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Ethical shopping at Calgary’s consignment stores


At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit earlier this year, designer Stella McCartney delivered a decisive call to action to the fashion community. “We have to have this conversation and we have to be held accountable,” she noted in an online statement, in reference to finding viable solutions to sustainability in the business of fashion. Enter consignment clothing. Calgary has a plethora of consignment shops, each with their own focus and range of items – and they’re waiting to be discovered for those who have yet to make a foray into this market.

Courtesy Peacock Boutique.

Why shop consignment?
“Because consignment hasn’t been a household name for so many years, people think that it’s thrift or charity shop,” says Michelle Morigeau, the owner of Peacock Boutique. “(At Peacock) we’re very picky — we give 40 per cent of the selling price to the consigner, we curate and clean everything, and we only take things that are in season and trendy.” Morigeau took over Peacock from her mother, who purchased the store in the late ‘80s when there were few other consignment shops in the city. She revamped it and “brought it into the 21st century” which turned out to be a success; Peacock opened its second location in early 2016.

Consignment shops in the city:

145 Kensington Cres NW, 1415 – 11 St SW

8244 Elbow Dr SW

1502 – 14 St SW

1314B – 17 Ave SW

1002 Macleod Tr SE; 113, 1013 – 17 Ave

908 -17 Ave SW

200, 1022 – 17 Ave SW

120 – 10 St NW

202, 12100 Macleod Tr SE

KINDRED THRIFT (online only)

1911 – 34 Ave SW

488, 10816 Macleod Tr

7702 Elbow Dr SW

2100 4 St SW #12

Consignment shop owners are also very aware of how their businesses are playing into the sustainable fashion conversation. Morigeau says that, if in the past shopping consignment was a bit of a faux pas, it has now become trendy. “It’s completely different — a lot of the reason for that is because people are thinking more ethically and recycling.”

This discussion, while currently gaining traction, is not new. For years, proponents of sustainable and ethical fashion have been pushing back against fast fashion, with campaigners referencing everything from environmental threats to human endangerment — the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 brought to light the horrific work conditions many labourers in the fashion supply chain endure.

Navigating ‘sustainability’
Environmentally and morally conscious consumers are also pushing producers by demanding transparency in clothing sourcing and manufacturing, leading to varying levels of response by brands. Recently ASOS, the global online curated shop, has committed to dropping cashmere, silk, down and feathers from its entire platform, and has also announced that it will launch a sustainable fashion training program for its designers.

Despite steps forward, it is difficult to determine what brands mean when they use the words “sustainable” and “ethical” to market products. For example, a manufacturer could source recycled materials while still overlooking the conditions of workers. Transparency and traceability in all aspects of garment production are challenging for consumers to access, which is perhaps why the pressure to buy sustainable or ethical doesn’t seem to pack a punch — the terms are often just too ambiguous.

High fashion from a renewable source
However, these complexities don’t mean that efforts to be conscientious of your shopping habits should be abandoned. While how to recycle or ethically source and produce fabrics may for most of us seem out of reach, reusing clothing is not. Blake Rawlinson, co-owner of Vespucci, emphasizes that, due to the high standard of curating at her luxury consignment shop, “a client doesn’t need to compromise when shopping consignment.” Just because a garment may be pre-owned, it does not mean “that it is in some way lesser quality or dated.”

On the contrary, Rawlinson explains that consignment may be the best way for people to access “high fashion” pieces that they might not otherwise be able to afford. “There are quite a few pieces that come into our hands that are a part of fashionhistory,” she says. “I really enjoy when we find a piece from a designer and are able to find the exact runway show or editorial that it appeared in.” Rawlinson also notices a clear shift in consumer interest towards ethical fashion.

“Consignment has always been around, but with people’s consciousness moving towards a more sustainable future, it has definitely made us leaders in the ethical fashion conversation. The biggest change, I’d say, would be people becoming more knowledgeable about where their clothes come from, and where fast fashion goes once it doesn’t sell end of season.” Whatever your budget or your style, you can rest assured that shopping consignment is not only a sustainable and ethical option, but a fashionable choice — in more ways than one.

