This week’s blog takes us right to the first day of December…how quickly it crept up on us! There is no end of holiday activities in Calgary – no matter how cold it gets! Please enjoy and stay warm!
Once Upon a Christmas. Starts: Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 09:30 Ends: Sunday, December 22, 2013 – 16:00. Price: Adults $8 Children $6
Experience the magic of an old fashioned Christmas during Once Upon A Christmas, running for five weekends at Heritage Park. Tour the Park on a festive horse drawn wagon ride, decorate gingerbread men, sing classic Christmas carols and warm your toes by a roaring fire. Stop by three of the Park’s homes, decked out for the season, do some shopping and don’t forget to visit Santa and his farm friends! A pre-ticketed breakfast buffet is available both Saturdays and Sundays during the event. For more information click, Heritage Park
‘Twas the Night. The CORE/TD Square – 324 8th Ave SW. Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – 6:30 – 10:00pm
Join us at the CORE on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 6:30pm – 10:00pm for a holiday event like no other:
– Get all of your holiday shopping done in one night with exclusive one-night-only retailer offers
– Enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance from Juno award-winning artist Jann Arden and her 3-piece band
– Downtown Calgary presents the red carpet with celebrity host Dan Levy (comedian and former MTV host)
– FREE downtown parking
– Witness Calgary’s newest holiday tradition, the lighting of the CORE’s spectacular 45-foot Christmas tree
– Enlighten yourself with top holiday gift items, as presented by CORE stylists Brenna Hardy and Phaedra Godchild in the Styleista lounge
– Savor delicacies at sampling stations presented by downtown restaurants
Praetorius: Christmas Vespers. Knox United Church – 506 – 4 St., S. W. Calgary, Alberta
Starts:Sunday, December 1, 2013 – 2:00-4:00pm/ Price:$35 (adults), $30 (seniors) $25 (students) – at the door $30 (adults), $25 (seniors) $20 (students) – in advance Purchase tickets online at Christmas Vespers
Be charmed by the intricacies and style of period instruments and resounding voices, including Calgary’s professional vocal ensemble VoiceScapes, amidst the glorious setting of Knox United Church. The audience will be surrounded by sacred song from all corners of the church in this unforgettable start to your seasonal celebrations! This concert recreates a vespers (evening prayer) service for Christmas as it might have sounded in a large north German church in the early 17th century. Michael Praetorius is one of the most prolific and influential composers of the early German Baroque and his music has been compared to that of Monteverdi’s sacred music.
A Very Merry Christmas Concert with Johanna Sillanpaa. Ironwood Stage & Grill 1229 9th Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G0S9. Starts:Sunday, December 1, 2013 – 8:00-10:30. Price: $15
Come join vocalist Johanna Sillanpaa celebrate the Christmas season with her annual concert featuring songs from her Christmas Album ‘ONE WISH’. This album is certainly unique among the plethora of Christmas albums, showcasing beautiful original compositions, and timeless traditionals with a soulful touch. Call Ironwood to reserve your seats/table: 1(403) 269-5581 For more information about Johanna’s Music visit Johanna Silanppa
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Shaggy Live in Calgary. 840 9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB Starts: Friday, November 29, 2013 – 7:00pm. Price: Early bird ticket: $50, Regular: $60
Enjoy this old school live music event where reggae superstar, Shaggy, will be performing live in Calgary at The Roadhouse. Shaggy will singing his hits, like It Wasn’t Me, Angel and many more. For ticket info click, Shaggy
Sunday Music Sessions: Devon Coyote. 550 17th Avenue SW. Starts:Sunday, November 24, 2013 – 6:00pm-2:00am. Price: FREE!!
Sunday Music Sessions: Devon Coyote Show at 6pm, no cover. $6.50 pints and cocktails all day (20 0z pints, mason-jar cocktails, litre jars & steins excluded). Come out and support some amazing local musicians!
Beethoven and Shostakovich with Jonathan Biss. Jack Singer Concert Hall. Starts:Friday, November 29, 2013 – 8:00-10:00. Price:Adults: $19-$89 Students: $19-$89 Seniors: $19-$89
Renowned pianist Jonathan Biss brings his interpretation to his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, while the Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s signature Symphony No. 5. For ticket info click, Jonathan Biss
Nine Inch Nails. Starts:Monday, November 25, 2013 – 7:30 – 10:30. Price:$99.00, $75.50 and $49.50, plus convenience charge and order processing fee.
‘The Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013’ tour picks up where ‘Lights in the Sky’ left off. This is the full-on NIN live experience! For tickets, NIN
The Kingston Prize Exhibition. 117 – 8th Ave SW / The Art Gallery of Calgary. Price: Admission by donation Starts: Friday, November 1, 2013 – 10:00am-5:00pm
The Kingston Prize is a national portrait competition for portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists. From the 431 entries received in 2013, the jury selected thirty finalists to be included in the exhibition, and will choose the winner of The Kingston Prize of $20,000, sponsored by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and two Honourable Mentions who receive $2,000 each.
2013 IBSF World Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton. WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. Starts: Sunday, November 24, 2013 – Ends: Saturday, November 30, 2013. Price:VIP Passes (single day): $99.99 | 2 Day General Admission Price: $19.99
WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park welcomes international athletes for the IBSF Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Cup this November. Watch athletes performing amazing feats at high speed at the 1988 Olympic Sliding venue. Remember the pride you felt when Jon Montgomery took the gold medal for Canada? Relive that experience as the Olympic medalists defend their titles at this year’s World Cup before heading off to Sochi. For more information and tickets go to, World Cup