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Alberta

5 Spots for Sushi in Edmonton

Sushi1. One of the city’s newest sushi spots, Washoku Bistro is offering a mix of Korean and Japanese foods.
10702-124 St., 780-705-2055

2. At Mikado, the ingredients are flown in weekly from all over the world, including Tsukiji, Japan.
10350-109 St., 780-425-8096 & 9942-170 St., 780-481-2202

3. Volcano pleases the palette and the eyes with brightly coloured tapas.
4226 Gateway Blvd., 780-718-0618

4. For over 20 years, Furusato has provided an extensive list of scrumptious rolls, fresh sashimi, and tasty temaki.
10012 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-439-1335

5. Japonais Bistro’s innovative sushi dishes are infused with North American flavours.
11806 Jasper Ave., 780-760-1616

Sample from over 400 Brews at Edmonton Craft Beer Festival

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Photo by Pedro Escobar.

Whether you’re a beer geek or casual sipper, you’ll find some new favourite brews at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival! Over 100 breweries will have 400 beers to sample, and twenty of Edmonton’s unique eateries will be offering a selection of their tasty food.

If you’re curious to learn more about what goes into a brew, attend a Brew Master Seminar, where experts will share the inside story of the craft beer industry. Or improve your cooking skills at a Cooking with Beer Seminar that will teach you the finer points of beer pairing. And new this year, you can attend Beer University to educate yourself about beer’s journey from grain to glass. If you answer all of your questions correctly, you’ll even earn an MBA (Master Beer Appreciation)!

Edmonton Craft Beer Festival will take place at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on June 3 & 4. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Alberta Beer Festivals’ website. If you use the promo code WHERE15, you can save 15% on your tickets!

CONTEST ALERT
WHERE Edmonton is giving away FREE tickets to the festivities on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4! To enter to win a pair of tickets, follow us on Twitter (@whereedmonton) and watch for tweets about the contest. And follow WHERE Edmonton on Instagram (@whereedmonton) for another chance to win a pair of tickets! All tickets will be drawn for on Friday, May 27.

Fri, June 3: 4 pm – 10 pm | Sat, June 4: 2 pm – 9 pm
Edmonton EXPO Centre | 7300-116 Ave. | 780-471-7210

Where to Enjoy Tea In and Around Calgary

Did you know that the tradition of enjoying afternoon tea — a pot of freshly brewed tea and a snack of sandwiches and sweets — originated with Queen Victoria? The story goes that one of her ladies in waiting requested a snack in the afternoon before mealtime, and Queen Victoria loved the idea and made this tea-and-snack ritual a daily tradition. Today afternoon tea is an indulgence enjoyed by many, and Queen Victoria’s snack of small cakes, breads, pastries, and berries continues to inspire contemporary afternoon tea menus. Here are some delightful places in and around Calgary to enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea.

Tea on the Verandah at Heritage Park

Tea on the Verandah at Heritage Park

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All Hail Caesar! Caesar Cocktails in Calgary

By Janet Davie

There are some things that are quintessentially Calgary: oil and gas, the Calgary Stampede, and the much-photographed Peace Bridge. Did you know, though, that the delicious Caesar cocktail was invented in this very city? Back in 1969, a bar manager by the name of Walter Chell was working at the Westin Calgary when he was asked to create a signature cocktail for the grand opening of the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Marco’s. His creation? That signature spicy blend of clam and tomato juice with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, oregano, vodka, and a celery stick. The Caesar has since become a ubiquitous favourite cocktail of Canadians, and you can find it at most bars in restaurants. Head to one of these great places in Calgary that serve their own unique take on this classic and raise a glass to Chell on #NationalCaesarDay on May 19th, 2016:

The classic Caesar at The Keg

The Classic Caesar at The Keg

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Where to Eat Alberta Beef in Calgary

Vintage Chophouse. Image courtesy of Vintage.

Vintage Chophouse, Courtesy Vintage Group

Alberta is known for many wonderful things, including our delicious regionally-raised beef (and pride in that beef). Alberta has great land to raise cattle on. The grasslands are ideal for cattle, and we have the space for the proper finishing and processing,” Katelyn Laverdure of Alberta Beef Producers says.  We’ve herded up some great restaurants in Calgary where you can sink your teeth into a juicy mouthful of our famous beef:

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Calgary Businesses Step Up to Help Those Affected by Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray

Looking for a way to help those affected by the devastating fires in Fort McMurray? Several Calgary businesses are stepping up to provide support.

