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Coming Soon: Calgary International Film Festival

By RACHAEL FREY

The Calgary International Film Fest takes place September 18 - 28, 2014. (Photo: courtesy Calgary International Film Fest)

The Calgary International Film Fest takes place September 18 – 28, 2014. (Photo courtesy Calgary International Film Fest)

Calgary is a city of film lovers. In fact, Calgarians spend more money attending movies than any other city in Canada, according to Statistics Canada. It’s not just watching, though—Calgarians and Albertans are creating films too, and the local film industry is experiencing impressive growth.

DAILY FILM PICKS

Here are a few of our most anticipated films to help ease you into the festival schedule.

Fri, Sep 19: Ejecta
An extraterrestrial investigator is hunted by a creature from another world.

Sat, Sep 20: Maps to the Stars
Hollywood’s treatment of child stars is satirized in this dysfunctional family drama.

Sun, Sep 21: The Valley Below
Rural life in Alberta’s badlands is explored through four people’s stories.

Mon, Sep 22: Welcome to New York
Gérard Depardieu stars in this controversial imagining of a major political scandal.

Tue, Sep 23: The Boxtrolls
An orphan is raised by quirky cave-dwellers in this cute stop-motion animated film.

Wed, Sep 24: Jewel Fools
Slackers recover a stolen engagement ring in this action, fantasy and Bollywood blend.

Thu, Sep 25: Waiting for August
A Romanian teen struggles to care for her six siblings in this award-winning documentary.

Fri, Sep 26: Time is Illmatic
Hip-hop artist Nas revisits the influences that shaped his seminal debut album 20 years ago.

Sat, Sep 27: Rocks in my Pockets
Strange, striking animation portrays an autobiography of family and mental illness.

Sun, Sep 28: The Editor
A film editor is suspiciously devoted to his work in this send-up of classic Italian horror films.

The annual Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), now in its 15th year, is eager to bring the watchers and the creators together. Though the festival shows films of all types and genres from around the world, Executive Director Steve Schroeder says the programming team puts a special emphasis on presenting artists from Alberta.

“Alberta’s and Calgary’s film-making communities are getting more confident and stronger and I think that’s only going to continue,” Schroeder says. “We’re seeing multiple feature films coming at us by Calgary filmmakers that are really strong contenders.”

One such contender is Ally Was Screaming, a feature written and directed by Calgary-based filmmaker Jeremy Thomas. It tells the story of two “nice guys” who discover a winning lottery ticket in the belongings of their recently deceased friend Ally. Preventing her abusive ex-husband from getting his hands on it seems to be the noble thing to do, but the longer they keep the ticket, the blurrier the lines between right and wrong become.

Another Canadian film. Just Eat It, is a documentary that takes a hard look at the staggering volume of food that goes to waste—seven billion kilograms (15.4 billion pounds) every year in Canada at a cost of $27-billion, according to a recent report from the University of Western Ontario. Filmmakers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin quit grocery shopping and committed to eating only food that would be otherwise thrown away. Contrasted with the struggle of many Canadians just to find enough to eat, their images of excess and needless waste border on stomach-churning.

More than 8,000 people attended CIFF when it started up in 2000, a remarkable achievement for a fledgling fest. Over the next few years attendance doubled and then nearly tripled, and in its 15th year well over 20,000 movie aficionados are expected to fill the seats of the city’s indie theatres.

The festivalgoers will have the chance to participate in another CIFF mission, the recognition of emerging, first-time directors. Audience members will be given a ballot to rate the films from one to five, and the highest rated feature and documentary will score Discovery Awards for Best First Narrative Feature or Best First Documentary Feature.

“Today’s new filmmaker you’ve never heard of may be somebody who’s a household name in five years,” Schroeder says. “Everybody wants to play a role in discovering a brilliant new artist and being one of the first to recognize their talent.”

The Calgary International Film Festival takes places September 18 – 28, 2014 at various venues. Festival Passes and single show tickets are available at calgaryfilm.com, Festival Box Office at Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW), or at the venue.

