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Alberta

Artist Spotlight: Alexandra Gusse

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Photo by Daria Nordell.

Edmonton artist Alexandra Gusse is in the final year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Alberta with a focus on painting. “Painting has always been a part of my life,” says Gusse, “I took private lessons when I was younger and fell in love with Van Gogh. He’s really influenced my work, especially his use of colours.”
Though a fairly young artist, Gusse has had work featured in multiple shows, including a solo show at the Sugarbowl recently. She also regularly does commissions of both human and animal subjects. “I do a lot of commissioned work, especially for weddings. Usually couples in romantic settings. I also have done pet memorial paintings. People choose subjects that are close to their heart.”
Her favourite subject matter is people, and she has gotten inspiration for her portraits in some interesting ways. “I usually base my paintings off of cell phone photos… Most of the paintings that were on display at the Sugarbowl were based on photos taken by my family, of my family. But, I also made a Kijiji ad asking strangers to send me photos and got a lot of interesting images that way.”
Alexandra-Gusse-PaintingHer work conveys a lot of emotion, something that she tries to use colour to accentuate. “People’s faces and the small differences within a face can affect the comfort of a piece so much. You can tell if they’re comfortable, or having a good time — what their emotions are. I can play with colour and manipulate colour to accentuate these emotions. I like to think about the intimacies between people and how to represent those best. “
You can purchase or commission the artist’s work through her website.

Our Local Gift Guide as Seen on Global Edmonton

Searching for that perfect gift for a special someone? Browse the list below for some of our unique finds from local retailers, which we showcased on Global Edmonton on December 2, 2016!

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Photo by Lindsay Shapka.

Dragonfly NecklaceScottish Imports — $35
Outlander Tartan ShawlScottish Imports — $230
Stephanie Simpson Art PrintTIX on the Square — $20
Royal Canadian Mint Holiday Gift SetWest Edmonton Coin and Stamp — $22
Fenix PD35 FlashlightSupply Sergeant — $106.95 (Those in military and police service can receive 10% off)
Olive and Piper Necklace, Bracelet & EarringsMiss Boss — $79, $65, $48
Garlic VodkaBig Rig Distillery — $47.62
The Short Story Advent Calendar (This year’s edition is sold out, but watch for it to come back next year in October!)
Children’s Aviator JacketAlberta Aviation Museum — $52–$57
Watering Can/Water PitcherBling — $60

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Photo by Lindsay Shapka.

Kobe E2 Hover BoardGateway Power Sports – $499
Scale Model of The Barris CoachDiecast Depot — $150
Rug Hooked Cushion by Edmonton artist Diane KrysAlberta Craft Council — $350
Wetterlings mini hatchet (Handmade at the oldest operating axe forge in Sweden) — Kent of Inglewood — $146
LVJ Haberdasher tweed bowtieKent of Inglewood — $95
Bird House (Made by local artist Monica Heutinck) — One Man’s Treasure (Shops of Stony Plain) — $40
TagineOil & Vinegar — $65.95
Tagine SpicesOil & Vinegar — $9.95
Tagine Sauce Spicy LemonOil & Vinegar — $14.95
Czech & Speake Vetiver CologneKent of Inglewood — $197
Yukiwa Chrome Shaker (Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and finishes) — Kent of Inglewood — $46
Porters Cardamom and Rose Tonic Syrup (Alberta made!) — Kent of Inglewood — $26
Kent badger shaving brush, Edwin Jagger safety razor, Parker stand for razor and brushKent of Inglewood — $120, $60, $46
—Lindsay Shapka

Be the Bird at Angry Birds Universe

Angry-Birds---Meet-the-BirdsThe global phenomenon of Angry Birds — which has many kids and adults alike flicking fingers across smartphone screens for many hours of the day — is now an interactive science exhibit at TELUS World of Science—Edmonton! At Angry Birds Universe, you’ll begin by meeting the poor birds of Pig Island who had their eggs stolen by cruel pigs and discovering the flight dynamics of real birds that influenced their design. In other hands-on activities, you’ll learn the scientific principles behind the architecture of the game by building your own structures to knock down with a slingshot or creating your own animated cartoon. The most fun part? You can “be the bird” and propel down a zip line to knock over enormous foam blocks! —Matthew Stepanic

Angry Birds Universe | Through April 17, 2017
TELUS World of Science—Edmonton | 11211-142 St. | 780-451-3344

Holiday Events in Calgary

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bask in the glory of the festive season with these fun-filled events and performances.

Lougheed House Christmas
Until December 18
The stately Lougheed House, a sandstone prairie mansion built in 1891, is welcoming visitors to enjoy the holiday season surrounded by its grand beauty, with intimate, elegant, and warmly expressive decorations, lights, and unique Christmas trees. Special programs will bring holiday cheer and hearken back to the house’s glory days.

Once Upon a Christmas
Until December 18 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Step back in time to experience historical Christmas traditions at Heritage Park Historical Village. Go dashing through the snow on a horse-drawn wagon, and take part in Yuletide traditions such as decorating gingerbread cookies, craft-making, dressing up for a vintage portrait, and dozens of other activities. Browse the five shops in the Haskayne Mercantile Black (located before the admission gates) for unique Christmas gift ideas from old fashioned toys to fun kitchen accessories.

A Christmas Carol
Until December 24
When greedy, reclusive Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, he has a change of heart and comes to embody the true spirit of the season. Charles Dickens’ classic, heart-warming tale of Christmas redemption is brought to life in a stage spectacular that has become a tradition for generations of Calgarians, with veteran actor Stephen Hair reprising his role as Scrooge for the 22nd year in a row.

Zoolights
Until January 8
More than 1.5 million twinkling lights festoon the Calgary Zoo at this annual holiday delight, swathing trees, forming tunnels, and illuminating over 200 displays. Though the animals are sound asleep in their enclosures, there’s plenty to do: wander the zoo’s paths to take in the dazzling lights, stop at crackling fire pits to warm up with a cup of steaming hot chocolate, and check out four fun zones with tons of activities like skating, Christmas karaoke, and — of course — a visit with Santa Claus.

It’s a Wonderful Life
November 28 – December 21 (Lunchbox Theatre)
December 2 – 17 (Morpheus Theatre)
Welcome to Bedford Falls where George Bailey toils thanklessly, putting aside his own dreams to ensure the right and honourable thing is done by the folks of his hometown. When he finds himself on a bridge on Christmas Eve pondering a watery end, his befuddled guardian angel appears to give him a glimpse of what the town would be like had he never existed. Lunchbox Theatre reimagines the tale as a live 1940s radio broadcast, while Morpheus Theatre presents a traditional stage version of the classic film.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
December 2 – 3
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with travelling circus performers Cirque Musica in this dazzling display of strength, skill, and grace set to holiday classics. Daring aerialists are suspended high above the orchestra and gymnasts perform astounding feats seamlessly choreographed to orchestral holiday favourites.

A Cowtown Christmas
December 3
Raise your voice at this annual Christmas singalong featuring local talented singers, a chamber orchestra, and you! The whole family is welcome to join in.

Dinner and a Movie
December 6 (Elf)
December 20 (It’s a Wonderful Life)

Dine on a movie-themed, three-course dinner in Heritage Park Historical Village’s Selkirk Grille Restaurant before enjoying a classic Christmas movie selection. Each evening features a different movie with an accompanying themed meal, and a cash bar and popcorn will also be available to purchase during the film.

Beautiful December
December 6
Get in the spirit of the holidays with a range of magical Christmas music sung by boys aged 5 to 14. The concert features excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s beloved “Ceremony of Carols” with guest harpist Gianetta Baril and a variety of other pieces that celebrate the season, from Disney to sing-along Christmas favourites.

