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All About Calgary



Introduction – Calgary?

Calgary is a booming oil town in western Canada, and Alberta’s largest city. Located in the foothills below the Rocky Mountains, the city hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, and is now world-renown for its annual Stampede festival, “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” held for 10 days in early July. The city is also home to Canada’s conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper (3 minority governments and counting). With a population of almost 1 million, it’s one of the most rapidly expanding cities in Canada, helped in large part by the low tax and unemployment rates, but the gorgeous nearby scenery certainly doesn’t hurt!

City of Calgary


Orientation - Where the heck am I?

Calgary is divided into quadrants (NW, NE, SW, SE). Getting around downtown is easy, as the streets are laid out in a grid by streets (going N-S) and avenues (going E-W). Beyond the center, suburban neighbourhoods have named streets, often somewhat related to the community name (for example, Silver Ridge Dr, Silver Valley Blvd, and Silver Hill Rd are all located in the Silver Springs community).

The LRT (Light Rail Transit) runs along 7th ave, which makes for a good point of reference. Also worth noting is that the downtown core is well connected by its +15 system of aboveground tunnels, meaning you can travel far indoors on cold winter days.

Calgary Transit
+15 system map


Transportation - I need to get somewhere

It’s not difficult to get to most places using Calgary transit. The LRT and buses cover the better part of the city, though expansions to the outskirts are rather slow, and probably will be for some time given the labour shortage. Buses and trains run from around 5 AM to just after midnight, depending on the day of the week. Fares valid for 90 minutes can be bought on buses or at train stations, or you can buy discounted booklets of 10 or passes at most convenience stores. And riding the LRT is free on 7th ave!

Getting to/from the airport is a bit of a hassle if you’re not shuttling to the centre or wanting to take a cab. The only public transport option is bus 57 that connects to Whitehorn LRT station.

The Greyhound bus station is located 850 - 16th St SW.


Major Tourist Sights/Attractions – Show me something big and/or fancy!

The Calgary Tower – Built in 1968, an Olympic flame was added to the top in 1988, making it the world’s largest Olympic torch. Offers panoramic views of the city, as well as a glass floor.

Heritage Park – A lovely open air museum with a number of old buildings, old objects, and old-timey activities. It’s particularly nice to visit around Christmas time, when there are sleigh rides and caroling.

Fort Calgary – A historic fort built in 1875 by the Northwest Mounted Police (essentially the city’s foundation), it’s now a museum offering more old-timey fun!

The Glenbow Museum – Calgary’s main museum, featuring a bit of everything, from Canadian history to contemporary art. It’s a bit overpriced, but a good museum nevertheless.

Canada Olympic Park (COP)– Calgary played host to the 1988 Winter Olympics, and you can visit the main park which has Olympics exhibits, a couple ski jumps, and a bobsled run. In winter you can ski/snowboard, while in the summer you can go hiking and biking in the area

The Calgary Zoo – The zoo has been growing quite steadily over the years, with animals from all over the world. There are special events for Halloween, and lovely lights during Christmas time.

The Science Center and Planetarium – A great science museum with rotating exhibits and movies featured in the discovery dome.

Military Museums – Calgary’s military museum, includes a First World War trench.

The Aero Space Museum – Located near the airport, this museum contains numerous aircraft and space-related exhibits, including flight simulators.

City Hall/Olympic Plaza/Grace Presbytarian Church – Between 7th and 8th avenues, not a site per say, but a nice area nonetheless. You can see city hall, Grace Presbytarian Chruch (one of Calgary’s oldest, turning 100 in 2012), and events/skating take place at Olympic Plaza. Calgary’s main art center, the Epcor Centre, is also just behind the Plaza.


Other Places of Interest – What else you got?

Art Central - A great artistic escape in the downtown core, the whole building breathes creativity. Four floors of art and decor shops, plus a cafe and restaurant. Come on first Thursdays (the first Thursday of each month) in the evening, when there is music and free wine and treats!

Farmer’s market – In an old airplane hangar in SW Calgary, get fresh and local products here from Friday to Sunday.


Great Neighbourhoods – Let’s go for a stroll

8th Ave – AKA Stephen Avenue, a stretch of the street is pedestrian only, making for a great stroll, particularly on weekdays when most businesses are open.

17th Ave - There are great bars and restaurants open all along the stretch. It’s particularly nice at night.

Kensington and Inglewood – Lovely areas to stroll, with alternative shops and great restaurants.

