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Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 15-18



The Small Carvings Exhibit and Sale
Webster Galleries, through November 30

Art Market Art & Craft Fair 2018
Telus Convention Centre
Thursday & Friday (10 am – 9 pm) Saturday (10 am – 7 pm)  Sunday (10am – 5 pm)

Robert Bateman Sale
Avenida Art & Framing Gallery (through December 24)

Femme Wave 2018
Thursday – Sunday, various times and venues



Christmas Artisan Sale
Christ Church, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Thorncliffe Greenview Craft Fair
Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Anna Ostberg: Contrast + Camouflage
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery: opening receptions Friday (5 – 9 pm) Saturday (2 – 5 pm)

Calgary Night Market Holiday Shopping Series
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Christmas Launch & Open House
Loughheed House, 6 – 9 pm

The space, which is in between and neither before nor after
Blank Page Studio, Friday – Sunday

Kyle Beal solo exhibition
VIVIANEART Gallery, opening reception 6 – 9 pm



Connections 17 – Art Sale
756 Parkridge Dr SE, 10 am – 5 pm

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

Winter Market
Millican Ogden Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Art Exhibition and Sale
Calgary Sketch Club, Canyon Meadows Community Association: 10 am – 4 pm

Hand Made Here Holiday Art Show and Sale 2018
Triwood Community Hall, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Christmas Show
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, through December 24

Artisan Holiday Market
Marlborough Park Community Association, 11 am – 5 pm

Bee Kingdom Glass Christmas Sale 2018
Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5 pm

Robert E. Wood Solo Exhibition
Gainsborough Galleries, noon – 5 pm

Meet & Greet with Chris Kuzmanovich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 3 pm

Marjan Eggermont & Bill Laing – Opening Receptions
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Anthony Redpath: Distilled
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Do More with More – Stride Gallery Annual Art Auction Fundraiser
Stride Gallery, 8 pm – 11 pm


Open Studio: The Stimulant
Arts Commons, 1 – 5 pm

Perspectives YYC Presents: Austin Kamenz
Vintage Caffeine Company (West Hillhurst), 2 – 5 pm

Winners and Losers play is sparking conversation


In Winners and Losers, on stage at Arts Commons from November 15-25, two friends and performers debate on stage over whether certain topics are winners or losers. The random topics run the gamut from Robin Williams to Meghan Markle, and camping to private schools. Is Meghan Markle a winner or a loser? That depends on which person you ask, because the two friends are each shaped by their different life experiences. 

Courtesy Chromatic Theatre.

“The two women are different races, different ages, different generations, and they bring a variety of different opinions to the table — and they might not always be the ones you expect,” says Jenna Rodgers, the founder and artistic director for Chromatic Theatre, which develops and supports culturally diverse voices in Calgary’s theatre community. Winners and Losers is a Calgary adaptation of an original play co-written and performed by Canadian theatre artists and friends Marcus Youssef and James Long. 

One Yellow Rabbit hosted the show’s run in Calgary in 2017 as part of the High Performance Rodeo, but it’s going to be new to audiences here, even if you’ve seen it before, since Rodgers and the two performers, Makambe K. Simamba and Valerie Planche, have re-written and re-cast the performance with an all-female team. 

“Gender is a construct, but we all know what society tells us about gender is that men and women fight differently — so what is at the core of our fighting?” Rodgers says. “How do you achieve similar effects when you flip the gender? Does gender matter at the core of the play? Can we get people talking the same way they were able to get conversation started with their work?”

The production premiered at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival in August, and Rodgers says the audience was keen to jump up and ask questions — or protest if they didn’t agree with the way the conversation was going. The play is scripted but the performers do ask for talking points from the audience, so don’t hesitate to bring your own ideas. 

“It’s a play that’s going to encourage you to have a conversation,” Rodgers says. “Bring a friend who you like having long, passionate talks over a drink with, or a friend you wish you could have a long, passionate talk over a drink with, because there will be plenty of fodder for conversation and thinking about your worldview afterwards.”

