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Where to go for elk, bison and more game meats


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Best Dressed List 2017 Our picks for this year’s best-dressed people in Calgary. By Shelley Arnusch, Meredith Bailey, Madison Farkas and Andrew Guilbert

(On Paul Conrad Schneider) Blouse by Tomas Maier; leather jacket and trousers by 3.1 Phillio Lim.


Game On! Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, here’s how to take a walk on the wild side with bison, boar, elk and other game meats. By Gwendolyn Richards



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Detours A couple who make polygonal masks you can print out and make from home, a local artist creating his first graphic novel on the Frank slide and a look at exotic pets in Calgary.


Dining Why you should stop in at Plowshare, Hayloft and Bar Von Der Fels.




Ham is the perfect anchor for Easter dinner, especially when paired with the perfect side dishes.

Escape to B.C.’s Sunshine Coast for secluded island resorts, craft breweries and scenic hiking.

Good Taste



Fashion Avenue takes to the streets to look at what fashionforward Calgarians will be wearing this spring.



Mountains Trail running is gaining popularity and drawing people out to the mountains for weekend races. Find out what it is and where you can try it for yourself.


Mixer PRLR lounge’s The Butler is a sour, sweet and smoky cocktail that’s at your service.




Fitness Retired Olympian and elite-level marathon runner Janice McCaffrey still competes at events around the world at 57 and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

New & Noteworthy


Beauty Medical Spa treatments, with their lasers, microneedles and neuromdulators, can sound like something out of science fiction, so here’s a handy breakdown of local treatments you can try and what they do.

Three items we love right now from local retailers.


Decor A look inside the Ramsay home of Anna Niemczewski, one of the first FAB homes by Housebrand to be built in Calgary.

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hether you think it is a good thing or a bad thing, there is no denying that we are living in interesting times. Each day seems to bring new developments — in technology, in politics, in the rhythms of everyday life. There is both so much to write about and so much either outright fake or poorly reported news out there, that the job of journalism seems both more important and more imperiled than ever. Within that context, reporting on style can seem irrelevant. Devoting space and time to a Best Dressed list now could be seen as the equivalent of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. And yet, style remains fundamental. At its best, style is personal expression. Our fashion choices are our outward demonstration of both our individuality and the community we belong to. Clothing is one way we show who we are and is also the manifestation of what we hope the world sees in us. Even when our clothing is not of our own choosing, it still demonstrates our circumstances and our freedoms, or lack thereof. We tend to be fairly conservative in our dress in this city. Both temperament and climate play a part in some of the similarities of colour choices, for example. Calgarians also have uniforms we rely on — our black wool overcoats, our Flames jerseys, our Stampede gear. But we are also a city that takes pride in individuality and taking chances. We are fortunate to live in a time and place where we can think of fashion as a matter of preference rather than politics. And yet, the politics of dress is never too far away — the 18


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niqab and “burkini” battles come most immediately to mind, but there have been other attempts to dictate who can wear what and how much or how little in which situations. But we believe, to paraphrase Pierre Elliott Trudeau, that there’s no place for the state in the closets of the nation. Our clothing not only expresses individuality, but also our religious beliefs, our gender, our sexuality, our community. The clothing choices available dictate who can participate in which activities in public. Those on the vanguard of style have always pushed beyond what is merely fashionable and that is true of those on our list as well. Adora Nwofor, one of our Best Dressed Calgarians, is very eloquent in her demands of fashion: “Designers have to change their definition of normal to include me,” she told us. “I’m not going to limit myself because they haven’t caught up yet.” With our Best Dressed list we hope to celebrate liberation and self-expression and shine some brightness into these interesting times.

Get inspired by our Best Dressed list then turn to our spring fashion story on page 75 for a “how-to” approach to getting the best street style of your own.



CONTRIBUTORS ALDONA BARUTOWICZ Aldona Barutowicz works with a variety of clients on public relations, social media, marketing and photography projects, while also contributing as a writer, photographer and stylist to various publications. One of her main projects is the Street Style Huntress, where she photographs stylish strangers on the streets of Calgary. She offers styling services to private clients and is the


Be sure to follow our projects live on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be inspired, discover ideas and watch our buildings take shape from sketches to drawings to built works.

official fashion stylist for the Kensington BRZ. You can see more of her work at aldonab.com.

LISA KADANE Lisa Kadane has been writing about Calgary’s cocktail scene since 2010, and is thankful the appletini has gone the way of the dodo. She also writes about travel, outdoor adventure, parenting and health, and her work

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has appeared in WestJet Magazine, Today’s Parent, Best Health, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Calgary Herald. When not researching and writing, you’ll find Kadane hanging out with her husband and two school-age kids, skiing or hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Keep up with her adventures at lisakadane.com or on Instagram @lisakadane.

KARIN OLAFSON Karin Olafson is the associate web editor at Avenue. She helps maintain AvenueCalgary.com and writes online-exclusive articles about things to do, places to see and where to eat in Calgary. Olafson’s key interests include health, fitness and the outdoors and she has contributed as a freelancer to Triathlon Magazine Canada, Canadian Running Magazine and Momentum Magazine. For this month’s issue of Avenue, Olafson wrote about the growing popularity of trail running in the mountains.

JESSICA PECHET Jessica Pechet is a professional photographer who travels the world creating portraits and fashion editorials. When she isn’t snapping photos she’s busy working with Numa International Institute of Makeup and Design and One Beauty Academy as co-owner and creative director, or with her husband on their new venture, Play Wineries, in Penticton, B.C. 403-264-3667 alloyhomes.com info@alloyhomes.com 20


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THE NEW GERSHWIN ® MUSICAL Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Book by Ken Ludwig Co-Conception by Ken Ludwig and Mike Ockrent


A Co-Production with The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton

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Bull head by RPS Masks.

Makers of the Masks Photograph by Gabriele Kuzabaviciute

Meet the local artist duo behind the crafty craze of folded paper masks.


he heads of various animals adorn the walls of Matthew Bagshaw and Christina Owczarek’s spare room, but don’t mistake the pair for biggame hunters.

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A Murder and a Mountain that Walks


uring the early-morning hours of April 29, 1903, a rockslide down Turtle Mountain near Crowsnest Pass, 220 kilometres southwest of Calgary, wiped out part of the coal-mining town of Frank. Now, 114 years later, Calgary comic book creator Ben Rankel is using the deadliest rockslide in Canadian history as the setting for a graphic novel. “I wanted to create something that was set in Alberta and based on local history,” Rankel says of his comic, Frank. “Lots of people set comics in L.A. or New York, but we live here and we can set stories here. We don’t focus on that in our pop culture enough.” Once completed, Frank will count more than 100 pages, by far the longest and most involved project Rankel has ever worked on. The Calgarian quit his job nearly a year ago and has been writing, illustrating and colouring full-time ever since. While the comic is based around a real event, Rankel is taking liberties with the historical details

that surround the slide. The core of the story is a crime thriller centred around a character named Eve, who relocates to Frank from Calgary and gets caught up in a murder mystery. That said, the dramatic rockslide will inevitably play a starring role. “We’d drive by it all the time when I was a kid and it was always a really cool, mysterious place,” Rankel says. “There are tons and tons of rock spread out across the entire valley. It’s pretty quiet except for the wind, and you get this eerie feeling as you’re looking out toward where the townsite used to be. It’s a good start for this kind of story.” Frank is being released this September by Canmore’s Renegade Arts Entertainment. You can pick up a free 18-page teaser at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo from April 27 to 30, as well as at various comic retailers for Free Comic Book Day on May 6. —Madison Farkas

Elephant mask photograph by Vladimir Yatsina; Comic illustrations courtesy Ben Rankel

Instead, the heads in this menagerie (which includes everything from bunnies and elephants to Pokémon and a unicorn with a laser in its horn) are made of folded paper and corrugated plastic. It was two years ago that Bagshaw says he started thinking about how he could make the polygonal pieces. “I made the first one with paper, I made the second one with corrugated plastic, and then I thought ‘I can do this,’ ” he says. Bagshaw and Owczarek believed others might like to do this as well and began offering plans for the masks, which buyers print out and make at home, via their Etsy store RPSMasks (Rock Paper Scissor Masks). Their work has since taken the nerdier corners of the Internet by storm, with websites like thisiswhyimbroke.com and theawesomer.com featuring the masks. Sales of the plans rose from 187 in 2015 to 865 last year. Owczarek, who works three jobs to help support their art, also handles the marketing side of RPS Masks and says the growth in interest in their work has been amazing. The response RPS got at the 2016 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo was particularly rewarding. “Seeing the reactions from people, saying ‘this is freaking awesome, what you guys are doing,’ is what gets us out of our two-bedroom basement,” she says. Not content with just one creative outlet, Bagshaw and Owczarek’s future projects include a line of 3D wall ornaments and Panda8, a line of pop culture-inspired leggings featuring retro video games, Pokémon and artsy mash-ups. “The goal is for us to be independently employed with all the businesses and be able to put ourselves more into our creative passions,” says Owczarek. “We just want to get our art into the community and have everyone enjoying what it is that we’re passionate about.” “That’s what Christina wants,” Bagshaw interjects. “I just want a jetpack.” —Andrew Guilbert

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Exotic Pets By The Numbers


it vipers, polar bears and baboons don’t make great household pets, at least, not according to the Alberta government. They’re part of the list of hundreds of controlled animals that are illegal to possess or sell as pets in the province — think poisonous, big and aggressive. But curious Calgarians interested in an exotic critter do have some options. Here are some fast facts about four unusual animals you can own legally.

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The lowest temperature an African pygmy hedgehog can tolerate. Roughly the size of a

guinea pig, the African pygmy hedgehog gets listless and sleepy when cold. An enclosure with an ambient temperature of 23 to 32 degrees Celsius is ideal.

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The average size of a newborn sugar glider (approximately the size shown). Similar in size to gerbils,

and native to Australia, these cuddly marsupials are in the same family as kangaroos and wallabies.

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The number of pups a multimammate mouse can have in one litter. Also known as the African soft-

furred rat, the multimammate is in the same family as rats but is a different genus and subfamily, which makes it legal to own in “rat-free” Alberta.


The minimum fence height required


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Minister Joe Clark is getting



ready to put his first budget before Parliament. Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau and even Clark’s wife have all told him that presenting this budget could have disas-


trous results, but, as Canadians of a certain age may recall, Clark is a stubborn guy.

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this month

APRIL 18 TO MAY 20 Theatre Calgary’s final production of the 2016-2017 season is a musical by George and Ira Gersh-

THE PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP SAT • APRIL 22, 2017 * 7:30 PM CONCERT & DANCE PARTY BELLA CONCERT HALL at MRU A master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music, Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez plays the monumentally complex Oru seco exquisitely on each drum, or on all three at once. He’s also the world’s first-call rumbero – playing, singing and dancing with dozens of groups on over 100 recordings and appearing in films including Calle 54 (2000) and Chico & Rita (2010). Pedrito has collaborated with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and more. mru.ca/enjoy

win, complete with tap dancing, cowboys and old-style songwriting. The story follows a young banker who travels to a rural town to foreclose on a theatre, when something happens there that changes the course of his life.


Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons,

APRIL 7 Woods Homes, a non-profit that


This new fundraising event for offers mental health services



for kids, teens and families, is

The 2017 spring performance

turning the Jack Singer Concert

by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

APRIL 1, 5 AND 7

Hall foyer into the ultimate girls’

is a Vaudeville-inspired show that

The final production of the Calgary

night out, with wine and food

incorporates acrobatic, burlesque

Opera’s 2016-2017 season is

stations, an auction, marketplace,

and comedic elements, all set to

a tale of power and passion.

competitions for the best dressed

live music.

