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Taste the Rainbow: Must-try treats for Calgary Pride


The rainbow flag will be soaring in Calgary during the city’s annual Calgary Pride festivities from August 24 to September 3. Many local businesses are celebrating by serving up unique menu offerings to wet whistles and please palettes in support of the LGBT community, and a number of them are donating a portion of the proceeds to a variety of charities, including Camp fYrefly. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the delicious offerings and collaborations you’ll see during Calgary Pride!

Back by popular demand, Ollia Macarons & Tea will once again offer the wildberry pride macaron as well as two new unicorn macarons with mane colours to mimic the classic pride rainbow flag colours and the pink and blue of the transgender flag. A portion of sales from the macarons will go to Camp fYrefly.

Photo courtesy Ollia Macarons and Tea.

Available by pre-order only starting August 27, to be picked up August 31, you’ll be able to brighten up your mornings with Bagelino’s vibrant rainbow bagels. Don’t forget to pick up a tub of their limited edition vanilla cream cheese spread filled with colourful confetti!

Photo courtesy Bagelino’s. 

Calgary’s iconic Crave Cupcakes, creatively decorated with vanilla buttercream rainbows and unicorns, will be available for 6-pack pre-order throughout pride week and individually in stores on parade day, September 2.

Photo courtesy Crave Cupcakes. 

Gelato lovers have spoken, and this year will see the return of an award-winning Pride Collaboration Gelato to Fiasco Gelato. The vanilla based “Leather Daddy” combines daddy’s soft side of fluffy housemade marshmallows with his dark side of licorice-flavoured jawbreakers. (Editor’s Note: Ryan Massel, aka local blogger Mr. Fabulous, created the Leather Daddy flavour in collaboration with Fiasco Gelato!)

Photo courtesy Fiasco Gelato. 

This traditional bread-like dough pastry straight from the streets of Budapest is baked in a way that gives it a crunchy caramel texture on the outside, keeping it soft and fluffy on the inside. It will be rolled in rainbow sprinkles, filled with vanilla soft serve, topped with Fruit Loops and boldly named “I am Proud ‘n Loud” at UTCA Chimney Cakes.

Photo courtesy UTCA. 

You’ll have some extra pep in your step after snacking on these artfully decorated sugar cookies topped with royal icing and colourful sugar sprinkles or rainbows at Sweet Relief Pastries. Proceeds go to Camp fYrefly.

Photo courtesy Sweet Relief. 


Keep cool this pride with Wild Tea Kombucha’s small batch offering “Spill the Tea.” Brewed by hand, using pressed juice for bold flavours, this limited-edition kombucha (fermented tea) will offer a mix of fruity flavours and is perfect to enjoy alone or as a base for your pride-inspired cocktail. Now that’s the tea (wildteakombucha.com)!

Photo courtesy Wild Tea Kombucha.


Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 23 – 25



Materiality: 2018 Residency Exhibition
ACAD, 5 – 7 pm


Viva! Exhibition and Fundraiser for Equinox Vigil
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Tauska and Antagonica: Naughty
ArtPoint Gallery, reception 6 – 9 pm

Five AM Presents Kyle Metcalf
Five Art & Merchandise, 7 – 10 pm


Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Regency Picnic presented by NutmegSews Calgary!
Confederation Park, 1 – 4 pm

Dirty Donny Gillies art show, book signing and pinball tourny
Pin-Bar, 2 pm – 2 am

Moonlight Market
East Village, 3 – 10 pm

Artist Trading Card Session
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 7 pm



Dining spotlight: Holly Parks of Vintage Group


Photo by Jasmine Croteau.

Holly Parks loves a challenge — especially when the clock is ticking. So the hospitality industry feels like home.

“It’s 100 percent a perfect fit for me,” Parks says. “I like to be busy. Even in my own home, I’m always putzing. It drives my husband crazy that I can’t stop doing things and sit and enjoy. I’m always going and fluttering about.”

As the operations manager of Vintage Group, Parks oversees their downtown properties, including Vintage Chophouse. She’s also got her hands full travelling to Lethbridge once a week in support of a new concept Vintage Group is opening there in the summer. And with a steakhouse opening in Mahogany in 2019, there’s no slowing down.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Parks moved to Calgary in 2000 eager to make her mark in Calgary’s hospitality scene. She got her start with Creative Restaurants, and then the Stampede Casino, before joining Vintage Group in 2010.

The folks who come through the doors keep her energized in an industry known for its fast pace and long hours.

“The guests make our business. Vintage is celebrating 15 years this year. We’ve weathered some major recessions and the only way we’ve stayed in business and continued such great success is because of our guests. We’re loyal to them and they’re very loyal to us.”

Watching her team grow is a big part of what she loves about her job.