Calgary Beer Fest
$10 from every t-shirt sold at Calgary Beerfest on May 6th and 7th  will be directly donated to the Red Cross.

Last Best Brewing
100% of beer sales on Thursday, May 5th, will be donated to victims of the Fort MacMurray fire.

Atlantic Trap and Gill
Join the Atlantic Trap and Gill on May 19th for a fundraising event that will feature live music, door prizes, and a silent auction from 7 – 9 pm. Cover is $10 that goes directly to the Red Cross.

Wurst
Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt is hosting a fundraiser at Wurst restaurant on May 6th starting at 5 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Bootleggers Sports Bar and Grill
Until May 11th, Bootleggers Sports Bar and Grill will be donating 50 cents from every pint of Molson Canadian sold to the Red Cross.

Broken City
Head to Broken City on May 18th for their Rockin’ 4 Dollar$ event, where cover charge will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. The event itself will have performances by several local bands.

Teatro Group
On Friday, May 6th, Teatro Group will be donating 50% of their food sales from all their restaurants to the Red Cross. Their establishments include Eighth Avenue Trattoria, Cucina, Ca’puccini Theatre Cafe, Alforno Bakery and Cafe, Vendome Cafe, and Teatro Restaurant.

Redwater Grille
Now through Saturday, May 7, proceeds from the (most Canadian drinks) maple whisky sours and maple old fashioned at Red Water Grille will be donated to the Red Cross.

Yuk Yuk’s Calgary 
Comedian Gerry Dee, star of the TV show Mr. D, is hosting a “We Got Your Back Fort Mac” benefit show on Saturday, May 7th at 4 pm with ticket proceeds going to Red Cross.

Boston Pizza
Make a donation at any Boston Pizza location and they will match all donations, up to a total of $25,000.

Winsport
On May 6th, head to Winsport for a $10 burger lunch from 12 pm – 2 pm with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Stage West
$10 of every regular priced ticket sold to Stage West’s production of Young Frankenstein will go directly to the Red Cross.

Famoso Pizza
From now until May 11th, $1 from every pizza ordered will be donated to the Red Cross.

Cactus Club
From now until May 14th, order a Feenie Burger off the Cactus Club menu and the full proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

National on 10th
On Wednesday, May 11, Press + Post is teaming up with National on 10th for a fundraising party starting at 4 pm. A minimum $10 donation will be accepted at the door.

Donations can be made directly to Red Cross by texting RedCross to 30333 to have a donation of $5 made and added directly to your phone bill, or call 1-800-418-1111 to make a donation.

Fort McMurray Fundraisers in Edmonton

Fort McMurrayThe people and businesses of Edmonton are banding together to support the relief efforts for Fort McMurray. If you’re looking to offer your support, consider attending one of these fundraisers listed below or following the general donation information at the bottom of the page.

Urbano Pizza Fundraiser | May 9
Urbano Pizza Co. will donate 100% of sales to the Canadian Red Cross on May 9.
Urbano Pizza Co. | 10220-103 St.

Global Edmonton’s 5K for Fort Mac | May 10 | 7 pm
For a $5 donation to the Red Cross, you can take part in this 5-km walk or run for Fort Mac.
Huskies Club Parking Lot | 9100 Walterdale Hill

Bikers Unite for Fort McMurray | May 10 | 6 pm
Enjoy live music, burgers, a mini poker run, and a silent auction at this fundraiser and clothing drive for Fort McMurray.
Blackjacks Roadhouse | 2110 Sparrow Dr., Nisku

For Fort Mac | May 11 | 5 pm
Nearly 20 acts will perform at this benefit concert for the Canadian Red Cross, including 100 mile house, Braden Gates, The Hearts, Jesse and the Dandelions, and more! There will also be a silent auction.
The Needle Vinyl Tavern | 10524 Jasper Ave.

Bring the Smile Back to Fort Mac | May 12 | 3 pm – 7 pm
Bring a donation for the Canadian Red Cross and take part in the fun, including bouncy castles, crafts, a photo booth, fitness classes, and more!
Borden Park | 7507 Borden Park Rd.

