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Calgary

Hot Art Round-Up: May 23 – 26

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 23

Movement Exhibition: Opening Reception
Design.Talks, 616 MacLeod Trail SE: 6 – 8:30 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 24

May 24-26 Market Collective
BMO Centre Hall A, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6pm

Clint Neufeld and Jocelyn Reid
VIVIANEART opening reception 6 – 9 pm. Artists will be in attendance

PARKSHOW 2019 Presented by Brightside
707 Fifth (Manulife Place) Friday 7 pm – Saturday midnight

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

Shellie Zhang / Accent
The New Gallery, 8 – 11 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Art & Design Show – Varsity
Varsity Community Centre, 10 am – 4 pm

Shannon Craig Morphew: “Inspired Spaces”
Loch Gallery, May 25 – June 11

Keith Dalgleish / Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Artist Trading Cards Trade/Meet/Swap
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 7 pm

Calgary Water Lantern Festival
Olympic Plaza, 5:30 – 10 pm

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26

Cinematic Sundays : McQueen
Glenbow Museum, 1 – 3 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: May 16 – 18

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 16

2019 Grad Show
Alberta University of the Arts, May 16 – June 1

Bright Nights – Technology & Craft
cSPACE, 7 – 10 pm

Cory Carlin Artist Reception
Chinook Mall, MarketSpot YYC, 7 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 17

Happenings Adult Late Night
Arts Commons, 8 pm – midnight

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

Chris Flodberg: Objects (evening reception)
Masters Gallery, 5 – 7 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 18

Spring Concert / Art Salon
Grey Hills Portraits, 2 – 5 pm

Party like Gatsby Calgary – Spectacle Extraordinaire
The Palace Theatre, 9 pm – 2:30 am

Hot Art Round-Up: May 9 – 11

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Corvidae: A Family of Birds
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

cSPACE Showcase Series: Viva La Cultura – Cinco De Mayo
cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Free Exhibit Opening. Outliers: Queer History in Calgary
Lougheed House, 5:30 – 8 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10

2019 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
Calgary Curling Club, Friday & Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 2 pm

Fine Art Show and Sale
New Horizon Mall, noon – 6 pm Friday and Saturday

Community Evening & Artist Talk with Brandon Vickerd
Esker Foundation, 6 – 8 pm

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Art Dealers Association of Canada Calgary Gallery Hop 2019
Various Galleries, 11 am – 6 pm

Blake Senini Artist Talk
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 11 – 11:45 am

Steve Mennie Artist Talk
Wallace Galleries, 2:45 – 3 pm

Chris Flodberg: Objects (Artist Talk)
Masters Gallery, 4:15 – 5 pm

Other participating galleries: VIVIANEART, Trépanier Baer Gallery, Newzones Gallery, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Loch Gallery, Jarvis Hall Gallery
Etsy Calgary Spring Market
Ross Glen Hall, 10 am – 5 pm

The Group Art Society of Calgary’s Spring Show and Sale
St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Loft 112 celebrates 5 years!
Loft 112, 10 am – 5 pm

Fraser Hine Paint-in
Webster Galleries, 11 am – 3 pm

Dinosaurs: a blown glass T-Rexhibition
Bee Kingdom, Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 pm

Madeleine Lamont & Karen Klassen
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 4 pm

Abstractions Artist Reception and Art Sale
New Motion Gallery, 3 – 7 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: May 2 – 5

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 2

Michael Davidson: Thelonious (opening reception)
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

32nd Annual Exhibition of Children’s Art
Municipal Building Atrium, opening reception 5:30 pm

Loft 112 Celebrates 5 Years Art Show
Loft 112, 6 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 3

Jane’s Walk Calgary
Lunch Hour Sampler of the Bow Valley College Art Collection
Downtown: noon
Public Art at the University of Calgary
University of Calgary, 3 pm
The cREative Realm: Exploring local art and creative process
Beltline, 4 pm
Beltline through the Eyes of Writers
Beltline, 6 pm
Curious Things In Crescent Heights
Crescent Heights, 7 pm

Calgary Night Market
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Nvrlnd Open House & Studio Sale
Nvrlnd.yyc, 5 – 9 pm

