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Oh Canada! Canada Day 2016 Activities in Calgary

Our country’s 149th birthday calls for a celebration! We’ve rounded up some great activities to do around the city on July 1st.

Photo courtesy of Heritage Park

Photo courtesy of Heritage Park

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Whisky in Calgary

Selection of spirits at Vine Arts. Courtesy Vine Arts.

Selection of spirits at Vine Arts. Courtesy Vine Arts.

Whether whisky is your drink of choice or you’ve been curious to try it, deciding on a whisky to drink with thousands of varieties and price points available can be intimidating. Where Calgary chatted with Gabriel Cardarella — a trained whisky expert and the global brand ambassador for Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky — to get his advice on drinking and buying whisky.

What is the difference between a whiskey blend and a single malt?
“Single malts are rarely sold on their own, they’re usually used in blends,” Cardarella explains. “Single malts have a really unique character because they’re made just with yeast, water and barley. It’s what makes something like the Last Great Malts collection really special, it’s the first time that many people can taste whiskies straight from some of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.”

One of the whiskies in the collection, the Aberfeldy single malt Scotch whisky, is made with water that has gold deposits in it. “It bridges the gap between sweet, delicate whiskies and aged whiskies,” says Gabe. “If someone said they had never tried whisky before, I’d give them this one: it’s approachable and honeyed.”

What do the different age expressions of a whisky — 12 year, 15 year, 18 year, etc — mean?
“Younger whiskies tend to be vibrant, nice, light and sweet. With older whiskies you can’t avoid a smoky or woody flavour, they tend to linger longer on the palate,” Cardarella says. “70% of a whiskey’s character comes from the barrel. Age of a Scotch does not necessarily indicate the quality of the Scotch, but the material of barrel it’s stored in — and the type of the liquor that was stored in the barrel previously — has a lot of impact on the flavour.

How does someone who has never tried whisky or think they don’t like whisky approach it?
Inexperienced Scotch drinkers needn’t be intimidated by ordering Scotch in a restaurant. “There are no rules to follow,” says Gabe. “You might see someone ordering their Scotch ‘neat’ — no ice or water — and think that’s how you have to drink it ‘properly,’ but it’s not. That how they drink it, not how you have to drink it. Water is to whisky what air is to wine: you can add water to your Scotch! Water brings forward characteristics and flavor and gets rid of heavy alcohol flavours. Scotch can be personalized: add water, mix it with coconut water, or green tea — anything that gives it a flavor that you like. Don’t be afraid to try it your own way. There’s great whiskey everywhere, find one that you like and drink it in a way that works for you. You’re paying for the Scotch, drink it how you want.”

The Last Great Malts series includes a bottle of $15,000 Scotch, the Royal Brackla 35. What goes into pricing a bottle like that? “Every year a whiskey is casked, it loses 2-4% of it’s volume to evaporation,”Cardarella says. “That means that the greater the age of the whiskey, the less bottles of it can be produced.”

Places to Drink Whisky in Calgary
Brasserie Kensington is one of only 22 bars in the world that can serve the exclusive whiskies of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society to non-members. These whiskies have complex flavour profiles that will help whisky drinkers of any level of experience find one that suits their tastes. Plus, the cozy dining room is the perfect setting to sip on whisky.

Buchanan’s is an old-school, distinguished spot for whisky with a cozy bar stocked with over 200 whiskies including Japanese whiskies and single malts.

One18 Empire serves whisky-focused cocktails and dozens of whiskies including single malt varieties and exclusive selections from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. They explicitly offer their whiskies neat, with water, or on the rocks, so choose the style that you most prefer. The sleek restaurant and lounge is laid-back yet has an upscale Mad Men feel to it.

Places to Buy Whisky in Calgary
Kensington Wine Market Thanks to owner Andrew Ferguson’s status as a Keeper of the Quaich, this is one of the best places in the world for whisky due to its access to exclusive and rare Scotches — including the Royal Brackla from the Last Great Malts Collection. It is also a retailer of Scotch Malt Whisky Society memberships.

Vine Arts This boutique wine and spirits store has a well-curated whisky collection including the Aberfeldy from the Last Great Malts collections.


Where to Enjoy Tea In and Around Calgary

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

Tea on the Verandah at Heritage Park

Tea on the Verandah at Heritage Park

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Where to Eat Alberta Beef in Calgary

Vintage Chophouse. Image courtesy of Vintage.

Vintage Chophouse, Courtesy Vintage Group

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

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

Image courtesy Tourism Calgary.

Image courtesy Tourism Calgary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These Shoes Were Made for Travelling

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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