Fall Fashion From the Front Row

The change in season brings with it a change in fashion, and with Western Canada Fashion Week coming to Edmonton this month, people are curious about what’s trendy to wear. Here’s a look at some of the exciting new fashions writer Janis Galloway picked up at Toronto Fashion Week!

Texture Play: For both men and women, touch-worthy fabrics from fur, wool, velvet and leather were mixed and layered for interesting ensembles. Menswear line HD Homme showed us dapper texture at its best with velvet suits in festive green, red and blue. We’re favouring these suits as the perfect fit for swanky holiday parties. The designer also paired leather pants with a silk lapelled blazer, a bit daring for most, but strong inspiration for mixing up fabrics in your own wardrobe. For the women, one of the best layered textured looks was Mackage’s sleek interpretation of a modern, urban witch — a faux fur skirt topped with a leather jacket.

Roll Call: Scholarly dressing passed the test as a major trend for both the sexes. Edmonton’s own luxury womenswear designer, Malorie Urbanovitch, sent svelte models down the runway in pastel miniskirts accessorized with mini, white leather backpacks and sheer knee high socks. Urbanovitch’s muted and sophisticated colour palette means the private schools looks are very wearable, easily taken off campus and mixed and matched for both water cooler chat or a fashionable function. In the Outclass menswear presentation, varsity jackets were the star quarterback of the show in versions of yellow and red plaid with leather sleeves. We can see Edmonton’s young and hip taking these jackets to the streets on their way out to a night on say, The Common’s dance floor.

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Photo by George Pimentel; Courtesy of World MasterCard Fashion Week

Fancy Fur: The fur was flying in many collections, and in such vivid colours it was hard to miss. Brightly coloured faux fur as well as the real deal (sorry, PETA) were wrapped around hoods, shoulders and torsos in numerous collections from some of Canada’s biggest style influencers such as Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan. Line Knitwear had the most exemplary designs, with an ultra sleek feminine collection of body hugging, brightly hued angora pieces in bold fuchsias and blues. One of the strongest looks was a simply sweet pairing of fuzzy, royal blue angora shorts and matching cropped sweater. Practical for an Edmonton winter? Probably not, but we’ve never preferred function over fashion. Still not convinced? Make the look more cold weather friendly by layering a pair of nylons under the shorts and slipping on heeled ankle booties.

Think Pink: Every season, one colour always reigns supreme and, similar to 2013, pink is on designers’ minds. Designer Mikhael Kale played up the shade in stunning splattered silk prints to create slinky cocktail dresses, while Mackage let pink pop on sophisticated, tailored outerwear. The happy hue is a welcome concept amongst what is normally a sea of black parkas on Edmonton’s dreary winter sidewalks.

To catch up on more exciting trends in fashion, read Janis’ blog Dress Me Dearly. Or to discover the best new fashions for yourself, check out Western Canada Fashion Week: September 19 – 27! (ATB Financial Arts Barns | 10330-84 Ave. | 780-409-1910)

Curtains Up: What’s On Stage in Calgary

By RACHAEL FREY

Kevin Corey stars in Theatre Calgary's One Man, Two Guvnors. (Photo: courtesy Theatre Calgary)

Kevin Corey stars in Theatre Calgary’s One Man, Two Guvnors. (Photo: courtesy Theatre Calgary)

Theatre season is just revving up in Calgary, making this the perfect time to catch a hilarious or heart-wrenching production. Here is a guide to what’s hitting the stage in September and October, from the tantalizing to the enchanting.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Sep 2 – 28
In 1960s England, a down-on-his-luck and slightly befuddled Francis Henshall is desperate to find employment. Fortunately he’s able to secure not one but two separate jobs—and unfortunately he must keep his two employers from finding out about each other, which turns out to be a much bigger headache than he ever imagined. (more…)

5 Spots for Perfect Pints

Visit any of these great Edmonton spots for a perfect pour!