Refuelling Fort McMurray | May 14 | 12 pm – 3 am
Ten bands, a comedian, and a hypnotist will perform at this family-friendly event that includes face painting, bouncy castles, photo booths, and much more! All proceeds will go to the volunteer firefighter and paramedic associations and the Red Cross.
Blackjacks Roadhouse | 2110 Sparrow Dr., Nisku

#YEGFOOD for #YMM | May 15 | 5 pm
Some of Edmonton’s top chefs are joining forces to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross, including Doreen Prei, Tzin’s Corey McGuire, Sorrentino’s Jeff Jackson, and more! Stacey Brotzel will MC the evening that includes a multi-course meal with pairings, a silent auction, and music and entertainment! Buy tickets here.
BLVD Bar x Kitchen | 10765 Jasper Ave.

Great Ballroom of Fire! | May 15 | 6:30 pm
This evening of music, dance, and magic in the Chateau Lacombe ballroom will benefit the Canadian Red Cross. Start off with cocktails and a silent auction, and enjoy performances from Edmonton Samba, Mercury Opera, Blush Belly Dance, Shumka Ukrainian Dance, and more! Buy tickets here.
Chateau Lacombe | 10111 Bellamy Hill

You Can Do It! | May 16 | 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Rob Schneider — of Saturday Night Live, Big Daddy, and The Hot Chick fame —will headline this evening of hilarious comics. All door proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Buy tickets here.
The Comic Strip | West Edmonton Mall | 8882-170 St.

Support the Fort | May 21 | 12 pm
For $20, enjoy a full-day of live music with over 15 local artists. All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Naked Cyber Cafe | 10303-108 St.

Knifewear & Kent of Inglewood Fundraiser | Through May 31
100% of proceeds throughout the month of May from sharpening will be donated to the Red Cross.
Knifewear & Kent of Inglewood | 10816 & 10820 Whyte (82) Ave.

Artist Spotlight: Allan Bailey

Allan-Bailey

Courtesy Allan Bailey.

From just outside of Edmonton, photographer Allan Bailey has been producing work professionally for the last 17 years, but has always been interested in photography. “My dad was an avid photographer when I was young and so the gear was always around. As I got older, I enjoyed drawing, building things, working on cars — I just really like being creative. Photography was an outlet for me to do that.”

Bailey’s work celebrates all that is beautiful in rural Alberta, but not in a traditional way. He likes to focus on the details of an object or a space to make the shot more contemporary and evoke a feeling or memory. “I try to make the typical ‘field with clouds and a barbed wire fence’ shot a little different,” says Bailey, “whether it is looking at it from a different perspective, upside down, or backwards. I just like to make things look different than what is initially obvious about them.”

He must be doing something right, as he was named the 2015 Alberta Photographic Artist of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada, and won the 2016 National Photographic Artist of the Year Award.

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Courtesy Allan Bailey.

You can view his work from June 23 until July 8 at the Bugera Matheson Gallery, where he will be showing a collection of stunning shots that were taken with his iPhone 5s during a year-long project that involved shooting a meaningful photo every day and posting them on social media.

Atmosphere | June 23 – July 8
With an extensive background in photography, Allan Bailey was recently nominated for the National Photographer of the Year award by the Professional Photographers of Canada. This exhibition showcases photos from his trip across Alberta, all of which he captured on his iPhone.
Bugera Matheson Gallery | 10345-124 St. | 780-482-2854

Come On, Get Happy! Happy Hour Hot Spots in Calgary

Image courtesy Tourism Calgary.

Image courtesy Tourism Calgary.

The weather has been unusually warm in the city this spring, and temperatures will only be going up as summer creeps closer! Nothing says summer like Happy Hour, so we’ve rounded up some fantastic ones in Calgary that’ll make the season all the better.

Cibo | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 5 pm| 801 – 30 Street NE | www.cibocalgary.com 
Cibo’s popular and absurdly well priced happy hour offers simple topped pizzas for $5, with $5 glasses of wine and Mill Street beer to wash it all down with. Tip: Cibo mixes things up at night and offers pizzas for half price during last hour they’re open (9 pm – 10 pm on weekdays, 11 pm – 12 am on weekends)… Or until the dough is gone.

National | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 6 pm |  341 – 10 Ave SW;550-17 Ave SW; 360 , 225 – 8 Ave SW; 180 Stewart Green SW | www.ntnl.ca
National flows 25 cent per ounce craft beers from its 60+ taps during happy hour. They also have daily food specials, including a $15 burger and beer combo on Thursdays.

