While I”m in Toronto right now covering all things Junos, doesn’t mean all the cool things in Calgary should go unntoiced.

Here’s Mark Hopkins‘ Top Picks for a Fun Weekend Out in Calgary!

Market Collective
March 26, 10:00 am-6:00 pm
March 27, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
148 10th St NW (old Ant Hill building in Kensington)
www.marketcollective.ca

If you’ve never been to Market Collective, imagine a giant warehouse packed to the brim with pure joy. This independent artist market is one of Calgary’s most shining examples of culture, community and creativity, where you’ll find beautiful work by local artists, get your picture taken at a tricked-out photo booth, listen to extraordinary musicians and be proud to live in a city where an event like this can thrive.

TransCanada Alberta Music Series
March 25 & 26, 7:30 pm
Engineered Air Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
205 8th Ave SE
www.epcorcentre.org

We can’t all spend a glorious weekend at the Junos in Toronto, but to soften the blow, we’ve got our very own celebration of Alberta’s best music! Each night features a different line-up of amazing musicians, and both Friday (Omarandthebear / Kat Danser / Mark Davis / Ramblin’ Ambassadors) and Saturday (Axis of Conversation / Lyra Brown & Daniel Moir / Rae Spoon / Christian Hansen & The Autistics) promise to be stunning showcases of Alberta talent.

Artist Home & Studio Tour
March 26, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
www.trianglegallery.com

Y’know those Hollywood celebrity home tours? This is kind of the same idea, except instead of peering through Madonna’s fence, you’ll be invited behind-the-scenes into the world of Calgary’s artists. This unique tour includes a visit to the Old Trout Puppet Workshop, a ceramics studio in a 100-year-old brick house, a tour of the Water Centre Building by architect Jeremy Sturgess and more!


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Mike Morrison

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