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IMAGINE waking up to the stunning view of the Canadian Rockies from your front window. Through each spectacular season, various outdoor activities provide the opportunity to experience new vistas and make personal discoveries. From hiking in the backcountry to strolling the quaint streets of Canmore, the spirit of adventure is ever-present.

Limited single and multi-family residential home sites have been released in Three Sisters Mountain Village (TSMV) in Canmore, adjacent to the spectacular Stewart Creek Golf Course. The Stewart Creek development presents a rare opportunity to purchase a home in a community on the doorstep of the wilderness.


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The Riverstone executive condo featuring 1750 sq.ft., 2 bedrooms, den, 2 bathrooms. The sunny end with downtown and river valley views. MLS#C4112285

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42 Cheap Eats

From burgers to breakfasts, we scoured Calgary to find some of the best cheap eats in town.

62 Outdoor Home Entertainment

The outdoor tableware and decor your patio needs to make a splash this summer.

or a few weeks, you can update your kitchen with our local experts’ tips.


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CITY 29 Detours

Calgary’s got horror movie talent and the Calgary Horror Con is the place to see it, learn about extreme cowboy racing and the local women dominating the scene; and meet the Wrong Kind of Girls, Calgary’s premier queer feminist ukulele comedy trio.

34 Mixer

Secret speakeasy Betty Lou’s Library serves The Beautiful and Damned, a drink inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name.

81 Getaways

Hiking, hot springs, reindeer burgers and trolley rides along the river are just some of the reasons you should rush to the Yukon this summer.

92 Style Q&A

85 Mountains

Hiking is hard enough without having to camp out in the cold, so stay at one of these upscale alpine lodges where you can eat well and rest easy.


Katherine Burrowes, illFX artistic director and operations manager, on dance, fashion and her personal style.

89 Fitness

The List

Notorious Hair Group’s Josh Taylor shares 10 things he can’t live without.

98 Decor

Interior designer Sarah

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Cat dress purchased in Japan; vintage Levi’s denim vest from Burrowes’ husband’s closet; hoop earrings from Ardene. Ward’s Bankview Andrew Buckley’s rookie season with the Calgary Stampeders took him all the way to the Grey Cup. Dino talks

In the summer of 2015 we launched our Future Adaptive Building Program with the opening of our FAB Concept House. The project was a labor of love for everyone in the office. Architects rarely get a chance to be their own clients and make all of the design decisions. We took full advantage of this opportunity and worked on the design for over a year to ensure that we were happy with all of the details both inside and out. From the light-filled interior to the high-tech building shell and the low maintenance landscaped lot, the project fully expresses our vision for residential architecture in the 21st Century.

Now the time has come for someone to make our Concept House their own family home. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of a brand new Housebrand home that is move-in ready and avoids the time and energy of building from scratch. In the meantime, we will continue to offer our weekend open house tours and demonstrate the many advantages of FAB.

• 2,920 sq feet above plus 1,162 sq ft basement level

• High performance structural insulated panel (SIP) construction

• Unique courtyard design for indoor/ outdoor living

• Adaptive interior using FAB modular closet and millwork system

• Low maintenance exterior with tilt and turn European window system

• Fully landscaped 50’ x 124’ lot

• Wide plank European white oak hardwood throughout

• Double car detached heated garage with optional studio

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Styles and tastes can change with the seasons. Your new home is a somewhat longer-term proposition. That’s why we infuse every one of our creations with a timeless modern quality that’s based upon solid fundamentals - access to natural light; e nt use of space; the elegant interplay of materials; sensitivity to surroundings. Ideas like these never go out of fashion, which means that your new Alloy Home will remain an important part of Calgary’s urban fabric for years to come

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Host the Most

A home-entertaining manifesto.

When my grandmother taught me to knit, she included a valuable lesson about knitting for other people. “Don’t worry about any mistakes, because no one will ever notice them. And if they do notice, they will never say anything,” she said. “And if they do say something, then you know they aren’t the kind of people you want to knit things for again.”

It’s a lesson that can be applied to many areas of life, but I think it’s most applicable to hosting. Whatever it might be that’s holding you back from hosting friends — finding the perfect recipe, cleaning up, redecorating, home repairs — forget them and just have people over anyway.

Fill your home with friends for gatherings small and large and don’t worry about the details.

