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Top picks for getting out Aug. 24-30, including Carifest, BIG Studio, Barley Belt YYC Tap Tour and more

Ha ha ha, you thought the juggernaut that is culture in Calgary would slow down at some point this summer, didn’t you? So wrong … so very, very wrong. This list is going to be a long one this week — sorry-not-sorry — but first…

Just announced concerts: Former Calgary band Braids will help launch the fall season of Studio Bell After Hours on Sept. 22; A Tribe Called Red will perform Dec. 1 at The Palace; Peter Mansbridge: Live Coast to Coast (who doesn’t love this man?) will grace us with his presence Nov. 19 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall; Broken Social Scene plays The Palace Oct. 18; and The Pack A.D. have just been announced for an early show at the Commonwealth on Nov. 3. Check links for ticket prices and on sale times.

Thursday: A concert for a great cause, you’ll want to head to Festival Hall for the Adam VW The Mountain CD Release with Rosalind & Danielle Knibbe at 8 p.m. Check out Mike Bell’s story on this amazing tribute to a great musician.

Friday: Carifest 2017 takes to the streets in parade-form, specifically, starting at Olympic Plaza and heading down Stephen Avenue Walk Friday afternoon, with a full lineup of performances taking place at Shaw Millennium Park both Friday and Saturday. BIG Studio is presented by Big Winter Classic & Escape Art, and will feature music by music by Fake James, JodieB Music, Roman66, and Zeko Deshoda, art and more at the Gallery Cafe, starting at 6 p.m. Head down to Nite Owl for 36?, Windigo, J Blissett & Wise Child if that’s more your thing. I’m not judging.

Saturday: What better way to spend an afternoon than at The Killarney Record Show? From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. you can buy as much vinyl as you can carry at St. Matthew’s United Church. Admission is only $2! Pick up some Beastie Boys albums while you are there in order to prep you for the Beastie Boys Tribute taking place that night at the downtown Legion. DJs, bands, silent auction and karaoke — all Beasties, all the time.

• Sunday: Barley Belt YYC Tap Tour, a tour of local breweries takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Gravity Espresso hosts Jazz Generations at 7 p.m., and over at Distortion you can get your metal on with Anarcheon, Nuclear Oath, 2 Shadows and guests. $10!

Monday: If you are involved in, or interested in the arts scene in Calgary (and I know you are) you will want to check out the YYC Mayoral Candidates on the Arts at Theatre Junction GRAND at 6 p.m. Sign up to ensure a seat!

Tuesday: Green Fools Theatre presents COU: A Circus of Unity at the Jubilee Auditorium. We could all use a little unity right now, and who better to inspire it than the Green Fools?

Wednesday: Die Antwoord hits the BMO Centre for your musical needs this Wednesday, or if you are feeling more like Moley Russell’s Wart, head to the Marriott rooftop patio for Downtown Movie Night featuring Uncle Buck! Bah, ha, ha, ha! Moley Russell’s Wart.

There is so much more going on in this city than you can imagine. Check out all of the listings to plan your week ahead!

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE and her event listings page, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at