6 Calgary Christmas markets to visit this season


Holiday shopping season is upon us – and it doesn’t have to feel daunting. If busy malls aren’t your thing, head to one of these great local markets for inspired gift ideas, or simply to soak up the seasonal spirit. You’ll be supporting local vendors, getting a breath of fresh air, and turning an often-begrudged activity into a fun, leisurely experience.

Courtesy YYC Alternative Christmas Market.

Looking to buy and promote local in your shopping this year? This neighbourhood market is for you. On November 24, the annual Alternative Christmas Market will be hosting YYC-based vendors at the Inglewood Community Association Hall, selling everything from tea, vintage goods, artisanal doughnuts and more.

From December 7 – 9 and 14 – 16 at the BMO Centre, Market Collective is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with handcrafted wares for sale, along with food and beverage options and entertainment from musicians, DJs and some surprises along the way. Admission is $5, and free for kids 12 and under.

For the next three weekends, Spruce Meadows will be alight with the holiday spirit for its annual Christmas market. There’s a free shuttle bus to the grounds from the Somerset/Bridlewood LRT station, as well as limited public parking. Tickets are $12 per person, or $10 if you buy in advance.

Courtesy MarketSpot.

Running until December 31st, this pop-up shop has set up on the second floor of The Core Shopping Centre. Visit the MarketSpot storefront to wander through aisles of paintings, jewelry and more.

A great option for those living in or visiting Marda Loop, this one-day market  at the Marda Loop Communities Association on December 15 will be in support of the Calgary Interfaith Foodbank – so take the chance to give back while you shop.

Until December 23, enjoy a seasonal touch to the Calgary Farmer’s Market with special vendors dedicated to all of your favourite Christmas goods, from gourmet nuts to festive fruit wines.

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 8-11



Art for War and Peace Exhibition
Micah Gallery at Fort Calgary (through November 11)
Art talk on November 11 at noon

First Solo Art Exhibition: Mosaic Portraits
Studio C, cSPACE: 5 – 7 pm

Nicole Mary – Safety Nets
Marion Nicoll Gallery, ACAD: 6 – 8 pm

Alexa Bunnell: maybe there is enough room for the two of us in this town after all
The Wall Gallery, ACAD: 6 – 8 pm

Sarabeth Carnat: Sublime
Fine Art Jewellery Exhibition and Sale (through Dec 29)
Opening Reception: Thursday, 5 – 8pm


Artist Talk with Adrian Stimson
University of Calgary Department of Art, 10 – 11:30 am

Main Space / The Topography of Bodily Sentiments
The New Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Mixed Media Art Night
Loft 112, 6:30 – 9 pm

I feel the air of another world: Jen Reimer & Magnus Tiesenhausen
Esker Foundation, 7 – 8 pm

Fluid Me – An exhibition by Mao Kun Chen, artists reception
The Bridge Inc, 7 – 10 pm

Hannah Petkau: ebb and flow
Untitled Art Society, opening reception 7 – 11 pm

You hold me, as I fumble to emulate your care
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 7 – 11 pm

Jocelyn Reid: Lay your weight on me, I will make you free
Untitled Art Society, opening reception 7 pm – 1 am


Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

Galleria Christmas open house
Galleria Inglewood, 10 am – 5 pm

Christmas in the Country Art Sale
Leighton Art Centre, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Annual Fall Show & Sale
Calgary Creative Arts Guild, Montgomery Community Centre, 10 am – 4 pm

The Group Art society of Calgary’s Fall Show and sale
St Peter’s Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Southern Alberta Art Alliance 2018 Fall Art Show
Holy Cross Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Pop Up Shop Grand Opening
MarketSpot YYC, CrossIron Mills: noon – 4 pm

Joanne MacDonald and Thai Le Ngo Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Maria Loaiza resident artist meet and greet
Motion Gallery, 5 – 7 pm


Fort Calgary Artisan Fair
Fort Calgary, 11:30 am – 5pm

Remembrance Day events in Calgary


November 11 is a very important day of reverence for people across Canada and around the world. Each year, there are a number of events in Calgary held specifically to honour those who lost their lives fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today. If you’re looking for a way to remember our fallen soldiers and give thanks, we’ve put together a list of options for where to pay your respects on Remembrance Day.