My rule of thumb has been to lower my guests’ expectations rather than increase my own anxiety. That’s why I love hosting a dinner party on a Wednesday night. No one expects perfection mid-week — they are just happy to get out of the house and have someone else cook and do the dishes. Plus, you’ll have a nice visit and your guests are unlikely to overstay their welcome.

We hosted a brunch two days after moving into a new house — everyone was just amazed we’d found the dishes and no one cared about the boxes still packed with everything else.

I speak from experience when I say that guests really won’t notice all sorts of things if the conversation is lively and food plentiful. We live in a century home — if we waited until it was “fixed-up” to have people over we’d never see our friends again. Our latest repair debacle has left two large holes in the plaster in the front hall. Someday they will get fixed but in the meantime we continue to entertain. We’ve hosted two brunches and a large dinner party in that time, and none of the guests have noticed the holes until they were pointed out.

Make sure you don’t miss out on summer festivals and other events in the city with our summer events calendar. You’ll find it from pages 37 to 40.

Summer opens up all sorts of possibilities for easy entertaining. Call some friends, invite them to bring the wine and order in — it doesn’t get easier. Or fire up the barbecue and pick up some of the new local brews. Open the patio umbrella, set out a cheese plate and relax. If you want some recommendations for upping the style of your outdoor space, turn to our story on page 62 — but remember that the key ingredients will always be you and your guests.

More friends, less worry — that’s my homeentertaining manifesto.

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Mary Haasdyk is a Calgary-based illustrator. She studied at Alberta College of Art + Design and enjoys drawing and painting both traditionally and digitally. Pattern, colour and line are elements she uses to tell stories, finding inspiration in children’s books, people-watching and spending time outside no matter the weather. Her work includes editorial and public art, and she’s currently dreaming up a picture book. To see some of her picture-making process and the postcard paintings she mails out for the joy of it, visit her on Instagram @maryhaasdyk.


Bryce Meyer is a freelance commercial, advertising and editorial photographer. An avid cyclist, he also manages a competitive cycling club in Calgary. When he’s not shooting for clients, you’ll most likely find him riding his road bike, drinking coffee and hanging out with his dog, Trapper. His work can be seen at brycemeyer.com.


As the creator of a “flying zoo” program in the 1980s, wherein her Cessna 172 passengers had fur, scales or beaks, Carol Patterson’s adventures spurred her to leave a career as an oil-and-gas accountant to see the world’s wildlife. In the quarter century since, Patterson has inspired everyday explorers by writing and speaking about being chased by elephants in Africa, sliding through bat guano in Borneo, and breaking her ankle in Bhutan. In this issue of Avenue, she wrote about a different kind of wildlife: Extreme Cowboy competitors.


Lynda Sea is a freelance writer/editor based in Calgary. Currently, she’s the digital communications specialist at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary and creates content for corporate clients at The Writing Department. She previously worked as an editor with Avenue and Westjet Magazine and was the former communications manager for TEDxCalgary. Her writing has also appeared in EnRoute and Flare. In her downtime, Sea is usually out hiking in the Canadian Rockies, planning her next adventure abroad or eating her way through Alberta. She’s on Twitter @lyndasea.

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Tournament of Summer Eats

We pit our favourite summer treats against each other in a month-long tournament to determine the absolute best.




Our tips for where and what to eat.


Weekly advice on fashion, decor and shopping.


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July 2017



The inside scoop on the business of ice cream, plus our favourite picks for sundaes, popsicles, ice-cream sandwiches and more.


Maybe it’s not your first time at the rodeo, but even so, there’s lots you don’t know about the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.


Avenue Top 40 Under 40 alumni on how the city should evolve.


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The New Extreme Athletes

Adecade ago, Texan Craig Cameron started the sport of Extreme Cowboy Racing, where horse riders race through obstacle courses while displaying horsemanship skills. Though it has taken a while to migrate north, today, it’s Calgary women who are dominating these events.

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Extreme Cowboy competitor Heather Burchnall. Photograph by Blake Wickland

The Wrong Girls for the Job

One weekend a month, from March to October, Calgary-area riders gather at the Cochrane and District Agricultural Grounds to compete in Extreme Cowboy Alberta. If you’re worried about not “getting it,” Christina Hambrook, a pro-level competitor, says anyone can appreciate the skill involved in navigating the courses. “Even if you don’t know anything about a horse, you can see that a horse just crossed a teeter totter,” she says.