Chinatown/Eau Claire Market – Calgary has a decent sized Chinatown, right next to the somewhat dying but still worth a visit Eau Claire Market.

Along the Bow River - There’s a wonderful bike path along the Bow River that will take you from North to South, passing by beautiful Prince’s Island Park, as well as the Calgary zoo. Prince’s island is another lovely place to stroll, and hosts a number of events throughout the year, including Shakespeare in the Park, and the Folk Festival.

Marda Loop – Another nice neighbourhood that holds the Marda Gras Street Festival every August.

Great parks in Calgary include Fish Creek Park, Nosehill Park, Bowness Park, Confederation Park, Riley Park, Shouldice Park, and Edworthy Park. Each has various annual events, from sports to Christmas light displays.


Restaurants and Pubs - I’m hungry and/or thirsty

Cafe Deville – Our favourite cafe, right on 7th ave, hopefully the quality keeps up as it expands to other locations.

Murietta’s – A beautifully set bar and grill in downtown Calgary.

Mango Shiva – Delicioius Indian fusion cuisine on Stephen ave.

Caesar’s Steakhouse – Downtown, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but a great steakhouse!

4th Street Rose – A nice, casual bar and restaurant downtown.

Sunterra – Has a few branches in Calgary; a serve-yourself restaurant with delicious food that’s generally on the healthy side.

The Chocolate Bar – If you’re not feeling like healthy food, though, this is a great little dessert place on 17th ave for chocoholics.

Ming Eat Drink – A neat little bar on 17th ave.

The Ship and Anchor – Another decent bar on 17th ave.

Globefish – Slightly upscale, this “izakaya” offers some of Calgary’s best Japanese eats (write us for more Japanese suggestions!)

Muku – Next to the Globefish Kensington location, it’s a new ramen shop, Calgary’s first, and not a bad one at that!

Higher Ground Cafe – A nice coffee shop in Kensington.

Marathon – Ethiopean eats in Kensington.

Pulcinella – Delicious, authentic Italian pizzas in Kensington.

The Broken Plate – Great Greek grub, also in Kensington.

Crave Cupcakes – Delicious, expensive cupcakes!


Clubbing - I wanna drink and/or get jiggy with it

Cowboys – One of Calgary’s oldest clubs, come for the occasional line-dance and cheap beers. This place was good enough for Prince Harry...do you think you’re better than Prince Harry?

The Whiskey – This is one of Calgary’s most popular nightclubs, playing a variety of music throughout the week.

Tantra – Another nightclub, this one with an “eastern feel.”


The Arts - I wanna feel cultured and/or artsy fartsy

Theatre Calgary – Calgary’s biggest theatre company runs a pretty safe collection of modern plays at the Epcor Centre.

Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) – Another well-established company, performing contemporary works, including new Canadian works, also at the Epcor Centre.

One Yellow Rabbit (OYR) – An alternative theatre company. While you risk seeing a flop here and there, OYR is one of English Canada’s best venues for contemporary theatre. Again, also at the Epcor Centre.

The Jack Singer Hall - Hosts the biggest concert hall acts passing through Calgary. Epcor Centre.

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) – Calgary’s main classical orchestra.

The Jubilee Auditorium – Another concert and conference hall, it hosts operas (about 4-6 a year), ballets, Broadway, and other shows passing through town.

Other good theatre companies include Theatre Junction at the Grand (also hosts contemporary dance), and The Loose Moose Theatre Company, a small theatre in Inglewood, known primarily for it’s improv games.

Mainstream cinemas can be found at Eau Claire Market and Chinook Mall. Alternative and indie flicks are shown at the Globe and Uptown cinemas (across from each other on 8th Ave SW), and at the Plaza (in Kensington). Check out www.cinemaclock.com for showtimes.


Sports - I wanna drink and/or yell at people to try harder

Calgary’s sports teams include the Calgary Flames hockey team (1988 Stanley Cup champions). They play at the Saddledome, a sports and concert hall built for the Olympics on the Stampede grounds. The Calgary Stampeders Canadian League Football (CFL) team, as well as the Calgary Vipers baseball team both play at McMahon Stadium, in the northwest (LRT station – Banff Trail). Major university teams include the Hitmen hockey team and the Dinos football team.


Shopping - I need to give in to my consumerist temptations

TD Square - A somewhat upscale mall downtown. Though currently under renovation, its Devonian Gardens make for a great escape from urban life, particularly during the winter.

Chinook Mall - Easily accessed by LRT, it’s one of the city’s largest malls, with a little bit of everything, from supermarkets and movie theatres, to clothing stores and gift shops.