Martin Bennett / Solo Exhibition – Opening Reception
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 5 – 7 pm

Keith Dalgleish | A Word On A Wing Opening May 3 & 4
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Friday 5 – 9 pm & Saturday 2 – 5 pm

Ryan Sluggett: Lifestyle Battles (opening reception)
TrépanierBaer Gallery, 5:30 – to 8:30 pm

Mary-Leigh Doyle & Sheila Brinsmead: Petals & Play with Louise Chong.
Framed on Fifth, 6 – 9 pm (opening reception)

State of Art Society Art Show and Sale May 3 & 4
Strathcona Community Centre, Friday 6 – 9 pm & Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

States of Transcendence: Curator’s Tour with Elizabeth Diggon
Esker Foundation, 7 – 8 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 4

Jane’s Walk Calgary
Downtown Calgary’s Arts Spaces
Downtown, 11 am
Calgary Stampede Public Art Walk
Victoria Park, 1 pm
Calgary Chinatown Mural Tour
Chinatown, 1 pm
Beltline Murals
Beltline, 1:30 pm
Sunnyside Garage Art Tour
Sunnyside, 1:45 pm

Art Sale
Heather Bell Fine Art, 10 am – 4 pm

Spring Fling!
Workshop Studios, Calgary Humane Society: noon – 6 pm

New Ground in Colour, Susana Espinoza
Gibson Fine Art, opening reception 1 – 3 pm

Dale Kirschenman & Judith Zinkan
The Edge Gallery, 1 – 4 pm

Steve Mennie: Reasonable Facsimiles & Unintended Consequences
Wallace Galleries Ltd, 2 – 5 pm

Aaron Sidorneko: Group Of 1, Part One (opening reception)
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Halfway to Halloween
Gerry Thomas Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

A Love Letter to Emily C
The Big Secret Theatre, various dates May 4 – 11

 

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Jane’s Walk Calgary
Longest Mural in Canada in the Northern Hills
Coventry Hills Community, 10:30 am
Calgary’s Downtown Libraries: An Architectural History
Downtown, 1 pm

Spring Studio Sale
Kingsland Community Centre, 10 am – 2 pm

Mount Pleasant Potters Guild
Triwood Community Hall, 10 am – 4 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 26-28

By HOT ART YYC

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

The 2019 Calgary Expo POW! Parade of Wonders!
Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, 10:30 – noon

Solo!! The Graeme Shaw Show!
Webster Galleries, Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday live painting 11 am – 4 pm

Traversing the line, with no fixed point / Briana Palmer
Alberta Printmakers, 7 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

Spring Arts & Crafts Sale
Scenic Acres Community Centre, 10 am – 3 pm

Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Calyx Distinctive Arts Spring Event
1101 2 St NW, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Exhibition Reception and Artist Talk
Alberta Craft Gallery, 2 – 4 pm

Artist Trading Cards Swap
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 6:30 pm

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

PPC Annual Art Show and Sale
Park96, noon – 4 pm

Cinematic Sundays: Kusama : Infinity
Glenbow Museum, 1 – 3 pm (ticketed)

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 18 – 20

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Stamp It! Members Show and Sale
Alberta Printmakers, through April 20: 11 am – 4 pm

Launchpad 2.0
Indefinite Arts Centre, Festival Hall: 5 – 7 pm

RAW: Calgary presents IMPACT
Marquee Beer Market & Stage: 7 pm – midnight (ticketed)

Hazel Eckert / Soft Focus Reception & Artist Talk
Royal Canadian Legion #1, 7 – 9 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

New Craft Coalition Spring Show + Sale
The Commons Calgary, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 

Opening Reception: 17th Annual Juried Members Show
Leighton Art Centre, 2 – 4 pm

420 on 4/20 Art Social
New Motion Gallery, 3:30 – 7 pm

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 11 – 13

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Jake Joy: At the Heart of It
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Spotlight YYC – Artist Reception with Jill Allan
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

University of Calgary’s Department of Art PUSH 2019 Exhibition Closing Reception
https://www.facebook.com/events/352849472228945/

Women at the Crossroads of Canada
Lougheed House, 5:30 – 6:30 pm and 7 – 8 pm (ticketed)

