Howdy Cow poke! The Calgary Stampede has officially started up and we’re all revved up for the party! Cowgirl themed Clowns, Hula Hoopers, Stilt Walkers, Southern Bells and more! Bring in some variety artists for your Pancake Breakfast Entertainment!
Last night was the evening filled with Calgary Party Entertainment at the Calgary 2012’s Sweet City Celebrations event. It was a massive party held at the BMO Centre. The party was in celebration of Calgary being named the Cultural Capital of the World for 2012. I’ve found a few great photo streams from the event on Flickr if you missed the party and what to see what it was all about. Check out the photos from the Stampede Promotion Committee and Jame’s Set to see how wild this party was! It was packed with Go-Go Dancers, Superheroes, Bollywood, Luchadors, Food Trucks, Living Statues, Circus artists, DJs, Cowboys, Dragons and amazing light and sound equipment. The event included over 150 performance artists!
I performed roving entertainment for the line ups, the lobby area and the VIP guests upstairs before the doors opened to the event, welcoming guests to the evening and creating smiles during the wait. Here’s a few photos from the evening.
Here’s Dan the One Man Band and I livening up the line up for guests!
Photo by James
Calgary Party Entertainment for Sweet City Celebrations
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A few weeks ago I performed at the Edmonton Taboo and I gotta say, it was an absolute blast! Taboo is an event run by CanWest Productions, it brings together retailers for sexy products, workshops on sexuality and provides stage entertainment throughout the night. I performed several roving characters as well as a 20 minute stage act as a Russian Sex Education Teacher. It was a great time! I especially loved when after the show people asked me “How long have you been in Canada?” and “How many languages do you speak?” It took every ounce of strength not to tell them that no, I’m not actually Russian. The attendee who asked how many languages I speak was EXTRA confused when in a thick Russian accent I casually replied, “Only one, is English.”
Here’s a few photos from the event taken by Christopher Peel. If you’ve never been to Taboo I suggest you check out the CanWest Productions website, they run it every year all across Western Canada and in Winnipeg.
This week we provided fire performers and a stilt walker for the Mercury Opera Alley ‘Oop event. This event was unlike any other I’ve performed for and it was very unique. There were daytime events for the guests all up and down on Stephen Ave in Calgary and then as dusk drew near the always awesome stilt walker Nikolai Smith drew the crowd down the street and into a narrow alley way. Guests saw spectacles along the way as they moved through the alley, a stunning woman in red with a lantern stood mysteriously on a balcony. At the end of the alley was a silent fire show and then the crowd was then drawn into a cove of buildings where several opera singers sung and an orchestra was revealed when the back door of a haul truck was thrust open.
The sound of the singers radiated through the alley way and the lighting made me wish I’d brought a camera!
Photo by JT Young.
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Need plans for this Friday night in Calgary?
Calgary 2012 is throwing their Sweet City Celebration at the BMO Event Centre this Friday, May 11th. There will be tons of performers and activities to enjoy. I’ll be there hooping and welcoming guests to the evenings events.
“Every momentous movement deserves to be launched in style! Help kick-off a full year of cultural activity with the wildest party of the year. Themes are Looking Back, Calgary Now, Looking Forward – and EVERYONE IS INVITED. Featured guests include The Stampeders performing the Cultural Capital theme song, SWEET CITY WOMAN. And dozens of surprise guests, activities and more: Go-Go Dancers! Superheroes! Bollywood! Luchadors! Food Trucks! Performance Artists! Living Statues! Circus! DJs! Cowboys! Dragons! COME DRESSED TO EXPRESS!
Bon, c’est bon!!”
For more information visit: http://www.calgary2012.com/
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In February Edmonton got a chance to see the infamous documentary The Hooping Life when Carla Snow of Flowlab and Nina of Infinity Hoop Dance brought the show in town. Now the movie is making it’s way south and showing up in Calgary too! Check out the Facebook event page and save the night of March 22nd to see the screening of this piece of hooping history. In addition to the screening there will be music and performances throughout the evening. Safire will be performing her Multi Hoop Electro Swing act so if you missed it at the Cabin Fever event than now’s your chance!Read More »
I’m going to be in in Toronto and Ottawa this April and teaching a 4 hour 3D hooping workshop. This will be my first visit to this area so grab a ticket while you can. In this 4 hour workshop you’ll be introduced to the concept of 3D hooping and explore a series of moves that fit into this category of hoop dance. Flipping the hoop on it’s axis and capturing space using four different techniques include hinges, palm spins, contact flips and arm wraps. The video above has a sample of some of the moves we’ll be covering.
Registration and additional details can be found here: Safire 3D Hooping Workshop
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The Cabin Fever Electro Swing Event was excellent! A big thanks to James for bringing me in for the show. I did a newer and longer version of my Catgroove routine that now includes some double hoop moves and some more awesome triple hoop moves. Including a double chest roll while knee hooping! That move is by far the hardest one to master but I pulled it off and caught both hoops. I was a bit worried since I’ve been training at the gym this week and my arms are SO SORE! Luckily as soon as I get on stage and ready to perform all sense of pain always disappears instantly and rehearsed choreography sets in. I’m looking forward to the next electro swing party and am hoping to put together a new and unique act for that event as well.
My friend Lucky took some photos of the performance. Hope you like them!
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