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Calgary Events

Q+A: Backstage at the High Performance Rodeo with Kelly Reay

Kelly Reay is currently the festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, but a decades-long career has seen him travel across many of Calgary’s renowned stages. (Photo courtesy of the High Performance Rodeo.)

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Like so many performing artists before him, Kelly Reay, festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, was obsessed with storytelling from a young age. He dreamt of following his passion right to Hollywood’s doorstep, and first began working in Calgary’s theatre scene in hopes that the experience would make a perfect stepping stone to the silver screen. But an unexpected lesson learned early on later made it impossible for him to leave the stage behind.

“There is a richness and a uniqueness in this medium that you can’t achieve in any other, in film or TV,” he says. “Theatre is very much a communal experience—you’re there with this group of strangers, collecting shared experiences, and that rawness is ultimately one of the big things that drew me to theatre and made me stay. That idea of how visceral seeing a live performance is, and sharing that specific performance, on that night, with whosoever is in the audience.” (more…)

7 things to do in Calgary this week: Jan 15 to 21

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Jason Dziver.

TRY A NEW RESTAURANT 

Make a fun New Year’s resolution to try a new restaurant! Check out our Top 12 Where to Dine Awards winners, or one of Where Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses!

PAINT AND SIP

On January 16, come to Vin Gogh Paint and Sip’s studio for discounted Tuesdays. You will get a canvas, easel, paint, brushes, apron and a glass of wine (or beer, coffee or tea). An artist provides step-by-step guidance and in just two hours, you will complete your own “red skies” painting. Must be 18 years of age or older. (more…)

Art Show and Party Round-up: Jan 11-13

By HOT ART YYC

Art by Jonathan Forrest, courtesy of Newzones.

Thursday, January 11

Out for Lunch Tour: Eye of the Needle
Lunchtime is the best time for an art break at Glenbow museum and gallery. Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette provides a look at the diverse range of art and crafts in the “Eye of the Needle” exhibition.
Admission $5 / Free for Glenbow Members; tickets available at the door (more…)

6 trade shows coming up in Calgary

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL 

The Calgary Renovation Show will be running at the BMO Centre Jan. 12-14. (Photo by Stacey Brandford Photography.)

Wonders abound at the BMO Centre during this year’s trade show season—everything from shiny new toys for on-road and off (and even some for on the water), to home renovation and wedding inspiration! (more…)

High Performance Rodeo: 6 Shows You Have to See

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Onegin will play at the Max Bell Theatre in Calgary from Jan 5-7 and 9-13. (Photo by David Cooper.)

Looking to get out and experience the best of what Calgary’s other rodeo has to offer? Check out these high-impact performances at the High Performance Rodeo, which stampedes into town January 3-28. (more…)

15 things to do in Calgary in January

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL

Acura Tube Park

January is the perfect month to experience the joy of sliding down a snowy hill on a snow tube. The Acura Tube Park at WinSport is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and features 12 lanes. The park is open every weekend in January, and some select evenings too.

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6 holiday films screening in Calgary

By SILVIA PIKAL and MICHAELA RITCHIE

There are many classic festive flicks screening in Calgary until Christmas, and some are free! Check out our list of movies, all of which have been previously viewed and loved by us in the past and are often part of our holiday season traditions. (more…)

5 things to do in Calgary this week: Dec 11 to 17

By SILVIA PIKAL and MICHAELA RITCHIE

THE SANTALAND DIARIES

This Lunchbox Theatre show is stirring up some laughs by playing to the naughty elf in all of us. Based on the bestselling adventures of David Sedaris, who once worked as an elf at a Macy’s Santaland himself, this story follows a down-on-his-luck New York City actor as he finds himself in the exact same predicament. The show runs select dates until December 23.

Lunchbox Theatre, 115 – 9 Avenue SE, lunchboxtheatre.com

DINNER AND A FLAMES GAME 

On December 14, watch the Calgary Flames take on the San Jose Sharks. Enjoy dinner (and dessert!) before the game at Cardinale, a new Italian restaurant. Cardinale is a short walk away from the Scotiabank Saddledome. From 3 to 6 pm, Cardinale’s happy hour features $6 glasses of red and white wine, $8 Negroni cocktails and more.

Cardinale, 401 – 12 Ave SE, cardinale.ca
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, ticketmaster.ca   (more…)

6 things to do in Calgary this week: Dec 4 to Dec 10

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

LIFE-SIZE GINGERBREAD HOUSE 

See a life-size gingerbread house at Fairmont Palliser until January 2. The house took more than 300 hours to build! Step inside the house with a cash donation to the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre or Calgary Food Bank, or with a non-perishable food donation.

Main Lobby, Fairmont Palliser, 133 – 9 Ave SW, Fairmont.com/Palliser-Calgary (more…)

25 Things To Do in Calgary in December

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

A Tribe Called Red will bring their revolutionary sound to The Palace Theatre Dec. 1. (Photo by Matt Barnes.)

For some of you, Christmas has been top of mind for the past several months—but now that we’re just weeks away, the rest of us can no longer deny: ’tis the season! To help get you and yours’ in a festive mood, here are 25 of our favourite local celebrations and holiday traditions that you can take part in to count down the days until Christmas!

(If Christmas just isn’t your cup of holiday cheer, never fear! We threw in a couple of chilly activities, sans festivities, down below for getting out around town and making the most of our city at this jolly time of year—so keep scrolling, and get ready to bundle up!) (more…)

7 things to do in Calgary this week: Nov 27 to Dec 3

By SILVIA PIKAL AND MICHAELA RITCHIE

HOPPY HOUR AT CRAFT BEER MARKET

Enjoy $4 Alberta Draft, house wine and highballs at Craft Beer Market during the week, Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Craft Beer Market, 345 – 10 Ave SW, craftbeermarket.ca (more…)

6 things to do in Calgary this week: Nov 20 to 26

By SILVIA PIKAL

SPEEDY GONZALES LUNCH SPECIAL

Everyday between 11 am to 3 pm, enjoy two classic tacos and a mini guacamole at Anejo for $13. Add a margarita for $6.

Anejo, 2116 – 4 St SW, anejo.ca (more…)