Friday, July 17, 2015

Leonardo Dicaprio's Alberta film The Revenant (TRAILER)

Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy spent a lot of time in Alberta over the last year filming The Revenant with the Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Birdman).  Most of this was filmed just outside of Calgary.

This movie looks really intense...and Leo looks really dirty. I don't really approve of that aspect of the film.


Who to see at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2015

I went to my very first Edmonton Folk Music Festival last year and I was blown away. It quickly ranked to the top of my Alberta music festival chart and this year's line-up is promising more of the same!

So this year, if you are planning on spending a few days on the hill, make sure you check out these acts!

In case you missed them last year when they performed an amazing show, you can catch Lucius on the main stage at 8 PM on Saturday night.

Of Monsters and Men
Kicking off the festivities this year is the Icelandic indie folk band.

Good for Grapes
This Vancouver band is a really fun time - in song and on the stage!

I'm with Her
This trio is Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan. A little bit folky, a little bit country, little bit bluesy and a lot lovely.

The Wind and the Wave
Their version of Chasing Cars was used in an episode of Grey's Anatomy - so obviously they are the best.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Cirque Eloize at the Calgary Stampede

The ENMAX Corral Show at the Calgary Stampede gets better and better every year. Located on the Stampede grounds, the Corral seats just over 7,000 people and has a free with-park-admission show every day (at 2, 4 and 7 PM) for Stampede goers to attend.

This year the circus is in town from Montreal. The troupe Cirque Eloize is doing a Stampede edition of their show iD. A 45 minute act that is sure to impress you in some way. There are break-dancers, acrobats, contortionists, juggling, trampo wall tricks and a mountain biker.

The show starts off with an acrobatic number that is nice, but not out of this world. You may think...hum, OK we are in for a nice 45 minute rest from the mid-way and that's about it, but then it gets really good. It's impressive what they are able to do on such a small stage.

The show rounds off with the entire show doing a choreographed dance sequence. If you are in the right position, I would recommend watching the mountain biker in the back row - dance is not his forte. It's very amusing to watch him try.

If you are going to the grounds this year, I would recommend it. It's worth the park admission alone.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What to do every night of the Calgary Stampede 2015

The Calgary Stampede is a few days away and it is time to get your schedule in order. Besides going to the grounds and watching the Grandstand show, hitting the Rodeo, betting on the chuckwagon races and buying the weird midway food (this year there is a $100 hot, what?)Here are some things that can keep it full for the 10 days of fun ahead:

Friday July 3, 2015
Stampede Parade
The Stampede kicks off with the Stampede Parade through downtown Calgary.  This year's parade marshal is Olympian Kallie Humphries.

Saturday July 4, 2015
Chinook Center Pancake Breakfast
One of the great joys of Stampede is all the pancakes. If you don't go to a pancake breakfast during Stampede you just aren't stampeding right. The Chinook Stampede breakfast feeds 60,000 people. That's a lot of pancakes. 

Sunday July 5, 2015
Coca-Cola Stage 
Hit the grounds on the first Sunday and get your place around the Coke stage for one of this year's acts Vance Joy.

Monday July 6, 2015
Wildhorse Saloon Tent
The tent in the middle of downtown is the corporate cowboys delight. There are different concerts and on this night you have Canadian rocker turned country star Dallas Smith. 

Tuesday July 7, 2015
ENMAX Corral Show
This year the ENMAX Corral show at the Stampede grounds is Cirque Éloize, one of today's leaders in contemporary circus arts from Montreal, Québec.They are performing a Stampede version of their show iD.

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Stampede Roundup
The big concerts at Fort Calgary never disappoint the crowd. This year they are throwing back with Collective Soul, Big Wreck and Journey. You always sing along to Don't Stop Believing when it comes on - this year you can do it with the band live. 

Thursday July 9, 2015
Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show
You can't miss the Grandstand fireworks every night during Stampede, but you should see the whole show at least once. The Young Canadians, the Alberta Ballet and many other performers bring the glitz and dazzle to the stage every night after the Chuckwagon races. 

Friday July 10, 2015
Virgin Mobile Concert Series at the Saddledome
Blake Shelton takes the stage at the Saddledome the night after his wife Miranda Lambert woos the audience. 

Saturday July 11, 2015
Nashville North
Hit up the famous Stampede beer tent on the night Jason Blaine takes the stage. 

Sunday July 12, 2015
Cowboys Tent
End off the ten day event with a stop at the Cowboys tent for a concert. Kip Moore and Nelly will shut down the Cowboy's stage for this year.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

What's on your summer playlist? The Griswolds If You Want to Stay?

It's June, which means everyone is gearing up for summer. Which means, you need to start ramping up your summer time playlists. Summer is fun, happy and fleeting. This is what a look for in a summer playlist song.

The Griswolds just released a new video for their song If You Want to Stay...and I think it just became the first song on my summer list. They kind of have me thinking about The Ceremonies. Whatever happened to those guys? Land of the Gathering was definitely on my 2013 list.


Friday, May 29, 2015

1, 2, 3, 4, 5....6!!!


BOOM! Bust out the fireworks, it's been six years since I carved out this little piece of the internet. Six years since I sat on my couch watching Friends re-runs wondering what I was going to do with all of my spare post-university time. Six years since I started writing stuff I thought no one would read except my Aunt who was always overly excited about the fact that I could string words together and occasionally make people laugh. Six years since I thought "I have no idea what I would name a blog...whatever, XOXO Jes works."

It worked. I guess. Ha.

Over the past year I have been working on carving out another piece of the internet. XOXO Jes was a fun time, a place 23 year old Jes had a lot of fun and did a bit of damage (as seen from the photos above and my inability to not make stupid faces when looking into a camera). I thought about fixing it up, turning it from a red cup party house into a place with a wine rack and a gallery wall, but building a new place just seemed like a better plan. So I did.

If you'd like to see my new place, you can check it out here.

I'll still be here one the weekends though...cause I still love a red cup party.