Naughty… but Nice! Third Time’s the Charm
December 6 – 18
Forte Musical Theatre Guild presents a celebration of the holiday season with fabulous new songs by composers from across Canada and beyond. You’re sure to catch some of your old favourites like “Brendan, the Brown-Nosed Reindeer” and “Bailey’s for Breakfast,” but prepare to be surprised with new music that is sure to become a staple in your holiday repertoire.

Christmas at the Opera
December 8 – 11
Written by French composer Georges Bizet when he was just 18 years old, Doctor Miracle (Le Docteur Miracle) is a one-act, farcical opérette that revolves around thwarted young love and (in the Calgary Opera version) a Christmas dinner gone horribly wrong. Combined with a raft of magical holiday carols, it’s an operatic rarity and a quirky departure from the standard seasonal fare.

A Traditional Christmas
December 9 – 10
The beauty of Grace Presbyterian Church provides a perfect backdrop for a trio of joyful Christmas concerts. The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Cantaré Children’s Choir will perform sacred and secular holiday favourites selected to gladden the hearts of listeners with Christmas cheer.

Punk Rock Bowling Xmas Xtravaganza
December 10
Deck the halls with four hours of all-ages blacklight bowling, shoe rental, and live music! Jory Kinjo, Seth Anderson, Ghost Factory, Solid Brown, Julius Sumner Miller, Flashback, and a special guest. Come support Major Minor Music Project. (While the show is all-ages, the bowling alley is licensed.)

‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
December 10
Join the Calgary Multicultural Choir as they welcome this festive season with music that celebrates winter, Christmas, and peace. Traditional and contemporary arrangements alike will warm your hearts and have you humming, and perhaps even singing along. Musical Selections include “Canadian Landscapes,” “Hope for Resolution,” “O Tannenbaum,” and “Jesus Ahahtonyah” (A Huron Carol). The concert also features special guests the Yodel Club Heimattreu Calgary performing authentic Swiss yodeling.

Winter Fantasia (Enter here to win 2 tickets!)
December 11
This heart-warming concert features many of Mount Royal University’s young ensembles who are eager and ready to sing, play and tell stories about the magic of the season, including Mount Royal Arietta, Mount Royal Arioso, Calgary Boys’ Choir, and Conservatory Strings.

Mistletoe and Mischief
December 11
Come hear the Calgary Wind Symphony performs some seasonal favourites including “March of the Toys” and “A Canadian Brass Christmas.” And, don’t miss the musical magic with special guests The Heebee-jeebees as they perform audience favourites such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “The Little Drummer Boy (Rum Pa Pum Pum).”

A Rockin’ Little Christmas (Enter here to win 2 tickets!)
December 15
Go rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to a combination of Christmas rock, pop, R&B, and a few traditional carols. The collection of cheer-filled and soulful seasonal hits includes favourites like “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Huron Carol,” and many more.

The Nutcracker
December 16 – 24
Visions of sugar plums will dance in your head once you’re whisked away to the magical world of Klara and her Nutcracker Prince. Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is adorned with exquisite choreography and marvellous sets and costumes in this lavish ballet. Alberta Ballet’s beloved, annual production is a glittering sight that’s not to be missed, including pre-show Sugarplum Parties that will delight Nutcracker fans of all ages.

Sounds of the Season (Enter here to win 2 tickets!)
December 17
Have yourself a merry little Christmas with Mount Royal University’s Artio and Kantorei choirs, the Calgary Youth Orchestra, and an array of special guests, who will perform an enchanting evening of seasonal music including a few sing-along carols and the long-standing tradition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Chanukah Party
December 17
Gather the whole family together for this cheer-filled dance in celebration of Chanukah, with fun activities for all ages. During the eight days of Chanukah (December 25 – January 1) the Jewish Community Centre rolls its piano out to the lobby so anyone who wishes can stop by and play their favourite holiday songs.

Carol of the Belles
December 18
Now in its third year, Carol of the Belles brings more than a dozen Calgary artists together to celebrate the season and raise important funds for Calgary Sexual Health Centre’s WiseGuyz program. This warm, family-friendly celebration of community, of love and of the spirit of the season is hosted by comedian Adora Nwofor and features Kenna Burima, Hello Moth, the Torchettes, and many more.

Sing Along Messiah
December 18
Calgary’s professional vocal ensemble, VoiceScapes, presents their 15th annual Sing Along Messiah concert at the beautiful Knox United Church in downtown Calgary. Sing Along Messiah is a performance where the audience is invited to sing along in the choruses while talented young singers do the solos. This year’s Sing Along Messiah will feature VoiceScapes with up-and-coming vocal soloists from across Alberta, all led by conductor Claude Lapalme. Performances of Handel’s Messiah at Christmas are a time-honoured tradition in many English-speaking countries across the world.

Murder at Mistletoe Mall
December 21 – 23
Prepare for madness, murder, and mistletoe at Fort Calgary’s Christmas-themed murder mystery. Join in the fun at the Reindeer Restaurant for Mistletoe Mall’s annual appreciation and award party, where the Employee of the Year will receive a trip for two to Paris and a 50,000 cash prize — there will be one winner and one big loser. Who will it be?

HighKicksMas
December 23
Get festive with power rockers The HighKicks — they’ll bring the fuzz bass and kick drum, you bring the holiday cheer. Joining them on stage are lounge-pop singer Jason Famous and three-piece rock band A-Bomb, all local Calgary acts.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Until December 24
Every Christmas Eve the Mitchell family reads the story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, but this year when they’re snug in their beds strange things begin to happen and the whole family gets swept up in the magic of the season. This fun-filled play, a modern twist on the classic tale, will entertain kids and the young at heart alike — plus, you get to enjoy Stage West Dinner Theatre’s kid-friendly buffet before the show.

A Luminous New Year’s Eve
December 31
Ring in the new year with singing, champagne, and chocolate! Luminous Voices presents a wide range of inspiring classical and popular music in a historic venue that sparkles by candlelight.

Talent Spotlight: Tom Wood

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Photo courtesy Citadel Theatre

Playwright and actor Tom Wood went through his own Scrooge-like transformation when he was first approached to adapt A Christmas Carol for the Citadel Theatre. His husband and then Artistic Director (now emeritus) Bob Baker asked him to write a script for Charles Dickens’ holiday tale, but Wood wasn’t interested. “I thought it was campy,” he says, “and nobody takes it seriously. It’s just a Christmas treat.” However, Baker convinced him to read the novella, and Wood, who was turning 50, felt it spoke to him at that pivotal age. “I didn’t realize that Dickens had written such a great, dark story,” he explains. “It’s about hope: how can people change once they’ve gotten older and stuck in their ways?”

Wood played the humbug-uttering Ebenezer Scrooge for the first 10 years, and is excited to return to the challenge of the role this year. “You have to go on every night and calcify all of your feelings and have them chipped away throughout the course of the play.” Though the story occurs at Christmas, the heart of it can appeal to anyone. “Dickens really found a great way to express a real human story,” says Wood. “It’s the death of the old year and the beginning of the new year.”

A Christmas Carol is now going into its 17th consecutive season. “A couple of years ago we thought, I guess it’s going to wind down,” Wood says, “but last year was the best box office yet… It’s a great gift.” If you’ve been on the fence about catching this magical production, Wood recommends you dive in. “It’s a wonderful way to initiate yourself because it has all the best things about theatre: it’s completely accessible, it’s funny, and it’s uplifting. It’s a great family experience.” —Matthew Stepanic

A Christmas Carol | November 26 – December 23 
A favourite holiday tradition, this Dickens’ classic is sure to delight audiences young and old. Now on its 17th consecutive year of performance and with the return of its first Scrooge, Tom Wood, this show provides exceptional entertainment with its unforgettable story, rich characters, and dazzling special effects.
Citadel Theatre | 9828-101A Ave. | 780-425-1820

Seasonal Sweets and Sips in Calgary

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By RACHAEL FREY

The holiday season is synonymous with rich, mouth-watering indulgence. This year, upgrade Santa’s milk and cookies and treat yourself to some of Calgary’s finest winter desserts and cocktails.