Titular princess Turandot chal-

and a raffle.

DJD Dance Centre, 111 12 Ave.

lenges her suitors to solve three

Jack Singer Concert Hall,

S.E., 403-245-3533,

riddles, ruthlessly sentencing

Arts Commons, 403-270-1775,


them to death when they fail.


She meets her match in Prince

Auditorium, 403-262-7286, calgaryopera.com

APRIL 17 TO 23

this annual expo covers a range

This annual festival is all about

of genres, including science

T H EAT R E 1979

quirky, thought-provoking and

fiction, horror, fantasy and anima-

obscure movies in a variety of

tion. The four-day pop-culture


genres — all films that you’re

extravaganza includes celeb-

Alberta Theatre Projects presents

unlikely to see at conventional

rity guest appearances, panels,

a comedic play drawn from real

movie theatres.

workshops and shopping at

events in Canada’s political

Globe Cinema, 617 8 Ave. S.W.,

hundreds of vendors’ booths.

history. It’s 1979 and new Prime


Stampede Park, calgaryexpo.com

kind of game ensues. Southern Alberta Jubilee





Calaf, however, and a different

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APRIL 27 TO 30 Not just for comic-book lovers,



Your Floors, Our Passion


Openings ARCHERY GAMES You can take part in a high-energy game of archery tag at the newly opened Archery Games. Once everyone has donned a helmet, players shoot and dodge foam-tipped arrows inside a nearly 7,000-square-foot arena in an effort to be the last one standing. Those who want to take their game to the next level can sign up for one of Archery Games’ competitive leagues. 22, 2015 32 Ave. N.E., archerygamescalgary.ca, @archerygamesyyc

BETTY LOU’S LIBRARY Step back in time to the 1920s at this cocktail lounge that opened last fall inside the Devenish Building. Accessed through a “secret” entrance, the lounge has 11752 SARCEE TR NW, CALGARY, AB PH 403 275 3304 7265 11th ST SE, CALGARY AB PH 403 255 1811 4b - 492 ARROW RD, INVERMERE, BC PH 250-342-1592

jazz music, velvet couches and glass chandeliers that evoke 1920s Parisian glamour. Choose from a selection of small plates, craft cocktails, beers and wines. 908 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-4774, bettylouslibrary.com

BRIDGETTE BAR Located in the Belitline’s Design District, Bridgette is the latest offering from the Concorde Group. Chef JP Pedhirney offers his take on New American cuisine for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, with dishes such as Wagyu beef carpaccio and maple barbecue Alberta rainbow trout. The decor evokes a bohemian, mid-century vibe with its exposed brick, suspended fireplace and clusters of hanging plants. 739 10 Ave. S.W., bridgettebar.com

FOREIGN CONCEPT Chef Duncan Ly’s newest endeavour, Foreign Concept, is a 110-seat restaurant designed by Alykhan Velji Designs with terracotta floor tiles, striking pendant lighting and wall murals painted by local artists. The Pan-Asian menu includes wild gulf prawns, Vietnamese-style Scotch eggs and char siu-pork-and-foie gras steamed buns, expertly crafted by executive chef Jinhee Lee and her team. 1011 1 St. S.W., 403-719-7288, foreignconcept.ca, @eatforeign

MARI BAKESHOP The internationally trained owners of Mari Bakeshop have brought their baking and pastry expertise to Calgary. Designed by local firm Bioi, the modern, 22-seat bakeshop in the East Village offers roll cakes, choux pastries, sandwiches, Fratello coffee and more. On your way out, grab a couple baguettes, which are baked fresh throughout the day. 529 Riverfront Ave. S.E., maribakeshop.ca 30




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N IT R AT E - F R E E H A M Second to None Meats cures its own ham without the use of nitrates (a preservative). If you get a ham with the bone in, you can make soup or a pot of baked beans the next day. 2100 4 St. S.W., 403-245-6662

What a Ham Ham is to Easter what turkey is to Thanksgiving — a glorious piece of meat around which to anchor your dinner. But what to serve with it isn’t quite so set in stone. Here are a few suggestions to help get your Easter party started.

and 10816 Macleod Tr S.E. (Willow Park Village), 403-225-2788, secondtononemeats.com BARBECUE SAUCE Glazing your ham with honey is a classic approach, but why not up your ham game by brushing on Black Currant & Foothills Honey BBQ Sauce by CRMR Kitchen? It’s made with local black currants and adds a light, smoky flavour and beautiful colour. Available at several markets around town including Second to None Meats, crmrkitchen.com






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foragefoods.com, @foragefoods CAR ROTS The super-sweet carrots grown at Beck Farms are delicious any way you serve them, but for added flavor and complexity, roast them with a little local honey. Innisfail Growers Co-op, Calgary Farmers’ Market, 403-240-9113, calgaryfarmersmarket.ca






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PRLR Lounge The Butler always does it.


on’t be surprised if your night at PRLR Lounge plays out like a game of Clue. “It was The Butler in the parlour with a bottle of Ardbeg!” you might cry out when bright lights illuminate the cozy lounge at closing time and you find yourself slightly snockered. Instead of murder, however, your crime will be having one too many at PRLR, which is short for Parlour (“we don’t like vowels,” explains general manager Matt Mosley), a cocktail bar in Kensington. And, if you’re like me, the culprit will be The Butler, a delicious whiskyamaretto sour hybrid cocktail with a shot of peaty Scotch that adds a smoky aroma and flavour. “It’s a little sour, it’s a little sweet, it’s a little smoky. It’s approachable and it goes down a little too easily, some would say,” says Mosley. He came up with The Butler one night, after drinking some Scotch, as a simple twist on a classic sour. As for the name, it’s a nod to the prohibition era when many of the classics were created and when the wealthy could afford butlers. It’s also a nod to Mosley, who’s a dead ringer for Scottish actor Gerard Butler. PRLR doesn’t take itself too seriously, which makes for a spirited evening in a space that feels part museum, part speakeasy and of course, part parlour — the idea was to mimic the estate room that welcomes guests and plies them with liquor before they’re seated in the formal dining room. In other words, PRLR wants to be the place that gets the party started. The ambiance is enhanced with gold-framed mirrors, a gallery wall hung with art and photographs, deep banquettes in the back that help to conceal the number of Butlers you’re consuming, and even a red velvet couch, if you really want to get your flapper on. “When people seek us out it’s because they’ve heard of the ambiance and the cocktails,” says Mosley, setting to work behind a bar that’s tucked off to the side of the room and provides easy access to classic drinks and craft cocktails with dangerous names. 34


Into a cocktail shaker add:

1 oz. Ardbeg 10-year-old

There’s the chartreuse-forward Hemlock, named after Hemlock Tea, a small-screen suicide drink, while Death in the Evening twists its classic muse — Death in the Afternoon — by adding lemon and lavender bitters to absinthe and prosecco. They’re not groundbreaking cocktails, but they’ll help you commit the crime of inebriation nicely. What’s more, like The Butler, there’s a story behind each one, and the friendly staff are eager to share the narratives and play a supporting role in your evening whodunit.

Scotch whisky


1 oz. Buffalo Trace bourbon


1 oz. fresh lemon juice


0.5 oz. Disaronno amaretto


0.5 oz. simple syrup


2 dashes Angostura bitters


1 egg white Add ice and vigorously shake to emulsify egg. Double strain contents into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon cheek atop the foam. —recipe courtesy Matt Mosley, PRLR


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Interior at Bar Von Der Fels.

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ince opening this past September, Bar Von Der Fels has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best wine spots in the city. The small, inconspicuous space in the Beltline is simply elegant inside, with minimalist decor and dimmed lighting that lets the wine and food do the talking.

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Sommeliers and co-owners Will Trow and Thomas Dahlgren and have assembled an extensive list of more than 250 white, red and sparkling wines and Champagnes, offered by the bottle. A few wines are available by the glass as well, with selections changing nightly. Chef Eric Hendry heads up the kitchen at Bar Von Der Fels, offering a small but impactful menu that ranges from cheeses and charcuterie to more substantial fare, such as a Brandt Lake beef tartare. The combination of high-quality wine, carefully curated menu and cozy, intimate space makes Bar Von Der Fels the kind of room where you’ll want to settle in and stay late. —A.W. 1005A 1 St. S.W., 587-349-2656, barvonderfels.com

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Interior at Hayloft. Seared Arctic char in a squid and sausage ragout. S U BU RBA N C O N T E M P O R A RY



aving grown rapidly over the past decade, Airdrie is no longer the tiny town it once was. With a population of more than 60,000, there’s never been a better time for dynamic, independent restaurants to open up shop north of Calgary. Hayloft, a contemporary chef-driven eatery that opened last summer, has become a buzzworthy addition to this burgeoning area. A lot of the buzz around Hayloft can be credited to chef Jason Barton-Browne, formerly of the Teatro Group. After working for the group for years — most recently heading up the kitchen at Teatro — Barton-Browne decided to take on this new role in Airdrie. Owner James Hoan Nguyen is also a Calgary food scene veteran. Between the two of them, they have significantly elevated Airdrie’s dining scene, which has primarily consisted of chain restaurants, casual pubs and family establishments. The name Hayloft suits the concept of the restaurant well — reclaimed barn wood creates a refined, rustic ambiance, while long slabs of refinished wood are used for banquette seating along the wall opposite the open kitchen. Small wood panels painted teal and sea foam decorate an eight-seat bar topped with a bright white marble countertop. Further embracing the refined farm theme, Barton-Browne’s menu is all about using ingredients as local as possible to create dishes like beef tartare with pickled garlic scape, mustard, cured

we love egg yolk and crostini, or bison agnolotti with white-onion purée, juniper and grilled-rosemary jus and saskatoon-berry gremolata. Stepping outside the province, as most restaurants do to find fresh, sustainable seafood, chef Barton-Browne also cooks up a nice plate of ling cod fish and chips with red cabbage slaw and tartar sauce. But the real show-stopper is the seared Arctic char. It’s served with a spiral of fresh-tasting mint pea purée, grilled apricots, diced summer squash, garlic scapes and chickpea fries with squid and sausage ragout, lentil sprouts and braised endive. Even though the wine menu is fairly short, the bar is well stocked and a cocktail of your choice can be whipped up without a problem. Hayloft is also open for afternoon tea on weekends from noon until 4 p.m. The tea menu includes egg dishes and salads à la carte as well as tea-for-two and tea-for-four with selections of sandwiches and sweets. —D.C. 5101, 403 Mackenzie Way S.W., Airdrie, 403-980-8123, haylofton8th.com







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asual restaurants with a relaxed vibe and an affordable foodie-friendly menu are always welcome in Calgary. Located in the space in the historic Grain Exchange building that was formerly the Gypsy (and before that, the original Divino), Plowshare bills itself as an “artisanal diner,” which translates to creative (but not overly wacky) interpretations of comfort food, with nothing priced over $25. All-day brunch is a cornerstone of both the day and the evening menus, and items like the duck leg with waffles and French toast stuffed with wild mushroom duxelles and a brie-andwhite-cheddar tarragon sauce have quickly become favourites among regulars. But Plowshare is about more than breaking the fast.

