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Summer Feast brings fine dining deals to Calgary

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

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Taking cues from owner Michael Noble’s first culinary venture, NotaBLE, The Nash & Off Cut Bar are set to serve up a taste of classic Calgary on their Summer Feast menu, while also throwing “a dash of urban grit into the mix.” (Photo courtesy of The Nash & Off Cut Bar)

It’s hard to believe that August is already here — and with it, the end of summer is fast approaching. Although we try our best to get out and check off those boxes on our summer to-do lists while the weather is still warm, in a city as on-the-go as Calgary, some events are sure to slip through our fingers. That’s what makes our city’s newest dining extravaganza such a tempting opportunity for Calgarians to take advantage of.

Summer Feast, a 10-day soirée running from August 11 to 20, is bringing together 13 of Calgary’s restaurants and challenging them to create unique fixed price menus that combine the best each kitchen has to offer with all those glorious flavours of the summer season.

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One of the few restaurants on the Summer Feast menu to offer only a dinner prix fixe menu, the evening atmosphere at Whitehall is as irresistible as the food. (Photo courtesy of Whitehall)

Each participating restaurant is offering both a lunch and a dinner menu, priced between a total of $15-$35 per guest for a three-course meal that includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Multiple options for each course are available, making these menus just as diverse as they are delicious. What’s more, a wide variety of dining experiences are possible given the selection of restaurants to choose from: Anju, Bridgette Bar, Foreign Concept, The Guild, Klein Harris, Market, Model Milk, The Nash & Off Cut Bar, Pigeonhole, Rouge, Shokunin and Whitehall. From rustic taphouses to delectable diners, and even a couple of international options, this list encompasses a true portrait of Calgary’s eclectic urban dining scene.

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Shokunin offers the cheapest menu option of the Summer Feast bunch, serving up a bowl of YYC Ramen (not pictured) to guests for just $15. (Photo courtesy of Shokunin)

So don’t let touring the some of the best of local fine dining be the one thing you miss out on this summer. Many of Calgary’s brightest culinary stars have set their patio tables, and the weather is still warm — now all that’s missing is some good company.

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Where did the Summer go? August to-do List

By HANNA DEEVES

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As always, summer comes and goes in a flash. So we compiled a list of the must-do summer activities for you to check off this August before summer is gone again for another year. Calgary is so beautiful and we have so little time to enjoy it while it’s not covered in snow. So what are you waiting for?

DOWNLOAD THE SUMMER LIST HERE
Save it on a mobile device, or print a copy.

Go for a Hike

Check out the many beautiful hiking paths in and around the city.

Find a festival

August is festival season, and there are so many options.

Crack a beer

It is patio season after all.

Sit and Eat

Grab a blanket, a basket, and some friends for a picnic.

Roast Marshmallows

Pitch a tent and start a fire, we have perfect camping weather.

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Go for a ride

Take advantage of this city’s beautiful bike paths.

Enjoy Canada

All national parks are free this year for Canada 150.

Go for a float

Take a raft on the Bow River.

Local Shopping

There are many markets that feature food and independent artists.

Set Sail

Go boating on Chestermere Lake or Ghost Lake.

Scream for ice cream

Check out one of Calgary’s great ice cream shops.

Throw it on the grill

Bring the party to your back yard, and have a barbecue.

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15 Wild Eats in Calgary

By SEEMA DHAWAN

The Calgary Stampede is behind us, yet some of us are filled with regret over foods we didn’t get a chance to try. Be it because they sold out, or because we couldn’t find them in the first place. To solve this problem and serve foodies everywhere, we’ve compiled the ultimate Calgary Stampede Foods list of where to find Stampede foods off the grounds. Every time you check off a place from this list, tag your photos with #WhereWildEats

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Save it on a mobile device, or print a copy.

