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Fashion From eye-catching eyewear and jewellery pieces, to classically cool watches, accessories shine in the sartorial spotlight.



Spring Clean Home-decor pieces and innovative appliances that reduce waste and energy usage and help give your living space a more minimalist aesthetic.


By Karen Ashbee


Sandwich City A celebration of Calgary’s sandwich scene, including super sandwich shops, choice fried-chicken sandwiches and a list of 25 of the all-round best things on sliced bread (and buns, and baguettes and ciabatta).

Style is something you can’t necessarily define in words, you just know it when you see it. The 12 Calgarians who made this year’s Best Dressed list all have amazing style that’s uniquely them — take a look and see it for yourself. By Shelley Arnusch, Colin Gallant, Samantha Gryba, Jennifer Hamilton, Käthe Lemon and Alannah Page



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Get The Look


Detours The head of wardrobe at Alberta Theatre Projects on outfitting the world premiere of Canadian play Cowgirl Up. Plus, pinball gets a second life, Law Day lets you talk to lawyers (without them billing you) and one of the city’s top beekeepers has advice for the hive mind. 4


Chinoiserie pieces inspired by the heirlooms in this month’s feature home.


Mountains If you think of Revelstoke as a hub for high-octane winter adventures, it’s time to get to know the more relaxing side of this B.C. mountain destination.



What’s new is what’s old in this modern family home that takes design cues from Downton Abbey and historic French châteaux.

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or Toronto — and maybe it still does, but Calgarians rightly no longer care. As many of our Best Dressed said, creating a look that suits you, that you feel confident in, often begins with the disregard of what others think. From a septuagenarian model with an affinity for unconventional cuts and designs, to a twentysomething street artist who embraces the aesthetics that others find outrageous, our Best Dressed know that coming into your own involves letting go of outside expectations. At that point, we can evolve. While our style and fashion coverage is focused on dressing up, our dining coverage this month is decidedly dressed-down, as we explore the city through the lens of the sandwich, a humble menu item even in its most elevated form. Food writer Gwendolyn Richards turns the spotlight on four local specialty sandwich shops, and lists her 10 favourite fried-chicken sandwiches and 25 other must-have sandwiches from around the city. No matter your style of dining or dress we hope you find something satisfying in this month’s issue of Avenue.

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ur annual Best Dressed list always makes me philosophical about clothing. Beyond protecting us from the elements, our clothing also projects messages about how we want to be perceived and reflects how we perceive ourselves. It can both comfort and deflect. Much like plumage, it can attract attention and much like camouflage, it can help us blend in. Those selected by our judging panel to be on this year’s Best Dressed list are masters at choosing clothing to send just the right message and make them feel their best in any situation. But being a “Best Dressed” honouree is really more about attitude or outlook than wardrobe. Almost every one of the Calgarians on this year’s list mentioned confidence when they talked about their personal style — how their clothing choices can boost confidence in various situations and also about having the confidence to wear the clothes and accessories they want to wear. Confidence comes from knowing and loving who you are. It’s about a lack of fear — the fear of rejection or negative reaction. It’s also about understanding and accepting who you really are. Without that, confidence is just hubris. These days, as a Calgarian, it’s hard to talk about confidence without thinking about the city as a whole. The seemingly innate confidence that Calgary has long been associated with has taken a bit of a hit. As a city we are being challenged to find our way through changing economic, social and political realities and, in many ways, our ideas about what makes Calgary a great place to live with a strong future are being called into question. I am not a born-and-raised Calgarian. I moved here in 2004, a time when, economically at least, the city was riding high, and as such had a lack of fear, and demanded to be seen and heard. Notably, at that time, saying that Calgarians were a stylish lot would have gotten scoffs in Montreal




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DETOURS Outfitting a World Premiere Alberta Theatre Projects’ head of wardrobe Melissa Mitchell on dressing up a brand-new play.


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lberta Theatre Projects (ATP) will close its 2019-20 season with Cowgirl Up, a world premiere by Canadian playwright Anna Chatterton. Mixing elements of Alberta history with the fantastic, the show follows three Greek “cowgirl goddesses” as they champion Okotoks-based barrel racer Cassidy Clark and her horse Starbright on their quest for rodeo domination.

Alberta Theatre Projects' head of wardrobe, Melissa Mitchell.

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Pinball is enjoying a resurgence, with numerous places to play socially in Calgary as well as a handful of competitive leagues.

The Pinball Revival


hough the internet, video games and take-home consoles marked the demise of the arcade era, in recent years, pinball machines have been popping up in bars and homes. So much so, that there are now several competitive leagues in Calgary. Pinball enthusiasts credit this resurgence to lingering nostalgia among the arcade-era generation. Clark Dickson, founder of Stampede City Pinball League, says pinball was as “dead as a doornail” in the early 2000s, but many pinball buffs were collecting the arcade games at home. Derek Thomson, founder of Edmonton’s Die Hard Pinball League, agrees. “My generation was playing pinball in the ’70s and ’80s, and they started to mourn and relive their past. There weren’t arcades anymore, so they started buying machines for their home environment,” he says. Alex Bakker is one of those collectors. He says he savoured every chance to play pinball while growing up, and was ecstatic when he finally had space in his new home for a pinball machine. After this first purchase, he says he fell down the “rabbit hole,” and over the last five years has accumulated more than 150 machines. “I’ve been watching pinball increase in popularity for a few years, thinking that bubble is going to bust, but it just continues to grow in popularity,” says Bakker, who also plays in the Stampede City Pinball League. Bar owner Arlen Smith recognized the growing interest in pinball as an opportunity to fill a void in Calgary’s entertainment scene

(and admittedly, as an excuse to be around his childhood hobby again). In 2018, Smith opened Pin-Bar on 17th Avenue S.W. The bar has 20 pinball machines, as well as six classic arcade cabinets and two modern-day arcade cabinets. It’s now one of more than 40 Calgary locations where enthusiasts can enjoy classic, old-school arcade entertainment. “When [people] are at a bar, they don’t want to just sit at a table, they would rather have something to do with their friends,” Smith says. Interest in competitive pinball has also grown in the province. In 2016, Stampede City was Calgary’s only formal pinball league with around 30 participants. Dickson says the group now sees 50 participants at its weekly events. Several other leagues, ranging from competitive to social, have assembled throughout Alberta, including the Silverball Wizards, Maidens of the North, Brewery Flats, Death Save Pinball and Die Hard Pinball. Competitive league play culminates in the Alberta Provincial Pinball Championship held early each year by the International Flippers Pinball Association (IFPA), where Alberta’s top 16 players battle it out for the chance to compete in the North American Championships. “We’ve got people in our league in their 70s, and we’ve got people who are young teenagers. Age and sex don’t come into play; pinball unites people,” says Bakker. “It’s is not like a video game. It’s not like playing on your iPad. It’s actual real moving parts, and it’s thrilling.” —Samantha Gryba

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Chatterton interviewed Alberta barrel racers during her writing process to help build authenticity in the work. Now, as the story moves off the page and onto the stage, ATP’s team of professionals all have a role to play in maintaining that authenticity. As head of wardrobe, Melissa Mitchell’s work is key to making the play look and feel right. Mitchell says that her work varies immensely from show to show based on whether the play is modern or period, the workflow preferences of the director, the budget available for contractors and a host of other factors. “Every designer is different. Every director is different,” she says. “It can be a two-person show or it can be a 35-person show, and I try to give the same dedication and passion and hard work, and organization to each one because they’re each important.” While Mitchell brings “110 per cent” to every show she works on, she notes there’s a specific kind of pressure when working on a world premiere. “You definitely acknowledge that this is a big deal. You can make or break it, depending on how well you do your job, but I don’t focus on that so much. I kind of keep it in the back of my mind,” she says. Luckily, Mitchell is coming into Cowgirl with an advantage — she was raised on a farm in Saskatchewan and is no stranger to horses or the people who ride them. Between her background, reference materials sourced from Chatterton and her own independent research, she’s ready to help raise Cowgirl Up to world-premiere glory. —Colin Gallant

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Insider THOMAS SCHWEIZER, CALGARY AND DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, ON BEEKEEPING BEYOND THE BUZZ Thomas Schweizer comes from a long line of beekeepers — it’s a hobby he shared with his father and grandfather before him. Though Schweizer moved away from keeping hives in his youth, he returned to it after moving to Calgary in 2006. Now, in addition to maintaining his own 20 hives year-round, Schweizer serves as president of the non-profit Calgary and District Beekeepers Association, working with and educating beginner and veteran beekeepers throughout Southern Alberta. Recently, Schweizer says, he has seen beekeeping’s popularity skyrocket. Membership in the association has risen from 70 in 2012 to more than 400 today. While he encourages anyone interested to don the netted suit, he says the beekeeper title involves more work than most suspect. “A lot of people expect beekeeping to be easy, but there’s lots to learn. It’s quite a commitment time wise, it’s a commitment financially and it’s a commitment in educating yourself. If you don’t do it wholeheartedly, you can lose your bees pretty quick. You have to be treating against mites, you need to monitor them and you need to make sure that they breed properly so you have a good volume — the more the better. People get into it because they think you throw some bees in a box and they do whatever they want. It’s easy to order a few bees on the internet, but actually being sustainable for a long period of time takes effort.” —Nathan Kunz Learn more about beekeeping at the Calgary and District Beekeepers Association booth at Aggie Days from April 1 to 3, or online at calgarybeekeepers.com

Law For All


hen the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms became part of Canada’s constitution in April, 1982, human rights were affirmed for Canadians at the highest possible level. Every spring since then, the Canadian Bar Association has held Law Day, offering Canadians the chance to learn about the law, lawyers and legal institutions. Law Day events across the country are organized by regional chapters, with Calgary’s Alberta Law Day activities co-chaired by Emily Varga of Jones Divorce & Family Law. Varga says that the most important function of Law Day is to make the legal system accessible and transparent. “The main purpose is to make the legal profession and legal system more approachable for Albertans, and also just provide a little bit of access to justice once a year that people may not have throughout the rest of the year — or may not know that they have.” Local activities include mock trials, such as Cinderella v. Elsa and R v. Batman. There are also courthouse tours, citizenship ceremonies and free tutorials on business law, take place at the Calgary Courts Centre (CCC) on Saturday, April 18.

