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Calgary

Hot Art Round-Up: Jan 17 – 19

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

Before Digital: Post 1970 Photography in Alberta Opening
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD: 5 – 8 pm

Mitchell Luken: GLUMPS & Shelby Wolfe-Goulet: All the Way Back
Burnt Toast Studio, Alberta Printmakers : through February 28

RAW Artists Calgary present Reflect
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 7 pm – 1 am

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

Elastik Fabric (how 2 let go)
Loft 112, 6:30 – 9 pm

Talk: Coinage of the Ptolemeic Kingdom by Marina Fischer
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 7 pm

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
10 am – 1 pm

Making Signs for the Women’s March with Anne and Janet
Devonian Gardens, 11 am

Call/Response
Opening reception: Stride Gallery (7 – 9 pm), TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (9 – 11 pm)

Beyond downtown Calgary: 4 restaurants worth the trip

By RACHAEL FREY

When it comes to Calgary’s food scene, a lot of emphasis is placed on downtown and surrounding areas, but it’s a mistake to neglect outlying neighbourhoods that are home to some pretty outstanding eateries. Check out these places when you’re afield — or make a point to venture out.

THE BRO’KIN YOLK
When you find yourself in Calgary’s far north or deep south with a hankering for an incredible brunch, get to one of Bro’kin Yolk’s far-flung locations for eggs benny, fritattas, chicken and waffles, and lots more.

ELBOW ROOM BRITANNIA
For innovative fusion cuisine in Britannia, Elbow Room is the place to be. If you can’t decide what to eat (and it is difficult), try the dinner and lunch “experiences” — themed set menus with a satisfying combination of items such as lobster crusted steak or roasted salmon with yuzu emulsion.

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

MERCHANTS RESTAURANT & BAR
Chilling in trendy Marda Loop? Swing by Merchants for an unpretentious vibe and food that goes beyond your standard pub fare like caramelized Brussels sprouts or truffle mushroom pizza.

NOTABLE
Located in Montgomery, just down the hill from the University of Calgary, Notable has you covered when you’re in need of a relaxed and comforting meal. Daily rotisserie features are the star, and you can get an entire chicken and sides to go for a family-pleasing takeaway meal.

Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses

Here are Where Calgary’s picks for top 5 steakhouses in Calgary from our 2019 Where to Dine Awards.

CAESAR’S STEAK HOUSE AND LOUNGE
Caesar’s has kept it old school for almost half a century. Their downtown location features dark wood, comfortable burgundy leather seats and regal chandeliers, whisking you back to the 1970s. Caesar’s, which is family-owned and operated, serves Alberta beef cut to order, seasoned with house spices and cooked on an open-flame grill. Try the emperor’s feast with the juicy rib-eye steak and beloved twice-baked stuffed potato.

Photo courtesy Caesar’s Steak House & Lounge.

HY’S STEAKHOUSE
Hy’s is all about simple, classic and elegant, perfect for business and celebration alike. Both wet and dry aged steaks are available — a dry-aged steak has a much deeper flavour profile which is not to everyone’s taste, but others can’t get enough of the nutty, sometimes cheesy notes of flavour that are naturally brought out by the aging process.

Photo courtesy Hy’s Steakhouse.

MODERN STEAK
Modern Steak serves only Alberta beef, including wet-aged, dry-aged and wagyu, from three small family-owned ranches. The filet trio is an excellent way to taste the difference between grain-fed, grass-fed and a mix of grass and grain. The vibe is more relaxed and contemporary than the classic steakhouse — perfect for when you don’t want to come across as too traditional. There’s still a nod to New York, but it’s more Jay-Z than Sinatra.

Photo courtesy Modern Steak.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Located at the base of the Calgary Tower, Ruth’s Chris Steak House is housed in a grand and elegant space with a phenomenal view of downtown. All steaks are cut thick for maximum juiciness, seared at 1800 degrees and delivered to you on a sizzling 500-degree plate. Try the filet, their most tender cut of beef, and finish your meal with their famous crème brulèe.

Photo courtesy Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

VINTAGE CHOPHOUSE & TAVERN
Known for its unique cuts of prime local fare, Vintage Chophouse & Tavern butchers in-house to the diner’s specifications — but not before wet aging for a minimum of 60 days to intensify every last ounce of flavour. The epic Canada Prime ribeye is highly recommended. For a truly eclectic dining experience, take a seat, or sip, inside their semi-private Beringer Room, located inside an enormous wine barrel.

Photo courtesy Vintage Chophouse & Tavern.