Though men and women compete against each other, it’s Calgary-area women that are storming the field. Grade 10 student Heather Burchnall picked up Extreme Cowboy four years ago and, in November 2016, won Youth All Round High Point Champion at the world competition. “Women really practice and perfect their manoeuvres,” says Burchnall on why women are dominating the sport. She practices often, developing a skill belied by her age. “When you’re riding at a high level at my age, some people say you shouldn’t be riding in non-pro [a competitive amateur division],” says Burchnall, “I ignore it and focus on my horse.”

Though there are many obstacles in the sport, age is not one of them. Doris Heintz, a rider in her 80s, rode her chestnut gelding, Happy, to a 10thplace finish in the over-55 age category at last year’s world competition in Houston, proof that growing old doesn’t mean riding into the sunset.

For Hambrook, who frequently introduces riders to the world of Extreme Cowboy events and knows what it takes to succeed, the trick is having confidence in yourself and your ride. “You have to trust your horse and your horse has to trust you. You ask them to do things they would not do in the field, like go through a curtain of dangling beach noodles [where] they can’t see the other side,” she says. “You have to get out of your comfort zone. You have to be brave.” —

See Extreme Cowboy riders in action June 11 at the 2017 Race Series EXCA Single Points in Cochrane. extremecowboyracing.wildapricot.org.

Homegrown Horror

The annual Calgary Horror Con is the largest of its kind in Canada. But being the biggest, says Calgary Horror Con Founder and CEO Dan Doherty, was never the goal. “The convention is dedicated exclusively to horror,” Doherty says.

“It’s not the size of, say, the Calgary Expo, because it’s a niche show and I want it to stay niche. It’s intimate and the fans love that.”

Now in its seventh year, the event draws close to 2,000 fans from across the globe for a weekend that includes a horror film festival, tradeshow, sideshow circus performers and panel discussions and signings by celebrity guests. There’s even a VIP party with a white hat ceremony — a Calgary tradition where visitors are welcomed to the city with a white cowboy hat. “Every year I invite the mayor,” Doherty says. “But he never comes.”

This year, guests include Doug Bradley, a.k.a. Pinhead in Hellraiser, Suzanne Snyder from Killer Klowns from Outer Space and filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman, best known for The Toxic Avenger Though Horror Con attracts international artists, Doherty says it’s also a showcase for local talent. “There is a ton of talent in Alberta,” Doherty says. “We’re best known for cowboy films, but there are a lot of independent horror films being shot here.”

Doherty, who has worked as a key makeup artist on several local independent horror movies, makes a point of screening local films every year, including The Hunt by Greg Jeffs and Spencer Estabrooks and Till Flesh Do Us Part by Sean Roberts, which premieres this year.

“I always screen a lot of local films and I will again this year,” Doherty says. “There is cool stuff happening in Alberta.” —Meredith Bailey

Calgary Horror Con runs June 10 and 11 at the Clarion Hotel, 2120 16 Ave. N.E., horror-con.ca

Between opening for mainstream comedians, playing cabarets and their own self-produced shows, The Wrong Kind of Girls, Calgary’s foremost queer feminist ukulele-playing comedy trio, have found a devoted audience in Calgary.

The blunt comedic style of Easy Annie, Shirley Payne and Pam of Green Gaybles has grown their local following and reached new audiences in the past year, opening for the likes of Rae Spoon and Cathy Jones, as well as playing a pre-show lobby gig for Margaret Cho’s last Calgary appearance.

Part of their appeal is the literal, straightforward manner they communicate in their songs, like “Real True Love,” about the realistic but gross side of a partnership, and “U-Haulin’ is a-Callin’,” which examines lesbian dating stereotypes. They balance comedic moments with more messageheavy work that speaks to issues like street harassment or the process of coming out again and again after the first time.

The Girls say they regularly hear from audience members who are grateful to understand other perspectives, or feel validated in knowing others have had similar experiences.“We sometimes have this narrative of Calgary being this really close-minded place,” Annie says. “But I think we’ve found this audience who thinks the same way that we do, and who wants to hear things that don’t compromise on feminism, that don’t compromise on queer visibility, that are funny, without being at somebody’s expense.”

That’s something that has kept the trio going after what was originally a one-off performance. It’s also an outlet that has helped them work

Extreme Cowboy photograph by Blake Wickland; Wrong Kind of Girls photograph by Laura Henderson; Horror Con photo by Dan Doherty


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Festival season in Calgary kicks off with this free, one-day street festival. The annual, all-ages event features a parade down 4th Street. S.W., a street market with hundreds of vendors, as well as street performers and musicians. Welcome springtime by mingling with your neighbours, shopping for local products and listening to more than 30 musical performances over six stages.

