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15 Wild Eats in Calgary

By SEEMA DHAWAN

The Calgary Stampede is behind us, yet some of us are filled with regret over foods we didn’t get a chance to try. Be it because they sold out, or because we couldn’t find them in the first place. To solve this problem and serve foodies everywhere, we’ve compiled the ultimate Calgary Stampede Foods list of where to find Stampede foods off the grounds. Every time you check off a place from this list, tag your photos with #WhereWildEats

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Rolled Ice-cream and Raindrop Cake

Find rolled ice-cream and the alluring raindrop cake (which has to be eaten within 30 minutes of being served) at Sweet Tooth Ice Cream. The raindrop cake will be available from August.

• 206 – Center St SE, 587-832-0128

Raindrop cake. (Photo: Courtesy Sweet Tooth Ice Cream)

Raindrop cake. (Photo: Courtesy Sweet Tooth Ice Cream)

Lobster Poutine
Is the seafood lover in you looking for lobster poutine? Order Newf’s Poutine at Briggs Kitchen + Bar to dive into Canadian goodness, any time of the year.

• 100, 317 – 10 Ave SW,  587-350-5015

Unicorn White Hot Chocolate
This fun drink will return to The Family Squeezed’s CrossIron Mills mall location in the fall.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256, 

Candy Apples
Candy apples are a classic fair treat, and you can find them year round at Rocky Mountain Chocolate.

• Two locations: Calgary Airport, CrossIron Mills

Unicorn Cookie Dough (Photo: Courtesy Family Squeezed)

Unicorn Cookie Dough (Photo: Courtesy Family Squeezed)

Cookie Dough Nest and Deep Fried Cookie Dough
For cookie dough that’s wrapped in cotton candy or deep fried, head to Family Squeezed, in CrossIron Mills mall, or track down the Cookie Dough YYC truck.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256

Bear Balls
Find these gourmet doughnut holes in sweet variations at Family Squeezed In CrossIron Mills or at their Bear Balls truck.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256

Aqua Fresca
The fresh pineapple coconut drink from Aqua Fresca won the best beverage award at the Calgary Stampede. It is available at Family Squeezed at CrossIron Mills, or the Family Squeezed truck.

• 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256, 

Mini Donut Ice Pops
Two of the best summer foods rolled into one. Family Freezed makes creative gourmet ice pops all year round. Find them at Family Squeezed at CrossIron Mills, or track down the truck.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256

Clam Chowder Poutine and Mr Crab
These fishy treats are avaliable at special events. Keep track of YYCFoodTrucks to find Happy Fish Catering

(Photo: Courtesy Reel Mac and Cheese)

(Pineapple Express Mac n Cheese Photo: Courtesy Reel Mac and Cheese)

Gourmet Mac and Cheese
Reel Mac and Cheese is a gourmet food truck that names all its menu items off of movies. Add a road trip to your foodie desires and head to Westerner Days Fair (July 19-23) in Red Deer or follow the truck’s whereabouts in Vancouver.

Mini Donuts
Track down the Calgary Mini Donuts food truck to get your fix of doughy goodness.

The Texas Waffle
The Texas Waffle by Waffles & Chix has jalapeño and cheese added to the waffle batter, for a cheesy kick, and is topped with fried chicken and maple syrup. Find this at Crossroads Market.

• 1235, 26 Ave SE, 403-617-7147

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An Insider’s Take on The “Four Letter Word” Festival

By RACHAEL FREY

(Photo: courtesy Kerry Clarke)

(Photo: courtesy Kerry Clarke)

One of the city’s biggest and most anticipated events, Calgary Folk Music Festival, is a four-day, family-friendly, cultural and musical jamboree that has been going strong for 38 years. More than 53,000 music lovers (not to mention a small staff and an army of community volunteers) take over Prince’s Island Park to revel in genre-bending music and ground-breaking collaborations.

As the festival’s artistic director, Kerry Clarke is responsible for scouring the globe to find the most exciting, buzz-worthy musicians and bring them to Calgary for one weekend in July. She says the best thing about her job is “being surrounded by awesome colleagues in the office and around the world who are on the cutting edge of culture and creativity.”

Over the course of more than 20 years working with the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Clarke has helped to define what constitutes “folk music”—something that can be difficult, if not impossible, to nail down.

kerryclarkequote“Definitions of musical styles are always evolving as are people’s perceptions of what terms mean,” Clarke says. “Folk to me is from two branches—either based on the traditions of different cultures and the evolution of (those traditions), or original singer-songwriters. But the delivery of those can be through orchestral pop, hip-hop, world music, blues, country—it’s a big umbrella with creativity and originality at the core.”

