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Calgary

Hot Art Round-Up: Feb 14 – 17

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 

cSPACE Showcase Series: Date/Less Valentines
cSPACE Open House, 5 – 8 pm

Spotlight – Artist Reception
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Tracy Proctor – Waxing Poetic: Painting the Music
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Glow Festival
Downtown Calgary, through Monday, February 18: various hours

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Chinatown Ice Sculpture Showcase (through Monday, February 18)
James Short Parkade, Calgary Chinatown

Minting States: Coins and Political Power in the Ancient World
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 7 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Curator’s Tour of Before Digital with Mary-Beth Laviolette
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, 11 am – noon

Au Revoir – A Group Show
Inglewood Fine Arts, 2 – 5 pm

BassBus Presents: Nightlight
Olympic Plaza, 5 – 10 pm

Glow Fest Photowalk
Olympic Plaza, hosted by MRU Photography Club: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 

Artist Talk with Exposure Photography Festival
The Pioneer, 1 – 2 pm

Zero Issue Drink & Draw
Zero Issue Brewing, 1 – 6 pm

Seities 10th Anniversary Publication Launch
Shelf Life Books, 5 – 9 pm

Check it out: Calgary’s new Central Library

By SHAUNA MCGINN

Photo by George Webber.

When strolling Calgary’s East Village, it’s impossible to miss the architectural marvel that is the new Central Library. Its doors opened to the public on November 1, 2018, signifying the completion of a much-anticipated project — and for library staff and Calgarians alike, this has been a long time coming.

“When we opened the original Central Library in the mid ‘60s it was deemed too small at opening, so an expansion was added to that library within ten years,” says Mary Kapusta, director of communications for Calgary Public Library. Kapusta says the conversation about needing a new central branch got serious a couple of decades later, but didn’t gather steam until initial funding was committed in 2004.

Now, the new building stands as a landmark and regal gateway to the East Village. The sweeping front steps and large, open atrium make the building feel similar to a sleek art gallery or museum. Created in tandem by Norwegian-American architecture group Snøhetta and Calgary firm Dialog, the library is designed to become quieter as you travel up the circular steps winding under the building’s large oculus-style skylight.

Features include professional editing suites, an interfaith room, an auditorium, a children’s area with built-in play structures, and even an in-house café and restaurant run by the local drugstore Lukes. Amenities aside, the building’s main function is, of course, as a library — a service hub that Michael Brown, president and CEO of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), says was needed in the inner city.

Photo by Neil Zeller.

“For the longest time, Calgary’s history was: you grew up in suburbia and you went to work in the downtown core, and the reason for that is that’s where a lot of the amenities were. What we’ve learned as a community is that’s not necessarily a success,” he says. “We need to get people living in the inner city, but in order (for that to happen), you need to have things for them to do.”

When it comes to communities looking to grow and attract more residents, East Village is among Calgary’s top contenders. Revitalized in recent years with new hotspots like the National Music Centre and the historic Simmons Building, it’s quickly becoming one of Calgary’s most sought-after neighbourhoods.

But, as is common with gentrifying areas, there are many people in East Village experiencing difficult circumstances like poverty and homelessness. Brown acknowledges this, saying that when the CMLC started the campaign to have the library built in the East Village, “There was some thought about ‘Well, you have some drop-in centres, can you get rid of them?’ And our board made a decision that we weren’t going to do that — they are part of our community.”

Mary Kapusta says the library is often asked about its role in helping vulnerable populations, and the answer has always been the same: “We see people that might be going through challenging times in their lives, and the response is that they’re allowed to be here.”

It is often said that libraries are essential pillars of democracy, and, perusing through the new Central Library, that becomes clearer than ever. There are spaces for children, teens, people of different faiths, and those looking for information, a helping hand, or just a quiet place to relax and reflect. As Kapusta says, “When we think about a community hub and accessibility, it’s making sure that there’s something for everyone.”

