UPCOMING Live From Spark

Ask a Palaeontologist ft. Jared Voris

Dates: Wednesday, June 24 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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WHEN: Wednesday, June 24
TIME: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  (MST)
WHERE: Spark's FB LiveYouTube Live, Optik TV Channels 611 +720

Ever wanted to be a palaeontologist? Discover what it's like to study dinosaurs, dig up bones, and be part of new discoveries with  University of Calgary’s Jared Voris! Bring your T-Rex-sized questions for a live Q&A! 

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Alberta Wildlife Animal Trivia ft. AIWC

Dates: Tuesday, June 23 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Investigate spring time changes that are occurring all around Calgary with wildlife expert Katrina Terrill from Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC). Up for a challenge? Put on your wildlife thinking hats for a live trivia and test your knowledge on wildlife conservation!

**Please note there will be no wildlife shown during this live. 

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All about Reptiles ft. Calgary Reptile Parties

Dates: Friday, June 19 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Join reptile expert, Jason Clevett, from Calgary Reptile Parties for a live Q&A about cold-blooded critters! See various species of reptiles and amphibians and learn about their needs, habitats and how they've adapted to their environments. 

MEET friendly bearded dragons, frilled dragons, colourful geckos, snakes of all sizes, and even tarantulas and scorpions! Ever seen an 8-foot surinam red-tailed boa constrictor? 

Curriculum ties:
• Grade 1: Senses, Needs of Plants and Animals
• Grade 7: Interactions and Ecosystems, Planet Earth
• Grade 9: Biodiversity

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Dates: Wednesday, June 17 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Volcano Eruption! Ever wondered what it's like to peer down into a volcano? Or, where the closest volcano to Calgary is? Bring your explosive questions for Hawaii’s Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes and we’ll get molten together. The exploration begins with what volcanoes are, how we can predict when they will erupt, what they can teach us about our home planet, and more! 

Your experts on this mission: 

Don Thomas – Director, Center for the Study of Active Volcanos, University of Hawaii 

David Carvalho – Outreach Associate, Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes, University of Hawaii 


PAST Live from Spark

Explore Outer Space! ft. The James Webb Space Telescope

Dates: Thursday, June 11 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

WHEN: Thursday, June 11
TIME: 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM  (MST)
WHERE: Spark's FB LiveYouTube Live, Optik TV Channels 611 +720

Click on the links above to tune in! 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Spark has decided to postpone this event to Thursday, June 11 at 1PM in solidarity for Black Lives. On June 10, Spark is joining other STEM organizations with the #ShutDownSTEM, #Strike4BlackLives, #ShutDownAcademia initiative to encourage more conversations and awareness within science communities on Black academics and STEM Professionals and how we can work on eradicating anti-black racism. In order to give space for necessary voices, we have decided to postpone this event to Thursday, June 11 1PM (MST).

Is there life on other planets? What about Earth-like planets, what are those and how do we find them? How are galaxies formed?  

Spark's rocketing into space with Nathalie Ouellette, astrophysicist and lover of all things extra-terrestrial. She studies galaxy formation and searches for exo-planets with Earth-like qualities. Bring your space-y questions, space cadets! It's going to be out of this world. 

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Dates: Wednesday, June 3 | 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Back by Popular Demand! 

Not an ordinary virtual tour! Tune in for a live Q&A in BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT! We'll explore and explain some of the exhibit's most wondrous and mind-boggling pieces, all while you ask your burning questions about animals. Your guide and animal expert extraordinaire is none another than Zack Anderson, Spark's own Director of Education. 

Past Live from Spark

Elements of Awesome-ness ft. Kit Chapman

Dates: Wednesday, May 27 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Join a LIVE ask-me-anything with renowned science journalist and element enthusiast, Kit Chapman (streaming all the way from the UK!) as we unlock the keys to our universe, and hear stories of discovery ... one element at a time.

Did you know wars have been fought over poop? The military tried to make foxes glow? That a 13 year old girl played a key role in the discovery of oxygen? Join in for a hilarious storytime and live Q&A that promises to engage all ages!

Past Live from Spark

Direct from Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

Dates: Monday, May 25 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Go behind-the-scenes of a wolfdog enclosure at Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary for a live Q&A with Alyx the wolfdog expert! Surrounded by a pack of wolfdogs, Alyx will dive into their needs, behaviours, and genetic make-up. 

*This program is recommended for grades 1-5. All ages are welcomed! 


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Fermented Drink with Friends: Robots & AI

Dates: Friday, May 22 | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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An ode to robots. Join Spark as we revel in the wondrous possibilities of robots and AI (or question the potential terror of them...)

Special guest and talented Calgarian poet, musician and actor, Kris Demeanor, is joining this week's virtual hang out!

Please be advised: this event is intended for 18+ audiences only. Not suitable for minors. Viewer discretion is advised.

Past Live from Spark

Live Magic Show ft. Ryan Pilling

Dates: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

LIVE MAGIC SHOW! Marvel in the wonders of science by taking part in a stupendously scientific live magic show with professional magician Ryan Pilling (who is also a Spark alumni!). 

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Fermented Drinks with Friends: MAGIC!

Dates: Friday, May 15 | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Abracadabra! It's Friday, friends - so let's pull some magic out of thin air. This week, we'll toast the science and art of illusion. Tune in for a magic show and we might just enlighten you about some of magic's best kept secrets. Maybe. POOF!

