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Top picks for getting out Sept. 5 – 11 including Off-Country, Country Music Week, Honens and a Wordfest Imaginairium preview

How is it September? I’m not even joking, this is ridiculous. I’m not being disparaging, September is my fave month. I have a waaaay better fall wardrobe than summer. Everyone wins. And I will wear said wardrobe to some or all of the following events:

Thursday: It’s Country Music Week, in case you’ve been living under a rock and did not hear, and tonight you can catch High Valley at The Palace as part of it. Also part of it but not part of it, but equally as great — because it’s free! — is Music Mile’s Off-Country festival featuring around 60 bands and artists playing over the next few days at the venues located along the Music Mile, including JJ Shiplett at the Ironwood, Matt Blais at the Central Library, King of Foxes at Cold Garden, Emily Triggs at The Nash and many more. Grandson will be at The Gateway, and it’s Free First Thursday at the Glenbow.

Friday: Stage West — theatre AND dinner! Get over there and check out There Goes the Bride and raid the dessert table. Over at Studio Bell you can catch Sylvia Tyson in Conversation, Honens presents Bison Noir at the Royal Canadian Legion #1, you can support the Femme Wave arts festival by attending a fundraising screening of Alien over at The Globe, and more Off-Country events include Justine Vandergrift at Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar, Eddie Turner & Trouble at The Blues Can, and Jory Kinjo at the Ironwood.

Saturday: If you need a boost of adrenaline and testosterone, head to the Stampede Grandstand for Monster Jam — jaw-dropping stunt and car-crushing action! Modern Times Redux, the long awaited Charlie Chaplin-themed evening of vintage fashion, music and film, will be happening at The GRAND, and you can catch Beautiful Joe at the Ironwood or Fromage Chaud at the Central Library.

Sunday: The Honens Festival continues and you can take in their Open Air concert at Central Memorial Park this afternoon, after you hit the pop-up market in Tomkins Park on 17th Ave, of course. Then you have a choice of attending the Canadian Country Music Association Awards at the Saddledome or Podcast Live! Stop Podcasting Yourself over at the Central Library.

Wednesday: The Wordfest We’ve Read This Book Club and their Imaginairium Festival Preview will be happening tonight at the Memorial Park Library – make sure you know what’s happening as far as all things literary (and more!) this October! And over at the Commonwealth you can catch Honors. There you go.

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 continues to work within the Calgary arts & culture scene to promote the city’s numerous and varied events. Contact her at