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These Shoes Were Made for Travelling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Three Cheers for Calgary Beer!


Toolshed Brewery. Photo courtesy of Toolshed Brewery.

Toolshed Brewery. Photo courtesy of Toolshed Brewery.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 marks National Beer Day! To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some great upcoming beer-related activities and events.


Calgary Craft Beer Tours | Fridays and Saturdays | $129.00 | www.calgarybrewerytours.beer
Take a guided tour and tasting of Village Brewery, CRAFT Beer Market, The Dandy Brewing Company, Tool Shed Brewing Company, and Last Best Brewery and Distillery. Lunch is provided at CRAFT Beer Market and transportation is provided by a driver guide from downtown Calgary.

Village Brewery Tour and Tasting | Saturdays, 12:30 pm or 2:30 pm | $15.00 | 5000 – 12A Street SE | www.villagebrewery.com
Book a tour at Village Brewery to get an exclusive pass behind the scenes. Taste all of the current beers and a custom Village Brewery pint glass to take home.

Toolshed Brewery Tour and Tasting | Saturdays, 12:00 pm | $15.00 | 801 – 30 Street NE | www.toolshedbrewing.com
Visit Toolshed Brewery to see just how far it’s come since its start as a five-gallon home-brew system in a backyard tool shed. A beer tasting completes the tour!

Wild Rose Brewery Tour and Tasting | Wednesdays, 7:00 pm | $29.00 | 4580 Quesnay Wood Drive SW  | www.wildrosebrewery.com
Learn all about Wild Rose Brewery’s fascinating history and their signature beers (and how to properly taste them!) on this tour. Guests will also receive six 5 oz tasters and a Wild Rose pint glass to take home.

The Dandy Brewing Company | Thursdays, 4:00 – 8:00 pm; Fridays, 4:00 pm – 10 pm; Saturdays, Noon – 10 pm; Sundays, Noon – 4 pm | 1826 – 25 Avenue NE | www.thedandybrewingcompany.com
Did you know that Dandy Brewing Company is Calgary’s first true Nano-Brewery? Stop into their space to taste their inspired ales made in very small batches to ensure a quality brew!

Big Rock Brewery Tour and Tasting | Thursdays, 6:00 pm, Saturdays, 1:30 pm | $25.00 | 5555 – 76 Avenue SE | www.bigrockbeer.com
Book a tour with Big Rock Brewery to get an inside peek behind one of Alberta’s leading breweries. This 90-minute tour will take you through their brewing process and you’ll experience a Big Rock tasting session.

Brewmaster’s Dinner at CRAFT Beer Market | April 19, 6:00 pm | $64.20 | 345 – 10th Avenue SW | www.craftbeermarket.ca
Every month, CRAFT Beer Market pairs up with a different local brewery for a fun evening of good food and good beer. This month, they are teaming up with Grizzly Paw, a brew pub located in Canmore for tastings and a four-course meal.

Calgary International Beerfest | May 6, 4 pm – 10 pm; May 7, 2 pm – 9 pm | $19 – $40 | BMO Centre | albertabeerfestivals.com
Sample from hundreds of craft beers brewed in Alberta and around the world while enjoying cooking with beer seminars, live music, food samples, and brew masters seminars.

Celebrate Easter in Calgary


Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo. Photo credit: Calgary Zoo

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo. Photo credit: Calgary Zoo

The Easter Bunny has been patiently waiting all year to deliver treats to Calgary! Celebrate the Easter season — Easter is officially on Sunday, March 27, 2016 — at these fun themed activities around the city.

Marda Egg Fest | March 19, 10 am – 5 pm | Marda Loop | 2032 – 33 Ave SW | www.mardaloop.com
Businesses located in Marda Loop that are participating in this community Egg Hunt will be hiding eggs for visitors to find! Found an egg? You’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic Marda Loop gift basket.

Easter Story Time | March 23, 10 am – 10:45 am | Jelly Modern Doughnuts | 1414 – 8 St SW | Free! | www.jellymoderndoughnuts.com
Toddlers under five years of age can enjoy decorating doughnuts and listening to stories.

Easter Petting Zoo | March 23, 10 am – 7 pm; March 24, 10 am – 7 pm; March 25, 12 noon – 5 pm | Westbrook Mall | 1200 37 St SW | Free! | www.westbrookmall.com
Bring the tots and pet the cute and fluffy animals in the petting zoo! On Friday, March 25, guests can receive a free 8 x 10 photo with the Easter Bunny from 12 noon – 5 pm.

Easter at the Market | March 25 – March 26, 10 am – 2 pm | The Calgary Farmer’s Market | 510 – 77 Ave SE | www.calgaryfarmersmarket.com
Stop by the market and decorate an Easter cookie, take a photo with the Easter Bunny, and shop for products from local farmers. Donations to the Calgary Food Bank are welcome.

Easter Eggstravaganza at the Calgary Zoo | March 25 – March 26, 9 am – 3 pm | General Admission (16 – 59) $24.95; Senior (60+) $22.95; Child (3-15) $16.95; Infant (2 and under) Free | The Calgary Zoo | 1300 Zoo Rd NE | www.calgaryzoo.com
The Calgary Zoo is partnering with Cococo Chocolatiers for a wonderful Easter event for the whole family! Kids of all ages will love the sweet treats, fun crafts, bunny races, and face painting. Don’t forget to visit the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, free with admission.

Spring Sparktacular | March 25 – March 26, 9 am – 5 pm | Adult (18-64) $19.95; Senior (65+) $17.95; Youth (13-17) $15.95; Child (3-12) $12.95; Children under three are free | TELUS Spark Science Centre | 220 St. George’s Drive NE | www.sparkscience.ca
It’s sure to be a fun filled Easter weekend at TELUS Spark! Bring the family and try the egg drop challenge, make a mossy eco-system, and unleash your inner artist on their enormous easter egg canvas. Be sure to grab a photo with the science bunny and join the Atrium chicken dance!