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 18-20



Exhibition Opening – Shona Rae: Re-Imagined Narratives
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 5 – 8 pm

Exhibition Opening – Jude Griebel: Illuminated Collapse
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 5 – 8 pm

Raw Calgary Presents Ovation
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 7pm – 1 am

Peter Moller: Drawings & Paintings
Hotbox Gallery, opening reception 7 – 9 pm


Halloween Costume Sale
Ghost River Theatre, Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

Rachel MacFarlane / Memory Gardens
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

2018 ACAD Alumni Awards
ACAD, 5 – 9 pm

Joanne MacDonald & Thai Le Ngo: Progressions Openings
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 2 – 5 pm

PPF Art Opening
The People’s Poetry Festival, Loft 112: 7 – 9 pm 

Evidence of Paint 2018
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 7 – 9 pm

What a Relief Steamroller Print Exhibition and Sale!
Prairie Dog Brewing, 7 – 10 pm


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

Calyx Fall Art Show & Sale
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

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

Anda Kubis: Vivid
Newzones, 2 – 4 pm

Eric Cameron – Thanatos
TrépanierBaer, 2 – 5 pm

Alberta Craft Awards Ceremony 2018
Alberta Craft Council, cSPACE, 7 – 10 pm 

Why we need arts funding in Calgary


Art isn’t just what we see on the walls in museums and galleries. You see, hear or feel it when walking across the Peace Bridge, or taking a selfie in front of the giant head called Wonderland, or putting your child in piano lessons, or when you spread blankets on the ground at Prince’s Island Park and listen to the artists at Calgary Folk Music Festival. Art is part of our daily life and its benefits to our city are numerous, including contributing to the economy, adding to the vibrancy of the city that draws business, talent and visitors to Calgary, provoking discussion and critical thinking, as well as connecting Calgarians to each other, according to Calgarians who are proposing increased municipal arts funding.

A photo from this season’s production of Extremophiles by Georgina Beaty of Downstage Theatre Company. Courtesy Caitlind r.c. Brown.

When actor, writer and drama therapist Raffi Minas came to Calgary in October 2017 from Lebanon, the 28-year-old had more than a decade of experience in writing and acting but found he had to start from scratch in Calgary.

“It’s hard to act here because you need to know the language, accent, networking, and the most important side in my opinion, you need to understand the culture,” Minas says.

When a friend sent Minas a poster advertising the Theatre Community Connections for Newcomers Program, which pairs newcomers with past theatre experience to mentors, he was eager to sign up.

The pilot project is a partnership between Downstage, a theatre company that produces Canadian work with a focus on social issues, and the Centre for Newcomers, which provides settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees. Four participants were paired with mentors to create a five to 10 minute showcase performance.

Minas has written a script with his mentor for a 10-minute performance called Suitcase, the story of a man displaced by war, inspired by his own experiences of fleeing Syria for Lebanon before coming to Canada. The show features a refugee who comes to Canada with nothing but a suitcase. He is stopped for a bag check by a customs officer at the airport, and as he pulls items out of his luggage, he recounts the stories behind them— some funny, some tragic. Minas hopes the audience will have a new perspective about the civil war in Syria.

“We discovered it’s very difficult for newcomers to Canada who have professional experience in theatre to start working in their field,” says Ellen Close, the artistic director of Downstage. Close says there are many theatre jobs that are never listed, since companies often reach into their pool of established actors, designers or playwrights, or find talent through training programs that provide professional connections.

“We’re poorer as a theatre community by not having pathways for newcomers to start working,” Close says. “Our work should reflect the greater diversity of Calgary. The people we’ve connected with will be a tremendous asset to the theatre community and their work will be wonderful for Calgarian audiences to experience.”

While more than 20 newcomers wanted to sign up for the pilot project, they could only accommodate four people. Close is applying for project-based funding to continue the work, which means she doesn’t know what it will look like in the future. “If we had increased operating funding that would go a long way to make those commitments, and allow us to be more responsive to opportunities with partners as they arise,” Close says.