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(Photo: By Genevieve Renee, courtesy Crave)

Gingerbread Eggnog Cupcakes at Crave Cookies & Cupcakes
A twist on the classic holiday flavours, these sinfully delicious cupcakes will make you nostalgic for Christmases past. Spiced gingerbread cupcakes are topped with a generous swirl of eggnog buttercream and garnished with tiny gingerbread men. They’re also available in gluten-free and party cake versions.
1107 Kensington Rd NW, 403-270-2728, www.cravecupcakes.ca

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Winter Cranberry Cloud Pie at Pie Cloud
Walking in a winter wonderland will come to mind when you taste this delectable creation: a flaky pie crust is topped with a layer of tart cranberry gelée, followed by an abundance of pink cranberry custard, and finished with billowy mounds of snowy meringue garnished with frost-kissed, sugared cranberries.
314 – 10 St NW, 403-802-3141, www.piecloud.ca

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Holiday Collection Macarons at Ollia Macarons & Tea
A delicate, crisp meringue shell gives way to a heavenly, creamy centre — there’s nothing like a perfectly made macaron, and Ollia does them right. The holiday collection arrives December 1 with seven seasonal flavours including candy cane, gingerbread, and eggnog, plus a champagne buttercream that’s perfect for ringing in the new year.
810C – 16 Ave SW, 403-457-9775, www.byollia.com

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

Golden Crème Brulee Sphere at The Oak Room
While it may look like a perfect ornament plucked from the boughs of a Christmas tree, this extravagant treat tastes of the tropics. A decadent Tahitian vanilla cream sphere is dipped into a tangy-sweet passion fruit glaze and topped off with a golden leaf. It is served exclusively during The Oak Room’s weekday Festive Lunch Buffet. Mele Kalikimaka!
133 – 9 Ave SW, 403-262-1234, www.fairmont.com/palliser-calgary

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

Yule Log at Decadent Brûlée
The Yuletide simply isn’t complete without a Yule Log, a flour-less chocolate sponge cake spread with ganache, then filled with dark chocolate mousse. Variations include brandy-soaked cherries or white chocolate mousse with raspberries, but owner Pam Fortier’s favourite is dark chocolate with Armagnac-soaked prunes — if you think you don’t like prunes, this will change your mind!
722 – 11 Ave SW, 403-245-5535, www.decadentdesserts.ca

SPIRITS OF THE SEASON

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

Good Morning Vietnam at Raw Bar
If you like a splash of liqueur in your coffee when the cold wind starts to blow, this spicy take on Vietnamese coffee is the perfect cozy cocktail to warm you from the inside out. Strong coffee and condensed milk are combined with chocolate-and-chile-infused tequila, Frangelico liquor, and bitters, plus a dash of festive cinnamon and star anise.
119 – 12 Ave SW, 403-206-9565, www.rawbaryyc.ca

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

White Christmas at The Oak Room
You’ll be dreaming of a white Christmas, though this cocktail is unlike any you used to know. It’s a creamy sensation with a hint of graham and nutmeg to balance out the sweetness of exquisite Godiva white chocolate, topped with a toasted marshmallow and served over ice.
133 – 9 Ave SW, 403-262-1234, www.fairmont.com/palliser-calgary

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(Photo: by Jeff Savage, courtesy Proof)

Fireside Chats at Proof Cocktail Bar
The famous radio broadcasts of Franklin D. Roosevelt inspired this warm, rich drink, and much like those fireside chats it’ll leave you with a reassuring sense of well-being. It’s an updated version of hot buttered rum with cognac, cinnamon, Averna (an Italian bitter) and a hearty dollop of brown butter.
1302 – 1 St SW, 403-246-2414, proofyyc.com

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(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

A Whiskey a Day at One18 Empire
It’s not guaranteed that drinking one of these every day will keep the doctor away, but it’s worth a try. Whiskey is combined with apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and hints of vanilla for a cocktail that’s reminiscent of chilly autumn days and a warm slice of grandma’s apple pie.
820 Centre St SE, 403-269-0299, one18empire.com

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

(Photo: by Neil Zeller)

Northern Star at Model Milk
Star anise, a traditional Christmas spice, steals the show in this wintery cocktail with bright notes of licorice — perfect for an evening cuddled up by the fire. Mount Gay Rum, Cointreau, lemon juice, egg white and star anise syrup are poured into a glass that’s been rinsed with absinthe for an extra bit of holiday cheer.
308 – 17 Ave SW, 403-265-7343, www.modelmilk.ca

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(Photo: courtesy Evangeline PR)

Donner at Teatro Ristorante
Named for one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer, this zippy cocktail will give you the energy you need to fly through your gift-giving and merry-making. Woodford Reserve bourbon and Cocchi Americano apertif wine are shaken with simple syrup, citric acid water, and Peychaud bitters, then garnished with a jaunty lemon twist.
200 – 8 Ave SE, 403-290-1012, www.teatro.ca

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(Photo: courtesy Ki Modern Japanese)

Festivus at Ki Modern Japanese & Bar
For the rest of us! Make sure to have this “all too real” cocktail in hand when you gather around the Festivus table for the Airing of Grievances. Campari and Chambord liqueurs are combined with local brewery Tool Shed’s Star Cheek IPA, plus a dash of lime juice and ginger syrup.
308 – 4 Ave SW, 403-264-1133, kijapanese.com

7 Gift-Worthy Reads from Edmonton Authors

1. For the Surprise Lover
Unwrap a new short story from some of North America’s best writers every day in this beautiful advent calendar curated by writer Michael Hingston and designed by Natalie Olsen. Order a copy off the website.
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2. For the Epicure
Tour the best tastes in the Okanagan with connoisseur Jennifer Cockrall-King, who profiles the chefs, bakers, orchardists, coffee roasters, cheesemakers, and more behind the edible delights in her essential guidebook.
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3. For the Activist
Editor Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has gathered together 15 essays from Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists, academics, visual artists, and lawyers who lead readers into a healing conversation about reconciliation.
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4. For the Amateur Sleuth
Journalist Pamela Roth explores some of the more disturbing homicide cases — both solved and cold — of Edmonton, which earned the nickname “Canada’s murder capital” in 2011.
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5. For Kids
Young Anya learns to accept her unique differences when she wakes up with a striped tail on the first day of school in this quirky picture book from beloved author-illustrator Mike Boldt.
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6. For Those Who Like to Laugh
Chuckle over comic Chad Huculak’s classic in-jokes about the colourful characters and moments from Alberta’s capital city.
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7. For Young Adults
Teenager Isabelle is ready to break under the stress of caring for her siblings and alcoholic mother while also working at the mini-mart, but after a violent incident at school, she begins to find relief in a group writing project.
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Find a copy of these local books at Audreys Books. —Matthew Stepanic

Get Outfitted for Your Warm-Weather Escape at Bikini Village!

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Are you shopping for someone going on a warm-weather trip this Christmas? Do you need to get a new bathing suit of your own for an overseas adventure? Or, do you need a new suit to wear to your daily workout at the local pool?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to check out one the newest stores added to West Edmonton Mall — Bikini Village!

Bathing suit shopping can often be daunting, but this shop is bright and full of lots of variety in sizes, bright colours, and trendy patterns for both men and women. The staff is helpful, and the best part is that the fitting rooms have huge mirrors and great lighting. (Both very important factors when trying on bathing suits.)

