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Night Owls: Insider Tips on Calgary Nightlife

Sub Rosa (Photo: courtesy Anstice Communications)

Sub Rosa (Photo: courtesy Anstice Communications)

By RYAN MASSEL

There are endless spaces and places in Calgary to enjoy until the wee hours of the morning. From late night eats to one-of-a-kind nightlife experiences, these are some of our city’s finest!

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Popping the Cap on Calgary’s Beer Scene

(Photo: Jason Dziver)

(Photo: Jason Dziver)

By DON TSE

There’s no better time to love beer in Calgary, which now boasts 17 breweries making flavourful craft beer. With most using Alberta-grown barley, drinking local beer celebrates terroir as much as drinking wine in Bordeaux. You can find local beers on tap at most local restaurants; it’s part of cowboy culture that Calgarians support Calgarians.

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50+ Things to Do in Calgary This March

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In Calgary, March tends to come in like a lion and go out like… another lion. It might not quite be spring yet, but there’s still plenty going on around the city to help you shake off the winter doldrums.

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♦ ♦ ♦ ART EXHIBITS ♦ ♦ ♦

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Samantha Williams-Chapelsky (I am, because of you, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 48″ diameter, courtesy Gibson Fine Art.)

Samantha Williams-Chapelsky
Through Mar 11
See new works from Edmonton acrylic artist Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. Her vibrant artwork is influenced by the Western landscape and features abstract cloudscapes with vivid colours, and some are painted on circular canvases.
Gibson Fine Art, 628 – 11 Ave SW, 403-244-2000, www.gibsonfineart.ca

Sarah Fuller : Camouflage (Hulinhjálmsteinn)
Through Mar 18
Fuller explores layers of history and narrative through the use of the photographic object. An underlying feature in her work is displacement, be it physical, psychological or constructed.
Christine Klassen Gallery, 321 – 50 Ave SE, 403-262-1880, www.christineklassengallery.com

7 Cameras
Through Mar 18
A group exhibition featuring new and recent photography by Kevin Boyle, Gary Campbell, Ben Cope, Michael Levin, Colin Smith, Leesa Streifler, and Diana Thorneycroft.
Christine Klassen Gallery, 321 – 50 Ave SE, 403-262-1880, www.christineklassengallery.com

Collectible Inuit Fine Art
Through Mar 18
Featuring Works by: Osuitok Ipeelee, RCA Kiawak Ashoona, OC, RCA Axangayu Shaa, RCA Manasie Maniapik Lucassie Ikkidluak Johnny Inukpuk, and many more.
Webster Galleries, 812 – 11 Ave SW, 403-263-6500, www.webstergalleries.com

Power in Pictures: The Outside Circle and the Impact of the Graphic Novel
Through Spring 2017
This exhibit is the culmination of a series of workshops that connected young individuals from the Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth with illustrator Kelly Mellings. The result is a series of graphic art that explores complex feelings and experiences.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Earthlings
Through May 7
A group exhibition of otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative ceramic sculpture and works on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively, by seven contemporary artists.
Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 – 9 Ave SE, 403-930-2490, www.eskerfoundation.com

North of Ordinary: the Arctic photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie
Through Sep 10
This exhibition celebrates the work of Canada’s first professional woman photographer, Geraldine Moodie. Beginning in 1903, Moodie accompanied her husband, a senior officer of the North-West Mounted Police, on Northern expeditions. She took intimate portraits of the local Inuit community while he documented the landscape and his work with the Mounted Police.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Corri-Lynn Tetz: Diviners
Mar 3 – Apr 13
Tetz’ semi-abstract paintings show the close proximity between memory, subjective experience and larger, social phenomena.
Jarvis Hall Fine Art, 617 – 11 Ave SW, 403-206-9942, www.jarvishallfineart.ca

Perfect Memory: Authentic Gift Shop
Mar 3 – Apr 1
A store where you buy Asian guilt with your forgiveness. The shop is open for cultural clarity and conversations, and we ask that visitors take insecurities, failings, traumas and sufferings with kindness and give back understanding and acceptance. Products come in the form of DVDs, books, keychains, lucky charms, clothing, lapel pins, various food cans, and more. Items in the store cater to and carry different styles, varying based on what someone is capable of giving.
The New Gallery, 208 Centre St S, 403-233-2399, www.thenewgallery.org

