By Willow Grier
CALGARY — July had me confronting the very real issue of having way too many worthy events to possibly attend all of them. This city is so full and I couldn’t be happier. August is pretty much no different, and while I know I’ve got a lot of ground to cover as I write this, I’m sure a half-dozen other great events will pop up in the interim between print. As for what is currently on my radar, this month has a lot of fantastic Sled Island featured artists carrying the stoke forward, including a Mint Records extravaganza at the Palomino with Jay Arner, Pre Nup, and Supermoon on the 11th, and Dreamwhip and Bog Bodies opening for Woolworm (Vancouver) on the 14th at Tubby Dog.
For more on the punk and shoe-gaze side of things, we have Supervisions, Focus Formula, and Aiwass opening for Copenhagen queer post-punk group Prison at Sloth Records on August 18th. The latter two shows are presented by Spirit of Truth Productions, who brought us Garbage Daze festival, so you know the bands will be wonderfully out of the ordinary.
Also in August, we have Calgary Beer Core’s 12-year anniversary, which brings a stacked 30-band lineup over three days (August 11th-13th) at Distortion. The event will showcase heavy favourites like Difficult Brown, Stab.Twist.Pull, Reckless Heroes, and Megiddo, who conveniently are releasing a new album after a long break. Go Beer or go home.
A little more on the wholesome side, Girl’s Rock Camp is returning! This awesome event pairs young aspiring musicians with some of Calgary’s finest girl-power band members for a week of instruction and creation. The camp runs August 8th-13th, with a showcase at the Ship & Anchor on the 13th! Check out the show to support and encourage a new crop of rad musicians.
Calgary via Ottawa group Burning Daisy is following the trend of finale shows we’ve been seeing lately, and releasing a single with support from Ancient Highways, Paper Trails, and The Daily Mail at the Palomino on the 6th. Catch those daisies before they burn out!
Speaking of burning, a summer of dazzling skies continues and gives our city the chance to celebrate Calgary’s cultural diversity by taking in Global Fest Fireworks Festival August 18th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, and 27th tentatively. The not-for-profit event is “committed to producing an inclusive, world-class, multi-faceted arts and cultural festival that will enhance Alberta’s reputation as a truly international destination.” Definitely a great way to round out the summer.
Finally, this month we are happy to celebrate the Calgary formed band The Fast Romantics winning the 11th annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize with their song “Julia.” Give the song a listen and be sure to congratulate the band on their hard work!AB, Alberta, Calgary rock