Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
Six knights—each dressed in brightly colored tunics emblazoned with a coat of arms—compete for honour, glory, and the favour of the royal court during each live tournament at Medieval Times. The experience immerses visitors within the pageantry of 11th Century Spain as the cavaliers demonstrate their bravery and skills at arms to as many as 1,400 cheering guests.
Lances and shields splinter with each joust. Sparks erupt every time swords and maces clash. Dirt flies as horses' hooves stomp. A falconer sends birds of prey swooping above the audience's heads. Meanwhile, the crowds are encouraged to gasp, applaud, and cheer as their favored champion emerges victorious from battle.
Throughout each two-hour spectacle of medieval skills and arts, the audience is encouraged to enjoy a rustic, four-course feast in the traditional 11th Century fashion: sans utensils. Diners use their fingers to devour everything from roasted chicken and spare ribs to tomato bisque soup and herb-tinged roasted potatoes. The cooks also prepare vegetarian substitutions upon request.
The largest soft-seat theatre in Canada, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is perhaps most famous for its overhanging marquee outside. The diagonal canopy and its snake-like rows of lights were restored to their original form in 2010, along with the facility’s wood, brass, and marble accents. Inside the lobby, York Wilson’s mural, The Seven Lively Arts, fills eyes with fractured, panoramic representations of various artistic media, from slanted musical staffs to menacing Greek theatre masks.
With their inimitable style, concrete catchiness, and a tapestry of hits, Supertramp storms on, slinging their infectious melodies and unbreakable falsettos on their 70-10 tour. Celebrating the 40-plus years since their eponymous debut album, Supertramp sears the skies in a set stacked with immortal nuggets and invisible ketchup from their chart-topping tenure. With founder, lead singer, and keyboardist Rick Davies at the helm, the outdoor air of the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre will scatter sonic stardust as Supertramp caresses the sky with hits. Some of their biggest hits include “Dreamer,” “The Logical Song,” and the stridulous anthem “Goodbye Stranger.” Since it is the responsibility of every human to own, eat, or elope with their best-selling album Breakfast in America, the communal feeling of seeing Supertramp is akin to meeting 10,000 twins separated at birth.