Mètamorphe: Hear/d Residency Exhibition
Alberta University of the Arts, 6 – 8 pm

Ana Villanueva – MNG LRT Space Reception
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Bad Visions from Cyberspace – MNG Main Space Reception
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Salon Series: Meryl McMaster
Glenbow Museum, 7 – 9 pm (ticketed)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12  

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, April 12 – May 24

Live Art Auction and Preview
Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning
April 12 – 14 

Calgary Night Market
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Curated SPRING Market CALGARY
Bowness Community Hall: Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Action! Adventure! Art!
New Motion Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Julie Beugin: Soft Obstacles
VivianeArt, opening reception 6 – 9 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 

Little Modern Market’s West Edition
ATCO Park, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

CCAG Spring Show & Sale
Montgomery Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Calgary Artists’ Society Spring Art Show and Sale
Parkdale United Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Window Sun, New Paintings by Steve Coffey
The Collectors’ Gallery of Art, 1 – 5 pm

Ashes In Glass – Calgary Ash Collection
cSPACE, 1:15 – 4:15 pm

What you need to know about the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

By RACHAEL FREY and SILVIA PIKAL 

GET READY TO ROCK THE EXPO

Here are some tips on how to prep for the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, from eating waffles with a distinct dark side to strutting your stuff in the parade.

GET FITTED LIKE YOUR FAV

Whether you want to terrify your fellow Calgary Expo fans with a Night King mask or lighten the mood in Deadpool’s skin-tight outfit, The Costume Shoppe has you covered with a large selection of themed costumes. Don’s Hobby Shop is where to go for special effects make-up to bring out your inner orc, or dress up like a demogorgon in honour of Stranger Things actor David Harbour’s appearance at the expo.

USE THE FORK, LUKE

Do your part to destroy the Death Star with fork and knife at Yellow Door Bistro. Their Death Star waffle swings into orbit for Calgary Expo and returns for “May the Fourth Be With You” on May 4th.

MARCH OF THE COSPLAYERS

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Sailor Scouts, Chewbacca and Beetlejuice strolling together, the POW! Parade of Wonders is for you. At this kick-off event to Calgary Expo, thousands of Calgarians swagger down Stephen Avenue in their costumed best.

Fourteen years ago, the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo began with a respectable 3,000 attendees. Numbers held steady for a couple years, and then they started to climb — drastically. This year from April 25 – 28, the Calgary Expo is expected to bring in around 100,000 fans to celebrate their love of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop culture.

The annual convention features celebrity guests, panel discussions on pop culture topics and hundreds of exhibitors selling everything from rare and vintage collectibles to comics, memorabilia, themed merchandise and original works of art.

Yelaina May, a local cosplayer who has created an impressive arsenal of costumes, began cosplaying after she attended the expo for the first time.

“Calgary Expo will always hold a special place in my heart,” she says. “It is what started my hobby and something I look forward to every year.”

For the uninitiated, “cosplay” is short for costume play. It’s a mash-up of performance and visual arts in which participants — known as cosplayers — wear clothing and accessories to represent a specific character, often from pop culture.

Many cosplayers spend months working on elaborate outfits to show them off at events like Calgary Expo, which attracts cosplayers of all types and skill levels.

“There are always amazing, master level cosplayers, the people that do it just for fun and the joy of creation, the people that are just starting and figuring out what they are into,” May says.

If you’re looking to get into the cosplay game, May has some advice — above all, have fun and enjoy yourself.

Photo by Yelaina May Cosplay.

“Find a character you love and just go for it! Lots of people overthink everything. You will learn by making mistakes, so don’t expect to make every piece perfectly the first time. I still, after five years, remake at least one part of every costume. Or, if you aren’t a crafty person, there is no shame in buying a costume. If it’s a character you are passionate about, it will make all the struggles of building it worth it. You will find someone else who loves that character as much as you and it will be awesome.”

Speaking of characters, expect to see some big names from movies and television at the Calgary Expo. Back to the Future fans will be psyched — Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan are scheduled for appearances. You can also rub elbows with Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, among others.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for May, who will be cosplaying Aloy from the video game Horizon Zero Dawn, Wonder Woman from the new movies, and Sadie Adler from the video game Red Dead Redemption 2. She says the thing she’s most looking forward to is just being there.

