Goings On week of Aug 28 2014

For nine years the Hifi Club has been bringing dance parties to the Beltline on a weekly basis. For two-thirds of that time (six years — come on it’s simple math) the crew has also hosted an annual alley party behind Theatre Junction Grand.

Said party returns on Thursday August 28 when the alley will be packed with performers. These include Fool’s Gold performer Thee Mike B alongside the Smalltown DJs DJ Pump DJ Lorne B Wax Romeo C-Sik Isis Graham Sergio Levels Ivan Rankic DJ Reece DJ Heebz Rusty Meeks Crimson Sonny Chiba and Deepone. Honestly there are enough DJs that they’d have a great party without you but you should still probably go.

One DJ that won’t be performing at the Theatre Junction Grand party is Jeremy Curry. The Fast Forward Weekly contributor (whose new weekly Snack Talk blog keeps us chuckling and munching away every Wednesday) will take a break from being snack selector and instead provide some songs between sets at Chris Dadge’s next Bug Incision showcase. The avant-garde showcase which takes place on Thursday night will mark the organization’s last appearance at Emmedia for some time but they’ll go out with a bang courtesy of Andrew Hume’s out-there solo project Pale Lobo Vancouver harsh noise act Molena a collaboration between poets Jonathon Wilcke and Nikki Reimer and a solo set from Quinn Em.

Possibly the exact opposite of a Bug Incision showcase Katy Perry will bring her colourful candy-coated pop back to the Saddledome on Friday August 29. Though we’ll likely never have another album as perfect as Teenage Dream she’s still cranking out the hits — and pictures from this tour suggest she’s got a giant inflatable poo emoji in the stage show. Add an opening performance from critic-proof country star Kacey Musgraves and you’ve got a nice little Friday waiting for you.

What am I doing on Saturday August 30? Well I’ll be at a wedding… it’s weird that you’d ask such a personal and specific question. But assuming you’re not invited to the wedding you should head over to the National Music Centre where some of Calgary’s best outsider pop acts will take the stage. Folk-leaning experimenters Kris Ellestad and Knots will each play sets alongside pop deconstructionist Tigerwing and newcomer Brushsigns.

Fort Calgary was most recently the site of the Chasing Summer EDM festival where our city proudly didn’t have any drug-related deaths. (Only a ton of hospitalizations due to overdoses — but still better than some of the other EDM fests!) Shifting gears a little the field will now play host to the rock ’n’ roll fan in your family with the return of X-Fest.

Saturday August 30 marks the first day of the fest and features performances from a shit-ton of indie acts including Stars recently reunited locals The Smalls and Fitz and the Tantrums. There are also two big-deal headliners — sappy indie rock crew Death Cab for Cutie will play one of their last shows with founding guitarist Chris Walla so you might cry along even more than usual (until you all yell the word “Calgary” at the same time in “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”). Meanwhile real rock ’n’ roller Jack White will bring back real rock ’n’ roll and remind you why rock really rocks.

Day two of X-Fest takes place on Sunday August 31 and includes appearances from two “Something The Something” bands (Cage The Elephant and Foster The People) as well as Serena Ryder Tegan and Sara and Arctic Monkeys among many others.

For something smaller but in all likeliness louder you could hit the Drum & Monkey on Sunday. The iconic venue is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a smorgasbord of local bands including Napalmpom Racket Soft Cure Surf Kitties American Sharks and many more.