David Altmejd: The Vessel
Mar 4 – May 22
An enormous crystalline sculpture seems to depict an elaborate act of creation caught in a suspended animation of simultaneous formation and disintegration.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Canadian Stories: The View From Here
Mar 4 – May 22
In response to Canada’s 150th anniversary, this exhibition uses historical, modern and contemporary art from Glenbow’s collection to explore iconic Canadian themes from a western perspective.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Martin Pearce: Traces/Tracing
Mar 4 – Apr 1
The lines in the paintings were made with a china marker or grease pencil and they were systematically applied and partially erased several times in order to “complicate” the network of marks; the various iterations of superimposed grid-like lines building a set of “traces” on the surface.
Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, 724 – 11 Ave SW, 403-263-1162, www.paulkuhngallery.com

Modus Operandi
Mar 9 – Apr 1
Look into the process by three artists (Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday and Fiona Ackerman) to whom process is as important, a most vital component, to the end result.
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 709A – 11 Ave SW, 403-228-4889, www.herringerkissgallery.com

Julie Beugin
Mar 10 – Apr 22
Beugin records non-specific elements of the city with her own photographs. Through an instinctual process of layered abstraction, she transforms any physical likeness of these spaces into transparent areas of luminous color on canvas.
VivianeArt, 1114 – 11 St SW, 587-349-2014, www.vivianeart.gallery.com

Cathy Daley
Mar 18 – May 6
Daley is known for her oil-pastel silhouettes of the female form, inspired by the world of high fashion and images of dance. Her work arose from a critique of the fashion industry and its limitations in representing women.
Newzones, 730 – 11 Ave SW, 403-266-1972, www.newzones.com

Chris Langstroth
Mar 18 – Apr 1
Building and scraping layers of paint, Langstroth plays with the balance of abtstract and figurative to create intrigue in his work allowing room for interpretation.
Gibson Fine Art, 628 – 11 Ave SW, 403-244-2000, www.gibsonfineart.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ COMEDY ♦ ♦ ♦

Jim Jefferies
Mar 4
The Australian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer is known for his observational and dark humour. He’s currently travelling North America on his Unusual Punishment tour.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Sarah Tiana
Mar 23 – 25
Comedian Sarah Tiana’s act focuses on her Southern childhood and experiences with dating in Los Angeles.
Yuk Yuk’s, 218 – 18 Ave SE, 403-258-2028, www.yukyuks.com

♦ ♦ ♦ CHILDREN ♦ ♦ ♦

Urban Jungle Book
Mar 3 – 18
This modern take on the Rudyard Kipling stories uses pop, rock and rap music to tell them in a way you’ve never heard (or seen) before. It is the world premiere of an original musical, recommended for ages six and up.
StoryBook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW, 403-216-0808, www.storybooktheatre.org

(Image: courtesy Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

Symphonic Sorcery: The Music of Harry Potter (Image: courtesy Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

Symphonic Sorcery: The Music of Harry Potter
Mar 19
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents a child-focused show that includes musical highlights from the films, and a narrator to take kids through the wonderful world of witches, wizards, and broomstick sports.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, calgaryphil.com

♦ ♦ ♦ DANCE ♦ ♦ ♦

Alice in Wonderland
Mar 16 – 18
Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alberta Ballet’s production, which reintroduces audiences to memorable characters from the Lewis Carroll story including the Red Queen, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter. Filled with lush sets, costumes, and choreography, Alice in Wonderland captures the magic of the much-loved story about spunky heroine Alice trying to make her way home through a strange and fantastical world.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ FESTIVALS ♦ ♦ ♦

The Big Taste (Photo: courtesy Downtown Calgary)

The Big Taste (Photo: courtesy Downtown Calgary)

The Big Taste
Mar 3 – 12
Sample tempting prix fixe menus from Calgary’s diverse restaurants during this 10-day foodie festival.
Various venues, see event website for more information: calgarydowntown.com

Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres
Mar 4 – 5
Celebrate French Canadian culture, history, and traditions at this two-day festival featuring French Canadian, Metis and First Nations Folkloric music and dances, demonstrations, workshops, story-telling, and exhibits; a traditional Sugar Shack meal; and a Sugar Market with a variety of merchants and maple products for sale. Guests can enjoy a live play, circus and magic shows, plus numerous outdoor activities, games, wagon rides, and maple taffy on snow.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

Calgary International Beerfest
May 5 – 6
Sample more than 500 types of beer on site, as well as food from over 40 of Calgary’s best pubs and restaurants.
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, 1-844-438-7352, albertabeerfestivals.com

Festival of Animated Objects
Mar 16 – 19
From puppet shows to film screenings, gallery exhibitions to workshops, this festival showcases animated objects (also known as puppets). Mythical creatures, curious beasts, and oddball characters come to life on stage, compelled by puppet-masters and artists.
Various venues, see event website for more information: www.puppetfestival.ca

Prana Yoga Festival
Mar 17 – 19
This festival features themed yoga, dance, wellness, and meditation classes for yogis of all skill levels. Customize your own schedule with classes like Music-Assisted Mindfulness, Ayurvedic Cooking Class, and Chocolate Yoga.
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW, pranayogafest.com

♦ ♦ ♦ MARKETS ♦ ♦ ♦

Curated Market
Mar 17 – 18
Local artisan vendors feature everything from jewellery and clothing to furniture and home decor.
Bowness Community Association, 7904 – 43 Ave NW, www.bycurated.com

Market Collective
Mar 24 – 26
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.
Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW, www.marketcollective.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ MUSIC ♦ ♦ ♦

An Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Mar 2
These two iconic country and blues musicians first sang together in the 1990s. They perform alternately in this duet concert, occasionally joining in on the other’s songs.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Colin James
Mar 3
Blues and rock singer-songwriter Colin James is touring his latest album, Blue Highways.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Wayne Newton
Mar 4
The Midnight Idol is well known for ‘70s hits like “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast” and his signature song “Danke Schoen.”
Deerfoot Inn & Casino, 11500 – 35 St SE, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Photo: courtesy Livenation)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Photo: courtesy Livenation)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Mar 7
The folk rock group is touring Kings and Kings, a collaboration with fellow male roots, blues, and country musicians.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

Chris Botti
Mar 8
With four albums that reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz albums chart, trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has a reputation for fusing jazz and pop music styles.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Engelbert Humperdinck
Mar 9
Best known for hits such as “Release Me” and “After the Lovin,’” balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck has sold over 150 million records worldwide.
Deerfoot Inn & Casino, 11500 – 35 St SE, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Jake Shimabukuro
Mar 9
The American ukulele virtuoso and composer became internationally famous when a video of him playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and went viral.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Borgeous
Mar 10
The American recording artist and DJ/producer is on tour with his first album, 13.
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Trail S, 403-287-2500, marqueecalgary.com

Eric Church
Mar 11
The southern country singer and songwriter is known for songs like “Drink in My Hand.”
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

The Second City Guide to the Symphony (Photo: courtesy Columbia Artists Management Inc.)

The Second City Guide to the Symphony (Photo: courtesy Columbia Artists Management Inc.)

The Second City Guide to the Symphony
Mar 11
Orchestral music meets comedy revue in this one-of-a-kind performance with Toronto’s legendary improve troupe.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, calgaryphil.com

Datsik
Mar 17
The music producer and DJ hits Calgary on his Ninja Nation tour.
The Palace Theatre, 219 – 8 Ave SW, www.thepalacetheatre.ca

Mother Mother
Mar 20
The Canadian indie rockers are fresh off the February release of their new album No Culture.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Chris Stapleton
Mar 24
The Grammy and CMA winning musician and songwriter is touring his No. 1 solo album.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

The Tea Party
Mar 25
This Canadian rock band, which boasts a sound described as “Moroccan roll,” is touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album Transmission.
The Palace Theatre, 219 – 8 Ave SW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Delhi 2 Dublin
Mar 30
Known for their highly energetic stage shows, this band’s sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breakbeats to dance music.
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 – 10 Ave SW, 888-732-1682, www.ticketfly.com

