20 things to do in Calgary this week: April 15 to 18

Apr 9 2019, 1:38 am

Looking for some fun around Calgary this week? Here are 20 events to check out from Monday, April 15 to Thursday, April 18. Jann Arden, Easter at the Market, and more.

For more things happening around town check out our events section.

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Monday, April 15

Calgary Performing Arts Festival

What: The Calgary Performing Arts Festival is an integral part of the Calgary arts community, encouraging classical and contemporary music and speech arts performance among amateur students of all ages and skill levels. Featuring 12,000 performers in 19 categories over 21 days.

When: April 15 to May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Mount Royal University – 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary
More Info: Online

Dirty Laundry: Oil Money

What: Dirty Laundry, Calgary’s only completely live, completely improvised soap opera presents their 19th season – Oil Money. It’s 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. There’s plenty of oil and plenty of money. The story centers around two feuding families who run two competing oil companies. Who’s heart will break? Who’s deal will bust? Will Calgary ever get the Olympics? Head to the show to find out.

When: Every Monday until April 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 – 115 9 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10-$16

Michael Bublé Love Tour: Edmonton


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What: It’s a beautiful day as Canadian crooner and 12-time JUNO Award winner, Michael Bublé is coming Home to Canada this spring, as part of his 2019 Canadian tour. Every full-priced ticket purchased for the tour includes a standard CD or digital copy of Michael’s highly anticipated new album Love.

Love is Michael’s eighth major studio album for Reprise Records and will be available November 16. Bublés has already completed five sold-out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, concert begins at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Place, 10220 104 Ave NW
Tickets: Tickets range from $69, $99 and $189, online

Social Media and Civic Culture in Canada: Roundtable

What: A roundtable discussion with activists and academics on social media and civic engagement in Canada. Researchers and activists will give five-minute lightning talks on their work to kick off an evening of discussion. Topics include the political economy of intersectional hashtag activism, twitter debates on medical assisted suicide in Canada, Indigenous activism as de-colonizing civic culture and the Mohkinstsis Healing Camp.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 7 pm
Where: Calgary Public Library – 800 3 Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online,Free

Alan Parsons Live Project

What: Legendary songwriter, producer and musician Alan Parsons comes to Calgary for a show at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino.

When: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: Doors 6;30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Resort & Casino – 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, April 16

Vote in the 2019 Provincial General Election


Image: Alberta Flag / Shutterstock

What: Make your voice heard by voting in the 2019 Provincial General Election. All eligible voters must vote at their designated voting station on Voting Day. You can find the locations of voting places by using the Government of Alberta’s interactive voting station map on their website.

You need to bring ID that proves your identity and home address. Your Alberta driver’s license, Alberta Identification card, or government-issued/school documents will work as well. Picture ID is not a requirement. If it is not stated on your ID, you’ll also need to bring something to establish your current address, which can be anything from a bank statement to a utility bill. Find a list of acceptable IDs here.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 9 am to 8 pm
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Downtown Market

What: Stroll through your favourite local makers, artists and producers at the monthly Downtown Market series.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square – 401 9th Avenue SW
Admission: Free

Dinner & a Movie at Heritage Park – A League Of Their Own

What: You can’t beat a classic with a classic! This ain’t no typical ‘dinner and a movie,’ as Heritage Park brings it up a notch with their delicious, themed three-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille Restaurant, before presenting a timeless classic film that will truly bring you back to a wonderful time in history.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Heritage Park Historical Village – 1900 Heritage Drive SW
Cost: $44/person or $8 for movie only

Drop-in D&D in YYC

What: Join Hexpert DMs at The Hexagon as they lead you on an epic adventure. There will be a variety of pre-made characters, but feel free to create your own ahead of time or bring the one you’ve already started. Each night will be a single campaign that fits in the larger story arc. This event night is for all levels of gamers and those brand new or experienced to D&D.

When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday
Time: Registration at 6:30 pm, Play Time from 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Hexagon Board Game Cafe – 1140 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary
Admission: $5 with a minimum drink purchase.

