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The Banff Mountain Film Festival turns 40 this year and is celebrating by expanding its screening options on its world tour. In Calgary, you can see the program at both Mount Royal University (Jan. 15 to 19) and University of Calgary (Jan. 23 to 26). The program shows once daily on weekdays with matinees also taking place on weekends. The festival does not run Jan. 20 to 22. Photograph courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival.Find out more »
While one could argue there's never a bad time to go to Banff and Lake Louise, the events scheduled for the region's SnowDays festival make January an especially enticing time to visit. From skijoring to ice-sculpting and craft cocktails to après-ski activities, there's something to do wherever you fall on the spectrum of adventurousness. See the full schedule of events here. Photograph by Devaan Ingraham courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.Find out more »
This new documentary tackles homelessness and, importantly, the individual stories of those who have experienced it. Made right here in Calgary, the documentary will premiere at the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall inside the Central Library on January 27. The screening is free and a panel discussion with the filmmaker, researchers and those with lived experience will follow. Complimentary use of FM transmitters for easier hearing accessibility will be provided by Deaf & Hear Alberta. Film still courtesy of the…Find out more »
Experience an evening filled with love, laughter, friendship and, of course, ABBA, with the modern musical classic Mammia Mia! Through the greatest hits of ABBA, Mamma Mia! tells the story of a daughter's search for her father on the eve of her wedding day, bringing together three loves of her mother's past on a Greek island paradise. As always, be sure to bring your appetite for Stage West’s massive buffet served before the show, all included in the ticket price. Image courtesy…Find out more »
Theatre Calgary presents "The Louder We Get." This play is based off the true story of Canadian teenager Marc Hall and his fight against the Ontario Catholic school system to bring his boyfriend to prom. Emmy award winning director Lonny Price will direct this emotional rollercoaster of a musical, so come prepared with tissues. Photograph courtesy of Theatre Calgary.Find out more »
Join the Front Row Centre Players Society from January 17 to February 1 for the Canadian premiere of The Boy From Oz. The musical follows Peter Allen through the ups and downs of chasing his dreams. The show features classic songs by Peter Allen himself such as, "I Go To Rio" and "Bi-Coastal". From Tuesday to Saturday the show starts at 7:30 p.m. with weekend matinees beginning at 2:00 p.m. Photograph courtesy of Front Row Centre Players.Find out more »
For Bell Let's Talk Day, Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is hosting a day of activities to bring awareness to mental health. There will be events like a drum therapy session led by JB Music Therapy, a Kimball Theatre Organ demonstration about music and emotions as well as a tour by Andrew Mosker, president and CEO of NMC, to highlight the healing power of music. Plus many organizations like the Calgary Counselling Centre, Kids Help Phone and…Find out more »
The University of Calgary’s Indigenous Strategy (ii’ taa’poh’to’p) will feature Tanya Talaga at its first Indigenous Knowledge Public Lecture Series of 2020. Talaga is an award-winning, best-selling author and veteran journalist who currently writes a column for the Toronto Star on subjects relating to the Indigenous experience in Canada. Her lecture is free and open to the public, attendees are just asked to RSVP in advance. Photograph courtesy of University of Calgary.Find out more »
Join Jubilations Dinner Theatre for another unexpected mashup with Pitched Perfect Golden Girls. Thanks to a loophole in the Collegiate Singing Competition, the ladies of the Maple Oaks Seniors Home find themselves schooling a whole other generation as they compete for a chance at a cappella glory. Tickets at Jubilations cover the three-act show, a four-course dinner and refillable tea and coffee throughout the evening. Image courtesy of Jubilations Dinner Theatre.Find out more »
This event will be hosted by Anne Logan, a local blogger and book reviewer, who will lead participants through a discussion of Lisa Taddeo's bestseller Three Women. After spending eight years interviewing three women about desire (and its resultant complications), Taddeo paints a vivid portrait of erotic longing in modern America. Photograph courtesy of Wordfest.Find out more »
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