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7 Places for a Thanksgiving Feast in Calgary 2019

By Anna Rybnickova

All you pumpkin π-fans out there, rejoice! Once again, the Thanksgiving festivities are upon us and there are plenty of places in Calgary where you can spend the day savouring your favourite dishes with your family without all the cooking hustle and bustle. Simply get on that fancy dress and pick a spot!

Carriage House Inn
Saturday – Monday, October 12 – 14
The Carriage House Inn provides three dining options throughout the whole holiday weekend. You can choose from the brunch buffet on Sunday, delicious, three-course dinner on Sunday and holiday Monday, or even take-out dinner from Saturday until Monday so you can enjoy an exquisite feast from the comfort of your home.
Carriage House Inn, 9030 Macleod Trail South, carriagehouse.net

Heritage Park Historical Village
Saturday – Monday, October 12 – 14
Thanksgiving weekend will be your last chance this year to enjoy the attractions of the historical village. A traditional Thanksgiving lunch, themed activities, pumpkin pie baking and crafts are awaiting you at the Wainwright Hotel.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Wainwright Hotel, credit: Heritage Park

Selkirk Grille
Sunday – Monday, October 13 – 14
Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park prepared a delicious Thanksgiving menu that has something for everybody. If you want a light nibble to take with you on the park’s many attractions, enjoy a roast turkey sandwich. If you are in for the whole experience, enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner or lunch with all the traditional goodies, which were given a creative spin.
Selkirk Grille, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, selkirkgrille.ca

The Selkirk Grille, credit: Colin Way Photography

Vegan Thanksgiving at Hearts Choices
Sunday, October 13
Getting tired of the constant image of turkey as the sole meal of this holiday season? This year, plant-lovers of Calgary will have the option to try out a purely vegan Thanksgiving feast, including a vegan turk’y, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing and as a dessert, of course, a pumpkin cashew cheezecake.
Hearts Choices Cafe Market, 4127 6 St NE, heartschoices.com

Courtesy of Hearts Choices

Brunch at Fort Calgary
Sunday, October 13
An overflowing brunch buffet at Fort Calgary is always a good idea. Chef’s selection of hot and cold platters, made-to-order omelettes, eggs benedict, sausages, bacon and everything else and more you expect from an excellent brunch. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving comfort food in style as you also receive a complimentary admission to the Fort Calgary’s museum.
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE, fortcalgary.com

Courtesy of Fort Calgary

Thanksgiving Brunch & Dinner at Glenmore Inn
Sunday, October 13
The Garden Court Atrium at Glenmore Inn will be stuffed with a Thanksgiving buffet for brunch or dinner this year. The feast is suitable for all ages, so bring your whole family together and spend some quality time with your loved ones without the stress of preparations.
Glenmore Inn, 1000 Glenmore Court SE, glenmoreinn.com

Courtesy of the Glenmore Inn

Fall Harvest Dinner at Calgary Zoo
Monday, October 14
If you want to give your Thanksgiving a fun twist, why not spend it at the zoo? Explore the various pavilions and enclosures and then come together for a hearty four-course turkey dinner consisting of everything nice and proper this holiday deserves.
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, calgaryzoo.com

Courtesy of the Calgary Zoo

Fun and Spooky Halloween Events in Calgary

By Rachael Frey & Anna Rybnickova

Ghoul’s Night Out; Courtesy of the Heritage Park

Ready to get spooked? Or are you not a fan of horror thrills? Whether you are looking for a family-friendly event, a sporting activity to get that adrenalin flowing or just want to finally dress up in your best costume, Calgary offers something for everyone this October.

