Inside the Quantum Sandbox. This segment represents the Higgs Field principle, which is the science of matter in flux and constant transformation.

TELUS Spark is reviving their trademark Spark After Dark spectacle after two years of pandemic woes. 

On April 15 at 5 p.m., Spark is hosting an event about the effects of legal drugs—such as cannabis, caffeine, LSD, and alcohol—on the human brain.

There will be full bar service thanks to Spark’s partnership with Proof YYC, and there is a very classy cocktail featured on the menu called the James Bong.

“[It is] a citrus and rosemary infused gin and tonic with a rosemary smoke bubble – dazed, not stirred,” said Spark marketing coordinator, Zoë Mooers.

The drink: The name is Bong, James Bong, as advertised by Spark.

A familiar, yet new sensation

Guests will be able to explore Spark’s digital immersion exhibit called the Quantum Sandbox, which opened in March 2022.

The exhibit harnesses principles of the quantum world and allows participants to interact with Indigenous art, elements of the periodic table, and even create music.

“We’ll have something called the Brain-Fog Obstacle Course,” says Mooers. 

“It’s an inflatable obstacle course. You try on a pair of goggles—they’re visually impairing goggles — that simulates being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and you have to try your best to make your way through the obstacle course.”

Other activities include live music, playing with animals, yoga, dance performances, shows in the Infinity Dome, and keynote speeches from industry experts.

Students can purchase admission tickets on the science centre website for $22. 

Spark is lighting up

If you cannot attend this upcoming event, fear not. Spark is hosting these events bimonthly, and the next Spark After Dark will happen on June 10. 

Spark was closed pre-June during the pandemic. It closed in March 2020 where it only held virtual and outdoor events for children.

The closure was to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They have since reopened in June 2021 to the public.

Learn more about the event and TELUS Spark by clicking here.

An example of Spark’s experiments called the liquid nitrogen geyser. On any given adult night, Spark likes to surprise guests with experiments like these.

Pamela Shah

Pamela Shah is the editor-in-chief at The Emery Weal. She has two degrees in history, one bachelor's and one master's. Shah has lived in Denmark for three years and Germany for six months.

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