4 Street S.W. between Elbow Drive and 13 Avenue S.W., 403-229-0902, lilacfestival.net



On the second Thursday of every month, Telus Spark stays open late for Adults Only Night. Grown-ups can explore the galleries and try out scientific challenges while sipping a drink from the licensed bar. Each Adults Only Night has a different theme — this month’s is #ThrowbackThursday — where you can learn about why we’re captivated by images that induce nostalgia and why trends take off in digital spaces.

Telus Spark, 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca



This coffee- and bicycle-shop hybrid opened in Bridgeland this past spring. Along with bike-repair services, the shop sells bicycles from Kona, Apollo, Masi and Del Sol, as well as cycling accessories and apparel. There’s also a 15-seat coffee bar serving Fratello coffee, sandwiches and pastries.

921 1 Ave. N.E., gobikeandbrew.ca



This free street festival returns to Bridgeland for a third year to showcase the culture, history and diversity of one of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods. Wander through the Bridgeland commu nity centre, sample different foods and listen to live music.

917 Centre Ave. N.E., 403-263-5755, brcacalgary.org


JUNE 14 AND 15

Each June, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the arrival of warmer weather with an outdoor concert. Take in music played by CPO musicians while you chow down on barbecue. The concert takes place in Heritage Park’s event tent, so there’s no need to lug around lawn chairs.

Heritage Park, 403-571-0849, calgaryphil.com



If you’re interested in running a fast 10-kilometre race for a good cause, register for Calgary’s inaugural Sporting Life 10K. It’s a downhill course, so you just might run your fastest time ever. Plus, your race registration fee and any additional fundraising you do supports Kids Cancer Care. Stick around afterwards for the postrace party at Olympic Plaza.

69 St. and 17 Ave. S.W. LRT Station, calgarysfastestroadrace.ca


JUNE 21 TO 25

This annual music and arts festival takes place in more than 30 venues in the downtown area and includes performances by more than 250 bands as well as comedy, art and film events. This year’s guest curator is Flying Lotus, an experimental electronic musician and DJ from California. You can catch his performance at The Palace Theatre on June 24. 403-229-2901, sledisland.com



The final show of Stage West’s season is a whodunnit about a cop who has big dreams of becoming a detective. He gets his chance to prove himself when a visiting novelist is killed while the town detective is away. But there’s only a short amount of time to solve the mystery and find the killer.

Stage West, 727 42 Ave. S.E., 403243-6642, stagewestcalgary.com


Decorated with colourful pool noodles, fake flowers and Astroturf, this micro-brewery’s tasting room in Inglewood is a fun space for get-togethers with its mix of bar seating, communal tables and couches. For a selection of beers, order a “flight-ski” — four small glasses presented on a piece of a ski.

1100 11 St. S.E., 403-603-8656, coldgarden.ca, @cold_garden


Located in Inglewood, this by-appointment-only boutique carries brand-new and once-worn wedding dresses from brands such as Paloma Blanca, Tara Keely and Ti Adora at 25 to 80 per cent off of the retail price. Book a spot to find your dream dress.

1232 9 Ave. S.E., everthineboutique.ca


This Calgary-based e-commerce shop has opened a 1,000-square-foot concept store in Britannia, carrying activewear from more than 30 brands including Body Language, Splits59 and Beyond Yoga. Pair your new outfits with workout accessories such as Sol & Selene gym bags and Bkr water bottles. 819 49 Ave. S.W., hemm.ca, @hemmfit


Calm your mind at the first modern meditation studio in Calgary. Modern + Mindful offers beginner-friendly, 30-minute guided meditation classes which can relieve stress and lead to better sleep. 343 11 Ave. S.W., 403-690-2256, modernandmindful.com,


Red’s has opened its third eatery in the new Lido by Battistella building in Kensington. The new diner has a cozy vibe with brick walls and a fireplace, while the menu features staples such as Red’s Big Breakfast plate, eggs Benedict and blueberry pancakes. 286 10 St. N.W., 587-356-1808, redsdiner.com, @redskensington

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Sled Island photograph by Allison Seto
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Betty Lou’s Library

A secret speakeasy with a cocktail for everyone, including The Beautiful and Damned

The password is “Flaubert.”

