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Jaya Krishnan On Display

Jaya Krishnan’s latest exhibit is on display at The Michael Gennis Gallery.

The Michael Gennis Gallery showcases the works of Ottawa’s Jaya Krishnan, a painter with a unique artistic style that has garnered international recognition, in “The Essence of Visual Serenity: Here and There.”

Krishnan captures moments in time with the use of visually stunning colours and other elements such as light and shape. Now though December 9th, experience Krishnan’s latest exhibit that features the themes “Here” — referring to more familiar settings in Canada and Europe — and “There” — featuring works inspired by Krishnan’s journeys to South-east Asia.

Michael Gennis Gallery, 416 Richmond Rd. www.mgennisgallery.com.

Hot Dining: Steak Your Claim at Hy’s

Located in downtown Ottawa, Hy’s in an authority on  steak.

Filet mignon, New York strip, porterhouse — steak rules the menu at Hy’s, where prime cuts of Canadian beef have been served to a devoted clientele for decades. So many years in the business means that Hy’s truly is an authority on steak, and guests can order up their favourite cut cooked just how they like it. While beef is obviously the star of the show, the seafood is a delectable alternative. A dark, luxurious dining room, fantastic cocktails, and impeccable service add up to make Hy’s a great choice for an elegant night out.

170 Queen St., 613-234-4545, www.hyssteakhouse.com.

Weekend Round Up: September 23-25

Not sure what to do this weekend? Check out these highlighted events – you can find our full event listings at Where Calgary.

Friday September 23

The Calgary International Film Festival kicks off this weekend with eleven different films screening on Friday alone including a 9:30pm showing of “The Future,” in which Miranda July (Me And You And Everyone We Know) writes, directs, and stars.

If you hear the chorus of “You’ll Think Of Me” playing in the southeast, you aren’t hearing things. Keith Urban plays the Saddledome Friday night for his Calgary stop on his 2011 world tour in support of his seventh studio album Get Closer.

Saturday September 24

The Bowness Community Centre plays host to Baconfest Canada this Saturday from 10am to 5pm. This delicious fundraiser is to support the new Inviti Jazz and Food Festival launching August 2012. Meet the Ambassador of Bacon, put together a team for the bacon games, enjoy a bacon poetry slam, and watch the Harvest Bacon Eating Contest at noon.

Crave Cupcakes will be there with a bacon offering, as will District with their bucket o’ bacon, and Blam!wich food truck will have their “Hypocrite” vegetarian sandwich … with bacon. Keep the bacon fun going with an after party at Bowness Pub.

If fried pork isn’t your thing, dress up in your finest noble attire and check out the Royal Affair at the Calgary Zoo. Enjoy courtly games and march in the annual Royal Parade. The event is free with general zoo admission.

Sunday September 25

We hope you saved some energy that Time Warp isn’t going to warp itself. The Front Row Centre Players present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Pumphouse Theatre. The show opens on Friday, but there is a 2pm show on Sunday in case CIFF has you too busy.

And finally, Latitude Art Galleries presents “Western Perspectives,” an exhibition of joyful, brightly-coloured Western landscape paintings by Calgary artist Jane Milne.

Calgary Folk Music Festival: Friday, July 22, Day 2

Gates open at 2 pm, close at 11:30 pm.

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s mainstage at the Calgary Folk Music Festival:

6 pm Matt Anderson

“Known for his larger-than-life showmanship, big sound and virtuosic guitar playing.”

6:50 pm Nanci Griffith

“Tackles weighty issues and tells vivid stories about her characters’ lives with beautiful lilting folk and country-traced balladry.”

8 pm Bonnie Prince Billy

“Brings his trademark do-it-yourself Appalachian post-punk aesthetic and blunt honesty.”

9:15 pm Patrick Watson

“Mercurial vocals and a penchant for surreal acoustic and electric landscapes create a detailed miniature world that evokes imaginative flights of fancy.”