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The shop also sells coverups and shoes, as well as other fun beach accessories.

For more great gift ideas for travellers, check out our Holiday Gift Guide in the November/December issue of WHERE Edmonton Magazine.

Happy shopping!

—Lindsay Shapka

 

 

Holiday Craft and Art Markets in Calgary 2016

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Looking for unique gifts, decorations, gourmet food, and maybe a little something for yourself this holiday season? Check out this holiday craft and art markets in Calgary for locally-made items — you’ll find something for even the hardest person to buy for on your list.

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Annual Fort Calgary Artisans’ Fair

When: Friday, November 11, 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
What: Join 50+ local artisans and creators and shop local! Enjoy handmade goods from a variety of variety of creators selling clothing, knits, jewellery, home décor, food/preserves and lots more. Purchase a soup and sandwich for lunch, and enjoy a full day of shopping!
Where: Fort Calgary
Cost: Free with a donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank

Millarville Christmas Market
When: November 10 – 13
What: Shop hundreds of indoor and outdoor vendors for a variety of products at this family-friendly market. Be sure to enjoy a festive holiday drink and a hot meal from the concession, pick up some freshly roasted chestnuts, and go for a sleigh ride.
Where: Millarville Race Track, just 15 minutes from south Calgary
Cost: $5

Student Show + Sale
When: November 17 – 19
What: Support Alberta’s emerging artists by purchasing work representing several of the institution’s programs including: painting, drawing, glass, fibre, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and jewellery and metals. With almost 200 artists showcasing their talent, Show + Sale welcomes the public to view and purchase from over 3,000 pieces of handmade works.
Where: ACAD
Cost: Free

Art Market Craft Sale
When: November 17 – 20
What: Over 200 artists sell handmade artisan items in 50 different mediums including sculpture, painting, pottery, woodwork, and more.
Where: Telus Convention Centre
Cost: $8 – $10

Calgary Christmas Night Market
When: Friday, November 18, 5 pm – 11 pm
What: Shop local and enjoy local music and live entertainment during this late night, all-ages event.
Where: Eau Claire Market
Cost: Free

DogFest Calgary
When: Saturday, November 19, 11 am – 4 pm
What: Bring Fido along to shop for gifts and treats for dogs, pet holiday portraits, a play area for dogs, and even some vendors for humans.
Where: North Glenmore Park Community Association
Cost: $10 per dog

Calgary Expo Holiday Market
When: Nov 19 – 20
What: ‘Tis the season for comic books, collectibles, cosplay, and holiday shopping! Browse aisles of comic book vendors, toy dealers, collectible retailers, and more to get a gift for the geek in your life— and Santa Claus himself will be making a guest appearance.
Where: BMO Centre
Cost: $10

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market
When: November 18 – 20, November 25 – 27, December 2 – 4
What: Shop hundreds of outdoor and indoor vendors at this family-friendly market and enjoy live music and entertainment, pet a reindeer, and eat a hot meal from one of several international-themed vendors.
Where: Spruce Meadows, just 15 minutes from south Calgary
Cost: $12

Curated Holiday Market
When: Saturday, November 19, 10 am – 4 pm
What: Over 80 vendors selling vintage, repurposed, up-cycled, and homemade goods. If you’ve shopped the Vixens of Vintage market in previous years, this is the new iteration of that market.
Where: Red and White Club
Cost: $4

Market Collective
When: Nov 25 – 27, Dec 2 – 4, Dec 9 – 11, Dec 16 – 18
What: An independent market where hundreds of local artists, artisans, and designers sell Pinterest-perfect handmade creations and local musicians entertain. Sustain your shopping energy with delicious local food vendors. Pop into the photo booth for a fun photo with Santa.
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre
Cost: $5

Movember Market
When: Saturday, November 26, 11 am – 5 pm
What: If you’ve got a treasured moustache (or know someone who does) shop here for the finest selection of products and gifts, carefully curated from the best men’s retailers in Calgary.
Where: St. Louis Hotel
Cost: Free

Winter Market
When: November 26 – 27; December 3 – 4 (10 am – 3 pm each day)
What: Shop from over 70 vendors and enjoy live music, a kids’ zone area and more during this free, family-friendly event.
Where: Eau Claire Market
Cost: Free

Little Modern Market
When: Saturday, November 26, 10 am – 6 pm
Over 70 local vendors sell handmade products that are perfect for gift giving, including products for children and pets, home décor, gourmet food, artwork, cards, and beauty products.
Where: Rally Pointe
Cost: $5

Winter Word Fair
When: Thursday, December 1, 5 pm – 8 pm
Hosted by the Calgary Public Library, independent booksellers and book-type vendors will be on hand with books and related wares for sale.
Where: Calgary Central Library
Cost: Free

Trendy Holiday Market
When: Sunday, December 4, 1 pm
What: Shop for unique gifts from local vendors and enjoy family-friendly activities at this festive market.
Where: Sunalta Community Centre
Cost: Free

Festival of Crafts
When: December 8 – 11
What: One of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events features over 250 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers showcasing quality handmade goods, including fashion, jewellery, home décor, sculptures, glassware, natural body care, and delicious gourmet treats.
Where: BMO Centre
Cost: $5 – $7

The Azuridge Christmas Market
When: Sunday, December 11, 11 am – 5pm
What: Visit the beautiful Azuridge Estate Hotel in Priddis, just a short drive from south Calgary, and shop 40+ local vendors selling clothing, jewellery, home decor, and children’s products. This family-friendly market will also have activities, treats, and Santa himself. Don’t forget to explore the estate, which is all decked out in holiday decor.
Cost: Free!

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Shopping Nights

Save your shopping for these special nights where many retailers will have sales and special offers, and other fun activities will abound.

Unwrap Your Moment
When: Thursday, November 24, 5 pm – 8 pm
What: Enjoy an enchanting evening full of holiday spirit as you view twinkling light displays, visit whimsical reindeer, and enjoy complimentary gift wrapping with your purchase(s). Enjoy festive music performed by Christmas carollers and the Steve Arsenault Band, snap a pic in the holiday-themed photobooth, and be on the lookout for special surprises!
Where: Willow Park Village

Late Night Shopping on 4th St
When: Thursday, December 1 and December 8, 4 pm – 8 pm
What: Local shops and restaurants are open later along this street, with lots of special discounts and offers. If you spend over $100 at any combination of participating stores and restaurants, you can take home a free Christmas tree.
Where: 4th St in Mission

Christmas in Inglewood
When: Thursday, November 24, 6 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays December 3, 10, 17th all day
What: Enjoy live music, discounts and special offers at local boutique stores, hot drinks, family-friendly activities, and more festive fun as you shop this local neighbourhood for unique gifts.
Where: Inglewood

Christmas in Kensington
When: Saturdays and Sundays November 26 – December 24
What: Different complimentary Christmas activities will be available throughout the neighbourhood of Kensington every weekend leading up to Christmas. While you shop for gifts, food, and decor in the unique boutiques, you can also enjoy free holiday movie screenings on Saturdays, visits with Santa, carollers, wagon rides, hot drinks, and more.
Where: Kensington

Pop-Up Shops

 

Poppy Barley 
When: December 1 – 4
What: Poppy Barley is an Edmonton-based company that makes custom shoes and accessories from high-quality leathers. Visit their pop-up in Calgary to shop new holiday styles to wear to Christmas parties, accessories including beautiful clutches and wallets, and gift cards to give to the shoe-lover on your list.
Where: Plant in Inglewood

Una Takeaway
When: Sunday, December 4, 3 pm – 9 pm
What: Local vendors will be selling products that make great stocking stuffers — plus Una Takeaway has some delicious gourmet goodies that would make great gifts, too.

