Events in Calgary: April 7 to 9, 2017

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I. Family & Kids Activities this weekend

1. Once Upon a Season

Once Upon a Season takes families back through Alberta’s heritage, in a pioneer themed show set on a farm. An array of barnyard animals play through the seasons, although spring is missing (or perhaps winter this year!). Where is the rain? The puddles of mud? Winter becomes a bothersome playmate who just won’t go away! Details

April 7,8,9, 2017

Cardel Theatre/Evergreen Community Spaces, Calgary

$12 General Admission & Free children 18 months and under

2. 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

$14

3. Aggie Days

Come and join us at Family Fun Days! Meet chick, piglets, goats, horses, dairy cows, beef cows and so many more animals. You’ll have fun and learn a great deal about farming and where your food comes from. Details

April 8 & 9, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Agrium Western Event Center, Stampede Park

Free

4. Legendary Easter Hunt

We’ll start off in the Birthday Barn listening to the Legend of the Easter Bunny! (hmmmm…what’s the Legend????) Once we hear what the Easter Bunny needs each of the children to do (he really appreciates their help!), then it’s off with our baskets to do his bidding with a special hunt! Details

April 8, 9, 14 & 15, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 1:40 PM

Butterfield Acres Farm, 254077 Rocky Ridge Road, Calgary

$12.99 to $14.99

5. Peppa Pig Live!

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash is an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters! More fun than a muddy puddle! Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! Details

Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 5:00 PM

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

$29 – $139.5 + charges

6. $5 Laser Tag

Come celebrate Laser City’s Grand Opening with $5 games of Laser Tag! That’s right – just $5 per person per game for live laser tag action! Details

Fridays to Sundays | April 1 to 9, 2017

Laser City, #125 572 Aero Drive NE
Calgary

$5 per player per game

7. The Three Musketeers

 
D’Artagnan longs to join the King’s Musketeers. But will his sharp sword and quick wit let him survive Paris’ treacherous labyrinth of gossip, slander, intrigue and duels? When the favour for the Queen’s handmaiden brings d’Artagnan afoul of the powerful Cardinal, the daring youth befriends three Musketeers. Together, they fight to defend the Queens honour and save the lady that D’Artagnan loves – but an intriguing woman know as “milady” has other plans. Details

March 23 – April 8, 2017

Studio – Vertigo Theatre, 115 – 9th Ave SE
Calgary

$25 – $35

8. Summer Camp & Recreation Expo

Calgary, Chestermere and Strathmore representatives from local day camps, overnight camps, specialty camps, recreation programs, and academic programs will be on hand to meet with local parents and share information about their programs. Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Chestermere Recreation Centre
201 West Chestermere Drive, Chestermere

Free

9. Shrek Family Sing-a-Long Movie

Calling all fairy tale creatures! We welcome you join us on a journey to the land of far, far away and party with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss in Boots! Sing all of your favorite songs and dress up as your favorite character! Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 2:00 PM

Rotary Performing Arts Centre, Okotoks

$9 & up

II. Live Music

1. Time Crunched: The Unfinished Symphony

Lush with expressive melody and vivid harmonies, the “Unfinished” Symphony is one of Schubert’s defining works. He composed two remarkable movements, but it remains unclear why he never quite got around to completing it as he lived another six years. A product of procrastination, perhaps, yet admired as a Romantic masterpiece.Details

Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 6:30 PM

Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall

$25.00 – $35.00 + charges.

2. Lester Quitzau

Soulful, acoustic, and electric Folk, Blues and Roots music; like a cool blue stream flowing over luxurious tones, smooth shapeshifting sound…this is the music of Lester Quitzau. With understated mastery and grace, the Juno Award winning musician explores the space between the notes, as much as the notes themselves. Lester Quitzau’s music goes many places… rockin’ slow and easy front porch style, then on down a long winding road, covering many a mile, with heart and soul at the wheel. Details

Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 7 PM

Gallery House Concerts Society
64 ave & 14 st NW, Calgary

Adults: $25 Children 12 under: free

3. Jack Broadbent

Twenty-something busker Jack Broadbent was filmed on the streets of UK showing off his unique slide guitar stylings, suddenly bringing him millions of views online. Broadbent’s gritty, spellbinding performances are now making waves globally. Details

April 7 & 8, 2017 | 08:00 PM

Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre – Calgary

$42.00 + charges

4. Sultans of String

The award-winning Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” according to Maverick Magazine. Thrilling their audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms, the group celebrates musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance. Details

Friday, April 7, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Southwood United Church, 10690 Elbow Dr SW

$20.00 – $25.00 + charges.

