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YYC Burger Week: Cast Your Vote for the Best Burger in Calgary

One of the contestants in this mouth-watering competition. Photo: 80th and Ivy.

One of the contestants in this mouth-watering competition. Photo: 80th and Ivy.

It’s time to settle a question that’s near and dear to this beef-lovin’ town: who has what it takes to eliminate the competition and claim the glorious title of Best Burger in Calgary?

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Hot Art: Portraits of Inner Strength

"The Believer" by Gavin Murphy is one of the photographs on display for "Transitions."

Local photographer Gavin Murphy is using his art to support a good cause. Until April 6, proceeds from his latest fundraising exhibition will go to the organization Breast Cancer Action Ottawa. Entitled “Transitions presented by Meridian,” the show features portraits of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, races, and backgrounds. These inspiring photos are an apt celebration of women, while also raising money to support survivors of a disease that targets people from all walks of life. On view at Gallery Farina, 216 Elgin St., and Meridian Credit Union, 99 Bank St., 613-741-4029.

Hot Date: Run for a Cure

Lace up those sneakers for the Terry Fox Run (photo by Timothy Takemoto)

SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 The legacy of a Canadian icon lives on this weekend as municipalities across Canada host their annual Terry Fox Run. The fun and inspiring community-based event carries on Fox’s mission to find a cure for cancer. In Muskoka, the village of Windermere welcomes runners, walkers and cyclists to participate in its Terry Fox Run, starting at the Windermere Village Hall, across from the United Church. In conjunction with the event are a barbecue, live music, games and even a silent auction featuring gifts from Muskoka businesses.

Hot Date: Sidewalk Spectacle

Victor Rubilar is renowned for his ball-juggling act

AUGUST 26 TO 29 The circus moves out from under the big top to one of Toronto’s main avenues, as more than 100 international street performers animate the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for Scotiabank BuskerFest. North America’s largest annual gathering of buskers—from hilarious comedians to daring fire eaters—features a bevy of new acts for 2010, including contortionist Bendy Em, renowned Argentine football juggler Victor Rubilar and Australia’s FlameOz, a dynamic combination of dance, acrobatics and fire manipulation. Front Street East, between Yonge and Jarvis streets, admission by donation; proceeds aid Epilepsy Toronto.

Hot Art: Charity Casks

A wine barrel re-formed by Erin Parton

MAY 27 Philanthropists are invited to appreciate both the fruits of the vine and fruits of the imagination this month at a unique, two-pronged fundraiser and contemporary art showcase. Art of the Barrel presents the visual efforts of top Ontario College of Art and Design students, who have transformed viticulture vessels into wine-inspired masterpieces. The collected barrels are judged—with the winners awarded scholarships—and then put up for bidding in a public auction. Proceeds help support OCAD and Casey House, a hospice for people living with HIV/AIDS. Toronto Reference Library, 6 p.m., $75; call 416-962-4040, ext. 230 for further details.