Photo: Silvia Pikal.

Remembrance Day installation at Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
This beautiful Church in downtown Calgary is honouring the fallen with a display of thousands of handmade crocheted poppies. It’s been up for over a week now and makes for a peaceful place to gather and remember.
604 1 St SE, www.anglicancathedralcalgary.ca

Field of Crosses
Over 3400 crosses line Memorial Drive, row on row, from November 1-11 each year, each memorializing the name and regiment of a Southern Alberta soldier who paid the ultimate price for our freedom in the line of duty. Each day that the crosses stand guard on the hill, a sunrise and sunset ceremony, complete with bugling and speeches, is conducted to accompany the raising and lowering of the flags. The ceremonies culminate in a Remembrance Day memorial service at 10:30 am on November 11. The general public is invited to attend any of the free ceremonies, or come walk among the crosses at their leisure whenever they can over their 11 days on duty.
Sunnyside Bank Park, 200 Memorial Drive NW, www.fieldofcrosses.com

The Hangar Flight Museum
Every year the Hangar Flight Museum holds an outdoor ceremony for Remembrance Day. Arrive by 10:15 am; ceremony starts at 10:30 am. This year, the museum will also mark the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid and the 60th anniversary of NORAD. The museum is accepting donations to the Veterans Food Bank. Stay afterwards to tour the exhibits at the museum, where admission will be by donation.
4629 McCall Way NE, www.thehangarmuseum.ca

The Military Museums
After a traditional memorial service at 10:30 am, The Military Museums will be open to the public free of admission, with many veterans in attendance to share their stories. Non-perishable food item donations are encouraged. Keep in mind that there will be limited parking available on site in the field to the east of the Parade Square. You can also park at the Flames Community Arena.
4520 Crowchild Trail SW, 403-410-2340, www.themilitarymuseums.ca

Central Memorial Park
Pay your respects as the Calgary Highlanders infantry regiment march along 4th St SW. A free memorial ceremony is to follow, held at the Cenotaph in the heart of the park. The Highlanders can be found at many ceremonies across the city, committed to honouring those communities who contributed men to the Tenth Battalion and the Highlanders in times of war.
1221 2 St. SW, www.calgaryhighlanders.com

Batallion Park Ceremony
Speeches, a public address, wreath laying ceremony and performances of traditional songs and poetry are among the agenda of this memorial. The King’s Own Calgary Regiment are slated to march beginning at 10:30 am. Event is free and open to the public, and if able, participants are encouraged to walk to the site.
3001 Signal Hill Dr. SW, www.kingsown.ca

The poppy is just one of many war-time symbols explored in Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation. (Photo courtesy of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.)


Remembrance Day Cemetery Tour Banff
If you’re headed to the mountains this weekend, a tour of the Old Banff Cemetery is in order. Hear stories of hardship and heroism from veterans on hand, and learn the history of Banff as you never have before—during the World War era.
102 Wolverine St, Banff, 403-762-1200, www.banff.ca

Fort Calgary
There will be an indoor ceremony held at Fort Calgary starting at 10:30 am; arrive early to ensure seating. Afterwards there is a holiday artisan’s fair, and entrance is free with a non-perishable donation to the Veterans Food Bank.
750 9 Ave SE, 403-290-1875, www.fortcalgary.com

Jubilee Auditorium
Political, military, veteran, civic and community leaders will lay wreaths in honour of our fallen soldiers outside the auditorium beginning at 9:30 am, with a march to follow and moment of silence at 11:11 am. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath on behalf of a family member, friend or loved one is encouraged and welcome. Weather permitting, for the latest updates visit the Jubilee Auditorium online.
1415 14 Ave NW, 403-297-8000, www.jubileeauditorium.com

Visit your local Legion 
Remember to head down to your local legion after paying your respects, as this is where many veterans will gather after mid-day memorials to share stories, laughter, tears, and a few beers—and the company of those they fought so hard to protect is always welcomed and appreciated. Browse here to locate the Royal Canadian Legion nearest you.