5. Classical Vienna

 
Vienna and the city’s famed composers are the stars of this concert with Schumann’s expressive “Unfinished” Symphony a bonafide Classical blockbuster. Charles Richard-Hamelin has won numerous international awards for his prodigious talent and dazzles on Mozart’s Piano Concerto while the Orchestra’s Principal Bassoon Christopher Sales, performs Mozart’s virtuosic Concerto. Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall

$20.00 – $80.00 + charges.

6. George Canyon and Friends

Join George Canyon and friends featuring Gord Bamford, Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall and The Road Hammers with Clayton Bellamy and Jason McCoy for a night of incredible music with all net proceeds supporting the Gammy Grinder’s fundraising for Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S, a foundation dedicated to aiding Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research in Calgary. Details

Saturday, April 08, 2017 | 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM

The Westin Calgary – 320 4th Ave SW, Calgary

$42.75 – $49.50

7.Pharis and Jason Romero

Pharis and Jason Romero – Their CD, A Wanderer I’ll Stay won the Roots and Traditional Juno Award. From heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains – they put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs and originals. Details

Saturday, April 08, 2017 | 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Crescent Heights Community Hall – 1101 – 2nd Street NW, Calgary

$25.00 + charges.

8. Thibaut Garcia

Born in Toulouse, France, Thibaut Garcia began to play the guitar at the age of seven. His Spanish origins gave him a real influence in his way of thinking. He studied in Toulouse where he received his chamber music diploma in the class of Renaud Gruss, and his guitar diploma with honourable mention in the class of Paul Ferret. At sixteen he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and studied with Olivier Chassain, obtaining his Bachelor with honours. Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 8:00 PM

Knox Presbyterian Church, 3704 37th St SW, Calgary

$15.00 – $35.00

9. First Annual Canadian Juggalo Weekend

Juggalo Weekend 2017 will feature performances by numerous well-known musical groups and underground artists as well as wrestling, games, contests, autograph sessions, face painting booths, vendors, and circus performances. Details

April 8 – 9, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Stampede Corral – 10 Corral Trail SE, Calgary

$84.99

10.Jazz in the Books

The first instalment of the NWC Jazz Special Event Series will present an exciting performance by the New York based Le Boeuf Brothers on the release tour for their newest album, Imaginist. Billed as “talented musicians and award-winning composers” by All About Jazz, Pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and saxophonist Remy Le Boeuf “pursue a hyper-fluent streamlined modern ideal” (New York Times) with an “impressive level of sophistication.” (San Francisco Chronicle). Details

Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library

Adults: $25, Student: $15, Family: $70

11. “SAVIOUR”, an Oratorio

Join New West Symphony & Chorus as we collaborate with First Alliance Church’s choir and orchestra to present “Saviour”, a modern oratorio. We are looking forward to this unique performance, and hope it speaks into your Easter season with its strong message. Details

Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 07:00 PM

Bow Valley Christian Church; 5300 53 Avenue NW Calgary

Free

12. Unclouded Day / A Choral Celebration

A choral celebration featuring the Calgary Men’s Chorus, St. Mary’s University Choir, Cum Vino Cantus, and the University of Calgary Chamber Choir. Includes a performance of Ola Gjeilo’s beautiful “Sunrise Mass”. Details

Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 07:00 PM

Bella Concert Hall , 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary

$25.00

13. Bach Motets & Duruflé Requiem

A concert sure to stir your emotions and ignite your imagination, Calgary Bach Society presents the French composer Maurice Duruflé’s beloved masterpiece: Requiem, Opus 9, in its original setting for pipe organ and chorus. The luxuriant melodies of this beloved Requiem, according to the composer, are “based exclusively on themes from the Gregorian funeral mass. Details

Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 03:00 PM

Knox Untied Church – 506 – 4 Street SW, Calgary

$20.00

III. Theatre & Performing Arts

1. Calgary Opera Presents Turandot

Revel in Princess Turandot’s defiance, as she sentences potential suitors who can’t answer her three riddles to death. She meets her match when confronted by the clever Prince Calaf who tries to melt her icy heart with a game of his own. Details

April 1, 5, 7 | 7:30 PM

Southern Jubilee Auditorium
1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary

$36.00 – $164.00

2. Girl Crush

One sunny, summer day, Sharron Matthews stood on a beach in Ontario and suddenly she found herself struck by a controversial idea that changed her life…forever. The Calgary premiere of award winning, world acclaimed cabaret artist Sharron Matthews, Girl Crush is a comic and moving musical tale that weaves Sharron’s singular re-imaginings of the diverse music of artists. Details

