| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012 06:00 am
Canadian Finals Rodeo
Even as you read this article, rodeo riders in Canada and the United States are competing to perform at the Canadian Finals Rodeo from November 7 to 11 at Rexall Place.
But the arena fun is broader than elite athletes and top-notch stock. November 7 and 8 are earmarked for some of the best live shows around.
Canadian country music artist Dean Brody, 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards male artist of the year, hits the stage on Wednesday, Nov. 7 just prior to the action-packed rodeo. Brody’s first single Canadian Girls was his first song to reach the Top 40 on the Canadian Hot 100 list.
And on Thursday, Nov. 8, American country artist Chris Young will spike a little flavour into the rodeo with his recent album Neon which produced the platinum-selling Tomorrow.
CFR entertainment tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-780-3000.
Christmas in dance
Once more Vinok Worldance is featuring Christmas Around the World, a vibrant kaleidoscope of choreography from every corner of the planet.
Timothy J. Anderson narrates another whirlwind tour of musical dance delights. This year, the dance troupe takes the audience to Norway, England, Italy, Newfoundland, Poland, France and Slovakia.
Working with dancer/choreographer Ines Castaneda, the company is also introducing for the first time, a dance from Peru.
The ever-popular Hasidic choreography returns along with new works such as Turkey’s spoon dance and a Hungarian duet.
Christmas Around the World runs Wednesday, Nov. 14 to Saturday, Nov. 18 at Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway Ave. Tickets range from $39 to $75. Contact www.vinok.ca to book.
Haunted Pumpkin Festival is swinging
The 17th annual Haunted Pumpkin Festival at Prairie Gardens is alive and kicking. With a bumper crop of over 100,000 pumpkins, this is the year to dig deep and try out the pumpkin cannon, a pirate-manned fundraiser for the Youth Empowerment and Support Services.
The festival is also chock-full of family-fun activities such as a haunted house, corn mazes, strolling characters, trick or treat cabin, the Enchanted Forest, Graveyard Trail and the Boo’n Accord Ghost Town.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekend in October including Thanksgiving Monday. For admission rates and directions visit www.prairiegardens.org.