Hot Art Round-Up: Jan 10 – 12

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

Month of the Artist
Studio C Gallery, cSpace: 5 – 7 pm

Adults Only Night: Embrace Outer Space
TELUS Spark, 6 – 10 pm

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

Shawn Evans solo show
VIVIANEART, opening reception 6 – 9 pm

Colour Cult Group Art Show Opening Night
Dandelion Gallery, 6 – 11 pm

Tara Hadi Art Exhibition
Dandelion Gallery, 6 – 11 pm

Jill Ho-You / Inversion
The New Gallery, 8 pm – midnight

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

George Webber Book Signing
The Camera Store, 11 am – 2 pm

Paint or Die! Miniatures Painting Auction
Imaginary Wars, 1 pm – 1am

Pushing Boundaries with Art, Nature & History Opening Reception
Leighton Art Centre, 2 – 4 pm

BLACK, A Group Show
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Angela Snieder – Obscura
Alberta Printmakers, 7 – 9 pm

HY DRA TION vol 9: Sublimation
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 8:45 pm – 2:30 am

3 shows you should see at the High Performance Rodeo

The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s international festival of the arts, runs from January 9 – 27 and tends to defy explanation. HPR’s founder, the late Michael Green, said it best in a 2014 interview with Where Calgary: “One theme you’ll always find at the High Performance Rodeo is ‘nothing ordinary.’ There’s no ordinary work here.” Here’s a small sample of the more than 20 performances featured:

LIVE YOUR PRIME, WITH DAMIEN FROST
Whether you’re aging gracefully or not so gracefully, join Damien Frost, his son Damien Junior and his wife Darlene on a hilarious journey behind the scenes of self-help gurus and untangle questions such as, is there really a Fountain of Youth? And, what if the longer you live, the likelier you are to live longer? The side-splitting world premiere is brought to you by the creative force behind hits like Ilsa Queen of the Nazi Love Camp and Calgary, I Love You, But You’re Killing Me. Playing January 9-19.

High Performance Rodeo

Photo courtesy High Performance Rodeo.

HAMMERED HAMLET (DRUNK SHAKESPEARE)
Sure, you’ve seen Shakespeare before. But have you ever seen a version of Hamlet where the cast is, well, hammered? Be prepared for some slurred speech, outlandish antics and audience participation as the performers stumble their way to that final scene — and yes, they really are drunk. Playing January 23-26.

High Performance Rodeo

Photo courtesy High Performance Rodeo.

PEARLE HARBOUR’S CHAUTAUQUA
“Part cabaret, part tent revival, all drag” is the formula for this wartime wonder and tragicomedienne’s show, which includes music, sing-alongs, puppet shows and (why not?) an exorcism. Pearle Harbour is an All-American gal who’s sweet-as-pie and sharp-as-nails, and has — somewhat ironically — received a Dora Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performance. Playing January 10-12.

High Performance Rodeo

Photo courtesy High Performance Rodeo.

Make ‘Dry January’ enjoyable with these 3 drinks

By SHAUNA MCGINN 

In recent years, “dry January” — abstaining from alcohol for the month of January — has grown in popularity, folding into the myriad of health-centered New Year’s resolutions.

The trend has caused some restaurants to expand their non-alcoholic drink selection and that’s welcome news, since a great bar should still be able to craft a tasty, unique drink for their customers who don’t drink alcohol. The options below from some of Calgary’s most popular spots are definitely worth a try, no matter which category you fall under.

THE FIVE ALIVE FROM DONNA MAC
Sip on an elevated version of this favourite childhood drink that blends lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple juice, simple syrup and soda at Donna Mac.

Photo courtesy Donna Mac.

THE MANGO LASSI FROM CALCUTTA CRICKET CLUB
A favourite from one of the city’s most popular Indian restaurants, the Mango Lassi is made up of yogurt, mango and cardamom. Rich and delicious, it pairs perfectly with brunch.

THE SPA DAY FROM TWO PENNY CHINESE
A staple from the “zero proof” section of Two Penny’s drink menu, Spa Day is fruity and refreshing with cantaloupe juice, rosemary and cucumber soda.

Hot Art Round-Up: Jan 3 – 5

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Race Issues: A Comic Series Art Exhibit
The New Gallery, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4

David Newton: Peaks & Valleys
Framed on Fifth, artist opening 6 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Rosca de Reyes 2019
cSPACE King Edward, 5 – 8 pm

Where to Dine Awards 2019: Calgary’s Best Restaurants

By RACHAEL FREY, SILVIA PIKAL and SHAUNA MCGINN

PANEL OF JUDGES

Carmen Cheng
Food Blogger, @FoodKarmaBlog

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth
Food Writer, @elizaboothy

Linda Garson
Owner and host, Vine and Dine, @vineanddine

Patricia Koyich
Hospitality Instructor and Former Restauranteur, @foodieforsure

Ryan Massel
Blogger, @immrfabulous

Mike Morrison
Blogger, @mikesbloggity

Gwendolyn Richards
Food Writer, @gwendolynmr

Cindy Stewart
Chef Concierge, Westin Hotel, @stewart_cindy

Julie Van Rosendaal
Food Writer, @dinnerwithjulie

Calgarians take eating out seriously, and the city’s chefs and restaurateurs of all stripes continue to rise to the challenge with innovative dishes that keep us coming back for more. The Where To Dine Awards are our effort to guide you to some of the very best the city has to offer, and we’re certain an unforgettable dining experience is awaiting you within city limits.