“There is something about the atmosphere of being around a bunch of like-minded people looking at awesome geeky things or watching cool panels that nothing else can beat,” May says. “It is the most exhausting weekend of my year, but also my favourite!”

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 4 – 7

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

MFA in Craft Media Thesis Exhibition
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts: 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Large Works
Artpoint Gallery opening reception 5 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Make It Calgary! Apr 5-7
Deerfoot City, Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Second Chance Art Sale
Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park, St Peter’s Anglican Church:
Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

Nvrlnd Open House & Studio Sale
Nvrlnd.yyc, 5 – 9 pm

Bob Pike, Connie Pike & Denise Clarke: Iterations in III Acts
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Opening Receptions: Friday, 5-9 pm & Saturday, 2-5pm

Lyla Rye / Abide Artist Talk,
7 pm at Emmedia
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, opening reception 8 – 11 pm

Tsēmā Igharas: Black Gold
Untitled Art Society, 7 – 11 pm

Varvara & Mar : Chameleon
New Gallery, opening reception 8 pm – midnight

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Dalhousie Art Show and Sale
Calgary Sketch Club, 10 am – 4pm

Spring Art Show
Southern Alberta Art Alliance, 10 am – 4 pm

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

Janet B. Armstrong: painting in the gallery
Webster Galleries, 11 am – 4 pm

John Lennard: Footprints
Masters Gallery Ltd, opening reception 5 – 7 pm

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Art Calgary at the Central Library
Calgary Central Library, 1 – 3 pm

15 things to do in Calgary in April 2019

By RACHAEL FREY AND SILVIA PIKAL

MOTOWN SOUL
On April 5, the Tonettes and Grady Harrell perform classic songs by The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and many more.

CALGARY FLAMES VS EDMONTON OILERS
See these intraprovincial NHL rivals duke it out on the ice for fame and glory on April 6.

RIGOLETTO
A treasury of famous arias tells the story of Rigoletto, a court jester who tries and fails to protect his naïve daughter from the lecherous Duke of Mantua. He hires an assassin to murder the Duke but, predictably, his plans are derailed. The fast-paced tale of honour and revenge, performed by Calgary Opera, is packed with drama and set to some of Giuseppe Verdi’s most-loved music. Playing select dates from April 6 – 12.

Graphic by Trudie Lee Photography.

SARAH MILLICAN
The British comedienne hits the stage with hilarious and unapologetically filthy stand-up from April 12 – 13.

AN EVENING WITH FLEETWOOD MAC
The legendary band is touring their new 50-song collection featuring half a century of hits, and will be playing in Calgary on April 15.

RETURN TO TREASURE ISLAND
For ages six and up, this stage performance tells the tale of two brothers on a mysterious island. Playing from April 19 – May 5.

THE LEGENDARY EASTER HUNT
Hear the legend of the Easter bunny, hunt for items, pot a plant to take home, and don’t forget to visit the farmyard animals — Butterfield Acres is home to piglets, donkeys, chicks, goats, bunnies and more. Kids can even take a ride on a friendly pony. Select dates in April; tickets must be purchased in advance.

BILLY ELLIOTT THE MUSICAL
Young Billy dreams of trading his boxing gloves for ballet slippers, but his working-class father doesn’t understand his passion for dance. The Tony Award-winning musical is set to music by Elton John and choreographed by former Alberta Ballet principal dancer Yukichi Hattori. Playing select dates from April 9 – May 12. 

Graphic by Andrea Ucini.

THE SHIVERETTES
The National Music Centre’s Alberta Spotlight on April 18 is focused on The Shiverettes, a four-piece punk rock group hailing from Calgary. Expect their performance to come equipped with gnarly riffs, snotty attitude, brash honesty and a healthy dose of feminism.

ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Calgary’s “psychedelic dream pop” band Future Womb is having an album release party on April 19. See them rock out at The Palomino with local band Pancake, along with Peach Pyramid from Victoria, BC.