5 Must-see art exhibits in Calgary

By Silvia Pikal and Shauna McGinn

November doesn’t have to be all about gearing up for the holidays. It can be a great time to find a moment to yourself to enjoy things that peak your interest, especially before your schedule becomes jam-packed with events and obligations. For seasoned art lovers and newcomers alike, these five exhibits are a great way to spend a peaceful afternoon.

Buy local
On November 10, The Group Art Society of Calgary, which celebrated the big 5-0 in 2018, is having a fall show and sale. Browse artwork in different sizes, mediums and prices, chat with the people behind the pieces and snag an original from a local artist.

Courtesy Esker Foundation.

An artist’s homage
For seven years, artist Tammi Campbell started nearly each day by drawing a grid on fine Japanese rag paper and writing “Dear Agnes” in the top left corner. She’d then fold it twice like a letter and store it before continuing with her other work. Letters from the final three months of that practice — 85 of them in total — are on display now until December 21 at Esker Foundation. At its core, the work is a tribute to the late Agnes Martin, a renowned visual artist born in Campbell’s home province of Saskatchewan.

Campbell kept up the letter-writing practice for seven years as an intentional homage to an absence that Martin took from painting midway through her career, from 1967-1974. Paintings from Campbell’s Monochrome series — stark canvasses displaying paint manipulated to look like everyday materials such as cardboard and packing tape in a minimalist style — are also on display as part of the installation. Opposite those hang a collection of Martin’s, meant to reflect, according to the Esker Foundation, “the two artists’ mutual meditation on silence, ritual, and repetition within artistic practice.”

Courtesy Kathy Aldous-Schleindl.

Artist spotlight at Loft 112
Loft 112, Calgary’s creative hub, is hosting a show and sale from November 19 – December 14. These show features local artist Kathy Aldous-Schleindl,  whose paintings are mainly figurative and express movement and emotion. The exhibit includes work in acrylic, oil, watercolour and fabric. “Some of the work focuses on the simple pleasures in life that we can find when we take time to get off the ride and look closely at the beauty in nature that surrounds us,” she says.

Courtesy Newzones Gallery.

Deck the walls
From November 29 – January 12, an entire wall at Newzones gallery will be adorned with unique art in different sizes and styles, just in time for the gift-giving season. The Deck the Walls! annual exhibition at Newzones is your chance to gift or own artwork from renowned artists, including Bradley Harms, Colleen Philippi and Dianne Bos.

Photo by Ron Janert.

What is life?
Until November 30, explore Victoria Park to view a magnificent piece of public art before it’s gone. Fireflies at Twilight is painted across two 40-foot shipping containers and honours Siksika First Nation’s Chief Crowfoot, who played a key role in the Treaty 7 negotiations. On one side, a stunning landscape is painted next to fireflies moving skyward. On the other, Chief Crowfoot is gazing towards the distance, with a bison in the background. At the centre is a portrait of him and one of his memorable quotes, believed to be his last words. Adrian Stimson, a Governor General Award-winning Siksika artist, collaborated with Springboard Performance on this piece, which is part of containR — pop-up mural installations and art parks made out of recycled shipping containers. The works are temporary, feature local artists and aim to connect communities through art.

