The Valiant Five
Jul
29
12:00 PM12:00

The Valiant Five

October 18, 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the success of The Persons Case,
when Lord Sankey of the Privy Council of England declared that the word "persons" in the British North America Act does include women.

Five storytellers have developed a 50-minute presentation to celebrate the 90th anniversary of this momentous decision. Each will perform as one of the Famous Five women who brought the case forward:
Donna Barnfield as Nellie McClung
Karen Gummo as Irene Parlby
Mary Hays as Louise McKinney
Betty Hersberger as Henrietta Muir Edwards
Doreen Vanderstoop as Emily Ferguson Murphy

The five performers will speak to the work of these historic figures in the areas of:
• Rural health care
• Legal protections for women and children
• Gender equality
• Women’s participation in government

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Place: Central United Church (131 7 Ave SW, Calgary AB)
Time: Noon

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Walking with the Ancestors - Historic Calgary Week 2019
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Walking with the Ancestors - Historic Calgary Week 2019

Deane House garden next to Hunt House

(East across the Elbow river from Fort Calgary)

Walk with Karen Gummo in the steps of her ancestors (Ofeigur Sigurdsson and Astridur Tomasdottir) who arrived earlier to Winnipeg and to North Dakota from Iceland, then in 1889 came by train to Calgary, registered for a homestead, picked up supplies of food stuffs, a wagon, animals and tools then headed north to find their promised land near the Medicine River west of Innisfail.  It would be a four-day walk for the new immigrants.  There were no bridges over the rivers and it was June.

 

In this group was farmer - poet Stephan G. Stephansson and his family and many other fascinating folk who planned to form an Icelandic community eventually called Markerville.

 

 We will experience the outset of the journey only, starting at Hunt House and move toward the Calgary and Edmonton Trail.  There were no bridges over the rivers in those days but we may make use of a few modern marvels on our way.  We remember the people who came before, the first people who made and travelled that well-worn trail. Perhaps your family made that journey too?  Join us and bring your stories.

 

 

Park near Alexandra Centre along 8th Ave. S.E. or come on your bike!

Nearest public transit: #1 bus along Ninth Ave.

 

 

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Murder Under The Big Top- TALES Calgary Murder Mystery Fundraiser
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Murder Under The Big Top- TALES Calgary Murder Mystery Fundraiser

For One Night Only, become a part of the Big Top World. Enter a world of fabulous freaks, exotic acts and mysterious management.

Join TALES for a unique storytelling experience and become a part of the story. You can become a character immersed in an intense world of illusion and intrigue. You must rely on your wit and intuition to find the killer before the grande finale.

Murder Under The Big Top is a special fundraising event where all proceeds will go to TALES ‘The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling’ to continue to promote the tradition of oral storytelling and connecting through story.

Tickets are $25.00/person which will include you receiving a character package, delicious appetizers, an opportunity to win a prize for best dressed, best character depiction and super sleuth and so much more.

There are a limited amount of tickets so get them today and secure your spot by clicking HERE

Tickets will be sold up until one week before the event date.

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TALES is Rebranding
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

TALES is Rebranding

TALES is rebranding! The votes are in and it's time for the big reveal:

JUNE 12, 2019 | 7 PM
Central Memorial Park
behind the Memorial Park Library 1221 2nd St. SW
Reception to follow at Shelf Life Books, 1302 4th St. SW
In case of rain, launch will take place at Shelf Life Books


 

 

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Kids Create Festival: IT'S HAMMER TIME with Karen Gummo and Calum Lykan
May
26
2:30 PM14:30

Kids Create Festival: IT'S HAMMER TIME with Karen Gummo and Calum Lykan

Kids Create Festival at 2:30 pm on Sunday May 26
IT'S HAMMER TIME; Tales of the Vikings. Calum Lykan and Karen Gummo are storytellers of Viking Stock. Surrounded by the scintillating sounds of Jazz Percussionist Nathaniel Chiang, they will take you on a journey into the ancient hall of a Viking Chieftain Come, take your seat and learn of the clever and not so clever ways of the Norse Gods. Get up close and personal with Strong men and Sky Travellers. Travel with us through the Nine Worlds, learn some Viking Yoga. This is suitable for the brave listener approximately 9 years of age and up. Save the date!!