Open through the dinner hour, the menu is full of professional versions of home cooking, with chef Mike Scarcelli’s spins on shortribs, baconwrapped meatloaf and roast chicken. Plowshare’s barkeeps also pour a mean cocktail and the bar is well stocked with wine and craft beers. While that’s all well and good, the other main attraction is the room itself — the gorgeously detailed wooden bar and black-andwhite checkerboard floor of previous incarnations are still intact, with the addition of special touches such as vintage metal gas station signs that make the place feel retro, but not kitschy. That is Plowshare’s strength: just a touch of grandeur without a whiff of pretention. —E.C.B. 817 1 St. S.W., 403-454-4953

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BEST DRESSED Whether they’re on stage making people laugh, sitting in the front row of a fashion show, out for a night on the town (or a day running errands), or creating fashion for others to wear, this year’s best-dressed honourees know how to turn heads with their bold, classic, quirky and sometimes unapologetic personal style.

BY Shelley Arnusch, Meredith Bailey, Madison Farkas AND Andrew Guilbert PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jessica Pechet STYLING BY Julie Redmond MAKEUP BY Amber Chomezcko HAIR BY Lisa Tompkins CHAIR AND RUG FROM Chintz & Company

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lifelong fashion lover and active volunteer in the philanthropic community, Kerry Brennan has seen trends come and go (and come back again) over the years. When it comes to evening wear, she sticks to sophisticated black suits, tuxedos, skirts and vests, but goes all out with eclectic accessories, especially jewellery and hats. “Coco Chanel said you should always take one thing off before you leave the house,” Brennan says. “As much as I love her, we don’t really agree on that. If anything, I’d add a piece.” Style is very much a family affair for Brennan — she picked it up from her mother and passed it on to her own grown children. Even a casual day is an opportunity to bring a little glitz and glamour into her look, and she dresses up no matter the occasion. “When I’m put together, I feel better about myself,” Brennan says. “If you have a hat, red lips and sunglasses, you can go anywhere.” —M.F. What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession?

“[Local fashion designer] Paul Hardy — I’ve always loved his aesthetic and he’s a lovely man. And Rubaiyat for jewellery. They have fabulous designers and it’s displayed beautifully.”

What’s your dream outfit? “A Tom Ford tuxedo with a pair of Yves St. Laurent strappy san-

Alice + Olivia dress from the-upside.ca; blazer by Laurèl; shoes by Chanel; jewellery from J.Crew, Rubaiyat, Neiman Marcus and Henri Bendel as well as heirloom pieces from Brennan’s mother.

dals, a Chanel necklace and a pair of Dean Davidson long drop earrings. Maybe one of the new Chanel exotic skin flap bags, too.”

Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise? “I always attend Glenbow’s Schmancy fundraiser.”





ade Davis may be spending less time walking down fashion runways now that she’s a mother of three, but she still dresses like the model she is. “The grocery aisles are my runway now,” Davis says. She’ll wear a studded leather biker jacket — the same one she’s had since she was 19 — distressed jeans and perfectly beat-up motorcycle boots to drop her sons (Jones, seated, and Archer) at preschool. And she runs errands in a faux-fur leopard print jacket and bright red lips, with her infant daughter, Rousseau, in tow. Though Davis continues to model for clients such as Holt Renfrew and Marks, for the past five years her primary job has been mom. With three kids to care for, putting together a stylish outfit can seem secondary, but Davis has maintained her self-described “rock-and-roll glam” look. Davis says her sense of style is a clear and authentic expression of her identity, but her style choices never get in the way of playing with her kids. “I never want to be a mom that says, ‘don’t touch this,’ ” Davis says. “At the end of the day it is just a piece of clothing.” —M.B.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession? “I’m obsessed with a lot of the small businesses in Calgary, like House of Nonie, [pre]shrunk, Paul Hardy, Rubaiyat and Chinook Optical.”

Where in Calgary do you go to be seen fashion-wise? “I live my life and do my thing, but you are seen everywhere you go, so whether it’s a big fundraiser or the grocery aisles you should put in the effort every day to dress like you.”

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Bodysuit from American Apparel; skirt from Wasteland in Los Angeles; Saint Laurent platform sandals from Holt Renfrew; earrings from H&M; belt from BCBG Max Azria. (On Archer, standing) T-shirt from Ford & Harper; jacket from Joe Fresh; hoody from H&M; pants from Zara; shoes from Gap. (On Jones, seated) Jacket and jeans from Zara; shirt and tank top from H&M; shoes from Gap. (On Rousseau) Romper from Culla Clothing; socks from Hubble and Duke; moccasins from Freshly Picked; bonnet was hand-knit by Rousseau’s great-grandmother, Mary O'Neil.



o matter where she is, Andrea Dorrans embodies the fun side of fashion. “I obsess about fashion. I think about it more than any other thing and have for as long as I can remember. It’s a really fun thing to think about,” says Dorrans, who works as a communications lead at O2 Planning and Design, a landscape and urban design company. A seasoned shopper of both vintage and contemporary used clothing, Dorrans’ style is boho-chic. “I definitely second-hand and vintage shop a lot,” she says. “I even use Kijiji. Sometimes I’ll just put something into Kijiji like ‘cashmere’ and see what comes up.” Her sense of whimsy plays into how she crafts her eye-catching ensembles. Even now, Dorrans relishes the chance to “play dressup,” like she did as a kid. “At home I’ll have a couple glasses of wine, put on a record and try on clothes,” she says. “Just for fun.” —S.A. Blouse by See by Chloé; plastic skirt by Rehab; Fendi handbag and Miu Miu shoes from the-upside.ca; earrings by Bellapdesigns.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession?

What’s your dream outfit? “I have this draw toward comfort,

Where in Calgary do you go to be seen fashion-wise?

“The do-it-yourself customizing

so I’ve never really worn a gown.

“Theatre Junction. It’s quite avant-

trend, like pins and patches and

At my high-school graduation, my

garde, a cultural hub. When they

embroidery. And pompoms. I love

mother made my grad dress out

do an opening-night show there’s

pompoms. I love personalizing

of a bed sheet (at my request). It

always a reception afterward in

and being really playful. I defi-

was one-of-a-kind, very boho, but

the mezzanine — there’s a really

nitely see in Calgary a lot of really

casual. So my dream outfit would

cool bar up there. It’s this motley

creative people doing up their

be over the top — an ornate,

crew of artists and actors and

bombers or their jean jackets.”

magical gown. Vintage Dior.”






s a graphic designer, Jeannie McKinley favours bright colours. She designed the logo and packaging for Henry Singer and her abstract artwork and graphics are on display at Alloy restaurant. But when it comes to her fashion choices, sleek monochromatic outfits are what she loves best. McKinley grew up in Seoul, Korea, but she always loved classic American designers such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. As a teenager she remembers shopping for her older sister. “I was like her stylist,” McKinley says. She still enjoys shopping for other people, including finding discounted designer pieces for friends at Winners or dressing her eight-year-old daughter in Stella McCartney Kids. From Saturday lunch with the family at Hy’s Steakhouse to an evening fundraising event, McKinley loves to dress up. You’ll find her in a timeless, exquisitely tailored double-breasted Gucci jacket, but if a lapel is popped McKinley’s not fussed. “True personal style is about not trying too hard,” she says. —M.B.

Trench Coat by The Row; belt by Blumarine; pumps by Saint Laurent. (On Scarlett) Dress by Stella McCartney Kids; shoes were purchased while travelling.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession? “I like Paul Hardy.”

What’s your dream outfit? “A classic Chanel black jacket suit.”

Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise? “I’ll always dress to go for dinner or to come to the office. I’ll wear Lululemon or Nike to pick up my daughter or when I travel, but I’ll wear a long blazer and never more than two colours.”

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arry Mushens’ style is organic, expressive and constantly changing. “You can quickly tell what I’m feeling that day by what I’m wearing,” Mushens says. He favours bright colours, androgynous silhouettes, unusual textures and accessories — he has an expansive hat collection and regularly changes the bright streaks in his hair. Mushens is inspired by art and modern dance and designs his own clothes. His style is completely unconventional, which is surprising because he has a traditional job as an accountant and owner at Ptarmigan Oil and Gas Accounting. “Accounting is looking for where the pattern breaks and it’s the same with clothes. I’m looking for that tension. I like things that are asymmetrical and I like deconstruction,” he says. Mushens, who grew up in Scotland, believes in dressing for the occasion. He will happily change into a suit, out of say, a hand-knit jumpsuit layered with metal necklaces, to meet with clients. “I’m adaptable. I wear things I like and I dress appropriately,” he says. —M.B.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession? Craig Green shirt, vest and layered shorts, all from SSENSE; hat by Robert Geller; acrylic necklace by Anne B. Accessories; Trippen boots from gravitypope; custommade flower corsage by Marika Styba at Peaseblossoms.

“A Calgary designer I’ve created pieces with recently, Anni Kuhn.”

What’s your dream outfit? “I’m still imagining it. The colours are there and they’re clashing and bright.”

Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise? “I don’t dress to be seen, I dress for life.”





tanding over six feet tall, Adora Nwofor, a comedian and feminist activist, is a self-professed “giant” with a personality to match. But compared to her raunchy “shock-wit” humour, her style isn’t that outlandish. She juxtaposes classic cuts and clean lines with bold Nigerian-traditional patterns and bright colours, especially her signature blue. “I tend to give people anxiety just by walking into a room in jeans and a sweater,” Nwofor says. “I’m kind of sensory overload.” Finding clothes that fit can be a challenge, and Nwofor often goes for custom creations, but she refuses to downplay her height. Nwofor loves anything ’70s-inspired, especially jumpsuits, flared pants and crop-tops that show off her long legs and narrow waist. “I want people to know that I’m normal, and that women come in my size,” she says. “Designers have to change their definition of normal to include me. I’m not going to limit myself because they haven’t caught up yet.” —M.F.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession? “Shopping on a budget. I’m part of some fantastic swap and second-hand groups like YYC Curvy Girl Buy and Sell.”

What’s your dream outfit? “A jumpsuit made just for me, with large patterns — Sunny Rose by Maureen Ikem OkogwuIkokwu, my dream designer. A bolero jacket, a pair of brooches and a ring, like sapphire Princess Diana engagement-esque. Blackgirl-nude Louboutins — peeps with a metal finish, maybe some crystals down the heel.”

Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise? “The fashion event for my community is the Nigerian Canadian Association of Calgary Gala Night. It happens every Nigerian Independence Day [October 1st] and the style is fierce.” 4 8 avenueAPRIL.17

Jacket and ring were custom made in Nigeria; top and pants by Christian Omeshun; body chain from Claire’s; bracelet from Nordstrom; earrings (worn as broaches) purchased at WINS Women In Need Society thrift store.



inding two pieces that complement each other perfectly can be difficult, but for Dorian Kitsch and Kofi Oteng, the duo behind Calgary accessories brand Coutu-Kitsch, being in sync with each other happens naturally. “Sometimes we unknowingly end up dressing the same, like we’ll match,” says Kitsch. “This is going back to when we first started working together at Sportchek head office, where we met. We would show up wearing the same colour shirt and jeans or something. Even now, I’ll come into work and our outfits will complement each other and I’ll say ‘How are we twinning again, how does this happen?’” Oteng agrees the sartorial synchronicities are uncanny. “We’ll wear the same colour sweater, jeans and runners,” he says. “And I’m like: ‘You’re the female version of me right now.’” Luckily, between Oteng’s casual street wear and Kitsch’s mix of simple, classic looks and bright, clashing patterns, the pair have more than enough style to share. —A.G.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession?

