By RACHAEL FREY
Kate W. Mak is a yoga instructor at Yoga Santosha in Calgary (Photo: Jason Dziver)
Whether it’s business or pleasure, travel can leave you tired, sore and stressed. Yoga, however, soothes nerves and muscles while abroad. For the novice, vacation time is an ideal opportunity to try yoga at a drop-in class.
Kate W. Mak teaches yoga at retreats from Bali and Costa Rica. She’s also an instructor at Yoga Santosha (see list), a bright, airy studio in Calgary’s 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District. She has a few simple yoga tips for both the yoga veteran and the newly initiated.
There are countless reasons to love Calgary, even in the dead of winter—but, we’re still pretty excited to move on to spring. Here are 30 things we absolutely adore about Calgary in March and April.
1: WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park (Photo: courtesy Tourism Calgary)
1 Skiing and snowboarding as late as mid-April at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.
2 Slurping up a bowl of spicy chili goma ramen at Shikiji Japanese Noodles & Sushi.
3 Canada’s Queen of Improv, Rebecca Northan, whose off-the-cuff comedy Legend Has It is part of the Enbridge playRites Festival of New Canadian Plays.
By RACHAEL FREY
One of the punk jackets on display at Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket (Photo: courtesy Glenbow Museum)
Like a second skin, it still holds the shape of the body that broke it in. The leather is barely visible beneath patches proclaiming the wearer’s favourite bands and hand-lettered quotes musing on the failings of humanity. Bristling with swathes of silver spikes and studs, festooned with chains, this black leather jacket screams, “I’m not like you, and I’m proud of it!”
It’s one of many uniquely customized leather biker jackets on display at the Glenbow Museum’s Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket, February 8 to May 4. The collaborative creation of Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum and Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) museum, the travelling exhibition explores the garment’s meteoric rise as a pop-culture icon.
By IAN DOIG
An artist’s rendering of the new building, opening 2016 (Image: Allied Works Architecture/National Music Centre)
The National Music Centre (NMC) occupies two floors of Customs House, a grand old historical building on downtown’s Eleventh Avenue SW. Its large collection of instruments is viewable by public tour. This is the tadpole stage of what will become a glorious bullfrog of a facility, Canada’s next-generation music centre. Its sprawling new home is now under construction, and will encompass the King Edward Hotel, Calgary’s legendary, shuttered blues venue in the city’s East Village. Set to open in 2016, the facility will feature a performance theatre, radio station, recording studios and more. In the meantime, the existing NMC facility is a very cool spot to visit, says NMC marketing and public relations manager Mary Kapusta.
The new NMC facility will be a big, beautiful and interesting place, but why should people visit the existing facility?
To visit it now is to sample its future visitor experience. Guided tours of the collection share how unique and important the NMC is in preserving Canada’s musical heritage and how we help artists create new music with our artifacts.
Take in Alberta’s big blue skies and warm summer weather (Photo: courtesy Blue Devil Golf Club)
Alberta’s mountain parks are well known recreational destinations, but a wide variety of warm-weather outdoor fun can be had in and around Calgary. (more…)
What to do at Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park: explore the ski jump towers (Photo: Scott Woods-Fehr)
Built for the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is home to many fantastic year-round activities for sports enthusiasts and the whole family. The spot is located in the city’s southwest, just south of the Trans-Canada Highway and near the city limit. No car? No problem: there is a direct bus route from downtown Calgary—route 408 Valley Ridge. As our list below proves, it’s worth the trip.
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