“It also signifies a programming and event format with a wide variety of artists, including icons and upstarts, with a lot of opportunity for discovery,” Clarke says. One of the ways Calgary Folk Music Festival fosters discovery and innovation is through “workshops,” a unique show format that brings diverse artists together on stage to jam and collaborate live, creating spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime performances.
Clarke says she’s excited to see so many of the performances this year, among them innovative hip-hop group BADBADNOTGOOD, singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton, English soul musician Michael Kiwanuka, and Mbongwana Star, a seven-piece Congolese band.

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Artist Spotlight: Vikki Wiercinski

WHERE: What made you want to become an artist?
Vikki Wiercinski: Being a visual person was the only thing that ever interested me. As a kid, instead of paying attention in, say, math class, I would draw all over my workbooks in school (and get in trouble for it!). Fast forward past graphic design school and somewhere in there I started drawing my abstract shapes and haven’t been able to stop.

W: What mediums do you prefer to work in?
VW: I lean towards mediums that allow me a lot of control while drawing and come in a range of thrilling colours. The drawings here are done in opaque acrylic ink markers as well as water-based markers, and are layered over and over—many drawings have 15 layers or more.

Photos courtesy Vikki Wiercinski

Photos courtesy Vikki Wiercinski

W: What themes or issues do you explore in your art?
VW: At the moment I am very interested in the effects spending time in nature have on one’s headspace. My abstract drawing series, Neon Prairie, started almost two years ago during a camping trip, and were inspired by the landscapes, clouds, and natural shapes around me. Over time I noticed in different places that the drawings took on wildly contrasting shapes, colours, and depths depending on what was going on around me.

W: What artists or works inspire your own?
VW: The work of Alberta artist Alex Janvier, of whom I stand in total awe of. As well as screen-printing pattern maniacs Atelier Bingo from France, Finnish designer Maija Louekari of Marimekko fame, the bright work of Lucienne Day, and the wonderfully crazy dots of Yayoi Kusama.

W: What do you hope people take away from your work?
VW: I work to pause and look at my natural environment a little differently. There are so many shapes and forms and colours around you every day, and it’s pretty thrilling for me to notice that instead of walking by. It is my hope that people can share in enjoying surreal, curious combinations of abstract shapes and colours.

View Wiercinski’s work on her website or follow her on Instagram.

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS

Hi-Res-Kurios

Photo courtesy of Live Nation

You never know what you’ll discover when you attend a Cirque du Soleil performance, and this latest show could top all expectations! Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities pulls you into a strange, Steampunk-inspired world where an ambitious inventor attempts to manipulate the world around him—including time, space, and dimensions. Only this Cirque group could literally turn the world upside down! Get ready to experience a curious new world filled with dazzling effects, stunning set designs, elaborate costumes, and—as always—an impressive display of dance, stunts, and acrobatics.

Kurios | July 20 — August 13 | $43-$258
Northlands | 7424-118 Ave. | 1-877-924-7783

Canada 150 Events in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL

(Photo: Courtesy Banff National Park)

(Photo: Courtesy Banff National Park)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday year with one of these events in Southern Alberta’s host city.

Transalta Grandstand Show
July 7 – 16
This year the evening grandstand show at the Calgary Stampede has a Canada 150 theme. Called “Together,” the show celebrates Canada’s multiculturalism through diverse music, dance, and visual imagery. It will be hosted by Calgary’s own singer-songwriter Jann Arden, who will perform alongside other talents with a mix of popular Canadian music and a new score by producer Dave Pierce, who won an Emmy award scoring the music for the 2010 Winter Olympic Ceremonies in Vancouver.

DISCOVER CANADA WITH PASSPORT 2017

For a guide to everything great going on in 2017, check out the free Passport 2017 events app and website. The app is updated daily with events in your area, including music festivals, film screenings, sports, official Canada 150 celebrations, and more. Read articles on all things Canadian from hockey trivia tidbits to how to make the best poutine. Visit passport2017.ca and download the free app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Parks Day and Creekfest
July 15
Come down to Bow Valley Ranche at Fish Creek Provincial Park for a celebration of Canada’s 150th and Alberta’s natural areas. Learn about the importance of protecting local watersheds through interactive games and activities, educational guided walks, a fly-fishing demo, and more. Enjoy live performances, draws, and refreshments.

