From Studio Bell to hot spot eateries, from urban plazas to the library, there’s always something happening somewhere in East Village. We’ve rounded up our top picks of this week’s events, programs, classes and more. Don’t forget to check the calendars of our community partners for other goings-on in the neighbourhood!
Calgary International Blues Festival have somethin’ special for blues fans: two of Canada’s leading guitarists on the Eddy’s legendary blues stage.
Suzie Vinnick is one of Canada’s true stand-out roots and blues artists, a shape-shifting maverick who continues to blaze her own trail. Tony D (Diteodoro), perhaps best known as the guitarist for Juno award-winning band MonkeyJunk, has been laying it down for over thirty years.
When: Thursday, February 28 @ 7:00pm
Where: King Eddy (438 9th Avenue SE)
Cost: $35, free with Calgary Midwinter Blues Fest Weekend Pass
It's Bookers’ annual Mardi Gras Party! From March 1st to 2nd, enjoy $8 Bacardi Hurricanes (2oz) and $5 RumChata & XO Patrón Café shots. Live performances by JG n' The District will take place at 9:30PM on both nights, plus dancers, a magician and stilt walker.
When: Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2
Where: 316 3 Street SE
Cost: No cover
Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace exploration of self. In programs like this, participants are able to see people who interpret gender and imagine a colourful world where people can express their identity freely.
Spark your imagination and celebrate inclusion and diversity with this glamourous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag queens and kings.
When: Saturday, March 2 @ 10:00am
Where: 800 3rd Street SE
Join Calgary author Shaun Hunter for an afternoon of writing the city we call home. Crack open the clichés, plumb the city’s depths, and savour its particularities.
Shaun Hunter is the author of 'Calgary through the Eyes of Writers' (Rocky Mountain Books) as well as five biographies for young readers. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies. Her essay “Skin Deep” was a finalist for the 2013 James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction.
When: Sunday, March 3 @ 2:30pm
Where: 535 8 Avenue SE
For the past 7 years, Leila Sidi has been studying woodworking and luthiery. Building mid-century inspired, high-fidelity electric guitars, she focuses on environmental and design justice as it applies to her work. Leila will take us through her journey into craft, discuss barriers faced and talk us through the process of building an electric guitar.
When: Sunday, March 3 @ 12:30pm
Where: Studio Bell (850 4 Street SE)
Cost: Free with Studio Bell admission
Raw Canvas by Paint Parti offers painting, tapas and drinks for a night of fun! Follow step-by-step instructions by the instructor or mix in some of your own creative flair to complete a beautiful finished painting. No painting experience is necessary to let your inner artist shine!
When: Tuesday, March 5 @ 7:00pm
Where: 609 Confluence Way SE