But, don’t take our word for it. We assembled a panel that includes many of Calgary’s top food writers and influencers to give you the critics’ choice for each category, and they also chose the restaurants that received our top honours, Restaurant of the Year and Best New Restaurant.

In addition, we’ve come up with some editor’s picks and local favourites to make sure you’ll be united with your perfect meal — whether that’s pine mushroom and stinging nettle risotto with parsnip milk, or a big ol’ hunk of steak medium rare.

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: BRIDGETTE BAR
Our judging panel declared Bridgette Bar the overall winner as Restaurant of the Year thanks to their inventive menu, artful décor and exceptional service. Set in a historic brick warehouse with a mid-century modern theme, they make use of a large wood-burning grill and oven for their dishes. There’s something for every craving, from seasonal vegetables to pizza and pasta, and an array of creative small and large plates. “Even with an ever-changing menu, it never misses the mark,” says Mike Morrison. There’s also a diverse selection of cocktails, wines and beers on tap to pair with your plates. While the menu is frequently updated, some of the cherished and lasting items include the garlic bread (one of Where Calgary’s 25 Favourite Dishes last year), braised rabbit on toast and the epic banana pie. “Nowhere in the world will you find a more decadent and delicious dessert,” says Ryan Massel. “Served on a pretzel crust, this sky-high pie made with rum caramel and spiced custard gives your palate everything it’s ever wanted.”

Photo by Jason Dziver.

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15 things to do in January in Calgary

By SHAUNA MCGINN

Photo courtesy Heritage Park.

HERITAGE PARK WINTER CARNIVAL
Get out of the cold and head to Gasoline Alley museum from January 2-6 for this annual event centered on unique historical vehicles. In addition to ogling classic cars, enjoy floor curling, a snowball toss competition and other family-friendly activities like a snow fort challenge, air hockey and a scavenger hunt.

CALGARY MOTORCYCLE SHOW
From January 4-6, motorcycle lovers new and old will love this multi-day event dedicated to two, three and four-wheel bikes of all makes and models.

STAR WARZ: THE FARCE STRIKES BACK
Head to Jubilations Dinner Theatre to see this satirical take on the classic movie franchise. Playing until January 11.

CALGARY FLAMES VS COLORADO AVALANCHE 
On January 9, cheer on the Calgary Flames as they take on the Colorado Avalanche.

THE ILLUSIONISTS
Five talented, sought-after magicians will come together for an onstage spectacle of tricks, stunts and other acts that have continued to wow audiences worldwide. Described by The Times of London as “magic’s Cirque du Soleil,” don’t miss this spectacle that will be in the city from January 8-13.  

Photo courtesy Calgary Home Renovation Show.

CALGARY HOME RENOVATION SHOW
Need a little help moving along with your home-related New Year’s resolutions? From January 11-12, find inspiration at this annual show featuring workshops, products, advice and more.

EVITA
From January 11-26, Front Row Centre features this production based on the life of Eva Perón, a controversial figure in Argentinian history.

THE WEDDING FAIR
This large wedding show on January 13 is a great place for those with upcoming nuptials to get ideas, learn tips and tricks, and buy some essentials.   

BOOM X
Rick Miller’s wildly successful show is coming back to Calgary for its official world premiere, this time with a storyline following from Woodstock up to 1995. See it from January 15 – February 9.

Photo courtesy Jennifer Squires.

THE JERRY CANS
This six-person band hailing from Nunavut creates music inspired by their home town of Iqaluit and the landscape of the Canadian Arctic. Through their use of traditional Inuit throat singing, and by performing their original music in the language of Inuktitut, The Jerry Cans offer a truly unique and inspiring concert experience. They’re playing in Calgary on January 20. 

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
The performance basketball squad is stopping in Calgary on January 23rd for their Fan Powered World Tour, showcasing their unique blend of a great ball game, humour and fun.

BIG WINTER CLASSIC
Celebrating the best Calgary has to offer, from January 24-27, Big Winter Classic brings together bands, artists, and of course, great craft beer for four days of fun guaranteed to ward off the January blues. Headliners range from experimental composer Yonathan Gat to Atlanta-based garage punk band The Coathangers.