(On Kofi) Topman T-shirt and Nudie jeans from Hudson’s Bay; Kitsch: “The girls from Dream- jacket from Gap; Nike shoes from Little Burgundy. boat Lucy have a jewellery line, but they also do apparel. (On Dorian) Silence + Noise blouse from Urban Outfitters; We see them at Market Coljeans from Gap; mules from lective and they always have Aldo; jewellery by CoutuKitsch. really cool stuff.” Oteng: “A buddy of mine, Spencer Badu. He pushes the limits. He’s very futuristic. I love his silhouettes and I like

What’s your dream outfit?

the fact that he’s taking risks.”

Kitsch: “Braided velvet sandals

Where do you go do be seen fashion-wise? Kitsch: “I would say PARK events: PARKshow in the spring, or PARKluxe in the fall. We definitely try to make a point to go all out.” Oteng: “People are dressing their best when you go to PARK events, so you really see what people are doing.”

in emerald by Marco de Vincenzo, a pair of mismatched seam distressed denim, and an oversized white buttondown shirt (this I would probably borrow from Kofi’s closet, I’ve been ‘stealing’ his shirts lately). The outfit wouldn’t be complete without some CoutuKitsch jewels! I would layer our Alexa choker — I seriously wear this necklace so much.” AvenueCalgary.com




he creative force behind fashion blog theyouthnovels.net, which he started when he was 17, Paul Conrad Schneider’s style has evolved into an art form. He went for bright ’80s colours and patterns as a teenager. Now 22, Schneider is more about minimalistic elegance that layers rich fabrics in neutral shades. “My style is high-end bag lady,” Schneider says. “It’s a running joke that I’m the male version of Leandra Medine’s ‘Man Repeller’ — I’m nowhere in that world of typical men’s fashion.” Schneider loves luxury brands for the way they turn clothing into art. He draws inspiration from designers like Alexander McQueen, deftly mixing structure, movement and texture to create head-turning outfits. His eccentric look has earned plenty of confused stares (and worse) from passers-by, but he doesn’t care. “I don’t like having to hide who I am to make other people comfortable,” he says. “People often think it’s too much, but screw it, I’m not dressing for them. I’m doing me.” —M.F.

What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession? “Leo Boutique on 17th Avenue S.W.”

What’s your dream outfit? “A custom outfit by Jonathan Anderson, the J.W. Anderson and Loewe creative director, with the black snake-print Gucci Princetown loafers and a Loewe Puzzle or Amazona 28 Multiplication bag.”

Where do you go to be seen fashion-wise? “I love going to PARKshow and seeing all the outfits that walk through the doors. It’s my favourite event to peoplewatch at.” 5 0 avenueAPRIL.17

Turtleneck from Oak + Fort; blouse by Alexander Wang; short suit by Orphan Bird; Prada mules from Nordstrom.



t's said that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, so it’s fitting that ophthalmologist Dr. Chirag Shah provides a bit of eye-candy to his patients by way of his eclectic, colourful collection of signature bow ties, socks and pocket squares. A frequent traveller, Shah is always on the lookout for new pieces in far-off countries that will complement his brightly coloured nods to his Indian background. His patients appreciate his dapper appearance so much, they’ll often bring him new bow ties or socks to add to his collection. “Fashion is something I do for fun, for myself. I dress up for work because I like it, and my patients [like it],” says Shah. “When I don’t wear a bow tie, they’re like, ‘What happened to you? Why are you not wearing a bow tie?’ They check my socks, they check my cufflinks — even my 97-year-old patient asks me, ‘What are you wearing today?’” —A.G. What’s your current Calgary fashion obsession? “I buy clothes or accessorize when Suit is custom made; shirt from Neiman Marcus; bow tie and pocket square were purchased in Palm Springs; socks by Thomas Pink; shoes by Mezlan; watch by Kenneth Cole; bracelet was custom made in India; hair barbered by Alex Flores (Barber Culture).

I travel, but it’s similar to Calgary in that my wardrobe is a mosaic; the mosaic of options Calgary offers complements the mosaic of options I get when I travel.”

What’s your dream outfit? “A bow tie and pocket squares to match a fitted suit, handstitched and made in India in a very fine fabric. For shoes, [a pair of] Magnanni’s and my pearl cufflinks, specially designed in Calgary by Emmanuel Maxime.”

Where do you go in Calgary to be seen fashion-wise? “Ming on 17th [Avenue S.W.] is casual place for drinks or food [where] you see different styles and colours, or Anejo on 4th Street S.W. — it’s very trendy, very fashionable and very cool.” AvenueCalgary.com




arried this past February, Sydney Wuttunee’s wedding look was indicative of her everyday approach to style. Wuttunee, a realtor, wore a simple silk crepe gown, but its open back and long embellished train showed her bohemian flair. “I bought the third dress I tried on,” she says. “I know what I like and what looks good on me.” Wuttunee likes to dress up jeans and turtlenecks with statement jackets and boots. Black is her go-to colour — her red hair is the only pop of colour she needs. She mixes in textures such as fur, metal and leather, gathering unique pieces during her travels around the world. Wuttunee carefully curates her wardrobe and shops with specific pieces in mind. “Because I spend so much time thinking about what I buy and how it fits in with what I have, it makes getting dressed effortless,” she says. “I can put an outfit together in five minutes.” —M.F.

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Bison short ribs from Open Range.

he plate set down on the table in the restaurant at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in Banff contains a fork-tender elk short rib topped with mushrooms, bookended by grilled bison striploin, sliced on the diagonal to showcase the deeply scarlet meat. Here at Buffalo Mountain, nudged up against the staggering Rocky Mountains, dishes like this reflect the intersection between landscape and ingredient. It’s easy to connect game meats — bison, wild boar, elk and caribou — with the backdrop of the Rockies as well as the rolling foothills that connect the mountains with the open range where these animals have lived for centuries. In mountain locales such as Canmore, Banff and Lake Louise, as well as in many Calgary restaurants, game meats continue to have a place on the menu. The roasted caribou striploin with a saskatoon berry cream sauce at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, apricot-glazed rack of wild boar at Open Range, or elk Wellington at The Lake House all speak of regional cuisine and history — a bygone era of living off the land’s bounty, hunting and gathering, earning dinner through patience and labour. While the bison, boar, elk and caribou served by restaurants today are farmed — a requirement for establishments to ensure a steady supply — the romance persists. These lean meats, darker in colour and deeper in flavour than their standard farm counterparts, still evoke a connection to the land these animals once freely roamed. “It’s meat that represents Canada,” says Post Hotel executive chef Hans Sauter, adding that guests from around the world often order game meat because it’s such a rarity for them. Years ago, it was more of a gamble for restaurants to put a game meat dish on the menu as diners were less inclined to try something so foreign to them. Now, says Lake House chef Thomas Neukom, customers seek it out. Even those who are still unsure of game meat, fearing an overpoweringly “gamey” taste (which most don’t have) can opt for something more approachable like the Lake House’s elk-and-bison burger. Open Range chef-owner Dwayne Ennest says it helps that people tend to think of game as a more ethical choice in meat because of how it is raised, as well as a health-conscious option because it tends to be leaner. The regional aspect of game makes it a natural fit for River Café, where the ethos is as local as possible. Executive chef Matthias Fong says the draw for him is also the tastes that are so different from more common meats. “When prepared the right way, the flavour profile really shines through,” says Fong.

On! Meats like bison, wild boar, elk and caribou are becoming increasingly popular on local menus as diners seek out dishes on the wilder side.

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge Ranch game duo.



Slow-roasted boar shoulder from The Lake House.

Hog Wild boar loin at River Café.

DINING OUT When it comes to game meats, chefs are known to play with seasonal flavours and ingredients and, occasionally, with the meats they are offering on the menu that month. Here are some of the top spots in and around Calgary for diners on the hunt for game dishes with big flavours. 5 6 avenueAPRIL.17



CRMR Ranch Game Duo

Slow-roasted Boar Shoulder

A grilled bison striploin at one end of the plate, a tender elk short rib topped with a mushroom ragout at the other, this dish offers two game meats for the price of one. Between them, you’ll find a celeryroot purée and seasonal vegetables, all topped with CRMR’s signature game glaze.

The boar shoulder is combined with a mix of mustard, herbs, garlic and onions and set aside to marinate for 24 hours. It’s then cooked slowly sous vide, which makes it flavourful and tender, and served up with a pan jus and a gremolata to balance the richness.

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THE MEAT BISON The most common and widely offered of all the game meats, bison shows up on menus in the form of short ribs and tartares, in burgers and as steaks. Bison is extremely lean and dense, though less firm than beef, with a rich


flavour. Tenderloins or

Bison Short Ribs

striploins are some of the

This mainstay dish has been on the Open Range menu since the beginning and chef Dwayne Ennest has no plans to remove it. The meltingly tender short ribs are braised for 16 hours with an ancho chili barbecue sauce, then served up with hominy corn grits and a cheddar biscuit. 1114 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-277-3408, open-range.ca


Whole Roasted Caribou Striploin

The Post Hotel photograph courtesy of The Post Hotel

Of the game meats, caribou tends to be harder to find on restaurant menus. While the side dishes change regularly, chef Hans Sauter always chooses caribou striploin as the cut, roasts it whole, and serves it with a sauce like prairie-inspired saskatoon berry sauce.

Whole-roasted caribou striploin at The Post Hotel.

best cuts, but bison also works well in stews.

ELK While similar to venison, elk has a cleaner, slightly sweet flavour. Compared to caribou, elk is a bigger animal with more fat on it and the meat is incredibly tender and dark red in colour, almost beef-like.

WILD BOAR Compared to its relative the pig, wild boar has a similar pork flavour and is almost identical in texture. However, boar meat tends to be darker in colour and have a richer flavour than regular pork. And, because there is more fat in it, there’s more flexibility in how it can be prepared. The shoulders

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and belly, along with chops,

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This boar tenderloin dish is executive chef Matthias Fong's creative take on the classic beef Wellington. This iteration is served with spruce emulsion, speckled onion confit, red fife and fermented carrots. How River Café serves its wild boar changes frequently based on the seasonal availability of local ingredients.

than some other game meats, caribou has a very mild flavour, far less gamey than deer. Lake House chef Thomas Neukom says many people expect more of a game flavour and are surprised when they taste it for the first time. Like bison, it’s incredibly lean with very little fat and, although there

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The leanness of game meat makes it trickier, and less forgiving, to cook at home than pork or beef. Here’s how you can avoid ending up with dry and chewy meat. 1: MEAT Before even entering the kitchen, start by choosing a cut you’re accustomed to. If you’re used to cooking beef rib-eyes, consider trying a bison rib-eye, says The Lake House chef Thomas Neukom. By practicing with SHANK


The Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch, tucked into the foothills southwest of Calgary, raises bison and elk that is served at the restaurants and lodges of the CRMR group, which includes The Lake House and Buffalo Mountain Lodge, as well as Cilantro and Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro. Their products, including roasts, steaks, ground meats (both elk and bison), boar and elk sausages and even tourtières, are available at Second to None Meats (secondtononemeats.com, two locations), as well as Blush Lane (Bridgeland and Aspen Woods, blushlane. com) and through spud.ca.

something familiar, you can get a feel for the differences that

2: FAT

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Consider adding a bit

want to overcomplicate things. That said, marinades

of butter or other fat

work well with game meats — think red wine and

to offset any dryness.

a bit of red-wine vinegar with rosemary, bay leaves

Game meat cooked

and juniper or a slathering of mustard and garlic and

in a pan does well with

onions. The same goes for dry rubs, the method

Rocky Mountain Game Meats sells sustainably raised bison, elk, caribou, boar and deer from farms in Alberta and the neighbouring provinces. They offer a wide range of cuts, from steaks and roasts to rarer offerings such as Frenched racks of elk or boar and caribou tenderloins.

a bit of butter basting

of choice at Open Range, where the rub is applied

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suggest not cooking steaks and

Calgary Co-op carries bison through its Co-op Perfect line of meats.