Calgary Folk Fest Concert
July 26
Calgary Folk Music Festival is hosting a free concert to commemorate Canada’s 150th. Canada Far and Wide: Grands Esprits showcases traditional songs from Canada’s history along with songs from trailblazing Canadian musicians like Joni Mitchell, Hank Snow, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leonard Cohen. Performers at the concert include Jason Collett, Basia Bulat, Cris Derksen, Turkwaz, DJ Shub, Mélisande (électrotrad), Birds of Chicago, and Barney Bentall. Toronto-based musical group Choir! Choir! Choir! will lead the grand finale of the show with an audience sing-a-long.

Globalfest
August 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
For Canada’s birthday, GlobalFest is switching from international displays to a Canada-only focus. Five teams—Western Canada, the prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada—are putting on an elaborate fireworks show choreographed to regional music, with food and activities related to each region. The last day of the festival is a finale with live accompaniment.

k.d. lang
August 23 – 24
Named one of Canada’s 150th ambassadors, k.d. lang is celebrating another big milestone this year. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of her platinum album Ingénue, and she’ll perform songs from the album on her solo tour. The singer-songwriter will also play hits from her 2004 album Hymns of the 49th Parallel, which features covers of songs by other Canadian musicians including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Ron Sexsmith.

150 Celebration on the Hill
September 2
Come out and celebrate Canada’s multicultural communities with the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association. There will be a citizenship ceremony, flag-raising ceremony, art exhibition, sports showcase, entertainment stage, outdoor family area, plenty of food, and a LEGO competition for kids with a theme of what you love about Canada.

Honens Festival
September 7 – 10
The Honens Festival showcases some of Canada’s brightest classical music stars. The festival has several free events, including the popular open-air concert at Central Memorial Park that lets you enjoy chamber music under the sun, and concerts that set popular children’s stories to music.

Studio Bell
Through Fall 2017
Don’t miss Milestones: Sarah McLachlan, a temporary exhibition at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, which honours Sarah McLachlan’s 2017 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. See a display of McLachlan’s instruments, awards, and a stage costume from Lilith Fair.

National Parks and Historic Sites
Through December 31, 2017
All National Parks and Historic Sites in Canada are offering free admission in 2017. This includes 19 places in Alberta such as Banff National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.

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GET TICKETS: 8 Music Festivals

By ELIZABETH CHORNEY-BOOTH

Calgary Folk Music Festival (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)

Calgary Folk Music Festival (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)

Calgary has a limited number of days when concert promoters can safely plan an outdoor music festival, so when the weather is hot and the sun is shining, the city turns into a hub for both big and small scale music festivals. Whether fans are looking to get their fix of country, hip-hop, or opera, music festivals abound all summer long.

Calgary Folk Music Festival
July 27 – 30
For those who like their music on the folkier side, the Calgary Folk Music Festival returns to Prince’s Island Park from July 27 to 30. As always, the programming skews towards an “a little bit of everything” philosophy, with artists like Blue Rodeo, City and Colour, Barenaked Ladies, and Basia Bulat appearing on the main stage and dozens of other bands playing the many side stages scattered throughout the island. “The Festival’s bucolic setting, programming diversity and community-based, egalitarian atmosphere and philosophy mean that all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and tastes happily co-exist,” says artistic director Kerry Clarke. “The site is like a small town of 13,000 a day that also includes creative artisans and the opportunity to chill in the family zone.”

Terminus Festival (courtesy Soloman Media)

Terminus Festival (courtesy Soloman Media)

Terminus Festival
July 28 – 30
Not all music fans are looking for summer sunshine—those who prefer to keep things a bit darker can head to Dickens Pub from July 28 to 30 for the Terminus Festival, a festival that specializes in dark electronic, synth, and industrial music. It’s a niche genre, but Terminus manages to attract bands (and fans) from all over the world, including acts like The Birthday Massacre, 3Teeth, and The Gothsicles.

Calgary International Blues Festival (Photo: Michael Weintrob, courtesy Joe Louis Walker)

Calgary International Blues Festival (Photo: Michael Weintrob, courtesy Joe Louis Walker)

Calgary International Blues Festival
July 31 – August 6
Getting back to the outdoor fests, the Calgary International Blues Festival takes place from July 31 to August 6, with main stage concerts at Shaw Millennium Park and “twilight dance parties” at the Kirby Centre over the weekend, and other special events happening throughout the week. This year’s line-up features a long list of respected blues players, like Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield, living legends Bob Hall and Lil’ Jimmy Reed, and a performance by locals Amos Garrett and his band the Eh! Team who will be joined by Canned Heat front man Dale Spalding.

