Cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day year with one of these events in South­ern Al­berta’s host city

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BY SIL­VIA PIKAL Cel­e­brate the coun­try’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial.


July 7 - 16 This year the evening grand­stand show at the Cal­gary Stam­pede (page 12) has a Canada 150 theme. Called “To­gether,” the show cel­e­brates Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism through di­verse mu­sic, dance, and vis­ual im­agery. It will be hosted by Cal­gary’s own singer­song­writer Jann Ar­den, who will per­form along­side other tal­ents with a mix of pop­u­lar Cana­dian mu­sic and a new score by pro­ducer Dave Pierce, who won an Emmy award scor­ing the mu­sic for the 2010 Win­ter Olympic Cer­e­monies in Van­cou­ver.


July 15 Come down to Bow Val­ley Ranche at Fish Creek Pro­vin­cial Park for a cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th and Al­berta’s nat­u­ral ar­eas. Learn about the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing lo­cal wa­ter­sheds through in­ter­ac­tive games and ac­tiv­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tional guided walks, a fly-fish­ing demo, and more. En­joy live per­for­mances, draws, and re­fresh­ments (page 40).


July 26 Cal­gary Folk Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is host­ing a free con­cert to com­mem­o­rate Canada’s 150th. Canada Far and Wide: Grands Esprits show­cases tra­di­tional songs from Canada’s his­tory along with songs from trail­blaz­ing Cana­dian mu­si­cians like Joni Mitchell, Hank Snow, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leonard Co­hen. Per­form­ers at the con­cert in­clude Ja­son Col­lett, Ba­sia Bu­lat, Cris Derk­sen, Turk­waz, DJ Shub, Mélisande (élec­tro­trad), Birds of Chicago, and Bar­ney Ben­tall. Toronto-based mu­si­cal group Choir! Choir! Choir! will lead the grand fi­nale of the show with an au­di­ence sing-a-long (page 36).


Au­gust 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 For Canada’s birth­day, Glob­alFest is switch­ing from in­ter­na­tional dis­plays to a Canada-only fo­cus. Five teams—Western Canada, the prairies, On­tario, Que­bec, and At­lantic Canada—are putting on an elab­o­rate fire­works show chore­ographed to re­gional mu­sic, with food and ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to each re­gion. The last day of the fes­ti­val is a fi­nale with live ac­com­pa­ni­ment (page 38).

k.d. lang

Au­gust 23 - 24 Named one of Canada’s 150th am­bas­sadors, k.d. lang is cel­e­brat­ing an­other big mile­stone this year. 2017 is the 25th an­niver­sary of her plat­inum al­bum Ingénue, and she’ll per­form songs from the al­bum on her solo tour. The singer-song­writer will also play hits from her 2004 al­bum Hymns of the 49th Par­al­lel, which fea­tures cov­ers of songs by other Cana­dian mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Joni Mitchell, Leonard Co­hen, Neil Young, and Ron Sex­smith (page 40).


Septem­ber 2 Come out and cel­e­brate Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties with the Strath­cona Christie Aspen Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion. There will be a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony, flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony, art ex­hi­bi­tion, sports show­case, en­ter­tain­ment stage, out­door fam­ily area, plenty of food, and a LEGO com­pe­ti­tion for kids with a theme of what you love about Canada (sca­cal­­e­bra­tion-on-the-hill).


Septem­ber 7 - 10 The Ho­nens Fes­ti­val show­cases some of Canada’s bright­est clas­si­cal mu­sic stars. The fes­ti­val has sev­eral free events, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar open-air con­cert at Cen­tral Memo­rial Park that lets you en­joy cham­ber mu­sic un­der the sun, and con­certs that set pop­u­lar chil­dren’s sto­ries to mu­sic (page 38). STU­DIO BELL Through Fall 2017 Don’t miss Mile­stones: Sarah McLach­lan, a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion at Stu­dio Bell, home of the Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre, which hon­ours Sarah McLach­lan’s 2017 in­duc­tion into the Cana­dian Mu­sic Hall of Fame. See a dis­play of McLach­lan’s in­stru­ments, awards, and a stage cos­tume from Lilith Fair (page 27). NA­TIONAL PARKS AND HIS­TORIC SITES

Through De­cem­ber 31, 2017 All Na­tional Parks and His­toric Sites in Canada are of­fer­ing free ad­mis­sion in 2017. This in­cludes 19 places in Al­berta such as Banff Na­tional Park, Water­ton Lakes Na­tional Park, and Bar U Ranch Na­tional His­toric Site.

(Left to right) Mile­stones: Sarah McLach­lan; Glob­alfest; Banff Na­tional Park; k.d. lang; Canada 150 Sculp­ture.

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