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 1-3



Opening Day and Family Fun Weekend at the new Central Library
Thursday – Sunday

First Year MFA Group Exhibition
Little Gallery, University of Calgary Department of Art
Thursday & Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, closing reception Friday 5 – 7 pm

New Oil Paintings by Patricia Bellerose
Webster Galleries, through November 13

Festival of Crafts 2018
BMO Centre, Thursday – Sunday

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm



Live Art Auction + Preview
Levis Fine Art Auctions, Mount Royal University
Previews: Friday (5 – 8 pm), Saturday (10am – 5pm), Sunday (10am – 1pm)
Auction begins at 1pm

Calgary Night Market Holiday Shopping Series
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Muslim Art Movement VI
Festival Hall, 6:30 – 11 pm



Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

What if we were alive
Untitled Art Society, 11 am – 5 pm

Sarabeth Carnat: Sublime
Blackboard Gallery, Fine Art Jewellery Exhibition and Sale
Nov 3 – Dec 29, Opening Reception Nov 8, 5-8pm

Meet & Greet with Lori Lukasewich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 3 pm

David Alexander: A fifty year boots & brain journey in the land
Wallace Galleries, 2 – 5 pm

Dan Cardinal McCartney: Misgendering Mouthfuls
Untitled Art Society, 3 – 5 pm

Ryan Jason Allen Willert Art Exhibition
The Dandelion, 6 – 9 pm


15 things to do in Calgary in November


Without the colour-changing leaves or the anticipation of the holiday season, November can get a bad rap for being a lost month. But between the much-awaited opening of the New Central Library, diverse musical performances, and a litany of craft and art shows, November in Calgary is shaping up to be a month worth getting excited about.

Local band Free The Cynics, who are performing at the annual Listen Up! charity event for Calgary’s Distress Centre. Courtesy Free The Cynics.

The much-awaited opening of the architecturally magnificent new library kicks off on November 3, with days of celebrations including live music, crafts, performances, and more.

Part of Quest Theatre’s new “Sweet Pea” series, this November 4 show will be a collection of interactive stories and songs for kids aged 3-7 and up.

From November 1-4, check out one of Canada’s largest holiday craft fairs featuring products from over 250 artisans across the country.

Over a thousand pieces of fine crafts and artwork by local artists will fill the historic Leighton Home from November 3-4 and 10-11. There will be free parking, admission, and complimentary holiday treats.

From November 3-11, head out to see some works of art from talented film makers from Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy, and more.

The Jazz YYC fall series is bringing the best of the genre to Calgary from November 8-11.

The Giller Prize-nominated author will discuss her latest novel Trickster Drift. The November 8 event includes an audience Q&A and book signing.

Cécile Doo-Kingué. Photo: Terry Hughes.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist Cécile Doo-Kingué will be on stage on November 9 and 10 at the Arts Commons for a night of music heralded for its ability to be as “soothing and soulful” as it is electrifying. The Montreal-based artist’s latest album, Anybody Listening Part 2, blends blues, jazz, folk and more, and is grounded in inspiration from her Cameroon- American-Canadian heritage. 

Don’t miss this story of the unlikely friendship between 10-year-old Mary from Melbourne, and Max, a middle-aged man from New York with Asperger’s, running until November 11.

Four-fifths of the world-famous band — Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood — are making a stop in Calgary on November 12.

The NMC will commission one of the most well-known parts of its music and technology collection, The Original New Timbral Orchestra (referred to as TONTO), during TONTO Week from November 14-18. With it, the NMC will host a full week of music programming centred around TONTO, and will feature artists like A Tribe Called Red, who will be the first group to create music with the legendary synthesizer.

This rendition of the travelling on-ice spectacle will land in Calgary from November 14-18, and features five Disney princesses, each from different eras of the franchise: Moana, Anna from Frozen, Rapunzel, Belle and Cinderella.

This annual charity concert for Distress Centre Calgary features a mix of local musicians and bands, including Free The Cynics — whose lead singer is a Distress Centre volunteer. Rich Paxton started the concert after seeing firsthand how critical the centre’s services are to Calgarians. Head out and show your support on November 24.

Calgary’s beloved Heritage Park will be the place to get into the spirit this year as it transforms into a festive Christmas village, complete with carols, wagon rides, and, of course, a chance to take a photo with Santa. You can visit the family friendly park every weekend starting on November 24, up until the day before Christmas Eve.