Blanco Cantina | Daily, 3 pm – 5 pm | 723 – 17 Ave SW | www.blancocantina.ca
Start with one of their incredibly juicy margaritas for the reduced price of $5, and then get ready to play chef with their custom order nachos for half price. Take advantage of 50% off tequila during happy hour.

Anejo | Sun – Sat, 3 pm -5 pm | 2116 – 4 St SW | www.anjeo.ca
This popular Mexican joint features “halfy hour” with $5 margaritas and beer, and half price tacos and tequila.

Ki Japanese | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 7 pm | 308 – 4 Ave SW | www.kijapanese.com
During one of the longest happy hours in the city, you can slurp fresh oysters with ponzu sauce for $1 a shell, or snack on offerings such as duck confit lettuce wraps, or pork belly boa sliders served on steam buns for $7 draft Sapporo flows at $5 a glass.

Wurst | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 7 pm |  2437 – 4 St SW | www.wurst.ca
Load up on domestic and import half liters of beer for $5, as well as feast on any of their 11 appetizers for half price! We recommend the delicious duck fat fry poutine.

Market | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 5 pm | 718 – 17 Ave SW | www.marketcalgary.ca
Market features three appetizers at half price and switch up the offerings daily. Make sure to try one of their happy hour priced $7 Market hi-balls made with homemade syrups.

Posto |Mon – Fri, 4 pm – 6 pm | 1014 – 8 St SW | www.posto.ca
$5 pints of craft beer, half-price bottles of wine, and “Benny Antipasti” Board is only $9.

The Brasserie | Mon – Fri, 4 pm – 6 pm | 1131 Kensington Rd NW | www.brasseriekensington.com
Sip on beer and bubbles  for $5.50 and munch on three bar snacks for $12. We recommend the salted chicken skin, or the crispy pigs ear for adventurous foodies.

Double Zero | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 6 pm | 751 – 4 St SW; 1133, 6455 Macleod Trail SW | www.doublezeropizza.ca
$5 happy hour on bar snacks, bubbles, wine, and beer. Their “00” Meatballs and Rosted Cauliflower are some of the top favourites.

Goro + Gun | Mon – Fri, 3 pm – 6 pm | 225 – 7 Ave SW | www.goroandgun.ca
Enjoy a selection of $5 food and drinks; must tries are the ramen burger, the tuna poke, and the seasonal omakase cocktail.

Bar C | Tue- Fri, 4 pm – 7 pm | 340 – 17 Ave SW | www.bar-c.ca
The entire wine list is 50% off, whether you get a full glass, a bottle, or a 50 ml sample.

Yellow Door Bistro | Mon – Fri, 4 pm – 6 pm | 119 – 12 Ave SW | www.yellowdoorbistro.ca
Enjoy four drink specials (wine, beer, and cocktails) plus always-changing small plates priced at only $6 each.

Raw Bar | Mon – Fri, 4 pm – 8 pm | 119 – 12 Ave SW | www.rawbaryyc.ca
Enjoy four drink specials (wine, beer, and cocktails) plus always-changing small plates priced at only $6 each. On Friday’s, slurp $0.99 oysters and $4.99 prosecco.

Divino | Mon – Fri, 3 – 6pm | 113- 8 Ave SW | www.divinobistro.com
The happy hour consists of 50% off cheese boards — a cheese board with five cheeses is only $13! — to pair with a selection of $9 glasses of wine.

Native Tongues | Daily, 3 pm – 6 pm | 235 – 12 Ave SW | www.nativetongues.ca
Special prices on select food including the hamburguesa al carbon ( a must try!) and chilaquiles. Pair your meal with a specially priced margarita, beer, or wine.

The Nash | Mon -Fri, 4 – 7 pm | 925 – 11 St SE | www.thenashyyc.com
Bar snacks, select cocktails, wine by the glass, and pints of No Bull beer can be enjoyed for $8

Murrieta’s Bar and Grill | Mon – Fri, 3 – 6 pm | 808 – 1 St SW | www.murrietas.ca
Enjoy a selection of spirits, wine, beer, and delicious appetizers for $5. We recommend the pulled pork sliders!

Briggs Kitchen & Bar | Mon – Fri, 4 – 6 pm | 317 – 10 Ave SW | www.briggskandb.com
Relax after a long work day and order up red and white wine, bubbles, and beer for only $4. Briggs also has a $7 cocktail deal that comes with a complimentary canapé.