March 20 – April 8, 2017

Lunchbox Theatre, 160, 115 9 Ave SE, Calgary

$25 Adult
$20 Student & Senior

3. 1979 – Enbridge New Canadian Play

 
This hilarious battle of wits is based on true events. The year is 1979, and our hero is Prime Minister Joe Clark: young, idealistic, and stubborn. He’s in his office, deciding if he should put his first budget before Parliament. He knows that if he does he could lose everything. Everyone begs him not to do it: his wife, his colleagues… Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau… They tell him he should pull some strings, make some deals. Compromise. Details

April 4 – April 22, 2017

Martha Cohen Theatre – Arts Commons

$25 – $72

4. The Mystery of the Hungry Heart Hotel

Peter n’ Chris (Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson) are a three time Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch troupe from Vancouver BC. The story focuses on Peter and Chris, two hapless everyman who become stranded on the side of a spooky highway. Their only option is to take shelter at the mysterious Hungry Heart Motel. Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 07:30 PM

The Bert Church Live Theatre, Airdrie

$16

5. Much Ado From Nothing

The Kinkonauts will trade in their jeans for Elizabethan short pants, and create an improvise Shakespearean play, on-the-spot based on an audience suggestion. Will they find themselves inside the whimsical world of comedy, or as fatally flawed heroes destined for tragedy? Will they portray kings or pauper? Or perhaps a king disguised as a pauper, disguised as a horse? Details

April 8, 2017 | 08:00 PM – 09:30 PM

The Rose Room at The Alexandra, Calgary

General: $10, Students: $5

6. Sextet by Morris Panych

Six musicians are trapped in a motel during a snowstorm. Let the sexual games begin! From the brilliant mind of Canada’s favorite playwright, Morris Panych, comes this dark new comedy about the musicality of love, lust, and full moons. Details

April 6 to 15, 2017

The Big Secret Theatre – 240 9th Ave SE, Calgary

$21

7. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

J. Pierrepont Finch is a window-washer with lots of dreams and some shady schemes, ready to make his ascent up the corporate ladder. Clever, calculating, and charismatic, Finch catapults himself from mailroom to boardroom, catching the eye of Rosemary Pilkington, an equally driven and opportunistic employee, on the way up. Slapstick gags, sharp wit, and show-stopping tunes come together in a musical extravaganza that cements this show’s place as a golden oldie. Details

March 24 – April 08, 2017

Front Row Centre Players
Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre – 375 Bermuda Dr NW, Calgary

$17 to $25

8. Funnyfest Talent Search

Funnyfest Talent Search and Comedy Workshop Graduates Compete: The 100 minute show Features: A great headline comic each week with 6 to 8 Competitors & Master of Ceremonies Comedian, Come watch the excitement and LAUGH as competitors compete to be one of the funniest and earn a chance to perform at the 17th annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival 2017. Details

Saturdays, 25, April 8,15,22 & May 6 | 7:00 PM

North On Centre Pub Showroom (formerly NICASTRO’s), 2820 Centre Street N, Calgary

$19

9. Our Man in Havana

Jim Wormold is a British expatriate living in 1950’s Cuba and is struggling to pay for his daughter’s extravagant lifestyle. When the British Secret Service offers him a plum position as their “man in Havana”, he literally can’t afford to say no. There’s just one problem: he doesn’t know anything! Former Vertigo Artistic Director Mark Bellamy returns to direct this hilarious, fast-paced romp through the world of espionage. Details

March 11 – April 9, 2017

Playhouse – Vertigo Theatre
115 – 9th Ave SE, Calgary

$29 – $61

10. Taking Flight 2017

UCalgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) is excited to present the 2017 Taking Flight festival! For over a decade Taking Flight has celebrated the creativity and emerging talents of our students, undergraduate and graduate alike, by showcasing their broad range of projects across the performing arts. Details

March 27 – April 5, 2017

Various Venues, U of C

Free & Ticketed events

IV. Sports, & Related events

1. Calgary Roughnecks

vs Buffalo Bandits on Saturday, April 08, 2017 | 7:00 PM

Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary

Tickets.

V. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

1. Make It!

Make It is the funnest handmade market and it is returning to Calgary! This handmade market is devoted to creating positive opportunities for artists and designers, and to giving enlightened shoppers the opportunity to buy unique, ethically made items from top artisans from all over Canada.Details

April 7 to 9, 2017

Big Four at Stampede Park
Calgary

$3 early bird online purchase. Kids 12 and under are free.