BeerMug1. O’Byrnes Irish Pub (10616 Whyte (82) Ave.)
Guinness aficionados know that it needs to be poured just right — and the bartenders here know how to serve it up as smoothly as at a pub in Dublin.

2. The Underground Tap & Grill (10004 Jasper Ave.)
Craft beer fans will appreciate Underground’s dedication to being a true craft beer bar, with a menu full of unique brews in lieu of big-name macro-brew beers. In September their rotational taps include beers from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Co. and Evil Twin Brewing, and in October the taps will feature beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery.

3.Beer Revolution (11736-104 Ave.)
The beer here is fresh — you can see for yourself on the airport-style arrivals and departures board exactly when the kegs were tapped. Their 24 draught beers are all on rotation so every day there is something new to try.

4. Sugarbowl (10922-80th Ave.)
The food here is so delectable that it’s given this eatery its good reputation, but don’t skip over the beer list. Their impressive selection of bottled beer includes gluten free varieties, ciders, lambics, dubbels, and saisons.

5. Sherlock Holmes Pub (Three locations in Edmonton; click here for a complete list)
Want a no-frills pub experience? This cozy, British-style pub has got familiar lagers and ales served just right with traditional pub fare.

— By Breanna Mroczek

Calgary Can’t-Miss Events in September

By KARRY TAYLOR

Beakerhead is "a smash up of art, science and engineering." (Photo: Neil Zeller, courtesy Beakerhead)

Beakerhead is “a smash up of art, science and engineering.” (Photo: Neil Zeller, courtesy Beakerhead)

Festival season is still going strong throughout September with major events like Beakerhead and the Calgary International Film Fest hitting the stage. That’s not all that’s hitting the stage—several major comedians are coming to town this month, with and without YYComedy Festival. Oktoberfest is on its way too, with bratwurst, oompa and, of course, beer. Prost!

Honens International Piano Competition
Sep 4 – 7
Some of the world’s best piano players will be performing at this competition. Music lovers will enjoy intimate recitals, late night gigs in Calgary clubs and pubs, open-air concerts, family-friendly performances and music-based films and lectures.
• Various venues, 403-299-0130, www.honens.com

ZooGala is the Calgary Zoo's annual fundraising event. (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

ZooGala is the Calgary Zoo’s annual fundraising event. (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

ZooGala
Sep 5
One of the Calgary Zoo’s most important annual fundraisers offers an evening of wine, food, live music and behind-the-scene views to many of the zoo’s wild critters and creatures. New for this year is Roaming Among the Wild, a cutting edge fashion show for those with a wild sense of style.
• 1300 Zoo Rd NE, 403-232-9300, www.calgaryzoo.com

Calgary Mini Maker Faire
Sep 6 – 7
A festival of creativity and resourcefulness focused on the maker movement, which is comprised of amateur inventors and hobbyists who invent, design, create and build things by employing DIY (Do It Yourself) techniques. The event celebrates innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft with hands-on demonstrations and lectures.
• TELUS Spark, 220 St Georges Dr NE, 403-817-6800, www.makerfaireyyc.ca

Jann Arden
Sep 9
The Canadian songstress is back with a cross-Canada tour and a new album, Everything Almost.
• Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 403-777-0000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Beakerhead
Sep 10 – 14
Beakerhead’s tagline is “a smash up of art, science and engineering,” and there really is no better way to describe it. The zany five-day festival turns all of Calgary into a mad scientist’s laboratory with interactive installations and performances for all ages. Flying robots join forces with humanoids in electric stage shows, scientists hit the streets with live experiments, roving art installations are engineered with eye-popping effects and restaurants create delicious gastro-science eats. Most events are free.
• Various venues, 587-351-7787, beakerhead.org

The 'Masters' tournament is Spruce Meadows biggest event of the year. (Photo: courtesy Spruce Meadows)