Cucina | Mon – Fri, 3 -6 pm | 515 – 8 Ave SW | www.eatcucina.com
Enjoy half price bottles of wine – any wine on their list! – as well as $5 beers and $5 highballs.

 Alforno Café and Bakery | Daily, starting at 10 am | 222 – 7 St SW | www.alforno.ca 
Every day is a reason to get happy at Alforno! On Mondays, buy a half litre of wine for $25, and on Tuesdays they offer a fantastic pasta and glass of wine for just $15. Take a friend on Wednesday and enjoy a half price bottle of wine and order up a pizza for $12 with a $6 glass of wine on Thursdays. Kick off the weekend with a $25 litre of sangria, $30 bottle of Proscecco, or a 2 oz cocktail for $7 on Fridays. On the weekend and holidays, Alforno offers $5 caesars, bellinis, and mimosas so go ahead, order another!

Mango Shiva | Daily, 3 – 6 pm | 218 – 8 Ave SW | www.mangoshiva.com
Head to one of the best Indian restaurants in the city for their fantastic daily happy hour! Featured wine and select beer are on for $5, plus $2 off all cocktails, and be sure to pair some $5 appetizers with your round of drinks. Mango Shiva also has daily cocktail features including $35 sangria jugs on the weekend.

The Bank and Baron | Daily, starting at 11 am | 125 – 8 Ave SW | www.bankandbaronpub.com
Order $5 house wine all day every day at The Bank and Baron on Stephen Avenue, and share a party platter among friends for just $45 from 3 pm – late. Daily drink and food specials apply throughout the week. Roll out of bed and wake up over their brunch specials on Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 2 pm including their $4 Sunday Funday event, perfect for finishing the week off with a bang.

4th Spot Kitchen and Bar | Daily, 4 pm – close | 2620 – 4 St NW | www.4thspot.com
Food and drink specials occur daily throughout the week including a wine and wing night on Wednesdays and pizza Monday. Enjoy $5 60z wine everyday from 2 – 5 pm.

Bottlescrew Bills | Mon – Fri, 3  – 6 pm | 140 – 10 Ave SW | www.bottlescrewbill.com
Once the clock hits 3 pm it’s officially beer o’clock at Bottlescrew Bills! Enjoy a selection of 16 oz beer for just $5, with select 5 oz wines being $5 as well. Rotating food and drink specials also occur every day of the week.

 Cleaver | Monday, Sunday | 524 – 17 ave SW | www.cleavercalgary.com 
A plank (chicken, steak, and side dishes) for two is $30 on Mondays, and once you’ve finished the meal you roll two dice – if you roll an even number on each dinner is on the house. Sunday Roast consists of two courses to share for $20 per person.

These Shoes Were Made for Travelling

Poppy Barley's Spring/Summer 2016 Travel Collection. Photo by Nicole Ashley.

Poppy Barley’s Spring/Summer 2016 Travel Collection. Photo by Nicole Ashley.

The idea for Poppy Barley custom-made shoes came to co-founder Justine Barber while on a trip to Bali, and travel is once again inspiring Poppy Barley’s latest collection.

The story goes that while Justine was travelling in Bali in 2012 she saw a pair of shoes that she really liked but she couldn’t zip them up over her calves. The shop owner said “no problem, I’ll just make them for you,” and measured her whole foot. “Justine realized that it was strange that, in North America, we buy shoes based on just one measurement — foot length — and that there has to be a way to buy better fitting shoes,” says her sister and co-founder Kendall Barber. “So we started thinking: how do we create a shoe that is beautifully designed but also feels beautiful by using more measurements and high quality materials to give it that fit?”

The result was Poppy Barley: an ever-changing collection of shoes with customizable fabric and size options, handmade in Mexico for each customer. Their new Spring/Summer collection is travel-inspired — and the shoes are perfect for travelling.

“Our customers like to travel,” says Kendall. “This became apparent through the Instagram photos that [our customers] share of themselves wearing their Poppy Barley shoes when they travel, to places including New York and Paris and Moscow, and wherever they are they are in Poppy Barleys. I think that’s a testament to our shoes being that comfortable, that that’s what you wear all day. If you leave your hotel at 8 am to explore all day you can wear these shoes and they’ll work for you. The alternative would be a sneaker, which is also cool, but if you want something that has more of a polished look, our customers are gravitating to their Poppy Barleys.