October 12 – 14
Join Billy, Roxy and the Boo Crew at Calaway Park. Take a stroll down Hallo-Street and enjoy all your favourite rides. Dress up as your favorite character and enjoy family-friendly tricks and treats. The characters for this weekend’s meet & greet are Ariel & Ursula on Saturday, Batgirl & Harley Quinn on Sunday and Aurora & Maleficent on Holiday Monday. Come & meet them all!
Calaway Park, 245033 Range Rd 33, calawaypark.com

HEX Halloween & Entertainment Expo
October 11 – 14
The inaugural HEX promises to be a scream, packed with celebrity appearances, zombie-filled haunted houses, escape rooms, thrill rides, a screening room, seminars and workshops, freaky carnival games and a Halloween-focused tradeshow. Celebrity guests include Nick Castle (Halloween’s Michael Myers), the cast of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Meat Loaf, Ted Raimi and the cast of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Hex, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE, hex.ca

Courtesy of Hex Halloween Expo

Autumn Pumpkin Festival
Every weekend in October
The Calgary Corn Maze and Fun Farm offers something for everyone. Explore the corn maze, pet fuzzy animals, decorate pumpkins, cheer on your favourite pig at the pig races (yes, that’s right — they race each other), hit a round or two on the mini golf course, and visit the pumpkin patch for the perfect photo-op. You can choose your own pumpkin for purchase, and watch pumpkins explode once a day — they’re full of candy.
Calgary Farmyard, 284022 Township Road 224, calgaryfarmyard.com

Halloween Howl
October 19
Dress up in your best costume and run for a good cause! All proceeds from the Halloween Howl support the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. Individuals or teams can register for a 3K or 5K fun run/walk or a 10K chip-timed run.
Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, eauclairemarket.com

Courtesy of Hex Halloween Expo

Alberta Ballet’s Frankenstein
October 23 – 26
Alberta Ballet is breathing life in to the chilling “fairytale for adults” — Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered to be the first science-fiction novel ever written. This world premiere, which features a sophisticated set design and haunting soundtrack, will transpose the classic narrative to North America in 2019. “It will somehow connect stronger because of how the audience is going to relate to the technology, the advance of artificial intelligence, stem cell research and cloning,” says Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître. The performance is not recommended for children or the faint of heart.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, albertaballet.com

Alberta Ballet, Frankenstein; Credit: Paul McGrath, Zacharie Dun

Ghouls’ Night Out
October 24 – 27
For a safe, fun night for those with early bedtimes, explore the streets of Heritage Park in your favourite costume. There’s lots of spooky activities to keep the little ones (and their caregivers) entertained, including an Alice in Wonderland Tea, haunted funhouse, pumpkin patch, scary stories, a Halloween dance, trick-or-treating and you can even meet the Addams family!
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Ghosts and Gourmet
October 29 – November 1
See Heritage Park Historical Village after dark in the Ghosts and Gourmet dinner series, where you’ll be regaled with spooky stories while enjoying an autumn-inspired meal in the Wainwright Hotel before stepping inside the historical homes that are purportedly haunted. The tours are conducted by expert guides and are based on eerie tales collected from staff and guests since the park first opened in the 1960s.
Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, heritagepark.ca

Ghosts & Gourmet, Courtesy of the Heritage Park

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 3 – 6



Unveiling Joe Fafard’s Last Major Work on Masters Gallery’s new outdoor exhibition stage
Master’s Gallery, opening reception 5 – 7 pm

Chris Cran and Mark Mullin Exhibition Opening Reception
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Artist Talk: Burning the Midnight Oil with Dan Cardinal McCartney
Contemporary Calgary, 6 – 8 pm

White Rabbit
Nvrlnd.yyc, through October 25 (check link for date/time details)



Curated FALL Market CALGARY
Bowness Community Association, Friday (5 – 9 pm) & Saturday (10 am – 4 pm)

Eclectikana: paintings and sculpture by Carol Nelson Meleshko
Framed on Fifth, artist opening 6 – 9 pm



Farmers Market Saturdays
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

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

Gerard Burns: New Paintings
Loch Gallery, through October 12

Coven Collective
Tuxedo Park Community Centre, 11 am – 10 pm

Spooktacular Night Market
3333 Richardson Way SW, 6 – 10 pm



Commonwealth Collectors Club // Fall Edition
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 11 am – 5 pm