 

Rolled Ice-cream and Raindrop Cake

Find rolled ice-cream and the alluring raindrop cake (which has to be eaten within 30 minutes of being served) at Sweet Tooth Ice Cream. The raindrop cake will be available from August.

• 206 – Center St SE, 587-832-0128

Raindrop cake. (Photo: Courtesy Sweet Tooth Ice Cream)

Raindrop cake. (Photo: Courtesy Sweet Tooth Ice Cream)

Lobster Poutine
Is the seafood lover in you looking for lobster poutine? Order Newf’s Poutine at Briggs Kitchen + Bar to dive into Canadian goodness, any time of the year.

• 100, 317 – 10 Ave SW,  587-350-5015

Unicorn White Hot Chocolate
This fun drink will return to The Family Squeezed’s CrossIron Mills mall location in the fall.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256, 

Candy Apples
Candy apples are a classic fair treat, and you can find them year round at Rocky Mountain Chocolate.

• Two locations: Calgary Airport, CrossIron Mills

Unicorn Cookie Dough (Photo: Courtesy Family Squeezed)

Unicorn Cookie Dough (Photo: Courtesy Family Squeezed)

Cookie Dough Nest and Deep Fried Cookie Dough
For cookie dough that’s wrapped in cotton candy or deep fried, head to Family Squeezed, in CrossIron Mills mall, or track down the Cookie Dough YYC truck.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256

Bear Balls
Find these gourmet doughnut holes in sweet variations at Family Squeezed In CrossIron Mills or at their Bear Balls truck.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256

Aqua Fresca
The fresh pineapple coconut drink from Aqua Fresca won the best beverage award at the Calgary Stampede. It is available at Family Squeezed at CrossIron Mills, or the Family Squeezed truck.

• 261055 Crossiron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256, 

Mini Donut Ice Pops
Two of the best summer foods rolled into one. Family Freezed makes creative gourmet ice pops all year round. Find them at Family Squeezed at CrossIron Mills, or track down the truck.

• 261055 CrossIron Blvd, Rocky View No. 44, 403-681-9256

Clam Chowder Poutine and Mr Crab
These fishy treats are avaliable at special events. Keep track of YYCFoodTrucks to find Happy Fish Catering

(Photo: Courtesy Reel Mac and Cheese)

(Pineapple Express Mac n Cheese Photo: Courtesy Reel Mac and Cheese)

Gourmet Mac and Cheese
Reel Mac and Cheese is a gourmet food truck that names all its menu items off of movies. Add a road trip to your foodie desires and head to Westerner Days Fair (July 19-23) in Red Deer or follow the truck’s whereabouts in Vancouver.

Mini Donuts
Track down the Calgary Mini Donuts food truck to get your fix of doughy goodness.

The Texas Waffle
The Texas Waffle by Waffles & Chix has jalapeño and cheese added to the waffle batter, for a cheesy kick, and is topped with fried chicken and maple syrup. Find this at Crossroads Market.

• 1235, 26 Ave SE, 403-617-7147

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An Insider’s Take on The “Four Letter Word” Festival

By RACHAEL FREY

(Photo: courtesy Kerry Clarke)

(Photo: courtesy Kerry Clarke)

One of the city’s biggest and most anticipated events, Calgary Folk Music Festival, is a four-day, family-friendly, cultural and musical jamboree that has been going strong for 38 years. More than 53,000 music lovers (not to mention a small staff and an army of community volunteers) take over Prince’s Island Park to revel in genre-bending music and ground-breaking collaborations.

As the festival’s artistic director, Kerry Clarke is responsible for scouring the globe to find the most exciting, buzz-worthy musicians and bring them to Calgary for one weekend in July. She says the best thing about her job is “being surrounded by awesome colleagues in the office and around the world who are on the cutting edge of culture and creativity.”