The ‘Masters’ tournament is Spruce Meadows’ biggest event of the year. (Photo: courtesy Spruce Meadows)

Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament
Sep 10-14
The best athletes from the world’s top show jumping nations will be at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament, one of the world’s premiere equestrian events, to compete for over $2 million in prize money. Off the track, enjoy family entertainment and an international shopping bazaar.
• 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, 403-974-4200, www.sprucemeadows.com

Calgary Bridal Expo
Sep 16
Watch fashion shows, sample products, shop for wedding dresses, and talk to vendors about everything you need for the big day.
• BMO Centre, 1409 Olympic Way SE, 403-660-0166, www.bridalexpo.ca

The Imagination Movers star in a Disney TV show. (Photo: courtesy Imagination Movers)

The Imagination Movers star in their own Disney TV show. (Photo: courtesy Imagination Movers)

Imagination Movers: Back in Blue
Sep 16
The stars of the popular, kid-friendly Disney TV show hit Calgary for a concert and meet-and-greet.
• Epcor Centre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.epcorcentre.org

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy
Sep 16
A lively and thought-provoking discussion on the state of philanthropy featuring Blackfoot elder and spiritual advisor Casey Eagle Speaker, Free the Children’s Craig Kielburger, former NHL player and child advocate Sheldon Kennedy and others.
• Theatre Junction Grand, 608 – 1 St SW, thewalrus.ca/the-walrus-talks-philanthropy-2014

Calgary International Film Fest
Sep 18 – 28
An 11-day showcase of international and Canadian cinema with over 200 film screenings.
• Various venues, 403-283-1490, www.calgaryfilm.com

Calgary Home + Design Show
Sep 18 – 21
Get products and advice for your home renovations and meet HGTV star Bryan Baeumler.
• BMO Centre, 1409 Olympic Way SE, 403-253-1177, www.calgaryhds.com

50 Years of James Bond
Sep 19
Suspense, mystery and drama abound as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra plays soundtrack highlights from the blockbuster 007 films. Re-live the secret agent’s most thrilling moments with classic Bond theme songs and memorable film scores from Dr. No, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and the Oscar-winning song Skyfall.
• Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, www.cpo-live.com

Jerry Seinfeld is performing four standup comedy shows in Calgary. (Photo: courtesy JS Touring)

Jerry Seinfeld is performing four standup comedy shows in Calgary. (Photo: courtesy JS Touring)

Comedy Stars
Sep 19, 20, 27
Three major comedians are hitting Calgary in September. Fresh off his appearance as a judge on Last Comic Standing, Russell Peters returns to the stage with all new material for his Almost Famous World Tour on September 19. Next up is Jerry Seinfeld—the popular sitcom star is bringing his standup act with humorous observations about every day life to Calgary for four shows on September 19 and 20. Bob Saget finishes off the month. The former star of Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos is in town on September 27 to promote his new book Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.
• Tickets available at Ticketmaster: 403-777-0000, www.ticketmaster.ca

NMC Out Loud Gala
Sep 20
A fundraiser for the National Music Centre, the gala is a one-a one-of-a-kind musical experience featuring elegant cuisine, interactive exhibitions and an evening of live music, including a special performance by Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards winning artist Johnny Reid.
• Uniquities, 2501 – Alyth Rd SE, 403-543-5115, nmcoutloud.ca

The Calgary International Flamenco Festival is a week-long celebration of music and dance. (Photo: courtesy Calgary International Flamenco Festival)

The Calgary International Flamenco Festival is a week-long celebration of music and dance. (Photo: courtesy Calgary International Flamenco Festival)

International Flamenco Festival
Sep 20 – 27
Enjoy a week of passionate and innovative music, as well as dance workshops and concerts featuring top flamenco artists from Canada and Spain.
• Various venues, www.calgaryflamencofestival.com

