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Date and Time:
Jun 6 2013 - 4:15pm until Jun 6 2013 - 7:30pm
Event Location and Address: , 1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary, Calgary

Presented by:
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

Fueled by:
M2i Developments

Festival and street culture igniting life in our city!

Whether it's the Edinburgh International Festival or the Jazz Festival in Montreal, people the world over know how bringing arts into the streets of a city can highlight the best of what it means to be human. Whether it's cultural themed festivals, music, film or the performing arts, Calgary has something for everyone.

In our 7th Soul of the City Speaker Series we will highlight Calgary's  festival scene and discuss why they mean so much to the life of our city. Our keynote presenter Melanie Fasche of the Martin Prosperity Institute and colleague of Richard Florida, has a background in connecting the arts to regional economic development. She will be followed by a panel conversation of local festival leaders including:

  • David Anderson, Executive Director of the International Children's Festival
  • les siemieniuk, General Manager of the Calgary Folk Music Festival
  • Brian Wong, Co-President of the Calgary Chinese Merchant’s Association, Chinese Street Festival
  • Stephen Schroeder, Executive Director of the Calgary International Film Festival
  • Stephen McHolm, President and Artistic Director Honens International Piano Competition
  • Teresa Byrne, Superintendent of Event Services, Culture at The City of Calgary

After the session, event participants will enjoy happy hour and a live concert from Calgary's own 'Reuben and the Dark'.


Dubbed the “Official Statistician of the Creative Class”, Kevin Stolarick, PhD, combines a depth of knowledge with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or “pearls of wisdom” gained from his comprehensive understanding of the Creative Class and the Creative Economy. He is the Research Director at The Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the Inaugural Walton Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Sustainability at the School of Sustainability, Arizona State University.  He has held faculty positions at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and for over a decade worked with technology in the insurance industry as a manager of strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Honors in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University. He has taught numerous courses in Statistical Analysis, Information Systems and Regional Economic Development. His research interests include the relationship between firm performance and information technology and the impacts of technology, tolerance, talent, and quality of place on regional growth and prosperity. Kevin provided quantitative research and analytical support for several of Richard Florida’s books including The Rise of the Creative Class and Rise Revisited (the 10th Anniversary Edition).  He continues in collaboration with Richard and others researchers. This research includes primary development of measures, indicators, and benchmarking approaches with significant impact on the growth and development of the Creative Class and Creative Economy theory. Kevin is one of the few statistical analysts who has the complete works of Edward Tufte and Donald Norman on his shelves.

The Calgary International Children's Festival (CICF) presents the world’s finest in music, theatre, dance, circus arts, puppetry and storytelling, with an emphasis on showcasing Canadian and international work and engaging our diverse community. Since its inception in 1987, the Calgary International Children’s Festival has developed to include two distinct programs: the Festival Event and the Community Arts Programs. The two programs are specifically designed to provide young people with performing arts experiences that spark imagination, inspire creative thought, encourage cultural understanding and foster a life-long passion for the arts.

What makes the Calgary International Children’s Festival unique from other arts organizations is our ability to provide a blend of exceptional performing arts experiences that support a widely diverse audience base. Programming involves selecting a balance of multidisciplinary arts practices, age appropriate programming, multilingual performances and programming that supports cultural diversity. Since 1987, 1.3 million toddlers, children, teens, adults and seniors have experienced exceptional theatre, music, dance, and circus arts from Canada and around the world.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival, celebrating its 34th anniversary in 2013, annually features 70 artists from over 16 countries on 9 stages in 100+ distinct concert and unique on-the-fly collaborations at urban, forested retreat of Prince's Island Park to daily audiences of 13,000. Like a mini town, the site boasts an interactive family area, international craft market, global culinary delights, a record tent and tree-shaded beer garden. Our extensive environmental program garnered us a Greener Festival award.

It’s a collective sound salvation for musical omnivores; a 4-day long weekend where a diverse, multi-generational audience is immersed in live music in a cool, relaxed atmosphere.

Dubbed by the Globe and Mail as ‘one of the seven musical wonders of the world, it’s a genre-bending affair that cleverly brings in roots, world and indie icons and upstarts from around the globe for an ear-opening journey into the heart and soul of the roots and evolution of the music we like to call folk.

The Festival also presents an annual Boot Camp, Song Contest and programs music and art around Calgary, including at its new Inglewood venue - Festival Hall - throughout the year.

Honens discovers and launches the careers of Complete Artists—21st century pianists for 21st century audiences.

In 1991, philanthropist Esther Honens established The Esther Honens International Piano Competition Foundation in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, with a gift of $5 million. Her dream was to discover and launch the careers of the world’s most promising pianists—a dream that has become a Canadian success story. Honens Laureates are critically acclaimed the world-over and the triennial ‘Search for the Complete Artist’ awards the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAN and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. In addition to touring and presenting its Laureates worldwide, Honens presents concerts and learning and community outreach programs across Canada.

Reuben and the Dark is the newest project from Calgary's Reuben Bullock. The quartet weaves together sounds and vocal harmonies that create an unexpected texture that finds ways of translating the confusing language of emotion into song and melody; sounding simultaneously ancient and uniquely contemporary. Recently brought to London by Mariead Nash (Manager of Florence and the Machine/Blood Orange), the band has returned from Europe with a new release in tow.

"Man Made Lakes" is the new album from singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock. A sonically rich and finely-textured recording, Bullock effortlessly connects the dots between such touchstones as Bruce Springsteen, Connor Oberst/Bright Eyes, and Neil Young. The album was recorded by producer Lorrie Matheson (Samantha Savage Smith, Ghostkeeper, Rae Spoon) in a small garage studio in Calgary, mostly as a live band, often in a single take. This comes as no surprise, however, as Bullock's band is comprised of some of the finest musicians around. Multi-instrumentalist Scott Munro (Chad van Gaalen, Ghostkeeper), Distance Bullock (whose background in hardcore bands Bring Fire and the Illustrated does nothing to prepare one for the delicate and inventive percussion work featured here), and guitarist Shea Alain round out the ensemble. This quartet has been quickly building a reputation as a killer live band, their soaring four-part vocal hamonies achieving epic heights, always leaving crowds hungry for more. And at the core of all this sits Bullock's songs, which manage to achieve a balance between seemingly disparate elements: the introspective with the anthemic, and the feat of sounding simutaneously ancient and uniquely contemporary. This is undeniably an artist poised for success, and every step of the journey is as exciting as witnessing what will come next.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.: Registration
4:30 - 5 p.m.: Keynote presentation from Melanie Fasche, Researcher at the Martin Prosperity Institute
5 - 6 p.m.: Panel discussion with Q & A
6 - 6:15 p.m.: Refreshment Break
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.: Reuben and the Dark live performance


Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 0W8


Tickets are $25 each and include two drink tickets.
GST is included (GST # 886398122).







Hosted by: Calgary Economic Development

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