“It’s exciting to watch the evolution and growth of younger employees — to watch them grow through the ranks — starting as a server or bartender and moving into management and seeing their great success and rise within our group or outside of our group.”

Luckily for Parks, she’s been able to find a career that ensures she’s able to follow the big passions of her life: food, wine and travel. She’s always learning more, and both for work and fun she travels the globe in search of the next big dish, or new wine, Vintage Group can bring to their guests.

“My work allows me to travel all over the world to some really great places, sometimes because of work, and sometimes on my own with my husband and my family,” Parks says. “Any travel you do changes you as an individual. You see how other people live and you see what other people’s core values are, which you bring back with you.”

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 17 – 18



Beakerhead Store opening day
1405 – 4 St SW: 9 am – 5 pm

Out to Pasture / Karaoke + BBQ Fundraiser
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 7 pm – midnight

The Magic of Material: Exhibition Tour with Naomi Potter
Esker Foundation, 6 – 7 pm



Annual Garage Sale
Kensington Art Supply, 9 am – 2 pm

Pottery Seconds & Samples sale
Galleria Inglewood, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Farmers & Makers Market at cspace
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Calgary Comics and Pop Culture Swap + Shop
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, 10 am – 3 pm

What happens when you clean an Olympic medal with Ajax?


Photo by Jason Dziver.

At Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Helena Deng, manager of exhibits and collections, points out a display with two Olympic medals.

The medals are both the same size, shape, and are imprinted with the words “XI. Olympiade Berlin 1936.” Both medals belonged to Canadian track and field athlete John Wilfrid Loaring, who won a silver medal in 400-metre hurdles at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

But one of these things is not like the other. One is silver and shiny, while the other is discoloured and clearly damaged.

“Unfortunately, my mother cleaned the winner’s silver medal with Ajax Cleanser which badly tarnished it,” Loaring’s son, G. R. John Loaring, said in an email to Where Calgary.

“Ajax is a very, very harsh chemical,” Deng says. “It’s great for sinks, less so for silver medals. By cleaning it with Ajax, she stripped a large portion — if not all — of the silver plating off the medal.”

Many years later, G. R. John Loaring received permission from the International Olympic Committee Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland to obtain a duplicate of the medal.

Luckily, the same German company that made the 1936 Berlin Olympic medals was still in business and able to reproduce the original. The medals are identical aside from a tiny “COPY” stamped along part of the thin round edge. (And the copy is unravaged by Ajax, of course).

In 2015, when Loaring was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, his son shipped his collection of medals to the museum, which included the original and its shiny copy.

“We as Canadians have a very long history of success in athletics,” Deng says. “This medal — to have it displayed — is that impact story.”

Loaring was born in Winnipeg and moved to Windsor in 1926. A rising track and field star, he won several medals in high school and on the Kennedy Collegiate Track Team.

At only 21 years old, Loaring competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in 400-metre hurdles. The very first time he competed in this event was at the Canadian Olympic trials. He was also the youngest finalist in the category, and thus surprised the world by taking home the silver medal. Following his success in the Olympics, he won three gold medals at the 1938 British Empire Games.

After the outbreak of the Second World War, he left Canada for Britain to serve in the Royal Navy. In 1940, as a radar officer on HMS Fiji, Loaring overcame gruelling and challenging circumstances. When the ship was dispatched to pick up civilian survivors of a torpedoed ship, Loaring was able to help resuscitate three children due to his training in Royal Life Saving skills.

During the Battle for Crete, their ship ran out of ammunition and was sunk by a German bomber. Thanks to the strength and stamina Loaring developed as one of the top hurdlers in the world, he survived by clinging to the wreckage for hours until he was rescued. He developed severe oil poisoning due to being in the water for so long, and was put ashore in Africa to recover. Still, less than a year later, he was back to competing in track meets in England.

Back home in Windsor he was an active athlete, worked as a coach and lent his time to a variety of sports organizations.

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 9 – 11



Rodney Guitarsplat: Blues Stories and Other Tales
The Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Science of Cannabis
Adults Only Night at TELUS Spark, 6 – 10 pm



Bob Bahan Graffiti Mural Unveiling
Antyx Community Arts, Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, 1 – 5 pm

Truck Stop by Machine de Cirque + Happenings 13
Arts Commons, Calgary Municipal Building: 5 – 10 pm

Southcentre Summer Night Markets
Southcentre, August 10 & 11, 5 – 10 pm

Inglewood Night Market
Inglewood, 5 – 11 pm



Opening Reception: If Bees Are Few
Leighton Art Centre, 2 – 4 pm

Scott Everingham, Shawn Evans, Serena Beaulieu: A Small Painting Show
VivianeArt, 2 – 5 pm

Ninth Annual Art in the Garden
3443 Kerry Park Rd SW, 10 am – 4 pm

3 Must-Try Dishes in Calgary


Garlic bread is a heavenly combination of some of life’s best foods — bread, butter and garlic. And just when you think it can’t get any better, enter the garlic bread on Bridgette Bar’s snack menu. It’s one of those dishes you think about long after you gobble it down and leave the restaurant (and wish you’d ordered one for a midnight snack). Each roll is filled with cheese curds and brushed with garlic butter before being sprinkled generously with parmesan and chives. It also earned the title of one of “Where Calgary’s Favourite Dishes” in this year’s Where to Dine Awards.

