Bike raves are a thing, and because Calgary’s a cycling city, we couldn’t be more excited about them happening here.
Starting out as a small experiment last October there was around 150 people who attended this first rave. Kevin Jesuino, organizer of the event and a local artist, says he was inspired by the bike raves held in Vancouver. Those bike raves have been operational for around 5 years and have over 5,000 attendees.
Jesuino, who has been biking for over 20 years, attended a bike rave in Kelowna and thought they would be great for Calgary because of its cyclist culture and urban bike setting.
What better way to get together a large group of cycling enthusiasts than by having everyone get dressed up, and everyone dressing their bikes up, and doing what they do best, ride! Many bike raves also end with huge after parties to celebrate the event.
“I love it when they use them [costumes]. We need more,” Jesuino says.
However, it doesn’t matter if you don’t put lights on your bike or wear a costume (even though it’s encouraged), the only thing you really need is your bike.
“It’s a complete spectacle when people see what we’re doing.”
Jesuino says one of the best moments he experienced was during the last rave when over 60 bicycles took to the road at Plaza Cinema and people started applauding.
The spring bike rave that was held a month ago had a good turnout so Jesuino plans to organize a bike rave every one or two months for people to experience the community connection.
In the future, Jesuino wants to do partnerships with bigger ride events such as CyclePalooza, and organize after parties to help grow this community.
“I would love to see Calgary as Vancouver is right now,” he says.
The next bike rave is happening this Friday, June 9th at 8:30pm at the George C. King Bridge at St. Patrick’s Island.
To end the ride, an after party will be held at the Ignite Festival of Emerging Artists’ Prophecy/Future themed party at the Sage Theatre on The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #1 in Downtown.
Jesuino cautions everyone to ‘party safe and bike ride together.’
Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles
The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.
Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.
Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.
The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.
Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!
So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.
Local Love for Local Laundry
As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.
From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.
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