10:30 pm The Herbaliser

“Since the early 1990s, their albums and rousing shows have encompassed hip-hop, rare groove, funk, jazz, cool samples, live instrumentation and guest vocalists.”

Where List: Best Place to Buy a Unique Souvenir

Commemorate your visit to top Canadian cities, by finding that perfect souvenir, from beautiful items like handcrafted jewellery and Aboriginal art to quirky pieces like CN Tower peppermills and an antique-looking family portrait.

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Travel Stories from Around the Globe

Malaysian Airlines bans babies from first-class

Tengku Azmil, chief executive for Malaysian Airlines confirmed that infants are no longer allowed to fly in the first-class section of the company’s airplanes, after receiving complaints from passengers that the crying was keeping them awake.

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Guess Where: Where is the world’s most expensive club sandwich?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s most expensive club sandwich commercially available can be found in Cliveden House Hotel, in Taplow, England. This lunchtime staple was added to the menu in March of 2007 under the name the von Essen Platinum Club. Fit for royalty, the 530 gram sandwich, first made by renowned chef James Parkinson, costs a total of £100 ($143.55 USD*) and consists of Iberico ham from a black-footed pig, air-cured for nearly 30 months, poulet de Bresse, 10 grams of white truffles, (£2,500 per kg), quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes and 24-hour fermented sour dough bread. Due to the rare ingredients, advance notice of 72 hours is required to order the sandwich.

Travel Unravelled: Best Travel Apps

Q: What are some of the best travel apps that I can download for my smartphone before heading out on my trip? – Carl Stahl, Vancouver BC

A: There are over ten of thousands of different travel related apps that you can download for various smartphones, everything from travel guides to flight trackers, many of them free. Here are some of the best.

Flights and hotels

Search and book flights with Kayak’s handy travel app. With its sleek, easy-to-navigate interface, the Kayak app is very user friendly, and best of all, free. It also comes with a helpful hotel and car rental search feature, which rates and locates accommodations and services nearest to you and displays them on a map.

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What’s Hot Across Canada in July

Halifax

Back for its 25th season, the Halifax Jazz Festival has a new home. The Festival Tent is moving to a new beach-style park on the Halifax waterfront, at the foot of Salter Street. The annual festival, which runs Jul 8 – 16, attracts renowned jazz and blues musicians from around the globe. This year’s highlights include Idle Warship, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jill Barber. From Jul 20 – 24, Cirque du Soleil takes over the city with Quidam. Since its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top, this production has toured five continents. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.

Toronto

This month, Toronto welcomes two stars of the silver screen to perform live on stage. Backed by an 18-piece orchestra, Hugh Jackman performs classic Broadway show tunes at the Princess of Wales Theatre Jul 5 – 17. Just down the street at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia from Star Wars, presents her one-woman show,Wishful Drinking, opening July 12, in which she talks frankly about the highs and lows of life in the spotlight.

Calgary

Every July, the hottest ticket in town is the Calgary Stampede. The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is ten days of rodeos, parties, chuckwagon races, midway rides, deep-fried treats, pancake breakfasts, two-stepping, world-class live music and so much more, Jul 8 – 17. Join the thousands on Parade Day Jul 8 for the famous Stampede Parade where word has it, royal newlyweds Prince William and Kate Middleton will be in attendance.  One of the city’s most beloved festivals of the year, the Calgary Folk Music Festival brings acts like Blue Rodeo, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, K.D. Lang and Yo La Tengo to Prince’s Island Park, Jul 21 – 24.

Edmonton

Get ready for an exhilarating weekend of track speeds of over 300km/h at the world-class Edmonton Indy, Jul 22 – 24. The newly designed course will have you closer to the action than ever before. Watch Canada’s own Alex Tagliani, along with other big name IndyCar Series drivers. Or take a stroll down the lively Whyte Avenue strip for Art Walk Jul 15 – 17, this outdoor gallery and studio features over 230 working artists and their artwork in all styles and mediums.