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with its gentle, water-conducted heat, is

For caribou, Post Hotel chef


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Hans Sauter suggests searing

overcooking. That’s how they prepare the

it off and then roasting until the

boar shoulder dish at The Lake House,

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Ocean adventures set against a mountain backdrop make the British Columbia Sunshine Coast region an ideal escape for landlocked prairie dwellers in search of some sea time.

Desolation Sound Marine Park as viewed from Cabana Desolation Eco Resort on Kinghorn Island.

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What to Do Kayak in Desolation Sound

Sea kayaking is wildly popular on the Sunshine Coast — pretty much anywhere there’s easy access to calm waters, you’re bound to see pods of kayakers skimming along, taking in the local wildlife. Powell River Sea Kayak offers a variety of day and overnight trips into Desolation Sound, a sprawling marine park on the northern coast dotted with forested islands to explore. Nervous novice paddlers can team up in a double kayak with a more experienced partner to help pilot the craft if the going gets rough. bcseakayak.com Tour the Sunshine Coast Ale Trail

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Ale Trail, an online guide to craft breweries in the province organized by region. Located on an 11-acre spread just up from the Langdale ferry port on the southern coast, you’ll find the Persephone Brewing Co. The self-described “beer farm” grows its own hops and runs a tasting room that feels like a family cabin with communal tables featuring chess boards and crokinole. On the northern coast, you’ll find Townsite Brewing in the old post office building in the historic Townsite District of Powell River. Helmed by an experienced Belgian brewmaster, the brewery incorporates local flavour into the names of its beers, which you can sample in the small tasting room adorned with a growler collection that extends over an entire wall.

Take a floatplane into Princess Louisa Inlet



Picturesque Princess Louisa Inlet is popular with the yachting set, but if you don’t have a luxury watercraft to access this glacier-cut fjord surrounded by rainforest-covered mountains, the next best way is via floatplane. Secheltbased Sunshine Coast Air runs private flightseeing charters in a six-seat Dehavilland Beaver. The plane drops you at the gateway to Princess Louisa Marine Provincial Park, a protected area that encompasses the 120-foot Chatterbox Falls. The falls can be reached by a short, easy walk on boardwalk paths. The park is equipped with a large communal picnic shelter complete with fire-pit, though if the sun is shining, you’ll want to be on the beach.

Kayak photograph courtesy of Powell River Sea Kayak; Townsite Brewing photograph by Romeo Styles


ritish Columbia’s Sunshine Coast is often mistaken for an island region, which is understandable, considering the 180-kilometre stretch of coastline is only accessible by air or ferry service, and is scored with numerous inlets that create island-like land formations. However, the Sunshine Coast is in fact the mainland coastal area northwest of Vancouver. The region is bisected into northern and southern lobes by Jervis Inlet. The primary population hubs on the southern Sunshine Coast are Gibsons and Sechelt, while Powell River is the largest centre on the northern coast. With its laid-back, unpretentious vibe, the Sunshine Coast beckons to land-locked Albertans hungry for ocean views, peaceful rainforests and marine adventure, all set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of B.C.’s Coast Mountain range.

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Kayaking in Desolation Sound; Townsite Brewing tasting room; Sunshine Coast Air floatplane at Princess Louisa Inlet.


See the Skookumchuck Narrows at High Tide

The Skookumchuck Narrows are famous for a naturally occurring daily phenomenon in which the tides turn a strip of placid coastline into roiling rapids. Reach the narrows by hiking the trail through the old-growth rainforest of Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, southeast of the small town of Egmont on the southern coast. Local-history buffs will want to check out the Egmont Heritage Centre across from the trailhead, which contains a collection of antique boating engines, old fishing and logging tools, Depression glass and other curios. egmontheritagecentre.com

Sea lions photograph courtesy of Powell River Sea Kayak

Hike the Sunshine Coast Trail

If you’re a hiker, chances are you’ve heard of the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, a multiday trek requiring advance reservations and trail fees. The Sunshine Coast Trail, a 180-kilometre hut-to-hut trek (the longest in Canada) on the northern coast, is an under-the-radar alternative that’s free to use with no reservation required. Created and maintained by the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society (a.k.a. “PAWS”), a grassroots group formed in the 1990s, the trail sets out from a point just steps from the Saltery Bay ferry terminal and meanders northward from there to Desolation Sound. You don’t have to do the trail in its entirety — choose your own adventure as far as days and distance, making use of a range of amenities that includes huts, campsites, picnic tables, composting outhouses and swimming wharfs. Don’t be surprised if you meet PAWS co-founder Eagle Walz out there. He remains one of the trail’s most ardent champions and dedicated volunteers.

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Where to Stay Cabana Desolation Eco Resort, Kinghorn Island

Run by the owners of Powell River Sea Kayak, this exclusive resort on otherwise uninhabited Kinghorn Island in Desolation Sound consists of four guest cabins and a cabana-style hub where meals are served family-style. Accessed only by boat (guests can opt to send their bags with the boat and kayak themselves in) Cabana is the ultimate unplugged experience, though the rustic setting doesn’t mean you’re roughing it. The morning wake-up call comes with a French press of freshly ground coffee on a finished round of wood, and the gourmet meals are a far cry from camp cuisine. Days are filled with kayak excursions, stand-up paddle boarding and relaxing in ocean-side hammocks. If conditions permit, Cabana staff will gather fresh oysters to barbecue over an open fire on the beach. Keep your ears pricked for the splash of breaching whales.

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Coastal Cookery, Powell River

This handsomely appointed lodge on a remote tip of the southern coast is built on a rock bluff overlooking the ocean. Guest cabins envelop the central timber-framed building where you’ll find Inlets Restaurant, a breakfast, lunch and fine-dining operation with a wall of windows that provide unfettered views. You can also enjoy the scenery from lounge chairs on the expansive deck and from the open-air patio, an intimate space with a greenery-adorned pergola and outdoor fireplace. The lodge will also arrange various day excursions, including kayaking, hiking and zodiac trips to Princess Louisa Inlet.

Former Vancouverite husband-and-wife restaurateur team Michael and Sarah Salome are behind this excellent eatery in the heart of Powell River, a modern-rustic room endowed with a stellar view of the Malaspina Strait. The menu here is elevated comfort food. A starter of Brussels sprouts comes roasted and tossed with lemon, pecans, capers and Parmesan cheese, while the indulgent chicken-and-waffles is served sandwich-style (the waffles substituting for bread) with pickled slaw and house-made hot sauce. Pair your meal with something fresh from the inventive cocktail list such as the Ferrytale Elix Spritz, a mix of locally brewed kombucha, green tea, rose petals and a sparkling-wine finish.



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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Open-air hub at Cabana Desolation Eco Resort; West Coast Wilderness Lodge; West Coast Wilderness Lodge patio.

The Gumboot Restaurant, Roberts Creek

From all appearances, this homey room tucked in a garden grove is the quintessential Sunshine Coast restaurant, but it’s the food that makes The Gumboot exemplary. With a menu focused around whole foods and locally grown produce, the Gumboot serves up luscious breakfasts until 2:30 p.m., substantial salads with house-made dressings, a range of run-down-your-fingersjuicy burgers (including a superb lentil-and-beet veggie option) and a dinner menu with entrees priced under $30. gumbootrestaurant.com

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I A L R S T A weekend getaway planned around a challenging, muddy trail race is an increasingly popular way to experience the mountains.


Photograph by John Gibson

unning kilometre after kilometre through the woods and the mud while carrying your own water and snacks might not seem like an ideal way to spend a weekend away in the mountains. To some, it might seem like a scene from a horror film. But an increasing number of people consider this an exhilarating, adventurous form of exercise. It’s called trail running and it’s a sport currently experiencing a boom in participation.

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The growing popularity of trail racing It’s hard to quantify, but participants in trail running meccas like Golden and Revelstoke have noticed an increase in trail runners in the last couple of years. Magi Scallion, the race director for the Golden Ultra trail race, says she used to know everyone she encountered while out running Golden’s 129 km trail network. But in 2015, for the first time, she saw runners she didn’t know. It turns out they were visitors, registered to run the Golden Ultra, which debuted that year. As more organized trail races are popping up across Alberta and British Columbia, even more people are travelling to the mountains to trail run. Revelstoke’s first trail race, TrailStoke, was in 2014. The inaugural Golden Ultra was in 2015. Interest has increased so much that Mountain Equipment Co-op Calgary introduced a city-based Trail Race Series for the first time this year.

ABOVE and LEFT TrailStoke race in Revelstoke. The inaugural race was in 2014.

What is trail running? Trail running can be done within city limits — think Nose Hill Park or Fish Creek Provincial Park — but part of its appeal is it gets runners away from the city. Trail running, like hiking, is best in the mountains or national parks. Adam Campbell, the Calgary-based coowner of 5 Peaks, a trail-running company that organizes races across Canada, believes that the adventure factor is part of the sport’s appeal. “Trail running, regardless of distance, is a different kind of challenge from road running,” says Campbell. “You’re in an unfamiliar environment, which adds a certain amount of excitement. And holistically, I think it’s so much nicer to do [running] events in nature.” 68


Registering for a race is a also a great way to get away for the weekend and experience some of the best trails within a few hours drive of Calgary. And more and more runners are doing just that. Registration for the Golden Ultra almost doubled from 2015 to 2016. The Okanagan-based trail series Dirty Feet has also seen an increase in Alberta runners since launching in 2011. Closer to home, 5 Peaks Central Alberta’s events allow as many as 800 runners per race and almost always sell out. According to Campbell, this increased interest in destination trail races is partly due to the variety of race-distance options, which makes the sport accessible to runners of all abilities — plus there’s lots to do in these destinations when the racing is over. “Trail races are great for people who want a natural experience but in a bit of a controlled environment,” Campbell says. “Some people get intimidated being out in the woods by themselves, so trail racing is a great way to introduce people to that environment.” Many runners also love that trail racing is not just a race against the clock. Because each race has different terrain, elevation and conditions, trail races provide a challenge that many fitnessenthusiasts have a hard time turning down.

TrailStoke photograph by Bruno Long courtesy of 5 Peaks Trail Running

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DE ST I N ATION TRAIL RACES T O KNOW ABOUT Pick a destination, plan a weekend getaway and start training. North Face Dirty Feet Trail Race Series When: Various dates from March to November, 2017. Location: Various locations in the B.C. interior. Distance: From 5 km up to 50 km, depending on the race. Make a note: With races in

Powderface 42

Transelkirks Run

event and make this trail race

Vernon, Penticton, Kelowna,

When: July 1, 2017

When: Aug. 28 to Sep. 1, 2017

as challenging as you want.

Kamloops and Sun Peaks this

Location: Station Flats near

Location: Revelstoke.

series is the biggest trail-running

Bragg Creek.