Over the course of more than 20 years working with the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Clarke has helped to define what constitutes “folk music”—something that can be difficult, if not impossible, to nail down.

kerryclarkequote“Definitions of musical styles are always evolving as are people’s perceptions of what terms mean,” Clarke says. “Folk to me is from two branches—either based on the traditions of different cultures and the evolution of (those traditions), or original singer-songwriters. But the delivery of those can be through orchestral pop, hip-hop, world music, blues, country—it’s a big umbrella with creativity and originality at the core.”

“It also signifies a programming and event format with a wide variety of artists, including icons and upstarts, with a lot of opportunity for discovery,” Clarke says. One of the ways Calgary Folk Music Festival fosters discovery and innovation is through “workshops,” a unique show format that brings diverse artists together on stage to jam and collaborate live, creating spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime performances.
Clarke says she’s excited to see so many of the performances this year, among them innovative hip-hop group BADBADNOTGOOD, singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton, English soul musician Michael Kiwanuka, and Mbongwana Star, a seven-piece Congolese band.

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Canada 150 Events in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL

(Photo: Courtesy Banff National Park)

(Photo: Courtesy Banff National Park)

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday year with one of these events in Southern Alberta’s host city.

Transalta Grandstand Show
July 7 – 16
This year the evening grandstand show at the Calgary Stampede has a Canada 150 theme. Called “Together,” the show celebrates Canada’s multiculturalism through diverse music, dance, and visual imagery. It will be hosted by Calgary’s own singer-songwriter Jann Arden, who will perform alongside other talents with a mix of popular Canadian music and a new score by producer Dave Pierce, who won an Emmy award scoring the music for the 2010 Winter Olympic Ceremonies in Vancouver.

DISCOVER CANADA WITH PASSPORT 2017

For a guide to everything great going on in 2017, check out the free Passport 2017 events app and website. The app is updated daily with events in your area, including music festivals, film screenings, sports, official Canada 150 celebrations, and more. Read articles on all things Canadian from hockey trivia tidbits to how to make the best poutine. Visit passport2017.ca and download the free app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Parks Day and Creekfest
July 15
Come down to Bow Valley Ranche at Fish Creek Provincial Park for a celebration of Canada’s 150th and Alberta’s natural areas. Learn about the importance of protecting local watersheds through interactive games and activities, educational guided walks, a fly-fishing demo, and more. Enjoy live performances, draws, and refreshments.

Calgary Folk Fest Concert
July 26
Calgary Folk Music Festival is hosting a free concert to commemorate Canada’s 150th. Canada Far and Wide: Grands Esprits showcases traditional songs from Canada’s history along with songs from trailblazing Canadian musicians like Joni Mitchell, Hank Snow, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leonard Cohen. Performers at the concert include Jason Collett, Basia Bulat, Cris Derksen, Turkwaz, DJ Shub, Mélisande (électrotrad), Birds of Chicago, and Barney Bentall. Toronto-based musical group Choir! Choir! Choir! will lead the grand finale of the show with an audience sing-a-long.

Globalfest
August 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26
For Canada’s birthday, GlobalFest is switching from international displays to a Canada-only focus. Five teams—Western Canada, the prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada—are putting on an elaborate fireworks show choreographed to regional music, with food and activities related to each region. The last day of the festival is a finale with live accompaniment.

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August 23 – 24
Named one of Canada’s 150th ambassadors, k.d. lang is celebrating another big milestone this year. 2017 is the 25th anniversary of her platinum album Ingénue, and she’ll perform songs from the album on her solo tour. The singer-songwriter will also play hits from her 2004 album Hymns of the 49th Parallel, which features covers of songs by other Canadian musicians including Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Ron Sexsmith.

150 Celebration on the Hill
September 2
Come out and celebrate Canada’s multicultural communities with the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association. There will be a citizenship ceremony, flag-raising ceremony, art exhibition, sports showcase, entertainment stage, outdoor family area, plenty of food, and a LEGO competition for kids with a theme of what you love about Canada.

