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Chinook Blast

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Welcome to Chinook Blast!

This may seem a strange year to launch a new placemaking effort, but we’ve never been conventional in Calgary. Chinook Blast will, I hope, become an integral part of our annual calendar – a festival of art, culture, sport, and light, drawing Calgarians and people from around the world to show how we celebrate the winter!

This year, we are giving Calgarians a taste of what is to come in future years, with a COVID-friendly outdoor exhibit of light and sound over three weekends in February. Starting Thursday, February 11 for Teachers’ Convention, and running weekends from 3 pm to 9 pm, come to the Chinook Blast Hub in the heart of downtown and visit some of the neighbouring communities for amazing light and art installations with music, lots of fun and even some competitions for the whole family! There will also be lasers.

Be prepared for the weather and to keep moving and to be awed by all you see! We also ask that you wear a mask; even though this is an outdoor event, you may find yourself briefly in groups with others, and we should all keep one another safe.

Getting outside is great for our physical and mental health regardless of the weather, and this is a great excuse to do it. Did I mention lasers? On City Hall?

And share your experience! Whether you’re using Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Clubhouse, Snapchat, Twitch, WeChat, Myspace, Geocities (what? Aren’t they all back?) – let’s show off our city, all lit up and embracing winter. I’m so excited for you to see what we’ve got in store.

The Economist has ranked Calgary as the best city to live in the entire Western Hemisphere, with top marks in every category save for one – the weather. But, even though I continue to lobby for the Calgary Weather Dome, I think we may need to face the facts: it can get a little cold here. Accepting that is Step 1. Step 2 is embracing it. And Chinook Blast is a great way to begin!

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Categories: The Arts


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