Distance: 160 km over five days,

Grizzly Ultra Canmore

series in the Okanagan. There

Distance: 21.1 km or 44.4 km.

completed solo or as a two-per-

Marathon and Relay

is also a Dirty Feet race in

Make a note: After the run

son team where the runners must

When: Oct. 8, 2017.


through K-Country trails, there’s

run the entire course together.

Location: Canmore Nordic

pie at the finish line!

Make a note: This inaugural trail

Centre, Canmore.

race is extreme. The multi-day

Distance: 50 km completed

When: Various dates from

Moose Mountain Trail Races

event challenges runners to

solo, as a two-person relay

May to October, 2017.

When: Aug. 26, 2017.

complete distances of up to

or as a five-person relay.

Location: Various Calgary parks

Location: West Bragg Creek

50 km per day.

Make a note: Proceeds from

and the Canmore Nordic Centre

Recreation Area, Bragg Creek.

Distance: From 6 km up to

Distance: 16 km, 29 km, 42 km.

Golden Ultra

MitoCanada. Dressing up in

20.2 km, depending on the race.

Make a note: This grassroots

When: Sep. 22 to 24, 2017

wacky costumes is encouraged,

Make a note: If you’re new to

event is not packed with people

Location: Kicking Horse Mountain

especially if you’re racing as

trail running, start here. There are

— registration is capped at

Resort and Spirit Square, Golden.

a team.

five races in the series, so you

150 runners — and there are

Distance: 43 km or 85 km over

can start easy with a short run

aid stations with water, chips

three days.

through Fish Creek Provincial

and candy along the way so

Make a note: You can choose

Park and work your way up to

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Janice McCaffrey This retired Olympic race walker and elite-level marathon runner hasn’t lost her competitive drive, travelling around the world to compete in the Masters Games and coaching aspiring runners in her hometown.


his month, in Auckland, New Zealand, Calgarian Janice McCaffrey will take her mark for the 10-kilometre roadrunning race at the World Masters Games. As a former Olympic race walker, McCaffrey has been in this position more times than she can count — with much higher stakes. But the old butterflies still show up whenever she gets to the start line, turning her stomach inside out. “I say to myself, ‘why did you sign up for this? You retired a long time ago. You don’t have to do this. Nobody cares what you are doing!’ ” Her answer is the same now as it was back then: “But I want it so bad!” McCaffrey, now 57, represented Canada as a race walker at the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and also competed in race walking at three Commonwealth Games during the ’90s. In addition to race walking, McCaffrey competed as an elite-level long-distance runner, winning her first provincial title as a Grade 10 student in Edmonton and going on to represent Canada on the world stage. The year following the 2000 Olympics, she ran the marathon at the 2001 Francophone Games. Following that event, a tough race in hot conditions, McCaffrey, then 41, decided she had fulfilled her desire to represent her country as an athlete and effectively retired.

“THE DEFINITION OF FUN FOR A COMPETITIVE RUNNER IS COMPETING, TAPPING INTO AN INTENSITY THAT YOU LIKE TO EXPERIENCE.” That’s not to say she was done with competing altogether. McCaffrey continues to race as a recreational athlete, and has set age-group records for running in Alberta and Canada. “The definition of fun for a competitive runner is competing,” McCaffrey says, “tapping into an intensity that you like to experience.” This spring’s World Masters Games will be McCaffrey’s fourth as a runner. At the last Masters Games in Torino, Italy, she won bronze medals in the five-km track event and 10-km road race. She also won gold in the sprint triathlon in 2005 (she started doing triathlons at age 40 after a flare-up of plantar fasciitis prompted her to shift her training to swimming and cycling), and in the 3,000-metre and 10-km race-walking events in 2010.

BY Christina Frangou PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jared Sych

The Masters are a very different experience than the Olympics. Athletes supply their own gear, there are no formal team uniforms, everyone is self-funded and the only criterion to qualify is age — for many events, the minimum age begins at 30. McCaffrey had to laugh when she arrived at her first Masters Games. She expected to compete against a bunch of former Olympians, fresh into retirement. Instead, she found herself among a diverse mix of athletes — runners in their 80s, people new to racing and athletes competing in extra events just because they’d already paid to go the Games. “They’re like, ‘I’m here, I might as well get my money’s worth,’” McCaffrey says. In Torino, McCaffrey followed suit and ended up with a respectable fourth-place finish in golf, much to her surprise. Unlike the Olympics, there’s no real pressure at the Masters Games. “Nobody really cares how you do,” McCaffrey says. “No one’s going to say ‘she let our country down.’ ” McCaffrey also regularly signs up for local races, sometimes on a whim, and relishes the ones where she executes her plan perfectly — like last October’s Ambulance Chasers Charity Run where she beat everyone in the five-km category. Her closest competitor, a man in his 30s, crossed the finish line a minute and half after she did. “I [ran] just like I was trying to win a spot to qualify in the Olympics,” McCaffrey says. When she’s not coming up with her own race strategies, McCaffrey coaches a strong group of long-distance runners known as the Adrenaline Rush Athletics. The team started with a few runners who used to train with McCaffrey in her competitive race-walking days — as they trekked along, they’d ask her for race tips. Eventually, she turned it into a formal coaching business. Though she has never advertised, there is usually a waitlist to work with her. The 30 or so runners on the team are generally between 30 and 60 years of age and have an eye on running the Boston Marathon or setting personal bests. “I get it. Boston is their Olympics,” says McCaffrey, who was given a “Golden Shoe” award from Canadian Running Magazine in 2012 for her coaching. McCaffrey herself trains six days a week, incorporating two interval sessions with the Adrenaline Rush group. She does at least three weekly 10-km runs and a longer run of a length dependent on whatever distance race she has in her sights. She has hired a personal strength coach to address her slowing pace — it’s something that’s to be expected of a former elite-level runner but it pains her just the same. “I’m on the decline and I’m fighting it hard,” she says. McCaffrey often finds herself wondering why she fights so hard, why she continues to push herself. Ultimately, her reasons go beyond results. “The watch doesn’t tell the whole story,” she says. “It’s the experience of being athletic, of feeling athletic — that’s the story.” AvenueCalgary.com


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When it comes to accessorizing this spring, take a more-is-more approach. Mix textures, colours, materials, styles — and price points — to create a madcap look.

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Dressing up for the races is a thing in Calgary. The annual Packwood Grand on July 29 is bona-fide fashion extravaganza.

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A beginner’s guide to medical spa treatments in Calgary.

BY Julia Williams PHOTOGRAPHY BY Julya Hajnoczky

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he day before I turn 40, I start researching non-surgical cosmetic treatments. In my mind, the birthday and the research are not connected, but the story assignment from my editor assumes otherwise: “You may want to write in first-person, your recent birthday making you question the state of your skin and youthfulness as you age.” Well, sure. Two weeks later I find myself in a consultation room at the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, scowling, grinning and making surprised faces while the consultation nurse snaps photos. I’m here to have a non-surgical cosmetic procedure; specifically, to have botulinum toxin A, a neuromodulator, injected in my forehead and hyaluronic acid injected in my cheeks. I have not done this before. These injections, better known as Botox and fillers, are just two of the FDA- and Health Canada-approved procedures I’ve been learning about. There are several others, involving things like blood plasma, lasers, ultrasound energy and tiny needles. Most of the procedures work by creating small wounds that kick-start the healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production (the supportive, springy structural proteins that slow production as we age) and generating new skin cells. All are designed to make us look more smooth, defined, fresh and even-toned — in a word, youthful. The treatments do get results, and they’ve risen steadily in popularity since the 1990s. The American Society for Plastic Surgeons reported a 158-per-cent increase in demand for minimally invasive procedures like Botox, fillers and laserresurfacing between 2000 and 2015. Dr. Andrei Metelitsa, medical co-director of the Institute of Skin Advancement, says 10 years ago the top cosmetic procedures were surgical: facelifts, nose jobs and brow lifts. Today, it's nonsurgical procedures: fillers, lasers and neuromodulators (usually called “Botox” in honour of the pioneering product made by Allergan). “[Non-surgical treatments] are safer, more predictable and more accepted by society. They’re also cheaper,” Dr. Metelitsa says. “They cannot do everything a surgery can, but they can do a lot.” The private facilities that provide these services are generally termed “medical spas,” and Calgary has dozens. Some, like Derm.ca and the Institute of Skin Advancement, are dermatology-focused, doubling as treatment centres for skin cancer and cystic acne. Others, like Sante Medical and the

“People should never ask, ‘Where did you get your treatment?’ They should ask, ‘Have you been on vacation?’” — Dr. Jonathan Lee, Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery

Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, are devoted to cosmetic procedures. Wanda McArthur, the vice-president of the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, is the first person to ask if I’ve ever had anything “done.” I haven’t. “A virgin!” she says. She books me for a consultation and appointment with cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Lee. McArthur tells me she’s a mother of four and she loves to see women take time for themselves. She wants me to have “the full experience.” The full experience begins the following week when I have my scowl photographed. It’s two days after Christmas, and when I meet Dr. Lee he tells me he spent the holiday on call at the Peter Lougheed Centre dealing with “turkey-related hand injuries.” (Later on he describes avocados as a “danger food.”) Dr. Lee fields my questions about fillers and neuromodulators. He explains a service called “BeautiPHIcation,” which applies the golden ratio, or “phi” — a mathematical ratio used since ancient times to achieve balance in art and design — to the face. “We try to create that ratio in relation to structures in [a patient’s] face so that it optimizes their beauty,” he says. Dr. Lee asks me what bothers me most about my face. I point out my acne scars and the circles (technical term: “tear troughs”) under my eyes. He notes the horizontal lines on my forehead, the early folds in my glabella (the triangle where nose meets eyebrows) and my “bunny lines” (scrunch your nose — there they are). My right eyebrow sits higher than my left. I have crow’s feet and nasolabial folds (the ones that run from nose to the corners of the mouth). Dr. Lee observes, Sherlock-like, that I sleep on my left, which has caused that side of my face to lose more volume than the right. Also, my chin could be a bit more prominent. Each of these issues can be addressed using neuromodulator or filler. I thought I’d be up for anything, but I opt to keep my crow’s feet and my chin as is. Dr. Lee is happy. He’s not interested in giving people treatments they don’t want or need.