Fenvii Collective
When: December 10 – 11, 10 am – 6 pm
What: This local company offers curated artisan gift boxes that give back. Each box features unique and handcrafted goods from local artisans and global makers. Profits from sales are reinvested into communities around the world. Shop for themed boxes for children, travellers, hostesses, your significant other, and more — including a special holiday edition.
Where: West Elm

Year of the Ram
When: December 10 – 11
What: This local lingerie company creates feminine pieces that are perfect to gift your sweetheart.
Where: John Fluevog Shoes

80+ Things to Do in Calgary This Winter

Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo features over 1.5 million twinkling lights. (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)

Zoolights at the Calgary Zoo features over 1.5 million twinkling lights. (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)

Never let it be said that there’s nothing to do in Calgary! From rock concerts to Christmas parties, here are some of the best events to attend in November and December.

 

► ► ► ART ◄ ◄ ◄

Bad Portraits Sports Series
Through Dec 31
We have nothing but good things to say about Bad Portraits, a collection of colourful caricatures by local artist Mandy Stobo. You might already be familiar with them, as Stobo is something of a social media sensation with celebrities sharing her work (and even ordering portraits for themselves — Jimmy Fallon has one). You can see her latest collection, a portrait series of 14 prominent Calgary athletes past and present, on display at Home & Away sports bar. Portraits of Lanny MacDonald, Doug Flutie, Bret Hart, Norman Kwong, Mark Rypien, Jamie Sale, Mike Vernon, Chris Reitsma, Owen Hargreaves, Kallie Humphries, Jarome Iginla, Hayley Wickenheiser, Kyle Shewfelt and Chandra Crawford are on display, and prints on paper or canvas are for sale.
Home & Away, 1331 – 17 Ave SW, 403-455-9789, mystobo.com

Tegan and Sara Quin at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. (Photo: Neil Zeller)

Tegan and Sara Quin at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. (Photo: Neil Zeller)

ATB Storytellers Exhibition
Through Jan 8, 2017
The National Music Centre is a place to learn the exciting stories of Canadian music past and present through a variety of artifacts, interactive activities, and, of course, music. Now a new, temporary exhibit is dedicated to sharing Alberta-specific music stories, and internationally acclaimed artists Tegan and Sara returned to their hometown of Calgary to officially launch it. The exhibit features several videos and oral histories, an interactive clogging station to learn the Métis music tradition, and Calgarian Jann Arden’s jacket from the music video for Good Mother. Admission to this exhibit is free, though admission applies to explore the rest of the National Music Centre.
Studio Bell, 850 – 4 St SE, 403-543-5115, nmc.ca

Far and Away – Selected Works From Russia, Cuba and Salt
Nov 10 – Dec 23
Photographer David Burdeny was chosen as International Nature Photographer of the Year in 2016 for his series Salt. This exhibition features selected works from “Salt,” as well as from his “Russia” and “Cuba” series.
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 709A – 11 Ave SW, 403-228-4889, www.herringerkissgallery.com

Deck the Walls!
Dec 1 – Jan 14
The medium and small artworks in this exhibition are a perfect size for gift-giving. Paintings, photographs, and drawings span a wide range of styles and themes, including works by artists such as Bradley Harms, Colleen Philippi, and pinhole photographer Dianne Bos. Painters like Kevin Sonmor, Anda Kubis, and Marie Lannoo, and photo-based artists such as James Holroyd, Franco DeFrancesca, and Joshua Jensen-Nagle will be included.
Newzones, 730 – 11 Ave SW, 403-266-1972, www.newzones.com

An Evening Constitutional
Dec 1 – Jan 14
In this solo exhibition, painter Kevin Sonmor focuses on large scale (sometimes life-sized) paintings of horses, adding a spark of animation through the subjects’ expressions, gestures, and movements.
Newzones, 730 – 11 Ave SW, 403-266-1972, www.newzones.com

 

► ► ► COMEDY ◄ ◄ ◄

Ron White
Nov 10
Ron “Tater Salad” White, a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and author of New York Times best-seller I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn’t Have the Ability, will perform stand-up in Calgary. $49.50.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience (Photo: courtesy Shinn Communications)

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience (Photo: courtesy Shinn Communications)

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience
Nov 10 – 27
All seven Harry Potter books are condensed into 70 minutes in this humorous take on the Boy Who Lived. Perfect for ages six to Dumbledore, this show will have Potter experts and uninitiated muggles alike rolling on the floor with laughter. $39.95 – $99.95.
Stampede Park, Boyce Theatre, 1410 Olympic Way SE, www.ticketmaster.ca

Just For Laughs Canadian Comedy Tour
Nov 13 – 14
Dane Cook’s 2006 album Retaliation went platinum and became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years. Now Cook is headlining the 2016 Just For Laughs Comedy Tour with Vinny Fasline and John Campanelli. Expect energetic physical slapstick, clever wordplay, and pithy observations from the king of “guy-next-door” comedy. $52.25 – $62.25.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

Howie Mandel
Nov 18
In his more than 30-year-long career, Canadian comedian Howie Mandel has been everything from a game show host to a cartoon voice to a judge on America’s Got Talent. He also performs as many as 200 stand-up shows per year and is well known for his hilarious takes on current events and improvised reactions to audience members. $39.50.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

Margaret Cho
Nov 19
Dubbed the Agent Provocateur of stand-up, Margaret Cho has never shied away from the controversial and the taboo. Her socially aware, no-holds-barred comedy routines touch on race, sexuality, and what’s really going on with the human condition. Needless to say, this show is for mature audiences only. $64 – $84.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

Amy Schumer
Nov 29
Known for her sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer and her unapologetic stand-up style, Amy Schumer is currently embarked on her first world tour following the success of her memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Schumer tends to avoid observational comedy, instead focusing on life, sex, personal stories, and dark humour. $39 – $130.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, www.ticketmaster.ca

 

► ► ► CRAFT MARKETS ◄ ◄ ◄

Etsy X Glenbow
Starting Nov 16 
Anyone who’s every shopped on the website Etsy knows it’s a great place to find unique, handmade items related to any interest or style you might have. Now, 14 creative and talented Calgarian Etsy makers have created new products inspired by pieces in Glenbow’s archives and collections. The Etsy x Glenbow collection will be available as of November 16 in the Glenbow Shop and will include a diverse array of pieces including scarves, woodwork, leather goods, illustrations, and more.
Glenbow, 130 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Art Market Art & Craft Sale
Nov 17 – 20
Over 200 professional artists showcase their art and craft, including pottery, jewellery, home furnishings, clothing, and much more. There are 50 art and craft categories being represented. $8 – $10.
TELUS Convention Centre, 120 – 9 Ave SE, www.artmarketcraftsale.com

International Christmas Market
Nov 18 – Dec 4
From world-imported items to hand-crafted gifts, over 250 vendors will offering quality goods. Warm up by a fire pit and take in some special holiday entertainment. $12.
Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, www.sprucemeadows.com

Calgary Expo Holiday Market
Nov 19 – 20
‘Tis the season for comic books, collectibles, cosplay, and holiday shopping! Browse aisles of comic book vendors, toy dealers, collectible retailers, and more — it’s rumoured Santa Claus himself will be making a guest appearance. $10 – $30.
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, expoholidaymarket.com

Market Collective's Holiday Market (Photo: courtesy Market Collective)

Market Collective’s Holiday Market (Photo: courtesy Market Collective)

Market Collective
Nov 25 – Dec 18
An independent market where hundreds of local artists, artisans and designers sell handmade creations and local musicians entertain. Sustain your shopping energy with delicious local food vendors. $5.
Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW, www.marketcollective.ca

