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Arts & Culture Events

The events that make life a little more artful.

Calgary International Film Festival Opens

September 21, 2012

Thursday night saw the opening of the 12th annual Calgary International Film Festival. The festival’s past has been spotty, as it’s seemingly always struggled to find a firm footing in the hearts of Calgarians, but all that seem to be …

11 things you have to know about Calgary’s very “bad” Walk of Fame.

September 14, 2012

If you’ve walked down Stephen Ave in the past few weeks, no matter what time of day, chances are you’ve seen Mandy Stobo working on her next project. Famous for her Bad Portraits, Stobo has been tasked with essentially building …

Stampede vs. TIFF: What is Canada’s Biggest and Best festival?

September 9, 2012

This week, if you’re like me, your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds are full of updates about TIFF. The Toronto International Film Festival is capturing headlines both here in Canada and around the world. In fact, I couldn’t help but …

Mini Maker Faire is coming to Calgary! (Plus a new contest!)

September 4, 2012

Calgary Stampede, Folk Fest, cultural festivals, we all know that there’s lots to do in Calgary during the summer. But with Labour Day behind us, it’s officially time to start looking ahead into September for cool events that’ll keep us …

Three things that made me cry this week.

July 13, 2012

I don’t know what is compelling me to write a blog post about the three things that made me cry this week, but here you go anyway! The Amazing Spiderman.  Yes, you read that right. The new Spiderman movie made …

Bloggity goes Geek!

April 29, 2012

While I’ve never really been someone to declare myself a geek, I can certainly recognize certain attributes.  I mean, I don’t live in my parents basement, I have a job and I only own one gaming device.  But, I did …

On set: Live! with Kelly in Banff.

April 1, 2012

A few weeks ago, when it was announced that Kelly Ripa would be coming to Alberta to shoot four episodes of her tv program Live! with Kelly, I knew that it was something that I had to go see in …

100 Days until the Calgary Stampede!

March 29, 2012

Today the Olympic Plaza was turned into a mini-rodeo when thousands of Calgarians pulled their cowboy hats and celebrated the 100 day countdown to the Calgary Stampede! The weather was perfect for the celebration that saw country music legend Ian …

Entire cast of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ reuniting in Calgary!

January 30, 2012

I’ve never even seen episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation and I know that this is crazy.  The Calgary Comic Expo has announced that the entire, the ENTIRE cast of TNG will be reuniting this April, here in Calgary. …

Lucha Vavoom brings Mexican wrestling and burlesque to town!

January 29, 2012

Never in my life would I have imagined that I would write that title for a blog post… . But yes, this weekend, I got the chance to see one of the most crazy, insane, hilarious shows that I might ever …

T’was 25 days before Christmas!

December 1, 2011

On Wednesday night, Calgary kicked off the holiday season with one of the biggest parties that I’ve seen.  Nearly 7,000 of my closest friends descended upon The Core to celebrate Christmas, get in some sweet shopping deals, enjoy fantastic food …

How I survived Pecha Kucha!

December 1, 2011

  Last week I got the chance to speak at a Pecha Kucha event. (If you’re not sure how to pronounce it, this will help.) Pecha Kucha asks its presenters to take on an interesting challenge, give a talk using …

Mike does Pecha Kucha!

November 22, 2011

A few weeks ago I found out that I was lucky enough to be chosen to speak at the Pecha Kucha, which if you’ve never heard of, it’s okay.  I actually went to my first Pecha Kucha event only a …

Photos: Jian Ghomeshi brings Q to Calgary!

November 18, 2011

Tonight was a really special night in Calgary. CBC Radio’s most popular program ever, Q with Jian Ghomeshi taped an episode of the program right here in the city. Now, to you Toronto and Vancouver folk, you might not think …

An ‘Awesome’ night at the movies!

September 25, 2011

What could you do with $1,000? Turns out, with a creative mind, a classic movie and food trucks, you can create perfect fall night. On Saturday night, I had one of my most favourite nights ever in Calgary, and it …