Free legal consultation sessions are also available both in person during Ask-a-Lawyer at CCC and through the Dial-a-Lawyer program, where volunteers take calls from those too busy or too far away to make it to the CCC. Consultations last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on need. Though the questions the volunteer lawyers hear fluctuate greatly year to year, Varga says there is always a high volume of questions about family law, civil cases and other interpersonal legal matters such as wills, estates and landlord-tenant disputes. Regardless of the area of law, Varga says there are two main kinds of calls: folks with a specific question that can be answered on the spot and people at the start of a legal journey who need to know what resources are available to them and what steps they need to take next. Varga and the roughly 10 or so other volunteer lawyers are happy to help in both cases. “The lawyers that come to Law Day and the lawyers that volunteer at Dial-a-Lawyer want to help you. They want to talk to you on the phone,” she says. “Even if it’s just a small question that you’re not sure about, just call.” —C.G. For Alberta Law Day locations and schedules visit lawdayalberta.weebly.com

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Looking for things to do this month? As we headed to press with this issue, the province's chief medical officer of health recommended the cancelation of large public gatherings. The City’s arts and culture scene and event organizers have responded by cancelling most events for the month. We continue to support and celebrate Calgary’s vibrant arts and culture sector through these difficult times and we hope you will too. The health and safety of Calgarians is paramount for all of us and we all have to do our part to slow the spread of Covid-19. Visit us at AvenueCalgary.com for suggestions and ideas of things to do this month, at home and in small groups, as this situation evolves. Now, more than ever, we’re in this together. Let’s look after each other!



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SWITCHING GEAR YYC Canmore-based sports-consignment store Switching Gear has opened a Calgary location in Inglewood in the historic red barn next to The Nash restaurant (former home of The Livery Shop, which moved across the street). Switching Gear consigns and sells high-performance equipment and clothing for climbing, hiking, skiing, camping and other outdoor purreusing functional items rather than buying new. 1130 10 Ave. S.E., 587-353-9771, switchinggearyyc.ca

UNCOMMON BY LEELA This new spot by Leela Eco Spa marries the best parts of a cocktail bar with the best parts of a spa. Book services including manicures, pedicures, hair removal, facials and lashes, then stick around to try Our Daily Brett Market & Cafe.

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Our annual Best Dressed list celebrates Calgarians with a distinct sense of style.


etting dressed to go out, whether to work, to an event, or just to run errands, is about preparing to meet the world. The clothes we put on reflect what we are preparing for: hot or cold weather (or, with Calgary’s fickle climate, a transition from hot to cold weather); where we are going; who we will see; and perhaps most critically, what impression we are hoping to make on them.

The individuals selected for our Best Dressed list seem to be able to take the simple act of getting dressed and turn it into something more meaningful. They have mastered the art of taking clothing and accessories and, through some stylistic alchemy, making them into self-expression. Clothing acts as both a shield and a magnifying lens, allowing us to both hide and be seen. We each have certain outfits that make us feel good, that make us feel most fully ourselves. The Best Dressed are those Calgarians who consistently dress in their most psychically comfortable, fullest expression of themselves, and in a way that is individual, but also inspires others to want to feel just like them when they go out into the world, too.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Colin Way • SELF-STYLED BY HONOUREES WITH CONSULTATION BY Kim Flanagan MAKEUP BY Joanne Black • HAIR BY Sue Thompson • STORIES BY Shelley Arnusch, Colin Gallant, Samantha Gryba, Jennifer Hamilton, Käthe Lemon AND Alannah Page

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Main image: jacket is Calvin Klein; T-shirt by KaaDiki; brooch by Carl Abad; jeans are Levi’s (patches were sewn on by Abad’s mother); belt vintage Dolce & Gabbana; shoes are Adidas; socks by Richer Poorer; bag (under jacket) by 5 Left; necklace is vintage “junk;” bracelets (in all images) by Tiffany & Co., Good Art Hlywd and Links of London; skull ring (in all images) by The Great Frog (London, UK); other rings are vintage finds. Inset images (clockwise from top) sneakers are Adidas • necklace by Carl Abad; jacket by Undercover; sweatshirt by Originial Use; shirt from Topman; shorts by KaaDiki; clutch by Fiveleft; tassel (on clutch) by Carl Abad • yellow shirt by Vince; black sweatshirttee from Topman; shorts by Massimo Dutti (Italy); necklace is vintage Navajo; shoes are Nike; wallet chain by Good Art Hlywd; bag by Fiveleft; eyewear by Fat Frames.


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childhood. Growing up, his mom made his clothes, adjusting patterns meant for adults to fit him. “I looked like this little kid going to the ’70s disco,” he says. After graduating from Father Lacombe High School in Calgary, Abad attended Alberta College of Art (now AUArts) for a while, before moving to the UK where he cold-called agencies in London until a stylist took him under his wing. Today, Abad counts 22 years of experience as a commercial, editorial and personal stylist, with clients ranging from local upstart brands to household names. His style — streetwear meets accessoryforward glam — reflects his personal and professional history. He’s often seen in one of his many pairs of sneakers (his “guilty pleasure”) and a mixture of jewellery that he has designed himself or been given by friends and family over the years. “Even if I’m just getting groceries, if what I wear puts a smile on some lady’s face who’s pushing around two screaming kids, why not do it?” —C.G.


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positive look is just like her, at once ethereal and strong. “I definitely favour quality over quantity,” she says. “I’m drawn to the feel of a fabric. I love vintage pieces, especially silk scarves, and hats and cocktail rings.” When she’s in a plunging V-neck sweater of the softest cashmere, accessorized with a whisperthin long gold chain, it’s impossible not to notice her décolletage. As a style statement, it may not seem particularly original, except that she is a breast cancer survivor. “I was so afraid of losing my hair, my breasts … I know it sounds vain,” says Baccari, about going through surgery, chemo, radiation and recovery over the past six years. But, she says, “it actually liberated me.” Through that process, Baccari discovered her passion and purpose: areola-restorative tattoos. With business partner, Kacie Rainey, she started Procedures with a Positive Purpose, offering free services to recreate the look of a nipple for those who’ve undergone mastectomies. “I want to help as many women as I can feel whole and beautiful again,” says Baccari. —J.H.

Main image: vintage jumpsuit found in Joshua Tree, Calif.; bracelet and cat rings by Sabina Vidal; shoes by Manolo Blahnik. Inset images (clockwise from below): dress found in Italy; earrings from a market in Ibiza • shoes by M. Gemi • pajama top (worn as a blouse) from La Perla; jeans are Denim Forum; scarf is Dolce & Gabbana; shoes by The Row; bracelet is vintage.




STAR WITH A MODELLING CAREER ON THE RISE. Drag que n Perla Cod ingon (alter ego of 25-year-old Paul Conrad Schneider) is a rising star, performing alongside some of the biggest names in the biz and signing with Mode Models — the first drag performer to be represented by the agency — to do her thing on the runway. Icy, petite and fierce, like a Russian ballet dancerturned-assassin, Perla steps out in custommade outfits inspired by the great fashion houses and an impressive collection of wigs (natural hair only). “Right now, I feel like quintessential Perla is middle-part long blond hair, a basic brown eye with a nice, three-layered nude lipstick moment, and a sock boot,” Schneider says. With Perla, Schneider gets to draw on his years working in and adjacent to the fashion world and recreate his style obsessions on himself. And he’s having a ball doing it. “I can be my own mannequin,” he says. “I’m my own life-size Barbie. What else does a little gay boy want than to be their own life-size Barbie?” —S.A.



Main image: suit custommade by Benjamin Toner; shoes and earrings from Fashion Nova; clutch is vintage. Inset images (clockwise from below): racer suit from Fashion Nova (custom-painted by Perla Coddington); gloves are vintage • catsuit and dress custom-made by Benjamin Toner; shoes from Fashion Nova; bag from Topshop. All images: makeup by Perla Coddington; wigs by Abeiya Miraj.



