We’re almost halfway through the year and you may have heard the expression “Cultural Capital of Canada” being thrown about the city. What does it mean exactly? Isn’t it an oxymoron to have “Calgary” and “culture” uttered in the same sentence?
Well, as C.I.A. readers know, Calgary has a lot to offer and it definitely has a lot of culture. It’s what we write about all the time. As part of the Calgary 2012 initiative, our wonderful city has been awarded the Cultural Capital of Canada title from Heritage Canada, funding for special projects throughout the year, and opportunities for Calgarians to get immersed in many cultural activities. It started a few weeks ago with the Sweet City opening celebrations and will continue on throughout the year through events like Sled Island, the Calgary Stampede and more. Some of the exciting Calgary 2012 events coming up include:
Sweet City Woman Lip Dub Project – register by June 29
What’s a lib dub? It’s a fun music video that involves lip synching and audio dubbing usually with multiple participants involved. Sometimes the videos are filmed all in one shot which makes for a very interesting video shoot (see this cool lip dub project made by a Columbian university). “Sweet City Woman” was the first song by a Calgary act (The Stampeders) to hit #1 on the international charts and is the theme song for Calgary 2012.
Calgary 2012 Street Party – Saturday, September 29
Get your party on at Olympic Plaza and celebrate the Sweet City Woman lip dub project.
One Love Concert – October 7
Head down to the Jack Singer for a free concert about One Love, the universal love and respect expressed by all the people, for all the people. The show will feature devotional music from across our city and will be hosted by one of my fave CBC actors, musician and humanitarian, Tom Jackson.
So let’s be proud of our Cultural Capital status and get others to participate as well. When your friends say “there’s nothing to do in Calgary”, show them that they’re wrong. As you can see in the video clip above, Calgary’s arts and culture scene depends on the support of the people from all levels. If we all act as ambassadors for Calgary’s culture, who knows what possibilities there are.
Sidenote: The makers of the Alternative Currency documentary are looking for some financial help to get their project completed. Donate here!