4 art exhibits to check out in Calgary

By Silvia Pikal

HOUSE OF DIOR
Check out an exhibition dedicated to one of the world’s top fashion houses at Glenbow. Christian Dior is a retrospective of the fashion legend’s haute couture from 1947-1957. In 1946, Dior set up his own couture house in Paris and presented his first collection the following year, featuring voluptuous silhouettes that were a departure from women’s fashions before the Second World War. Browse a selection of Dior’s designs that transformed the French fashion industry; the exhibit runs until June 2.

DELPHINE COCKTAIL DRESS. CHRISTIAN DIOR, PARIS, AIMANT AUTUMN-WINTER 1956. © ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM.

THE RISE AND FALL OF CIVILIZATION
A statue of Kent Monkman’s glamorous alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle stands on a rock-face buffalo jump in a room-filling installation at Glenbow. She’s overlooking the sculptural bison that roam throughout the room, while one sculpture is in shambles on the ground and surrounded by broken china. Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization is a poignant reminder that the North American bison, a source of sustenance for Indigenous people for thousands of years, was nearly hunted to extinction by European settlers in the 1800s. They hunted the bison for their pelts and left the meat to rot, then harvested the bones for fine bone china. The exhibit will be available for viewing throughout 2019.

KENT MONKMAN, THE RISE AND FALL OF CIVILIZATION (INSTALLATION VIEW), 2015, COURTESY THE GARDINER MUSEUM. PHOTO JIMMY LIMIT.

ALBERTA’S HOMEGROWN TALENT
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), is showcasing Alberta’s musical groundbreakers in a new exhibit. Trailblazers: Alberta makes use of video interviews, concert footage and more to showcase big names hailing from Alberta, including Tegan and Sara, Feist and Chad Kroeger. Emerging artists and their accomplishments are also featured, from country singer Lindsay Ell to The Static Shift, a trio of Calgary-based blues-rockers. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the NMC, and there will be a rotating cast of Alberta trailblazers over the next few years.

Photo by Brandon Wallis.

THE ART OF CLAY
On June 16, 1904, “Eureka We Have Found It!” was printed on the front page of the Medicine Hat News. A large natural gas well had been discovered, which led to a boom in Medicine Hat’s economy. Clay quickly became a shining star thanks to the availability of cheap natural gas to fire the kilns, as well as the abundance of the material in the area and neighbouring province Saskatchewan. At one point Medicine Hat supplied Canada with more than 75 per cent of its ceramics. A lasting reminder of the boom is the Medalta potteries site — the former massive industrial operation was transformed into a museum, ceramic art gallery and event space. Artists come from all over the world to work in the studios, or complete an artist-in-residence program. Home at the Alberta Craft Gallery brings Medalta art to Calgary. View everything from delicate, hand-built porcelain plates to impressive sculptures from artists who stayed in Medicine Hat after completing their residency; the exhibit runs until March 30.

Artist: Noriko Masuda, Reach Yunomi, 2016. Bone china, slip cast, underglaze.

Hot Art Round-Up: Feb 7 – 10

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

4th Year Drawing Exhibition
Alberta University of the Arts, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Tanner Christmas – MNG Main Space Reception
Marion Nicoll Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts: 6 – 8 pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 

Yukon Unorganized
University of Calgary Department of Art, Exposure Photography Festival
Faculty of Arts Student Lounge, Social Sciences Building. Through February 25

Festival of Animated Objects Launch
Central Library – Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery: 9:45 – 11:30 am

The Female Lens Opening Reception
Christine Klassen Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

This Is Me: an art exhibition by Belinda Fireman
Loft 112, 5:30 – 9 pm

Returning Home Art Opening with Kristofer Schofield
Framed on Fifth, 6 – 9 pm

Colour Cult closing reception
Dandelion Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Bookbinding Keepsake for Your Valentine!
North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Open House and Community Welcome
The INKubator- Art, Science and Socialpreneurial Playground: noon – 5 pm

David Burdeny, Svanire 2010 – 2018
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Concert Photography ( Exposure 2019)
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – Mission, 7 – 10 pm

You Are a Tourist (Exposure 2019)
Vintage Caffeine Company (West Hillhurst): 1 – 3 pm

Launch Party
Glenbow Museum, 7:30 – 10 pm

11th Annual Love Show
Art Spot, 8 pm – 1 am

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

One Last Kiss
Art On 9th, noon – 4 pm

 

15 things to do in Calgary in February 2019

By SHAUNA MCGINN

YYC HOT CHOCOLATE FEST
What better way to weather the season than with a whole month of celebrating everyone’s favourite winter beverage? In support of Calgary Meals on Wheels, some of the city’s best cafés, restaurants and chocolatiers will compete for the coveted title of Best Hot Chocolate. Participate by sipping sweet or savoury varieties from February 1 – 28 and helping decide which one will reign supreme.