Honens Festival
September 7 – 10
The Honens Festival showcases some of Canada’s brightest classical music stars. The festival has several free events, including the popular open-air concert at Central Memorial Park that lets you enjoy chamber music under the sun, and concerts that set popular children’s stories to music.

Studio Bell
Through Fall 2017
Don’t miss Milestones: Sarah McLachlan, a temporary exhibition at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, which honours Sarah McLachlan’s 2017 induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. See a display of McLachlan’s instruments, awards, and a stage costume from Lilith Fair.

National Parks and Historic Sites
Through December 31, 2017
All National Parks and Historic Sites in Canada are offering free admission in 2017. This includes 19 places in Alberta such as Banff National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, and Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.

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GET TICKETS: 8 Music Festivals

By ELIZABETH CHORNEY-BOOTH

Calgary Folk Music Festival (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)

Calgary Folk Music Festival (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)

Calgary has a limited number of days when concert promoters can safely plan an outdoor music festival, so when the weather is hot and the sun is shining, the city turns into a hub for both big and small scale music festivals. Whether fans are looking to get their fix of country, hip-hop, or opera, music festivals abound all summer long.

Calgary Folk Music Festival
July 27 – 30
For those who like their music on the folkier side, the Calgary Folk Music Festival returns to Prince’s Island Park from July 27 to 30. As always, the programming skews towards an “a little bit of everything” philosophy, with artists like Blue Rodeo, City and Colour, Barenaked Ladies, and Basia Bulat appearing on the main stage and dozens of other bands playing the many side stages scattered throughout the island. “The Festival’s bucolic setting, programming diversity and community-based, egalitarian atmosphere and philosophy mean that all ages, cultures, backgrounds, and tastes happily co-exist,” says artistic director Kerry Clarke. “The site is like a small town of 13,000 a day that also includes creative artisans and the opportunity to chill in the family zone.”

Terminus Festival (courtesy Soloman Media)

Terminus Festival (courtesy Soloman Media)

Terminus Festival
July 28 – 30
Not all music fans are looking for summer sunshine—those who prefer to keep things a bit darker can head to Dickens Pub from July 28 to 30 for the Terminus Festival, a festival that specializes in dark electronic, synth, and industrial music. It’s a niche genre, but Terminus manages to attract bands (and fans) from all over the world, including acts like The Birthday Massacre, 3Teeth, and The Gothsicles.

Calgary International Blues Festival (Photo: Michael Weintrob, courtesy Joe Louis Walker)

Calgary International Blues Festival (Photo: Michael Weintrob, courtesy Joe Louis Walker)

Calgary International Blues Festival
July 31 – August 6
Getting back to the outdoor fests, the Calgary International Blues Festival takes place from July 31 to August 6, with main stage concerts at Shaw Millennium Park and “twilight dance parties” at the Kirby Centre over the weekend, and other special events happening throughout the week. This year’s line-up features a long list of respected blues players, like Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield, living legends Bob Hall and Lil’ Jimmy Reed, and a performance by locals Amos Garrett and his band the Eh! Team who will be joined by Canned Heat front man Dale Spalding.

One Love Music Festival (Image: courtesy LiveNation)

One Love Music Festival (Image: courtesy LiveNation)

One Love Music Festival
August 4
Live Nation is bringing two festivals to the city this summer that take place over the same weekend at the same venue so that fans of both hip-hop and EDM can catch everything in one go. One Love is a one-day hip-hop festival being held on August 4. With artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Migos, and Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, One Love is the biggest hip-hop event in the province and is expected to attract more than 23,000 fans.

Chasing Summer Music Festival (Photo: courtesy LiveNation)

Chasing Summer Festival (Photo: courtesy LiveNation)

Chasing Summer Festival
August 5 – 6
Immediately following One Love, music fans can stick around for Chasing Summer, Western Canada’s biggest EDM festival, stretching over August 5 and 6 and featuring electronic superstars Tiesto and Zedd as its key headliners. “Now in its fifth year, Chasing Summer 2017, Western Canada’s largest EDM festival, features a lineup of world class performers across three stages,” says Live Nation’s Sandra Merz. “This year’s event is expected to host over 34,000 electronic music fans from across the region for what promises to be one of the festival’s best years yet.”