Cost $15.00

For Tickets please go to:

https://www.showpass.com/story-drums-tales/   

For More Information

 www.calgarychildrensfestival.ca  

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A Pinch of Salt- TALES Calgary Tellaround
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

A Pinch of Salt- TALES Calgary Tellaround

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” Izak Dinesen
Or perhaps the cure for anything is an evening of stories - about Salt!
Calling all tellers and listeners, be they Old Salts or Salt of the Earth.
TALES host Betty Hersberger invites tellers and listeners for a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about Salt!
Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome!
Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00
Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday 8 May 2019
Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
7:00 – 8:45 pm

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On the Road: Mishaps, Misadventures, Misdemeanours - Calgary Story Cafe
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

On the Road: Mishaps, Misadventures, Misdemeanours - Calgary Story Cafe

Come and hear first person stories of Alberta adventure and misadventure with tellers Doreen Vanderstoop, Anne Cowling, Jim Martin and Mary Hays. Music by family band, "Spoutbec". Refreshments.
Stories include; " Mary Schafer Mountain Woman", "Four Angels", "Rocky Road to Retirement" and "Truckdrivers Wisdom". Hit the road, and join us for a delightful fun-filled evening.

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Calgary TELLAROUND: Angels and Demons
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary TELLAROUND: Angels and Demons

Stories are filled with angels and demons…and so are our lives…when you least expect it!
TALES host Anne Cowling invites tellers and listeners to LOFT 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE Calgary, AB
for a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about Angels and Demons.
Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns sharing polished stories or works in progress.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome!
Refreshments will be served.
Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00
7:00 – 8:45 pm
Wednesday 10 April 2019
For more information contact Maria (calmari@shaw.ca) 403.238.4111 or Betty (north40stories@hotmail.com) 403.690.9415

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Workshop: "Storytelling: Jump Right In"
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Workshop: "Storytelling: Jump Right In"

Learn the fundamentals of oral storytelling performance –
whether you’re telling to family or to a paying audience

We will explore the essential elements of the oral tradition, including:
• Story shape: Gain, retain, repay
• Story components: Character, catalyst, consequences, climax, conclusion
• Expressive language, voice, movement and gesture
• Rehearsing: Internal and external work
• Mindfulness and flexibility in performance
• Working with props and costumes
Refreshments served. $40/adult $30/children

To Register for this Workshop please click HERE or see our Store

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March Tellaround- LIES
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

March Tellaround- LIES

The dictionary tells us that a storyteller is a teller of stories, a relater of anecdotes, a fibber, a fabricator, fabulist. In other words – A LIAR!
TALES host Maria Crooks invites tellers and listeners to a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about the LIES!
7:00 – 8:45 pm
Wednesday 13 March 2019
LOFT 112, 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns sharing polished stories or works in progress. First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome! Refreshments will be served! Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00.


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The Snowflake- TALES Calgary Story Cafe
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Snowflake- TALES Calgary Story Cafe

Come Join TALES Tellers at the February Story Cafe - The Snowflake. No snowflake is the same, so come let your mind dance among TALES of mystery, beauty and adversity from Leona Sudom, James McKinnon, and Betty Hersberger.

The cafe will be held at Shelf Life Books. For more details please contact Leona Sudom 403-283-9489.

Suggested Donation of $10

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Calgary Tell Around- Heads and Hearts
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary Tell Around- Heads and Hearts

"It is well for the heart to be naïve and the mind not to be." Anatole France 
TALES host Michael Newsom invites you to a TELLAROUND,
a sharing of stories (real or imaginary) about Heads and Hearts.
Come to listen, or perhaps tell a story yourself! 
Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading)  
polished stories or works in progress.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome! 
Suggested donation (tellers and listeners): $5.00.
Refreshments will be served.