Alberta Ballet Costume Sale! Open to the public!
Alberta Ballet, noon – 5 pm

Interview: Vegan Chef Lexx Ambrose

By Anna Rybnickova

Credit: Britton Ledingham

When they were 19, Lexx Ambrose decided they wanted to be a chef. They became fascinated by the skills of their roommate who was a cook at a restaurant at that time. Since they were raised in an artist-forward family, they decided to turn creativity into a career. Ambrose became a vegan more than five years ago while they were a sous chef at the mainly meat-based Cactus Club Cafe in Vancouver. For a year, they were struggling to decide why they continued to work in an environment that didn’t align with their values anymore. Eventually, they became a head chef at Zend Conscious Lounge in Vancouver. After taking a leap of faith, they moved to Calgary to help open an entirely vegan brunch spot — The Dandelion in Ramsay. They were lucky to be at the point in their career where they had the ability to specialize in a more niche market such as vegan food. Now, Ambrose is a freelance vegan chef with their own company Plant Plate, catering for retreats and private events, organizing workshops and much more.

What is your favourite vegetarian/vegan place to go to in YYC? Why?

This is such a hard question to narrow down because so many places offer so many different great ideas involving food. However, Raw Eatery and Market in Kensington hits the top of places I’ve been back to the most. When you invest in a meal, you invest in who makes it and I truly believe you can taste intention and love. I have never eaten something from Raw that wasn’t jam-packed full of love, the owners live and breathe that place including choosing to truly care about their business and the people who come in which is huge for me when deciding where I choose to spend my money.

How do you perceive the vegan/vegetarian scene in Calgary? Do businesses respond to this trend and is there enough to choose from?

Calgary is starting to come up for sure, in the past four years alone it’s incredible to see everything that has popped up and what is coming to our city soon — such as a vegan butcher shop called Charcuterie that has taken social media by storm with local excitement. Calgary responds very well to vegan and veg business ventures, I have watched all walks of life embrace the food scene with open arms and come back time and time again. It’s very cool to be a part of that support and watch a city like Calgary become more open. As for is there enough to choose from? Never enough! Calgary is so vast in geography that it would take an entire economy of vegan food to even scratch the surface of our city. Vancouver is half the land size and outnumbers us with vegan food by the hundreds. Every corner you turn you can find something, whereas here we are still in the phase of having to plan destinations in order to eat veg luxury.

What are some of the ways the culinary scene in Calgary could improve in regard to a vegetarian and vegan diet?

Calgary needs more innovation, we have lots of comfort food, which is wonderful, especially since our city is more winter than city and comfort food may be the only thing that keeps people here — kidding of course. But we need places offering experiences that blow people away with culinary skills. Maybe our economy isn’t in a place to sustain that kind of business yet but I have a feeling it will come, I say this with confidence because of future plans I have myself and hopefully others are out there thinking the same thing and are just waiting for the right time to do so.

Where would you recommend getting vegan ingredients that are a bit harder to get in the city?

Most people venturing into the vegan cooking world can actually find anything you would cook within any grocery store you walk into, however for those wanting to challenge themselves to make more elaborate recipes I would say Bulk Barn is a good place to start for things such as vital wheat gluten, nutritional yeast, or egg replacing ingredients such as flax. To achieve tricks like egg taste in food you’ll need to add kala namak black salt to your spice cupboard, it has a very sulphuric taste and smell which adds to the overall and that can be found at The Silk Road Spice Merchant in Inglewood, which I highly recommend everyone check out because it’s a chef’s candy shop. Lastly, I would say Community Natural Foods has a vast selection of other ingredients you won’t find in a typical grocery store.

You are a freelance vegan chef. Where can people see you in action?

To see me in action you’d have to summon me to work with you or for you, I offer meal prep services, private workshops, private chef experiences, retreats, catering, you name it and I probably do it on some level. If you follow me on social media you might catch announcements for pop-up dinners in collaboration with other businesses, but if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to plan anything and only gets involved in experiences on a whim, we’ll never cross paths because I’m not situated in an open environment that is shared with the general public. So if anyone out there wants to connect, find me online and do so — I’m all about social connections, even if I don’t feed you and you just want to talk food, I’ll be into it.

