A unique art display is taking place in Banff this Saturday night. Dumbfounded by Nature showcases submissions of some of the most bizarre, surprising, and astounding encounters with nature. The Banff Centre’s Public Programs Practicum Participant Karly Mortimer says these videos will be displayed on the side of a modified motor home.
Jay Honeyman from Fish & Wildlife stopped by this morning to touch on some of the local bear encounter incidences we’ve had over the last week, remind us that bears are out and about foraging for berries, and share a few tips to manage and avoid encounters with bears.
With another stack of CDs, Canmore Folk Music Festival Director Kurt Bagnell stopped by the studio and took over the Mountain FM airwaves for an hour this morning! The Folk Fest is back August 2nd – 4th and it’s more than just the three stages in Centennial Park – from the street dance to the Saturday afternoon children’s concert to the pancake breakfast to the Stage 4 Festival Pub, it’s a true community celebration! Click the stream below to hear Kurt and I on air this morning as well as this morning’s music lineup.
Julia Lynx making up some lyrics on the spot in the Mountain FM studios to talk up Bike Friendly Canmore and the Canmore Folk Fest‘s early adoption of this new initiative! Thanks to Helena Artmann for the photos and video.
Along with Julia and Al Tinholt on guitar, Paula Remple from Canmore Business & Tourism and Cyd Fraser from the Folk Fest joined me on-air this morning to talk up this great new program now underway in town thanks to a grant.
Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen joined me on-air this morning to discuss Monday’s council meeting where a delegation of residents spoke in opposition to the upcoming paid parking trial on August 1st. She also spoke to some of the recent traffic data showing how busy Banff has been this summer and how some of the ideas the Town has been trying have had a positive effect. We also talked about an upcoming marketing campaign targeting walking and biking over driving as well as civic pride, and council’s approval of the 2015 Financial Plan.
Tracy Pepper will be in Canmore Tuesday night to give an inspirational presentation about her amazing cancer survival, her hike up Mount Kilimanjaro (to raise money and awareness for Ovarian cancer) and the importance of helping others and following your dreams. This is part of a cross-Canada trip to collect items to bring on a return trip to Tanzania in an effort to help many of the locals who aren’t properly clothed and equipped.
Tracy will be speaking at the Canmore Library at Elevation Place on Tuesday between 6:30 and 8:30pm. It’s a free presentation but feel free to bring donations in the form of cash (This will aid in funding the transportation of donations to Tanzania) or Supplies (Clothing/Electronics/Camping gear for Children/Sherpas in Tanzania).
One of the Bow Valley’s hardest working local bands, Elk Run & Riot has just released their debut album of original material! The effort the band put into Both Sides of the Valley shows – it’s a high-quality release with solid songs and a local lyrical theme many of us will be able to relate to. Strangely, I’ve never actually had them on-air with me before. This morning was a great time to remedy that oversight and invite Andy, Ryan, Marc, and Bailey into the studio to talk about their new album and play a couple of tunes!
Pick up Both Sides of the Valley at Harvest Moon Acoustics on Main Street Canmore, online at cdbaby and iTunes, or grab at one of their shows. As usual, they’ll be playing all over Canmore and Banff throughout the summer, including at the Canmore Folk Festival Stage 4 Pub and their official CD release party at the Pump & Tap on August 9th.
Also, catch their first single Highway Lines regularly on Mountain FM – we’ll be adding it to our local music rotation!