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Fake News Live! Calgary Storycafe
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Fake News Live! Calgary Storycafe

TALES presents, Fake News Live, a Storycafe, Wednesday, January 30th at ShelfLife Books, 1302 - 4 st. SW at 7:00 pm. From ancient runners through to digital , fake news has continued to be broadcasted. Join host, Linda Shantz-Keresztes and storytellers/Spoken Word Performers: Paul Finkleman and Cassy Welburn as they dazzle and disturb you with fake news through the ages.

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Calgary Tellaround - Call of the Wild
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary Tellaround - Call of the Wild

Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE Calgary, AB 
TALES host Doreen Vanderstoop invites you to join her in a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories about The Call of the Wild, real or imaginary. Perhaps you might tell a story yourself! Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading)  
polished stories or works in progress.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome! 
“There is a patience of the wild-dogged, tireless, persistent as life itself--that holds motionless for endless hours the spider in its web, the snake in its coils…” --Jack London
Suggested donation (tellers and listeners): $5.00 Refreshments will be served.

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Shadows- TALES Calgary Tellaround
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Shadows- TALES Calgary Tellaround

TALES host Karen Gummo invites tellers and listeners for a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about “Shadows”


Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome!
Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
7:00 – 8:45 pm
Wednesday December 12, 2018
Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00
Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact
Maria (calmari@shaw.ca) 403.238.4111 or
Betty (north40stories@hotmail.com) 403.690.9415
www.talesalberta.org

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Calgary Tellaround - The Power of Water
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary Tellaround - The Power of Water

TALES host ginger Mullen invites tellers and listeners for a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about “The Power of Water!”
Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome!
Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
7:00 – 8:45 pm
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00
Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact
Maria (calmari@shaw.ca) 403.238.4111 or
Betty (north40stories@hotmail.com) 403.690.9415
www.talesalberta.org

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TALES From the Crypt- Calgary
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

TALES From the Crypt- Calgary

TALES presents, TALES From The Crypt Wednesday, October 31st at ShelfLife Books, 1302 - 4 St. SW, for 7:00 pm. Join Michael Newson, The Undertaker, Mary Hays and Jesse Peachment as they share stories of the dearly departed, both historical and irreverent, joined by soloist, Doreen Vanderstoop. Headstones tell us the real story of who we are! Suggested donation $10 at the door. call Cassy 403.283.9489 for more info.

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TELLAROUND: In the Stuffing: Tales of Thanksgiving Dinner - Calgary
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

TELLAROUND: In the Stuffing: Tales of Thanksgiving Dinner - Calgary

TALES host Gord Churchill invites tellers and listeners to a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about Thanksgiving and dinner!! Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress. First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome! 
Loft 112 – 535 8th Ave SE Calgary, AB 7:00 – 8:45 pm Wed 10 October 2018 
Come and find out Who is Stuffed!!!
Suggested donation: $5.00.
Refreshments will be served.

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Heartwood:  Poetry Reading and Movie ~ Calgary
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Heartwood:  Poetry Reading and Movie ~ Calgary

Heartwood:    Poetry Reading and Movie  

Poems For the Love of Trees –   League Canadian Poets    

Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees – Movie

A Fun Friday Event with Green Sanctuary: Unitarian Hall 1703 – 1 St. N.W. Calgary Friday, October 5th at 6:00 pm 

Join Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Sheri-D Wilson, Monica Kidd, Clara Joseph, Cassy Welburn and others, as we launch our new anthology, Heartwood, in support of the Call of the Forest initiative protecting trees in Canada, with a screening of the movie Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees.  Also another fundraising anthology from the League of Canadian Poets---

Beyond Forgetting: Celebrating a 100 years of Al Purdy, for the Al Purdy Writer in Residence program with poets:

Sid Marty, Dymphny Dronyk, Kat Cameron reading.