If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

This is surprisingly easy to answer. Pancakes. And why? Because pancakes have never let me down. I have never had a plate of pancakes and experienced disappointment. So why risk eating one thing forever if I’ve been disappointed by it in the past? Eat smart, eat pancakes.


9 Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants to Try in Calgary

By Anna Rybnickova

Courtesy of The Allium

In this day and age, being a vegan or a vegetarian is far from rare, and businesses are responding accordingly to this new demand. A few years ago, the only thing a vegetarian could eat at a restaurant were fries or a salad, in the recent years veggie restaurants have sprung up all over the place and as for menu choices, the sky is the limit — fortunately, Calgary’s culinary scene is no exception.


The Coup has become a somewhat classic in the vegetarian and vegan scene of Calgary and no wonder! Most of their ingredients come from local organic farms, their dishes are always fresh and made from scratch and their deep ecological ethics are an inspiration to many. Along with a wonderfully friendly staff, their culinary wonders that will appear on your plate, brimming with delicious goodies, will make this an experience your taste buds won’t forget any time soon!

924 17 Ave SW, thecoup.ca


This cute, plant-based restaurant located in the busy heart of Calgary’s beltline offers exclusive dishes made from locally sourced, ethical ingredients which are given a creative spin by the Allium’s chefs and the whole kitchen team. You won’t find any regular veggie spin-offs of carnivore meals here as the dishes are crafted individually and with a purpose to be valuable and yummy in their own right. Together with a wide selection of cocktails, the cozy environment full of hipster ceiling plant hangers filled with greenery, the muted colours, wood and large windows, this place will win your heart.

211a 12 Ave SW, theallium.ca

Courtesy of The Allium


With two locations to choose from, this purely vegan café offers a wide variety of plant-based dishes, inspired by Thai, European and Canadian cuisine. There is no need to limit yourself when it comes to classics, such as burgers or even poutine! Their BBQ Pulled Porkless Burger made of jackfruit or Mac N’ Cheeze with homemade cashew cheezy sauce are simply finger-licking good.

4127 6 Street NE; 510 77 Ave SE, heartschoices.com


Located in the trendy Beltline district, this small family-owned café offers everything your veggie-loving heart desires. Their motto is to offer delicious, fast, plant-based meals that are healthy and affordable. SaVeg was born from the combination of Korean cuisine and vegan cooking. You can enjoy favourite classics with a delightful twist, such as “No Eggs Benedict” or “Fillet No Fish” and pair it with one of their fun smoothies, overflowing with fruit and all that is good and pure.

637 11 Ave SW, savegcafe.ca

Courtesy of saVeg


This café, located in up-and-coming Ramsay, combines consciously chosen ingredients with delicious flavours in order to create unique dishes that will satisfy all your cravings. Their menu gradually changes throughout the year so as to always use seasonal produce. Try their signature Dandelion Bowl and enjoy one of their freshly squeezed juices.

1048 8 St SE, thedandelionyyc.ca

And where to take your carnivore friends so you can all enjoy a meal of your choice?


This bistro offers a wide range of plant and meat-based dishes for all times of day, be it breakfast, brunch, lunch or anything in between. The chefs innovatively created a menu full of veggie and vegan options that will leave your tummy full and happy.

824 Edmonton Trail

Mighty Buddha Brunch Bowl, Namo Café & Bistro, credit curiocitycalgary


East Indian cuisine in Calgary offers many choices to meat and plant lovers alike. Start your dining experience with a little appetizer, how about a delicious vegetable samosa? Then continue onto all your favourite veggie dishes from the Indian cuisine that will take you to the faraway lands.

1110 Panatella Blvd NW, tamarindcalgary.com


This contemporary all-day-restaurant will dazzle you with its chic, modern design and family-style dining. The variety of plant-based meals, salads and pasta to choose from is combined with fish and meat meals, so everyone leaves happy. The restaurant also offers a brunch menu and the Little Henry café right next door serves high-quality coffee and little nibbles.