♦ ♦ ♦ SPECIAL EVENTS ♦ ♦ ♦

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience
Through Jun 4
Set phasers to stun! Calgary’s science centre is recruiting Starfleet Academy cadets. “Career Day” at the academy tests your knowledge and skills — you’ll undergo a series of simulated science, engineering, medical, and command evaluations in nine different zones. Life-long and new Star Trek fans alike will have a blast discovering the science that shaped the final frontier.
Telus Spark, 220 St George’s Dr NE, 403-817-6800, www.sparkscience.ca

Heritage Park Ghost Tours
Mar 1 – 8
Visit Heritage Park after dark for a guided ghost tour through the streets and alley ways of the Historical Village. Behind the Park’s old-fashioned charm lie stories of otherworldly encounters, spine-tingling history and some memorable manifestations! The 90-minute outdoor walking tour includes one free coffee or hot chocolate, and a cash bar is available in the Selkirk Grille following the tour.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

Calgary Home & Garden Show
Mar 2 – 5
Thinking about a home improvement project? Get advice and tips from Canada’s most popular designers, gardeners and home improvement specialists at this weekend expo.
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, 403-253-1177, www.calgaryhgs.com

Dinner and a Movie
Mar 7, 21
Enjoy a themed, three-course meal in the Selkirk Grille, then head next door to Gasoline Alley for popcorn and a movie on the big screen: Singin’ In the Rain (Mar 7) and Chicago (Mar 21).
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

National Geographic Live: Beauty and the Bizarre
Mar 12 – 13
Photographer Anand Varma devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre and beautiful images of the miniature world around us. Through these truly unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviours of hummingbirds, and offers a rare glimpse at our world’s small wonders.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ THEATRE ♦ ♦ ♦

Gracie
Through Mar 18
This one-actress performance that explores the world through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl born into a polygamous community.
Arts Commons, Martha Cohen Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.atplive.ca

Crime Does Not Pay (Image: by Tyler Jenkins, courtesy Vertigo Theatre)

Crime Does Not Pay (Image: by Tyler Jenkins, courtesy Vertigo Theatre)

Crime Does Not Pay
Mar 2 – 11
When down-and-out comic book artist Bob meets lounge singer Violet, inspiration strikes and he begins writing dark, racy true crime stories where the criminal is the hero — but the trappings of success, the threat of censorship, and Bob’s possessive love of Violet create an explosive combination. Based on a true story, this new musical is written by Calgarians David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor.
Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Mar 7 – Apr 1
Based on the bestselling novel, this haunting play reveals the strength of the human spirit.
Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-7447, www.theatrecalgary.com

Derek Selinger
Mar 10
Magic and illusion are explored in a two-hour feature-length theatrical performance featuring the talents of award-winning illusionist Derek Selinger.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

 Our Man in Havana (Image: by Erica Dufour, courtesy Annerin Productions)

Our Man in Havana (Image: by Erica Dufour, courtesy Annerin Productions)

Our Man in Havana
Mar 11 – Apr 9
Thanks to his daughter’s extravagant spending, a British expat in 1950s Cuba can’t afford to say no when the Secret Service offers him a plum position as their “man in Havana.” His utter cluelessness kicks off this hilarious, fast-paced romp through the world of espionage.
Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708 , vertigotheatre.com

The Three Musketeers
Mar 24 – Apr 8
The classic tale of the swashbuckling musketeers is brought to life on stage. When the favour for the Queen’s handmaiden brings d’Artagnan afoul of the powerful Cardinal, the daring youth befriends three Musketeers. Together, they fight to defend the Queens honour and save the lady that d’Artagnan loves.
Studio Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708, www.shakespearecompany.com

Where to Dine Awards: Calgary’s Best Restaurants 2016

Whitehall (Photo: Neil Zeller)

Whitehall (Photo: Neil Zeller)

It’s no secret that Calgary spent much of the past year in a recession, but that didn’t slow down the creative efforts in Calgary’s restaurant scene. Diners were hungry (pun definitely intended) for new and diverse offerings, and restaurants new and old responded. Here we present the top three restaurants in 24 categories as voted by our readers*. Cheers!