Poetry reading and movie 6:00 p.m.                Refreshments.

Call Cassy Welburn 403.2839489

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HOMECOMING: Sailing Into The Landscape of Homer - CALGARY
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

HOMECOMING: Sailing Into The Landscape of Homer - CALGARY

Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 pm. ShelfLife Books, 1302 - 4 St. SW, TALES presents a night from Homer's timeless classic, The Odyssey, with host Cassy Welburn and storytellers Cathie Kernaghan and Calgary's Poet Laureate and spoken word artist, Sheri-D Wilson.
Athena will guide the night as Odysseus sails home at last through looming danger to be reunited with his wife and son. Can she bring him home safely?

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Calgary Tellaround: BEGINNING, A MIDDLE, THE END
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary Tellaround: BEGINNING, A MIDDLE, THE END

On Wed 12 Sept 2018, from 7:00 to 8:45 pm, join host Mindy Woolcott for a TELLAROUND, a sharing of stories, factual or fanciful, about beginnings, middles and ends.  
Story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress. First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome! Refreshments will be served.
Come early (5:30 to 6:45) to open the season with a panel discussion and Q&A about
STORYTELLING - IT'S A THING! 
Loft 112 – 535 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

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SPINE TINGLING TALES, part of the the Edmonton Historic festival
Jul
7
8:30 PM20:30

SPINE TINGLING TALES, part of the the Edmonton Historic festival

Come hear some Spine Tingling TALES told from the mausoleum steps by......

TELLERS (alphabetically) 

Dawn Blue

Bethany Ellis
Laura O' Connor
Marie Anne McClean
Kerry McPhail

Youth teller: Stephanie Hayden 


Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018Time:  8:30 – 10:30  NEW EVENT ADDRESS St. Joachim Catholic cemetery at 10500 117th Street - bring your own lawn chairs to place in front of the mausoleum steps!     Dress for the weather and Mosquitos as we perform rain or shine and despite the bugs! Tickets: reserve via email - tiedynamics@telus.net             -$20 cash at the door for all patrons  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will also need volunteer ushers, ticket sellers and a sound person.  Please email if you are interested in any of those positions! 


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The Devil You Know- Calgary Tell Around
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Devil You Know- Calgary Tell Around

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Diablo, Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, The Prince of Darkness, Old Nick!
Have you come across any of these characters?
Are they the villains of your stories . . . . or the heroes?  
Join TALES host Mindy Woolcott as she invites tellers and listeners to a Tellaround, a telling stories about The Devil You Know (or perhaps the Devil You Don’t Know).
At a Tellaround, story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress; fact or fantasy. 
First timers, professional tellers, listeners are all welcome!

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TALES Edmonton TellAround - FRESH STARTS & SECOND CHANCES
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

TALES Edmonton TellAround - FRESH STARTS & SECOND CHANCES

our May Tellaround features stories about

"Fresh Starts & Second Chances

plus whatever else Tellers wish to share!

WEDNESDAY May 9th
Time: 7:00 (prompt!) - to 9:00pm FREE

MAY CIRCLE LEADER: Laura O'Connor

  •  Come meet the Tellers in our community

  •  Open to all. Newcomers and listeners WELCOME!

  •  Bring “inside shoes” and your own mug

  •  Bring stories- polished or not! Feed-back is optional :)

  •  Refreshments provided

  •  TELLAROUND Host: Marie Anne McLean.