Quick facts:

156 organizations Calgary Arts Development invests in produce $134 million in value-added GDP to Canada, with the large majority in Alberta

More than 50,000 Calgarians
are employed by the creative industries sector

In 2017, there were 3,385,616 attendees to arts activities in Calgary

About 65 per cent of 500 Ontario workers who were surveyed said a vibrant arts community is a driving factor when moving for work

Sources: Calgary Arts Development, Data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development, Calgary Economic Development, Survey – Nanos for Business for the Arts

Patti Pon, president and CEO of Calgary Arts Development, says the Theatre Community Connections for Newcomers Program is a prime example of art providing meaning on an artistic level, public impact level and business level.

Calgary Arts Development is Calgary’s designated arts development authority that invests and allocates municipal funding. They are requesting an increase in municipal arts grant funding from $6.4 million to $19.5 million over the next four years.

They propose to increase operating investment in not-for-profit arts organizations, increase support to individual artists, and increase the diversity of the arts sector to better reflect Calgary’s demographics.

“We are on the verge of systemic change when it comes to diversification of not only our economy but our identity,” Pon says. “That’s a huge opportunity for those of us who are civic partners to work together and move the city’s identity and brand in a consistent direction where we all see ourselves in that identity — as an arts community I’m not so sure we have.”

They’re also proposing to build on arts development programs through research, engagement, events and more, which includes promoting talent we already have in Calgary to draw visitors. “Calgary is promoted as a gateway to the mountains, which is fantastic, but it shouldn’t be the first thing,” Pon says. “What about Prince’s Island Park and the Calgary Folk Musical Festival, or East Village and the container park, or Studio Bell?”

Philanthropists Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji started Creative Calgary, a non-partisan group of citizens, in 2017 to advocate for an increase in municipal arts investment, noting that Calgary lags behind other major cities across Canada when it comes to art funding.

Rawji says due to the downturn in the economy, the corporate sector can no longer support the arts community like it once did.

“We started Creative Calgary because we realized if we didn’t get the sector together to describe that challenge collectively and highlight this gap, it probably wouldn’t get fixed, and put a lot of different companies at risk,” Rawji says.

He says from a business perspective, a vibrant arts and culture scene is key to recruiting knowledge workers.

“The cultural scene is part of what makes a city a great city,” Rawji says. “I’m interested in the arts as an individual and a human — and as a business person, it’s critical if we’re actually going to grow and diversify this economy.”

Rawji adds that in today’s tense political climate, and amidst the growing fear of the “other,” art is critical to bringing people together. “Visual arts or dance is a universal language and has a way of allowing us to share a common experience and bring us together,” Rawji says. “It’s a tool for inclusion and building bridges.”

Both Calgary Arts Development and Creative Calgary urge Calgarians who believe civic investment in the arts is important to reach out to their city councillors, who provide guidance for city administration in the next budget cycle (they are reviewing the 2019-2022 plans and budgets in November 2018).

“If we don’t decide as a city and community of citizens that we think this is important, it will probably disintegrate because it can’t survive under its current funding structure,” Rawji says. “If we decide as a community to support it, we can make it even better.”

What you need to know about cannabis legalization in Calgary

Photo: courtesy Pixabay


Today, Canada becomes the second nation in the world to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. While governing bodies and citizens alike are still working out all the implications — positive and negative — of legal cannabis, a few realities are emerging from the haze. One thing that’s clear is cannabis retail is not going to be like your grandma’s head shops. Beaded curtains and Bob Marley posters are out; clean, modern design aesthetics are in. Gone are the days when consumers would get a mystery baggie and figure out the effects through trial and error — retailers are prepared to help consumers navigate the dizzying array of products available.

Quick Facts:

• The total cannabis market in Canada — including legal and illegal recreational products and medical products — is expected to generate up to $7.17 billion in 2019. Legal sales are expected to comprise more than half of that, up to $4.34 billion.

• Consumers who currently purchase illegal cannabis say they’re willing to pay about 10 per cent more for legal products.

• The frequency at which consumers purchase cannabis is expected to increase by 22 per cent for frequent users and 121 per cent for less frequent users.