1209 1 St SW, tenfoothenry.com

Courtesy of Ten Foot Henry


Who says Italian food is all about meat? This Italian street food bistro, with numerous branches throughout Calgary and popular among locals, offers delicious Italian food that everyone can enjoy. Their vegetarian piadina, pasta, pizza or insalate, topped up with Tuscan fries and a glass of original Italian beer makes this a place worth a visit.

1520 14 St SW; 7929 11 St SE; 104 Country Village Rd NE; 515-4700 130 Ave SE, viacibo.com

Grilled vegetable pizza, Via Cibo, credit: Send and Receive

Hot Art Round-Up: Sep 26 – 29



Dynamic Environment: Panel Discussion and Opening Reception
Contemporary Calgary, 6 – 9 pm (RSVP)

Alberta Rose W. / Ingnuuk – A Door That Was Always Unlocked
Marion Nicoll Gallery, reception 6 – 8 pm

Métis culture History Happenings event!
Lougheed House, 5:30 – 9:30 pm (ticketed)



Dynamic Environment: Steve Gurysh, Parts Per Trillion
Edworthy Park, 9 am – noon

Alberta Culture Days Celebration
cSPACE, Friday 10 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am- 5 pm

Artist Talk with Katie Ohe
University of Calgary Department of Art, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Alberta Culture Days
Blackboard Gallery, Friday and Saturday noon – 5 pm

Dynamic Environment: Tim Knowles, Flow Paths
Contemporary Calgary, 1 – 2 pm

Dynamic Environment: Stokley Towles, Surfing Underground
Contemporary Calgary, 6 – 8 pm

Daughters of Uranium, an exhibition by Mary Kavanagh
Founders’ Gallery/Military Museums opening reception 6 – 9 pm

inii : Alberta Culture Days at containR & cSPACE
cSPACE: Friday (6 – 10 pm), Saturday (1 – 10 pm)

Fall Exhibitions Launch
Esker Foundation, 6 – 10 pm

Muslim Art Movement VII
Festival Hall, 6:30 – 10 pm

AlterNATIVE: Atsiniiksisstsii
Glenbow Museum, 7 – 9 pm

Fresh Frames Youth Animation Showcase
Calgary Central Library, 7 – 9 pm



Farmers Market Saturdays
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Dynamic Environment: Becky Shaw, How Deep is Your Love?
Contemporary Calgary, 10 am – 3 pm

Doors Open YYC 2019
Citywide, 10 am – 4 pm

From the Easel Art Show and Sale
Willow Ridge Community Association of Calgary, 10 am – 4 pm

Etsy: Made in Canada – Calgary 2019
Genesis Centre, 10 am – 5 pm

Robbie Craig’s Northern Projects Calgary, AB Show
Hampton Inn by Hilton Calgary Airport North, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Print It Yourself Festival (PIY)
Alberta Printmakers Gallery and Studio, 11 am – 4 pm

Scotiabank Backbeat presents: Instrument Petting Zoo
National Music Centre, 1 – 2:45 pm (ticketed)

Esse + Esker
Esker Foundation, Saturday and Sunday 1 – 4 pm

94th Annual Open Water – Opening Reception
Leighton Art Centre, 2 – 4pm

22 Anniversary Trade
Artist Trading Cards Calgary/TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary: 4 – 7 pm

Eye for the Wild Gallery Event
Calgary Central Library, 6 – 8:30 pm

Taytayski’s Closing show at Village Brewery
Village Brewery, 6 – 10 pm



Free behind-the-scenes tours
Lougheed House, 10 am – 3 pm

2019 Fall Festival
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 11 am – 6 pm

5 Places to Light up Your Cowboy Spirit in Calgary

By Anna Rybnickova

Courtesy of Cowboys Nightclub

Calgary Stampede is over but you still crave that western-country vibe? Don’t despair — Calgary isn’t called the Cow-Town for nothing! Whether it’s those bootstompin’ rhythms or the cuisine of the Old West you are after, this city has something for everybody.


