Top 5 picks for getting out

I am making a concerted effort to contain my picks to five this week. It’s difficult, I’m not going to lie to you …

Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest continues until March 4 at various venues around town, and there are still some great acts to catch including David Gogo, Eddie Shaw, and Victor Wainwright & the Wildroots. Check out their site for schedule.

• Edmonton’s Royal Tusk plays The Gateway on Thursday night — a bit of rock to start your weekend is never a bad thing.

• Alberta Theatre Project is looking for support in order to keep the company going past the 2018 theatre season, and a good way to show your love for them them is to take in the plays that they have up on offer. ATP opens Gracie on Friday night and you have until March 18 to check it out at the Martha Cohen Theatre.

• Friday you should head down to the Glenbow for their Launch Party celebrating the opening of their new exhibitions, and featuring music by Hello Moth, Rosalind and DJ Myke Atkinson. Afterwards wander over a few blocks to Nite Owl and take in The Velveteins with Pancake and Time Boy. And yes, I plug The Velveteins a lot — my cousin is in the band, it’s what you do. 

• The Kinkonauts have a new performance space in the Rose Room of The Alexandra Centre! Saturday night they will present their latest, One Lions & Like Father Like Son with Julian Faid & Jessie McPhee. Should be fun!

• Get your tickets, if you haven’t already, for An Evening with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with amazing support by Lindi Ortega, Ian Tyson and Murray McLauchlan on Tuesday night at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. 

That totally wasn’t five picks.

Check out the full calendar of what’s happening in town at The Culture Cycle. If you have an event you’d like to see in the listings, please email it to me at