• It is expected that the majority of consumers will purchase their products through brick-and-mortar retail locations, while about one-third will also buy products online.

• Legalization is expected to have a negative impact on alcohol sales as consumers substitute cannabis for beer, wine and spirits.

• More than half of current and likely cannabis consumers are interested in trying edible products, though edibles won’t be available legally for at least a year after cannabis is legalized.

Source: Deloitte 2018 cannabis report

“If someone is new to cannabis, or has been away from it for a while, our staff will help guide them to a product and experience they hope for,” says Angus Taylor, CAO at NewLeaf Cannabis. “(We) seek to offer a welcoming and informative environment where anyone can feel comfortable communicating their needs, as basic or complex as they may be.”

While being among the first to market a newly legalized product has its potential pitfalls, retailers such as Trevor Fencott, CEO of Fire and Flower, are excited to meet the challenge. “The legalization of recreational cannabis is a historic moment in Canada,” Fencott says. “It has been and will continue to be a process to see how the industry develops over the next year.”

Who can use cannabis?
Anyone over the age of 18 in Alberta and Quebec or over 19 in the rest of Canada, including Canadians and visitors from other countries, can use cannabis provided they follow laws and regulations. Cannabis use by minors is strictly prohibited, and minors may not enter cannabis retail locations.

Where can I buy cannabis?
Cannabis can be purchased online at albertacannabis.org, which is operated by the provincial government. It can also be purchased at licensed retail outlets in various forms suitable for smoking and vaping. While many more retail locations are expected to be approved in the coming months, only two have interim licenses to operate in Calgary on October 17:

Four20 Premium Market
D290, 9737 MacLeod Tr SW

Nova Cannabis at Willow Park
252, 10816 MacLeod Tr SE

The inside of NewLeaf, a cannabis store in Calgary (not yet open). (Photo: courtesy NewLeaf)

Where can I use cannabis?
It is legal to smoke, vape or otherwise consume cannabis on private property. The property owner may choose to restrict cannabis use on their property, meaning that it can be forbidden by landlord/tenant agreements or condo bylaws. It is illegal to consume cannabis in public places, except for designated cannabis consumption areas. As of right now, there are no areas designated for cannabis use, but if and when they are approved, they will be listed on the City of Calgary’s website.

Festivals and events in Calgary can receive permission to provide a designated cannabis consumption area, similar to beer gardens. These will be open air, fenced off zones for 18+ only. Smoking lounges, cafes or specialized bars for cannabis are not permitted, though this has the potential to change in coming years. Cannabis may not be used at any cannabis retail outlets. Using cannabis in vehicles (moving or stationary) is not permitted and it cannot be within reach of anyone in a vehicle.

Retail Spotlight: Supreme Men’s Wear Owner Darren Biedermann


Supreme Men’s Wear has become a lifelong project for Darren Biedermann, from starting as a teenager, to taking over for his father in 1995, to celebrating the store’s 70th anniversary this year. Supreme is a fashion-forward boutique that offers premium men’s garments that can be ready-to-wear or customized. Not content to rest on his laurels, Biedermann also designs his own collection of luxurious, hand-crafted dress shirts.

Courtesy Rob McMorris.

What is your business philosophy?
Supreme is a catalyst for change using fashion to connect aware and beauty-filled people who are making a difference. We hire real people who love people and fashion and try our best to ensure everyone leaves Supreme feeling great about life.

What inspired you to start designing your own line of clothing?
You see the obvious cycle of fashion. A new collection comes along, focused on quality, and they count on the independent businesses to promote the brand so one day they can get it into the majors. Many things then transpire that make it difficult for independents to compete. The focus shifts to produce as much as possible for profit and collections are compromised. We then search out and promote the next up-and-coming brand. Something needs to break the cycle. Biedermann Connection><Collection was created to be shared exclusively with the passionate independents and never be compromised.