MAKEUP ACADEMY OWNER TARA COWLES IS ALWAYS IMPECCABLY DONE UP FROM HEAD TO TOE. Main image: bodysuit by Maygel Coronel; pants and bag are Versace; earrings by Saint Laurent from Holt Renfrew; ring by David Yurman; wedding bands from Calgary Jewellery; shoes by Gianvito Rossi. Inset images (clockwise from far right): jumpsuit by Jonathan Simkhai; earrings found in Costa Rica; ring by David Yurman; handbag by Chloé, from Holt Renfrew; shoes by Francesco Russo • dress by Rick Owens; cuff by Etro; earrings by Alessandra Rich; ring by David Yurman • shoes by Alaïa. All images: makeup by Tara Cowles using AW03 Maquillage; hair by Abeiya Miraj.



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product line, Tara Cowles has made a career of showing others how to look fabulous, and she leads by example. Always impeccably put together, Cowles knows how to make an entrance. “My outfits always have a wow factor,” she says. “I’m not a wallflower.” She says that confidence to turn heads is something she grew into as she figured herself out over the years. Her favourite designers — Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci — are those that design for her curves. Whatever she’s wearing, it’s always paired with a sky-high heel and unabashedly highmaintenance hair and makeup, and you can count on her 100-per cent owning her look. “I know what I like, what works for me, and I don’t mind expressing who I am,” she says. “I have no fear of that at all.” —S.A.

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Born-and-raised Calgarians from local bold-face name families, Kelsea

Forzani-Mannix and Fred Mannix wear their global country-club jet-set lifestyle lightly. Although their wardrobing questions include, “what to wear to a post-polo party with Prince William,” they are equally at ease picking their kids up from elementary school. Fred’s style reflects his dual careers as vice president of investment management at Accelerate and as North America’s toprated professional polo player. “If you look good, you play good,” he says. His desire to dress well for the polo field inspired him to start his own line of athletic clothing. The line has since been acquired by the British luxury brand Hurlingham Polo, which Fred now represents as a global brand ambassador. Kelsea’s style likewise reflects her personality and role as the owner of Details talent agency. While Fred is more traditional (always a tie and never sneakers with his well-cut suits), Kelsea’s style is more fun, with glam and rock ’n’ roll influences. Her favourite piece, a Piaget diamond watch, encapsulates her look — at once functional and luxurious. “You put it on and you feel like a boss,” she says. —K.L.

Main image: on Kelsea, dress by Self-Portrait; necklace is Miu Miu; bracelet is Tom Ford; handbag is Alexander McQueen; shoes are Manolo Blahnik. On Fred, Team Alegria polo clothing



by Hurlingham Polo 1875; watch by Rolex; bracelet was a 21st birthday gift. Inset images (clockwise from top): polo clothing by Hurlingham Polo 1875 • Kelsea’s jacket, shoes

and earrings are all Gucci; skirt by Maje; watch by Rolex • Fred’s suit by Canali; shirt by Etro; cufflinks were a 21st birthday gift.


Manila in the Philippines and found himself living on Calgary’s streets before entering the foster care system at 15. During that time he found his love of art and style through hip-hop and skate culture when he joined the ReFreshed Crew youth arts mentorship program. “Being influenced by all these different cultures, I tend to mash them up,” says Nichol. “Sometimes I’ll just draw on my shirt or wear my own art.” Now 21, Nichol is a full-time contemporary artist who works in explosive colour on canvas, found materials, garments and the human body. When he’s not working out of his home studio, you’ll find him at the Secret Shop YYC market of streetwear and art he takes part in. And, you can expect to find him in a look as bold as his artwork. “I’m very loud in the way I dress. Something that a normal person would see and be like, ‘that’s too much’ or ‘that's ridiculous,’ I see that more as a challenge,” he says. —C.G.

Main image: suit by Jaded London; turtleneck by Vince; boots from Zara; belt (also pictured in bottom inset photo) from Like New Vintage; jewellery is vintage/custom from his personal collection; fur scarf is self-made. Inset images (top to bottom): striped long sleeve is selfmade; button-up shirt is Oscar de la Renta; shorts from Frank and Oak; rings are all from the Philippines • sandals by Current Mood; eyewear is personal collection • top, pants and holster bag all by 9597; eyewear by ZeroUV.


STYLIST JULIE ROTH TAKES A FEARLESS APPROACH TO FASHION. Julie Rth's mto is "always wear sequins n a Mn day," and her atten-

tion-grabbing looks have garnered many second glances over the years. However, these reactions only bolstered her fervour for style. “I wanted to start ruffling some feathers. I felt like I had something to say with my fashion, but I needed a platform to say it,” she says. She found that platform when she started her fashion blog Stylebyjr in 2015. Roth’s blog quickly amassed a loyal group of followers eager to see what she would wear next (which included both ruffles and feathers). “I just love wearing things that make me happy. I don’t dress for anybody else,” she says. That unapologetic approach to fashion has established her as one of Calgary’s top stylists, with clients including CF Chinook Centre, Winners, Hudson’s Bay and Avenue magazine. “I push the envelope because I feel like that’s why I’m being hired,” she says of her styling work. “I take the concept and put my own spin on it.” —S.G.

Main image: jacket by Gracia; T-shirt is Christian Dior; pants by Carolina Belle; boots are Design Lab; belt is Fendi; handbag from Ever New. Inset images (clockwise from top): turtleneck is Icône from Simons; sweatshirt is Gucci; pants by R+A; shoes by Kurt Geiger; bunny (Bert) is a rescue animal from Calgary Humane Society (he has since been adopted) • shoes by Dior • suit by Minimum; faux fur jacket is 7 For All Mankind; belt from Club Monaco; necklace by House of VI; Rolex watch is a family heirloom. All images: signet ring by Mejuri; wedding rings by Noam Carver; left-hand middle-finger ring bought in Paris, first-finger ring from Winners, thumb ring from Fieldstudy; righthand pinky ring from Roth’s mother-in-law; third-finger rings are from her mother, made by her father and from her mother-in-law, middlefinger ring by Swarovski, first-finger ring is a gift from her husband and BFF.





Dentist Vishal Sharma's fashin choices

Main image: custommade suit by The Kingly; shirt is Hugo Boss; shoes by Mezlan; bracelets and pocket watch from Birks. Inset images (clockwise from below): hat by Kemo Sabe; jacket by Etro • hat by Smithbilt; turtleneck from Zara; pants custom made by The Kingly; shoes are custom made • watch by Breitling; rings by David Yurman • watch by Cartier.

have stood out since the sixth grade, when he wore his first pair of penny loafers. “I was the first person I knew to have them,” he says. “Clearly shoes were first and foremost in my mind from a fairly young age.” With a personality as vibrant as his clothing collection, he enjoys wearing something different every day and keeps his eye on the runways for inspiration. His most memorable outfits tend to include a “conversation piece,” such as a patterned scarf or a striking piece of jewellery, pulled together with a well-tailored suit. By dressing up, Sharma hopes to convey the same confidence he aims to instill in his patients. “A vibrant or well put-together outfit conveys a lot of positivity, and it’s the same thing with a smile,” he says. —A.P.




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is a suit designed with the seams and tags exposed. She loves wearing it despite having inevitably to deal with strangers informing her that her jacket is on inside out. It’s just one of many statement pieces in Smith’s closet that play with asymmetry, androgyny and architecture. Her look is largely inspired by the contemporary designers and vintage stores in Japan, her favourite place to travel and to shop. “I like unique pieces that I can discover,” Smith says. “It’s like a hunting trip for me.” This retiree and model (something she took up only recently at age 71) is also not afraid to go punk, ripping her skirts to make them fit the way she wants and topping ensembles with a black leather jacket with the words “I am what I am” on the back in sequins. “Style is an attitude thing, it’s a confidence thing,” Smith says. “And you get that confidence as you get older.” —S.A. Main image: grey suit by Umit Unal (Turkey); shirt by Angela Mara; sandals are Prada; silver necklaces by

Bitchin Beads, ring (also pictured in inset photo) and medallion necklace by French Kande; lock necklace by Charming Chaos; bracelets by Mya Lambrecht; eyewear purchased online. Inset images (clockwise from top): white jeans by Liverpool Jeans; silver sandals are Prada • jacket by Heydari; T-shirt by Sympli; necklace is her personal collection; bracelets by Bitchin Beads; cross ring by Virgins Saints & Angels; glass ring is vintage; eyewear is personal collection • fringe jacket by Laura Siegel; Rolling Stones T-shirt is vintage; jeans from Zara; socks purchased on Amazon; shoes are Prada; bracelets by Mya Lambrecht; ring by Sublime Couture.



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Married cu ple Jasn Krel and Aly Velji are celebrating a decade of

being The Style Guys — sought after gurus for fashion, design and lifestyle advice. The two regularly stun in complementary suits and conceptual couture on screen and at events, but each is still his own man. Krell is slightly more playful and Westerninfluenced, while Velji loves a good pattern and embraces more accessories. Each has his own style-related business in addition to their work together doling out advice as The Style Guys. Krell is a model-turned-communications strategist who works with lifestyle brands and Velji is an interior designer and principal of Alykhan Velji Designs. Though they are constantly in the public eye, neither feels pressure to dress for anyone but himself. “Fashion is there to play with,” says Krell. “There are no rules.” “You just have to own whatever it is that you’re wearing and have the confidence to pull it off,” Velji adds. —C.G.

