Goings on – week of April 25 2013

Sled Island is two months away meaning we’re getting closer to cramming a year’s worth of events into less than a week. Adding to the chaos is the growing Sled Island Film contingent which has quietly brought some solid programming to the city each June. Want more Sled film this year? Attend the Sled Island Film Fundraiser on Thursday April 25 at the Bamboo Room where DJ Teddy Celebration will be spinning some hits. Keep some music video requests in mind too as they’ll be playing those as well. It’s like those MuchMusic Video Dances you used to attend as a kid.

Local post-rock group (and psychologist-obsessed pun enthusiasts) Jung People are returning home from a trip around the continent where they played both SXSW and Canadian Music Week along with a recording session at Montreal’s fabled Hotel2Tango studio. For the warmest possible homecoming show they’ve chosen Vern’s Tavern for a set on Friday April 26 where they’ll be joined by Winnipeg’s Viridians and locals Violence and Centauri .

If you’d prefer something a little more straightforward Vancouver garage and soul ensemble The Ballantynes will be in town playing Broken City on Friday April 26. They’ll be joined by Vancouver punk trio Needles//Pins whose terse melodic power-pop is something I can’t recommend highly enough along with locals Teledrome and Winnipeg’s This Hisses .

Of course the top choice for Friday is so good that we put it on the cover — legendary parodist and all around rock star “Weird Al” Yankovic will be performing at the Stampede Corral as part of the Calgary Expo. Offering an absurd amount of outfit changes and a deep well of material it’s brainless fun and ultimately a no-brainer.

If you’re craving something with more of an “industry” feel the Alberta Music Industry Association will be presenting the Calgary edition of Untapped Alberta on Saturday April 27 at The Palomino. The event features a batch of local artists — Dojo Workhorse Clinton St. John and Jessica Jalbert — with proceeds from the $10 admission fee going towards the Calgary Folk Music Festival Society.

Aside from Weird Al’s forays into Coolio and Chamillionaire that’s a pretty rap-free weekend. Come Monday that’ll change with the second edition of Calgary’s Hip Hop Karaoke at Commonwealth. Practice your best Raekwon impression to display or just show up for a mini Tubby Dog hot dog and watch your peers destroy a Pharcyde track onstage.

Finally on Tuesday April 30 scary Swedish doom metal dudes Ghost B.C. will don their skeleton makeup and papal hats for a theatrical set at Republik. They’re touring in support of their recent Infestissumam album and you can read an interview with them in this very issue.