Staying in business for 70 years is no small feat. How do you keep attracting new generations of customers?
Operating a luxury men’s fashion retail store in the heart of downtown Calgary for 70 years shows the love we have for Calgary and the love Calgary has for Supreme. We are proud to open our doors and share what we have created. It really comes down to the golden rule: treat others as you wish to be treated. That simple. The world has more than enough stuff. We go the extra mile to find more than just stuff to present. We blend it all together to offer up an experience.

How has the fashion industry, in Calgary or just in general, changed over the last 30 years?
Awareness and individualism. Your clothing is your social skin; it has a direct effect on how you experience life. More and more people are becoming aware and connecting all the time. Quality fashions are a great investment. There is a huge benefit to supporting local small business. The best of times for honest, quality fashions is now.

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 11-14




Chris Kuzmanovich & Lori Lukasewich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Caroline Forde Spotlight opening
Alberta Craft Council, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Stacey Maddock: Fractured Mandalas – Patterns of Life
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: opening reception 5 – 8 pm



Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival
BMO Centre, Stampede Park
Friday (4 pm – midnight) Saturday (noon- 10 pm) Sunday (noon – 6 pm)

The Paint Exhibition (group show)
239 – 29 Ave NE, Friday (3 – 9 pm) Saturday (noon – 6 pm)

Mark Vazquez-Mackay: Five Years in Reflection
Artpoint Gallery, 5 – 9 pm

Harlan Thomas, Caran Magaw: Our Skies
Framed on Fifth, 6 – 9 pm



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

Tinyan Solo Exhibition
Gainsborough Galleries Ltd, noon – 5

Art from the Unknown
McDougall Centre, 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday

2-DAY Event! Annual Fall Art Exhibition & Sale
Beacon Original Art, Bridgeland Riverside Community Association
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Calgary Artists Society Fall Show
Parkdale United Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Lisa Brawn Mumsho Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Artist Talks: Lori Lukasewich & Chris Kuzmanovich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 2 – 3 pm

Joice M. Hall: GWAII Haanas: Islands & Sacred Sites
Wallace Galleries, Ltd, 2 – 5 pm

Andrew Mackenzie: Vertical Forms
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm 



Annual Costume Sale
Front Row Centre Players, 3 – 7 pm

Where to buy hemp products in Calgary

By Silvia Pikal

Hemp is a versatile crop that can be cultivated for fibre used in clothing, rope and paper products or cultivated for seed. It’s a super plant that has been widely maligned thanks to the fact that it’s one of two strains of the cannabis sativa plant — the other being marijuana. Hemp has very low levels of the mind-altering chemical THC, which has made marijuana famous. We’re showing some love to this misunderstood plant by highlighting hemp clothing and bath and body products you can find in Calgary.

Courtesy Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Refresh with hemp-based soap
Use Rocky Mountain Soap Company’s patchouli and mint soap on your face, hands or body to nourish dry skin. The soap contains a blend of essential oils, including peppermint leaf, patchouli leaf and hempseed. Free of artificial colour, synthetic fragrances and preservatives, it also contains green clay to help remove dead skin cells.

Courtesy The Apothecary in Inglewood.

Personal care that’s good for the Earth
Tired of buying pads every month? Pick up a reusable menstrual pad at The Apothecary in Inglewood. The pads are lined with a fabric made of organic hemp, which is soft and absorbent.

No period? No problem! They also sell hemp seed oil, which they recommended for hair care along with jojoba to restore damaged and dry hair, or massaged into the nail bed for stronger nails.


Courtesy Seed.

Add some hemp to your wardrobe
Seed clothing is designed and manufactured in Calgary and made with all-natural fabrics, including hemp and cotton. Seed clothing is sold primarily on their website, or at pop-up shops around the city.

Courtesy Ketchum Public Relations.

A healthy snack
Pick up hemp foods at Community Natural Foods. Try the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts, which we love sprinkling on cereal, yogurt and salads for some crunch.

Shop fall fashion trends in Calgary


Photo: Brooke-Lynn Garrioch Photography.

If there’s an ideal time of year to amp up your wardrobe, it’s definitely fall. Between finding a staple pair of boots to learning how to layer one stylish piece over another, these in-between months provide the perfect opportunity to discover your new favourite trend — and these local Calgary stores are a great place to start.