By Breanna Mroczek
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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!

Where to Celebrate Wacky Holidays in Calgary

April is Grilled Cheese Month, the ideal time to head to Naina's Kitchen for an ooey-gooey ABC (apple, bacon, cheddar). (Photo: courtesy Naina's Kitchen)

April is Grilled Cheese Month, the ideal time to head to Naina’s Kitchen for an ooey-gooey ABC (apple, bacon, cheddar). (Photo: courtesy Naina’s Kitchen)

National Noodle Month: March
Noodles: the best food ever, or simply amazing? Kick off the festivities at Paper St. for a ramen burger — who needs buns when you have noodles? If your broth to noodle ratio ends up uneven at Jinya Ramen Bar, order a kaedama (noodle refill) for a second helping.

National Absinthe Day: March 5
Teetotalers, avert your eyes! This day is dedicated to the charming little beverage known as absinthe, which boasts an alcohol content of about 55 – 75 percent. Invoke the Green Fairy with Bourbon Room’s four-person absinthe fountain, or (careful, now) sample your way through five varieties at Avec Bistro.

Worship of Tools Day: March 11
No, not your ex — the useful kind of tool. If you’re bereft of tools to worship, visit Lee Valley, a family-run business that has it all from woodworking to gardening. About a third of the tools they sell are of their own design.

Waffle Day: March 25
There can be no waffling when naming the best sweet, bread-ish breakfast food — it’s clearly waffles. Get your waffle on with sweet and savoury variations at Buttermilk Fine Waffles or check out Starbelly’s weekend brunch buffet which features its own waffle station.

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month: April
Archer said it best: grill… me… a cheese. Naina’s Kitchen is well known for their stuffed burgers, but their grilled cheeses are underrated hidden gem — the ABC (apple, bacon, cheddar) is the work of a genius.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day: April 2
Peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time! Now that the song is stuck in your head (you’re welcome), let’s move on to where you can celebrate this illustrious day. For true PB&J cred, you need Tubby Dog’s Cap’n Dog: a hot dog slathered in peanut butter and jelly, then topped with a sprinkle of Cap’n Crunch cereal.

National Beer Day: April 7
Not to be confused with every other day of the year, this is the day to enjoy a nice, cold bottle and/or glass of suds. Make the day extra special with a sampling of the world’s finest craft brews at Craft Beer Market, which boasts more than 100 beers on tap.

Movie Theatre Day: April 23
This is the perfect time to hearken back to the movie experience of yesteryear at Calgary’s indie movie theatres: The Plaza in Kensington and downtown’s Globe Cinema.

Pinhole Photography Day: April 30
To take a photograph, you need two things — and no, a camera lens isn’t one of them. Pinhole photography uses the simplest of cameras: a light-proof box with a tiny hole in it. Dianne Bos is a renowned pinhole photographer, and naturally her work will be on display at Newzones on this most appropriate day.

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Valentine’s Day can be kind of hit-or-miss, but Houseplant Appreciation Day and Drink Wine Day are a guaranteed good time. Here’s where to go in Calgary to celebrate some of the more “interesting” holidays.

Bean Day: January 6
Beans, beans, the musical fruit… enough said. The humble bean doesn’t get much attention, but all that changes today. Go to Native Tongues Taqueria for frijoles piled on tacos and tostadas or, if you prefer your beans baked, head to Holy Smoke BBQ for Southern baked beans with a side of barbeque.

Old Rock Day: January 7
Alberta is absolutely littered with old rocks — like, 60 million years old. It’s well worth the day trip to Drumheller’s Royal Tyrrell Museum to see one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaur fossils, plus other fossilized flora and fauna from prehistoric eras long before Alberta was Alberta.

Houseplant Appreciation Day: January 10
This is the day to really show your houseplants how much you love them. Perhaps an extra splash of water? If your houseplants didn’t survive your, um, previous lack of appreciation, start fresh at Plant with incredible tropical, succulent, cactus, and airplant terrariums, or take a workshop and learn to create your own little plant world.