Opera in the Village (Photo: courtesy Calgary Opera)

Opera in the Village (Photo: courtesy Calgary Opera)

Opera in the Village
August 10 – 13, 17 – 20
For something entirely different, Calgary Opera’s annual presentation of Opera in the Village returns this year over the weekends of August 10 to 13 and August 17 and 20 at Enmax Park. This year’s centerpiece show is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, a Tony Award-winning musical that explores racial prejudice on a Pacific island during World War II. The festival is rounded out with family matinee performances of Cinderella, a one-act show that is an excellent introduction to opera for first-timers, and free musical performances throughout the day.

 

Country Thunder (Photo: courtesy Country Thunder)

Country Thunder (Photo: courtesy Country Thunder)

Country Thunder
August 18 – 20
One of the newest—and biggest—festivals to hit the Calgary music scene is Country Thunder, a three-day country music extravaganza taking place August 18 to 20. The festival, which also has outposts in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Saskatchewan, debuted in Calgary last year to a sold-out audience. For 2017 the festival has made some improvements to its venue at Prairie Winds Park in Calgary’s north east, including a better flow for those looking to get food and beverage and more advantageous sightlines. The line-up is the real draw here, with 20,000 fans getting to see some of the genre’s biggest names like Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and Thomas Rhett. “It’s a special festival because it’s a city festival as opposed to the camping festivals we do in other locations,” says Country Thunder’s Gerry Krochak. “You get to go and have fun all day in a festival environment but you’re not sleeping in a tent at night. It’s our boutique Thunder—our smallest and most intimate one, with audiences at the 20,000 mark.”

Reggaefest (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

Reggaefest (Photo: courtesy Travel Alberta)

Reggaefest
August 18 – 19
Finally, for one last hurrah, there are few experiences that scream “summer” louder than Reggaefest, taking place on August 18 and 19 at Shaw Millennium Park (there are also pre-events on August 17). “Rastagarians” unite to celebrate Caribbean culture, eat island-inspired cuisine, and, of course, groove out to some reggae music. As always, the line-up includes an international slate of performers including Etana from Jamaica, Mexico’s Antidoping, and local acts like Aktivate and Powerhouze.

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Calgary Restaurants: Hot Dining for Summer 2017

(Photo: courtesy Cotto)

(Photo: Courtesy Cotto)

By GWENDOLYN RICHARDS

NEW: Cotto Italian Comfort Food

At Cotto, chef and co-owner Giussepe Di Gennaro returns to his passion for simple, timeless Italian dishes. The menu is peppered with traditional favourites, such as a spaghetti carbonara, a pappardelle ragu, bruschetta, panini, and Gennaro’s trademark arancini.

(Photo: courtesy Raw Bar)

(Photo: Courtesy Raw Bar)

HOT DISH:
Heritage Beef Carpaccio at Raw Bar
Traditional beef carpaccio takes paper-thin slices of tender meat, tops it with some peppery arugula, nutty Parmesan and lemon or a dressing thickened with egg yolk and spiked with vinegar. But at Raw Bar in Hotel Arts, this dish gets a modern Asian makeover, keeping only the base of beef the same. Arugula is swapped out in favour of Thai basil and heat from chilies, while the dressing is replaced with a citrusy nuoc cham; spicy peanuts offer a bit of crunch. The bright and bold flavours are the perfect counterpoint to the rich beef. In the summer months, enjoy it in the sunshine out on the patio next to the Hotel Arts pool, slipping into the water to cool off between bites.
• 119 – 12 Ave SW, www.rawbaryyc.ca

The menu is well curated and peppered with traditional favourites, such as a spaghetti carbonara, a pappardelle ragu, bruschetta, panini and Gennaro’s trademark arancini. Even within the realm of classics, the dishes show signature creativity. The carbonara comes topped with a meaty portion of pork belly, while the caprese features soft, roasted red peppers instead of the standard tomato, beneath a silky ball of mozzarella and crispy slices of salami for crunch. The Milanese pork chop is well seasoned, breaded and fried to golden and matches perfectly with the healthy-sized side salad studded with pickled cipolline onions and roasted cherry tomatoes.