Main image: on Velji, blazer by Bustle; shirt by The Kooples; shorts are Topshop; wedding ring by John Hardy; bracelet and coral ring are vintage finds from Tibet; shoes are Tod’s; eyewear by Clearly; pocket square by Fine & Dandy. On Krell, suit by Mr. Turk; T-shirt by AllSaints; shoes are Diesel; wedding ring by



John Hardy; scarf is vintage from Tipsy Palm; lapel pin by Lulu B. Inset images (clockwise from top): Velji’s suit from Simons; shirt from Zara; necklace from his mother; pin from his grandmother; ring is custom made; pearl bracelet by Lulu B. • Krell’s jacket and shirt by Bustle; jeans are Nudie Jeans;

necklace was handcrafted by Ely Artisans Jewelry; eyewear is Tom Ford; shoes from Stein Mart; bag is Gucci • Velji’s jacket by AllSaints; pants by Mr. Turk; handbag by Laudi Vidni; eyewear is Adidas; gold bracelet is a flea market find; other bracelet by Vitaly; necklace and ring from Kate Hewko.


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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. 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.

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Eyewear, jewellery and timepieces that deserve the style spotlight.



Theory shirt, $330, from Saks Fifth Avenue; grey Tahitian pearl and diamond earrings, $2,850, from Designs By Manuel Jewellery; Chanel watch, $10,000, from Calgary Jewellery; braided silver bracelet, $379, from AG Silver Boutique; ring, $55, by au+c; pearlescent hairpins, $22 (set of two), and gold-plated-alloy hairpins, $12 (set of 10), by CoutuKitsch. OPPOSITE PAGE Vest/dress, $275, by SophieGrace; rose-gold hoop earrings, $3,130; cushioncut morganite pendant necklace, $4,250; rose-gold and diamond interlink bangle, $5,070; rose-gold and diamond bangle, $2,300; and pear-shaped morganite ring, $1,950, all Designs by Bernard from Calgary Jewellery; Krewe St. Louie glasses, $385, from Chinook Optical. AvenueCalgary.com


Dress, $140, from Kate Hewko; Astrid Sarkissian silk neckerchief, $155, from Beyond Scarf; earrings, $50, by au+c; left hand rings, $30 each, and bracelet, $35, all by House of VI; right hand ring, $50, from Club Monaco; Anne et Valentin sunglasses, $430, from Respect Eyecare.



Top, $750, by Nonie; earrings, $40, by GoodMorningCompany; broach, $79, by Carl Abad; Nomos Metro rose-gold watch, $9,600, from J.Vair Anderson Jewellers; Jenny Bird chain bracelet, $160, from Era Style Loft; silver cuff, $37, from Banana Republic; left-hand ring, $90, and right-hand ring, $55, both by au+c.



Shirt, $89, and headband, $29, both from The Bamboo Ballroom; earrings, $40, by CoutuKitsch; gold sequin chain, $520, and fine gold bead chain, $765, both by au+c; cuff bracelet, $30, from Banana Republic; left hand ring, $170, from AG Silver Boutique; right hand rings (from bottom of stack), $80, from Era Style Loft; and $70, by au+c.



Marie Saint Pierre top, $216 and necklace, $237, both from Blu’s; earrings, $45, by au+c. AvenueCalgary.com


Beaufille dress, $790, from Simons; earrings, $35, and necklaces, $40 to $45, all by House of VI; alexandrite-diamond ring (left hand), $3,600, from Designs by Manuel Jewellery; right hand, ring, $30, by House of VI; Kaleos Newsome glasses, $445, from Chinook Optical.




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AG Silver Boutique, Bankers Hall, 403-401-1474, agsilverboutique.com au+c, auplusc.com The Bamboo Ballroom, 814 16 Ave. S.W., 403-454-1088, bambooballroom.ca Banana Republic, multiple Calgary locations, bananarepublic.ca Beyond Scarf, 815 17 Ave. S.W., 403-984-8888, beyondscarf.ca Blu’s, Bankers Hall, 403-234-7971, and Southcentre, 403-225-8315; blus.com Carl Abad, carlabad.com Calgary Jewellery, 1201 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3131, calgaryjewellery.com Chinook Optical, 813 49 Ave. S.W., 403-252-1961, chinookoptical.com Club Monaco, The Core Shopping Centre, 403-265-5600, and CF Chinook Centre, 403-262-6507; clubmonaco.ca CoutuKitsch, The Livery Shop, 1119 10 Ave S.E., 403-453-7711, coutukitsch.com Designs By Manuel Jewellery, 1106 6 Ave. S.W., 403-245-5225, designsbymanuel.com Era Style Loft, 917 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-5095, erastyleloft.com GoodMorningCompany, etsy.com/ca/shop/ goodmorningcompany House of VI, house-of-vi.com Kate Hewko Concept Store, 112, 908 17 Ave. S.W., 587-356-1229, katehewko.com J.Vair Anderson Jewellers, 409 3 St. S.W., 403-266-1669, jvairanderson.com Nonie, houseofnonie.com Respect Eyecare, 1020 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-5880, respecteyecare.com Saks Fifth Avenue, CF Chinook Centre, 403-440-2100, saksfifthavenue.com Simons, The Core Shopping Centre, 403-697-1840, simons.ca SophieGrace, 403-470-1701, sophiegrace.ca

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Clean S

BY Karen Ashbee

o, you’ve decluttered the heck out of your home and tossed everything that doesn’t bring you unfettered joy. It’s time to take it to the next level and reach domestic Nirvana with multipurpose design innovations that help reduce waste and energy usage and minimalist decor pieces that help achieve a clean aesthetic in your living space.


The Larq water bottle is one stylish way to address the environmental hazards of single-use plastic. The double-insulated drinking bottle even cleans itself by neutralizing bacteria using UV-C light, with no batteries required and no replacement filters required, either — even better for the planet. Find it at Indigo, multiple Calgary locations, chaptersindigo.ca

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Bike Bunk Bike Rack

This simple, lightweight structure holds two bikes and requires no permanent mounting so you can move it around within your garage, or from room to room. Special-order it through Calgary Cycle, 4623 Bow Trail S.W., 403-2773430; 1101, 380 Canyon Meadows Dr. S.E., 403-201-4300; and Unit 14, 20 White Ave., Bragg Creek, 403-949-2054; calgarycycle.com

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Small but mighty Lampe Berger products eliminate pet and litter odours as well as secondhand smoke and cooking odours. They can also be customized to provide insect repellent. Plus, the beautiful shapes double as decor. Find it at Urban Dog Market, 3538 Garrison Gate S.W., 403-242-3641, urbandogmarket.com

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Ligne Roset

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Rite Wall Hook

Ligne Roset photographs courtesy of Ligne Roset and Dwell Modern; Everest bed photograph courtesy of Bensen; ottoman photograph courtesy of Blu Dot

This pretty wall accent features two hooks for coats or bags, a mirror and a small shelf for your keys and will give your entrance way instant personality. Find it at Dwell Modern, 701 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-9980, dwellmodern.ca

Nubo Desk

The compact Nubo wall-mounted desk does double duty as a work space and a storage space. The exterior padded wool fabric not only adds warmth to any room but also serves as a bulletin board. Find it at Dwell Modern, 701 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-9980, dwellmodern.ca


Everest Storage Bed The Everest storage bed from Bensen, a furniture brand that’s designed in Canada and made in Italy, features a discreet storage compartment directly underneath the mattress. Easy to lift, it’s the perfect spot for extra linens, pillows and throws, making more space in your linen closet for storing other items. Find it at Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com

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Bumper Small Ottoman and Tray Utility and style aren’t mutually exclusive. The Bumper small ottoman’s bold design makes it so much more than a place to rest your feet or have a seat. Combine it with the detachable tray and it becomes a side table. Find it at Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com




French Door BottomMount Refrigerator

Farmers’ market fans rejoice! The ultimate in food preservation, Bosch’s latest refrigerator keeps your produce crisp for up to three times longer by slowing down the ripening process — less waste, less production of greenhouse gases and less of an environmental impact. Plus, unused space in the upper cavity can be adapted with an adjustable “flex bar.” Find it at Coast Appliances, 10, 2151 32 St. N.E., 403-717-0548; and 6128 Centre St. S.E., 403-243-8780; coastappliances.com

Philips Avance air fryers allow you to do more things with fewer appliances. Not only do they fry food quickly using the smallest amount of oil, but they can also toast, roast, bake and grill. Find it at Canadian Tire, multiple Calgary locations, canadiantire.ca 42


Never mind cluttering up the bathroom with wet delicates hanging to dry or spending hours pressing shirts. The LG Styler refreshes and sanitizes clothes in under 20 minutes and uses less water and detergent than traditional washing. Find it at Costco, multiple Calgary locations, costco.ca

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Do away with pods and capsules with this professional-grade coffee maker. Featuring a built-in grinder and 12 settings, coffee choices include espresso, Americano, latte, cappuccino and basic black. It’s dishwasher safe and there’s no need to descale until you hit 5,000 cups. Find it at Williams Sonoma, CF Chinook Centre, 403-410-9191, williams-sonoma.ca

Think you might have left the oven on? Connected Experience allows you to link smart cooking appliances from the Thermador family of brands to an app on your phone. Tap the app and Home Connect will alert you to turn appliances off no matter where you might be in the world. Find it at Trail Appliances, three Calgary locations, trailappliances.com

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The best things between sliced bread. T

he humble sandwich might just be the perfect food. Whether cold cuts or hot meats, stacks of crisp veggies or the nostalgiainducing combination of peanut butter and jam, just about anything is better between two slices of bread. Of any food, sandwiches enjoy the most elastic classification. If there’s an ingredient tucked into bread or bun, you’ve technically got a sandwich on your hands (and in them, hopefully, since that’s how a sandwich should be properly enjoyed). Here are some of the top spots in the city making sandwiches right now.