An Italian Baroque Easter | March 26 | 3 pm – 5:30 pm | $15.00 | Knox United Church | 506 – 4 St SW
A variety of sacred choral works by Italian late-Renaissance and Baroque composers will be performed at the gorgeous Knox United Church to celebrate Easter.


Guide to the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary


Canadian musicians will be honoured at the 2016 JUNO awards in Calgary on April 3, 2016. Created using Mosaically, mosaically.com

Let’s hear some applause for Canada’s biggest night in music — the JUNO awards! This year the big awards show and concert is taking place in Calgary, AB on April 3, but you can immerse yourself in music across the city in the weeks leading up to the big event.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Calgary 2016


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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about drinking green beer (though of course that’s part of the fun)! We’ve rounded up some great St. Patrick’s Day activities to do in Calgary to celebrate:

Keep the St. Patrick’s Day festivities going  at Heritage Park | March 19 | 6 pm | $79.95 | Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW | www.heritagepark.ca
Though not technically on St. Patrick’s Day, Heritage Park is hosting a special St. Patrick’s dinner party as part of their Noteworthy Nights Dinner and Music Series. An authentic Celtic musical performance by renowned Irish band Fiddler’s Green will kick start the evening followed by an energetic dance by the M.J.P Academy of Irish Dance. Dinner consists of Irish favourites including Guinness and onion soup and spring leg of lamb.

Start your St. Patrick’s Day party early at The Green Tie Affair | March 12 | 6:30 pm | $55 for members; $65 for non-members | Irish Cultural Society, 6452 – 35 Ave NW | 403-288-8641
The Irish Cultural Society is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a special edition of their annual Green Tie Affair. Cocktails, dinner, and a dance will all be part of the evening, as well as an Irish dance performance and a special guest speaker.

Learn how to cook an Irish meal at ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen | March 17 | 12 pm – 1 pm | $20 | 909 – 11 Ave SW | 403-245-7630 | www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com
Cook up your own Irish-themed meal! With the help of a chef you’ll learn how to make a fresh green salad with a beer vinaigrette, bangers and mash with a special Guinness gravy, and an Irish pudding for dessert. Don’t forget to wear green!

Race to find the pot of gold at the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race | March 13 | 10 k starts at 9 am; 5 k starts at 9:20 am | Central Memorial High School, 5111 – 21 St SW | www.raceonline.ca
Over 1,000 runners will either run a 5 k or a 10 k race in support of the Canadian Diabetes Association in the first large race of the year in Calgary. The winner of the grand prize draw will win their weight in beer.

Attend a St. Patrick’s Day Mass | March 17 | 11:30 am | St. Mary’s Cathedral, 219 – 18 Ave SW | www.calgaryics.org
The Calgary Irish Cultural Society is hosting the Feast of St. Patrick’s at St. Mary’s Cathedral with mass starting 11:30 am. Lunch will be taking place afterward, at 1 pm. Attendees of the lunch are asked to contribute food to the meal, such as a tray of sandwiches or treats.

Start your day off right at Jamesons Pub | March 17 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am | Jamesons Pub 17th Ave, 1230 – 17 Ave SW; Jamesons Pub Brentwood, 3790 Brentwood Rd NW | 10 am – 11:30 am | 17th Ave location 403-984-9445; Brentwood location 403-220-9888 | www.jamesonspubs.com
Jamesons Pub is serving up a traditional Irish breakfast (think potatoes, eggs, corned beef, and cabbage) so that party goers can fill up before the drinking begins. Wash down your meal with a Guinness or Alexander Keith 12 oz sleeve for only $3 between 10 am – 11 am.

Bars and restaurants that have the Irish spirt all year long (but especially on  St. Patrick’s Day):

Ceili’s | 4th Ave: 351 – 4 Ave SW; 8th Ave: 803 – 8 Ave SW; Royal Oak: 8650 – 112 Ave NW |4th Ave: 403-262-0080; 8th Ave: 403-265-1200; Royal Oak: 587-352-0800 | www.ceilis.com

Donegal Irish Pub | 1637 – 37 St SW | 403-686-6960 | www.calgarysbestpubs.com

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub | Sheraton Suites, Eau Claire, 255 Barclay Parade SW | 403-517-6699 | www.fionmaccools.com

James Joyce Irish Pub | 114 – 8 Ave SW | 403-262-0708 | www.jamesjoycepub.com

Joyce on 4th | 506 – 24 Ave SW | 403-541-9168 | www.calgarysbestpubs.com

The Kilkenny | 3630 Brentwood Rd NW | 403-284-4404 | www.calgarysbestpubs.com

Limerick’s | 7304 Macleod Trail S | 403-252-9190 | www.calgarysbestpubs.com

Molly Malones Irish Pub | 1153 Kensington Crescent NW | 403-296-3220 | www.mollymalones.ca

Muldoons Irish Ale House | 4916 – 130 Ave SE | 403-262-5505 | www.muldoons.ca

St. James’ Corner | 1219 – 1 St SW | 403-262-1157 | www.stjamescorner.ca

The Seanachie Pub | 5909 Signall Hill Centre | 403-249-4300 | www.calgarysbestpubs.com

CONTEST: We’re giving away passes to the Calgary International Beer Festival on Friday, May 6, 2016! To enter, comment below and tell us what brand and/or style of beer is your favourite. Draw will be made and winners will be notified on Friday, March 18, 2016. Eligible winners must be 18+ years of age and reside in Calgary, AB. Only one entry per person is valid for the draw.










31 Things to Do in Calgary in March

Disney on Ice comes to Calgary March 24 2016

Disney on Ice comes to Calgary March 24 2016

Leap day is over and spring has almost sprung! We’ve rounded up 31 things to do in Calgary (one for each day of the month) during the month of March:

Learn how the body moves at Body Worlds: Vital | Through May 31; Sun – Fri: 10 am – 4 pm; Sat: 10 am – 5 pm | $24.95 adults; $22.95 seniors; $20.95 youth; $17.95 child; includes admission to all exhibits at Telus Spark | Telus Spark, 220 St. George’s Dr NE | 403-817-6800 | www.sparkscience.ca
One of the world’s most groundbreaking travelling exhibitions is at Calgary’s science centre. The exhibition includes real human bodies that have been donated to science and preserved through a complex plastination process that preserves the structures in incredible detail. The bodies are displayed in dynamic poses that make the connection between body and movement. This in-depth exhibition is designed to inspire visitors to learn more about healthy living and disease prevention.

