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Top picks for getting out Oct. 5 – 11 including 2017 Wordfest, Jillionaire, David Gogo and much more

October is a very literary month in Calgary. And very theatre-y. Lots of music as well.  Always some comedy and art… okay, October is not necessarily any different from every other month in that there is much to do in town. Much. To. Do. For example…

Thursday: If tickets are still available, tonight is your chance to take in Wordfest’s presentation of Measha Bruggergosman launching her book, Something is Always on Fire. Ain’t that the truth. And, speaking of Wordfest, their 2017 festival runs Oct. 9 – 15 at various venues around town and will feature over 80 authors reading, presenting, and generally culture-ing up our fair city for the next week. Check their schedule in order to plan your literary… adventures?

If music is more your thing Thursday, check out David Gogo at the Ironwood Stage & Screen at 8pm. Always a great show!

Friday: The Highest Order with Hermitess, Apartment and Cold Water at the Nite Owl for your musical needs, or maybe you need some garlic fries and want to hit the Palomino for Julie and the Wrong Guys. Wait. That rhymed.

Saturday: Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier perform at the Bow Valley Music Club, or, OR get yourself down to the Hifi Club because “supergroup” TUNS (featuring members of Sloan, The Inbreds & The Super Friendz) will be there ready to *ahem* rock you.

If you’re feeling more like some comedy, take in some Improvised Shakespeare with The Kinkonauts’ Much Ado From Nothing down at the Alexandra Centre. Improv and Shakespeare – together at last.

Sunday: Trapped Under Ice with World View, Citizen Rage and Enemies over at Dickens Pub. They say 8pm, so if you are worried about it being a school night, you can pretend that it’s not going to be a late one (it will be).

A definite late one on Sunday will be the Jillionaire show at Commonwealth – I have it on good authority that this will be amazing. I trust my sources.

Monday: It’s Thanksgiving. Give thanks for something/someone in your life, eat your bodyweight in turkey & mashed potatoes and then nap. BOOM.

Tuesday: Theatre Calgary’s latest production, Sisters: The Belles Soeurs Musical opens today and runs until Nov. 4. Check it out!

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