The space has a rustic feel with barn wood walls brightened with white paint, white marble-topped and dark wood tables and a bar running along one wall. Between the welcoming space, the warm, attentive service and tempting menu, it’s easy to settle in for a comforting meal.
• 314 – 10 St NW, www.cottoyyc.com

(Photo: courtesy Las Canarias)

(Photo: Courtesy Las Canarias)

TRIED AND TRUE: Las Canarias
A small slice of the Canary Islands is now nestled onto 17th Avenue SW as Las Canarias has made the move from the northwest corner of the city, bringing its Spanish ingredients—like the iberico and serrano hams, cheese and chorizo—and true tapas menu to the inner city. Nibble on papas bravas, marinated olives or an assortment of montaditos—slices of bread topped with smoked oysters, chorizo, white anchovies or omelet – while awaiting a sizzling hot pan of paella made from Valencia rice and speckled with various combinations of seafood, chicken, beef and chorizo. (Dig down to scrape up the deliciously crispy edges and bottom of the dish.)

Enjoy it all with some sangria or any of their selection of Spanish wines and pretend for a moment you’ve escaped to the Mediterranean.
• 1129 – 17 Ave SW, www.lascanarias.ca

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Your Guide to Summer Festivals

By JAMES YOUNG

(Photo: Courtesy Marda Loop BRZ)

Marda Gras Street Festival (Photo: Courtesy Marda Loop BRZ)

Take advantage of the nice weather and long days this summer to explore what Calgary’s festivals have to offer.

Pet-A-Palooza
July 29 – 30
Celebrate man’s best friend at Eau Claire this summer and spend quality time out in the sun with your doggo. Don’t miss the running of the bulls (bulldogs that is), wiener dog races, and the puppy stampede. Stop at one of the cooling stations along the way to make sure everyone is kept hydrated and comfortable throughout the day. Collect swag from over 80 different vendors as Pet-A-Palooza runs from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is free and family friendly.

Calgary Fringe Festival
August 4 – 12
Enjoy creative, unjuried, and uncensored plays at this theater festival. There is a play for everyone—160 are presented throughout the nine-day event.

Inglewood SunFest
August 5
Discover the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood with the whole family at this full day festival. Visit more than 200 shops that the neighbourhood has to offer, watch street performers, find a sunny patio to hang out at, or get some shopping in.

(Photo: Courtesy Dragon boat society.)

Calgary Dragon Boat Race (Photo: courtesy Dragon Boat Society)

Heritage Day Festival
August 7
This free family event is celebrating its 40th year anniversary. Enjoy multicultural performances, ethnic foods, and one-of-a-kind handcrafts all in the heart of the downtown.

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival
August 12 – 13
Join the 4,000 spectators who take in this event each year and watch over 1,800 racers as they compete in this sport of culture, camaraderie, and inspiration.

(Photo: Leda Davies)

Calgary Fringe Festival (Photo: Leda Davies)

Marda Gras Street Festival
August 13
Party like you are in Louisiana at this quintessential Calgary festival. Indulge in good food, dancing, street performances and so much more all on the streets of Marda Loop.