“If it doesn’t bother you, there’s no point in talking about it,” he says. He’ll sometimes talk people out of procedures he believes will mute their character or worse, make them look odd or “done.” He wants patients to leave looking brighter and fresher, but above all, like themselves. Looks may be superficial, but identity and appearance are intertwined. It’s not wrinkles that are undesirable, it’s what wrinkles represent. Dr. Corrina Iampen, medical director of Sante Medical, says most of her patients are trying to “embrace who they are as people.” She says she sees mature patients, 60 and over, who hope to look as good as they feel; independent people in the 40- to 60-year-old range who want to sustain their confidence; and 20- to 40-year-olds expanding their self-care regimens. Dr. Iampen’s patient demographic spans generations, but across the age groups, motivations are similar: Everyone wants to feel better by looking better. More than 90 per cent of non-surgical cosmetic patients are women, but men’s numbers are on the rise. Ildiko Juhasz, clinic director and medical aesthetics specialist at Derm.ca, says PRP therapy (in which a patient’s extracted blood plasma is injected into his or her face), is as popular with men as it is with women — especially CEOs, job seekers and sales reps. Back at the Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lee sets up the syringes. Neuromodulators — a Botox alternative called Dysport, in my case — feel like tiny insect bites. Dermal fillers (I’m having a product called Emervel) feel like needle jabs followed by pressure. They’re not particularly painful. I can faintly hear the fluid being injected, like toothpaste being squeezed from a tiny tube. McArthur holds a juice box for me when I get woozy after Dr. Lee inserts a cannula (a very thin tube) under my left eye. Dr. Lee was an aspiring performance pianist before he became a plastic surgeon, a profession he chose because it’s the most creative of the surgical disciplines. He says it’s an art form. If you want to see a plastic surgeon’s glabella crease, ask how the esthetics industry is regulated. AvenueCalgary.com


BEAUTY For qualified practitioners like Dr. Lee, lack of regulation is an ongoing headache. It means he has to fix the mistakes of incompetent and irresponsible practitioners, and it contributes to the stereotype that all cosmetic procedures result in frozen faces, balloon lips and botched surgeries. Physicians and nurses in this province are overseen by regulatory colleges (the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta), but no set qualifications exist for other practitioners in the esthetics industry. Instead, technicians, estheticians and specialists are loosely guided by standards created with other services in mind. For example, practitioners who use needles must follow Alberta’s Personal Services Regulation, but this public health act was written with non-medical services like tattooing and piercing in mind. An esthetician can’t prescribe Botox, but can administer it despite having no anatomical expertise. Regulations for laser treatments simply require equipment to be registered — practitioners are unregulated. Patients who choose unqualified practitioners can end up disappointed or worse. Complications range from infections and skin discolouration to allergic reactions and nerve damage. Juhasz says it’s up to patients to ask questions and do their research. If a facility is run by a CEO instead of a physician, that should be a red flag. “It has to be sterile. It has to be a medical environment. If the facility is open, the doctor should be on site at all times,” she says. Always verify credentials and ask about experience. Look for high standards, not low fees. Make sure there’s an after-care plan. My recovery is swift. It takes the swelling from the fillers a few hours to calm down and the Dysport three days to kick in. I still look like me, but smoother. Dr. Lee says if people can tell his patients have had work done, he’s failed. Kane agrees. “People should never ask, ‘Where did you get your treatment?’ They should ask, ‘Have you been on vacation?’” I ask Dr. Lee how old he is. He’s 39 but looks much younger. He tells me gets asked his age all the time, that his youthful looks sometimes cause people to doubt his credentials and experience. “To be taken seriously, some people expect you to have more white hair and wrinkles,” he laughs. “I think people judge you based on how you look.”

Medical Spa Treatments in Calgary The range of services to keep you looking your best is ever growing. Here are some of the medi-spa treatments available locally.

Fillers add volume, fill wrinkles, under-eye circles and scars, enhance facial structures like lips and eyebrows, and can subtly change the shape of the face.

Fillers WHAT Fluid, typically hyaluronic acid, is injected via syringe. Effects are immediate, with little to no downtime. Fillers last six to nine months (you can get permanent fillers, but they won’t move or appear natural as your face ages unless you opt to use your own body fat). New fillers like Sculptra last 18 months and stimulate collagen growth. WHY Fillers add volume, fill wrinkles, under-eye circles and scars, enhance facial structures like lips and eyebrows, and can subtly change the shape of the face (sometimes called a “liquid facelift”). They’re not just for faces — you can get non-surgical butt lifts using filler. IS IT FOR YOU? Fillers work best for early to moderate age-related volume loss. Those with deeper lines and advanced skin laxity will get better results from a surgical facelift. COST $650 to $2,400, depending on the quality and amount of product and the qualifications of the person with the syringe. WHERE Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, calgarysurgery.com; Calgary Institute for Skin Advancement, dermdocs.ca.

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Lasers WHAT Fractional lasers use heat to damage microscopic columns of skin while leaving the surrounding skin intact. There are two primary types of laser treatments: ablative (CO2 lasering), which damages the surface of the skin as well as the underlying layers, and non-ablative (Fraxel, Halo, Fotona), which targets underlying layers of skin and spares the surface. Plan for a week or so of downtime with sunburnlike pain, redness, swelling and peeling, more so with ablative than with non-ablative. WHY Ablative laser treatments stimulate collagen and skin regeneration, erasing wrinkles, age spots and acne scars while tightening the skin. Non-ablative lasers work on pigmentation and sun damage. IS IT FOR YOU? Lasers work well on early to moderate signs of aging and scarring. In very rare cases lasers have caused permanent skin discolouration, especially in people with dark skin. Microneedling is a good alternative. COST About $3,000, including all pre- and post-treatment appointments and related medications. WHERE Derm.ca, derm.ca; Institute of Skin Advancement, dermdocs.ca.

Non-ablative lasers work on pigmentation and sun damage.

Belkyra WHAT To remove the excess fat that causes a double chin, naturally occurring bile salt deoxycholic acid is injected into that fat pad. The area is numbed first and the injections spaced about one centimetre apart. Expect stinging during the procedure and swelling for a day or two after. You’ll need at least three treatments spaced six weeks apart, and results take a few weeks. WHY The salt emulsifies (read: destroys) the fat-cell membranes, which causes the fat to disappear and the double chin with it. IS IT FOR YOU? If you have excess fat under your chin and you don’t want liposuction, this is for you. Note that this procedure addresses fat, not skin laxity. COST $300 per syringe, typically $300 to $600 per session. WHERE Sante Medical, santemedical.ca; Dr. Jeffrey Dawes Plastic and Dermatologic Surgery, calgaryplasticsurgeons.com.

If you have excess fat under your chin and you don’t want liposuction, this is for you. This procedure addresses fat. AvenueCalgary.com


Because PRP stimulates blood flow and revitalizes cells, it’s also an effective hair regrowth therapy.


Microneedling works on early signs of aging, pigment inconsistencies, superficial melasma and acne scarring.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy a.k.a. PRP, a.k.a.“Vampire Facelift” WHAT Blood drawn from your arm is whizzed in a centrifuge to


a.k.a. Collagen Induction Therapy, a.k.a. Medical Needling

separate the plasma, which is injected all over your face using a “meso injector” that delivers one jab per second. Multiple monthly treatments are required, sometimes alternated with a vitamin cocktail combined with hyaluronic acid injections. Redness and swelling resolves in a day

WHAT Your facial skin is poked by three-millimetre titanium needles

or two, and results show after a couple of months.

attached to a dermal roller Rejuvepen or meso injector, usually followed

WHY Needling stimulates collagen and plasma promotes healing,

by the application of a rejuvenating product. Expect swelling and

smoothing wrinkles and acne scars, tightening lax skin and addressing

redness for a day or two.

pigmentation problems. Because PRP stimulates blood flow and revital-

WHY The needles create small wounds that stimulate collagen and

izes cells, it’s also an effective hair regrowth therapy.

elastin growth, making skin tighter, smoother and more evenly toned.

IS IT FOR YOU? PRP is effective on early to moderate signs of aging

IS IT FOR YOU? Microneedling works on early signs of aging, pigment

and hair thinning, and as a preventative treatment.

inconsistencies, superficial melasma and acne scarring. It’s also a good

COST About $600 per treatment for at least three treatments.

heat-free, quick-recovery alternative to laser treatments, but results are

Results last about 18 months.

slower (minimum six weeks) and you need at least three treatments

WHERE Derm.ca, derm.ca.

instead of one. COST $120 to $400 per treatment depending on what type of rejuvenating product is used. WHERE Papillon Medical Aesthetics, papillonmedical.com.

Ultherapy WHAT Ultrasound energy goes as deep as 4.5 mm under the skin of your face, neck and décolleté, which stimulates collagen and elastin.


The procedure causes swelling and sometimes bruising, but downtime

WHAT Botulinum toxin A, a neurotoxin, is injected into specific facial

hand, and it feels like being poked by a needle and shocked by a small

muscles, causing temporary paralysis. Effects take a few days to kick

toaster). Results take two to three months and you’ll need to repeat the

in and about four months to wear off.

process annually.

WHY Wrinkles caused by specific facial movements, such as frowning

WHY Regenerated tissue and collagen replaces lost volume, tightening

and squinting, can be diminished or prevented.

and smoothing the skin.

IS IT FOR YOU? If you have (or want to prevent) early signs of aging,

IS IT FOR YOU? If you’ve just started noticing laxity in your skin

like crow’s feet and frown lines, neuromodulators are a good bet.

but you’re not ready for a facelift, Ultherapy is a suitable option.

COST Expect to pay $10 to $18 per unit (frown lines alone take about

COST $1,900 to $4,400, depending on how much surface area

30 units), depending on the qualifications of the person performing the

is being covered.


WHERE Sante Medical, santemedical.ca; Institute for Skin

WHERE Calgary Institute of Plastic Surgery, calgarysurgery.com.

Advancement, dermdocs.ca.

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is minimal (a Sante Medical technician gives a demo on the back of my

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D R E S S I N G U P F OR D I N N ER I’ve noticed a trend at Calgary


restaurants that has nothing (or perhaps everything) to do with

BY Kait Kucy AND Ricky Zayshley

the food. As Calgary’s dining scene continues to grow, so does the patrons’ sense of fashion. Take a look around the room next time you’re at Model Milk or

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The Nash — people are bringing their A-games to the table. There’s a sense of reverence at Calgary restaurants that’s resulting in cocktail dress and dinner-jacket sightings, and it’s delicious. My favourite places to people watch (and eat) include Alforno, Native

editor’s pick

Tongues and Ten Foot Henry. See you there. –R.Z.

Poor Gray Crewneck Hand-screened in Montreal, the Editorial Mag Poor Gray Crewneck ($40) is the perfect way to introduce a decidedly sartorial, soft and cozy pullover-with-a-twist into your daily rotation. Editorial Magazine is an independently run quarterly art and fashion publication that brings an edgy underground perspective to the fashion industry in Canada. Editor-inchief Claire Milbrath is also a freelance artist and is the creator of the Poor Gray character; she updates his blog poorgray.blogspot.ca regularly. Five Art & Merchandise, 609 Confluence Way S.E., 403-454-1757, fiveartandmerchandise.com

Vintage Zuni Jewellery Native American tribes have created jewellery with metal for generations; however, modern

The Juglan Nut Watch

silver-working techniques were only introduced in the 19th century. In the 1870s, the Navajo

Local start-up Leafwood designs and creates 100-per-cent-natural

shared these techniques with the Zuni, who are thought to be the first to insert turquoise

recycled walnut watches. Not only are these watches free of toxic

stones into silver settings. Sarah Knorr carries a great selection of vintage Zuni rings and

chemicals, they are also hypoallergenic, making them an excel-

bracelets in her shop, Fieldstudy, including this turquoise and silver ring ($380) and snake

lent choice for anyone whose skin reacts to metal watches. The

eyes vintage bracelet ($265), which features turquoise stones and sterling silver ends with

Juglan Nut watch ($166) is one of three designs Leafwood has

geometric line designs. Both pieces were crafted in the first half of the 20th century, and

debuted. As part of their re-forestation efforts, a tree is planted

both offer a fresh take on statement jewellery.

for every watch sold.