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Non-ironically taking over a Subway franchise on 17th Avenue S.W., Alumni has been offering up its own elevated takes on typical sandwiches, from grilled cheese to beef dip, for almost two years now. Its superior sandwiches are all about the details. Tuna salad is brightened by a radish-and-fennel slaw, tangy pickled ginger and a spike of chili oil, while the grilled cheese only hints at its childfriendly origins with beet ketchup and spinach-artichoke spread. Adding to the decidedly adult approach is a killer cocktail menu with a nostalgic feel. Must Order: Chicken Parmesan The unexpected addition of kale in a lemony dressing cuts the richness of the breaded chicken, tomato sauce and provolone. 725 17 Ave. S.W., 403-455-7255, alumnisandwiches.com


Consider it fast ish food. The original paninis (and, yes, burgers) at Holy Grill are worth waiting for, but, thankfully, you don’t have to. Because if there’s one thing Nicholas, Jonathan and Andrew Yee have learned over years in the business (all three Yees basically grew up working in their father’s restaurant), it’s that a bustling sandwich shop benefits from swift service. It has clearly served them well. Holy Grill now dishes up signature sandwiches like “Mr. Chicken,” the “farmhouse” and the cheekily named “sausage Nicmuffin” in three spots, with their original Beltline location bolstered by another in Bow Valley Square and the other just a couple of blocks away at 5th Avenue and 4th Street S.W. Must Order: Bacon Avocado Crisp If you’re up early(ish), opt for this bunwich jammed with a fried egg, cheddar, bacon and avocado

The bacon avocado crisp sandwich from Holy Grill.

and topped with a refreshing combination of spinach, tomato and pickled eggplant. 827 10 Ave. S.W., 403-261-9759, plus two other locations, holygrill.ca








Come for the cocktails, stay

A trip to the northeast


Plan ahead, because during

for the playful plant-based

neighbourhood of Temple is

Even meat lovers will find

lunch there will be a line out

take on a BLT. Smoky egg-

worthwhile for any one of the

themselves daydreaming

the door. It’s a testament to

sandwiches on the menu,

about this vegan sandwich,

the super-flavourful subs this


for this signature sandwich,

which runs the gamut of

with its mix of marinated

little counter in Chinatown has

You can’t have a diner and

which gets rounded out with

steak to smoked meat and

eggplant, pickled red onions,

been dishing out for decades.

not have a clubhouse. The

cashew cheese, mixed greens

even chicken stir-fry. Go all

crispy cucumber, juicy tomato

While you could go for chicken

Beltliner foregoes cold cuts

and, of course, tomato.

out with the “big king sub,”

and slatherings of hummus

or beef, you can get the best

for slices of freshly roasted

813 1 Ave. N.E., 403-454-5808,

a meaty monster with steak,

and red-pepper avjar on

of both worlds with the com-

chicken and tops it with a


pepperoni and capicollo.

fresh ciabatta bread.

bination sub.

bright lemon-chive aioli.

7196 Temple Dr. N.E., 403-293-

222 7 St. S.W., 403-454-0308,

209 1 St. S.E., 403-265-5452

243 12 Ave. S.W., 587-955-1555,

5809, alberta-king-of-subs.com




plant takes the place of bacon


Spolumbo’s cutlet parmigiana.


When Joe Lecce traded construction sites for the kitchen in 1993, it was the start of a small sandwich empire. Beginning with just nine creations, Peppino now boasts 42 different sandwich options at its five locations (the newest location just off 17th Avenue S.W. is the first franchise). With a name like Peppino, it’s no surprise Italian ingredients underpin most of the offerings. Prosciutto caccitore, a hearty chicken alla parmigiana and the “calabrese delight” are some of the sandwiches on offer, but don’t overlook other classic combinations like turkey and cranberry, roast beef or meatloaf.


Must Order: Joe’s Special Featuring the holy trinity of Italian cured

This stalwart shop, an Inglewood staple since the early ’90s, is all about hearty and filling Italian sandwiches, and it’s no wonder, considering the three former CFL players at the helm. Although widely known for making fantastic sausage sold in grocery stores around the city, the brick headquarters at the corner of 9th Avenue and 12th Street S.E. bustles at lunch with those seeking out Italian cold cuts on crusty buns with provolone and Spolumbo’s signature avjar roasted red-pepper spread. Want something to warm you up? Mamma’s meatloaf and the meatball sub are perennial favourites — no matter the temperature outside.

meats, calabrese, capicollo and mortadella, this sandwich is nearly

Must Order: Cutlet Parmigiana Two large pork cutlets get doused

cylindrical with fillings, each layer a delicious strata of meat, cheese

in house marinara and topped with both melted provolone and a little

and lettuce.

Parmesan before they’re tucked into a ciabatta bun. It’s only available

101, 1240 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-5360, plus four other locations,

weekdays, so plan accordingly.


1308 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-6452, spolumbos.com





At Charcut it’s always worth

All the sandwiches at Empire

it to hear the daily sandwich special — especially because





The bread is fried and the

are worth the trip, but “Señor

If you’re going to visit a “mostly

Trust that one of the best Ital-

chickpeas sandwiched in

Torta” is muy bueno. Chorizo-

traditional” deli, you should

ian markets in the city is going

between are flavourful with

it comes with that bag of

like longanisa and buttery

opt for a classic like a Reuben.

to have a great Italian sand-

curry, a little tamarind chut-

warm cookies to-go. But you

Manchego get spiced up with

Grumans does it right, with a

wich. The panini — available

ney and some cilantro. It’s no

can never go wrong with the

hot sauce, then cooled with

stack of smoked meat, Swiss

in hot or mild — comes piled

wonder these sandwiches,

prime rib sandwich with its

creamy avocado and lemon

cheese, Russian dressing and

high with salami, mortadella

called “doubles,” are such

pile of shaved Alberta beef,

aioli. On the menu it’s a lettuce

sauerkraut between two slices

and capicollo and includes

an indispensable street food.

tangy Brassica mustard and

wrap, but you can get it on

of caraway rye.

a swipe of red-pepper sauce,

Grab them fresh from this

white cheddar.

a bun by special request.

230 11 Ave. S.W., 403-261-

some olive oil and oregano.

enduring (and endearing)

101, 899 Centre St. S.W.,

8409 Elbow Dr. S.W., 403-244-

9003 and 5103 Elbow Dr. S.W.,

9919 Fairmount Dr. S.E.,

Caribbean hub in Bridgeland.

403-984-2180, charcut.com

0570, empireprovisions.com

403-452-6561, grumans.ca

403-238-4869, italiancentre.ca

630 1 Ave. N.E., 403-234-9940 AvenueCalgary.com





“Hot Chix” sandwich from Chix Eggshop.

f all the recent and ridiculous Internet fights, the most delicious to date is over a fried-chicken sandwich. The Twitter feud got spicy when Popeye’s released a new chicken sandwich, prompting Chick-fil-A to get huffy about having the original (which, let’s face it, isn’t true either). While the clash of the Southern-style fried-chicken sandwiches has since subsided, it has highlighted the delight of eating a piece of hot, crispy fried chicken on a bun. If you’re looking for your new favourite, these 10 local spots all have a chicken sandwich worth crowing about.


Tender and juicy from being cooked sous vide before being deep fried, the buttermilk-fried-chicken sandwich at Blue Star would be tasty enough if they stopped it there. But then they go and add salty, crisp capicolla, a drizzle of honey, some mayo made with roasted shallots and a scattering of brightly acidic pickled red onions for a truly crave-worthy concoction. 809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca


A fried egg in combination with buttermilk mayo and refreshing celery slaw takes the edge off the “hot chix” sandwich at this new breakfast joint in East Village. Even so, the Nashville-style hot sauce on the crispy chicken makes for a spicy start to the day. 624 6 Ave. S.E., chixeggshop.com











Sausage and cheese served


A good sandwich is greater

Few sandwiches are more

A trip to this little restaurant

up hot on a bun. Sometimes,


than the sum of its parts, but

decadent than a croque

counter in the Beltline is

simplicity is best and that’s

Step aside satay, the Korean

in the case of the open-face

monsieur, what with the

ultimately about the smoked

why the “Keith’s Special,”

barbecue pork sub at this

breakfast toast from Ten Foot

combination of ham, Gruyère

meat. Myhre’s sandwiches

featuring house-made bar-

stalwart shop is the one to

Henry’s grab-and-go shop, the

and béchamel, toasted until

are made in three sizes and

becued pork sausage with

order. Korean spices give the

parts — soft-boiled egg, toma-

melty and hot. Up the ante

come with a pickle, coleslaw

melted cheddar and mozza-

sub great flavour, while all the

to, Manchego, frisée, smoked

and make yours a “madame”

and your choice of mustard

rella, is an eternal favourite.

usual Viet-style fixings elevate

aioli, bacon vinaigrette, and

with the addition of a sous

(go for the house blend, you

6100 Macleod Tr. S.W.,

it to sandwich greatness.