Yeah, take your horse to the old town road and park it by the Cowboys Dance Hall & Casino in the heart of the city. The place has a vibrant western energy bursting out of every nook and cranny. The nightclub offers line dancing, live concerts, DJs and theme nights and has a conjoining casino where you can play all the games worthy of a true cowboy.

421 – 12 Ave SE, cowboysnightclub.com; cowboyscasino.ca


Experience for yourself Calgary’s “greatest honky tonk.” This western-style cookhouse has it all — an overflowing bar, a stage and a mechanical bull on which you can test your skills and stamina, not to mention a menu like from the Old Wild West, including burgers, ribs and wings. Put that 10-gallon hat back on and have an ace-high time.

9615 Macleod Trail SE, ranchmans.com


Whether you’re heading to the dance floor in one of the clubs or just want to glam your outfit a little bit, you can pull off a good pair of cowboy boots with basically anything in this town! Alberta Boot Company has been making them since 1978 and since then has outfitted royalty, movie stars, entertainers, celebrities, athletes, public figures, religious leaders and everyone else who is caught in the fascinating air surrounding the Wild West.

50 – 50 Ave SE, albertaboot.com


Have you always wanted to learn those country moves but never got the chance? Well, now’s your time to shine. Professional instructors will teach you the secrets of modern western swing, line dancing and even aerial maneuvers. Get those boots on and get down on the dance floor!

544 42 Avenue SE, outlawdance.com


Since 1919, Smithbilt Hats has been producing the cowboy hats for a wide range of clientele. Their signature “Calgary white hat,” which symbolizes hospitality, is ever-popular in Alberta and has even been worn by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This accessory is the sign of a true cowboy so why not get it from a traditional business and support a local craft?

1015 – 11 St SE, smithbilthats.com

Courtesy of the Smithbilt Hats

Hot Art Round-Up: Sep 19 – 22



Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition
Opening reception cSPACE King Edward, 6 – 8 pm (RSVP)
cSPACE King Edward September 18 – 29
Arts Commons, October 1 – November 29
Calgary Central Library, December 2 – January 18

Nerd Nite #46 – Season 6 Opener!
WURST, 6 – 10 pm



Artist Talk with Marigold Santos
University of Calgary Department of Art, 11 am – 12:30 pm

PARK(ing) Day 2019
Kensington, noon – 6 pm

Open House & Mural Reveal – Evolved Movement Arts
Evolved Movement Arts, 6 – 10 pm

Share the Dream ’19 Gala
KO Arts Centre, 7 pm – 11:30 pm

Spectral Illuminations IV
Memorial Park Library, 8 – 11 pm

Cosmic Walk in the Park – Beakerhead
Central Memorial Park, 8 – 11 pm

Serena Beaulieu: opening reception
Vivianart, 6 – 9 pm



Calgary ArtWalk Festival 2019
Saturday and Sunday

Calgary ArtWalk Galleria Inglewood
Saturday and Sunday

Calgary ArtWalk Blackboard Gallery
Saturday, 1 – 5 pm

East Side Studio Crawl 2019!
Inglewood/Ramsay: 11 am – 5 pm

Bratsa Bonifacho and James Wyper: Mentor / Protégé
Masters Gallery, Opening Reception: 11 am – 4pm

Teresa Posyniak: Ponderosa
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 4 pm

Viviana Pacheco Resident Artist Reception
New Motion Gallery, 4 – 8 pm

Mad Max Ride at Beakerhead’s Spectacle
Simmons Building, East Village: 4 – 10 pm

Summer Forever Night Market
Tigerstedt Flea Pop Up Market, 6 pm

Geoffrey Hunter: Magnets, Garlic and Diamonds
Evelyne Brader-Frank: “Mollis Curvae”
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, opening reception 2 – 4 pm



Fred’s Art Sale
Nvrlnd.yyc, noon – 6 pm

The Brutal Tour 3
Contemporary Calgary, 1 – 3 pm (ticketed)

Nancy Holmes Poetry Reading
Christine Klassen Gallery, 2 – 3 pm

Wild Constructs with Beakerhead Festival
The Plaza Theatre, 6:15 – 8 pm (ticketed)

6 European Pastry Shops to Visit in Calgary

By Anna Rybnickova

Whether you have just returned from that romantic trip in France, have a sweet-tooth craving, are feeling blue from the autumn rain or just want to explore what the different European tastes have to offer, these suggestions for European-style bakeries (and more) will satisfy your pastry needs.