Mountain Equipment Coop – Best place for outdoor gear, on 10th Ave SW.

Pages Bookstore – Good bookstore in Kensington

Bernard Callebaut – Famous in Calgary, a great chocolate shop!


Sleeping – I’m tired!

Being from Calgary, I don’t usually stay in hostels are hotels, but here are some suggestions:

The HI hostel in Calgary - It’s had decent reviews on hostelworld.

For hotels, checkout: www.discovercalgary.com/Calgary/WheretoStay/HotelsMotels

And for camping, visit: www1.travelalberta.com/en-ab/index.cfm?pageid=226


Events – I feel like a festival...not literally though

Stampede – Calgary’s major claim to fame, the Stampede is a 10-day cowboy festival that takes place every year in early July. People throw on their cowboy hats and boots (and sometimes even spurs!), and head out to pancake breakfasts, or the Stampede grounds, where you can go on rides, check out concerts, drink in beer gardens, or watch the rodeo competitions. Events range from cow milking and trick riding, to bull riding and chuckwagon races.

Folk Festival – Held at the end of July on lovely Prince’s Island. Enjoy folk singers and other bands, while relaxing in the sun!

Lilac Festival – A one-day flower festival held at the end of May every year, with events and activities all along 4th Street.

Jazz Festival – Enjoy jazz at various venues throughout the city in summer.

Shakespeare in the Park – Held every summer on Prince’s Island Park. A lovely outdoor event organized by Mt Royal. Admission by donation.

Fringe Festival – One of Canada’s newest fringe festivals, it’s been growing over the years. Offers fringe events over 9 days in the summer.

Zombie Walk - Like other major cities, Calgary has also started an annual zombie walk...check out our pics from 2008!


Activities and Courses – Let’s DO something already!

Calaway Park – Just outside the city, a medium-sized amusement park that’s great for kids.

Glenmore Reservoir – A large reservoir in Calgary that offers canoe and kayak rentals for use at the reservoir or abroad.

Lindsay Park Sports Centre – Everything from pools and gyms to exercise equipment and a track.

Kart World – Come for go-karting near the airport.

Waterparks – Head to Village Square and Southland Leisure Centres for waterslide fun!

Spruce Meadows – Just outside Calgary, come see horse jumping and shows.

The University of Calgary (U of C) - While a far cry from one of Canada’s best, it still offers a wide range of programs, as well as the Nickel Arts Museum. Better still are the sports options available. At the university you can swim, rock climb, use the pools and gyms, and even go skating in the oval (built for the Olympics). You can also rent equipment for trips out to the Rockies. The campus is lovely to roam around…just beware of the extreme (sometimes harassing) pro-life group!

For college level and other courses, check out Mount Royal University (formerly a college), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and the Alberta College of Art and Design’s (ACAD) websites.


Newspapers – Let’s read like a Calgarian

Calgary has 2 major newspapers, Canwest Global’s Calgary Herald and Quebecor SunMedia’s slightly more conservative Calgary Sun. Free papers include the weekly FFWD (good for what’s on each week), and the daily Metro (what big city doesn’t have a Metro paper these days?)


Other Useful Information – Let’s go to the tourist office and/or report an emergency

Emergency Number – 911 for Police, Fire, and Medical emergencies.

Tourist Info – Offices are located at the airport, in the Calgary Tower, and in Southcentre mall.

Post Office – The main post office is located at 639-5th Ave SW.

Calgary Library – The main, and largest, is near City Hall.


Nearby – What’s not too far?

Being near the Rocky Mountains (the Rockies) means skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities are never far away.

Great hiking and cross-country skiing opportunities can be found in the Bragg Creek and Kananaskis areas. The best downhill skiing/boarding can be found at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise, the latter of which also has a lovely chateau on crystal clear Moraine Lake. A smaller, but cheaper and closer downhill resort can be found at Nakiska. The beautiful scenery and plentiful skiing opportunities mean loads of winter jobs, bringing many Ozzies and Kiwis up for the season.


Some other great towns/cities to visit:

Banff

It’s hard to talk about Calgary without mentioning nearby Banff National Park. Canada’s first National Park, and originally set up as a resort getaway, there are now serious debates going on about the rate at which it has grown, as it continually encroaches upon wildlife habitats.

A quiet little town set in the heart of the Rockies, it’s more than obvious tourism is the lifeblood of its economy, so much so that Japanese has practically become a third language in souvenir shops and restaurants.