National Pie Day: January 23
The pie’s the limit on this holy day. The question is, savoury or sweet? At Pie Junkie, the answer is both — maybe one to stay and one to go?

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: January 31
There are lots of ways to inspire your heart, but art is definitely one of the least risky and most rewarding ways. Pay a visit to the Esker Foundation to see their new exhibition Earthlings (starting Jan 21) — otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative ceramic sculpture and works on paper by seven contemporary artists.

National Hot Breakfast Month: February
Not to be confused with National Breakfast Month (September), this month is dedicated specifically to hot breakfasts — not lukewarm, and definitely not cold. Yellow Door Bistro has just the thing, a weekend hot breakfast buffet with a changing menu that highlights seasonal ingredients and creative takes on traditional breakfast fare.

Umbrella Day: February 10
Rain, snow, sleet, or even sunshine — let not a drop of it touch your skin on this day dedicated to your own portable canopy. If you don’t own such a canopy (also known as an umbrella), pick up a Hudson’s Bay striped one at The Bay or choose from dozens of other styles.

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day: February 18
Though it may seem a bit odd to be breakfasting on frozen treats in the middle of the winter, we must nobly soldier on. Village Ice Cream opens at 11 am, which is technically still morning, but if you’re more the breakfast in bed type plan ahead and pick up a pint or two to go.

Drink Wine Day: February 18
If ever you needed an excuse to drink wine, here it is. There’s simply nothing we can do, we must obey the day. Get to Murrieta’s Bar & Grill or Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro for whites, reds, ports, sparkling, and maybe a little food. Don’t overdo it on the snacks though — this isn’t Eat Food Day.

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day: February 23
We strongly suggest that you let your dog handle the appreciation on this illustrious day. Help ensure your fuzzy friend makes the most of their soon-to-be-favourite day with a gourmet biscuit from Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet Bakery in the Calgary Farmers’ Market. They also make dog cakes that are so enticing you’ll want to try a bite (don’t, though).

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Christmas is great and all, but you just don’t hear enough about Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day or Look For Circles Day. Here are some of the places in Calgary to celebrate the more unusual holidays in November and December.

On Look For Circles Day, take a gander at public art piece Travelling Light. (Photo: Sakib Pratyay)

On Look For Circles Day, take a gander at public art piece Travelling Light. (Photo: Sakib Pratyay)

November: Peanut Butter Lovers Month
Suffering from an insatiable desire for peanut butter? Never fear, the doctor is in at RE:GRUB Burger Bar — the Doctor Peanut milkshake, that is. It’s infused with peanut butter and topped with peanuts, peanut butter cups, and Reese’s Pieces, plus a plastic syringe filled with a shot of extra peanut buttery goodness.

November 2: Look for Circles Day
It would be cheating if we told you where all the circles are, but here are a few hints: visit the Chinese Cultural Centre and look up — way up — to the spectacular domed ceiling. Keep an eye out for the public art piece Travelling Light (aka the Giant Blue Ring) on your way to the airport at the interchange of Deerfoot Trail and 96 Ave NE.

November 3: Sandwich Day
There’s an overabundance of places to celebrate this day (what a great problem to have). Make the pilgrimage to Holy Grill and discover to-die-for panini, or head to Grumans Catering and Delicatessen for a reuben crammed full of thick-cut smoked meat and tangy sauerkraut.

November 12: Pizza With the Works Except Anchovies Day
To order a pizza with the works except anchovies, you must go to a pizzeria that actually has anchovies — otherwise you’re just shouting into the void. Pizza Bob’s thin crust and Stromboli Inn’s thick, fluffy crust pies both fit the bill. And if you love anchovies… well, you’ll just have to come back another day.

November 28: French Toast Day
Breakfast epicures have enjoyed French toast since the days of the Roman Empire, so it’s only fitting that it has its very own day. Honour the deliciousness with Diner Deluxe’s French toast stuffed with brie cheese and Canadian bacon.

