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Top picks for getting out June 14 – 20 including Trevor Noah, JazzYYC Summer Festival and Sled Island

I don’t even know how to begin to tell you all about the awesome stuff that’s happening this weekend and into next week. Mainly because I think I’ve used all of my fun one-liners on you already and don’t want to look like I’m recycling witty banter. So how about I just jump right into it and save us all a little bit of agony, hmmm?

Thursday: JazzYYC Summer Festival is here! It takes place at a few venues around town until the 17th, so check it out. Also, Xavier Rudd brings his Storm Boy Tour to MacEwan Hall.

Friday: Theatre is still going strong, everyone! Until June 30, you can catch Front Row Centre Players production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre. Or, hey, Dylan Moran “Grumbling Mustard” at MacEwan Hall – he’s Irish, he’s a comedian, and maybe there will be actual mustard. BUT! For other comedy you can head to the Jubilee (if there are tickets left for the second show!) to catch Trevor Noah. And why wouldn’t you want to? Hi. Lar. I. Ous.

Saturday: Get on down to the Memorial Park Library for the 2018 Beltline Urban Mural Project (BUMP) Launch Party & Artist Exhibition from 5-7 p.m., then mosey over to cSpace King Edward for We Are All Treaty People  (recommended for children 8-12 and their families; there are two shows at 4 and 7 p.m., so take your pick!) and then Cousin Harley with the Ramblin’ Ambassadors will be at Nite Owl. That’s a full Saturday right there.

Sunday: Father’s Day — go buy your dad a last-minute tie or pair of socks and deliver with love.

Monday: M. Ward with guest Samantha Savage Smith at the Commonwealth Bar & Stage! (It moved from the Bella Concert Hall, so make sure you go to the right place.)

Wednesday: Oh yes. You’ve been waiting for it all year … Sled Island starts this Wednesday and will feature bands such as Dirty Proectors, Deerhoof, Wye Oak, Shabazz Palaces, John Maus, Cherry Glazerr … so many! Catch all of the magic until June 24 all around downtown. Nap frequently if you can. I’m tired just typing this.

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!

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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