See this beloved holiday classic that premieres on November 26 at the Lunchbox Theatre, with a cast made up of one of the group’s award-winning ensembles. 

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 25-27



Open House & Public Consultation
Lougheed House, 5 – 7:30 pm

Daniel Culcea: Paper Fall

cSPACE, DHC Paintings 5 – 8 pm

Ryan Danny Owen – Nocturne!
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Hannah Neufeld – Water (Flåm)
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Daniel Audet: Bone Pink
New Edward Gallery, Thursday and Friday 7 – 10 pm, Saturday 2 – 6 pm


State of Art Society Fall Show and Sale
Strathcona Community Centre, Friday & Saturday

Rumble HOUSE Tap Room Gallery Showcase
Village Brewery, 6 – 10 pm

Fluid Fest | Body in Space: An Art Party
cSPACE, Friday & Saturday 8 – 11 pm



Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

Canzine Festival of Zine Culture & The Independent Arts Calgary Edition
Memorial Park Public Library, noon – 6 pm

Bee Kingdom October Glass Sale
Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5 pm 

Ted Raftery solo show
Gainsborough Galleries Ltd, noon – 5 pm 

12 Hour Halloween Movie Marathon presented by CUFF
Globe Cinema, Saturday & Sunday 7 pm – 7 am

Check out The Static Shift in a new National Music Centre exhibit


The National Music Centre launched a new exhibit on October 26, 2018, dedicated to showcasing Alberta’s musical trailblazers, including Calgary-based trio The Static Shift. The 19-year-old rockers say that being on display next to artists like Joni Mitchell and Russell Broom is a huge honour.

“We are literally documented in a place where there’s these legends — so it’s really cool that they asked us,” said Mitchell Brady, guitarist and lead singer for The Static Shift. Bassist Keone Friesen said the band was approached by the NMC a few months ago and interviewed on camera – part of the series of documentary-style videos that make up a section of the exhibit.

Left to right: drummer Isaiah Stonehouse, lead singer and guitarist Mitchell Brady, and bassist Keone Friesen. Photo: Shauna McGinn.

The Static Shift describes their music as a mixture of classic rock and blues, with romps of alternative, indie, and psychedelic rock. Despite their age, their style evokes that of ‘70s era musicians, complete with the flowing hair, leather jackets and bell-bottom corduroys.

Although they’ve been playing together for six years, the band became widely known after being selected earlier this year for CTV’s The Launch, a series that gives budding Canadian musicians a chance to compete to release a hit single. The Static Shift walked away victorious with the song “Wide Awake.” “It helped us really get out there,” said drummer Isaiah Stonehouse. “We filmed it in September and then it didn’t get launched until January, so we had to keep it a secret for about four months.”

When it comes to the music scene and community in Calgary, Friesen said, “I think it’s good and it’s getting stronger everyday, partially from the help of places like the NMC.” Friesen recalls visiting the NMC as a child (back when it was the Cantos Musical Foundation), and notes that the band grew up playing at the nearby Blues Can.

As part of their participation in The Launch, The Static Shift is now set up with a booking agent, and their plan is to keep working on new music and playing as many shows as possible. But for now, their music and their story will be on display for the next year along with the rest of the Alberta Trailblazers. “It’s an honour to be local Calgarians and to be a part of this place,” Brady said.

Denise Donlon on what Calgarians can do for gender equality


For entertainment industry executive Denise Donlon, success isn’t about how much power you have – it’s about how you wield it. To Donlon, pushing for diversity, equality, and inclusion, and being mindful of the need to “pull our sisters up with us” is what we all must do to advance women’s rights and ensure everyone has equal opportunity to succeed.