Photo: Brooke-Lynn Garrioch Photography.

Adorn Boutique
Located in historic Inglewood, Adorn Boutique carries a range of designers from throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Store owner Kari Owen says a few of their favourite trends this year are high-waisted skirts, hats and midi dresses, which hit below the knee or lower. “It’s so classic and appropriate for any place, from the office to a special occasion,” Owen says. “The best ones can be dressed up for a night out (think heels and fun tassel earrings), or dressed down for daytime with booties, a suede jacket or blazer and a hat.”

When it comes to a classic fall look, Owen notes that you can’t go wrong with a high-waisted skirt and a pair of over the knee boots — cropped sweaters keep it more casual, while a lace top and jacket make it a great look for a night out.

Photo: Karen Kane Photography.

Fashion Addition 14+
This plus-size retailer is located in Calgary’s Willow Park Village shopping centre. Created with the goal to offer more diverse apparel for plus-size women, Fashion Addition has quickly become the go-to place for fun, fashion-forward plus-size clothing.

Owner Kerri Booth says one of the trends they’re excited about this year is what she calls the “burnout kimono”, a cardigan that can be “dressy for evening and holiday, or casually paired with denim.” Another popular item has been the floral blouse with ruffled sleeves, that comes in a variety of textures. Year-round, Fashion Addition carries brands like Eileen Fisher, Dex, Columbia and more.

Photo: Hello Hello Photography.

Purr Boutique
This trendy retailer has multiple locations throughout Calgary: a women’s store in Kensington, a unisex one on 17 Ave SW, a women’s and baby store in Inglewood, and two kids’ clothing stores in both Kensington and Mission. Purr carries unique pieces that speak to those with an edgy sense of style.

In terms of  this season’s trends, Purr says, “This year we’ve seen a lot of 70’s style… lots of oranges and mustards, pantsuits, corduroy, and tons of layering.”

Courtesy Ryan Beale Photography.

Brooklyn Clothing Co.
This premium men’s boutique located in the city’s Kensington neighbourhood, carries brands like Citizens of Humanity, Viberg, Canada Goose and more. With a focus on quality denim, it’s also a great go-to for staple items like a seasonal coat, pair of boots, or a warm flannel.

Brooklyn Clothing Co’s Brad Tien says their top trend this fall is their Viberg boots; the BC-based brand makes versatile, long-lasting pairs that come in easy to match colours like tan or dark brown, or more statement shades like powder blue and burgundy. Tien also notes that other top sellers this time of year are 4-way stretch jeans from Kato & Nudie, and of course, some classic fall flannels.

Hot Art Round-Up: Oct 4 – 6



Sampler 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Shelter For What Remains
City of Calgary, Blank Page Studio, Leyden’s Funeral Home: 6 – 9 pm

M:ST 9 | Rita McKeough: Works ~ Soft Launch!
Royal Canadian Legion #1, 6 – 10 pm

Microbial Aura
Loft 112, 7 – 9 pm

M:ST 9 | Something, Somewhere – Jadda Tsui + Mat Lindenberg
Royal Canadian Legion #1, 9 – 11 pm



Artist Talk with Brittney Bear Hat
University of Calgary Department of Art, 10 – 11:30 am

Curated. FALL Market CALGARY
Bowness Community Association: Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

U and Alan Belcher
The lily contemporary project space, 7 – 11 pm



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

Crafty Llama Book Signing
Owl’s Nest Books, local artists Renata Liwska and Mike Kerr: 11 am – 2 pm

Calgary Zombie Walk 2018
Olympic Plaza, noon – 5 pm

Fractured Mandalas: Patterns of Life
cSPACE, Blackboard Gallery (through November 30, opening reception October 11, 5 – 8 pm)

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Opening + Artist Talk
cSPACE, 6 – 8:30 pm

7th Annual Log Driver’s Waltz
Quickdraw Animation Society, Sunalta Community Centre: 6 – 9:30 pm 

15 things to do in Calgary in October


Autumn in Calgary means the arrival of some cornerstone festivals and events, bringing together the best of the city’s art, culture, food and drink. Read on to find out how to make the most of October!