Located on the liveliest vein in the city, Rustic Sourdough Bakery & Deli has been serving the Calgary community for over 40 years. It offers sourdough bread and buns — popular throughout Central and Eastern Europe — as well as cakes and pastries. It also has a deli section, where the customers can purchase 80 types of meat, 40 different kinds of cheese and a wide selection of groceries imported from Europe. If you want to explore European cuisine, this is the place to go.

1305 17 Ave SW, rusticsourdoughbakery.com


This cute little café in the indie heart of Calgary is the perfect place to go when you’re feeling blue and need a little cheer-up. It lets you indulge in French-style pastries and cakes, tarts, crêpes and various sandwiches and soups. The place welcomes you with the warm, sweet smell of freshly made pastries and wraps you in a homey atmosphere. When the weather permits, you can also sit outside on a little patio and watch the hustle and bustle of Calgary life.

2435 4 St SW, la-boulangerie-calgary.com


This European bakery in the very centre of Calgary offers sweet and salty Eastern European and Balkan pastries. You can enjoy a fresh burek and quevap or poke around and explore the shelves stacked with imported goods from various European countries. The bakery also makes numerous cakes and tarts and many different types of bread. The attached deli offers a variety of meats and the wonderfully friendly ladies at the counter are sure to make your visit even more pleasant.

515 17 Ave SW, europeanbakerydeli.com


This sweet French pastry shop located in Calgary’s northwest offers all that your sweet tooth might crave and more. The owner is a biomedical engineer by education but his passion for baking led him on a path to opening his own bakery. Crunchy, flaky croissants, éclairs and tarts are awaiting you!

1049 40 Ave NW


Tucked away just off Fourth Street, the colourful yellow and white house looks inviting even from a distance. Therein resides the France-trained chef Yann Blanchard, who got his experience and love for French pastries while working in his parents’ bakery in France. Once you enter, you will be surrounded by the sweet smells of various macarons, cakes, les petits gateaux and other treats just waiting to melt on your tongue.

329 23 Ave SW, yannboutique.com


Manuel Latruwe is a Belgian style pastry shop located in downtown Calgary. The owner, born and raised Belgian Manuel Latruwe, developed a knack for baking at an early age and transported his love over the ocean to Calgary. You will be greeted by a relaxed atmosphere in which you will be able to enjoy Belgian waffles, tarts, cakes or specialty croquet sandwiches.

1333 1 St SE, manuellaruwe.com

Hot Art Round-Up: Sep 12 – 15



A Closer Look Tour: Niitsitapiisinni: Our Way of Life
Glenbow Museum: 1 – 2 pm

Sonja Neven: Magic Circles – Revealing Wonder
Jill Nuckles – Small Conversations
Blackboard Gallery, opening reception 5 – 8 pm

Shifting Shelter by Vessna Perunovich
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, opening reception 5 – 8 pm

Attila Richard Lukacs – Your Name Here
Herringer-Kiss Gallery, opening reception 5 – 8 pm

Closing Reception MFA Graduates Exhibitions
Nickle Galleries, 5 – 8 pm

Alberta Craft Council Artist Showcase Reception
cSPACE, 5 – 8 pm

Barbara Milne: Ambient Light
The Edge Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Andrew Mirth – Tales from the Oort Cloud
New Edward Gallery, Thursday & Friday 7 – 10 pm, Saturday 2 – 6 pm



Small Paintings in September
Webster Galleries, through September 28

Gallery Tour with Vessna Perunovich and Magda Gonzalez-Mora
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, 11 am and 2:30 pm

Fare Trade Fundraiser: 2 cents cart // Teresa Tam
CommunityWise, M:ST Performative Art: noon – 2 pm

