Top 4 things to do in Calgary this week

CBC's Chris dela Torre shares his suggestions for funk, soul and circus performers playing around Calgary this week.
Cirque du Soleil opens in Calgary next week. ((Jonathan Short/Associated Press))

Protest songs, homegrown soul and an evening at the circus — there is no shortage of things to do around Calgary this week.

Homegrown tunes

The Epcor Centre is all about Alberta music this week with the TransCanada Music Series. This festival does a pretty good job of showcasing artists from a number of popular music genres. On Friday and Saturday, you can hear some of Alberta's best soul, pop and indie-rock bands. Edmonton's Nuela Charles has been killing the music showcases around the country this year, all on the strength of her record Aware. She'll play the Engineered Air Theatre at the Epcor Centre Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. MT . On Friday night, catch The Mountaineer and Jessica Jalbert, two fantastic acts.

Be sure to visit the Epcor Centre website for the full lineup of bands and tickets, which run about $18 each.

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Epcore Centre's Engineered Air Theatre, 205 Eighth Avenue S.W.

Funk and hip hop

If you're more of a funk and hip-hop person, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks has something up your alley. It's presenting something called Turn Up The Get Down, a collaboration between a dance crew from Vancouver and a seven-piece band led by brass player Rubim de Toledo.

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks presents Turn Up The Get Down until April 14th at Theatre Junction Grand. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and are available through Ticketmaster.

April 5th to 14th, call for times

Theatre Grand Junction, 608 First Street S.W., 403-205-2922

Cirque du Soleil

One of the most profitable big tops in the world is coming to town next week. Cirque du Soleil is back in Calgary with a brand new touring show, Amaluna. This show is about moon goddesses on an island and one of their daughters falling in love. The beautiful costumes, amazing acrobatic feats and elaborate live music make this a show you will want to catch while it's here.

Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil debuts April 10th at Stampede Park and runs until May 19th. Regular tickets generally run from $50 to $150 each through their website. 

April 10th to May 19th, see website for times.

Stampede Park, 403-261-0531

Billy Bragg

British folk rocker and activist Billy Bragg is coming to town next week. If you don't know him from his solo work or his collaborations with the band Wilco, you might know him from being in the news, speaking out against police brutality or fascism or corrupt record labels. He's here to support his first record in five years, called Tooth & Nail. This tour is particularly special because not only is it the longest North American tour of his 35-year career, this is his first tour in decades with a full band.

Billy Bragg plays MacEwan Hall Monday night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and all ages are welcome. Tickets range from $36 to $40.

April 8th, 7 p.m.

MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Drive N.W., 403-220-7968