Calgary Oktoberfest
Sep 26 -27
You don’t need to travel to Germany to enjoy Oktoberfest. Celebrate Bavarian culture Calgary-style with beer, food, games and an authentic oompa band.
• Big Four Building, 1410 Olympic Way SE, 403-520-5433, calgaryoktoberfest.com

Alberta Culture Days
Sep 26 – 28
Ninety organizations across the province will celebrate Canadian arts and cultural life with free activities, performances, and workshops. As part of the festivities Fort Calgary, the city’s birthplace, will host family-friendly live stage performances, historical displays and movies as well as face painting and craft-making.
• Various venues, 403-290-1875, culture.alberta.ca/culturedays

Ziggy Marley is touring his latest album, Fly Rasta. (Photo: courtesy Ziggy Marley)

Ziggy Marley is touring his latest album, Fly Rasta. (Photo: courtesy Ziggy Marley)

Ziggy Marley
Sep 29
As a young child Ziggy Marley sat in on the recording sessions of his famous father, reggae master Bob Marley.  For the past 25 years, he has established his own musical name with 12 albums, six Grammy Awards and an Emmy Award.
• Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.epcorcentre.org

YYComedy Festival
Sept 29-Oct 4
This fall, YYComedy Festival will be hosting 22 events that are guaranteed to tickle your funnybone. The lineup includes a variety of standup and sketch comedy performances, including headliners Harland Williams and Brian Posehn and a live taping of CBC Radio One’s The Irrelevant Show.
• Various venues, 403-614-6818, yycomedy.ca

Country Music Stars Mosey Into Edmonton

Edmonton country fans are polishing their boots and spurs in preparation for next week’s big events: the Canadian Country Music Association Awards and Country Music Week are riding into town, and Edmonton fans have many reasons to hoot and holler in celebration.

This year marks the second year that Edmonton has hosted the events, which CCMA President Don Green attributes to the hugely successful event back in 2010. “There are many reasons why we love [hosting the event in] Edmonton,” says Don Green, “including: incredible government, business and community support, spectacular venues, a dedicated and solid volunteer base, and many local enthusiastic and passionate music lovers.”

Not only should Edmontonians celebrate for their fantastic hosting skills, but homegrown Brett Kissel — recent winner of the 2014 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year — leads the pack with 8 CCMA Award nominations, including Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year! “It’s an indescribable feeling to be leading the way,” says Kissel. “I remember watching my first CCMAs in Edmonton with my mom, Brenda, and telling her that, ‘One day I’ll be up on that stage!’”

Brett1Kissel’s happy to be visiting Edmonton, and admits that what he misses most about the city is attending an Edmonton Oilers game. “Whether I’m with friends, family, or business associates, it’s always a blast watching a game in Oil Country!” The city holds a special place in Kissel’s career, as it’s had a strong influence on his music and songwriting. “Growing up on a cattle ranch outside of Edmonton allows me to sing about country music freely and from a special point of view,” says the country star. “Having performed thousands of times in the Edmonton area, I’ve been able to develop my craft and morph into the entertainer I am today.”

Kissel’s also looking forward to being back in the same city as one of his top 5 favourite restaurants in all of Canada: Hardware Grill. “The servers Garry and Steve take excellent care of my wife and I when we come in, and I feel as though we’re family there. Not to mention it’s likely the best restaurant in the city for presentation and flavour.”

The CCMA Awards take place on Saturday, September 7, and Kissel will perform along with other greats such as Terri Clark, Jann Arden, Kira Isabella, and Dallas Smith. And Country Music Week starts Thursday, September 4 with artists taking the stage at various venues throughout the city including the Citadel Theatre, Shaw Conference Centre, and West Edmonton Mall. These events will feature performances from Tom Cochrane, MacKenzie Porter, Paul Brandt, and many more!

For full details on performers, event times, and purchasing tickets, visit the CCMA website here!