Donlon was the keynote speaker at this year’s Conversations to Inspire Change breakfast with the Canadian Women’s Foundation at Calgary’s Hyatt Regency. From enforcing greater media literacy at MuchMusic to being the first female president of Sony Music Canada, Donlon weathered isolation and tough decisions with a quote from famed feminist Gloria Steinem in mind: “Feel the fear. Then do it anyway.” And she left the audience in Calgary with a mantra of her own: “Decency is genderless, and we are not powerless.” Donlon talked to Where Calgary about how everyone can do their part in the fight for equality.

Photo: Ping Hu.

How can Calgarians get involved and help push feminism forward?
If you’re looking for your own empowerment, sometimes it’s having the conversation and pointing out to people that you’re talking to, or that you want to make a change with, ‘That makes me uncomfortable’, or, ‘This would be better if there were more women involved’, or ‘Why can’t I have a chance at that opportunity?’ People like to help at the end of the day, but often times we’re so focused on ourselves that we’re so oblivious to what’s going on around us, so you really need to put yourself forward that way.

You mentioned that young girls now are often told they can do and be anything, but then face challenges when they get into the workplace. Can you talk more about what that looks like?
We’ve been in a parenting mode, at least here in North America, where we have been endeavouring to empower our daughters by saying, ‘You can do anything’. And sometimes they can’t – sometimes it’s ‘Maybe perhaps not a singer, perhaps dentistry’, or whatever it might be. So it’s a real balance between confidence building and wanting to be frank with people about what’s going on in the world. And when you start to go into more corporate workplaces or something and those (gender parity) numbers do start to become more evident, you will start to bump into some walls. So I think the conversation with our daughters is really to make sure that they’re open-eyed about it and they know what to expect, and to ask for help if they need it.

What would you say to women who want to speak up and be involved, but might not have the confidence?
Well it’s hard to build confidence. I’ve never been the ‘fake it till you make it’ type of girl, I’m more of the ‘99 per cent experience and 1 per cent inspiration’. You know, we always think our failures are bigger to us than they actually are… perspective is really important. So for women, when you get out of your comfort zone and you surround yourself with a myriad of experiences, open yourself up to possibilities, and say ‘yes’ to a lot of opportunities, then you start to build that confidence. We are better than we think we are – we really are.

What would you tell your younger self?
I would just say, don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s hard because when you’re growing and learning, you don’t know what the small stuff is – you think everything’s big stuff. But as my mom used to always say to me, ‘This too will pass, my dear’. She always uses that Winston Churchill quote, ‘When you’re going through hell, just keep going.”

Chef Spotlight: Jenny Kang


Eating farm-to-plate isn’t new for Jenny Kang — it was always a way of life. Kang, the executive chef of Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, grew up on a farm in South Korea where her parents taught her the value of growing and picking your own food. “That’s how I grew up, so I know how different the flavour is,” Kang says.

Courtesy Great Events Group.

Kang brings that passion for fresh and local food to Bow Valley Ranche, which has its own garden. The restaurant is in a historical ranch house situated in a valley in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Every summer they bring fresh herbs they’ve grown into the kitchen. She’s committed to sourcing all their vegetables, grains and meats from local producers.

Kang’s cuisine is inspired by traditional Italian and French recipes, thanks to her background of working in several of Calgary’s fine dining establishments like Teatro and Catch, with Asian flavouring mixed in. “I have all the traditional and classic recipes and try to incorporate modern styles,” Kang says. She points to a popular item on the current menu — the Bouvry farm elk tartar with horseradish cream, cured yolk, truffle powder and parmesan.

One of her favourite parts of the job is developing new menus, from the Sunday Night Chef’s Table to menus for the multiple events they host in the building. Seeing a customer’s happiness after trying one of her meals keeps her energized and motivated in a demanding industry. “I love to cook for people. It makes me happy when they enjoy my food. I hope they taste the freshness of what we’re using.”

Kang invites patrons to walk the grounds, which offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. She’s always happy to share her passion for cooking farm-to-plate with other people. “I have the background so it’s easy for me, but people are thinking, ‘That’s not easy,’ but they can do it at home too. I can show them our garden.”