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New Local Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary is fortunate to have a diverse and eclectic music scene. We are lucky to have great festivals like Folk Fest, Sled Island, the Calgary International Blues Festival and many other festivals and great local venues to check out. There is also a plethora of great artists in this city many of whom can be seen at various festivals and shows throughout the city. In the past year there have been a number of new releases from some great local artists. So if you are looking for some new music to check out, why not start with some local talent.

Cowpuncher Ghost Notes

Ghost Notes is local band, Cowpuncher's third full length album. The band recorded the album right here in Calgary and had their album release party on November 22 at the Palomino. The album is a mix of county alt-rock tracks that will appeal to fans of either genre. The album art for the record includes pictures of the band members caked in mud; homage to the volunteers who helped during the Flood of 2013. You can also check out the bands' earlier releases the self-titled Cowpuncher and Call Me When You're Single.

Mission Statement Dragon Fli Empire


Dragon Fli Empire has been active on the local hip hop scene since 2002 and their latest release Mission Statement is their fourth full length album; and the first since their 2009 release Redefine. The video for the first song off the album called "Ain't Going Down" was recently released and features a number of familiar landmarks and icons, including the C-Train, Downtown city scape, the Rockies and a Jarome Iginla jersey on MC Teekay. You can also check out older releases by the band, Redefine and Intermission EP, as well as DJ Cosm's solo effort Time and Space.

My Prairie Home Rae SpoonCalgary born (now Montreal resident) Rae Spoon has had a very busy year. The album My Prairie Home is the soundtrack to a National Film Board production, that documents Spoon's childhood experiences being raised in an Evangelical Christian home and Spoon's experiences with gender identity (Spoon is transgender and identifies by the pronoun 'they'). The film is currently working its way through the film festival circuit and will be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The songs on the album are short, but each song has a haunting, honest, and vulnerable feel to it. If you want to learn more about Rae Spoon checkout their book First Spring Grass Fire, as well as some of their earlier albums including I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets, Love is a Hunter, and Superioryouareinferior.

FRESH! Local Talent

by Stephen - 0 Comment(s)

The Calgary Public Library’s collection includes many books written by talented authors right here in Alberta. Here are two titles in our collection which I’ve recently enjoyed:

Bonfire: the Chestnut Gentleman

Bonfire: The Chestnut Gentleman by Susan Raby-Dunne

Told from the perspective of his horse Bonfire, this is the story of Canadian poet John McCrae’s experiences during World War I which ultimately led to the writing of the famous poem In Flanders Fields. Bonfire provides an accurate account of the conditions which faced both soldiers and the animals that served alongside them in the battlefields of Europe from 1914-1918. Amidst the chaos and destruction of the conflict an unbreakable friendship is formed between McCrae and his war horse which would last until the very end.

Great for those interested in history, horses or both, this well-researched offering from local author Raby-Dunne is well worth the read.

Rose’s Move by Graham McComiskey

Definitely one I’d pick for story-time with the kids, Rose’s Move tells the story of Rose, a flower who has grown too big for her bed and must make the transition to a new home. Told by McComiskey with charming style, Rose’s move is a great way to introduce young children to the concept of change and new experiences in their lives.

Complete with beautiful illustrations by Janice Blaine, (also local!) Rose’s Move is a wonderful choice to share with the whole family.

Come Out, (COME OUT!) Wherever You Are!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

This post is dedicated to a queer artist whom I love with all my heart - one Beric Manywounds, who continues to challenge my views about men, women, sex, gender, and love. May you revel in your sexuality; may you find a love that makes your heart sing!

The Calgary Public Library is proud to celebrate diversity in our community. Whether that diversity is ethnic, linguistic, cultural, or sexual, we have materials and programs that allow for various views and voices to be heard and understood. This September, like every other, we wish you a very happy PRIDE. Celebrate the fact that families come in a glorious variety of forms, and so do sexual preferences and practices.

Visit your library for books by and about gays, lesbians, transfolk, queers, and all of their many allies. Find materials that might help you come out - or dialogue with a child (or parent!) who just has. Borrow books about planning your gay wedding, or browse some of our gay audience magazines. If you’re writing a paper about sex, sexuality, gender, or gay issues, be sure to check out our e-library databases for academic and peer reviewed journals.

And if you’re free this Sunday, September 2, then head downtown to take part in Calgary’s PRIDE parade.

As for me, I don’t identify as gay. But I’ve got rainbow striped knee-high socks that have been waiting in fashion storage for nearly a year, and I’ll be wearing them with pride, in celebration of all the gays I’ve known and loved (and a few of the lesbians I’ve had crushes on, too).

From drag racing to drag queens, the Calgary Public Library has resources about everything you’re into!

In the Mob

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Flash mobs: Individuals suddenly congregate to stage a protest, perform a dance routine, buy a certain type of product, or anything else, and then just as suddenly, they disperse and become individuals again. Flash mobs are difficult to control and nearly impossible to predict, but with the ubiquity of smart phones, they’re fairly easy to organize. Have you ever taken part in a flash mob?

CPL’s Youth Advisory Council is organizing a flash mob, and we want you to take part! You don’t have to be a youth, or flashy, or in the mob. You just have to be willing to come out and participate! Join us at 7 PM in the John Dutton theatre at the Central Library, on Monday March 26th, to help us plan the event.

And in the mean time, check out the facebook event listing.

300! Already?!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Time flies when you’re writing over 300 blog posts. WOW!

It was springtime in 2009 when I sat (actually, “jittered” is a more accurate description) in my boss’s office, elated to hear that my request to write a blog had been accepted and that, best of all, I would be able to maintain exclusive responsibility over it. How exciting!

300 posts later and I haven’t suffered writer’s block, yet. I’m really fortunate to work in an environment that offers constant stimulation, and an endless array of topics. It’s true that the Calgary Public Library has everything you’re into, as you may have read on various ads throughout our city.

So, this is just a quick note to say thank you for reading Slice of Calgary. I hope you’ll continue to check back for book reviews, information about library programs, and lots more.

Cheers!

Go [Your Name Here] Go!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

Have you ever wondered about what a life coach or career coach can do for you? It’s a whole lot more than just cheering you on and patting you on the back.

Coaches motivate clients to explore different viewpoints and strategies, and crucially, to take action. They foster personal responsibility and accountability, too.

Often times, your family is too biased to give you objective advice; likewise, your friends or co-workers may worry about hurting your feelings. Coaches are removed enough to allow for more objectivity, but they’re invested enough to keep you accountable, and to help you celebrate your successes. Coaches keep you honest and on track, and they help you broaden a variety of skill sets. Coaches work with individuals and teams, and relationships with a coach can be long or short term.

Interested in finding out more? Calgary Public Library is pleased to be offering free 15-minute coaching sessions, on February 8th and 9th.

Click here to find out more!

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