Photo courtesy Caitie Lawrence.

There are few platforms in Calgary, let alone in Canada, that allow Indigenous people to tell their own stories. Since 2012, the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society has been making this possible through theatre. KAAHSINNONIKS (our ancestors), running on October 3 and 4, tell the story of what happened during the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877, through the collection and artistic interpretation of oral histories. The group’s second major production, KIITISTSINNONIKS (our mothers) will run from October 24-26.

A decade ago, Didion’s best selling memoir was adapted into a stage play that’s since been revered by audiences worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to see it this week at the Sage Theatre until October 6.

There is nothing quite like the infectious energy of this collective of musicians hailing from Brooklyn. Self-described as music for “intrepid listeners,” the West African-inspired Afrobeat orchestra is here on October 5 to bring you sounds of stylistic funk dappled with political nuance that you may not have experienced before.

A tale as old as time gets a special accompaniment: the CPO will bring the feature film to life on October 5 and 6 with performances of all your favourite songs!

Circus, theatre and live music collide in this western-inspired thrill ride on October 6.

A celebration of all things literature for writers, readers, and wordsmiths, this festival that runs from October 8-15, boasts multiple events each day, ranging from author Q&As, workshops, book signings and more.

Calgary’s Shakespeare Company are shaking up a classic by casting two women in the title roles. The show runs from October 929.

Rodney’s Oyster House is hosting an evening of messy fun on October 11, with three types of crab served family-style along with a pint of Steam Whistle.

Legendary The Guess Who frontman will rock the stage at Grey Eagle Resort and Casino on October 12.

If the title of this festival isn’t enough to convince you to attend, its menu will. On the docket for 2018? Over 40 different food selections from the city’s best restaurants and vendors, to be paired with an extensive list of global wines, beers and spirits. You’ll also be able to share your favourite sips and bites and vote for the Great Big Taste Awards in two food categories and 14 beverage categories. October 12 and 13.

Tamara Lindeman’s cool, feathered voice will coo out the narrative sounds of her fourth EP at Festival Hall on October 14. With her new collection of songs, the Toronto musician will sweep listeners away with unstructured, bold musical storytelling.

Introducing the perfect performance for young orchestra audiences, this rendition of Prokofiev’s masterpiece accompanied by the ever-charming Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of the Animals is sure to capture the imagination of children and adults alike, as Peter and his animal friends attempt to capture a wolf that is lurking about their village. See it on October 21.

Don’t miss this famed actor, writer and comedian’s newest tour, Hobo Fabulous, on October 21.

A timeless epic at its pinnacle, the whole family will enjoy the story of Princess Aurora set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score from October 24-27.

The 13thand final ScreamFest is on in the Grandstand building at Stampede Park. Come out to get spooked with haunted houses, rides, escape rooms, and more until October 31.

Grammy-nominated trio I’m With Her set to play first show in Calgary


From left to right: band members Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins. Courtesy I’m With Her/Concord Music Group.

With their soothing harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and dynamic performance style, the all-female group I’m With Her is an exercise in defying genre.

The trio that makes up the band – singer-songwriters Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – have their roots in folk music, and also evoke touches of country, jazz and bluegrass. Described by the New York Times as having a tone “that could be sweetly ethereal… or as hearty as mountain gospel,” the 2018 Grammy nominees for best group are taking the stage for the first time together in Calgary after a series of shows in Western Canada.

Each band member has garnered critical acclaim and collected Grammys in both individual and group pursuits. In 2002, Watkins sang on the collaboration This Side, which was later awarded best contemporary folk album. O’Donovan was a part of the Grammy-winning 2013 album The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which featured talents like Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma. Just last year, Jarosz’s Undercurrent collected the title of best folk album.

Although they’ve known each other for over a decade, this is the first time they’ve formally toured together. O’Donovan has played in Calgary before, at the Calgary Folk Music Festival. She notes how I’m With Her have a particular affinity for festivals – they all met at one, and decided to form their band at one.

