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A thread dedicated to life in Calgary, whether living here or just visiting feel free to use this thread to post about upcoming events, shopping, sports, dining and neighbourhoods in and around the city. I figured this could be a somewhat similar thread to the 'Watercooler discussion' thread on SSP.
 

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To start things off here I haven't seen general thread for life in the city so I figured Id make one, if there already is one someone correct me to I don't completely embarrass myself.

For a first post here I thought I bring up this, the city is looking to hold a 6-week long winter festival in the city from early January to mid-february, (hopefully to make -40º weather a little more bearable). More details are in the works but from the couple articles I read it appears to be your standard music, arts and sports. The festival will be Called the Chinook Blast. I think it's all quite a good idea considering we are a winter city for the most part and we don't really do much in the winter to celebrate it. Im all for the cultural development of the city and our 8 months of winter is extremely under-utilized, if we ever want to be a true hotspot for tourism in Canada and not just a gateway to the rockies, festivals like this are important.

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Sounds similar to the Glow Winter festival which was concentrated on Stephen Ave this year. It was held a month before the lock down and was well attended. The restaurants and merchants did very well. Sadly, it will probably be their peak period in 2020 having missed out on Stampede and victims to a nonchalant summer.
However these are different times. The Chinook Blast might attract locals who will have had enough of cabin fever come January. I don't think it will do anything to attract tourists. Until people feel comfortable travelling on planes again, we will not be a destination. If and when, flying on planes returns to normal, people will most certainly be going south again in the winter.
 

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I love the Chinook Blast idea.
 

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One of the many things that sucks about Covid, is that we have missed out on so many of the usual festivals. I have a feeling the Chinook Blast will fall victim to Covid, just like the Stampede, and Folk Festival, etc..
 

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The Chinook Blast artwork is pretty cool. I didn’t get pics of it all, but I do love the idea of this festival. I’m glad the city did it.

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I walking about downtown last Friday night. Nice that the weather was warmer than the week before but turnout for Chinook Blast was predictably weak.
 

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We were out Sunday around 6-7 and the turnout was pretty good - tons of families; anything much higher and we wouldn't have felt safe given pandemic and really mediocre mask wearing compliance.

It was nice that there were smaller things, like smaller vertical display screens showing whatever, mixed throughout the 3rd St / 8th Ave festival grounds. It made it feel more like a coherent festival even if there were really only a handful of big pieces. They should have closed 3rd St; the sidewalks were unnecessarily crowded and there was perhaps one car per minute.
 

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