The leopard print, calf hair strappy sandal has us in the mood for summer and sunny skies! Photo by Nicole Ashley,

The leopard print, calf hair strappy sandal has us in the mood for summer and sunny skies! Photo by Nicole Ashley.

Kendall’s Travel Tips
Poppy Barley’s co-founder Kendall Barber likes to travel — and knows her customers do, too. Here are her tips for a great trip no matter where you go:

  • “I always try to go on a food tour; in advance of going to a new city I book one for the first or second day I’m there. It really helps to navigate menus the rest of the trip, and trying new food is always fun.”
  • “All you really need is a passport and a credit card; just relax about everything else. There’s so much stress around packing and you really don’t need a lot, you can always buy it there. I’m a big believer in travelling carry on — even for a couple of weeks. It’s always the same price or cheaper to do laundry as it is to pay for extra luggage.”
  • “Choose a neutral colour of clothing, I usually pack all black and blue, and then add accessories for pops of colour.”
  • “Just say ‘yes’ to everything while travelling — while being smart about it — as you never know where it will take you and what you’ll get to try.”

Hot Tip: When Kendall travelled to Morocco, the weather was so hot that all of her shoes melted — except for her Poppy Barley shoes. Now that’s quality!

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Poppy Barley’s New Slip-on Oxford in Ivory Snake is comfortable yet stylish for travelling. Photo by Nicole Ashley.

New Shoes 
The spring travel collection features new leathers in Desert Tan to keep things neutral, a fun leopard-print on calf-hair leather, and a texture snake print on white leather contrasted with smooth black leather, and a metallic silver leather. The collection has a lot of flat styles — perfect for everything from getting around the airport to day-long walking expeditions — including a lace-up flat, strappy sandals, the D’Orsay flat with fun side cut outs, the Slip-On Oxford that provides a lot of foot coverage, and a flat ankle boot. Of course, if you like your heels, there’s a new heeled, backless mule that has a vintage vibe.

Best Bets for Travelling
Poppy Barley’s Customer Service Lead, Yvonne, recommends the Slip-on Oxford to customers who want to use their shoes for travel. “We have a lot of customers tell us they’ll be travelling to a place with lots of cobblestone, and I always recommend the Slip-on Oxford,” says Yvonne. “It’s like a flat but it’s got the coverage on top which is nice as it makes it more multi-seasonal.” Community Manager Caroline Gault recommends the Chelsea Boot for travel: “I was going for a walk and I didn’t want to wear my runners, so I wore my boots and ended up going for a long walk in the river valley on uneven terrain, and they held up!”

Poppy Barley Shoes can be ordered online and delivered anywhere in North America from www.poppybarley.com.

Exercise Beyond the Gym in Edmonton

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Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

If dragging yourself to the gym for a monotonous 30 minutes on the treadmill seems like the last thing you want to do, why not shake things up a bit with one of these unconventional workouts?

Yoga in the AGA
The instructor will help you calm your mind as you move through a series of poses while surrounded by the inspiring works of some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Each class takes place in a different exhibition space at the Art Gallery of Alberta, allowing you to view the art while also getting a great workout. The drop-in fee for classes is $10, and they are suitable for all levels. Visit the website for a schedule and more information.

Surfing in the Prairies
Hang-10 at The Surf Studio, which combines fat burning, muscle building, balance, and core training in one 45-minute class on top of a custom made, unstable surfboard! Both high-intensity and yoga-based workouts are offered. Drop-in classes are $17.85. Visit the website for more information.

Join a Biker Gang
Based on the popular Soul Cycle model, the 50-minute spin classes offered at YEG Cycle will kick your butt. The room is lit only by small strings of lights that change colour throughout the class, the music is loud, and the energy is amazing. Specialty bike shoes are required, but are included in your drop-in fee of $19. Visit the website for more information.

Walk of Art on 124 St.

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Summer Lake XI by Pat Service, acrylic on canvas 48×36.

For two days every spring, the art galleries on 124 Street open their doors for the biannual Gallery Walk. This inspiring event brings live entertainment, snacks, and artists to the galleries and encourages the public to experience some fantastic works by very talented artists like Pat Service (pictured), whose colourful work can be found at the Scott Gallery. Take advantage of the gorgeous spring sunshine this weekend and explore the art of the city! Visit the website for more information.

Spring Gallery Walk | April 16: 10 am – 5:30 pm & April 17: 12 pm – 4 pm
124 St. between 103 Ave. & Stony Plain Rd.