Photo by Jasmine Croteau.


With a well-deserved reputation in Calgary for exceptional dim sum, Silver Dragon offers the ideal brunch experience. Make sure you arrive before noon — the dining room fills up quickly and line-ups are to be expected. Then take your seat and savour each bite from the roaming food carts. Try one of their enduring favourites, the siu mai, a winning combination of juicy, flavourful pork and shrimp in an open-top dumpling.

Photo by Laura Johnston. 

The most popular appetizer at Briggs Kitchen and Bar, the Newf’s Poutine is stacked high with east coast lobster. A winner of the 2016 Gravy Bowl for Poutine Week, this dish is a must for poutine lovers and anyone unable to resist the temptation of a generous heaping of lobster on crispy fries, topped with Quebec cheese curds and slathered in lobster cream instead of traditional gravy. You could easily share this dish, but you won’t want to.

Photo by Silvia Pikal. 

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 2 – 5



1st Art Exhibition for Ignite – An Opioid Awareness Project
Ignite, 7 – 10 pm

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm



Sherry Telle: Abstract to Realism…and back
Framed on Fifth, 6 – 9 pm



Inglewood Sunfest
Inglewood, 11 am – 6 pm

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony 2018
Olympic Plaza, 8 – 10 pm



Secrets of Chinatown
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 – 3 pm

Cariwest Festival

Are you ready for the very best of Cariwest?

Experience a full weekend of Caribbean colours, food, and music! The biggest and most popular festival of its kind in Western Canada, the Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival promotes Caribbean culture through music and dance.

This colourful and vibrant festival is back for another year—and with a slight change: they’ve moved to the Federal Building Plaza, near the Alberta Legislature grounds. Groove with the street parade down Jasper Ave. and then join in at the Federal Plaza for a grand celebration in the bright and bustling Caribbean Village.

Festival dates: August 10–12, 2018
Location: Federal Building Plaza, 9820-107 St.
For more info, visit the Cariwest festival website.

Schedule of Events

Friday, August 10

Friday Extravaganza—7 pm
Get a sneak-peek of the creative and glamorous parade costumes, plus a chance to enjoy enticing cuisine and vibrant Caribbean musical rhythms.

Saturday, August 11

Parade—starts 12 pm (Noon)
Let the pulsating beats of the Caribbean and the vibrantly coloured costumes carry you down Jasper Ave.! This favourite in Edmonton’s festival scene includes masqueraders in brightly coloured costumes dancing to the rhythms that are synonymous with the Caribbean.

Caribbean Village—12 pm–11 pm
Festivities continue at Federal Building Plaza (aka the Caribbean Village). Enjoy the tastes of the Caribbean with authentic cuisine like jerk chicken and roti. On the main stage, there will be performances from local artists with everything from reggae to soca. Plus, check out the market for its collection of art, crafts, and fashion.

Island Rave—starts 10 pm
Head to Union Hall to party all night with Jeff Jam, Fyah Blazin, Drew Atlas, and Marcus G. This official after-party promises the best in soca and island music. Tickets available online, or last-minute tickets will be available at the Cariwest info booth on the event grounds.

Sunday, August 12

Caribbean Village—12 pm–9 pm
Head back to the Plaza’s Village as it transforms to the laidback island feel. Sip and savour a featured drink in the Appleton’s Rum Gardens.

15 Things to do in Calgary in August


Get the most out of the summer with this list of great things to do in Calgary!

Photo courtesy Heritage Park.

Presented by the Calgary Young People’s Theatre comes Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people” with shows August 1 – 5.

Check out this destination dog show with exhibitors, vendors and judges from around the world from August 3 – 6.

Celebrate Heritage Day at the very place Calgary began on August 6, with free museum tours, a Blackfoot ecology education session, Indigenous artisans, a family friendly movie, kids crafts and much more!

If their names alone don’t set the tone, their aptly titled show certainly does — An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life is in town August 4th.

Focused on the themes of play, recharge and wonder, these two back-to-back weekend camps will see a different guided art activity each evening.

Listen to this Grammy-Award winning group of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali as they perform at the Bella Concert Hall on August 7.

