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I’m pretty 420 friendly, and very open to people getting the treatment they need, but if that woman started buzzing her volcano and making a bunch of noise crinkling that damn vapor bag I’d probably pitch a fit too.

So I know Calgary isn’t exactly Vancouver, we’re a bit more conservative here, but it can’t be a coincidence that there are some fairly 4/20 friendly activities happening this Saturday in Calgary. Even if Calgarians aren’t as open as pot-smoking-student Lisa Kirkman is, we’re hip in other ways.

Record Store Day – Ok, I’ll admit that not everyone who collects vinyl is a long-hair. However you’ve got to be suspicious of anyone who is THAT in to the White Stripes. Also, if this lawsuit is any indication, those hip-hoppers are also in to the Devil’s weed.

(AllHipHop News)The unnamed woman worked for Universal Protection Services at UMPG’s complex in Santa Monica, CA and in the lawsuit details the unprofessionally cavalier attitude UMPG and Universal Protection Services exhibited towards marijuana use in the office. In the lawsuit, she alleges her superiors would ignore her written complaint and she was on numerous occasions informed when to “expect blazers” which is a term used to refer to marijuana smokers. At one point she recalls ”artists and high-profile celebrities began visiting the premises with drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused,” according to the lawsuit.

Live Action Graphic Novel – So apparently, this performance is of 3 people who are acting out the voices for a graphic novel that is being projected huge in downtown Calgary’s EPCOR centre. I’m certainly not accusing anyone involved of being a REEFER ADDICT but the idea sounds like it’d be at least 10x better under the influence.

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CUFF Saturday Morning Cartoons – This is another coincidence, but I like to think the reefer gods smile kindly on this event and bless it’s sugary snacks, and mind rotting television. The event features 180 minutes of classic Saturday morning cartoons, a buffet of all-you-can-eat breakfast cereal, and “jammies” are encouraged. I guess you don’t have to feel so bad about being a diabetic sloth if you’re doing it in the name of culture.

(CUFF) Remember Saturday mornings? Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it,wetendedtobinge.Inthatgleefullygluttonousspirit,theCalgary Underground Film Festival presents a 3-hour trip down memory lane with a tribute to the eye-popping, brain-addling Saturday morning cartoons of yore, complete with a smorgasbord of delicious sugary cereals (and yes, we have soy too!) You’ll see both faves and obscurities spanning the 60s through the 80s, all punctuated with vintage commercials and PSAs! The lineup is always a secret, but there will be sci-fi, monsters, crime-solving, hot dogs, kid power, bubblegum bands and general nonsense galore! So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package.

are these cartoon children high on dope?

are these cartoon children high on dope?

Who needs a giant drum circle in Stanley Park when you have these amazingly 4/20 friendly* events happening in Calgary?

*don’t smoke indoors you dope.

Some great news from the from the Nation Music Centre‘s newsletter:

Jesse and the Dandelions perform The Soft Bulletin

Since releasing their first full-length in 2010, Jesse and the Dandelions have gained widespread attention through their dynamic live performances. This indie-rock trio have now taken on the challenge of playing this Flaming Lips classic album in its entirety for one special gig.

Thursday, Nov. 1 – 7:30 p.m.

National Music Centre

 134 – 11 Avenue SE

$7 at the door

Love the lips, love that Jesse, love them Dandelions.

ImageThe mysterious and sultry Abel Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd played the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary this past Thursday and I must say I was impressed. Amidst the screaming girls and women, the showmanship and stunning vocals of The Weeknd gave me flashbacks of Michael Jackson. While The Weeknd might never be able to touch the success the King of Pop, I must say that Tesfaye is trying his hardest.

The show was equal parts an audio and visual experience. Projections and synchronized lights added a lot to the hyper modern RnB sound that the Weeknd is best known for. One part art show, one part rap video, the performance was surprisingly sexy AND artistic in a way that was just enough of both to make it great.

Not to be outdone by the visuals, the band that backed up the Weeknd was on point. Two backup singers, a guitarist, DJ/Keyboards and a drummer supported the internet sensation in a way that affirmed he’s more than just Drake’s BFF.

Speaking of Drake, this is the first time I’ve been to a concert with legit screaming girls. The show was all ages, so throngs of under-age suburban teens flocked to the venue and promptly began shrieking at every possible opportunity.

That being said, the presence of teeny-boppers didn’t detract from the show at all. We had floor seats and most of the desperate shrieking was coming from the balcony above. The sound was great, the light show was killer and it was all over before 11pm. Not a bad night for a show at the Jube.

I’m getting really excited to see M83 live in Calgary. It’s been a hope of mine for almost 7 years, dating back to when I first heard ‘Before the Dawn Heals Us‘ at CKXU down in Lethbridge.

Since then I’ve been really in to electronic and avante-garde pop music. M83 paved the way for my own musical endeavors as well. The idea of one or two guys being able to create such large and atmospheric soundscapes and urgent, intense pop music that blurred the lines of genre was mind blowing to me.

In honour of M83 playing live in Calgary, FINALLY, I’ve compiled a few of my favourite tracks for my dedicated readers. Read More