Sidewalk sourdough — are

vide egg.

won’t regret it).

403-252-5100, keithsdeli.com

626 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-2380,

impressive in their own right.

1333 1 St. S.E., 403-261-1092,

1411 11 St. S.W., 403-244-6602,


1209 1 St. S.W., 403-475-5537,



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The kaarage burger at Gorilla Whale.


It starts with fried chicken on a bun with lettuce, mayo and pickle. But you get to decide how hot you want to go. With options ranging from straight-up southern fried to “inferno,” it’s essentially a matter of what your taste buds can handle. 227 35 Ave. N.E., 403-474-4677, citizenbrewingcompany.com


A secret mix of spices and a special breading technique give the fried chicken on both the “lil clucker” and “mother clucker” a crispy exterior few other sandwiches can match. With a nod to Nashville hot chicken, the mother comes with house-made honey-chipotle sauce, blue-cheese mayo, pickles and slaw. 1511 14 St. S.W., 403-266-2067, cluckncleaver.com


No standard lettuce and pickles here. The spicy crispy chicken burger at this pan-Asian restaurant comes topped with refreshing cilantro and a green-papaya remoulade to temper the heat. 1011 1 St. S.W., 403-719-7288, foreignconcept.ca


Japanese fried chicken gets the southern treatment with Gorilla Whale’s kaarage burger. The crispy coated chicken is topped with standard slaw, cheddar and bacon, with an Asian twist from the spiced-up Kewpie mayo. 1214 9 Ave. S.E., 587-356-2686, gorillawhale.ca












The katsu sandwich is

It’s a hole in the wall in a

Since ODB moved to its bigger

Peanut butter and jam (or


a Japanese staple. A pork

strip mall, but seeing people

location, there’s more room

jelly) is a classic combination,

Don’t let the name fool you,

cutlet fried to a golden crisp,

crowd into the tiny space at

to enjoy all their sandwiches,

but that doesn’t mean you

the char siu doughnuts at

topped with shredded cab-

lunchtime is all the evidence

including this comforting take

shouldn’t jazz things up with

Pure are a total misnomer.

bage, mayo, mustard and

needed to prove these Viet-

on a Caribbean classic that’s

an artisan alternative such

A cross between a slider and

tonkatsu sauce all on toasted

namese subs are the real deal.

topped with shredded carrot

as almond or cashew butter.

a bao, the sesame-crusted

white bread, it’s the perfect

Order the beef satay and then

and cabbage and tucked into

Better yet, order the “Elvis,”

buns are jammed with tender

combination of rich, soft

wait patiently while it toasts

a soft milk bun.

with peanut butter, sliced

pork and pickled veggies.

and crunchy.

to warm perfection before

1507 29 Ave. S.W.,

bananas and caramel sauce.

One just isn’t enough.

105, 638 11 Ave. S.W.,

getting heaped with pickled

403-457-0422, ourdailybrett.com

1119 Kensington Rd. N.W.,

100, 815 8 Ave. S.W., 403-475-


vegetables and cilantro.

403-452-3725, pbandjyyc.ca

1899, purekitchenbar.com


4527 8 Ave. S.E., 403-273-8820 AvenueCalgary.com


Cluck continued...

Tokyo cowboy grilled-cheese from Springbank Cheese Co.


It’s diner’s choice at this sports-centered spot, newly relocated to Victoria Park. H&A has three options for its fried-chicken sandwich, from homestyle or deluxe to the rather profanely named spicy version with a buffalo glaze and chili dust. 1207 1 St. S.W., 403-455-9789, homeandawayyyc.com


A deep-fried chicken breast with gochujang barbecue sauce and a dollop of house-made kimchee (soothed with a little mayo) transports your taste buds from Calgary to Korea. 4323 1 St. S.E., 403-453-8994, lilempireburger.com


Location, location, location. Which National you are visiting will affect your chicken sandwich options, with West Hills doing theirs Japanese style with miso mayo and iceberg slaw, the 8th and 10th Avenue S.W. spots dishing up a pimentocheese version and the original 17th Avenue S.W.’s kitchen doing theirs with dill pickles and a honeymustard glaze. Four locations, ntnl.ca


It’s not just tacos at Taiko: this joint offers up Zilford’s fried-chicken sandwiches, to boot. Choose from the mildly spiced, “comin’ in hot” or go for the “lava juice,” if you like a little kick. Other options include one topped with honey butter, or go au naturel with the plain, but no less flavourful, southern sandwich. 403-454-1843, 107, 3851 Manchester Dr. S.E., taikocanteen.com










If one is going to visit a

There are a variety of standard

Springbank Cheese Co.

Rich and, let’s face it, a little

Wayne’s chewy bagels are

German beerhall-inspired

sandwiches on the menu

in Willow Park offers two

decadent for lunch, the duck

ideal for sandwiches. You

restaurant, one must order

at Sidewalk Citizen’s two

grilled-cheese sandwiches

confit panini at this gem of a

can indulge in one piled with

the schnitzel! At Wurst, you

bakery-café locations, but to

daily between 11 a.m. and

café in Sunnyside starts with

smoked meat or turkey, but

can get this Teutonic staple

get the full Sidewalk sandwich

3 p.m. Keep your eye out for

pulled duck and adds cara-

their take on the New York

as a BLT built on a foundation

experience, opt for one of the

the “Tokyo cowboy,” which

melized onion and truffle aioli.

classic of smoked salmon,

of grilled sourdough, which is

specials. Meat-based or veg-

gets a kick from horseradish

940 2 Ave. N.W., 403-453-1140,

cream cheese, red onion and

hearty enough to contain the

gie, they don’t disappoint.

cheddar and wasabi gouda.


capers is hard to deny.

veal cutlet and accoutrements.

338 10 St. N.W., 403-460-9065;


Calgary Farmers’ Market;

2437 4 St. S.W., 403-245-2345,

and 618 Confluence Way. S.E.,

Willow Park Village,

Crossroads Market; and 831




10 Ave. S.W., 403-270-7090;






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BREAD AND CIRCUS TRATTORIA April 23 Join us on April 23 for a sustainable dinner showcasing the city’s best local, seasonal and ethical ingredients featured in a family-style Italian menu. Diners will hear from local growers about their passion for sustainable urban farming, and learn how it’s possible to grow more in our climate than most of us realize.




Tickets $145 + GST and fees. Partial proceeds to The Alex Community Food Centre and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

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M O U N TA I N S BY Lynda Sea

RIGHT Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail. BOTTOM Downtown Revelstoke.

Relaxing in Revelstoke If you just know “Revy” as a mecca for high-octane adventures, it’s time to discover the more low-key side of this B.C. mountain destination.


evelstoke isn’t exactly unknown to Calgarians, though for many, that knowledge begins and ends with the worldclass skiing and snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. However, this growing city of 7,500 people located along the Trans-Canada between B.C.’s Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges, has much to offer beyond its adrenalinecharged winter scene. There’s a slower, more relaxing side to “Revy” as well, one of forest walks, wildflower-filled meadows, and a growing dining, craft-beer and spirits scene being shaped by the tight-knit community of mountain creatives residing there. A fourand-a-half-hour drive from Calgary, Revelstoke is close enough for a weekend road trip, but far enough away not to draw the volumes of summertime crowds that flock to the mountain towns closer to Calgary, such as Banff and Canmore. On Saturday mornings in the summer, there are two bustling farmers’ markets on MacKenzie Avenue (Revelstoke’s main street), where you’ll find locally made jams, artisan breads, fresh fruit and vegetables and handcrafted soaps and jewellery. Peruse the shelves at the indie bookstore Grizzly Book and Serendipity Shop for your next read, or stop into the cute little Sugar Shack for espresso, ice cream and nostalgic candy. Starting in late June and running through August, there’s nightly live music at the gazebo in the heart of downtown, rain or shine. 52


All images courtesy of Tourism Revelstoke; Giant Cedars Boardwalk photograph by Ian Houghton; downtown photograph by Sarah Mickel; Halcyon Hot Springs photograph by Bruno Long; mugs photograph by Keri Knapp; Quartermaster photograph by Nick Jenkins

OPPOSITE PAGE (clockwise from top left) Halcyon Hot Springs on Upper Arrow Lake; live music at the gazebo in the town centre (a nightly occurrence during the summer); gondolaaccessed hiking at Revelstoke Mountain Resort; souvenir mugs from the Revelstoke Trading Post.