Travel back in time at Herein We Dwell: Unexpected Images of Calgary in the 1890s | Through May 29 | Wed – Fri 11 am – 4 pm; Sat – Sun 10 am – 4 pm; Closed Mon – Tue | $5 – $8.50 | Lougheed House, 707 – 13 Ave SW | 403-244-6333 | www.lougheedhouse.com
View a collection of vintage photographs that show what life in Calgary was like in the 1890s, the century in which the 125 year-old Lougheed House mansion was built.

Watch a thief seek revenge at Cockroach | March 1 – March 19 | Shows Tue – Sat at 7:30 pm; Sun at 2 pm; No show on Mon | $30 – $57 | Arts Commons, Martha Cohen Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE | 403-294-9494 | www.atplive.com
This play is based on the dark comedy novel by Rawi Hage. A treacherous lying thief is trying to survive in Montreal when he plots revenge on a man who hurt the love of his life.

Party like Jay Gatsby at The Prohibition | March 3 | 6 pm | $75 | Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, 15979 Bow Bottom Tr SE | 403-476-1310 | www.bvrrestaurant.com
Dress up in your best 1920s garb and enjoy a delicious three course meal at the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant’s The Prohibition, a themed dinner theatre event.

Watch a children’s cartoon classic with Storybook Theatre | March 4 – March 19 | $16.00 – $22 | Storybook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive NE | 403-216-0808 | www.storybooktheatre.org
The Robert Munsch classic The Paper Bag Princess is coming to the stage! First published in 1980, this story has captivated the hearts of many as it follows Elizabeth, the young princess, who must save her prince after he is taken by the dragon.

 Groove to Aretha and Marvin alongside the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra | March 4 – March 5 | 8 pm | $25 – $85 | Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE | 403-571-0849 | www.calgaryphil.com
Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Broadway vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Darius De Haas as they celebrate the music of the 1960s and 1970s.

Take a bite of Calgary’s dining scene at The Big Taste | March 4 – March 13 | Times vary | $15 – $25 for a 3 course lunch; $25 – $35 for a 3 course dinner; $65 for a 5 course dinner| Various locations | www.calgarydowntown.com
Foodies will flock downtown for specially priced set menus full of delicious cuisine put forth by some of Calgary’s best chefs and restaurants.

Munch on some sugar snow candy at the Calgary Maple Festival Des Sucres | March 6 | 10:30 am – 4 pm | $8 – $30 | Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. SW | 403-268-8500 | www.heritagepark.ca
Heritage Park and the Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta are putting on this new, sweet event that celebrates francophone music, culture, and food. Be sure not to leave without visiting the sugar market and trying the maple candy!

Take the kids to the silly and fun The Great Big Show | March 6 | 1 pm | $20 – $30 |Southern Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW | 1-855-985-5500 | www.ticketmaster.ca
Beloved children’s TV characters max & Ruby, The Backyardigans, and The Little Charmers perform original, interactive songs.

 Visit Glenbow for FREE on First Thursday Night | March 3 | 5 – 9 pm | Free | Glenbow Museum, 130 – 9 Ave SE | 403-268-4100 | www.glenbow.org
Enjoy free admission to Glenbow the first Thursday of every month. Current exhibitions include Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven and Kaleidoscopic Animalia. 

See some new Calgary talent at the RCM Pop Up Concert | March 7 | 12 pm – 1 pm | Free | Suncor Energy Building, Main Lobby, 111 – 5 Ave SW | www.calgarydowntown.com
Out Loud YYC and the Royal Conservatory have teamed up to present RCM Pop Ups, a concert series showcasing some of Calgary’s budding talent in anticipation of the 45th Annual JUNO Awards in April.

Have the ‘Time of Your Life’ at Heritage Park | March 8 | Dinner reservations between 5 pm – 6:45 pm | $42.95 | Heritage park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW | 403-268-8500 | www.heritagepark.ca
Heritage Park hosts Dinner and a Movie, a fun, themed night out where guests enjoy a three-course dinner at Selkirk Grille Restaurant followed by a screening of Dirty Dancing in Gasoline Alley.

Prepare for zombie apocalypse at TELUS Spark | March 10 | 6 pm – 10 pm | $19.95 | Telus Spark, 220 St. George’s Dr NE |403-817-6800 | www.sparkscience.ca
What would happen if disaster struck and you could no longer rely on modern technology? Put down your smartphone and draw up a survival plan to figure out what basic necessities would be crucial. Music and a licensed cash bar accompany the evening.

See Nova Scotian comic Nikki Payne at Yuk Yuk’s |March 10 7 pm; March 11 7 pm, 10 pm; March 12 7 pm, 10 pm | $14.95 | Yuk Yuk’s, 218- 18 Ave SE | 403-258-2028 |www.yukyuks.com
This funny gal from Nova Scotia is known for her sharp tongue and trademark lisp, which have won her multiple Canadian Comedy Awards.

Meet the artist behind the art at .ko:n.fe.rō art gallery | March 11 | 7 – 10 pm | Free | 3635 Manchester Rd SE | 403-815-1912 | www.konferoart.com
Join .ko:n.fe.rō gallery at their exhibition and sale that celebrates their artists by displaying their work without a label so that the art can be enjoyed aesthetically.

Start your St. Patrick’s Day Party early at The Green Tie Affair | March 12 | 6:30 pm | $55 for members; $65 for non-members | Irish Cultural Society, 6452 – 35 Ave NW | 403-288-8641
The Irish Cultural Society is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a special edition of their annual Green Tie Affair. Cocktails, dinner, and a dance will all be part of the evening, as well as an Irish dance performance and a special guest speaker.