Banff is also home to a wonderful arts center that hosts numerous cultural events, including jazz, writing, and film festivals. And above the town sits the majestic Banff Springs Hotel, a five-star resort with proximity to the Sulfur Mountain natural hot springs, as well as the scenic gondola ride up Tunnel Mountain.

www.banff.com

Canmore

Another town worth visiting near Calgary is quaint little Canmore, which is somewhat less affected by tourism (so far).

www.canmore.ca

Drumheller

The Drumheller area is also worth visiting, and is famous for the Royal Tyrell Dinosaur Museum and its archaeological finds. The sci-fi canyons and hoodoos are not be missed!

www.traveldrumheller.com

Edmonton

Further north (about 3.5 hrs drive from Calgary), and you’ll reach Edmonton, Alberta’s capital, and second largest city. Edmonton is home to West Edmonton Mall (one of the world’s largest malls, with over 800 stores and attractions!). Edmonton is home to the Edmonton Oilers hockey team, and the Edmonton Eskimos CFL team (both of which are staunch rivals to their Calgary counterparts). The city also hosts one of Canada’s best fringe festivals (also Canada’s original fringe). Backpacker Hint: There’s a campground near the city centre!)

www.edmonton.ca
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post Oct 28 2009, 12:48 PM
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Awesome, thanks for the great starter kit on Calgary!

I'll sign you up to be a Local Expert soon.


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Wow, impressive that you could make Calgary sound so interesting! I lived there for several years and don't remember it being so exciting ... but the Stampede is a lot of fun and Bernard Callebaut is delicious!

I also recommend Melrose on 17th for food and fun (it's almost as popular as the Ship) and think it's important to mention that Calgary (and area) is something of a golfer's paradise with lots of courses to choose from.

Oh and if you want to play in the water you can go to the Glenmore Reservoir, or further out (somewhere between Calgary and Edmonton) is Silvan Lake, which is very popular with the locals.

For me though, the best part of Calgary was its location on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. These are great, year round, for all kinds of outdoor activities! And if you need to rent some gear, the U of C has a great rental facility on campus with really reasonable rates.


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Happy New Year Everyone!

And with every new year, for over 20 years now, comes a whole new High Performance Rodeo Festival at the One Yellow Rabbit theatre. It's one of Calgary's best international arts festivals, covering all art forms, with many new and alternative creations being presented. The festival takes place throughout the city, and this year takes place from Jan 7-31st.

Last year, the festival brought in musician Philip Glass as artist in residence for a number of performances. This year, highlights include several dance companies, such as Red Sky Performance, who presented at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The OYR group will be putting on a new play set in Tokyo, Kawasaki Exit. The Pajama Men, a physical comedy theatre duo that perform in their pajamas, have a show (I saw one of their performances at a fringe festival a few years back and it was quite good).The festival will also include a free outdoor DJ event at the Olympic Plaza, as well as a new sound festival - Soundasaurus.

For information and tickets, check out the festival's website: The High Performance Rodeo
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The T&T…

Since we lived in Japan for a year, we’ve had some major withdrawal symptoms of Japanese cuisine. This led us to a search for Asian grocery stores….and ta da!…there was the T & T in Calgary! It’s a huge supermarket with branches in Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa.

Although it’s located all the way up by the Malborough C-Train station, it was worth the trip. Steam buns, authentic Japanese Green Tea (and Chinese tea as well), all your sushi needs, and a bunch of random snacks that were familiar to us…and others that weren’t. It’s the perfect place to find fun party snacks, and new food ideas...maybe work on your menu for your Chinese New Year’s party (Feb. 14th this year).

In addition to the T & T, the attached mall has some other good stores selling low-priced movies, TV shows, anime DVDs, and karaoke tunes. There are also some restaurants, a great little Japanese teashop and a couple Chinese spice stores.

Check out the website: T&T Supermarket
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Looking for some new restaurant ideas in Calgary?

Check out the Eau Claire Market area. It's got a bunch to choose from, including:

The Bow River Barley Mill - A pub/restaurant built to recall Calgary's logging days.

Joey Tomato's - A branch from the chain of restaurants. Mediterranean food.

The Spaghetti Factory - Another chain restaurant, this one specializing in....hmm...I wonder...

Sumo Lounge - A nice little sushi place. A bit on the expensive side.

1886 Buffalo Cafe - A breakfast and lunch place; very popular on weekends.

Preggo Cucina Italiana - Another Italian restaurant.