Little Modern Market
Nov 26
Over 70 local vendors sell handmade products that are perfect for gift giving, including products for children and pets, home décor, gourmet food, artwork, cards, and beauty products. $5.
Rally Pointe, 11511 – 35 St SE, littlemodernmarket.wixsite.com

Winter Word Fair
Dec 1
Hosted by the Calgary Public Library, independent booksellers and bookish vendors will be on hand with books and related wares for sale. Free.
Calgary Central Library, 616 Macleod Tr SE, calgarylibrary.ca

Festival of Crafts
Dec 8 – 11
One of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events features over 250 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers showcasing quality handmade goods, including fashion, jewellery, home décor, sculptures, glassware, natural body care, and delicious gourmet treats. $5- $7.
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, festivalofcrafts.ca

 

► ► ► DANCE & OPERA ◄ ◄ ◄

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Nov 16
Visions of sugar plums will dance in your head once you’re whisked away to the magical world of Klara and her Nutcracker Prince in this spectacular production featuring some of the world’s best ballerinas. $44.89 – $186.64.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

Die Fledermaus
Nov 19 – 25
From boudoir to ballroom to jail, this beloved, classic Viennese operetta by Johann Strauss involves royal high-jinks and hilarious cases of mistaken identity. $31 – $164.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, www.calgaryopera.com

Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker (Photo: courtesy Alberta Ballet)

Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Photo: courtesy Alberta Ballet)

Christmas at the Opera
Dec 8 – 11
Written by French composer Georges Bizet when he was just 18 years old, Doctor Miracle (Le Docteur Miracle) is a one-act, farcical opérette that revolves around thwarted young love and (in the Calgary Opera version) a Christmas dinner gone horribly wrong. Combined with a raft of magical holiday carols, it’s an operatic rarity and a quirky departure from the standard seasonal fare. $40.
Mamdani Opera Centre, 1315 – 7 St SW, calgaryopera.com

The Nutcracker
Dec 16 – 24
Tchaikovsky’s beloved score is adorned with exquisite choreography and marvellous sets and costumes in the Alberta Ballet’s beloved, annual production. It’s a glittering sight that’s not to be missed, including pre-show Sugarplum Parties that will delight Nutcracker fans of all ages. $24 – $124.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, www.artscommons.ca

 

► ► ► MUSIC ◄ ◄ ◄

Chantal Kreviazuk
Nov 8
Contemporary Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk is touring her latest album Hard Sail, inspired by real life traumatic experiences. $55 – $75.
Mount Royal University, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, www.mtroyal.ca

Il Divo
Nov 8
This all-male vocal quartet was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most commercially successful, classical-crossover group in international music history. $59 – $149.50.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, www.ticketmaster.ca

The Struts
Nov 11
English glam rock band The Struts hit the stage in Calgary with a re-release of their debut album featuring several new songs. $25.
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Tr S, marqueecalgary.com

Coleman Hell
Nov 12
The “2 Heads” and “Fireproof” folk-pop singer is touring with fellow Canuck Ria Mae. $22.50.
University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Dr NW, macewanhall.ticketfly.com

Wintersleep
Nov 16
Canadian indie rock band Wintersleep is touring their sixth studio album, The Great Detachment. $25.
University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Dr NW, macewanhall.ticketfly.com

Dee Dee Bridgewater (Photo: courtesy Arts Commons)

Dee Dee Bridgewater (Photo: courtesy Arts Commons)

Dee Dee Bridgewater with Theo Croker
Nov 17
Jazz vocalist and three-time Grammy Award and Tony Award winner Bridgewater is joined on stage by young trumpet innovator and collaborator Theo Croker. $29 – $69.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

Culture Club
Nov 18
Boy George and the crew have reunited to perform hits including “Karma Chameleon.” $82.25 – $467.60.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

Nick Carter
Nov 18
Backstreet Boy and ’90s teen heartthrob Nick Carter hits the stage at Cowboys Dance Hall with new music from a solo album. $39.95 – $109.95.
Cowboys Dance Hall, 421 – 12 Ave SE, 403-265-0699, cowboysnightclub.com

The Trews
Nov 18
Hard rock band The Trews are best known for songs like “Not Ready to Go” and “Hold Me In Your Arms.” Canadian rockers Bleeker open the show. $35.
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Tr S, www.ticketmaster.ca

Roger Hodgson
Nov 19
As the voice of Supertramp and the composer of many of the band’s hits, Roger Hodgson brought us songs such as “Give a Little Bit,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Breakfast in America,” “It’s Raining Again,” and many more. $49.50.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

Dragonette
Nov 19
This group of Canadian dance-pop musicians will get you moving with new music from their album Royal Blues released November 11. $25.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, The Gateway, 1301 – 16 Ave NW, www.gatewaycalgary.ca

Florida Georgia Line
Nov 19
Lyrics about girls, drinking, and trucks have earned American duo Florida Georgia Line the label of “bro-country.” They just released their third album Dig Your Roots. $49.50 – $75.50.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, www.ticketmaster.ca

Doc Walker
Nov 20
More than 30 hit singles and 20 years of headlining international stages has established Doc Walker as a renowned Canadian country music band. $39.50.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

James Vincent McMorrow
Nov 22
The Irish troubadour will be performing in Calgary fresh off the release of his latest album We Move, which has been billed as his most expansive, generous and ambitious record to date. $32.25 – $42.25.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

A Celtic Family Christmas
Nov 24
Join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, and their children in an intimate and unique Christmas concert accompanied by an array of talented musicians. $37.75 – $62.25.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

A Tribe Called Red (Photo: courtesy Strut Entertainment)

A Tribe Called Red (Photo: courtesy Strut Entertainment)

A Tribe Called Red
Nov 25
Elements of First Nations music, particularly chanting and drumming, are combined with instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music to create this Canadian group’s unique sound. Their third album, We Are the Halluci Nation, was released in September. $25.
Flames Central, 219 – 8 Ave SW, flamescentral.com

Celtic Thunder
Nov 25
This group of male vocalists focuses on songs with a Celtic heritage, and their shows are known for the use of dramatic effects of lighting and choreography. $49.50.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

Morgan Page
Nov 25
The American progressive and electro house DJ and music producer is live in Calgary with his latest album DC to Light. $30.
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Tr S, marqueecalgary.com

Calgary Civic Symphony Holiday Magic
Nov 27
From the baroque beauty of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto to the familiar strains of the Nutcracker Suite, some of Calgary’s most accomplished musicians will perform beloved seasonal favourites alongside the Calgary Civic Symphony’s soloists. $15 – $21.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.artscommons.ca

Cash Cash
Dec 2
The American electronic dance music trio is touring their new album, Blood, Sweat & 3 Years. $30.
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Tr S, 403-287-2500, marqueecalgary.com

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
Dec 2 – 3
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra teams up with travelling circus performers Cirque Musica in this dazzling display of strength, skill, and grace set to holiday classics. Daring aerialists are suspended high above the orchestra and gymnasts perform astounding feats seamlessly choreographed to orchestral holiday favourites $25 – $85.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, calgaryphil.com

July Talk
Dec 3
Alternative rock band July Talk is in Calgary touring their 2016 album Touch. $30.
University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Dr NW, macewanhall.ticketfly.com

Celtic Tenors
Dec 7
This trio of world-class tenors brings their audience on a journey from classical and folk to Irish and pop. $39.50.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

A Traditional Christmas
Dec 9 – 10
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Cantaré Children’s Choir will perform sacred and secular holiday favourites. $27 – $32.
Grace Presbyterian Church, 1009 – 15 Ave SW, www.calgaryphil.com

An Evening with Elvis Costello
Dec 10
Presented by the Owen Hart Foundation to mark its 17th anniversary, the evening will feature English musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer Elvis Costello, an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. $70 – $150.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, www.ticketmaster.ca

