One of the plusses of being an urbanite is the easy access I have to a host of activities that happen in downtown Calgary in the spring and summer.
On Sunday I walked to the Lilac Festival, an event that I attend every year and why not, it’s only 4 blocks away!
Um, I’m not in the market for one of those, but thanks to this sign on the way to the festival, I was totally ‘In The Know’ about its availability.
Ahh… that’s more like it – the smell of those blossoms were intoxicating. I haven’t seen any lilacs yet this season, but this tree sufficed. I am ELATED that spring has found its way to Calgary and we’re almost at the festival!
It was a great day weather-wise for this festival, not too hot, not too cold. (18c degrees or as my American friends would say, 65f). I was able to get my phone out of my front pocket to take pictures when I reached this opening in the crowd.
Just a moment earlier we were all pressed together like sardines in a can and I think somebody touched my bum!
I decided to keep my phone in my hand after this shot.
There is something seductive about Latin music. You can’t help but sway to the rhythm.
So much for my stealth and discretion. I guess I can cross International Spy off my list of ambitions!
The day before, I had made arrangements with my friend Adele, whom I hadn’t seen in a while, to meet on the corner of 4th Street and 23rd Ave at 4:30. Her nephew’s friends, members of the band Static Shift, were scheduled to play.
Adele’s sister, Ellen told me that they recently opened for Collin James – what a privilege that must have been for them.
And what a wickedly cool band.
They sound like Led Zeppelin with a twist of Blues.
Their music took me back to when I was 16 and listening to records very much like the original music Static Shift played on Sunday.
Static Shift closed their set with a hauntingly beautiful tune which they dedicated to their previous drummer who tragically died in a horse-related accident. It was very moving and a great way to close The 2014 Lilac Festival.
One thing that I’m sure of is that these guys are gonna make it big!
You must check out their website here!
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So what did you do on the weekend?