Photo courtesy Calgary Meals on Wheels.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Celebrate with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre at their annual event to ring in Chinese New Year. There will be live performances, a marketplace, firework displays and more from February 2 – 3. Admission is free to this great family-friendly event, where it will be time to mark the change from the Year of the Dog to the Year of the Pig.

Photo courtesy Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre.

EVEREST OPERA
This moving opera about one of the deadliest days in Mount Everest’s history is having its Canadian premiere with the Calgary Opera, and will be on the stage select dates from February 2 – 8.

CHRISTIAN DIOR
An exhibition dedicated to one of the world’s top fashion houses is coming to Calgary on February 3, and will run until June 2. Christian Dior at Glenbow is a retrospective of the fashion legend’s haute couture from 1947-1957.

LAND’S END ENSEMBLE CONCERT
The award-winning Canadian classical music ensemble is bringing a night of original music with this performance on February 8.

THE ARKELLS
The beloved indie rockers hailing from Hamilton, Ontario will be on stage at the Saddledome on February 9 with American alternative group Lord Huron.

DE.VI.ATE
Watch talented artists from the Alberta Ballet in a triple bill meant to push the boundaries of dance, art and performance. This year’s de.Vi.ate includes back-to-back spectacles: Caelestis, Futureland and A World Premiere, each blending cutting-edge choreography with modern multimedia elements for an awe-inspiring show meant to provoke artistic innovation. Watch from February 13 – 16. 

Photo by Hayna Gutierrez.

SMOKE
From February 13 – 23, watch a thought-provoking play about intimacy, love and violence from Albertan playwright Elena Belyea, put on by Downstage theatre.

THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER
The Vancouver-based rock and blues duo are gracing the stage at the historic King Eddy hotel from February 15 – 17 for exclusive performances, as well as the recording of a live album. Head to this legendary venue for “three nights of swaggering, soul-scorching, boogie-laced blues.”

SYMPHONIC FAIRYTALES
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is presenting a repertoire of must-listen pieces geared toward younger audiences, including Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb and Mother Goose Suite, on February 17.

SHAD
The Toronto-based rapper and former host of CBC’s Q is performing at Calgary’s Commonwealth Bar on February 19. His highly anticipated LP, Short Story About A War, was released this past October, joining his repertoire of critically acclaimed musical works like TSOL and Flying Colours. Drawing on themes of home, migration, violence, politics, the environment and more, Shad’s work further exemplifies his ability to deliver thought-provoking, socially conscious art.

Photo by Justin Broadbent.

LITTLE BIG TOWN
The award-winning American country music group are taking the stage on February 23 with their heartfelt, chart-topping tunes.

THE SCARLET LETTER
From February 26 – March 23, see the play based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel, written and adapted by Phyllis Nagy and presented by Theatre Calgary.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
If you’ve been itching for a Harry Potter marathon, be sure to incorporate this incredible live experience of the second film. Watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as musicians from Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra perform the original score live. This unique way to view an all-time favourite is not to be missed. From February 28 – March 1. 

TRAILBLAZERS: ALBERTA 
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), is showcasing Alberta’s musical groundbreakers in a new exhibit. Trailblazers: Alberta makes use of video interviews, concert footage and more to showcase big names hailing from Alberta, including Tegan and Sara, Feist and Chad Kroeger. Emerging artists and their accomplishments are also featured, from country singer Lindsay Ell to The Static Shift, a trio of Calgary-based blues-rockers.