One Love Music Festival (Image: courtesy LiveNation)

One Love Music Festival (Image: courtesy LiveNation)

One Love Music Festival
August 4
Live Nation is bringing two festivals to the city this summer that take place over the same weekend at the same venue so that fans of both hip-hop and EDM can catch everything in one go. One Love is a one-day hip-hop festival being held on August 4. With artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Migos, and Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, One Love is the biggest hip-hop event in the province and is expected to attract more than 23,000 fans.

Chasing Summer Music Festival (Photo: courtesy LiveNation)

Chasing Summer Festival (Photo: courtesy LiveNation)

Chasing Summer Festival
August 5 – 6
Immediately following One Love, music fans can stick around for Chasing Summer, Western Canada’s biggest EDM festival, stretching over August 5 and 6 and featuring electronic superstars Tiesto and Zedd as its key headliners. “Now in its fifth year, Chasing Summer 2017, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, features a lineup of world class performers across three stages,” says Live Nation’s Sandra Merz. “This year’s event is expected to host over 34,000 electronic music fans from across the region for what promises to be one of the festival’s best years yet.”

Opera in the Village (Photo: courtesy Calgary Opera)

Opera in the Village (Photo: courtesy Calgary Opera)

Opera in the Village
August 10 – 13, 17 – 20
For something entirely different, Calgary Opera’s annual presentation of Opera in the Village returns this year over the weekends of August 10 to 13 and August 17 and 20 at Enmax Park. This year’s centerpiece show is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, a Tony Award-winning musical that explores racial prejudice on a Pacific island during World War II. The festival is rounded out with family matinee performances of Cinderella, a one-act show that is an excellent introduction to opera for first-timers, and free musical performances throughout the day.

 

Country Thunder (Photo: courtesy Country Thunder)

Country Thunder (Photo: courtesy Country Thunder)

Country Thunder
August 18 – 20
One of the newest—and biggest—festivals to hit the Calgary music scene is Country Thunder, a three-day country music extravaganza taking place August 18 to 20. The festival, which also has outposts in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Saskatchewan, debuted in Calgary last year to a sold-out audience. For 2017 the festival has made some improvements to its venue at Prairie Winds Park in Calgary’s north east, including a better flow for those looking to get food and beverage and more advantageous sightlines. The line-up is the real draw here, with 20,000 fans getting to see some of the genre’s biggest names like Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and Thomas Rhett. “It’s a special festival because it’s a city festival as opposed to the camping festivals we do in other locations,” says Country Thunder’s Gerry Krochak. “You get to go and have fun all day in a festival environment but you’re not sleeping in a tent at night. It’s our boutique Thunder—our smallest and most intimate one, with audiences at the 20,000 mark.”

Reggaefest (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

Reggaefest (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

Reggaefest
August 18 – 19
Finally, for one last hurrah, there are few experiences that scream “summer” louder than Reggaefest, taking place on August 18 and 19 at Shaw Millennium Park (there are also pre-events on August 17). “Rastagarians” unite to celebrate Caribbean culture, eat island-inspired cuisine, and, of course, groove out to some reggae music. As always, the line-up includes an international slate of performers including Etana from Jamaica, Mexico’s Antidoping, and local acts like Aktivate and Powerhouze.

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Calgary Restaurants: Hot Dining for Summer 2017

(Photo: courtesy Cotto)

(Photo: Courtesy Cotto)

By GWENDOLYN RICHARDS

NEW: Cotto Italian Comfort Food

At Cotto, chef and co-owner Giussepe Di Gennaro returns to his passion for simple, timeless Italian dishes. The menu is peppered with traditional favourites, such as a spaghetti carbonara, a pappardelle ragu, bruschetta, panini, and Gennaro’s trademark arancini.

