Calgary Beat: November 2016

Tuesday 01st, November 2016 / 15:09
By Willow Grier
Poster: Courtesy of Major Minor

Poster: Courtesy of Major Minor

CALGARY — The Calgary Beat Column returns just in time for winter to take hold of us with its iron grasp. My favourite season of pumpkins and costumes turns to colder days with less colour, and it’s kind of the perfect time to settle down and work on projects or learn new things, and this month has plenty in store in that respect.

I’m sure there’s a chance people are a bit partied out after roughly two weeks of Halloween bashes, but if you’re still craving a little extra costumed capering, Le Cirque de la Nuit is hosting a Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) party on November 4th at Marquee. There will be spooky roaming characters and circus performers galore to delight all the senses.

If you are looking to spark your creative flair, head to Paint Nite on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in Kensington for a little wine-infused art making! These events are led by artist Caitlynne Medrek through November, follow a different theme each week, and take place in the beautifully retro-classic PRLR Lounge. It’s best to pre-register ( to reserve a spot.

November 10th, Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse bring us a Men in Feminism discussion and panel at the Women’s Resource Centre in U of C. This aims to bring light to the ways masculinity is shaped through media and how this affects all of us. It’s definitely a healthy dialogue that needs to become more commonplace.

On November 12th, Major Minor brings us the first edition of Punk Rock Bowling at Paradise Lanes. This edition features Miesha and the Spanks, Streetlight Saints, River Jacks, and Class Action and is an all-ages event.

Then, on November 16th, Rockin 4 Dollar$ at Broken City brings us a special edition night featuring Calgary Bands as Calgary bands. This could get pretty hilarious, so sign up now if you are an artist/band who wants to play as another local act.

Femme Wave fest comes to us on the 17-20th and in addition to great music, the festival is also presenting a ton of fun, by-donation workshops on Sunday the 20th. These workshops include a hip-hop lyricism session, a sword fighting class, and finger weaving and astrology workshops. For the full details, read our print edition cover stories ( web posts to come) and head to

And finally, another important info session takes place at Emmedia on November 24th. Spirit of Truth Productions has organized a Fentanyl Awareness and Narcan Training Session. If you go to shows or are at all involved in the party scene, this info session is very important. Unfortunately, fentanyl has had an insidious impact in a lot of scenes, and learning about it and how to reduce harm is essentially the best weapon we have. Register now to reserve a spot. The session will teach participants how to use a Narcan kit to respond to overdoses, and will offer a ton of helpful info on the subject. Harm reduction saves lives!

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