Ghost Stories YYC – Group Art Show
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 5 – 9 pm

Inglewood Night Market
Friday and Saturday, 5 – 11 pm

2019 Autumn Members Exhibition
Artpoint, 5 – 9 pm

YYC Fright Fest 2019
Eau Claire Market, Friday – Sunday

In Bloom or in Doom / Adrian Gor
Alberta Printmakers, 7 – 9 pm

Reza Rezaï / Mehmoon
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 7 – 11 pm

Only the Losers: Roy Caussy
Stride Gallery, 8 – 11 pm

Michèle Pearson Clarke / Suck Teeth Compositions
The New Gallery, 8 – 11:30 pm

Friday the 13th Adult Private Party
New Motion Gallery, 8 pm – midnight (ticketed)



Farmers Market Saturdays
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 3 pm

Paper Crafters Yard Sale
Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, 9 am – 2 pm

New and Used Art Supply Sale
New Motion Gallery, 10 am – 3 pm

Angela Morgan: salt of the earth, peppering the sky
Gibson Fine Art, opening reception 10 am – 1 pm

Reza Rezaï: Artist Talk
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 1 – 3 pm

Moonlight Market
East Village Calgary, 3 – 10 pm

Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest
Eau Claire Market, The Fright Festival: 5 – 6 pm

Saturday MASS Screening Series
Globe Cinema, 7 pm

Shona Rae and the Bona Fides New Music Release Party/Fundraiser for Elephant Artist Relief Society
Mikey’s on 12th, 9 pm – midnight



Barbara Sternberg’s Untitled #1 (sun vision)
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, 8 – 10 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Sep 5 – 8



Fall Artist Launch: Lowell Scott
Zero Issue Brewing, 3 – 8 pm

2019 Honens Festival: Duo 19:21
Stephen Avenue Walk, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Good Things Come in 3’s Opening Night
Parkdale Community Association, 5 – 10 pm



Art Exhibition Open House
1404- 20 Ave NW, Friday (noon – 8 pm) Sat (10 am – 8 pm) Sunday (10 am – 6 pm)

2019 Honens Festival: 176 Keys
Stephen Avenue Walk, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Open Studio
Nvrlnd.yyc, 5 – 9 pm

Sondra Meszaros: Camoufleurs
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Shaping Alberta
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 7 – 9 pm

ALIEN – Femme Wave 2019 Festival Fundraiser
Globe Cinema, 8 pm – midnight



Farmers Market Saturdays
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 3 pm

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre presents: Clothing Sale
Inside Out Theatre, Eau Claire: Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

Coming Up Next – Exhibition Opening
cSPACE: 2 – 4 pm

Susanne Aaltonen: From Mustasaari
Paul Kuhn Gallery opening reception 2 – 5 pm

Modern Times Redux
The Grand, 7 – 10 pm (ticketed)



Passport to the Arts in the Garden
1124 – 15 St NW, 10 am – 4 pm

Calgary Red & White Calgary Comic Card & Toy Expo Fall 2019
McMahon Stadium, 10 am – 5 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 29 – Sep 1



BUMP Artist Talk / Workshop / DJs / with Contemporary Calgary
Contemporary Calgary, 7 – 10 pm

Not funny, too expensive — Publication Launch
CJSW, 8:30 – 10 pm

Bike-In Cinema! Ahomapénî
Sunalta Community Centre, 9 – 11 pm



Movie in the Park: Beautiful Losers – BUMP Festival – August 30
Beltline Urban Murals Project, 4 – 11:30 pm

Artist Reception
Arts Commons, 7 – 10 pm



Farmers Market Saturdays
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 3 pm

Say Yes to the Press! Letterpress Day at A/P! (ticketed)
Alberta Printmakers, 11 am – 5 pm

ICB Alley Party feat. Sango, Jubilee, Lou Phelps : BUMP Festival
Inner City Brewing Company, 2 – 10 pm

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



Rocky Horror Picture Show at Calgary Pride
Globe Cinema, 11:30 pm – 2 am