Cultural Capital kick-off. Sweeeet.

The folks behind Calgary 2012 are promising a “circus meets vaudeville meets High Performance Rodeo with a rock concert” kick-off to Calgary’s year as the "Cultural Capital" of Canada.

The party — officially entitled “The Sweet City Opening Celebration" — goes down this Friday at the BMO Centre on the Stampede Grounds but if you haven’t already got it a ticket you may be out of luck — the event is sold out (though there is still a chance to put your name on a wait list ).

But if you’re among the 3400 ticket holders expect a spectacle — besides the obligatory dignitaries who’ll be in attendance (Premier Alison Redford Mayor Naheed Nenshi etc. etc.) you’ll being seeing close to 200 local performers including: Calgary Animated Objects Society Green Fools Theatre Red Thunder: The Next Generation Kabuki Guns Burlesque Sykotik Masquerade Club of Calgary and Theatre of the Living Statue.

And Calgary’s biggest pre-Feist musical exports The Stampeders will be on hand to perform the official Calgary 2012 theme song “Sweet City Woman.”

Personally I prefer “Wild Eyes” but that’s cool nonetheless. Rock on Calgary you sweet Cultural Capital you.

More info here .