Past Live from Spark

Live Science Show: The Stuff That Makes Stuff Do Stuff

Dates: Wednesday, May 13 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Like you – we have a bunch of pent up energy that needs to be unleashed, so we’ll share a series of demos and experiments all focused around energy (or rather, ‘the stuff that makes stuff do stuff’).

Join some of Spark’s most electric personalities for a live virtual off-the-floor event where YOU can ask questions and get answers as we flame, bubble and move through the labs.

Past Live Workshop

Baking with Bugs: Cricket Cookies Edition

Dates: Monday, May 11 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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There’s actual science behind why everyone suddenly started baking when social distancing recommendations went into effect!

But did you know there was another, equally delicious (but more protein-packed!) flour option? Yep, we’ll be cooking with crickets. Cricket flour is jam-packed with protein and taste like hazelnut making it the perfect base for a chocolate chip cookies! 


UPCOMING Live from Spark

Fermented Drinks with Friends ft. Eighty Eight Brewing Co. (18+)

Dates: Friday, May 8 | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Fermented Drinks with Friends is a science happy hour where Spark raises a digital glass to the weird and wonderful.

This week, put on your time traveller hat with friends at Eighty-Eight Brewing Company talking about quantum physics, pop culture, and more.

Crack a cold one open with Spark for a time travel trivia night on Instagram Live. Get ready, we're heading for the DeLorean!

Please be advised: this event is intended for 18+ audiences only. Not suitable for minors. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Chemistry & Cocktails on a Full Moon with Proof YYC (18+)

Dates: Thursday, May 7 | FREE! Recommended $7 donation to science

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WHEN: Thursday, May 7
TIME: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
WHERE: Zoom (Register for login details) 
COST: FREE! Recommended $7 donation to science

Have you been clinking glasses (digitally) with friends and family lately? Well, science is swooping in to help you level up your cocktail game at home. 

Spark partnered with Proof YYC (names #4 of Canada's Top 100 Cocktail Bars) to put on a workshop that's part happy hour, part chemistry class to mix, shape, stir, and sip our way through three curious concoctions:

  1. ACID TRIP: How specific acids balance out cocktails to create the perfect drink

  2. CLARIFICATION: Life can be murky, let's get some clarity through other means

  3. FERMENTATION: Ingenuity bears fruit

Past Live from Spark

YES, I CAN! Achieving Together Under Impossible Conditions

Dates: Wednesday, May 6 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Meet one of the gutsiest adventurers you’ll ever meet – an ambitious young woman who knows a thing or two about manifesting your wildest dreams.  

Dr. Shawna Pandya will share her stories of space aspirations and aquanaut adventures – and how a focus on elevating others helped her achieve impossible heights. These stories mix personal with clever ways to talk to and trust each other in very trying situations. Strong bonds provide a solid launchpads for all of us – so let’s blast-off! 

Dr. Shawna Pandya
Hon. Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women 

Torah Kachur, CBC Science Columnist 



Generously sponsored by Nutanix 


Past Live from Spark

The Art of Adventuring

Dates: Wednesday, April 29 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST

An Ask-Me-Anything with Calgary-based Adventurer Jamie Clarke and Khobe Clarke

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29 
TIME: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
WHERE: FB Live, Youtube Live, Optik TV Channels 611 +720 
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After scaling Mount Everest four times (twice successful, twice he had to turn back), Jamie knew the importance of experiencing success and failure was to building leadership and resiliency skills. In 2019, he and his teenaged son Khobe climbed, hiked, and biked across Mongolia together. 

Here’s your chance to ask Jamie and Khobe anything you desire about what it takes to climb the tallest heights, cross deserted landscapes, and survive to tell the tale. A lesson in resiliency, relationships, and leadership!

Past Live from Spark

Superpower Dogs Edition

Dates: Wednesday, April 22 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST

SPECIAL GUESTS: Superpower Dogs Star Henry + his human partner Ian Bunbury and Vet Doctor Dr. Rebecca Archer 

Bring all your questions about DOGS and meet a Superpower dog himself, HENRY! Special guest Dr. Rebecca Archer with the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Science will also be ready to give you the scoop on the science of canines.

Best for: Curious minds 16 years and up.  

A Three-Part Experimental Radio Play

Dates: Thursday April 16, 23 & 30 | 7:00 PM on CJSW

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WHEN: April 16, 23 & 30
TIME: 7:00 PM
WHERE: Noise, hosted by Paula Fayerman (CJSW) 90.9 FM  

Tune in, as Spark's Artist in Residence, Ashley Bedet transmits her work over radio waves, producing a three-part experimental radio play about energy - and how humans relate to it in its many forms. 


Past Live from Spark

Science Trivia with Jay Ingram

Dates: Wednesday, April 15 | 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Jay Ingram is one of Canada's most prolific science writers and broadcasters! He's logging in live from home (like all of us) to answer your head-scratching science questions.

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Mission to Mars

Dates: Monday, April 13 | 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

A live Q&A conversation with an engineer who would take a one-way trip to mars. Zac Trolley, P.Eng, once made the cut for a planned mission to Mars. For real!  

Past Live from Spark

Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out Edition

Dates: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM MST

WHEN: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
WHERE: FacebookInstagram and YouTube 

Live from TELUS Spark in BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out 

Ask Davis about the plastination process used to create all the animals in BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out. Get ready to dive beneath the skin.