Expo Latino
August 18 – 20
Feel the heat this summer at western Canada’s largest Latin festival. Prince’s Island Park will be sizzling with world class performances, exotic food, and music that will get your feet and hips moving. Performers include Cuban salsa group Brisas Del Palmar, Capoeira dancers Ache Brasil, and Calgary’s Estrelas Do Samba, as well as Latin music star Olga Tañón, Woman of Fire. You’ll also find an art market, dance workshop, children’s area, and a beer garden.

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30+ Things to Do This July

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Yahoo—it’s Stampede time! That’s not all that’s happening in Calgary, though. From star-gazing to show-jumping, here’s more than 30 events and activities to keep you busy all July.
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Artist Spotlight: Brandon Flock

By BRIAN FRENCH 

(Photo: Courtesy the Flock family.)

(Photo: Courtesy the Flock family)

Brandon Flock loved living and he was very good at it. He trekked to the Mount Everest Base Camp and summited Kilimanjaro. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona, scuba-dove in the Red Sea, and raced camels around the pyramids of Egypt. He lived life fully.

Flock was a writer, actor, artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He studied in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. He co-founded (with his childhood friend Max Van Dijk) ZClay Fresh, an integrated marketing design and production company. He helped build a school in Uganda. At the age of 15 he shaved his head for The Canadian Cancer Society, raising a record amount of funds in Canada.

Not long after his sudden passing in 2012, his grieving parents Brad and Dena found the unfinished script Brandon had been working on called Buck Off. Almost five years later, award-winning author Tyler Trafford (Almost a Great Escape) brings Brandon’s script back to life.

TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is the semi-biographical coming of age story of Nathan Munro who, in his final year of high school, enrolls in a film studies course and discovers a world of ranching, rodeos, and bull riding. Trafford expertly weaves the Brandon Flock script into the story of Nathan Munro, his family, and friends to create a wonderfully entertaining and spell-binding read. Set against a tapestry of Calgary’s most affluent neighborhood, the ranchlands of Longview, and the Rodeo grounds of the Calgary Stampede, TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is the must-read of the summer.

Sales of the book will benefit the Brandon Flock Foundation which provides scholarships and mentoring support to students in the arts.

TwoBlackEyes and The Unfinished Script is available at Owls Nest Books, Lammle’s and their 2017 Calgary Stampede booth in the Western Showcase.

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Guess Who’s Here?

By RACHAEL FREY

(Photo: Calgary Zoo)

(Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

From the island of Madagascar off the east coast of the African continent to the island of St. George in the Bow River, spritely lemurs are taking up residence in the Calgary Zoo’s brand new Land of Lemurs exhibit on July 5. The enclosure takes advantage of the wooded area at the eastern tip of the island, near the Destination Africa exhibits, so the lemurs can climb and play to their hearts’ content in the trees. Guests can enter the lemurs’ world in a barrier-free setting, and it is the only walk-through habitat of its kind in Canada. It is home to 13 lemurs of three species: ring-tailed, red-fronted, and black-and-white ruffed.

Lemur habitat in Madagascar. (Photo: Calgary Zoo)

Lemur habitat in Madagascar. (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

The habitat aims to educate visitors about the plight of the lemur—of the 103 lemur species and subspecies on the planet more than 90 percent are at risk of extinction, which is why the Calgary Zoo is expanding its conservation focus to Madagascar in an effort to help one of the world’s most endangered primates. Visit their habitat at the zoo to learn what you can do to help protect these unique (and very cool!) creatures.

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Eat Canadian in Calgary, Eh?

By SEEMA DHAWAN

Jacob's Ladder Bison from The Guild. (Photo: Cindy La, courtesy The Guild)

Jacob’s ladder bison from The Guild (Photo: Cindy La, courtesy The Guild)

There are two ways to define Canadian cuisine. The first is to build off of ingredients found locally like Saskatoon berries, fresh salmon, and Alberta beef. The second is to bite into foods from world cuisines that have grown their way into the culinary scene and built Canada’s identity.