“I think there’s a great sense of community that we all kind of grew up with and had at festivals,” she says.

While the band name may conjure thoughts of the language used in the current #MeToo movement, O’Donovan said it predates that.

“It’s a nod to the camaraderie we feel as a trio and as a band… it was an all-for-one, one-for-all type of mentality,” she says. “We all really respect each other, and there’s a great deal of admiration and confidence in each other that I think is really special and really rare, and that’s what I’m With Her means to us.”

The trio’s latest album See You Around has been well received critically, and O’Donovan says the live shows have given them a chance to exercise different muscles when it comes to how they perform the tracks.

“The songs on See You Around have evolved this year and it’s been really fun to play them live night after night and sort of keep on finding new ways to express ourselves,” she says.

But the thing that has remained constant is the special relationship they’re able to establish with the audience. “I think one of the things that makes acoustic and folk music so appealing to an audience is the intimacy,” O’Donovan explains. “I just saw Paul Simon a couple of days ago (with band mate Sarah Jarosz) at Madison Square Garden, and at its core it felt like a folk concert. He’s up there with a 16-piece band, but we felt like we were just at a folk club, listening to what it felt like for people who saw Paul Simon back in the ‘60s.”

Though O’Donovan says the band has a wide range of influences, she names Simon and Joni Mitchell as two of her biggest. When it comes to the future of I’m With Her, she says the main goal is simple: to continue to create together, write music, and keep performing with the same passion and excitement.

I’m With Her will be on stage at the Jack Singer concert hall on October 2 at 7:30 pm.

Hot Art Round-Up: Sep 27 – 30



Opening Reception Lyndal Osborne: Mutation of the Commons
University of Calgary, Nickle Galleries: 5 – 8 pm

Amy Gaulin: Landscapes at The New Edward Gallery
New Edward Gallery, opening reception 7 – 10 pm



2018 Alberta Culture Days at cSPACE – September 28-29
cSPACE King Edward, Friday 11 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Stride Art Gallery Casino Fundraiser
Elbow River Casino, September 28 – 29, 11 am – midnight

Alberta Culture Days, Blackboard Gallery
cSPACE: Friday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday noon – 5 pm

Alberta Culture Days, ACAD
September 28 – 30, various times

Dispatches From the Wrong Side of History
Boutique Gallery, NVRLND.YYC: opening reception 3 – 9 pm

Open Studio with Kaitlynn Copithorne
cSPACE: 4 – 8 pm

Unpacking IKG: 60 Years a Gallery
ACAD, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Etsy: Made in Canada – Calgary
Genesis Centre, Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Studio M* Open House
September 28 – October 2, various hours and events

CAAF Connection: Studio Residents’ Exhibition
cSPACE, Calgary Allied Arts Foundation: 6 – 8 pm

Laura Hansen – The Sounding
ACAD, Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Searchlight – Closing Reception for Brandon Hearty & Chris Zajko
The Bridge Inc, 7 – 9 pm

Launch Party
Glenbow Museum, 7:30 – 10 pm



Farmers & Makers Market Alberta Culture Days & Dandy Beer Garden
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 5 pm

Escape to Art – Calgary
Upland’s Recreation Center, 10 am – 5 pm

Centre Street Lion Community Welcome
Rotary Park, 11 am – 2 pm

Print It Yourself Festival
Alberta Printmakers, 11 am – 4 pm

Mural Reception
Arts Commons, noon -2 pm

Ripple Effect Public Reception
Leighton Art Centre, 2 – 4 pm

Bee Kingdom September Glass Sale
Bee Kingdom: Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 pm

Culture Shock Vol. 4: An Urban Arts Showcase and Breaking Event
Genesis Centre, Antyx Community Arts: 2 – 9 pm 

Kevin Day / feedback loop of commensurability
The New Gallery, 8 pm – midnight



What a relief! Steamroller Printmaking Event
Prairie Dog Brewing, Alberta Printmakers: 11 am – 7 pm

Utility Box Biking Tour
Calgary Marlborough Community Association, 2 – 5 pm