Plan a Pinterest-worthy wedding at the Boutique Wedding Market | March 12 & March 13 | 10:30 am – 5 pm | $5 | The Savile Room at The Commons, 1204 – 20 Ave SE | www.boutiqueweddingmarket.ca
Calling all brides and grooms to be! This two-day wedding expo will showcase some of Calgary’s most creative artists and vendors for the modern couple. Vendors include Paper Doll Events, Melanie Dawne Photography, and Little Me Paper Co.

Get spooked at the Turn of the Screw | March 12 – April 10 | Tue – Fri 7:30 pm; Saturday 2 pm &7:30 pm; Sunday 2 pm |$25.00 – $59.00 |Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE | 403-221-3708 | www.vertigotheatre.com
Vertigo Theatre presents this chilling performance of Henry James’ classic horror novel. A young governess is caring for two orphans in a lonely English manor when she starts to see ghosts. Are they real, or in her imagination?

Bring the little ones to see their favourite rabbit | March 13 | 3 pm | $20 – $40 | Southern Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW | 1-855-985-5500 | www.calgaryphil.com
As part of their Symphony for Kids series, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will perform music and narration from Beatrix Potter’s beloved tales of Peter Rabbit and friends. Pre-concert entertainment will be provided by Dixieland band The Dixie Knights.

Rock out to female rock legends at the Queens of Sheba concert | March 14 | 7:30 pm | $85 – $135 | Southern Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW | 1-855-985-5500 | www.ticketmaster.ca
Rock on! Influential female-fronted band HEART teams up with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to deliver the Queens of Sheba tour, guaranteed to make you sing out loud.

Celebrate The King at Return to Grace | March 17, 7:30 pm; March 18, 7:30 pm; March 19, 2 pm & 8 pm; March 20, 2 pm | $30 – $100 | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW | 1-855-985-5500 |www.ticketmaster.ca
This heartfelt tribute to Elvis Presley will consist of over 30 dancers, singers, and musicians on stage to perform the classic hits.

Meet a bestselling author presented by Wordfest | March 15 | 7 pm – 8:30 pm | $15 | Calgary Central Library, 616 Macleod Tr SE | 403-260-2600| www.wordfest.com | Join Owl’s Nest Books, the Calgary Public Library, and Wordfest for an evening with Yann Martel, Canadian author of bestselling Life of Pi, in celebration of his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal. This suspenseful story is a quest for meaning through three different individuals and their families.

Witness a whimsical puppet play with Vertigo Theatre | March 18, 7 pm; March 19, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm; March 20, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm | $20 |Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE | 403-221-3708 | www.vertigotheatre.com
Vertigo Theatre presents Old Man River, a puppetry piece that follows a grumpy old man who lives in a little house down by the river. One day, a magical creature leaps into his world and turns it upside down!

Shop for local goods at Market Collective | March 18, 4 pm – 9 pm; March 19, 10 am – 6 pm; March 20, 10 am – 6 pm | $5 | Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW | www.marketcollective.ca
Head to Market Collective and shop for artisanal, local products including candles, clothing, bath and beauty products, and artwork. Delicious food vendors and live music will also be available all weekend.

Continue the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a traditional event at Heritage Park | March 19 | 6 pm | $79.95 |Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr. SW | 403-268-8500 | www.heritagepark.ca
Heritage Park invites you to join them in celebrating St. Patrick’s day with a traditional feast complete with Guinness and Onion soup and spring leg of lamb. Fiddler’s Green, a fantastic Irish band, will perform, and a thrilling performance by the M.J.P. Academy of Irish Dance will take place.

Plan for adventure at the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show | March 19, 10 am – 6 pm; March 20, 10 am – 5 pm | $8 | BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SE | 905-477-2677 | www.outdooradventureshow.ca
Over 300 exhibitors showcasing everything one could need for outdoor adventure and travel including clothes and equipment. Special guests and demos will occur.

See all your favourite Disney stars on ice | March 24- March 29 | $30 – $70 | Stampede Corral, 10 Corral Trail SE | 1-855-985-5500 | www.ticketmaster.ca
Join your favourite Disney princesses and princes from Tangled, Snow White, The Princess and the Frog, and more on their adventures, as costumed skaters perform stunts on ice.

Hunt for some chocolate eggs at the Calgary Zoo | March 25 – March 26 | 9 am – 3 pm | $16.95 – $24.95 | The Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE | 403-232-9300 | www.calgaryzoo.com
The Calgary Zoo has partnered with Cococo Chocolatiers for a wonderful Easter event for the whole family! Kids of all ages will love the sweet treats, fun crafts, bunny races, and face painting. Don’t forget to visit the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, which is included with admission.

Boogie to the Bee Gees from Down Under | March 27 | 7 pm | $39.50 – $62.48 | Grey Eagle Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr SW | 403-385-3777 | www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca
For fifteen years, The Australian Bee Gees’ multi-media show has electrified audiences with a contemporary perspective that celebrates the love of music of the Brothers Gibb.

Witness a Shakespearean classic tragedy | March 30 – April 16 | $30 | Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE | 403-221-3708 | www.vertigotheatre.com
The Shakespeare Company performs Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays of betrayal, love, and bloodshed.

Get spicy at the Calgary International Salsa Congress | March 31, 9:30 pm – 1:30 am; April 1, 6:30 pm – 3 am; April 2, 10 am – 3 am; April 3, 10 am – 11 pm | $25.00 – $250.00 | Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre St S | 403-717-1234 | www.calgarysalsacongress.com
It’s the dance show that sizzles! Watch the theatre-style productions featuring some of the best salsa dancers from around the world, including local professionals, and then try some of your own moves out on the dance floor at nightly parties.

Winefest in Calgary

Winefest in Calgary

Winefest in Calgary

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, a glass of smooth, dark red wine has never seemed more romantic, nor has a glass of crisp, white wine ever seemed more fresh and flirty. We’ve got some expert tips on drinking wine, whether that’s at a restaurant, a wine boutique, or a wine festival in Calgary.

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Interview with Burton Cummings, Canadian Music Hall of Fame Recipient 2016

By Breanna Mroczek

Burton Cummings

Burton Cummings is the 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Recipient at the 45th annual Juno Awards.