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
From April 19 – 20, the Calgary Zoo’s annual Easter event celebrates spring with arts, crafts, games, face painting and a visit from the Easter bunny. After the Easter festivities, pay a visit to the animals in their enclosures, such as Destination Africa, Penguin Plunge, Canadian Wilds and Panda Passage.

EASTER TEAS
Enjoy the atmosphere of the elegant Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women at Heritage Park, a replica of suffragette Nellie McClung’s home, while dining on a delicious afternoon tea. The service includes a tray of finger sandwiches and treats along with freshly brewed tea or lemonade. From April 19 – 22.

Photo courtesy Heritage Park.

BUDDY GUY
This American blues guitarist and singer has influenced many of the greats, including Clapton and Hendrix, and is playing in Calgary on April 20.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: SYMPHONY FOR OUR WORLD
Stunning natural history footage from National Geographic is paired with an original symphony performed live on April 25.

PRINCESS IDA
Love? Marriage? Men? Princess Ida is not interested. She has sequestered herself in a women’s university and is ready to fight any suitors who happen to come calling. One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s less known works, this comic opera performed by Morpheus Theatre is full of intelligent lyrics, witty commentary, danger and, of course, humour. Playing from April 26 – May 11.

How Deepwater Farms uses aquaponics to bring fresh greens and fish to Calgary

By JENNIFER FRIESEN

Kale growing in Deepwater Farms’ industrial warehouse. Photo courtesy Deepwater Farms.

Heavy, humid air greets you like a wall when walking through the threshold of Deepwater Farms’ industrial warehouse — but it’s a comforting barrier, much like walking into a warm hotel lobby after a long, cold day’s travel.

Settled in the Calgary’s southeast, the city’s first and largest aquaponics farm rings with the sounds of flowing water and the buzz of people milling around, inspecting rows of sprouting greens and taking calls from local chefs.

In just over a year, Deepwater Farms has turned this 10,000-square-foot concrete building into a bright urban farm. Melding aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil), they have created a year-round resource for produce and seafood that can be difficult to obtain fresh in Calgary due to terrain and climate.

The massive warehouse is filled with rows upon rows of fresh greens, growing on top of water and under bright LED lights. The water they float on is also filled with fertilizing nutrients that have been filtered from the tanks where 20,000 deep water sea bass are housed at the other end of the room.

“We know there’s a hunger for locally grown food,” said Paul Shumlich, founder and CEO of Deepwater Farms. “But we don’t have a lot of year-round growers in the area, and no one else is specializing in leafy greens or fish.”

Racks of produce growing in the warehouse. Photo courtesy Deepwater Farms.

Although Deepwater Farms has been selling consistently since February of 2018, the idea has been a five-year-long labour of love for Shumlich. In 2014 he was window-cleaning to put himself through his entrepreneurship studies at Mount Royal University (MRU), but he knew he wanted to put his time and energy “into something more meaningful.”

“I had literally just stumbled across the subject of aquaponics on the internet,” he continued. “Food production has always been really important to me, and the idea of being able to turn the fish waste into something reusable really spoke to me.”

Joining up with a few other like-minded friends, Shumlich tested the idea out in his backyard as a way to prove to himself that fish and plants can work in harmony. They eventually moved into a greenhouse space at MRU, and then into a garage where Shumlich even lived for a while to keep his eye on the system.

“From there, we had a model that we were confident would work, and were confident we had a market,” he said. “And we were right.”

Currently, Deepwater Farms harvests and delivers the matured sea bass and 500 kilograms of kale and arugula every week to farmers’ markets, distributors and restaurants including Una Pizza, Shokunin, Teatro and Model Milk. One of the first restaurants to adopt Deepwater Farms was Hotel Arts’ Yellow Door Bistro, who were already on board before production even began.

“As soon as production started, we started with their baby kale,” said Quinn Staple, executive chef at Hotel Arts Group. “It’s a product that you don’t usually get in Calgary, especially in the winter. You can buy kale or arugula, sure, but it’s generally all from California or Mexico, so they’ve been trimmed for who-knows-how-long before we get it. Then, it comes in this gas bag so when you finally open it, it’s lifeless and flaccid and doesn’t have much flavour. But these (greens from Deepwater Farms) are so fresh and crisp — they have zip.”