Winnipeg

Blue Rodeo, K.D. Lang, and Tegan and Sara are just some of the big name acts appearing at the 38th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival, Jul 6 – 10. Browse the handmade village for artisanal jewellery, stoneware and clothing, grab a bite to eat from varied food vendors and admire the work of local visual artists at this popular music event. On Jul 27, legendary metal bands Slayer and Rob Zombie take the stage together for the first time in a decade in an all-ages show.

Canadian Rockies

Rub shoulders with top PGA golfers as they play the Banff Springs Golf Course during the Jul 25 – 26 Telus World Skins Game. Also, Parks Canada turns 100 on Jul 16, so help celebrate by hitting up Parks Day in Banff and Jasper—have some birthday cake or watch the new totem pole being raised outside the Jasper Heritage Train Station.

Ottawa

Hot summer sun, thousands of cheering fans, and five outdoor stages make for a spectacular concert-going experience at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, which runs Jul 5 – 17. Big names include The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, Peter Frampton, The Roots, and Blue Rodeo. Starting Jul 6 and running to Sep, the Sound and Light Show: Mosaika will once again be projected onto the exterior of the Parliament Buildings. Bring a blanket and enjoy this free, nightly presentation about Canada, which features music, narration, and stunning visual effects.

Vancouver

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings over 60 musicians from around the world to Jericho Beach Park for three magical days, Jul 15 – 17. Enjoy performances by Joel Plaskett & The Emergency, Gillian Welch and Rosanne Cash, while your little ones partake in face painting, storytelling and other fun-filled activities. On weekends throughout the summer, scour the stalls at the Chinatown Night Market for traditional crafts and clothes, and then tempt taste buds with exotic food finds. Don’t miss the live entertainment that ranges from karaoke to opera to live Kung Fu demonstrations.

Whistler

Head to Squamish for five days devoted to celebrating mountain climbing during the Squamish Mountain Festival, Jul 13 – 17. Newbies and pros master their climbing skills then catch films and photography exhibits before partying the night away at the Howe Sound Brew Pub. Then catch hundreds of mountain bikers showcase their impressive skills in downhill and slalom challenges, while popular musicians K’Naan and Hot Hot Heat entertain the crowd as part of the outdoor concert series at Kokanee Crankworx, Jul 16 – 24.

Victoria

Catch some of the world’s top street performers, including musicians, fire-throwers, jugglers and a whole lot of clowning, at the Victoria International Buskers Festival Jul 15 – 24, this family-friendly event takes place over six event stages located across downtown.

Travel Stories from Around the Globe

Going on vacation? Head to the doctor’s office first, experts say

Canadians going on exotic vacations may be forgetting a key part of their travel preparations: a trip to the doctor. Experts say less than a third of travellers seek medical advice before taking off, putting them at risk for unpleasant and potentially dangerous illnesses, infections and parasites.

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Guess Where: Where is the longest sushi roll in the world?

Answer: Maebashi City, Japan. According to Guinness World Records, the Liason Council of Japanese Postal Works’ Union in 2007 created a 6,671-foot-long (2,033.3-metre) sushi roll.

Travel Unravelled: Voluntours

Q: A friend suggested I go on a “voluntour” this year for my holiday, though she didn’t know much about them. What exactly is a “voluntour” and how do I begin planning? - Sheila McMahon, Calgary, AB

A: A “voluntour” is a term used to describe a vacation where you volunteer your skills to a community abroad in need while immersing yourself in a foreign culture.

What to Book
Many travel agencies, adventure companies, and not-for-profit organizations offer a wide selection of volunteer trips. The types and durations vary considerably—you can do anything from building houses in Africa to researching and taking care of panda bears in Shanghai or working to improve a sea turtle’s chances for survival in Costa Rica. Finding the right trip depends on what you’re looking for, and what your interests are. Consider booking an all-inclusive package that includes your meals, (which can be as simple as campfire cookouts), accommodations (often tenting or staying with a host family), as well as your volunteer activities. Depending on the trip, you’ll often travel in a group with like-minded volunteers, making it a great way to meet interesting people from around the world.

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