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Top picks for getting out Nov. 8 – 14 including Norm MacDonald, TONTO Week at Studio Bell and Jay Baruchel

Still recovering from last week’s cornucopia of fun events? Too bad! There’s more! You think you’re tired, but you’re not. Trust me. I’m (not) a doctor.

Thursday: It’s Shawn Hook with Neon Dreams over at MacEwan Hall Ballroom if you’re into the EDM scene, and for those literary types, check out Eden Robinson over at Memorial Park Library presented by Wordfest. Bif Naked (yes! Bif!) will hit the stage over at the Gateway, the Canadian Jazz Festival kicks off at various venues around town!

Friday: It’s hard to believe, but Filling Station Magazine’s 25th Anniversary is upon us, and they are celebrating Friday at the Orpheus Theatre complete with authors past and present. Headed to Banff? Mary Walsh will be at the Eric Harvie Theatre, and back here at home Barney Bentall & the Cariboo Express will hit the Bella Concert Hall. Reignwolf with guests will be at the Commonwealth, you can catch Carbolizer at EMMedia, Rich Aucoin will be at the Rec Room and USS — Bonavista Tour will be at The Palace with guests The Elwins. Phew.

Saturday: Time is running out to check out DIY Theatre’s production of Half the Battle, playing at Motel Theatre (get there! It’s good!). The Small Glories will take the stage at Festival Hall, and at the Jack Singer Concert Hall you might want to take in Verdi Requiem presented by the CPO. Who doesn’t love Verdi? Crazy people.

Sunday: The Canadian Jazz Festival wraps up today with the free, family-friendly Inglewood JazzWalk all afternoon, and Norm MacDonald will be completing his four-day run at the Laugh Shop, with this added show the only one with tickets available. Grab one

Monday: It’s a Beakerhead Music & Book Launch with Jay Ingram and The Science of Why 3! at the Ironwood, and hey, maybe you want to see Fleetwood Mac at the Saddledome? No Lindsay Buckingham though … but Neil Finn! Love Neil Finn.

Tuesday: The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival runs until Nov. 18 at various venues, so check that out for sure. Swallow-a-Bicycle & Chromatic Theatre present Winners and Losers at the Engineered Air Theatre until Nov. 25.

Wednesday: It’s TONTO Week at NMC! Featuring Malcolm Cecil, A Tribe Called Red and much more at Studio Bell, and Chotto Desh is a family-friendly dance show taking place at Bella Concert Hall, so go and check that out. More booky stuff? Jay Baruchel will be over at the Memorial Park Library. So many booky things.

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 The Culture Cycle event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE. Contact her at