Yellow Door Bistro makes use of Deepwater Farms produce on their menu items. Photo courtesy Yellow Door Bistro.

Yellow Door Bistro hasn’t incorporated the sea bass on their menu just yet, but Staple says he plans to bring it in once production ramps up in the coming months. With Alberta being landlocked, and regulations placed on native fish, he said it’s particularly difficult to serve and sell fresh fish in a restaurant, even for abundant northern species like rainbow trout.

“There’s almost no fresh seafood in Alberta,” he said. “We don’t have that luxury. And so for us to say that we have a nice, local product? That’s something we can stand behind.”

The sea bass are imported as “fingerlings” (juvenile fish) from Australia, and raised in enormous tanks inside of Deepwater Farms. Each tank houses fish at different ages and sizes as they mature, usually reaching the sellable weight of one or two pounds after 10 months.

The tanks are all self-cleaning and drain the waste into a filter to break it down into ions and minerals for fertilizer. Aquaculture manager Ben Matthews says they completely use all of the waste, so they never need to use artificial fertilizer or soil for their produce.

“It’s a very sustainable system, and our fish are certified Ocean Wise,” said Matthews. “Most fish you eat in Alberta is not killed on the same day you eat it, but that’s how we want to be different: we want to be fresh.”

Despite already being the first and largest commercial aquaponics facility in Calgary, Shumlich says he plans to at least double production by the end of 2019. They don’t want to grow too fast, he cautioned, saying that maintaining their high quality is their strength, but they still want to be disruptive and get their products out on a massive scale.

“It’s been five years, so this didn’t happen overnight,” Shumlich continued. “But we’ve come a long way and we’re always looking forward to a better future.”

He still describes Deepwater Farms as a prototype, because they continue to redesign their system and keep making it better — he even calls their water and waste fertilization system their “secret recipe.” And, as the province is looking to diversify, Shumlich said he wanted to take the opportunity to help provide job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He knows Calgarians crave local food, and although it was a challenge to find a way to keep producing greens year-round in a city where snow can fall any time between September and May, he and his team were determined to find a way.

“‘Organic’ is a label, but ‘local’ is a position,” he said. “You can’t fake local, and it implies that it’s farmed and raised ethically and responsibly. You want to know the person who’s growing it, and you want to support them. That’s what we’re building here.”

Hot Art Round-Up: Mar 28 – 30

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MARCH 28

Nine Lives: Changing Notions of Femininity Through Time
Lougheed House, March 28 – April 28

Nine Lives exhibit launch with Big Kitty Crew: Fun, Fashion, Fem
Lougheed House, 5:30 – 9 pm

Open Studio with Nina Morris
Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

2019 AUArts SA Spring Show + Sale | First Night Fundraiser
Alberta University of the Arts, 5 – 9 pm

Paint Party , Art by MWild
Motion Gallery, 7 – 9 pm

Publication Launch & Artist Talk | Orphan Well Adoption Agency
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 7 – 9 pm

2 Person Exhibition of work by Perry Adamuik and Bryce Krynski
New Edward Gallery, March 28 – March 30 (Thurs –Fri :7 – 10 pm, Sat: 2 – 6 pm)

OverZealous / live at the Ivan Gallery
Ivan Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 29

2019 AUArts SA Spring Show + Sale
Alberta University of the Arts: Friday noon – 7 pm, Saturday noon – 4 pm

Calgary Night Market
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Whispers of the Woods – An Earth Art Exhibit
The INKubator- Art, Science and Socialpreneurial Playground (Northland Village Mall)Fri, March 29 (7-10pm) – Sat, March 30 and Sun, March 31 (11am – 5pm)

The Softest Hard
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 7 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Marketspot Pop-Up Shop Grand Opening
MarketSpot YYC, Chinook Mall: noon – 4 pm

Alberta Society of Artists: Nocturn
Southern Jubilee Auditorium, reception 1 – 3

Trade Swap Meet
Artist Trading Cards, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary: 5 – 7 pm

HY DRA TION vol 10: Liquidate Your ASSets
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary: 9 pm – 2:30 am