    Questions? 780-437-7736

  • 2nd Wednesday of the month, September-June

    Parkallen Community Hall: 6510-111 Street
    The hall is a cozy venue with ample parking, and Bus access on 109 street

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Song of the Sea- Story Cafe Calgary
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Song of the Sea- Story Cafe Calgary

TALES Calgary presents, Song of the Sea, Wednesday, April 25 at ShelfLife Books, 1302-4 St. SW. Prepare to be immersed in a night of song and story as six performers bring to you their interpretation of the Song of the Sea. Doreen Vanderstoop, Leona Sudom, and Mary Hays will enchant you with stories of Selkies, Sirens and Sea Serpents. Jim Martin and Calum Lykan's performances will blow you out of the water. Singer James Prescott will delight you with shanties and ballads. $ 10 donation suggested at the door. Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by Mindy Woolcott and Leona Sudom.

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TELLER and VOLUNTEER CALL FOR SPINE TINGLING TALES 2018! Edmonton
Apr
24
to May 18

TELLER and VOLUNTEER CALL FOR SPINE TINGLING TALES 2018! Edmonton

  • 11820- 107 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5H 4J4 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For the eighth year in a row, those who are ready to tell truly spine tingling and  spooky  stories are invited to submit proposals for the annual Spine Tingling Tales event at Edmonton’s oldest and largest cemetery.  Standing on the steps of the mausoleum and telling scary stories is a storytelling experience you won’t soon forget!  As usual, we are part of the Edmonton Historic Festival.  The historic festival theme this year is food for those who like to be "on theme."

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018

Time:  8:30 – 10:30  (Teller call/sound check 7:30!)

Event address: 11820-107 Avenue

Rehearsal: Tuesday, July 4 at 7 PM (Chosen tellers must attend this rehearsal.  Out of town tellers may FaceTime in to perform their story for the group. This is an important part of ordering the stories for the show, so please mark both dates on your calendar should you apply. 

If you would like to participate, and are available for the show and the rehearsal, Please send a proposal, including a synopsis of your story, to tiedynamics@telus.net BY May 18, 2018. If you  are a NEW teller to STT, please submit a video or recording of yourself telling any genre of story as an audition, along with the synopsis of your chosen ghost story. NOTE: By the final rehearsal, stories need to time out at 15 minutes each.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  We will also need volunteer ushers, ticket sellers and a sound person.  Please email if you are interested in any of those positions!

Tellers from all over are welcome!

Yours in stories, Kerry McPhail

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Calgary TellAround- Dreams and Nightmares
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary TellAround- Dreams and Nightmares

Wednesday 11 April 2018
Loft 112 - 535 - 8th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Do you have a tale to tell? . . . about a dream? . . . a nightmare?
Perhaps you just want to listen to the tales of others.
Join Maria Crooks as she invites tellers and listeners to share stories about Dreams and Nightmares, be they from the world of sleep, imagination or your own desires.
At a Tellaround, story lovers gather in a circle and take turns telling (not reading) polished stories or works in progress, fact or fantasy. First timers, professional tellers, listeners are all welcome!
Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00. Refreshments will be served.

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The Jester of Malahide Castle
Mar
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Jester of Malahide Castle

Join TALES Calgary on March 17 at 8 pm at Loft 112 (535 8th Avenue SE, Calgary) as we present storytelling with a twist. Ireland, 1525. Five tellers have gathered at Malahide Castle to compete to replace Lord and Lady Talbot's jester, Puck, who has been murdered. Refreshments served. Tickets ($25 each) are limited. Please pre-book by purchasing your tickets by clicking HERE or contact Doreen Vanderstoop for further information  dvanderstoop@gmail.com.

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Calgary TellAround - Eclipse
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Calgary TellAround - Eclipse

Listeners and Tellers are invited to gather in a circle and take turns sharing polished stories or works in progress where one will not eclipse another.
First timers, professional tellers and listeners are all welcome!
Suggested donation for tellers and listeners: $5.00
Refreshments will be served. 
For more information, please contact Maria at calmari@shaw.ca or Betty at north40stories@hotmail.com
Time: 7:00 – 9:00
Date: Wednesday 14 March
Location: Loft 112, 535 – 8th Avenue SE, Calgary

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