Hot Art Round-Up: Jan 31 – Feb 2

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

Winter Exhibition Openings
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary: 5 – 8 pm

Creative evening of Art & Ideas: the effect of Global Warming
Alliance Française Calgary, cSPACE: 6 – 9 pm

Particle + Wave: Screening Program
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, CSIF – The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

A Painting Partnership: Chiasson & Cournoyer
Webster Galleries, through February 16

Walled Off: The Politics of Containment
The Military Museums, through May 20

Opening Night Reception
Artpoint Gallery and Studios, 5 – 9 pm

First Fridays – Open Studios
Nvrlnd.yyc, 5 – 9 pm

Erotic Nature / Susan Clarahan
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Infrastructure and the Industrial Age
Resolve Photo, 6 – 9 pm

No Clothes, No Masters
Ivan Gallery, ACAD: Starts at 6:30 pm

Pillar to Post | Nick Heer & Alex Moon
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, 7 – 10 pm

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

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

Lunar New Year Festival 2019
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Calgary Fence Walking Tour
The Kahanoff Centre, 11 am – 2 pm

Closing Reception for “Peaks and Valleys”
Framed on Fifth, 1 – 4 pm

Costas Costoulas: Atmospheric Reclamation
The Edge Gallery CALGARY, 1 – 4 pm

Home – Exhibition Reception
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary: 2 – 4 pm

Joshua Jensen-Nagle: Seasons
“Perception” A Group Exhibition
Newzones, 2 – 4 pm

Vikky Alexander, Stéphane La Rue & Danny Singer: EXPOSURE 2019
TrépanierBaer, 2 – 5 pm

Edward Burtynsky: The Anthropocene Project
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

What’s new and noteworthy at Calgary bars

By SHAUNA MCGINN 

BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER
If there’s a place to learn how to make a proper drink it’s at Shelter YYC, where the ultra-cool vibe and unique style prove they’re at the cutting edge of cocktail connoisseurship. Shelter offers public classes on the rudiments — and, if you get that far, intricacies — of cocktail making, even for those who think they’re hopeless in the drink-crafting department. Sign up as an individual or with a group and learn the basics of putting together spirits with their respective mixes, as well as simple ways to get creative.

Photo courtesy Shelter YYC.

MODERN STEAK, PART TWO
This beloved Calgary steakhouse opened a second location mid-December in the Imperial Bank building, one of the prominent historical buildings on downtown’s Stephen Avenue. The restaurant’s first level is called Bar Modern, which has its own menu and unique atmosphere, while the second level houses the Modern Steak Calgarians know and love. Expect their stock of fresh Alberta beef locally sourced from family owned ranches on the menu. In addition to an excellent selection of steaks, find an array of seafood dishes and other complementary plates.

Photo courtesy Modern Steak.

NEW BREWS
Opened in the Beltline this past fall, this brewery boasts a 100 plus-seat taproom with floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal the magic happening in the brewing room just steps away. Joining Calgary’s impressive arsenal of over 30 craft breweries, Inner City has eight house-made beers on tap: four of them core brews, four seasonal. Their own creations include a hoppy blonde IPA called the Bridgelandia — named for Calgary’s Bridgeland neighbourhood — and a dark porter named after nearby Victoria Park.

Photo by Ryan Barr.

Hot Art Round-Up: Jan 24 – 27

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 

WWI exhibit opening
Lougheed House, Canadian Centre for the Great War: 5:30 – 8 pm

Toni Cormier, Taylor Harder & Victoria McInnis – Shhhhhhhhhhhhh
Marion Nicoll Gallery, ACAD: 6 – 8 pm

David Videla – Y debo reconocer mi vida pasada sin consecuencias
Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT Space, ACAD: 6 – 8 pm

January 24th: Opening of the exhibition France eMOTION
Alliance Française Calgary, cSPACE: 6 – 8:30 pm

This is My City, This is Our Legacy
Shelf Life Books, 7 – 9 pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 

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

SNAPPED, Featuring: Stephen Dolha’s photography
Motion Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Winter Exhibitions Open
Esker Foundation, 6 – 10 pm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
10 am – 1 pm

Valentine’s Glass Sale
Bee Kingdom, 10 am – 4 pm

Artist Advocacy + Advice: Free Drop-In!
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 2 – 4 pm

Artist Talk / Jill Ho-You
The New Gallery, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 

The F Word – Short Term Residency Presentation
Arts Commons, 6 – 9 pm

4 breweries with must-try menus

By RACHAEL FREY

Calgary absolutely loves its craft beer, as evidenced by the more than 30 breweries operating in the city. Many bars and restaurants proudly carry local brews, but sometimes you want to go straight to the source — and have a bite to eat while you’re there.

