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Shop ’til You Drop: Calgary’s Top Retail Neighbourhoods

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Light up your day with a visit to the vibrant and artsy Kensington neighbourhood. (Photo by Jason Dziver)

Calgary is home to a cornucopia of centrally located shopping, but to the unfamiliar eye, this variety can look more imposing than inviting. Each of the following Calgary neighbourhoods have a unique personality—which one is right for your one-stop shopping needs? (more…)

5 Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

5. Speakeasy With Style
Just off Stephen Avenue Walk, Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar is downtown’s newest live-music hotspot. With loads of speakeasy cachet, its upstairs restaurant and lounge is the street-side cover for a basement that features not only cool jazz and warm blues, but bistro fare and an extensive and carefully curated wine menu.
• Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar 811 1 St SW, 403-263-1650, wine-ohs.com
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5 Free Tours To Take at Doors Open YYC

Go behind the scenes at the EPCOR CENTRE for free this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome or wondered where the costumes for the Alberta Ballet are made? Doors Open YYC, or DO YYC NAKED, is part of an international concept that grants the public access—free of charge—to buildings and spaces that they might not otherwise have the chance to see.

The Nat Christie Centre, home of Alberta Ballet. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

The Doors Open Calgary Association (DOCA) is hosting the first annual Doors Open YYC event this Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. The public is welcome to participate in exclusive tours and insider information sessions at 35 locations with the aim of increasing appreciation and knowledge of the city’s historical and culturally rich places and spaces.

Take the opportunity to go behind the scenes all over the city, from the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the new Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building at the University of Calgary to the Talisman Centre, National Music Centre and Calgary Transit facilities.

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Go behind the curtain at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts for a backstage tour. (more…)

Top 10 Best Local Comedy Nights

Kaboom…Hooray! at Yuk Yuk’s. Photo: Andy Nichols.

10. Festivals  Two September comedy festivals—the Calgary International Improv Festival and the new YYComedy Festival—spotlight local talent. The Calgary International Improv Festival features improv and stand-up performances at various venues. The YYComedy Festival kicked off its inaugural year in 2012 with performances by both emerging and established comedians, including Kids in the Hall alumni Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney.

9. Improv Guild   A performance theatre and training centre for improvised acting which features local shows and acts every Friday at 8 p.m. Drop-in improv classes for all experience levels take place every Sunday at noon, September through June. Tickets available at the door. Call 403-703-4705 for more information.

8. Juliet’s Castle  This northeast sports bar hosts the popular Going to Hell Sundays experimental open comedy show. Featuring professional touring performers and local emerging talent, the show’s main focus is crude and uncensored humour. Show at 8 p.m. No cover charge. (more…)