By Taylor Odishaw-Dyck
CALGARY – If you grew up playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, you may agree that skateboarding on rooftops while bumping “Blitzkrieg Bop” is one of the coolest virtual realities known to man. Well, the BIG crew has teamed up with Quicksilver and Surf Anywhere to make your dreams come true. This July 15, on the rooftop patio of National on 8th Street in Calgary, you may notice considerable “disturbance of the peace” taking place.
Do not be alarmed. This is likely due to the rooftop party of the summer, something you won’t want to miss. A winner-takes-all S-K-A-T-E competition will kick the evening off. Over the month of June, Slam Festival, a first-of-its-kind Alberta skate/surf/music/art festival, has been reviewing submissions from local skaters, narrowing down the top six contestants. The winner will take home some sweet prizes including two weekend passes to the 2018 BIG Winter Classic. Check out #bigslamSKATE on Instagram if you want a sneak peek at Calgary’s gnarly submissions.
Following the skate competition is a five-band lineup for your listening pleasure. Chixdiggit, High Kicks, Napalmpom, Chron Goblin, and All Hands on Jane will take care of your auditory desires, fulfilling your need to let loose this July (and to escape the Stampede). Each band brings a thrashed out energy that will leave you wanting to relive your Tony Hawk’s Underground (THUG) days.
On the heels of the third annual BIG Winter Classic, the BIG squad, led by Adrian Urlacher, is “enlightened, refreshed, and ready to bring it,” to the Calgary summer scene. This is their first collaboration with Slam Festival, which promises to be a unique approach to bridging the gap between the skateboarding and live music communities.
Calgary’s music culture has seen significant growth in recent years, driven by a throng of passionate musicians who live and breathe music. Now, a handful of the city’s industry leaders are branching out to cross-pollinate with YYC’s extreme sports scene, opening their doors and rooftop floors to any skaters looking to bust a move in front of a fun-loving audience at the 2017 BIG Slam.
Head to the National on July 15 (Calgary) for the kick-off to BIG Slam Fest. Tickets are available online at https://www.myshowpass.com/l/68b019c4/Big, BIG Slam Fest, National, Slam Festival, Tony Hawk