“To me Canadian cuisine is sort of a celebration of all of the wonderful people that grow food and using the influences of all the different nationalities that have come to Canada,” says Paul Rogalski, long-time Calgary chef and owner of Rouge.

Maple bacon doughnut from Jelly Modern Doughnuts (Photo: courtesy Jelly Modern Doughnuts)

Maple bacon doughnut from Jelly Modern Doughnuts (Photo: courtesy Jelly Modern Doughnuts)

Great cuisine always demonstrates a sense of place, says Scott Pohorelic, instructor at SAIT and former River Café chef, and we couldn’t agree more. “For me Canadian cuisine is cooking with things that grow here,” he says.

Canada 150 is an opportunity, and excuse, to celebrate Canadian cuisine. Dine at one (or all) of these restaurants in Calgary that serve up Canadian greats.

The Guild
Tradition is at the core of the menu and aura of this stately restaurant. The beautiful interiors and fine dinnerware are complemented by a menu that hosts stars of Canadian cuisine: Wild B.C. salmon, west coast octopus, slow-roasted bison, and a locally-sourced golden beet salad topped with crumbled feta, basil pesto, pine nuts, and wholesome Canadian goodness.
200 – 8 Ave SW, 403-770-2313

Cha ca la Vong from Foreign Concept (Photo: courtesy Foreign Concept)

Cha ca la Vong from Foreign Concept (Photo: courtesy Foreign Concept)

Foreign Concept
Foreign Concept is an alternative Asian restaurant that merges pan-Asian dining with Alberta ingredients. The award-winning chefs have created a local yet unfamiliar menu with dishes such as lemongrass pork belly rillettes and cha ca la Vong, a classic Vietnamese grilled fish dish made with Alberta trout.
1011 – 1 St SW, 403-719-7288

Deane House
A new addition to Calgary’s culinary scene, Deane House explores regional Canadian cuisine with dishes like the Haida Gwaii halibut cakes and coffee-glazed Alberta lamb ribs. The restaurant also has a tasting menu inspired by seasonal, Canadian ingredients.
806 – 9 Ave SE, 403-264-0595

Saskatoon berry pie from The Beltliner (Photo courtesy The Beltliner)

Saskatoon berry pie from The Beltliner (Photo courtesy The Beltliner)

The Beltliner
A road map of Canadian culinary delights would be incomplete without the mention of saskatoon berries and delicious flaky pies stuffed with them. Head to The Beltliner for a scrumptious saskatoon berry pie served with local Fiasco vanilla bean gelato. Other Canadian offerings include the wild salmon eggs Benedict and the perogy poutine.
243 – 12 Ave SW, 587-955-1555

Silver Inn
It was the chef at Silver Inn in Calgary who first thought to coat beef strips in batter and created the now famous dish ginger beef. Head to where it all began and take a bite out of the city’s history and crispy, succulent beef.
2702 Centre St N, 403-276-6711

Greenhouse at Rouge (Photo courtesy Calgary Food Tours)

Greenhouse at Rouge (Photo courtesy Calgary Food Tours)

Rouge
Rouge is applause to local Canadian food. The restaurant has created a Canada 150 menu that features a new province every month. July features Alberta, and British Columbia is showcased in August. The inspiration of the season and the garden in the restaurant’s backyard will determine the special menu.
1240 – 8 Ave SE, 403-531-2767

Jelly & Bliss
One of the first bakeries to make gluten-free food is only three hours north of Calgary, in the province’s capital Edmonton. In Calgary, Bliss & Co. makes some of the best cupcakes in cowtown, with gluten free and vegan options. If doughnuts are more your jam, head to Jelly Modern Doughnuts for gluten-sensitive options that include maple bacon, chocolate, Madagascar vanilla, and coconut to celebrate Alberta’s culinary feats.
Bliss & Co: 728 Northmount Dr NW, 403-281-8821; Jelly Modern Doughnuts: 1414 – 8 St SW, 403-453-2053

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