On the eve of the Banff paid parking trial set to go into effect on Friday, many locals remain strongly opposed. The Banff Residents Against Paid Parking group has collected over 1,400 signatures on a petition they’re presenting to the Town this week and have been vocal at council meetings and in the media about what they feel is the wrong direction towards solving Banff’s parking and congestion woes. Spokesperson Alanna Pettigrew explains some of the reasons behind the opposition. She also hopes that personalities will stay out of it going forward – attack the issue, not the individuals.
Three sisters from Sweden with incredible vocal harmonies playing high-energy ‘banjo punk’? Sounds like the recipe for an excellent show on the Stan Rogers Stage this Saturday night! Baskery is one of the many fantastic acts coming to the Canmore Folk Music Festival this weekend, and Greta from the band says they’re looking forward to being here!
Catch Baskery’s main stage performance at the Canmore Folk Music Festival Saturday night at 7:45, along with workshop appearances on Sunday and Monday. (I have a feeling their workshop with The Strumbellas Monday at 1:30 is going to be outstanding!)
Canmore pulled out all the stops in June when French CBC TV crews came to town to film an episode of La Petite Seduction. Tonight we’ll get to find out if we seduced Quebec celebrity Frederick De Grandpre to fall in love with our community. You’re invited to the Windtower Lodge & Suites tonight at 7pm for a viewing party hosted by the hard-working group that came up with all the ideas and served as the local production team. Louise Letourneau says it was a lot of work but everyone’s excited to see the end result!
Can’t make it to the Windtower tonight? You can also watch at home – it’ll air at 8pm on French CBC.
Sad news for fans of Canmore’s favourite Celtic band The Last Order. Due to some visa and immigration issues, John Paul and Tara are being forced to leave our community and return to their native Ireland. They stopped by to share a few memories, say a few thank-yous, and share news about their final local shows. They also played a song for us live on air!
I was pleasantly surprised to get Crazy Larry on the line almost immediately when I called the Foothills Hospital this morning. It’s obvious from his voice that he’s been through some pretty major trauma – his usual over-the-top exuberance was much more subdued. Nevertheless, he was candid about the accident, emotional when talking about the amount of money people have donated to his recovery and what he plans to do with some of it, and genuine when professing his profound thanks to the community he calls his extended family.
Canmore Town Councilor (and a fan of our show) Joanna McCallum joined Tanya and me on air this morning to discuss municipal election signs – should they be banned on public property? We also chatted about Canmore’s affordability issues, Banff’s heated paid parking debate, and more!
Shamus Neeson from Canadian Blood Services stopped by the Mountain FM studios for a chat as well as a quick demo of part of the screening process when a person gives blood. Obviously it’s important to know a person’s blood type before they donate – the process is relatively painless and finished in less than a minute!
With another blood donor clinic coming up in Canmore on Monday the 28th, Shamus wanted to clear up a few common misconceptions people have about giving blood and really personalize how important an hour of your time can be in saving the life of a person in need.
The next clinic is coming up in Canmore on Monday, July 28th from 3 – 8pm at the Canmore Nordic Centre’s Bill Warren Training Centre. To book your appointment and make the process even faster, call 1-888-2-DONATE.
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.
Dumbfounded by Nature is a free presentation this Saturday night in Banff’s Central Park between 9 and 11pm.
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.
As Jay mentioned, click here to visit the Bow Valley Wildsmart website for more great tips and the weekly bear activity summary.
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.