Photo Courtesy Joachim Cooder.

The legendary guitarist, songwriter and producer returns to his Americana roots with covers of old blues, gospel and folk songs on Prodigal Son, plus a few new originals. His first album of six years aims to give a message of hope and resilience. See him August 10.

No matter the weather, Wednesday evenings throughout the month of August will fill Heritage Town Square with live music!

Get whisked away with the soulful sounds of this Alabama native on August 12, who’s touring his second studio album Encore. East’s gravelly voice will glide effortlessly through expertly crafted songs that blend blues, R&B and country.

On August 12, “Bamboleo” all the way to the show!

From August 16 – 19 experience seminars, tastings and networking events, all centered around the enjoyment and development of Calgary’s cocktail scene.

The American blues musicians join forces for their collaborative new album, No Mercy in This Land. See them August 20. 

Photo courtesy Kelly Hofer.

On August 22, the founder of shock-rock returns to Calgary for a night of theatrics and psycho-drama. A Paranormal Evening will undoubtedly live up to Cooper’s signature performances, where heavy metal and punk rock meet horror show, electric chairs, guillotines and fake blood.

Running from August 24 – September 3, Calgary’s best and brightest will be on display at the 28th annual Calgary Pride Week, in celebration of diversity, inclusivity and community. From humble and difficult beginnings, the Calgary Pride Parade has grown to become the second largest parade in the city and is followed by Pride in the Park, where live music and beer gardens continue the festivities.

After quarter finals in Berlin and New York, the world-class international piano competition declares a winner in Calgary. From August 30 – September 8.


Hot Art Round-Up: Jul 26 – 29




39th Annual Calgary Folk Music Festival
July 26 – July 29

Killer of Sheep / Screening
Globe Cinema, The New Gallery: 7 – 9:30 pm



Deep State Prosthetics by Johnathan Onyschuk
The lily contemporary project space, 7 – 11 pm

Public Event: Tea of the Day
WRECK CITY, July 27 – Aug 12 (6 – 9 pm)

WRECK CITY Residency + Exhibition
WRECK CITY, July 27 – Aug 12 (various times and venues)



Betzalel Arts Exhibition – New Works
Calgary JCC, through August 26

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

YYC Alternative Market
Inglewood Community Association Hall, 10 am – 4 pm

Beltline Garden Party & Dog Parade at Lougheed House
Lougheed House, 11 am – 4 pm

Building Bridges Through Arts: Pan-Asian-Canadian Art Experience
Arts Commons, noon – 5 pm

July ATC Workshop and Trading Session
Rumble House, noon – 7 pm



Kensington’s Fantasy Faire
Kensington, 11 am – 5 pm

Open House | Jolie Bird: 1597; Harmonious Frequencies
Esker Foundation, 1:30 – 3 pm

Stryker: Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema
Untitled Art Society, 2 – 4 pm

How To Shop Calgary’s Outlets


Photo courtesy Nordstrom Rack.

Is this really a great deal? Did that come from the mainline store? These tips will help you balance bargains versus style at discount department stores:

Everyone loves getting a good deal so it’s surprise that Calgary has seen some new department store outlets open in the last few years, most notably Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth. Add to it the name recognition of large department stores selling big name designers and the expectations grow even higher. So what should you expect from shopping at a department store outlet?

While the main department stores have a very set program of sale periods and discount promotions, the outlets have new merchandise coming in all the time. They also have their own sale schedule and clearances for even deeper discounts. At first glance the price may seem right, but it pays to remember that designer items sent to the outlet from the main store are not in season, which is one reason you are getting a deal.

Other reasons why you could find a previously regular-priced item at an outlet might be overstock, fit or quality issues, a strange colour, style or print, it was overlooked in a stockroom, or it was altered for a customer and the store ended up with it. Surprisingly, only around 20 percent of items at an outlet are actually goods that were for sale at a mainline store at full price and are now marked down. Many pieces are even made directly by designer brands for the department store outlets using less expensive materials and inferior construction to provide that brand name for less — so if you are seeing a price for you to compare it to, it may not be a sale price versus a regular price so much as a reminder of what the brand’s clothing usually sells for at the main store.

Fear not, you can still find bargains at the outlets, but the best way to get a real deal (and a deal on something real) is to also shop the regular store. Occasionally the clearance opportunities and promotions at the main store will show an even better deal on an item than when you see it at the outlet, so it pays to check in, especially at sale time. If you are familiar with the brands you can learn to recognize a bargain when you see it and even how to spot a made-directly- for-the-outlet item. You can also shop the outlets online and find items not available at your own local brick-and-mortar —just make sure you can still get a refund.

Happy shopping, and remember: it’s only a good deal if it’s something you’ll actually wear!