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Featuring food, music and luchadores, Mexifest will take over Eau Claire Plaza from July 5 to 7. 

The three-day celebration of Mexican culture and entertainment  aims to bring a taste of the country  to Calgary. One of the festival’s events is a salsa competition for the best dipping sauces. Most people come to enjoy authentic dishes and see live events, along with a wrestling ring featuring luchadores, or professional wrestlers from Mexico.

vegfest pamelaDr. Pamela Fergusson is a Registered Dietitian with 15 years of experience. She would be speaking at VegFest about changing lives through better nutrition. Photo courtesy of VegFest.

Head down to Calgary VegFest this Saturday for a chance to enjoy an epic one-day festival filled with food trucks, music, a marketplace with over 80 vendors, kids activity games, a chill zone for pet dogs, interactive game activities, a beer garden with local musicians which is family friendly, art installations, and well-known industry speakers talking about a range of topics and social issues which has to do with the way food is produced and consumed.

babylon film copy copyBabylon film explores London’s torn racial history. Photo Courtesy of Uncarved.

Babylon, a controversial movie directed by Franco Rosso originally produced in 1980 was never released because of its potential to generate racial conflict. This fascinating film, in more ways than one, follows the fictional character “Blue” a reggae DJ who's trying to make ends meet in the racially divided community of South London in the late ‘70s.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform at Commonwealth on 10th avenue S.W. from MRU Journalism on Vimeo.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids with DJ Kokum made Calgary the first stop at Commonwealth Bar & Stage on their cross-Canada Trapline Tour. The rap artists brought out Indigenous people who are already tuned in with their sound along with a room filled with a mix of backgrounds who were united in moshing, fashion and friendship.

Darren "Young D" Metz and Quinton "Yung Trybez" Nyce from Haisla First Nation, a northern community in B.C., follow in the footsteps doing what A Tribe Called Red did bringing “indigenous folks together and throw a party for them in an unfamiliar place.” That unfamiliar place is a night club, which, until recently was largely void of Indigenous faces.

AE SnottyNoseRezKids Blackhorse1The Snotty Nose Rez Kids along with DJ Kokum perform at Commonwealth Bar and Stage. They played music from their album, Trapline, playing first in Calgary before going cross-Canada. “Energy, Energy, Energy/ drop face first in a mosh pit” chants one of their songs during soundcheck. PHOTO: FLOYD BLACK HORSE

“Ten years ago,” says Nyce, “when I was a kid growing up on our rez there was a lot of abuse when it came to alcohol. But now we're shifting. So you find a lot of Natives coming together around the stuff that we do or some stuff A Tribe Called Red does incorporating powwow into EDM music and bringing people together in club settings.”

Metz’s high pitched raps are fast and furious while Nyce’s deep and raspy vocals pull the weight. They rap over familiar beats such as Jay-Z’s “Ni**as In Paris” and throwback melodies to ‘90s R&B. It’s these instrumentals where they break out from into their own style.