Where To Eat and Drink CRAFT BIERHAUS Inventive pub fare and craft beers from across B.C. are the draw at this low-key downtown eatery. The bright interior’s communal-style seating is well-suited to dishes that encourage sharing, such as the marinated honeybaked halloumi and charcuterie boards piled high with meats, cheeses, crostini, arugula, fresh fruit, figs and liver parfait. A crowd favourite is the mac ’n’ cheese skillet topped with potato chips. For those who don’t drink beer, they have kombucha on tap. 107 2 St. E., 250-837-3369, craftbierhaus.com Pan-seared sockeye salmon “catch of the day” special at Quartermaster Eatery.

QUARTERMASTER EATERY Since it opened in 2017, this stylish restaurant and bar has become a star in Revelstoke’s dining scene. Head chef Olivier Dutil’s menu includes signature steaks, Ocean Wise fish and daily chef creations from the rotisserie, grill and smoker, and everything is made in house, right down to the mayo and ketchup. Downstairs, there’s a speakeasy called The Boiler Room where you can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, whisky and spirits with small plates. 111 1 St. W, 250-814-2565, explorers-society.com/eat-drink

LA BAGUETTE A local favourite, La Baguette is a caféstyle restaurant co-owned by classically trained French chefs from Quebec. The extensive menu has Montreal bagels, wood-fired Romana-style pizza, pastas, poutines, burgers, paninis and salads. The house-made gelato is a big draw in the summer. You can find cheeses and specialty food items next door at Le Marche. 103, 607 Victoria Rd.,250-837-3755 AvenueCalgary.com



LEFT Moses Falls. MIDDLE Sightseeing with Glacier Helicopters. BELOW Courthouse Inn Revelstoke.

THE EXPLORERS SOCIETY HOTEL This nine-room boutique hotel is in the historic 1911 McKinnon Building which, over the years, has been a pool hall, tobacconist and bowling alley and apartment building. It even housed a dance hall and the Nickelodeon Museum before it was transformed into this sleek and modern space with exposed concrete and brick and contemporary woodwork. All rooms are sound-proofed and include free Wi-Fi and TVs that are Netflix-ready if you want to cozy in for the night. 111 1 St. W., 250-814-2565, explorers-society.com

ARROWHEAD CAMP COMPANY What’s more relaxing

Where to Stay COURTHOUSE INN REVELSTOKE Shawn and Young Seon Cook run

than camping out in an RV that someone sets up for you? Arrowhead Camp Company, run by local married couple Angela

this quaint bed-and-breakfast across

Poole and Lance Schultz, rents fully

the street from the historic Revel-

equipped camping trailers that clients

stoke Courthouse. They’ll treat you

can tow with their own vehicles, or, if

like family, from the time you put on

you don’t have a vehicle with towing

slippers at the front door, to the time

capacity, they’ll transport the trailer to

you check out. The 10 guest rooms

your campsite for you (provided it’s

feature pillow-top mattresses and

within reasonable distance from their

mountain views. Relax in the lush

Revelstoke home base) and have ev-

Zen garden or on the upper sundeck

erything set up when you arrive. Avid

after enjoying your three-course

outdoorsy types themselves, Poole

gourmet breakfast (with dessert) —

and Schultz have a wealth of info to

definitely don’t miss their savoury

share on hiking and biking trails and

Korean-style seafood pancake.

beaches in the area.

312 Kootenay St. 250-837-3369,




Avenue’s writers and editors are occasionally invited to experience dining or adventure activities as a guest, including some experiences in this story. Neither complementary experiences nor advertising are required for coverage in Avenue. Neither companies that advertise nor those that provide other incentives are promised editorial coverage, nor do they have the opportunity to review or approve stories before publication. 54


All photography courtesy of Tourism Revelstoke; waterfall photograph by Viktoria Haack

With two national parks at Revy’s doorstep (Glacier and Mount Revelstoke) it’s not hard to get a daily dose of nature. Approximately 30 minutes east from town, the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail gets you up close and personal with over-500-year-old cedars that tower above you in the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. It’s also relatively easy to get grand, panoramic mountain views without having to undertake an arduous hike into the high alpine. Drive the winding Meadows in the Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke National Park, or take the Revelstoke Mountain Resort gondola up to walk the trails just below the Mount Mackenzie summit. Glacier Helicopters offers sightseeing tours with aerial views of the Revelstoke Dam, lush forested valleys, crystal-clear lakes and the dazzling turquoise glacier on Blanket Mountain. Waterfalls are everywhere around Revelstoke, with many located just off major roads. In Blanket Creek Provincial Park, the 40-foot gushing Sutherland Falls is a five-minute walk from the parking lot. Moses Falls near the dam is a secluded little gem just out of a fairytale. For a unique way to visit Begbie Falls, rent a kayak or canoe from Natural Escapes Kayaking and paddle to the inlet on Upper Arrow Lake. Of course, nothing revitalizes you like a relaxing soak in the rich mineral waters at one of the many hot springs in the region. Canyon Hot Springs and the Crazy Creek Hot Pools are the closest to town. Further south (requiring a drive of just under two hours) are Halfway River Hot Springs and Nakusp Hot Springs. The one not to miss is Halcyon Hot Springs. To get there, drive south from Revelstoke along Highway 23 and catch the free ferry to Nakusp at Shelter Bay, which runs once every hour. The effort is well worth it as Halcyon’s unbeatable location on Upper Arrow Lake means you get unobstructed views of the soaring Monashee Mountains from the four pools, which are open year-round.




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NEAR DeWINTON Privately nestled on 4 acres near DeWinton, this elegant custom-built home will take your breath away at every turn! With 4 + 1 bedrooms & 7,700 sq ft of living space, you’ll experience tranquil country living at it’s finest. The main floor introduces hardwood floors, 10’ ceilings & is illuminated with pot lighting & stylish light fixtures, showcasing a formal dining room with fireplace, panelled walls & beamed ceiling which flows into the show-stopping kitchen appointed with 2 islands (one for prep & one with seating for 5), an abundance of counter & storage space, highend appliance package & bright breakfast nook.

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DECOR A grand piano with sentimental value anchors the decor of the living room in Maggie and Thomas Keeper’s home.

The Chan family’s formal dining room is the crown jewel of their custom-built home where family time and entertaining were considered at every step of the design process. 56



for the Ages

BY Amber McLinden PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jared Sych

This traditional home was inspired by the homeowners’ travels abroad and just a pinch of Downton Abbey flavour.


Traditional dark wood cabinetry in the kitchen is balanced by contemporary marble countertops and modern appliances.

dopting a “work hard, play hard” philosophy, Maggie Keeper and her husband, Thomas, spend most of their vacation time travelling through Europe and other destinations around the world. Inspired by their travels to France and England, as well as Maggie’s favourite TV series, Downton Abbey, they designed their home in a traditional style in contrast to many modern homes in Calgary today. Maggie and Thomas designed their home for their family of four, which includes their two children, ages seven and eight, without the help of a professional. Thomas, who found the lot for their home, owns the real estate brokerage Engel and Völkers Calgary. His experience as a realtor meant he had a broad understanding of home design. That, paired with Maggie’s affinity for taking travel photos of grand European castles and châteaux, gave the couple the confidence to decide exactly what they wanted their home in Renfrew to look like. In January of 2013, the Keepers began work on their new home, managing the project themselves, without the help of a builder. They knocked down the existing home on the lot and built the new one from the ground up. The family moved into the home in December of that same year. Over the following year and a half, the home’s interior decor took shape as they curated a collection of old and new pieces. Maggie says it will continue to evolve as time goes on. The living room is the perfect introduction to the home’s traditional design aesthetic, with many elements that are repeated throughout. A grand piano anchors the space and adds to the traditional feel of the room. “When Thomas and I were first dating, as a very romantic gesture, he bought me a grand piano,” Maggie says. “That’s a very special piece to us. We kind of designed the living room around the piano.” While the design of the home is unmistakably rooted in the traditional, the Keepers aren’t immune to modernity. The open floor plan of the living room and kitchen, for example, is more characteristic of contemporary design. AvenueCalgary.com



D E Cchandeliers O R were used throughout the home, reflecting the owners’ love of traditional European design. BELOW The office has many antique pieces on display, such as a model ship purchased in Hawaii.

The baseboards and window trimmings also offer clean lines, and are white and minimal, so as not to make the space feel old-fashioned. The more traditional aspects of the home mostly shine through in the wood choices, light fixtures and decor, which Maggie says is approximately half new purchases and half antiques and heirlooms from her side of the family. Just off the kitchen, the formal dining room is enclosed in the style of older homes. With a fireplace and long wooden table with upholstered antique-style dining chairs, this room exemplifies the style of the home best. Pointing to the place settings on the dining room table, Maggie identifies the china as “Spode Sheffield — the pattern that has been featured in Downton Abbey.” Maggie and Thomas continued the traditional design aesthetic into the kitchen, which has two large chandeliers and dark wooden cabinets. Blue-and-white china vases and plates show up in the kitchen as well, inspired by Maggie’s mother, who collected the antique china throughout her life. Maggie says that all these traditional elements were chosen for more than just their aesthetic value. A house with roots in history creates a strong feeling of home, she says. “When you walk in, you feel relaxed, you feel calm, you feel warm, and that’s what we wanted,” she says. “That’s why we really embrace it.” 58


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DECOR C R EAT I NG A C LAS S IC Inspired by European castles and châteaux, Maggie and Thomas Keeper kept traditional design at the forefront of their home while integrating select modern elements to fit their lifestyle. Here are a few of their tips on how to create a traditional home for a modern world. 1. Design for function. Older homes had more rooms to provide more private spaces for larger families, though today, an open floor plan might make more sense. Finding the intersection of where these two home styles meet, such as an open floor plan with a traditional enclosed formal dining room, is key to having a functional home. 2. Create a fusion of modern and traditional. Many elements in the Keeper home were designed to feel like a traditional home that has been modernized. “We’ve got columns that separate the kitchen and the living room, but we painted them white for a more contemporary feel,” Maggie says. 3. Incorporate clean lines. Clean lines can put a modern twist on a traditional home. “We have very ornate door handles, but the doors themselves have clean lines and aren’t too over the top,” Maggie says. “We try to balance [our traditional decor pieces] with something that’s crisp and clean.”