I whisper the name of the French novelist into the old-fashioned phone next to a tall bookcase in the lower level of the Devenish building on 17th Avenue S.W. Upon uttering the magic word, the bookcase swings open — a secret door that grants entry to Betty Lou’s Library. The bar’s owner, Blaine Armstrong, likens it to stepping through the wardrobe (as in The Lion, the Witch and the ... ) into another world.

Inside, velvet curtains and wainscotting line the back wall, Tiffany-style floor lamps and crystal chandeliers give off a dim glow, and antique furniture forms intimate groupings atop Persian rugs.

If only I’d bobbed my hair and worn a feather boa, I’d look like a lost-generation bohemian in this Parisian salon-meets-Prohibition lounge. You don’t need to dress the part here, but do leave your baseball caps and team jerseys at home — this isn’t the spot for rowdy carousing.

Almost every craft libation here is named for a female poet, writer or artiste and the lounge’s name is a tribute to Armstrong’s mother Betty Lou, an avid reader and one of the first female bartenders in Victoria.

There isn’t any required reading here, only what might be considered required drinking. “We have people come and drink their way through the menu,” says Armstrong, a.k.a. the “head librarian.”

It’s a tempting prospect. My husband and I start with a couple of sours — I love the Djuna Barnes and he’s all over the Anaïs Nin, a rich, spicy cocktail that shakes Alberta Premium rye with spiced rum, chai syrup, lemon juice and egg white. Next, I’m hankering for something light and dangerous and can’t resist a tipple from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bibliography.

The American novelist is the only male who gets a shout-out at Betty Lou’s. His “bibliography” consists of four elevated gin and tonics, each named for a different Fitzgerald book.

I order The Beautiful and Damned. One taste and I’m smitten. I’ve mixed gin with Schweppes plenty but have never achieved such a pleasing result. The drink combines Sylvius Gin from the Netherlands with Phillips Cucumber Mint Tonic (huge props here; it makes the drink), and adds lime juice and simple syrup. It’s easy to make and astonishingly delicious — refreshing, balanced, bright, and not too bitter.

As the evening progresses, I see how a night at Betty Lou’s could easily turn into my new favourite “secret” G&T bar: everyone begins to look beautiful; sobriety be damned!

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Into a cocktail shaker add: 1.5 oz. Sylvius Gin + 0.25 oz. fresh lime juice + 0.5 oz. simple syrup Shake with ice, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Top with Phillips Cucumber Mint Tonic Garnish with a skewered cucumber ribbon — Recipe courtesy Betty Lou’s Library
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• 17th annual FunnyFest comedy festival, until June 11, funnyfest.com

• Lunchbox Theatre RBC Emerging Director’s Showcase, lunchboxtheatre.com

• Rock of Ages at Stage West, until June 25, stagewestcalgary.com

Summer Events Guide


• ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Seafood & Bubbles with Eric Giesbrecht, atcoblueflamekitchen.com

• Leighton Centre Sunset Soirée sneak peek at Clothesline Festival & Art Sale artwork, leightoncentre.org

• Tim McGraw and Faith Hill: Soul 2 Soul World Tour at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Victor Walk Documentary featuring Theo Fleury, jubileeauditorium.com


Lunchbox Theatre RBC Emerging Director’s Showcase


• 18th annual Footstock Race Weekend in Cochrane, footstock.ca

• Calgary Ukrainian Festival, calgaryukrainianfestival.ca

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market, Saturdays until Sept. 30, cochrane-environment.org/farmers-market

• Diamond Valley Parade and Turner Valley Discovery Days, turnervalley.ca

• Def Leppard at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Leighton Centre Clothesline Festival & Art Sale, leightoncentre.com

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market, Saturdays until Oct. 7, mardaloop.com/farmers-market

• Tea on the Verandah at Heritage Park’s Famous 5 Centre of Canadian Women, Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 4, heritagepark.ca

• FunnyFest






• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market, Sundays until Oct. 1, bearspawlions.com

• Calgary Civic Symphony and Cowtown Opera present Popera!, artscommons.ca

• Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music “Muse in a Bottle” at the Lougheed House, mountainviewfestival.com

• Calgary Ukrainian Festival

• Clothesline Festival & Art Sale

• Footstock Race Weekend

• FunnyFest

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• FunnyFest

• Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music

• Calgary Stampeders first preseason game at Stampede Park, stampeders.com

• Sage Theatre Ignite! Festival for Emerging Artists!, until June 10, sagetheatre.com

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch, Tuesdays until August 29, heritagepark.ca