(Photo: courtesy Raw Bar)

(Photo: Courtesy Raw Bar)

HOT DISH:
Heritage Beef Carpaccio at Raw Bar
Traditional beef carpaccio takes paper-thin slices of tender meat, tops it with some peppery arugula, nutty Parmesan and lemon or a dressing thickened with egg yolk and spiked with vinegar. But at Raw Bar in Hotel Arts, this dish gets a modern Asian makeover, keeping only the base of beef the same. Arugula is swapped out in favour of Thai basil and heat from chilies, while the dressing is replaced with a citrusy nuoc cham; spicy peanuts offer a bit of crunch. The bright and bold flavours are the perfect counterpoint to the rich beef. In the summer months, enjoy it in the sunshine out on the patio next to the Hotel Arts pool, slipping into the water to cool off between bites.
• 119 – 12 Ave SW, www.rawbaryyc.ca

The menu is well curated and peppered with traditional favourites, such as a spaghetti carbonara, a pappardelle ragu, bruschetta, panini and Gennaro’s trademark arancini. Even within the realm of classics, the dishes show signature creativity. The carbonara comes topped with a meaty portion of pork belly, while the caprese features soft, roasted red peppers instead of the standard tomato, beneath a silky ball of mozzarella and crispy slices of salami for crunch. The Milanese pork chop is well seasoned, breaded and fried to golden and matches perfectly with the healthy-sized side salad studded with pickled cipolline onions and roasted cherry tomatoes.

The space has a rustic feel with barn wood walls brightened with white paint, white marble-topped and dark wood tables and a bar running along one wall. Between the welcoming space, the warm, attentive service and tempting menu, it’s easy to settle in for a comforting meal.
• 314 – 10 St NW, www.cottoyyc.com

(Photo: courtesy Las Canarias)

(Photo: Courtesy Las Canarias)

TRIED AND TRUE: Las Canarias
A small slice of the Canary Islands is now nestled onto 17th Avenue SW as Las Canarias has made the move from the northwest corner of the city, bringing its Spanish ingredients—like the iberico and serrano hams, cheese and chorizo—and true tapas menu to the inner city. Nibble on papas bravas, marinated olives or an assortment of montaditos—slices of bread topped with smoked oysters, chorizo, white anchovies or omelet – while awaiting a sizzling hot pan of paella made from Valencia rice and speckled with various combinations of seafood, chicken, beef and chorizo. (Dig down to scrape up the deliciously crispy edges and bottom of the dish.)

Enjoy it all with some sangria or any of their selection of Spanish wines and pretend for a moment you’ve escaped to the Mediterranean.
• 1129 – 17 Ave SW, www.lascanarias.ca

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Your Guide to Summer Festivals

By JAMES YOUNG

(Photo: Courtesy Marda Loop BRZ)

Marda Gras Street Festival (Photo: Courtesy Marda Loop BRZ)

Take advantage of the nice weather and long days this summer to explore what Calgary’s festivals have to offer.

Pet-A-Palooza
July 29 – 30
Celebrate man’s best friend at Eau Claire this summer and spend quality time out in the sun with your doggo. Don’t miss the running of the bulls (bulldogs that is), wiener dog races, and the puppy stampede. Stop at one of the cooling stations along the way to make sure everyone is kept hydrated and comfortable throughout the day. Collect swag from over 80 different vendors as Pet-A-Palooza runs from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is free and family friendly.

Calgary Fringe Festival
August 4 – 12
Enjoy creative, unjuried, and uncensored plays at this theater festival. There is a play for everyone—160 are presented throughout the nine-day event.

Inglewood SunFest
August 5
Discover the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood with the whole family at this full day festival. Visit more than 200 shops that the neighbourhood has to offer, watch street performers, find a sunny patio to hang out at, or get some shopping in.

(Photo: Courtesy Dragon boat society.)

Calgary Dragon Boat Race (Photo: courtesy Dragon Boat Society)

Heritage Day Festival
August 7
This free family event is celebrating its 40th year anniversary. Enjoy multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and one-of-a-kind handcrafts all in the heart of the downtown.

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival
August 12 – 13
Join the 4,000 spectators who take in this event each year and watch over 1,800 racers as they compete in this sport of culture, camaraderie, and inspiration.

(Photo: Leda Davies)

Calgary Fringe Festival (Photo: Leda Davies)

Marda Gras Street Festival
August 13
Party like you are in Louisiana at this quintessential Calgary festival. Indulge in good food, dancing, street performances and so much more all on the streets of Marda Loop.

Expo Latino
August 18 – 20
Feel the heat this summer at western Canada’s largest Latin festival. Prince’s Island Park will be sizzling with world class performances, exotic food, and music that will get your feet and hips moving. Performers include Cuban salsa group Brisas Del Palmar, Capoeira dancers Ache Brasil, and Calgary’s Estrelas Do Samba, as well as Latin music star Olga Tañón, Woman of Fire. You’ll also find an art market, dance workshop, children’s area, and a beer garden.

