Three to See on Friday: Dreamy pop, chipper jazz and swapping stuff

Calvin Love is at the Empress on Whyte Friday night. supplied

Calvin Love: For something a little less likely to remind you of people ALL CAPS yelling at each other about politics on Facebook, Calvin Love brings his sensual and synth-driven sci-fi pop to Old Strathcona in this show that’s sure to delight and dazzle. Love, described in his promotional material as “menacing as he is magnetic, like sex and murder wrapped together in a trench coat,” sings of dreaming, loving a robot and other quasi-psychedelic concerns. Katie and the Wildfire opens. And it’s at the cosiest bar on Whyte to boot.

Details: 9:30 p.m. at Empress Ale House (9912 82 Ave.), $10 at the door

Turboprop: Innovative and electrifying, Toronto jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini has energy to burn, whether radiating it from behind his kit or working on any number of musical and educational projects. With his sextet Turboprop, Cervini flexes his arranging muscles, creating a vast landscape of musical textures, and moods on which these monster musicians can play.

Details: 8 p.m. at Yardbird Suite, $30 at

Buy Nothing Free Market Day 2018: The name says it all, no cash will be exchanged, just loot. You don’t need to bring anything to take anything, though the more people bring, the better. This is all about decluttering and maybe finding a way to save money on Christmas presents. Past items include toys, ornaments, electronics, small appliances, sporting goods, bags, you name it. No large furniture items or unwanted relatives left behind, please! Continues Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Buy Nothing Free Market 2018 runs Friday and Saturday.


Details: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Strathcona Community League (10139 87 Ave.), no charge