THE DANDY BREWING COMPANY
Dandy’s tasting room features 20 taps of Dandy beers, cocktails, wine and what they refer to as “fine drinking food.” That includes options like sweet potato ceviche, spaghetti carbonara with smoked oysters and, on the brunch menu, a proper full English breakfast.
2003 – 11 St SE, thedandybrewingcompany.com 

 

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LAST BEST BREWING & DISTILLING
Those who show up just for the beer have a very pleasant surprise awaiting on the food menu. Alongside the must-haves like burgers and pizza, you’ll find some less common options such as smoked bone marrow, lamb paninis and bison fry bread with pickled saskatoon berries. 607 – 11 Ave SW, lastbestbrewing.com

 

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PADDY’S BARBECUE & BREWERY
If you want to chow down on Southern-style barbecue with small-batch craft brews never far from your side, this “brewbecue” is the place for you. Every Thursday they offer their popular pastrami, which is brined and smoked in the brewery, and most of the food is gluten-free. 3610 Burnsland Rd SE, paddysbrewbecue.com

Photo courtesy Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery.

WILD ROSE BREWERY TAPROOM
Absolutely one of Calgary’s best known breweries, Wild Rose is a standout both beer-wise and food-wise. The menu is pretty extensive, and they kindly suggest a beer for each dish to take the guesswork out of pairing. Don’t miss the bison brisket with a Barracks Brown to wash it down. 4580 Quesnay Wood Dr SW, wildrosetaproom.com

Photo by Laura Johnston.

3 new Calgary stores you should visit

By SHAUNA MCGINN 

GARDENIA FLOWER BOUTIQUE
What better way to shake off the January blues than to ogle gorgeous flower arrangements? Step into the doors of the 108-year-old restored home that has been turned into Gardenia Flower Boutique, and you’ll be instantly put at ease by the artfully designed space bursting with exotic plant life. Opened last fall in Marda Loop, a visit to this flower shop on a cold winter day can be easily incorporated into a leisurely afternoon in this trendy neighbourhood. Gardenia offers hand-tied bouquets, fresh cut flowers, and some home goods like candles and vases.

Photo courtesy Gardenia.

AVENIDA FOOD HALL & FRESH MARKET
On November 29, Avenida Village shopping centre unveiled a brand-new dining section — but it’s not a typical mall food court. Avenida Food Hall & Fresh Market takes inspiration from the longstanding tradition of European open-air food halls, where dozens of vendors come together in one spot to purvey local goods ranging from bread and produce to seafood and candy. Travis Callaway, president of Avenida, says, “A food hall has never been done before in our city and we feel like the trending foodie culture and slow food movement… as well as the open social environment will be widely enjoyed and appreciated.” In addition to restaurant and local vendor sections, there will also be a stall where “micro-artisans” and makers are able to rent wall space to sell their products.

SAKS OFF FIFTH
After a holiday spending spree, doling out serious cash for designer clothing is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Enter Saks Off Fifth, the outlet sister store to Saks Fifth Avenue, where you can find high-end brands for up to 70 per cent off. Launched this past September at Market Mall, this is the second Saks Off Fifth store in Calgary, the first being the CrossIron Mills location that opened back in 2016. At both locations, you can hunt for marked down clothes, shoes and accessories from brands like Calvin Klein, Givenchy and Free People. If you’re experiencing shopping burnout, remember that sometimes the best deals are found after the boxing week rush when stores are eager to move leftover product and entice customers with sales to offset the January retail slump.

 

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.