The Debaters, Christmas concerts and a cellist: Calgary entertainment picks for the weekend

The Debaters, Christmas concerts and a cellist: Calgary entertainment picks for the weekend

The weekend is once again around the corner and as we head into the busy holiday season, Tracy Fuller, director of the Homestretch, outlines some of the arts and entertainment happenings in and around the city.

The Debaters in Red Deer

CBC Radio show The Debaters is in the middle of a national tour and this Sunday they stop in Red Deer when host Steve Patterson and comic all-stars Ivan Decker and Katie-Ellen Humphries will go mistletoe-to-toe over two seasonally specific topics.

First up: Frosty or Rudolph — which is the superior Christmas character?

The second debate is sure to be a hot topic this time of year as well: online or the mall — which is the best way to Christmas shop?

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

The master cellist is back in Calgary with his first performances here in decades on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. Even though the shows are sold out, you can still catch one live — online.

Calgary Philharmonic will be live-streaming Thursday's concert and the feed can be found online.

Cowtown Opera Company's Christmas Show

On Saturday, the Cowtown Opera Company is hosting a pyjama party sing-along Christmas show, which some say is the the musical equivalent of a warm cup of cocoa.

You'll laugh, sigh, and sing-along to your favourite Christmas tunes with the Heebee-Jeebees acting as hosts Saturday night at the Central United Church on Seventh Avenue. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Full info can be found online. 

Youth Singers of Calgary Christmas spectacular

The Youth Singers of Calgary's live Christmas spectacular, Merry Movies, hits the Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday with a 6 p.m. start.

It's based around the fictional YSCTV television station, which is running a 24-hour Christmas movie marathon, and they won't go off the air until they win the ratings race.

The group will be performing hits from some of the best loved Christmas TV specials.

Tickets can be found online.

Calgary Food Bank fundraisers

The CP Holiday Train pulls into Anderson Station on Saturday with Colin James and Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band performing at 7 p.m. There will be 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousand of lights and all it takes to get in is a donation to the Calgary Food Bank

Then on Sunday there's a new outdoor winter festival in Calgary called the Northwestival running from 1-7 p.m. It happens on the University of Calgary campus, just north of Alberta Children's Hospital and kitty-corner to Market Mall and features food trucks along with winter activities like a s'mores making station, sled dogs, a snowshoe and fat bike circuit, sleigh rides, hot drinks and more.

There will also be winter workshops to make holiday wreaths, custom greeting cards and more.

Admission to the Northwestival is a non-perishable food donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

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With files from The Homestretch