Knitting, Music, and a Podcast!

Have you met our friend, Max? If you haven’t had the pleasure, please allow us to introduce him.

Max plays the French horn, and is currently 3rd horn with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a very talented knitter! Max started knitting about 3 years ago. He loved it from the beginning, and always seems to have a beautiful project on his needles.

In addition to his musical endeavours, Max co-hosts the “Knot Your Average Knitting Podcast,” with his lovely friend, Abbey. She is a music teacher, as well as being a trained opera singer!

Grab a beverage, your project, and join Max and Abbey for a great time, as they discuss knitting, yarn, techniques (like steeking!) as well as other fibre related topics! You can find them on YouTube, and here is a handy link to episode 1!

When the pandemic disrupted his work at the CPO, Max and some of his fellow musicians organised neighbourhood concerts in his yard. During these concerts, donations are gratefully accepted for local charities. We asked Max what inspired him to start holding the concerts.

“I starting hosting these neighbourhood concerts as a way to connect with the community in a time when I felt we all were feeling very isolated and polarized. Another key reason I began the concert series is that I also just missed performing live music for audiences, and had this nagging feeling for months to just get out there and play! I will be continuing to hold these concerts over the next month or so while the weather stays reasonable. It’s been wonderful that we’ve also been able to raise over $1,000 for different non-profits including the The Mustard Seed, The Calgary Food Bank and the Calgary Philharmonic Philkids Program.

Weather permitting, Max has three more concerts coming up! Bring your project, enjoy some beautiful music, and help support some local charities!

Hillhurst Neighbourhood Concert #5 – Saturday, Sept. 5th at 2:00 pm – Address: 448 12th St. NW

Hillhurst Neighbourhood Concert #6 – Saturday, Sept. 12th at 2:00 pm – Address: 448 12th St. NW

Hillhurst Neighbourhood Concert #7 – Saturday, Sept. 19th at 2:00 pm – Address: 448 12th St. NW


Thank you to Max and Annie for the pictures!


Categories: Community, Event


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