The River Cafe - Actually located on Prince's Island, across the river from Eau Claire. This fancy cafe serves up some lovely "Canadian" cuisine.

At Eau Claire Market, there's also a small food court, a Good Earth Cafe and Bean Stop, as well as a couple stores where you can buy specialty foods (such wine, or food from Britain).
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Cross-country Skiing in Calgary

You can actually cross-country ski in Calgary without leaving the city. Some areas are groomed for the sport, and the city allows for cross-country skiing on some of its golf courses.

Some parks you might check out include:

Beaverdam Flats (SE)
Bowness (NW)
Confederation (NW)
Edworthy (SW)
Fish Creek (SE/SW)
River Park (SW)
Sandy Beach (SW)
South Glenmore (SW)
Weaselhead Natural Area (SW)

Or try these golf courses:

Confederation (3204 Collingwood Dr NW)
Maple Ridge (1240 Mapleglade Dr SE)
Shaganappi (1200 - 26 St SW)

Find out more from the City of Calgary
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Beer in Alberta

Alberta is home to a number of breweries. If you're interested in trying a local beer, check out some of these websites for more info on the brews available:

Alley Kat
Wild Rose Brewery
Big Rock Brewery
Grizzly Peak

Some of our favourites include:

Alley Kat's full moon pale ale
Wild Rose's WRaspberry Ale
Wild Rose's India Pale Ale
Big Rock's Traditional Ale
Big Rock's Grasshopper
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Calgary 1988 Olympics Trivia

Seeing as the 2010 Olympics are coming up in Vancouver, we thought we'd take a bit of time to write some factoids about the 1988 Olympics that took place in Calgary.

Did you know...

- The Olympic torch was modeled after the Calgary Tower.

- Similar to what is happening in Vancouver, holding the Olympics in Calgary was met with concern because the Chinook winds are known to (and did) melt the snow away during the games.

- The Olympic Saddledome, the Olympic Oval, Canada Olympic Park, Nakiska and Canmore ski centres were all built for the 1988 Olympics.

- The mascots for the Olympics, occasionally spotted today, were two polar bears dressed as cowboys, Hidy and Howdy.

- The theme for the Olympics was "Share the Flame".

- Canada never won a single gold medal in the 1988 Olympics.


Another crazy Olympic fact we came across in our research: While the Beijing Summer Olympics torch relay traced a path across the globe, the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal had the shortest torch relay ever at just 200km, starting from Ottawa and going to Montreal. Wow!
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This week's update: some Olympic Athletes from Calgary participating at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!

Some favourites include:

Chandra Crawford, 26 year-old cross country skier, who won a gold medal in the women's cross-country sprint in Torino, Italy.

Alex Gough, 22 year-old Calgarian Luger, finished fourth at two World Cups this season and fourth at the 2009 World Championship in Lake Placid.

Kaillie Humphries, 24 year-old, on the women's bobsled team, ranked second in the world.

Kyle Nissen, 30 year-old arialist who finished in 4th place at the 2009 World Cup and placed on the podium at 10 other events.

Sam Edney, 25 year old luger, Vancouver will be his second winter Olympics, has several World Placings.


Good Luck to the Canadians from Calgary!

If you're in Calgary at this time, a trip to the 1988 Olympic Stadium would be in order! Check out the previous post for more about the history of the Calgary Olympics:)
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The Alberta Rat Patrol

You may not know it, but this year Alberta will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its rat patrol, which has kept the province virtually rat-free since an infestation of Norwegian rats occurred in 1950.

It's been no small feat; since the very beginning, the organization was undertaken with war-measure urgency. The success of the campaign has become a source of provincial pride, and, as noted in the Globe and Mail article below, when pest specialists arrived at the scene of an outbreak in 2004, they "found themselves dogged by a civilian posse wielding rakes and shovels that was all too eager to take the law into its own hands."

Happy 60th Alberta Rat Patrol!

Alberta's Rat Patrol Stands on Guard for Thee
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Following up on our "Olympic Athletes from Calgary" post, we thought we'd take a moment to a list a few other prominent celebrities from the Calgary area:

Actors:

Elisha Cuthbert - of 24
Rod Cameron - known for his western films
Victor Webster - of Melrose Place and Days of Our Lives
Paul Gross - from Due South
David Lawrence and Paul Spence - from FUBAR
Erik Everhard - of pornstar fame


Musicians:

Tegan and Sara Quin - of Tegan and Sara
Jann Arden - born in Spring Bank
Paul Brandt - country singer from Airdrie
George Fox - born in Cochrane


Athletes:

Bret and Owen Hart - of wrestling fame
Jamie Salé - figure skater
Patrick Eaves, Brad Ference, Wayne McBean - of the NHL
Peter Lougheed - of CFL and political fame
Trevor Boys - Nascar racer


Model:

Heather Marks


Other:

Todd McFarlane - creator of the Spawn comics series
David Winning - sci-fi director/producer
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8th Annual Maple Festival des Sucres de Calgary

On Mar. 19-20, head down to Canada Olympic Park for some outdoor activities and to try out some good ol' fashioned Canadian maple syrup at this festival, organized by the Association Canadienne-Française de l’Alberta (ACFA)!

