Brain, right, and Heart pose at TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary on Friday, April 15, 2022. To liven Spark’s bimonthly Adult Night, these two mascots were chatting with guests. (Photo by Pamela Shah/The emery Weal)

TELUS Spark’s adult-only night was bustling with guests, activity, and cocktails; and attracted a crowd so large that there was a line up to get in—even an hour after the event started.

The theme of the event was called “Your Brain on Drugs.”

Not only was there a bustling bar and a DJ on a stage adorned with colorful mushrooms, there were also charming mascots that were eager to chat with guests. 

Speeches from Experts

One of the most popular activities happened in the Infinity Dome. Inside, there was a presentation about the medicinal use of psychedelics, and how the forefront of science is improving the use of psychedelic medicine.

The theater was packed to the brim with people excited to hear it.

“There’s a push, and I’m part of that push, to say that we need the natural. We need to go back to nature; the traditional uses of these medicines,” says David Harder, founder and co-CEO of Atma Journey Centers.

“A company that we met with is determining, with 98.5 per cent accuracy, a capsule with psilocybin from ground-up magic mushroom powder, which is beautiful. I love that.” 

Psilocybin is the main active ingredient in over two hundred species of mushrooms, and it activates serotonin levels in the human brain.

Symphony of Art and Science

Guests attend TELUS Spark Adult Night in Calgary on Friday, April 15, 2022. The adult night set-up had a bar and several standing tables set up in their main atrium. (Photo by Pamela Shah/The Emery Weal)

Another popular attraction was the Quantum Sandbox, which is a digital immersion exhibit that allows guests to interact with art, music, and theories in quantum physics. 

“We were talking about this weeks ago, that we should come to the science centre for adult night,” says engineer, Stephen Wihak. 

“My favorite part was the Quantum Sandbox, it’s very interactive and it was really exciting. Physics is my bread and butter.”

There were live performances in the Quantum Sandbox with dancers from Decidedly Jazz DanceWorks. Some guests came to the event just to see these performances.

“I have some friends who are dancers, and I came to support the arts,” says Kayla Tiller.

There were also many adorable dogs walking around the centre, which was thanks to Spark’s partnership with PALS (Pet Access League Society). The dogs were eager to soak up the attention from guests. 

A dog from PALS (Pet Access League Society) is happy to interact with guests at TELUS Spark’s Adult Night in Calgary on Friday, April 15, 2022. PALS had several breeds of dogs wandering around the event. (Photo by Pamela Shah/The Emery Weal)

Conflict follows Spark After Dark

The Zen Zone that practices yoga also saw many visitors. One of the yoga instructors, Jennifer Lynn, has recently been a source of outrage due to her involvement in the Coutts anti-mandate protests.

Spark has issued an apology on their twitter account today, stating that they uphold the science of vaccines.

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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