— By Matthew Stepanic

You Gotta Eat Here in Calgary

By RACHAEL FREY

Comedian John Catucci hosts Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here. (Photo: courtesy Shaw Media)

Comedian John Catucci hosts Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here. (Photo: courtesy Shaw Media)

From posh urban eateries to down-home country diners, Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here showcases beloved Canadian restaurants, with host John Catucci sampling the most outrageous and mouth-watering dishes the nation’s chefs can concoct.

Fans of the show don’t have to just sit at home and drool, though. Head over to one of the 15 Calgary restaurants featured on the past three seasons and eat what John ate, or discover a hidden gem on the menu. You Gotta Eat Here airs Fridays at 7 pm on the Food Network.

BEER REVOLUTION
Premium beer and wood-fired, thin crust pizza are served at this unpretentious rock ’n’ roll bar. The 24 draft lines change several times per week with a focus on breweries outside the mainstream. Try the Blazing Saddle Pizza with blackened steak, banana peppers, white cheddar, mozzarella, crispy onions, cajun remoulade, seasoned arugula and horseradish aioli.
What John Ate: Pizza Spring Rolls — crispy, deep-fried rolls filled with pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms, basil, mozzarella and spicy marinara sauce.
1080 – 8 St SW, 403-264-2739, beerrevolution.ca

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Wander The Edmonton Valley Zoo!

Congratulations to the new The Wander Trail System at Edmonton Valley Zoo — our pick for the WHERE Edmonton Magazine 2014 Best New Attraction!

Since 2010 Edmonton Valley Zoo has undergone expansive renovations to complete three new phases of the zoo. The Wander is a new themed walkway that connects the new entry plaza to the rest of the zoo, andre-enacts the story of the North Saskatchewan River with features that mimic its origin as glacial water in the Rocky Mountains, to its presence in Edmonton. “We’re so connected to the river in Edmonton and with The Wander we want everyone to understand a little more about it” Denise Prefontaine, Director of the Zoo, says.

The Entry Plaza, where you’ll find a Wild Earth Cafe and the Zoo-tique Gift Shop, represents the urban city of Edmonton. Sharp eyes will notice that the floor of the plaza is formed by non-uniform concrete squares of various sizes — it’s because they depict the dominion grid of how Edmonton was settled. Non-artificial rocks, a mosaic path, and water features make up the rest of the walkway, which ends at a structure resembling an ice cave in the Columbia Icefields. With coloured stained glass-like windows and a reflective surface that keeps things cool, the structure is a serene spot to take a break on a hot day.photo

Between the two points, the “river” takes guests by a beaver dam play structure that children can climb on, a beach area with sand and a wading pool, a trout pond and wetland marsh, rock steps and benches, shallow streams of water that are meant to be walked and splashed in, and smaller rocks that children can move and stack within the water. Despite its intricate setup, there are flat pathways around the features so that The Wander is completely accessible for those with mobility issues.

Of course, an attraction at the zoo wouldn’t be complete without some animals, and all of the enclosures that surround The Wander contain animals from mountainous regions to fit with the theming: “[w]ith the re-designs in the zoo, we wanted to educate people about the habitats and land that animals live on as much as the animals themselves” Tammy Wiebe, Executive Director of the Valley Zoo Development Society says.

Though The Wander serves to make the animal enclosures at the zoo more easily accessible, all of its features make it an attraction itself. It’s fun, it’s functional, and it’s also beautiful. The spot at the very top of the attraction provides a stunning view of the deep green trees in the river valley, and it’s the perfect place to snap a few group photos and commemorate the outing to the newest phase of the fantastic Edmonton Valley Zoo! —by Breanna Mroczek 

Fringed and Confused: The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival

Photo By Pedro Escobar

The 33rd Annual Fringe Theatre Fest will be the grooviest one yet, with the official theme “Fringed and Confused” being a throwback to the grassroots spirit of the festival that encourages guests to experience something new and different. At its core, the fest is a showcase of theatre; troupes from around the world participate, and hundreds of shows are performed. The performances take over theatre venues and spaces in Old Strathcona, and the whole area is bustling with food trucks, children’s activities, street performers, beer gardens, live music, and laid back attitudes. There are comedies, musicals, dramas, original material, classics of the stage, and everything in between — it’s a live entertainment destination with something for everyone. “You come and experience the Festival and it leaves you feeling not quite sure about what just happened” the festival’s Executive Director, Jill Roszel, says. “But you had fun… and you can’t stop talking about it.”