December 2: National Fritters Day
Mention fritters to a Calgarian and you’ll likely be sent straight to Chicken on the Way, a beloved institution that has been serving up huge, salty-sweet corn fritters and juicy fried chicken since 1958.

December 4: Wear Brown Shoes Day
Black, white, red, blue, chartreuse? No! Only brown shoes will do. If you don’t have any, get yourself shod at Fluevog Shoes or Arnold Churgin Shoes. From heels to sneakers, remember: if you’re out on the town, your shoes must be brown!

December 14: International Monkey Day
2016 is the Year of the Monkey, so it’s especially important to pay homage to these adorable primates. Visit them at the Calgary Zoo, home to three species of monkeys: Eastern black and white colobuses, Japanese macaques, and mandrills (the largest monkey species on Earth).

December 16: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
For some folks, every day is Chocolate Covered Anything Day. But if you need some guidance, get to Cococo Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut for the classics like chocolate covered almonds and chocolate covered orange peel.

December 17: National Maple Syrup Day
Maple syrup is the lifeblood of Canadians. If you’ve never had the pure stuff you might not understand the hype, but one taste and you’ll be convinced. A Taste of Quebec at the Calgary Farmer’s Market has the real deal, plus over a dozen maple infused delicacies from maple sugar pie to maple beef stew. Heritage Park’s Haskayne Mercantile Block (no admission fee required) also stocks syrup at Railway Café and Switzer’s.

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Sure, we all know about Halloween and Thanksgiving, but do you know when National Taco Day or Chocolate Cupcake Day are? We’ve listed some great places in Calgary to celebrate fall holidays in September and October, no matter how wacky they are.

September is National Chicken Month! In Calgary, celebrate with some delicious fried chicken to-go at Cluck ‘n’ Cleaver.

September: National Chicken Month
Did you know that September is deemed National Chicken Month? Celebrate this beloved bird at Cluck n’ Cleaver, where mouthwatering southern-friend chicken is the star of the show, along with homemade buttermilk biscuits, side salads, and homemade cookies. Also check out the popular chain Nando’s — famous for their mouthwatering peri peri sauce — which recently opened a funky, brand-new location on 17th Avenue.

September 3: National Beard Day
Get your facial hair a gift of grooming products from Kent of Inglewood, or pop by a barber shop such as Tommy Gun’sCannibale Barbershop, or Johnny’s Barber and Shop for a trim.

September 9: National Teddy Bear Day
Head to the Toy Shop at Heritage Park for a vintage-style teddy bear, or find a new furry friend at Livingstone and Cavell Extraordinary Toys.

September 16: National Guacamole Day
Watch as your server makes guacamole table-side at Añejo, or dive into the fresh guacamole and chips at Native Tongues. Make a return visit on October 2 for National Taco Day. Be sure to add a margarita for the celebration!

September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
Arrr, matey! Anchor your ship and enjoy a few rum cocktails and snacks at the Caribbean-themed Ricardo’s Hideaway. It’s a perfect spot for a pirate and fellow crew members.

September 21: National Mini Golf Day
Summer may be over, but you can still perfect your put at Winsport or Shakers Fun Centre.

September 24: National Cherries Jubilee Day
Did you know that the cherry jubilee was invented for Queen Victoria? Dine like royalty with this sweet treat at Hy’s Steakhouse. It’s an off-menu item, but also their signature specialty so you can order it any time.

September 25 – October 1: Banned Book Week
Celebrate diversity in literature and the freedom to read with banned books-printed notebook, socks, or a fun heat-reactive mug from the Calgary Public Library Store.

September 28: National Drink Beer Day
There are hundreds of places in Calgary to celebrate this day, but we recommend looking for ones with beers from local breweries on the menu: Big Rock Brewery, Wild Rose Brewery, Village Brewery, Dandy Brewing Company, Toolshed Brewing Company, and Banded Peak Brewing. Last Best Brewing and Distilling, Brewsters, and Trolley 5 Restaurant and Brewing are all brewpubs that create their own beers in-house.

September 29: National Coffee Day
It’s not hard to find a coffee shop in Calgary, but on this day especially we recommend visiting a local cafe. Get hyper-local and head to Phil & Sebastian, Analog, or Rosso; these cafes all serve their own locally-roasted beans.