2. Tibetan Spring Bazaar

Authentic Tibetan Arts & Crafts, Religious Articles, Scarves, Sweaters, Shawls, Jewellery, Carpets And Much More. Details

Saturday April 8, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Westgate Community Hall
4943 – 8th Ave SW

$2.00 Entrance

3. Calgary Sketch Club Art Exhibition And Sale

Featuring a diverse array of original artwork by local artists including water colour, oil, acrylic, pastel and more! Free entry, parking and entry form for the door prize of an original painting. Details

Saturday April 8 2017 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Dalhousie Community Centre 5432 Dalhart Road N.W.

Free

4. Calgary Woman’s Show

This season’s special guests include “Billy Abbott” and “Phyllis Summers” from the Young and the Restless. Check out more than 300 exhibits featuring the latest in fashion, beauty and decor plus don’t miss the samples, free swag and non-stop entertainment. Details

April 8 to 9, 2017

BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SW
Calgary

Adults $14; 2-Day Pass $20
Children 12 & under FREE

5. Handsome Alice’s Night of a Thousand Divas

Join Handsome Alice Theatre for a spectacular night of dancing, drinks, and dressing up. Unleash your inner Beyonce and let her run wild at this diva themed costume party in support of the inVISIBLE Project. Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 08:00 PM – 11:55 PM

The Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary

$30 – Pre-purchase / $35 – At the Door

6.Celebrity Hor d’Oeuvres

Join Alberta Theatre Projects for the 24th Annual Celebrity Hors d’Oeuvres event.
Local celebrities and the city’s finest chefs team up for an amazing hors d’oeuvres competition!
It’s Calgary’s famous food frenzy! Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM

The Pumphouse Theatre
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary

$100

7. Styling 101

Julie Redmond is a fashion stylist extraordinaire and owner of style by jr. Julie will surprise you with unexpected tips and tricks, broaden your horizons and provide you with some ideas to refresh your look. She’ll get you thinking outside the box and pushing your boundaries – not to worry – just a little bit! Details

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 1PM – 2PM

Sporting Life – 100 Anderson Road SE, Calgary

Free

8. Celebrate Spring

Members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing inside CF Chinook Centre at Centre Court to celebrate spring! There will also be a spectacular LED garden experience featuring 4,000 LED flowers. Details

Saturday April 8, 2017 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Chinook Centre 6455 Macleod Trail SW

Free

9. Birth of a Nation Day

To honour and recognize the Canadian Troops who fought at the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 1917, there will be a special marching procession. The march starts from behind the Municipal Centre at 4:00pm and will proceed north on Veterans Way, arriving at the Cenotaph. A brief remembrance ceremony will take place, followed by the placing of a memorial wreath and some prayers. Details

April 9, 2017 | 4:00 PM

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 291, Okotoks

Free

10.Vintage & Antiques Sale

Join us for a FREE family event for people of all ages to learn what physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and rehabilitation scientists do! PLUS an opportunity for prospective students to tour the Calgary satellite site, learn more about MSc Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs, and see our ‘double robot’ in action! Details

April 1 – 9, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Celebration Tent, Heritage Park

Free

11.Rehab Med Family Fun Day & Calgary Open House

Join us for a FREE family event for people of all ages to learn what physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and rehabilitation scientists do! PLUS an opportunity for prospective students to tour the Calgary satellite site, learn more about MSc Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs, and see our ‘double robot’ in action! Details

April 8, 2017 | 2:00 PM. – 4:00 PM

Calgary Downtown Campus, Floor 3, 906-8 Ave SW, Calgary

Free

12. A Journey into our True Nature

In this exhibition Réal Fournier explores nature as the centre of life, where the spirit can manifest itself in the physical world. Details

April 8 – May 6, 2017

Webster Galleries Inc., 812 11 ave SW, Calgary

Free

13.The Mystery of Our Human Story

It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s 2013 discovery of Homo naledi signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution. In a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, a massive collection of bones was discovered by recreational cavers. Berger rapidly assembled a team of “underground astronauts” with caving experience, scientific backgrounds, and the kind of physique that could fit in a chute averaging 7.9 inches in width. What they found suggested something unprecedented—ritual burial, a practice long thought to be unique to Homo sapiens. And that was just the beginning.Hear Lee Berger’s remarkable story of discovering this missing link in the story of human evolution. Details

April 9 – 10, 2017

Jack Singer Concert Hall – Arts Commons, Calgary

$44.00 – $89.00

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