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Stephen Avenue

Henry Singer Opens New Flagship in Calgary

By HANNA DEEVES

(Henry Singer Eighth Avenue Place. Photo by Chris Bolin)

The world of men’s fashion is getting a makeover. Henry Singer Fashion Group, an iconic Alberta-based men’s retailer, just opened their flagship store this October. The new Henry Singer will continue carrying 50+ brand names, and comes with a complete update and a few new goodies. (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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Hot Art: Grate Portraits on Stephen Avenue

Local celebrity Dave Kelly fly-fishing. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

Thursday, September 20, local artist Mandy Stobo debuts the Grate Walk of Fame, a collection of her portraits of local celebrities. The works will be displayed on the iron grates that decorate the foot of each tree planted along Stephen Avenue Walk in the city’s downtown.

Stobo’s Bad Portraits and Grate Portraits series are impressive in their scope. Over the past year and a half, Stobo has created over 3,000 watercolour Bad Portraits of celebrities and friends. The project began when Stobo, a single mother, considered what sort of projects she could both create and promote from home. Navigating Facebook and Twitter, she pulled friends’ profile pictures and interpreted them in whimsical “bad” watercolour drawings. (more…)

Long Weekend Roundup August 31 – September 3

Calgary’s annual BBQ On The Bow is this Sunday. Photo: John Rajic.

Friday, August 31  After a stellar opening last weekend, the international Hidden Gems Film Festival continues this weekend at the Cardel Theatre with three film screenings. On Friday at 7 pm, the award-winning Bengali film Ranjana, Ami Aar Asbo Na tells the story of an unconventional relationship between an arrogant, aging celebrity singer and an aspiring small-town songstress. On Saturday, Graamam tells the story of a widow challenging the patriarchal system in India in the mid 1900s, and in the Bangladeshi MeherJaan, a girl who fell in love with an enemy soldier reunites with her daughter almost four decades later. Tickets $12 per film, call 403-457-3036 for more information.

Friday also marks the grand opening of Canada’s second Free People clothing boutique at Chinook Centre. The American label is known for it’s bohemian California-chic apparel and accessories. (more…)

Hot Dining: Tomato Festival at Murrieta’s Bar & Grill

The contemporary dining room at Murietta’s. Photo: Courtesy Murrieta’s Bar and Grill.

The upscale Murrieta’s Bar & Grill hosts its annual Tomato Festival until September 4. While the downtown culinary hotspot is known for its West Coast-influenced fare, the Tomato Festival highlights a favourite seasonal ingredient—the tomato.

Featuring an expertly crafted menu by chefs Mike Preston, Shane Chartrand and Chris Grafton, the festival includes sumptuous and inventive dishes including Gouda grilled cheese with a tomato mac and cheese and sumptuous Caesar oyster shooters. Each festival menu item is given a suggested pairing with a wine by Jackson Family Estates. 

Where recommends: The smoked pork belly ($30) braised in tomato with a mustard and sundried tomato crust, paired with the La Crema Pinot Noir.  For reservations, call 403-269-7707. 

– Sarah Sussman

Weekend Roundup August 10 – 12

Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.

AFRIKADEY! FESTIVAL Saturday Aug 11

On Saturday, the Afrikadey! Festival at Prince’s Island Park celebrates Calgary’s rich African culture, 10 am until 10 pm. Merchants and food vendors will be set up around the park, and the main stage features a star-studded lineup including Sudanese hip-hop act Emmanuel Jal and contemporary Ethiopian ensemble Krar Collective. Tickets $25 adult, $20 youth, available at the gate.

MARDA GRAS Sunday Aug 12

Experience that vibrant New Orleans Mardi Gras atmosphere right here in Calgary at this weekend’s annual Marda Gras festival. The event will be held between 33rd Avenue and 34th Avenue SW in the Marda Loop neighbourhood. (more…)

Hot Date: First Thursday Art Events in the Cultural District

Tonight is the Cultural District’s monthly First Thursday event, wherein galleries in the downtown core open their doors for complimentary artist talks and receptions.

Tonight, don’t miss these events:

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts the opening reception for its new exhibit, A Night of Music & Art, featuring first nations multimedia works by Carl Beam and live music by Matt Masters. (more…)

Where To Watch The 2012 Olympic Games

Kick off the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in true British style at the Olympic Oval London Lounge at the University of Calgary campus. The main-level Oval Lounge has been converted to a TV-viewing arena, July 27 through Aug 12. The public is invited to head over to the lounge and cheer on our athletes as they go for the gold.

Entrance to the London Lounge. Photo: David Vink.

The venue is holding Tea-Time at Two, a London-themed party, during the opening ceremonies on Friday, 2 pm until 4 pm, with tasty British shortbread, scones and other appetizers will be served. Admission is free.

The games will also be shown daily (9 am – 9 pm weekdays and 10 am – 5 pm weekends) on a massive state-of-the-art LED screen at the Stephen Avenue Celebration Site, located on Eighth Avenue between Second Street and Third Street SW. Admission is free.