Dave Kelly Live Presents: Icons: An Evening with Jann Arden

What: A night of conversations and stories with Canadian Music Icon, Jann Arden.

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts – 18 Mount Royal Circle SW, Calgary

Wednesday, April 17

Calgary International Auto & Truck Show

What: The Calgary International Auto and Truck Show is one of the largest exhibitions of new cars and trucks in Western Canada. Get up close and personal with the best new vehicles from your favourite brands, plus enjoy special events and chance to win prizes.

When: Wednesday, April 17 to Sunday, April 21, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BMO Centre – Stampede Park – 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market

What: Grab your weekly haul of delicious produce, eggs, baked goods, meats, preserves, florals, and more, all grown and produced on farms right here in Alberta. You can enjoy live entertainment and other fun activities happening at this quaint community farmers’ market. The market will go on rain or shine, so come prepared.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 to 7 pm
Where: 1320 5th Avenue NW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Science in the Cinema presents: The Big Sick

What: Join the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health for a free screening of ‘The Big Sick’, the next movie in their Science in the Cinema series. ‘The Big Sick’ is a cross-cultural romantic comedy based on the real-life story of Kumail Nanjiani, whose then ex-girlfriend was placed in a medically induced coma while doctors tried to diagnose her illness. After the movie, McCaig Institute researcher Dr. Marvin Fritzler, MD, PhD, will discuss the difficulties of diagnosing autoimmune and rheumatic illnesses.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, screening 6:30 pm
Where: The Plaza Theatre – 1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary
Admission: Free, plus free small popcorn

Reactor Improv Festival 2019

What: Reactor Improv Festival is a celebration of improvised theatre – the only one of its kind in Calgary. The festival aims to showcase diverse talent, fresh acts, and the best in unscripted theatre. Featuring four days of energy-packed, artistically-charged performances with guests from across North America.

When: Wednesdays, April 17 to Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Alexandra Centre on Wednesday and Thursday, Festival Hall on Friday and Saturday
Tickets: Online

Lea Salonga – The Human Heart Tour

What: Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend” in 2011.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tickets: Online

Thursday, April 18

Brewster Banff Gondola

Image: Banff Gondola / Facebook

What: Head to the summit for an unreal view above the treetops and a birds-eye view of six different mountain ranges, while sipping on coffee or a refreshing glass of wine. Start with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk to learn more about Canada’s first national park, or go indoors to sample from three restaurant menus. Then get hands-on in the world-class interpretive centre and theatre.

When: Daily until April 18, 2019.
Time: Various
Where: 100 Mountain Avenue, Banff
TicketsOnline, various prices

Easter at the Market

What: Hop on over to the Calgary Farmers Market for Easter fun! Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, decorate Easter cookies, and give a donation to the Calgary Food Bank to ensure that no one goes hungry this Easter. There is no better way to put a little spring in your step and enjoy some quality time with the whole family. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce for your Easter feast!

When: April 18, April 19 and April 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Calgary Farmers Market – 510 77th Avenue SE
Admission: Free

The 420 Music and Arts Festival

What: Enjoy a three-day celebration featuring performers and Rock n’ Roll Bands surrounding the culture that is 420, along with eclectic art, makers, and many other local vendors and enthusiasts.

When: April 18 to 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: County Line Saloon – 1825 50 St SE, Calgary
Tickets: Online

8 Bit: The Video Game Dance Show

What: Audiences are taken on a wild ride through iconic video games from Pong to Mario to Fortnite. Expect something for everyone as the break-neck physical comedy is woven together with heartfelt messages of overcoming adversity, anger management, and teamwork. The good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the gamer community is highlighted as the duo sensitively address violence and sexism in video games within this captivating story. Presented by Cloudsway Dance Theatre.

When: Thursday, April 18 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: West Village Theatre – 2007 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online

AC/DC – Back in Black

What: An album born from grief, members of AC/DC began working on the guitar riffs just days after lead singer Bon Scott’s funeral. The band ended up creating one of the best-selling albums of all time. Hear every note and rhythm perfectly recreated by Classic Albums Live!

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
Tickets: Online

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