The Juno Awards are being hosted in Calgary, AB on Sunday, April 3, 2016, and this year the Canadian music awards show will have lots to celebrate.

2016 has officially been declared — by Calgary’s esteemed Mayor Nenshi — as the Year of Music in Calgary. If Year of Music was a music festival, then the headliners would be Juno Week (March 28 – April 3, 2016) and the opening of the National Music Centre in Studio Bell (Summer 2016).

The 2016 Canadian Music Hall of Fame (CMHF) recipient will be the very first CMHF recipient to have their award plaque displayed in the new National Music Centre — and the winning artist is Burton Cummings. Cummings called Where Calgary from Los Angeles, en route to perform a series of shows in Las Vegas, to chat about the upcoming Juno Awards celebrations and his career.

“This [award] is very nice. This is different [to win as a solo artist]. It’s an honour and I’m not accepting it lightly. It’s harder to earn these as a solo artist. When The Guess Who was finished I didn’t know what was next. I left the safe cocoon of a band to be a solo artist. It’s a scary step. It was all new and different to me, but I didn’t stop performing and creating and here I am now. And the fact that this award will be placed in the new building gives it more perspective. This is not just another Junos. This is a really special christening, an evening that’s more special than usual.”

Cummings, who will officially be awarded this accolade during a tribute montage during the live Juno Awards broadcast, is no stranger to the Juno Awards. He’s hosted four times (a record in itself) and won five awards, and he’s already part of the CMHF as part of The Guess Who band, which was awarded the honour in 1987. This time, he’s earned the award for his work as a solo artist.

“The year I co-hosted the Junos with Alan Thicke [in 1983] we held up Toto’s album IV and we basically said: ‘Ladies and gents, this is a compact disc. This is the way the music industry is going.’ We showed the audience a CD for pretty much the first time, and that moment has always stuck with me. When I think about it now — that was pretty historic.”

Accepting his CMHF award on April 3 will be a memorable moment for Cummings, adding another milestone to his Juno Awards show memories. In 1977, Cummings was established as a notable Canadian musician with The Guess Who, but had just started his solo career the previous year with his hit songs “Stand Tall” and “I’m Scared” on his self-titled album. That being the case, he was nominated for Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year — and won both.

“When I got up on stage to accept [the second award] Male Vocalist of the Year, I said to the audience ‘don’t let anybody tell you things don’t move fast in Canada. I went from most promising to best in 50 minutes’.”

Cummings’ career in music has now spanned five decades, an experience he describes as “dream fulfilling” and “fascinating.”

“My mom used to play 78s — my dad left when I was about a year [old] — and my mom worked at Eatons and every morning before work she would play her 78s for me, and I loved that. I loved the freezing of time, that you could play the 78 over when it was over. From a young age I thought it’d be terrific to be one of the guy’s making those records. I did that. I even got to meet the guys who made the records I would listen to. I was listening to guys like Bobby Darin and Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon and eventually I grew up and met these guys. I’ve got a poster on my wall of Bobby Rydell that he’s signed “Thanks for being a fan.” I was a kid delivering papers, delivering the Winnipeg Tribune for 45 cents, to save up and buy his records for 90 cents each. It’s nice to have gone into the business and succeeded. When I was in my first band [The Deverons] I never would have dreamed this. I never would have dreamed I’d be one of the lucky ones to have a career that would allow me to go on stage by myself year after year, there’s so few of us that get to do that.”

Even though Cummings’ is skeptical about the way some contemporary artists are performing their music, he says “there’s always room for something fresh.”

During his 50 years in show business, Cummings has seen a lot of changes in the industry regarding how music is produced, performed, and consumed.

“I remember the days when lots of people were selling millions of albums a week. That’s just not the case any more. You can name most of the artists that are selling millions of records in one sentence. These days you pretty much have to have live chops to exist, because you can’t rely on record sales any more. My live shows are completely organic. We use absolutely no sampling, no tracks. Not even any percussion. Anything we do, my band [and I], is live. I’m proud of that. We’ve been called an organic band and I like that. There’s so much machinery used now. We do a lot of live shows and everything is played and sung live.

I love the two hours I spend on stage [during a show]. I just turned 68 so it’s the other 22 hours that are a little tougher now. But the fact that I have this pile of songs that people know, that are in people’s heads and memory banks, I love singing them and watching people’s reaction. As long as we still sound like the records, I’m proud of that. My manager and I talk about it all the time — we say ‘you know, when it gets lame we won’t do it any more.’ But judging from the reaction these days to our live shows, it’s anything but lame.”

The Juno Awards committee — and millions of fans, many of which are ready to applaud him at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on April 3 — certainly don’t think so. The music industry may be ever-changing, but Cummings’ talent hasn’t.

One thing that hasn’t changed in Cummings’ eyes is the thrill of selling hundreds of thousands of albums — “the Gold records are still as pretty as the day you get them, they always will be beautiful” he says.

If you want to see Cummings perform live, see him in Calgary on June 6, 2016 at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino.

Valentine’s Day Activities in Calgary 2016

Photo courtesy of Uppercase Magazine.

Photo courtesy of Uppercase Magazine.

It’s the most romantic day of the year — and this year you have all weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day as it falls on the Sunday before Family Day holiday Monday! We’ve gathered special events happening all weekend that will really impress your date.

In the Heat of the Night | Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, 6 pm | $100 per person for tables of two | The Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Road NE | 403-232-9300 | www.calgaryzoo.com
“You and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals!” Enjoy a romantic dinner held in the Calgary Zoo’s conservatory, complete with decadent desserts. Once dinner is over, zookeepers will begin their informative presentation on courtship and mating in the animal world. Dress in your flashiest Vegas-style outfit and strike a pose in the Vegas-themed photo booth.

