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Written by Derek Neumeier   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 09:21

Showing the brighter side of the controversial music scene

When some people think of electronic music, they often associate the genre with ideas of underground raves and explicit drug use. The annual Calgary Electronic Music Festival, hosted Sept. 17 in downtown’s Shaw Millennium Park, aimed to show Calgarians that the local electronic music scene can safely cater to people of all ages and types.

Blaire Hammer was one of many talented hula-hoopers at the Calgary Electronic Music Festival
Photo: Derek Neumeier
According to Nikki Love, an organizer for the festival, the key focus is to overcome the negative stereotypes that are often associated with the scene by showcasing the music, dancing and people in a safe and friendly environment.

“We want the city of Calgary to have an electronic festival that’s family-oriented and still open the eyes to the scene,” said Love. “There’s a culture behind it, and it’s not always bar-related. There’s something for everyone.”

Calgarians of all ages, many in costume, attended the primarily daytime event, which featured four stages with DJs simultaneously playing music, numerous vendors, bouncy castles for kids and large areas of relaxing park grass.

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