Winter Fantasia
Dec 11
Mount Royal University’s Arietta, Arioso and Calgary Boys’ Choir, Conservatory Strings, and Speech Arts & Drama students join together to celebrate the season. $10 – $30.
Mount Royal University, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, www.mtroyal.ca

Half Moon Run
Dec 13
Indie rock group Half Moon Run tours their 2015 album Sun Leads Me On. $33.50.
University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Drive NW, macewanhall.ticketfly.com

A Rockin’ Little Christmas
Dec 15
Go rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to a combination of Christmas rock, pop, R&B, and a few traditional carols. The collection of cheer-filled and soulful seasonal hits includes favourites like “Merry Christmas Baby,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Huron Carol,” and many more. $55 – $65.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.calgaryphil.com

Sounds of the Season
Dec 17
Mount Royal University’s Artio and Kantorei choirs, the Calgary Youth Orchestra, and an array of special guests will perform an enchanting evening of seasonal music including a few sing-along carols and the long-standing tradition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. $10 – $30.
Mount Royal University, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, www.mtroyal.ca

 

► ► ► SPECIAL EVENTS ◄ ◄ ◄

Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser (Photo: courtesy Savoy Hotel London)

Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser (Photo: courtesy Savoy Hotel London)

Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea
Through Nov 30
If you’re ever wondered what the queen’s birthday cake tastes like, or what Prince William’s favourite snack is, you can taste it for yourself during Royal Champagne Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Palliser in The Oak Room Lounge. In honour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s recent visit to Canada, five Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties in Canada partnered with Chef Darren McGrady to create an afternoon tea menu with 14 sweet and savoury treats that he once made for the royal family. Pinkies up! Available daily 12 pm – 4 pm through November 30 (though after you can still get your afternoon tea fix during December’s Festive Tea). Reservations required.
Fairmont Palliser, The Oak Room, 139 – 9 Ave SW, 403-260-1219, fairmont.com/palliser-calgary

Giller Light Bash
Nov 7
Raise a glass in support of literacy and come celebrate one of Canada’s most prestigious book awards, The Scotiabank Giller Prize. Watch the live broadcast and hear Calgary’s literary community discuss the themes of this year’s Giller Prize nominated books. $20.
Wurst, 2437 – 4 St SW, 403-245-2345, gillerlightbash.com

Calgary European Film Festival
Nov 7 – 13
Movies from 16 different countries will be screened with English subtitles at Globe Cinema. $12.00 per film.
Globe Cinema, 617 – 8 Ave SW, calgaryeuropeanfilmfestival.ca

Body Soul & Spirit Expo
Nov 11 – 13
A trade expo focused on holistic health, ranging from an array of products for wellness, alternative therapies, healing arts, aromatherapy, natural healing, to intuitive arts, esoteric philosophy, metaphysics, astrology and much more. $20 – $45.
Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, bodysoulspiritexpo.com

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment
Nov 16 – 20
The dazzling world of Disney magic is brought to life on ice in this visit to four of Disney’s most thrilling stories: Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and Frozen. $25 – $80.
Stampede Corral, 10 Corral Tr SE, www.ticketmaster.ca

Christmas at Lougheed House (Photo: courtesy Lougheed House)

Christmas at Lougheed House (Photo: courtesy Lougheed House)

Lougheed House Christmas
Nov 16 – Dec 18
The stately Lougheed House, a sandstone prairie mansion built in 1891, is welcoming visitors to enjoy the holiday season surrounded by its grand beauty, with intimate, elegant, and warmly expressive decorations, lights, and unique Christmas trees. Special programs will bring holiday cheer and hearken back to the house’s glory days.
Lougheed House, 707 – 13 Ave SW, www.lougheedhouse.com

Adults Only Night
Nov 17 – Dec 15
TELUS Spark, Calgary’s science centre, hosts a monthly Adults Only Night with fascinating science activities and a licensed bar. On November 17, explore energy that’s out of this world on Extraterrestrial Energy night, and on December 15 chill out and learn about everything ice with Spark on Ice night. $19.95 – $26.95.
TELUS Spark Science Centre, 220 St Georges Dr NE, www.sparkscience.ca

Cuff.Docs
Nov 17 – 20
If you love documentaries, you must check out some films at this documentary-only festival which features international film never screened in Calgary before. $40 for five films.
Globe Cinema, 617 – 8 Ave SW, www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org

Once Upon a Christmas
Weekends Nov 19 – Dec 18
Step back in time to experience historical Christmas traditions at Heritage Park Historical Village. Go dashing through the snow on a horse-drawn wagon, and take part in Yuletide traditions such as decorating gingerbread cookies and children’s craft-making. $5.50 – $10.75.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, www.heritagepark.ca

Dinner and a Movie
Nov 22 , Dec 6, Dec 22
Enjoy a themed, three-course meal in the Selkirk Grille then move next door to Gasoline Alley for some popcorn and to watch a holiday movie on the big screen: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Nov 22), Elf (Dec 6), and It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec 22). $42.95.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

Christmas in Inglewood
Nov 24, Dec 3, 10, 17
Christmas shopping gets extra festive in this community on as music, food vendors, activities, and store specials fill the streets. Visit on November 24 starting at 6 pm for the official kick-off with late-night shopping, entertainment, and more. Free.
Inglewood Mainstreet, 9 Ave SE between 8 St & 15 St SE, www.calgary-inglewood.com

Zoolights
Nov 25
More than 1.5 million twinkling lights festoon the Calgary Zoo at this annual holiday delight, swathing trees, forming tunnels, and illuminating over 200 displays. Though the animals are sound asleep in their enclosures, there’s plenty to do: wander the zoo’s paths to take in the dazzling lights, stop at crackling fire pits to warm up with a cup of steaming hot chocolate, and check out four fun zones with tons of activities like skating, Christmas karaoke, and a visit with Santa Claus. $15 – $23.
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, www.calgaryzoo.com

Chris Hadfield
Nov 26
Through his 21 years as an astronaut, three space flights and 2,600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has used the power of social media to help millions of people around the world experience the wonder and majesty of outer space.
Mount Royal University, Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, 18 Mt Royal Cir SW, www.mtroyal.ca

Chanukah Party
Dec 17
Gather the whole family together for this cheer-filled dance in celebration of Chanukah, with fun activities for all ages. 6:30 pm. Free.
Jewish Community Centre, 1607 – 90 Ave SW, www.calgaryjcc.com

 

► ► ► SPORTS ◄ ◄ ◄

Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (Photo: courtesy Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation)

Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (Photo: courtesy Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation)

Calgary Flames Games
Nov 10 – Dec 31
Calgary’s NHL hockey team battles rival teams as they climb their way towards the Stanley Cup. Nov 10 vs. Dallas Stars; Nov 12 vs. New York Rangers; Nov 16 vs. Arizona Coyotes; Nov 18 vs. Chicago Blackhawks; Nov 30 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs; Dec 2 vs. Minnesota Wild; Dec 4 vs. Anaheim Ducks; Dec 10 vs. Winnipeg Jets; Dec 14 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning; Dec 16 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets; Dec 23 vs. Vancouver Canucks; Dec 29 vs. Anaheim Ducks; Dec 31 vs. Arizona Coyotes. $28 – $451.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE.1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Calgary Hitmen Games
Nov 13 – Dec 30
Calgary’s WHL hockey team takes on their league rivals. Nov 13 vs. Kootenay Ice; Nov 14 vs. Tri-City Americans; Nov 18 vs. Prince George Cougars; Nov 21 vs. Everett Silvertips; Nov 22 vs. Saskatoon Blades; Nov 27 vs. Regina Pats; Dec 3 vs. Prince Albert Raiders; Dec 6 vs. Swift Current Broncos; Dec 19 vs. Medicine Hat Tigers; Dec 28 vs. Kootenay Ice; Dec 30 vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes. $18.50 – $23.50.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Calgary Stampeders Playoffs
Nov 20
Calgary’s CFL football team battles a to-be-determined rival in the playoffs western final. $34.50 – $121.50.
McMahon Stadium,1817 Crowchild Tr NW 1-855-985-5500, www.stampeders.com