DIERKS BENTLEY
Currently on his Burning Man tour and fresh off the release of his ninth studio album The Mountain, the award-winning country artist is playing at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 26.

ALBERTA NIGHT AT THE BOW VALLEY MUSIC CLUB
Support Albertan musicians by joining the Bow Valley Music Club in a celebration of the province’s unique sound on January 26. The three acts are comprised of Amelie Patterson — Banff’s first female poet laureate, heralded for her catchy, up-tempo pop songs — the balladeer Scott Cook and The Travelling Mabels, a trio bound to bring good times with their upbeat three-part harmonies.

DEATH TRAP
Vertigo Theatre’s performance is a chilling thriller about a struggling writer and his ill-fated relationship with a student desperate for his approval. See it from January 26 – February 24.

Hot Art Round-Up: Dec 20-22

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

Motion Winter Market
Motion Gallery, Thursday – Sunday

Anna Ostberg Closing Reception & Holiday Celebration
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

New Edward Gallery: Under $500 Group Exhibition
New Edward Gallery: Thursday – Saturday, 7 – 10 pm

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21

Because the Night – Truck Solstice/Holiday Karaoke Fundraiser
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 9 pm – 2 am

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22

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

Tis The Reason Holiday Market
Paula Timm Studio, cSPACE: 10 am – 4 pm

Last Minute Xmas Sale
Bee Kingdom, 10 am – 4 pm

3 Holiday Feasts in Calgary

By RACHAEL FREY

The winter holidays are about many things — family and friends, gift-giving, personal reflection, charity — but there can be no doubt that food is one of the most critical elements. Expectations are high, and preparing a traditional (or not-so-traditional) meal can be very stressful. Fortunately, these Calgary restaurants are ready to do all the hard work so you can just sit back, relax and dig in.

Courtesy Fairmont Palliser.

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH AT THE FAIRMONT PALLISER
Get swept up in the magic of Christmas with a decadent brunch in the Fairmont Palliser’s iconic Crystal Ballroom. The holiday themed meal will include all the traditional fixings and much more for an epic Christmas Day feast. The brunch begins at 10 am on December 25, with the last seating at 2:30 pm.

Courtesy Pixabay.

CHRISTMAS DINNER BUFFET AT THOMSONS RESTAURANT
Finish off Christmas Day at the Hyatt’s warm, modern Thomsons Restaurant. The incredible gourmet buffet includes everything you could think of and then some, such as a carving station with prime rib, turkey and lamb, freshly shucked oysters, sushi, local charcuterie and cheeses, dim sum, and a mouth-watering dessert station. The Christmas dinner buffet is 5 – 7:30 pm on December 25, and Thomsons also offers an equally impressive Christmas brunch buffet with made-to-order omelettes and pancakes, from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Courtesy Heritage Park.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AT SELKIRK GRILLE
Wave goodbye to 2018 and ring in the new year with the timeless elegance of Heritage Park’s Selkirk Grille. The vintage details — from a prominent sandstone bar and warm wooden accents to the music from a bygone era — paired with attentive service, a six-course gourmet dinner and, of course, a bottle of champagne, will make it a night to remember. Dinner will be served December 31, 5 – 10 pm.

Hot Art Round-Up: Dec 13-16

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH

Jennifer Park: True North-Faith in Nature Reception
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market
Paula Timm Studio, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Year End Art Show Party
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters (Mission) 6 – 9 pm

New Edward Gallery: Under $500 Group Exhibition
New Edward Gallery: Thursday – Saturday, 7 – 10 pm

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH

Market Collective 10 Year Anniversary + Holiday MC
BMO Centre: Friday 4 – 9pm, Saturday + Sunday 10am – 6 pm

she[EMPOWERS] Christmas Market: Shop From and Support Female Entrepreneurs
St Louis Hotel, East Village: Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

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

Community Evening at Esker
Esker Foundation, 6 – 8 pm

George Webber – Alberta Book Launch Presentation
Calgary’s New Central Library, 7 – 9 pm (RSVP ticket)

CSIF/EMMEDIA/Quickdraw/TRUCK Holiday Celebration!
Inner City Brewing Company, 7 – 10 pm

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

Splash Art Christmas Market 2018
Neon Milkshake Art Studio, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Tis The Reason Holiday Market
Paula Timm Studio, cSPACE: 10 am – 4 pm

VivianeArt Gallery Pop-In, 1 – 5 pm

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH

Art Acoustic Sunday Series
Art On 9th, 10 am – noon

Art Night Fundraiser
Koi, 6:30 – 10 pm