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Things Happening at Chinook Blast This Weekend

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This weekend from February 9th-11th, Chinook Blast not only boasts a dynamic schedule of events but also brings the heart of Calgary alive with an array of art installations, enchanting roving light-up performances, and diverse programming along Stephen Avenue. As you wander through the city, let yourself be captivated by the glow of innovative art pieces, each telling its own story under the winter sky. Stephen Avenue will transform into a bustling canvas of creativity, where every corner offers a new spectacle, blending the charm of light and art in motion. This additional layer of cultural enrichment ensures that your journey through Chinook Blast is both visually and emotionally stirring, creating a multidimensional experience of Calgary’s vibrant artistic community.

Friday, February 9th: A Festive Kickoff

BIG Winter Classic

The weekend kicks off with a bang as the BIG Winter Classic. Calgary’s Winter festival brings a slice of their festival magic to the Olympic Plaza stage. Get ready for an unforgettable winter experience and a performance by Canadian country music sensation, Amy Nelson, setting the perfect tone for the weekend ahead.

Lunar New Year Celebrations

2024 marks the Year of the Dragon, and what better way to celebrate than with the Honan Shaolin Golden Dragon dance team? Join us at the ImaginAsian Night Market and Lantern Parade/Performance to ring in the Lunar New Year with vibrant cultural festivities.

One Big JAM

Experience the spontaneity of a fully-improvised concert with One Big JAM. This unique musical gathering brings together Calgary’s finest artists for an immersive concert experience where the audience is part of the magic. Be prepared to engage and be amazed!

Arts Commons Extravaganza

Olympic Plaza gets an artistic makeover with a 45-minute showcase of joyous, spontaneous, and moving performances. Hosted by Anthony Russell and CHISH, featuring spoken word artist Priscille Bukasa and the brass band sensation Cowtown, this is an art blast you won’t want to miss.

Saturday, February 10th: A Tapestry of Talent

Indigenous Artistry

This is another part of Chinook Blast. From 4 pm to 6 pm, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Indigenous culture with a special showcase curated by Four Winds Indigenous Showcase and Market. Witness the fusion of modern R&B with traditional elements by Indigenous hip hop artist Toosick, followed by a captivating Powwow dance by the Tootoosis Crew Youth Dancers, all accompanied by the powerful beats of Sage Scabbyrobe from the Blackstone Singers.

The Cruz Brothers Spin the Night

As the evening sets in, get ready to move to the beats of DJ Fatrok (Mark Cruz) and DJ C-Sik (Rick Cruz). Known as The Cruz Brothers, they promise a special DJ set that will have you dancing or skating the night away.

Sunday, February 11th: A Scottish Finale

Great Canadian Kilt Skate

The weekend rounds off with a uniquely Canadian experience – the Great Canadian Kilt Skate. Join us at Olympic Plaza to skate in kilts, enjoy the warmth of outdoor fires, and revel in the performances of bagpipers, a Scottish choir, and highland dancers.

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