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Ask The Expert: Les Clefs d’Or Corner (July/August 2017)

Nella-Blog

Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

We asked Edmonton expert and Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for her advice about celebrating summer, outdoor festivals, and tasty eats!

1. What are three reasons you love Edmonton in the summer?
My top three reasons are:
• Patio season
• Segway tours with River Valley Adventure Co.
• And one of the many delectable treats served up by the city’s food trucks

2. Where would you send someone for a refreshing cocktail?
I love sitting bar side at Woodwork and watching them craft their amazing sips! Some of my favourite summer cocktails there are Beach Grass, Pineapple Express, and the Citrus Mojito.

3. What are your favourite festivals to check out in July and August?
In July, I’m at Sand on Whyte watching artists from around the world showcase their artistic carvings and stunning castles. And in August, I love the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which is four days packed with great music, delicious food, and a gorgeous view of our city from Gallagher Park!

4. What do you recommend for someone looking for a quick and tasty bite to eat?
Definitely District Café & Bakery! You can find a quick bite here for any time of day. My fave is the Pulled Chicken Sandwich with a mint chimichurri and a creamy aioli. Be sure to save room for their house-made sweet treats!

Les Clefs d’Or Concierges have been opening doors for hotel guests in Canada since 1976, and today there are more than 150 members from coast to coast and more than 3,500 members worldwide! You can find Nella at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

30+ Things to Do This July

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Yahoo—it’s Stampede time! That’s not all that’s happening in Calgary, though. From star-gazing to show-jumping, here’s more than 30 events and activities to keep you busy all July.
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Edmonton’s 2017 Best New Attraction Winner: Rogers Place

Congratulations to Rogers Place—our pick for WHERE Edmonton Magazine‘s Best New Attraction for 2017!

Opened in the Fall of 2016 with its first official concert performance by country star Keith Urban, the state-of-the-art Rogers Place is the new home to the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings. In recent months, it’s welcomed top performers from around the world, including Garth Brooks who played nine sold-out shows in February. Out front of the spaceship-like structure, you’ll find the newly relocated and refurbished Wayne Gretzky statue. Inside and set in the floor of Ford Hall, you can view artist Alex Janvier’s gorgeous and complex Tsą tsą ke k’e (or Iron Foot Place)—a 45-feet-in-diameter circular mosaic that honours the land area where Edmonton is located as a historic meeting place. Fans of hockey and top artists from around the world have gathered to view this stunning new arena rejuvenating the downtown core. And with Rogers Place welcoming icons such as Sarah McLachlan, Queen, Bob Dylan, and Lady Gaga in July and August, there are plenty of reasons to visit this incredible attraction over the summer!

Artist Spotlight: Brandon Flock

By BRIAN FRENCH 

(Photo: Courtesy the Flock family.)

(Photo: Courtesy the Flock family)

Brandon Flock loved living and he was very good at it. He trekked to the Mount Everest Base Camp and summited Kilimanjaro. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona, scuba-dove in the Red Sea, and raced camels around the pyramids of Egypt. He lived life fully.

Flock was a writer, actor, artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He studied in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. He co-founded (with his childhood friend Max Van Dijk) ZClay Fresh, an integrated marketing design and production company. He helped build a school in Uganda. At the age of 15 he shaved his head for The Canadian Cancer Society, raising a record amount of funds in Canada.

Not long after his sudden passing in 2012, his grieving parents Brad and Dena found the unfinished script Brandon had been working on called Buck Off. Almost five years later, award-winning author Tyler Trafford (Almost a Great Escape) brings Brandon’s script back to life.

TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is the semi-biographical coming of age story of Nathan Munro who, in his final year of high school, enrolls in a film studies course and discovers a world of ranching, rodeos, and bull riding. Trafford expertly weaves the Brandon Flock script into the story of Nathan Munro, his family, and friends to create a wonderfully entertaining and spell-binding read. Set against a tapestry of Calgary’s most affluent neighborhood, the ranchlands of Longview, and the Rodeo grounds of the Calgary Stampede, TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is the must-read of the summer.

Sales of the book will benefit the Brandon Flock Foundation which provides scholarships and mentoring support to students in the arts.

TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is available at Owls Nest Books, Lammle’s and their 2017 Calgary Stampede booth in the Western Showcase.

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