 

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Lest We Forget
Through Nov 12
A tribute to Canada’s veterans and military personnel, this musical play honours their contributions and sacrifice by examining the lives of soldiers, their families, and the way our lives are changed by war from WWI to present day. $20 – $25.
Lunchbox Theatre, 160 – 9 Ave SE, www.lunchboxtheatre.com

Rock Around the Clock
Nov 2 – 10
Enjoy a delicious four course meal and travel back to the 1950s and enjoy all the wonderful Rock n’ Roll hits of the era from artists including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley. $33.25 – $77.95.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 1002 – 37 St SW, www.calgary.jubilations.ca

Million Dollar Quartet
Nov 2 – 12
Stage West is proud to present the Tony Award Winning musical Million Dollar Quartet! In 1956, extraordinary musicians Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley came together at Sun Records in Memphis. $34 – $109.
Stage West Theatre Restaurant, 727 – 42 Ave SE, www.stagewestcalgary.com

The Big Boom Theory 3: The Early Years
Nov 11
Jubilations Dinner Theatre presents this “geekquel” that tells the origin story of when Sheldon, Leonard, Bernadette, and Penny met in high school. $48.25 – $69.95.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 1002 – 37 St SW, calgary.jubilations.ca

The Hollow
Nov 12 – Dec 11
When a weekend with friends at a country estate results in murder, Inspector Colquhoun must pick up the pieces in this “whodunnit” by Agatha Christie. $53 – $61.
Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE, www.vertigotheatre.com

Hollywood Hits
Nov 18
Enjoy a dinner buffet while rocking along with the defining hit songs of movies over the last 60 years, from contemporary to classic. Featuring unforgettable music from the James Bond films, Saturday Night Fever, A Hard Day’s Night, Top Gun, Easy Rider, Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, Frozen, The Bodyguard, Titanic and lots more. $59 – $104.
Stage West Theatre Restaurant, 727 – 42 Ave SE, stagewestcalgary.com

Slipper: A Distinctly Calgarian Cinderella Story (Photo: by Kenneth Locke, courtesy Alberta Theatre Projects)

Slipper: A Distinctly Calgarian Cinderella Story (Photo: by Kenneth Locke, courtesy Alberta Theatre Projects)

Slipper: A Distinctly Calgarian Cinderella Story
Nov 22 – Dec 31
When the handsome Eddie Prince time travels from ye olden days to modern Calgary, he meets Cinderella, a young go-getter who will be competing against her selfish sisters in the Stampede talent show if her crazy step-mom lets her perform. This light-hearted fairytale update is filled with laughs, music, and a whole lot of jokes about life in Calgary. $25 – $72.
Arts Commons, Martha Cohen Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.atplive.com

A Christmas Carol
Nov 24 – Dec 24
When greedy, reclusive Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, he has a change of heart and comes to embody the true spirit of the season. $45 – $120.
Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.theatrecalgary.com

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Nov 25 – Dec 23
The tale as old as time is brought to life on stage by local company Storybook Theatre, complete with all the songs from the beloved movie plus additional music from the original composer. $21 – $26.25.
StoryBook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Dr NW, www.storybooktheatre.org

It’s a Wonderful Life
Nov 28 – Dec 21
Lunchbox Theatre reimagines the classic tale of George Bailey and the town of Bedford Falls as a live 1940s radio broadcast. When misfortune befalls George Bailey on Christmas Eve, he is shown what his town and his family would be like if he had never lived. $20 – $25.
Lunchbox Theatre, 160 – 9 Ave SE, www.lunchboxtheatre.com

It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec 2 – 17
Welcome to Bedford Falls where George Bailey toils thanklessly, putting aside his own dreams to ensure the right and honourable thing is done by the folks of his hometown. When he finds himself on a bridge on Christmas Eve pondering a watery end, his befuddled guardian angel appears to give him a glimpse of what the town would be like had he never existed. Morpheus Theatre presents a traditional stage version of the classic film. $15 – $20.
Pumphouse Theatre, 2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, www.morpheustheatre.ca

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Dec 10 – 24
Every Christmas Eve the Mitchell family reads the story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, but this year when they’re snug in their beds strange things begin to happen and the whole family gets swept up in the magic of the season. Enjoy Stage West Dinner Theatre’s kid-friendly buffet before the show. $33 – $39.
Stage West Theatre Restaurant, 727 – 42 Ave SE, stagewestcalgary.com

Sunrise Sour at Añejo Restaurant

Sunrise Sour at Añejo Restaurant. (Photo: Amanda Zelichowski, courtesy Añejo)

Sunrise Sour at Añejo Restaurant. (Photo: Amanda Zelichowski, courtesy Añejo)

(Photo: Amanda Zelichowski, courtesy Añejo)

(Photo: Amanda Zelichowski, courtesy Añejo)

Raise a glass of this piquant cocktail to the dearly departed on Día de Muertos. Inspired by a classic New York Sour, bourbon is replaced by Hornitos Black Barrel Añejo tequila — which is an ideal substitute for bourbon-based drinks as it undergoes a similar aging process in deep charred oak barrels — and mixed with orange juice, a splash of lemon juice, egg white, and agave, then finished with a Cabernet Sauvignon float and a couple bourbon-soaked cherries.

♦ Añejo Restaurant, 2116 – 4 St SW 
   587-353-2656, anejo.ca

Recipe for Sunrise Sour:

1.5 oz Hornitos Black Barrel Añejo
1.5 oz Orange Juice
0.5 oz Lemon Juice
0.25 oz Agave
Egg White
0.5 oz Cabernet Sauvignon

Add the Hornitos Black Barrel, orange juice, lemon juice, agave, and egg white into a Boston shaker. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again. Pour over fresh ice into a double rocks glass, and using a bar spoon, float the Cabernet Sauvignon on top. Garnish with bourbon-soaked cherries and enjoy!

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Bowker

Sarah-Bowker

Sarah Bowker. Courtesy of the artist.

The designer behind the local jewellery brand Shakti (meaning liberation), Sarah Bowker’s work is inspired by wisdom traditions, yoga wisdom, and the meanings of gemstones.

Her favourite part of her business is the bespoke side that allows her to meet her clients in person (or through social media if they don’t live in the city). “I like to meet my clients one-on-one so they can have an actual experience,” says Bowker. “You can get jewellery anywhere now, there is such an excess of jewellery, and I just want the wearer to have an experience, to feel empowered by their pieces.”

Bowker draws every design herself and then the elements for each piece are hand faceted by her suppliers, which include the hill tribes in Thailand who do metalwork using ancient techniques. The gemstones she uses are sourced from all over the world.

Shakti-Jewellery

Photo courtesy Sarah Bowker.

One of the most interesting things about Shakti is that the brand is constantly evolving. “I rarely re-make designs. I am constantly doing new collections every few months, and things are rarely repeated. My spirit is in what I do, and I [find myself] working with different stones at different points in my life, which is really interesting. So people who like Shakti are getting a little of my life experience too.”

Up next for this local designer is a month-long pop-up shop, which she is hoping to launch this fall or spring 2017 — stay tuned to her website for more information. You can also shop her pre-made pieces on her website or contact her to create your own custom design. —Lindsay Shapka