Let’s Get Physical! Adults Only Night | Thursday, February 11, 6 – 10 pm | $26.45 | TELUS Spark, 220 St. George’s Drive NE | 403-232-9300 | www.sparkscience.ca
Brains and beauty are a great combination, so grab your sweetheart for a fun and educational night out. Take a look at the new Body Worlds: Vital exhibit in an adults-only setting (no kids running around!) and enjoy some themed programming that explore love from both a physical and a psychological perspective.

Chocolate and Yin | Saturday, February 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm | $30 | Yoga Passage, 521 – 11 Ave SW | yogapassage.ca | Treat your taste buds and your body! Snack on organic, handmade chocolates infused with super foods after a relaxing and strengthening yoga class.

Dynamic Directions | February 11, 7:30 pm; February 12, 7:30; February 13, 2 pm & 7:30 pm | $20 – $119 | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW | 403-297-8000 | www.albertaballet.com
Three of Canada’s best known choreographers – Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang, and Yukichi Hattori – present a thrilling and romantic evening of contemporary and neo-classical ballet.

Dashing Date “Secret Crush” Speed Dating Event | February 14, 6 pm | $39 | Venue is TBD | www.dashingdate.com
Looking for love on Valentine’s Day? Dashing Date is hosting their Secret Crush! speed dating event for women between the ages of 25 to 36 and men between 27 and 38. A special icebreaker game will kick things off.

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse | February 14, 5 pm – late night | $69.95 per person | 521 – 10 Ave SW | 587-354-3441 | www.pampasteakhouse.com
Take your sweetie for a luxurious dinner at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse on the big night. Their special Valentine’s Day menu includes limitless carvings of 11 cuts of meat plus caramelized grilled pineapple, coconut lime prawns, grilled salmon, and lobster tail — these extra dishes are being served exclusively for the holiday. Celebrating early? The option to upgrade to the V-Day menu is available on Friday and Saturday as well.

Cinnamon Heartbreak Cabaret | February 14, 7 pm | $25 – $28 | Distortion, 3828 Macleod Trail SW | www.brownpapertickets.com
Theatre Encounter will present its annual cabaret  showfeaturing The Rhinestone Affair Burlesque Entertainment, a sneak peek of Theatre Encounter’s play The Lesson, and rockabilly trio Stickshift Suicide. Bring your date for a saucy night out!

Southern Stardust Big Band Dinner and Dance | February 13, 6:30 pm dinner; 8:15 dance| $65 dinner and dance; $35 dance only | Calgary Austrian Centre, 3112 – 11 St NE | 403-850-4793
Do you and your darling love to dance? The Southern Stardust Big Band is hosting a Bug Band Dinner Dance for Valentine’s Day. Start with an appetizing buffet dinner, then dance to the 18-piece big band playing music for all different kinds of dance including foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha-cha- tango, and swing.

Checkmate, My Sweet Valentine | February 14, 6 pm| $90 | Fort Calgary Barracks, 750 – 9 Avenue SE | 403-290-1875 | www.fortcalgary.com
Calling all murder mystery fans! It’s been over 10 years since Check Mate Dating Services started to make love matches, and they are throwing a murder mystery party at the Fort Calgary Barracks to celebrate. Get into character over cocktails and dinner and attempt to solve the mystery while mingling with potential love matches.

Stop Light Party | February 13, 8:30 pm| $25 | WXYZ Aloft Bar, 2359 Banff Trail NW | 403-338-4405 | www.aloftcalgaryuniversity.com
Grab your friends for a wild and fun night out! Jam to beats by Felonius Funk with special guest DJ Grimrock for a mix of old school hip-hop, house music, mash-ups and more. A signature Aloft cocktail is included in ticket price, along with a gourmet candy bar, late night snacks, and exciting door prizes. The dress code requires you wear red, green, or yellow, so dress according to your relationship status!

Funny Fest  Comedy Extravaganza | February 14, 6 pm| $49 | Nicastro’s Showroom, 2820 Centre St NE | 403-228-7888 | www.eventbrite.ca
Tickle your funny bone this Valentine’s Day! Laugh along to Funny Fest headliners including Jamie Hutchinson, Stu Hughes, and Dug Bueck as you have dinner and drinks. Roses, chocolates, live music, and great prizes are all part of the fun!

Dance Lessons at Arthur Murray | February 13, 7 pm| $25 | Arthur Murray Dance Centre, 231 B Forge Rd. SE | 403-319-0732 | www.arthurmurraycalgary.ca
Arthur Murray Dance Centre is hosting a Valentine’s date night for couples wanting to learn how to ballroom dance. Food, bar service, music, and romantic dance lessons are all included.

Date Night with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra | February 12, 8 pm; February 13, 8 pm| $20 – $80 | Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE | 403-571-0849 | www.calgaryphil.com
Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, 2012 Honens Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov, and Samson Tsoy in an evening of romance and music complete with a dazzling performance of Prokofiev’s composition Romeo and Juliet.

Family Quest | February 11 – 15, 10 am – 4 pm | $5.50 – $10.75 | Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW | heritagepark.ca
Celebrate the love of your family (it is Family Day long weekend, after all!) with some fun activities and the brand new Reflections in Chrome motorcycle exhibit. View a display of more than 30 vintage, restored, and new motorbike, and then enjoy kid-friendly crafts and games that channel life on the road.

Wine + Chocolate | February 11, 6 pm | $40 | Vine Styles Kensington, 1127b Kensington RD NW | vinestyles.ca
Enjoy tastings of some delightful wine and chocolate pairings — maybe you’ll even find a combo worthy to take home for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Vine Styles is a boutique wine store that organizes their wines by tasting notes — crisp, smooth, dry, etc. — rather than by region, so they’re a friendly guide for any tasting even if you don’t know much about wine.

Art on the Rocks: Mystery Art Night for Lovers and Fighters | Saturday, February 13, 7 pm | $30 | Glenbow, | glenbow.org
Are you a lover or a fighter? Single or taken? Regardless, you’ll enjoy creating some hands-on art at this adults-only event. The project you’ll be working on is top secret until the night of the event, but whether you come on your own, with your significant other, or a group of friends, you’ll have a great time. Enjoy a drink while you create, and groove to the tunes of a DJ.