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Did you know?

Calgary has no less than six sister cities across the globe:

Quebec City, Canada
Jaipur, India
Naucalpan, Mexico
Daqing, China
Daejeon, South Korea
Phoenix, USA
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The Calgary Improv Festival


Next week (Mar. 26-27) the 2010 Calgary Improv Brier will be taking place at the Epcor Centre, bringing in improv talent from across Western Canada. The winner of the two-day event will get to compete at the International Improv Festival in Calgary in September, which will be hosted by Colin Mochrie.


For information and tickets, check out:

Calgary Improv Festival
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The Voices of Calgary

If you happen to be checking out some local tv or radio stations, you're likely to catch a glimpse of some of the broadcasters that have become local celebrities over the many years they've been working. Here are a few that have been around the longest:

CTV

Darrell Janz, since 1973
David Spence, since 1981
Barb Higgins, since 1989
Ian White, since 1990

Global

Grant Pollock, since 1983
Paul Dunphy, since 1985
Gord Gillies
Linda Olsen

CBC

Nirmala Naidoo-Hill, since 1995

CJay 92

Gerry Forbes,

Lite 96

Don and Joanne, since 1993
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Upcoming 2010 Calgary Underground Film Festival!

April 12th-April 20th
Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Rd NW

The non-profit organization, Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) will be showing a variety of contemporary films designed to defy convention!

Some of the film categories include: feature, documentary, animation, short, and experimental. As part of Calgary's art community, the CUFF has been around since 2003, and seek to showcase titles in all genres, from horror, sci-fi and fantasy to comedies, thrillers and music-related films.

They also showcase local and international indie filmmakers.

So, film enthusiasts get ready and buy your tickets.
( Punch passes: 5 tickets for 40$).

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We're Back!

We had to take a bit of a hiatus for school exams (which went well, thanks for asking!) - but now we'll return to posting more regularly, and catch up a bit this week for missed posts.

Latest news from Calgary: Sebastian was shortlisted for a Writers Guild of Albeta (WGA) award for travel writing - he wrote about food in Japan - and recently read an excerpt at 100 Wines in Calgary. They matched wines with the different pieces, and Sebastian's was matched with Hitachino Nest Beer, a Japanese beer we've never heard of - It has a cute little owl logo!

100 Wines is a new wine shop opened by David Walker, who tours tons of vineyards, and picks up small batches of lesser known wines, so you can find a really interesting selection there. David himself is great to talk to, with lots of wine-drinking advice!


Here's the website for 100 Wines - it should be updated soon
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post May 5 2010, 01:38 PM
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Calgary - Good Economy, Weak on Culture

MoneySense magazine recently released a tally of the best places to live in Canada. Calgary placed quite well at 27th, compared with the biggest cities in Calgary. Here's a sample of the other cities' rankings:

1st Ottawa-Gatineau
4th Fredericton
8th Victoria
9th Winnipeg
14th Halifax
16th Edmonton
29th Vancouver
85th Toronto
120th Montreal

Calgary's high score was largely due to economic factors.
Where culture was concerned, though, Calgary's rank was pretty abysmal at 42nd.
Canada's other biggest cities (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa-Gatineau, Vancouver, Victoria) were ranked within the top 10.

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Restaurant Review: The Coup and Meet

Just enjoyed a great lunch at the Coup and Meet, a restaurant on 17th Ave that serves up largely vegetarian and vegan dishes (the only real exception would be eggs). The menus offer quite a variety, and the meals use fresh organic ingredients.

I enjoyed the sesame yam dip (served with foccacia and lavash bread) as an appetizer, and had the club med salad that had some yummy falafel and sheep feta. Other possibilities include the pear and blue cheese salad, some peanut satay, or the tempeh reuben. For full menus, check out the website below.

The atmosphere is nice and laid-back, and don't worry about walking away feeling hungry.

Check it out:
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