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Closed off from the kitchen and living room, the formal dining room feels truly traditional. The main bedroom and ensuite bathroom are comforting spaces, serving as an escape for the homeowners from their busy lives. A pink and gold chandelier makes a bedroom fit for a princess. A collection of new and antique china vases in blue and white, some of which Maggie Keeper inherited from her mother, can be spotted throughout the house.




Windows from Lux Windows and Glass Ltd., 6875 9 St. N.E., 403-276-7770, luxwindows.com Drapery by Margaret’s Window Dressings, 3505 62 Ave. S.E., 403-251-4512, margaretswindowdressings.com Fireplaces throughout from Hearth + Home Fireplace & Renovations, 5740 1A St. S.W., 403-258-3732, hearthandhomefireplace.com Fireplace surrounds from Tile and Stone Source, 105, 6204 6A St. S.E., 403-252-8868, tilestonesource.com All lighting (except pink-and-gold chandelier in child’s bedroom) from Cartwright Lighting & Furniture, 7301 11 St. S.E., 403-270-8508, cartwrightlighting.ca Living room couches from Crossroads Furniture Mart, 2222 18 Ave. N.E., 403-250-6660, crossroadfurniture.ca Cushions from Anthropologie, CF Chinook Centre, 403-252-7411, anthropologie.com Coffee table from Bombay Company, bombaycompany.com Bergmann piano from Steinway Piano Gallery of Calgary, 76 Heritage Gate S.E., 403-460-7888, steinwaycalgary.ca Ottoman from Timothy Fred’s Home Furniture, 30 3 Ave. S.E., and 211 Centre St., High River; 403-652-1937, timothyfreds.com Mirror from Bombay Company Kitchen cabinets by Sunbird Cabinets, 1070, 4385 104 Ave. S.E., 403-804-8649 Countertop from Living Style Granite (now Granite City), 6, 4500 5 St. N.E., 403-520-2042, yycgranitecity.ca Backsplash from Tile and Stone Source Kitchen appliances (except range) from Trail Appliances, multiple locations, trail-appliances.com Topiarey from Pier 1 (now closed) Faucets from Wolseley Studio, 6999 11 St. S.E., 403-250-7470, wolseleystudio.com Pulls from Lee Valley, 7261 11 St. S.E., 403-253-2066, leevalley.com Plants from Chintz & Company, 1238 11 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3449, chintz.com Dining room table and chairs from Crossroads Furniture Mart Fireplace grate from Bombay Company Office desk from Crossroads Furniture Mart Office chairs from Bombay Company Main bedroom rug from Homesense, multiple locations, homesense.ca Bed frame and side tables from One Way Furniture, onewayfurniture.com Child’s bedroom rug from Pottery Barn Kids, CF Chinook Centre, 403-281-0116, potterybarnkids.ca Child’s bed frame from IKEA, 8000 11 St. S.E., 1-866-866-4532, ikea.com Hallway chair from Showhome Furniture, North Hill Mall, 403-460-8114, and 600, 8180 11 St. S.E.; showhome-furniture.com Stairs by Artistic Stairs, 3504 80 Ave. S.E., 403-279-5898, artisticstairs.com


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1. Emeline Oxford 01 chinoiserie textile, $299/roll, from The Heather Company, 2711 14 St. S.W., 403-474-5852, theheatherco.com 2. Vases, $88 to $138, from Thalea Florist, 132 3 Ave. S.E., 403-2653388, thaleaflorist.weebly.com 3. Stool, $60, from Gardenia Flower Boutique, 1930 34 Ave. S.W., 403-475-7658, gardeniaflowerboutique.com


4. Esther chinoiserie table lamp, $990, from Ethan Allen, 33 Heritage Meadows Way S.E., 403-258-2346, ethanallen.ca 5. Antique teacups, $40 (per cup-and-saucer set), from Iron Crow, 5746 Burleigh Cres. S.E., 403-287-8770, ironcrow.ca 6. Delft planter, $154, from Chintz & Company, 1238 11 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3449, chintz.com

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THANK YOU CALGARY LOOK2O2O gathered a diverse, vibrant and passionate group of Calgarians together to champion contemporary art in Calgary. Collectively, this incredible community raised $500,000 in net proceeds towards our exhibitions and public programs with our aim to build a destination that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging and relevant. The amazing support and enthusiasm generated on March 7th has sent Contemporary Calgary well on our way to reaching our goals. On this extraordinary night, the iconic Centennial Planetarium was transformed into a whimsical and immersive intersection of art, fashion, music and media. Over 1000 people experienced an unforgettable LOOK into the future of contemporary art in Calgary. LOOK2O2O ignited the senses and opened people’s eyes to a vision where arts and culture are essential to the City of Calgary. To learn more or to donate, please visit contemporarycalgary.com

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Candle.wtf’s locally manufactured candles sport names like “donut worry” and “karma is a beach” that poke the right amount of fun at the self-seriousness of self-care. Each candle is sealed inside an unused aluminum beverage can, locking in freshness and packing “wow” factor when given as a gift. And the company boasts that its candles can burn for more than 70 hours.

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Sara Nishi was recently recognized by Etsy, which named her company Illo

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TITLE: Hawk Hill Calgary Sentinels, completed in 2013.

CURATED BY Katherine Ylitalo

ARTIST: Beverly Pepper (1922 to 2020). MEDIA: Soil, native grasses, Corten steel. SIZE: Earthen feature is 41.25 feet high, by 282 feet wide, by 574 feet long; Sentinels stand 41 to 41.5 feet high. LOCATION: Ralph Klein Park, 12350 84 St. S.E.

Hawk Hill Calgary Sentinels


f you haven’t been to Ralph Klein Park to see Hawk Hill Calgary Sentinels by the late American sculptor and environmental artist Beverly Pepper, who died earlier this year at age 97, it’s definitely worth a trip, if not several. The park is a constructed wetland that incorporates a community environmental education centre and Pepper’s grand artwork. On her first visit to the site, the Brooklynborn artist was impressed by hawks circling overhead. In response, she created a remarkable monument: a flat-topped constructed hill sculpted with two wing-shaped earthen berms and three upright steel structures standing guard (hence the title), completed in 2013. The recent opening of the Beverly Pepper Sculpture Park in the artist’s adopted hometown of Todi, Italy, has brought renewed attention to her six-decade-spanning career. Prior to breaking out as an artist, Pepper authored cookbooks in the 66


1950s to support her family. In the 1960s, she was credited as one of the first sculptors to use Corten steel, and is renowned as an early proponent of land art. Making abstract sculpture in the era of modernism, Pepper broke the rules. She chose outdoor settings where her work would be available to all and wove a sense of time and place into the totality of each project. Hawk Hill Calgary Sentinels is an artform that Pepper calls “earthbound.” The constructed landform is an integral physical component of the art, as are the grasses. The seasonal cycles, weather changes and shifting light modulate the site, making each visit a singular experience. During winter, the geometry of the hill and the austerity of the shafts pair in a striking way with the minimalist prairie landscape of snow, ice and sky. In spring, the velvety russet surfaces of the weathering steel stand out against the fresh green

of the emerging grasses. The structures project a powerful permanence as the earth begins to teem with life and the air fills with the sounds of returning birds. Circle around the education centre to ascend the wide path that leads to the matched set of vertical towers, which mark the entrance to the elevated plateau with a bird’s-eye view of the wetlands below. The centre of the mesa is protected from wind by triangular landforms that flank the path. In spring and fall, teachers bring children to this sheltered spot to journal, meditate and reflect. When the wind blows at the end of the path, the third sentinel produces mysterious harmonic sounds. Needle-like in form, it pinpoints the spot for a panoramic view of the prairies, city centre and mountains. The viewing platform recalls the historical garden feature known as a mount. English landed gentry built artificial hills, often topped with a pleasure palace or a temple, from which to survey their vast holdings. Hawk Hill Calgary Sentinels proposes a radical reframing in tune with the spirit of the park. Pepper’s mount offers experience on shared land and a meditation on stewardship, rather than ownership.

Photograph courtesy of the City of Calgary

NOTE: Sentinels was commissioned by the Utilities and Environmental Protection, City of Calgary Shepard Wetlands Stormwater Diversion Project. Another sculpture by Pepper, Nuova Twist (2009), is outside the Bankers Court Building at 850 2 St. S.W.




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