avalanche City Roller Girls of Fernie, BC at 7:00pm!

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Triwood Arena – 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW, Calgary


V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Events on Weekdays

Big Hearts for THCF – A Songwriter’s Concert Fundraiser: Five performing artist/songwriters will come together to share an intimate acoustic performance and provide the audience with an opportunity to learn more about their life experiences that serve as inspiration for their songs. The Songwriter’s Round style of event sets the stage like a living room to listen to acoustic versions of songs and the stories behind them.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | Doors at 6:30 PM @ Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1st St. SW, Calgary | $75


California Wine Fair: A fundraising event for Calgary Opera. Raise a glass to California and enjoy a unique opportunity to sample a wide selection of more than 400 premium wines from 150 of California’s top producers. This is the largest tour of California wines in Canada!
Savour delicious hors d’oeuvres and explore a very special selection of silent auction items – including wines made available only for this occasion. Details

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 7:30 PM @ Palomino Room – BMO Centre at Stampede Park | $75


Escape The Wash Day Blues: Stories About Daily Chores: Stories and songs to build an escape route from your daily obligations! You can do it, and Mary Hays, Betty Hersberger, Jan McLean and Doreen Vanderstoop will cleverly show you all the details. Details

Wednesday April 26, 2017 | 7:00 PM @ ShelfLife, 1302 – 4 St. SW Calgary | By Donation


Turning Points -Unmasking Family Violence and Abuse: Turning Points, Unmasking Family Violence and Abuse will celebrate the courageous individuals and families in our community striving to live free from family violence and abuse. The gala will unmask the myths, stereotypes and stigmas to reveal the true picture of this issue, as well as bring awareness to the important work of the agency in the community. Details

Thursday April 27th, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM @ TELUS Convention Centre, 120 9 Ave SE, Calgary | $300

2. The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (Calgary Expo) is a four-day annual celebration of all things pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, fantasy, horror and more! Details

April 27 to 30, 2017
POW! Parade of Wonders!: Friday – Apr 28, 2017 | 10:30 PM to 11:15 PM @ 8th Avenue between 8th St. and 9th St. to Olympic Plaza.

BMO Center, 20 Roundup Way SE

$8 to $50

3. Calgary Night Market

Calgary Night Market is a fun filled event celebrated by local businesses and supporters in Calgary! Latenight shopping and local entertainment for everyone to enjoy! Details

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary

Free Admission

4. Brit Rock Film Tour

Brit Rock Filmtour features three amazing British climbing films from 2016. “The Quarryman” explores James Pearson’s recent ascent of the infamous “Quarryman”, “Shauna Coxsey Goes Crack Climbing” features the world renowned climber and her adventures into crack climbing. And the feature of the night, “Blocheads” delves into the rising world of bouldering, the climbers quest to push the limits of human ability and to find bouldering gold.Details

Friday April 28th, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary

Regular: $15, Students: $13

5. St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society

Local artists from the St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society will present their new work at the society’s annual Spring Art Show. There will be original works of art in varied mediums and styles. You can meet the artists, ask them questions, and find out what inspired their work. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Holy Cross Anglican Church, 2828 – 19 Street N.W., Calgary


6. Near-Death Experiences and Beyond Workshop

Join author and Near-Death researcher, Lynn Russell in a unique workshop that explores how Near-Death Experiences help us understand the world. Wrap yourself up in a day of learning more than you imagined. See the near-death experience from a fresh new viewpoint and learn the hidden secrets brought back from the Other Side. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Calgary First Spiritualist Church, 1603-6th Avenue NW, Calgary


7. Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover Pre-Loved Book & Art Sale

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary is holding its first ever book and art sale. Pre-loved books, client artwork and crafts that celebrate Indigenous culture will be available for sale with all funds raised going towards our SAGE program, that helps vulnerable women create better futures through education and employment. We will also have local author readings throughout the day and a coffee bar serving your favourite refreshments. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The HUB at West Canadian, 1601 9 Avenue SE


8. YYC Alternative Market presented by X92.9

YYC Alternative Market is a cutting-edge market that challenges the mainstream pop up markets of today. Details

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Studio Bell, 850 4th Street SE, Calgary


9. Calgary Horticultural Society’s Garden Show

The Calgary Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Show is the largest show of its kind in Alberta. This two-day celebration of gardening includes dozens of high profile, informative speakers, showcasing hundreds of exhibitors, hands-on fun family activities and honouring the skills of top gardeners through fun and inspiring competitions. Details

April 29 & 30, 2017

Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary

$15 to $20

VI. Food Events/ Sunday Brunch & Night Life Events

1. Calgary Poutine Festival

Poutine Week is the 7 days of the year you can eat poutine GUILT FREE! Why? Every poutine sold during Poutine Week in any of the participating restaurants provides a free meal to someone in need thanks to our partner, local non profit Mealshare. Details

April 21 – 29, 2017

Various Restaurants, Calgary

Free Admission

2. YYC Taco Fiesta

YYC Taco Fiesta is a taco festival in support of Calgary Homeless Foundation and Kids Up Front! Details

April 28 – May 5, 2017

Various Restaurants, Calgary

Free Admission

3. 8th Annual Calgary Vegan Bake Sale

Get your hands on some sweet and savory vegan treats while supporting two fantastic charities. 100% of proceeds from the sale will be donated to The Alice Sanctuary and Free Spirit Sanctuary. Details

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Community Natural Foods, Chinook Station Market, Calgary


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