October: National Pizza Month
Order up some tasty pies at local favourites Una Pizza + Wine, Without Papers, Pulcinella, Posto, PZA Parlour, or Double Zero. Don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you if you celebrate all month long!

October 1: National Vegetarian Day
Take a break from meat and head to The Coup or White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen for an all-vegetarian menu, or to Ten Foot Henry or Charbar where over half of their menus are comprised of meat-free dishes.

October 10: National Porridge Day
It’s time to celebrate this underrated breakfast item! Order up a bowl at Blue Star diner (we recommend the pumpkin and toasted walnut) or at Yellow Door Bistro for their steel cut oats with a homemade coconut cream and sliced peaches. Diner Deluxe also has a delicious oatmeal with a caramelized banana topping.

October 14: National Egg Day
Get crackin’ on October 14 and visit OEB Company for their amazing menu selection featuring dozens of options for eggs benedict, classic egg dishes, and omelettes.  At Bro’Kin Yolk all four of their eggs benny specialties are served on a homemade waffle.

October 18: National Cupcake Day
We know you don’t need a reason to indulge in a chocolate cupcake, but celebrate this day at Crave or Sweet Relief Pastries where delicious cupcakes (of all flavours!) are baked fresh daily. Sweet Relief Pastries even has a cupcake “happy hour” from 5 pm – 6 pm on weekdays where all cupcakes are only $2 each.

October 21: National Champagne Day
Order up a bottle of bubbly and toast this amazing day. Or, really indulge with a champagne dinner at Chef’s Table restaurant — you’ll be served a five course meal and six drink pairings from noted champagne brand Tattinger.

A Taste of the Tropics: Tropical Cocktails in Calgary

From tiki to tropical we’ve rounded up some fun tropical cocktails that will transform any day into a beach day. Whether you grab a coveted patio spot or not, you’ll be saying “aloha” to paradise.

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Magical Harry Potter Events in Calgary

Potted Potter. Photo by Brian Friedman

Potted Potter. Photo by Brian Friedman

Harry Potter Magical Midnight
When:
Sunday, July 31 at 12:01 am
What:
Re-live the rush of lining up to buy the latest Harry Potter book right at midnight with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth book in the series. Most Chapters and Indigo locations in Calgary will be open late so you can be the first to buy the book, or pick up your pre-ordered copy and a free tote. Chapters Chinook is kicking things off at 10 pm with Butterbeer lattes from Starbucks and activities (including house sorting). Chapters Shawnessy is hosting a costume contest (so dress up like your favourite wizard, witch, elf, or giant) and playing Harry Potter trivia. If your little ones can’t stay up until midnight, visit Chapters or Indigo during the day on July 31 for fun Harry Potter activities and stories.
Tickets: Attending the event is free, but the cost per book is $23.99.

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PokéStops at Calgary Attractions in Pokémon Go

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Trainers playing Pokemon Go at the entrance to Prince’s Island Park in Calgary. Photo by Dale Calkins.

If you haven’t heard by now, Pokémon GO is the augmented reality app game that’s extremely popular all around the world — including here in Calgary. Going on a quest to catch Pokémon has become a great way to explore the city and see some of its top neighbourhoods and attractions. Here are some places in Calgary that are popular for locals and Pokémon alike:

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Must-See Music Festivals in Calgary

Summer and music festival season are heating up, and you don’t have to go far to experience some great music! No matter what vibe you’re looking for, any of these large-scale local music fests will have you dancing and singing all day long.

Chasing Summer Festival in Calgary. Photo by Mike Hopkins, courtesy LiveNation

Chasing Summer Festival in Calgary. Photo by Mike Hopkins, courtesy LiveNation

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Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre, Opens in Calgary

 

It’s time to play the music at Studio Bell and, believe us, it’ll be music to your ears.
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100+ Things to Do in Calgary This Summer 2016

You won’t be bored for a second this summer with all the events and activities happening in Calgary in July and August — there’s practically something to fill your calendar with every day. The best part is that many events are free or affordable. Cheers to a fun summer!

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