Fringe Tips

  • Guests are invited to get groovy and dress up in disco or 70s inspired fashions, so pull on some bell bottoms and platform boots, don a flower headband, or wear some fringe to the Fringe. While festival spirit is encouraged, there’s no dress code required for any of the shows — your usual summer or fest attire will do!
  • Most shows require tickets ($5-$20), and 100% of the ticket revenue goes to the artists. Don’t have the dough for a show? Just head to the festival site and soak in the atmosphere, plus buskers perform theatre, dance, music, poetry, and comedy around the festival site. Their shows are always free to watch — but if you enjoy the show, tossing a few coins their way is a welcome gesture!
  • Prove you’re the coolest cat at the festival with a Fringe Fan Club membership! A new addition to the festival this year, membership allows festival-goers to celebrate their love for the Fringe with benefits like contests, a members-only block party, a program guide, and a signature t-shirt. Fans can sign up for a basic membership for free, or receive more exclusive perks with a $25 or $50 membership.

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival runs August 14-24 at various venues in Old Strathcona. Call 780-409-1910 or visit fringetheatre.ca for more information.

—By Breanna Mroczek

Where to Golf in Calgary: Top 10 Local Public Courses

Blue Devil Golf Club is Calgary's newest course. (Photo: courtesy Blue Devil Golf Club)

Blue Devil Golf Club is Calgary’s newest course. (Photo: courtesy Blue Devil Golf Club)

Fooooore! Whether you’re looking to sharpen your game or just get in a few relaxing swings, Calgary has everything a golfer could desire—challenging courses, well-maintained greens and stunningly beautiful views. Here are Where Calgary publisher Brian French’s picks for the best public golf courses in the city and surrounding area.

1. Heritage Pointe Golf Course
Located 20 minutes south of the downtown area in Pine Creek Valley, this 27-hole facility is surrounded by scenic forested area, cliffs and beautiful flowing water. Heritage Pointe is among the best-maintained courses in the city and features the quickest greens. Green fees $55 to $118.
• 1 Heritage Pointe Dr, DeWinton, 403-256-2002, www.heritagepointe.com
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2. Silvertip Golf Course
Silvertip is perched on the benchlands of Mount Lady MacDonald in Canmore, 50 minutes west of Calgary. It’s a little further away from the city, but most definitely worth the drive. It seems like each of the 18 holes on this championship layout are signature holes, many with breathtaking elevations. Green fees $95 to $165.
• 2000 Silvertip Tr, Canmore, 1-877-877-5444, www.silvertipresort.com

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Calgary Can’t-Miss Events in August

By KARRY TAYLOR

GlobalFest is an international fireworks competition, featuring entrants from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and France (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

GlobalFest is an international fireworks competition with entrants from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and France (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

It’s the height of summer in Calgary and fun is in full swing. August is bursting with sports, performances and festivals. Check out our roster of can’t-miss dates for this month.

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6 Local Celebrations of Global Culture

By KARRY TAYLOR

Dancers spin and twirl at Calgary's Expo Latino. (Photo: Ken Mann)

Calgary’s Expo Latino is the largest Latin festival in Western Canada (Photo: Ken Mann)

Calgary is proud of its diverse cultural heritage, and August is packed with festivals celebrating the music, food and culture of the city’s international communities.

Afrikadey!
Aug 6 – 9
American Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Arrested Development headlines the festival’s closing-night concert. The four-day celebration of African music and cultural identity also features lightning-fingered Congolese guitarist Diblo Dibala and Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba, an energetic, afro-fusion band.

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