Calgary Alert

Calgary Alert
June 2008

Lincoln Phillip

JAZZ IT UP The beat of the summer heat is getting stronger so why not get into its hot rhythm with this month’s Jazz Festivals. These sultry sounds will stir our spirits and become part of our summer sound tacks for 2008. The festivities begin in Edmonton from June 20 -29 then overlap in Calgary from June 24-29. These hot picks are sure to get you into the summer grove.

HOT When the funk hits the fan the only thing going down will be us boogieing to the legendary Maceo Parker double billed with Divine Brown. Parker’s career spans from James Brown to the Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Teamed with Divine Brown’s five-octave range voice, the house is sure to burn down! This jam takes place in Calgary June 28 at Jack Singer Concert Hall.

COOL On a breezier note, Wynton Marsalis, one of the world’s top classical trumpeters and big band leaders in the tradition of Duke Ellington is equally a must attend performance. Take in the swaying sounds of his jazz orchestra at the Winspear Centre June 25 in Edmonton.

PAINT THE TOWN It’s the season of the sandal so before you start tapping your toes to jazz beats why not paint your toes a hot pink. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann and Holt Renfrew’s Caryn Lerner teamed up to bottle Holt’s magnificent magenta trademark in an exclusive new shade called Painter’s Song. All of Lippmann’s shades are named after song titles—Painter’s Song by Norah Jones being one of Lerner’s favourite toe tapping tunes. Get yours exclusively at Holt Renfrew.

FANCY FOOTWORK What better way to get into the groove than altering our soles with new shoes? The Western Canadian shoe mecca Gravity Pope introduces two hot New York designer collections, Betsey Johnson and Opening Ceremony. Johnson’s peep toe stilettos in her signature floral prints are sure to put a spring in your step. Click here to check out selections in Calgary and Edmonton.

SOUL FOOD Known as the place where jazz music adds soul to your dining experience, Bistro Piq Niq’s tiny yet cozy quarters takes us on sentimental Parisian journey. Award winning Executive Chef Chris Spronk’s French creations such as Coq au Vin is heaven on a platter. After dinner head downstairs and discover the roots of this joint’s soul at Beat Niq Jazz and Social Club, a place that is driven by local musicians and exists for the musicians. Click here to find out who’s playing and what’s cooking.