Fieldstudy, 1812 4 St. S.W., 587-356-2134, fieldstudyshop.com


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Long in the Tooth? Receding gums are not just a normal part of aging

Ever heard the expression “long in the tooth”? Although it originally referred to horses, whose teeth continue to grow throughout their lives, it’s often applied to people. And it is not exactly a compliment. If your teeth look longer, it’s not only an aesthetic issue. It means your gums are receding — a telltale sign of possible gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause swelling and bleeding, loosening or shifting teeth, poor chewing function and, eventually, tooth loss. Gum disease is also associated with other medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes. If you’ve noticed puffy, red, tender or bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, a persistent foul taste or odour, or changes in how your teeth fit or bite together, it’s time to seek the expert help of a periodontist.

Canadian Academy of Periodontology

Periodontists are specialists in treating gum disease, and they have a full understanding of the foundation structures that support teeth and implants. When you are advised to get treatment for a gum disease issue, you need the kind of expertise that a periodontist can provide.

Find a periodontist today by visiting the Alberta Society of Dental Specialists at asds.ca More information: Canadian Academy of Periodontology, cap-acp.ca AvenueCalgary.com





Fab Life A young family with a love of art and design builds their monochromatic dream home in Ramsay. BY Kait Kucy PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jared Sych



Homeowners Anna and Paul Niemczewski in the kitchen of their Housebrand-built inner-city home.

fter living in a Ramsay heritage home for nearly four years and with news of a baby girl on the way, Anna and Paul Niemczewski decided that 2015 was going to be the year to look for their next house. But it wasn’t until they secured a 25-foot-wide lot, also in Ramsay, that they decided to build a home. Their first big challenge was finding an architect and builder who would take on the smaller-scale, inner-city project. They interviewed several builders who were just not interested. “It was too small a project for them and the site had a lot of challenges,” says Anna, “but Housebrand jumped at it.” The couple decided to go with the Calgary-based architecture and building firm, not only because of its reputation for being a design-led, environmentally focused builder with experience building inner-city homes, but also because of Housebrand’s great communications skills. “When you’re asking a million questions — small questions, large questions, and stupid ones — they were just so open, and that was the biggest thing for us,” says Anna. “It’s a big commitment. There’s money involved, and it’s our house.” For Anna, owner of the family-run designer eyewear shop and optometry clinic, Chinook Optical, Paul, a physician to Calgary’s homeless population, and their daughter Inez (now two years old) the home had to have threefold practicality. It had to be a flexible space that could allow their family to grow and evolve; it had to be a blank canvas where Anna and Paul (and one day, Inez) could express their love of industrial design, art and architecture; and, because of their love of bold, graphic monochromatic design, the house also had to be completely black and white. “[Anna and Paul] came to us at the beginning with this idea of having a black house on the outside and a white house on the inside,” says Matthew North, principal at Housebrand, who designed the house with the couple. “They had a very strong vision of what they wanted and we were excited to work with them to make it a reality.” The completed home is sleek and modern, with white-oak herringbone floors, white walls and monochromatic furniture, but it is far from sterile. For Anna, the home’s white walls are a blank canvas she finds freeing. “It feels like there’s so much potential where it can be whatever it wants, she says. “Two years down the road if we want it to be French Country then we can make that happen because we have a canvas to work with.” AvenueCalgary.com





ne of the challenges the Niemczewskis faced when planning their new home was how to squeeze a spacious-feeling structure onto the existing 25-footwide lot. Housebrand’s experience working on inner-city homes built within tight parameters was one of the reasons the Niemczewskis selected the firm. Almost immediately, Housebrand proposed using its innovative, industry-leading FAB home concept. The FAB home (which stands for Future Adaptive Buildings) is an architecturally designed, custom-built home that is assembled with pre-manufactured, customized components such as wall systems, foundation and cabinetry that can conform to any shape or size of house. This streamlined building process meant that the Niemczewskis’ 2,200-square-foot home was completed — from demolition to move-in — in only 33 weeks. Several elements of the interior, such as the closets and doorways, are moveable so the floor plan can be reconfigured to increase or decrease the number of rooms to suit the changing needs 92


of the family — or, as Housebrand describes it, be “future adaptive.” “Everybody’s life is always in flux, and houses are crystallizations of need at the time they were built and also of lifestyle,” says John Brown, founding principal at Housebrand. For example, he says, a typical bungalow built in 1945 reflects what life was like at that time: small, enclosed kitchen, small bedrooms and closets, one bathroom. By the 1970s, there were more bathrooms, a formal living room, but with the addition of a family room; now, homes are being designed without a formal living room. “It just keeps shifting, so we should just accept that,” says Brown. The adaptability of the FAB home was a selling point for the Niemczewskis. “For us, flexibility was key. What does the next 10 years look like for us as a young family?” says Anna. “There are a lot of opportunities there where [life] is not going to look anything like it does today, so we needed a house that really allowed for those potentials to happen. That’s what we pursued with Housebrand, and they were really open to that.”

TOP The white walls provide the perfect gallery space for the Niemczewskis’ art collection (also pictured on opposite page). ABOVE White-oak herringbone floors and a black-and-white palette make the home feel spacious despite its narrow width.

The Niemczewskis’ love of art and design is displayed throughout the home, including daughter Inez’s bedroom.



he Niemczewskis cite travel as their main source of inspiration in terms of design and art, and the family is always on the lookout for fresh new artists and meaningful pieces to introduce into their home. “Travelling, for sure, is one of the best ways for us to explore our style and see art, basically expanding our understanding of it all. There is a lot that I love and can appreciate out there, but not necessarily that I need to live with — I’m always editing,” says Anna. “I get inspired in so many different places. We recently added one of Angela Chrusciaki Blehm’s ribbon paintings to our home. She is an artist from Georgia that I discovered on Instagram recently.” The crisp, gallery-inspired white walls of the home lend themselves to the ever-expanding collection of pieces the Niemczewskis have curated together over the years, which includes several personal and sentimental pieces from designers and artists they count as friends. “We love to pick up new prints or paintings on our travels or buy from our friends who make things,” says Anna. “The beautiful leather baskets in our living room were made by our friend Carey Jones [owner of Inglewood-based furniture store Guildhall]. “We love supporting our friends this way and enjoying their work in our daily life. It is what makes our home personal and unique.” AvenueCalgary.com




E LE ME N T S O F A FAB HOME. 1. Flooring “We’ve been using a lot of white oak with an oil stain because it is so resilient. In Anna and Paul Niemczewski’s home we did a unique herringbone pattern with the white oak that created a lot of interest. We also always do a hardwood baseboard that wraps up from the floor to the wall, creating a seamless look that is also very strong.” 2. Doors “In the FAB houses, all of the interior doors are powdercoated metal and glass. They allow great interior lighting during the day but still have lots of privacy. There is a resiliency to them that you don’t get with wooden doors.” 3. Floating cabinetry and moveable closets “In FAB homes the bedrooms are defined by the closets, which are actually modular units that can be moved. In Anna and Paul’s home there are several different configurations of rooms on the top floor to make larger or smaller spaces, depending on the needs of their family.” 4. Lighting “We do all of the electrical on a grid and we pre-figure out certain points in the house for future use. We used octagon-based lighting in Anna and Paul’s house so that any of the lighting can be moved around or adjusted. Since they moved in they have already changed a few things — that is how simple it is.” 5. Windows and blinds “We’ve designed a pocket for the blinds

RIGHT Street-front and backyard views of the Niemczewskis’ home in Ramsay.

within the structured insulated panels [SIP] that we use for the exterior walls so that we can add a blind without having to put a valance in. Our windows open in two directions, so we had to allow the blinds to move to accommodate this.” 6. Minimal waste “There is actually minimal waste in a FAB home in regards to framing materials. SIP walls are precut on machines that are very accurate and then assembled on site. We don’t even use waste bins anymore because we don’t have the volume of garbage as regular homeconstruction projects.”



Exterior photographs by John Bilodeau and Housebrand

ABOVE Natural light from the front door, a partial glass wall and an opentread stairway keep the first floor entryway feeling open and spacious.

When your kitchen is much more than a place to cook. It’s the hub, the headquarters and the heartbeat. So when the time comes to remodel, it’s time to talk to an NKBA professional to interpret your vision, match your lifestyle, and give you a beautifully-designed space that works. Visit nkba.org/prosearch to find the pro that will take you from “I need so much more from my kitchen” to “It’s perfect. I love it.”

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Join us at the Calgary Performing Arts Festival Calgary’s favourite amateur live performance festival.

April 18 to May 7, 2017


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DECOR PAGES 90 TO 94 Counter stools in kitchen from Restoration Hardware Southcentre, 403-271-2122, restorationhardware.com Sofa from G. Romano gromano.com Cassina “Cab” chair, Le Corbousier “LC3” armchair in living room and “LC7” chair in office, all from Kit Interior Objects 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com Side tables in living room and bowl on coffee table by Martha Sturdy marthasturdy.com Coffee table in living room and Lucite bench on second-floor landing by Karim Rashid for Umbra umbra.com Floor lamp in living room by Arne Jacobsen Triptyque art in living room from Boom-Art boom-art.com Art in living room by Chris Cran from Trépanier Baer Gallery 999 8 St. S.W., 403-244-2066, trepanierbaer.com Jute rug in living room and bed in Inez’s bedroom, all from IKEA 8000 11 St. S.E., 1-866-866-4532, ikea.ca “Odette” swan sculpture in Inez’s bedroom from Sew Heart Felt sewheartfelt.co.uk “Yanagi Butterfly Stool” by Vitra vitra.com Racer car in Inez’s bedroom from Land of Nod landofnod.com “C’est Si Bon” neon sign by Endeavour Neon endeavourneon.com Ribbon painting by Angela Chrusciaki Blehm angelachrusciakiblehm.com Architect Housebrand housebrand.ca

APRIL 20 – MAY 6, 2017 | APRIL 27: GALA AT THE DJD


A boisterous, disorderly, exceptionally fun evening featuring the DJD Company, live music, and guest artists.

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WORK OF ART CURATED BY Katherine Ylitalo




ARTIST: Craig Le Blanc (operating as the White Studio, with the assistance of Adam Rees).

The giant letters fit our Instagram culture: the graphics offer the perfect set-up for pregame photo opportunities. Versus is Le Blanc’s third large-scale public sculpture in Alberta (the other two are Henri, at the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton and Sadie, at the Strathcona County Emergency Services Station #6 in Sherwood Park). With extensive experience in the fields of industrial design and architecture and an MFA from the University of Calgary, Le Blanc worked at the faculty of environmental design at the U of C before moving to Edmonton in 2015. He now teaches graphic design and digital sculpting at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Known for his use of text and wordplay, Le Blanc is well respected for his skill with industrial materials and processes.

MEDIUM: Painted stainless steel. SIZE: 11 feet x 14.75 feet x 3.25 feet. LOCATION: Entrance to New Brighton Athletic Park, 5801 130 Ave. S.E. NOTE: Commissioned through The City of Calgary Public Art Program. Photograph supplied by The City of Calgary


isible from afar, the orange supersize VS. marks the entrance to southeast Calgary’s brand-new outdoor athletic facility, which includes an extensive stretch of playing fields, playgrounds and a popular skate-park bowl. This 3,700pound stainless-steel sculpture was constructed and painted with precision. Out in the sun and wind, its job as a visual landmark is compounded by the requirement that it relate to the use of the site. Artist Craig Le Blanc considered community, activity and competition and packed his solution into one (abbreviated) word. Nearly 140 languages are spoken in Calgary. The abbreviation for versus, vs., isn’t officially borrowed from English in all these languages, but its meaning is widely recognized, especially among sports fans. Within the context of organized sport, it signals competition and fair play.

TITLE: Versus, 2016



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