Bend and Brunch | Sunday, February 14, 10 am | $25 | Craft Beer Market, 319 – 10 Ave SW | calgary.craftbeermarket.ca
Forget the Legally Blonde wisdom of “bend and snap,” “bend and brunch” is the way to go. BYOM (bring-your-own-mat) for a one-hour yoga class (suitable for beginners) then refuel with a tasty, freshly made brunch and a “beermosa” made with beer from local Village Brewery.

Market Collective | February 12 – 14 | $5 weekend admission | Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW | marketcollective.ca
This local artisan market has vendors selling handmade gourmet food, clothes, jewellery, bath and beauty products, cards, decor, and more. Pick up a sweet gift for someone special, or give yourself some self love and buy something just for you. Take some time to pose for a photo in the Valentine’s Day-themed photo booth.

Cocktails & Burlesque | February 11 | $10 | The Bourbon Room, 341 – 10 Ave SW| bourbonroom.ca

The Bourbon Room is teaming up with King Nox for a sultry night of cocktails and burlesque. Two sets of live burlesque, Valentine’s themed cocktails and whiskey specials are all part of the exciting evening!

Oscar-Worthy Movie Events in Calgary

Night with the Stars Oscar Party in Calgary

Night with the Stars Oscar Party in Calgary

The nominations have been announced and the countdown is on to the 2016 Academy Awards, which will be hosted on Sunday, February 28 by Chris Rock. Celebrate the magic of film with these upcoming movie-themed events in Calgary:

Fashion Films: Advanced Style | Thursday, January 28, 7 pm | $10 | Glenbow | glenbow.org/programs
Enjoy a screening of a fashion documentary, based on the popular blog of the same name. Advanced Style profiles the independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth. Many red carpet-worthy looks abound in the film!

Great Digital Film Fest | February 5 – 11 | $6.99 | Various Theatres | cineplex.com/Events/DigitalFilmFest
Movie buffs know that the best way to see a film is on the big screen! See some of your favourite movies from across the decades in theatres again. This year’s lineup includes Dirty Harry, Serenity, Inception, Ghostbusters, and David Bowie in The Labyrinth.

Dinner and a Movie Series | February 9 & 23, March 8 & 22, April 5 & 19; Dinner seating times between 5 pm – 6:45 pm | $42.95; $8 for movie only | Heritage Park | heritagepark.ca
Enjoy a movie-themed, three-course dinner in the Selkirk Grille restaurant, and then settle in for a screening of a classic film. Movies include: Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Easy Rider, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters, and Pulp Fiction.

Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival
| February 20 – 26 | $6 – $10 | Globe Cinema | calgaryfilm.com
If you’ve already watched all of the Best Picture nominations, it’s time to see something new! In collaboration with Toronto International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival presents ten of the best Canadian films from the past year — an exhaustive “Best of” collection compiled by panelists based on audiences at Canadian film festivals and critics’ opinions. There’s something to suit every interest, and movies include Sleeping Giant and documentary Guantanamo’s Child.

Popcorn and Vodka Cranberry Macarons | Available February 23 – 28 | Yann Haute Patisserie | yannboutique.com/seasonal
Watching the Oscars or a movie at home? Snack on some of these locally-made treats in two flavours made just for the awards show.

A Red Carpet Affair | Sunday, February 28, 5pm | $75 | Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons | calgaryfilm.com
Watch the Oscars in style — formal or vintage wear is encouraged! — and cheer on your favourite films and actors alongside other enthusiastic film-goers. A live broadcast of the Oscars will be screened in an intimate theatre, and your ticket includes champagne, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a gift bag. This event is a fundraiser for the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) and local programming. (Fun fact: The Academy has named CIFF a qualifying festival for the Best Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film awards. This means that the recipient of CIFF’s annual Best of Shorts Award is eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards, without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar nomination).

Night with the Stars | Sunday, February 28, 5 pm | $250 | Hyatt Regency | theatrecalgary.com
Theatre Calgary presents this glam, Star Wars-themed fundraiser on Oscar night. Dress your best and enjoyed a themed menu, award prediction contest, drinks, and a live broadcast of the Academy Awards.

Pop Some Bubbly | For the second year in a row, the French Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck will be supplying champagne for the Academy Awards. What’s different this year though is that they’ve created a limited edition ”red carpet ready” bottle for the 88th annual ceremony. The bottle’s design features the number 88 and the letters “O-S-C-A-R-S” in gold styled around the bottle to create a tiara shape. While only 1,000 of these special bottles have been produced for the show, you can find Piper-Heidsieck Brut at liquor stores throughout Canada.
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvee Brut magnum, the official Champagne of the Oscars

PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvee Brut magnum, the official Champagne of the Oscars


Elvis Lives: Elvis Events in Calgary 2016

Return to Grace is in Calgary March 17 - 21

Return to Grace is in Calgary March 17 – 20, 2016

January 8, 2016 is the 81st anniversary of Elvis’ birthday. Put on your blue suede shoes and celebrate the King of rock and roll at one of these fun Elvis events in Calgary — we bet you “can’t help falling in love” with his music all over again!

Elvis Tribute and Dinner Show
Thursday, January 7 | 5:30 pm dinner; 8 pm show | $49 | Deerfoot Inn and Casino
Enjoy a buffet dinner then sing along with award-winning Elvis impersonator Gino Monopoli.

Elvis Birthday Show
Friday, January 8 | 9 pm | Ironwood Stage and Grill
Toast Elvis’ birthday with some drinks and enjoy performances of his music by Steve Pineo and an ensemble of some of the finest Calgary musicians. Pineo isn’t a costumed impersonator, but a talented musician who interprets Elvis’ music through strong vocals and a variety of instruments.

Elvis Tribute
Saturday, January 9 | 9 pm | $29 – $39 | Deerfoot Inn and Casino
Dance and sing along with award-winning Elvis impersonator Gino Monopoli.

Return to Grace
March 17 – 20 | $35 – $99 | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
This immersive concert experience features Steve Michaels as Elvis accompanied by over 30 musicians, dancers, and singers. The show follows Elvis’ career from Memphis to the Aloha from Hawaii Concert, with performances of his memorable songs.

Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash 
Saturday, June 18 | 9 pm | $39 – $49 | Deerfoot Inn and Casino
This musical tribute show is a re-creation of the night in 1956 when four musical legends jammed together at Sun Studios, mixing rockabilly, country, gospel, and rock and roll.

Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll
July 1 – September 4 | $72 – $109 | Stage West Dinner Theatre
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet before watching a musical tribute show to four rock and rock legends: Buddy Holly, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Complete with costumes, dancing, and all the hits.

Rock Around the Clock 
September 9 – November 6 | $33.25 – $77.95 | Jubilations Dinner Theatre
Enjoy choreographed performances to some of the best rock and roll music of the 1950s by artists including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and, of course, Elvis Presley. A  four-course dinner is served in between acts.

Top 20 Over 10: Calgary’s Classic Restaurants

Like a fine wine, age is a good thing when it comes to some of Calgary’s most notable and defining restaurants. These twenty Calgary classics have been staples of the local dining scene for over ten years — and are just as good as ever.

The Belvedere
Year Opened: 1998
Location: 107 – 8 Ave SW
The cuisine is prepared from scratch and sourced from small local producers at this upscale fine-dining establishment. Pair an interesting and delicious cocktail such as the “Mr. Belvedere” to compliment your meal.

Bonterra Trattoria
Year Opened: 2000
Location: 1016 – 8 St SW
Enjoy a taste of Italy in an exquisite dining room. The pasta selection is not to be missed, with a focus on simple, fresh ingredients.

Bookers BBQ Grill and Crab Shack
Year Opened: 1999
Location: 316 – 3 St SE
Roll up your sleeves and dive into Bookers’ crab and shrimp boil complete with potatoes and carrots. Ribs and barbecued meats are also a highlight of this southern food hotspot.

Year Opened: 1988
Location: 738 – 3 Ave SW
Head to Buchanan’s for a fantastic steak or rack of lamb, and enjoy a dram from their incredible whisky selection — over 200 varieties stocked in their cozy bar room.

Bottlescrew Bill’s / Buzzard’s
Year Opened: 1980
Location: 140 – 10 Ave SW
Buzzard’s and Bottlescrew Bill’s is a classic, no-frills pub with simple pub fare and over 300 different beers from breweries around the world.

Caesar’s Steakhouse
Year Opened: 1972
Locations: Downtown 512 – 4 Ave SW; Willow Park 110, 10816 Macleod Trail SE
The oldest on this list, Caesar’s Steakhouse is a staple of downtown Calgary. They specialize in tableside fine dining service and multi-course menus starting with their signature French onion soup and on to mouth-watering steaks. At the Willow Park location, enjoy their signature dishes a la carte.

Catch Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Year Opened: 2002
Location: 100 – 8 Ave SE
Savour the fresh seafood from Executive Chef Daniel Norcott in Catch’s elegant dining space. Love oysters? You’re in luck, as Catch has one of the best oyster bars in the city.

Year Opened: 1984
Location: 113 – 8 Ave SW
This intimate wine bar has an impressive selection of wines from all over the world, and is great for anything from a first date to after work wine-down (page xx).

The Embarcadero
Year Opened: 1995
Location: 208 – 17 Ave SE
Named after the waterfront district in San Francisco, The Embarcadero serves at least six varieties of oysters every day from both coasts (page xx).

Escoba Bistro
Year Opened: 1996
Location: 624 – 8 Ave SW
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Escoba continues to serve comforting Mediterranean-inspired dishes — though their steaks are a must-try. Each item has a suggested wine pairing for easy ordering. They offer a separate menu for those with food sensitivities and allergies, including several vegan options (page xx).

La Chaumiere
Year Opened: 1978
Location: 139 – 17 Ave SW
The city’s classic French restaurant is elegant, charming, and upscale — be sure to save room for their decadent desserts (page xx).

Laurier Lounge
Year Opened: 2005
This historic home is a go-to place for fondue, casual French comfort food, and always has great happy hour and daily specials (page xx).

The Living Room
Year Opened: 2000
Location: 514 – 17 Ave SW
As cozy and familiar as, well, a friends’ living room, this intimate restaurant encourages sharing with small plates, fondue, and sampler platters.

Year Opened: 2001
Location: 808 – 1 St SW
A welcome upscale retreat along bustling Stephen Avenue serves meat and fish-centric entrees, pizzas, and pastas, and has an extensive wine list.

Osteria de Medici
Year Opened: 1976
Location: 201 – 10 St NW
A neighbourhood fine dining spot for classic Italian fare — everything from spaghetti and meatballs to veal medallions.

River Café
Year Opened: 1991
Location: 25 Prince’s Island Park
Nestled in Prince’s Island Park, the unique location of this restaurant ensures that the view is beautiful any time of year. The truly local food is made with ingredients sourced from local farms, and everything is done in house — the sourdough culture for their bread has been maintained for fifteen years.

Year Opened: 2003
Location: 1240 – 8 Ave SE
Rouge offers a fine dining experience without the attitude, with a focus on hyper-local ingredients — in the summer months they pick ingredients from their backyard garden. The beautiful presentation means the food looks as good as it tastes, and its good for special occasions and everything in between.

Year Opened: 1993
Location: 200 – 8 Ave SE
The elegant, historic building is the perfect setting for the upscale Italian meals served here. Everything is fresh and made-to-order, and the wine cellar is stocked with an extremely impressive selection.

The Trib Steakhouse
Year Opened: 2005
Location: 118 – 8 Ave SW
Classic Alberta Beef steak and other meat entrees, paired with sides with a twist — try the buttermilk onion rings and truffle chicken wings.

Vintage Chophouse
Year Opened: 2003
Location: 320 – 11 Ave SW
A thorough steak experience — your server will guide you through the different cuts and types of beef so you know exactly what you’re getting. All of their classic side dishes are classics for a reason: after just one bite you’ll see why you’d never want them to change.