• Mayor’s Environment Expo, until June 8, calgary.ca

• The Market on Stephen Avenue, most Tuesdays until Sept. 5, calgarydowntown.com

• FunnyFest

11 SUN

• Banff World Media Festival, until June 14, banffmediafestival.com

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• FunnyFest

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Spruce Meadows National

12 MON

• Tool at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Banff World Media Festival

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

13 TUE

• Global Petroleum Show, until June 15, globalpetroleumshow.com

• Banff World Media Festival

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• The Market on Stephen Avenue

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series, free lunchtime performances at Cathedral Church, Wednesdays year-round, proartssociety.ca

• Spruce Meadows National, until June 11, sprucemeadows.com

• FunnyFest

• Mayor’s Environment Expo

• Sage Theatre Ignite! Festival

• Big Rock Interpretive Brewery Brewing Course, heritagepark.ca

• Telus Spark Adults Only Night: #ThrowbackThursday, sparkscience.ca

• Telus Spark Makers’ Night Out Workshop: Molecular Gastronomy, sparkscience.ca

• FunnyFest

• Mayor’s Environment Expo

• Sage Theatre Ignite! Festival

• Spruce Meadows National

10 SAT

• Banff Centre Performance in the Park featuring Hedley, banffcentre.ca

• Inglewood Night Market, second Fridays of the month until Sept. 8, inglewoodnightmarket.ca

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work, until June 24, lunchboxtheatre.com

• Murder if You Will at Fort Calgary, fortcalgary.com

• FunnyFest

• Sage Theatre Ignite! Festival

• Spruce Meadows National

14 WED

• CPO Pops in the Park outdoor concert and barbecue at Heritage Park, calgaryphil.com

• Dave Kelly Live at Theatre Junction Grand, theatrejunction.com

• Spruce Meadows Continental, until June 18, sprucemeadows.com

• Banff World Media Festival

• Global Petroleum Show

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

15 THU

• Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market, Thursdays until Sept. 28, brcacalgary.org/farmers_market

• Cochrane Street Market, Cochrane-environment.org

• All Things Canadian, A walk through the Canadian Wilds, Calgary Zoo, calgaryzoo.com

• CPO Pops in the Park

• Global Petroleum Show

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Spruce Meadows Continental



• Bonnie Rait: Dig in Deep Tour, jubileeauditorium.com

• ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Father’s Day Grilling Class, atcoblueflamekitchen.com

• The Spitfire Grill at Rosebud Theatre, until Sept. 2, rosebudtheatre.com

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Spruce Meadows Continental

• ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Chef’s Table: A Tribute to Anne-Sophie Pic, atcoblueflamekitchen.com

• Banff Centre Performance in the Park featuring Walk off the Earth, banffcentre.ca

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• FunnyFest

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Sage Theatre Ignite! Festival

• Spruce Meadows National

17 SAT

• Calgary outdoor swimming pools officially open, calgaryoutdoorpools.ca

• Millarville Farmers’ Market, Saturdays until October 7, millarvilleracetrack.com

• Millarville “Run to the Farmers’ Market” Half Marathon and COBS Cinnamon Bun Run, millarvilleracetrack.com

• Neighbour Day, calgary.ca

• Okotoks Parade and Children’s Festival, okotoks.ca

• YYCFoodTrucks June Frenzy, yycfoodtrucks.com

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen Father’s Day Grilling Class

Cochrane Farmers’ Market

Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage

One Festival

Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

Spruce Meadows Continental

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Tea on the Verandah photo courtesy of Heritage Park; Calgary Ukrainian Festival photo courtesy of Calgary Ukrainian Festival; Mayor’s Environment Expo photo courtesy of The City of Calgary; Spruce Meadows photo courtesy of Spruce Meadows; Hedley and Walk off the Earth photos courtesy of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; The Market on Stephen Avenue photo courtesy of Delisle Marketing & Events First reference to each event is in bold.


• Banff Marathon, half marathon and 10K, banffmarathon.com

• Calaway Park Rad Dad Day, calawaypark.com

• Drum. Dance. Discover. Celebrate Indigenous Culture, heritagepark.ca

• Heritage Park Father’s Day Brunch, heritagepark.ca

• Push for Your Tush 10K run, 1K/5K walk fundraiser for Colon Cancer Canada, pushforyourtush.com

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Spruce Meadows Continental

• YYCFoodTrucks June Frenzy

19 MON

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

20 TUE

• Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow presents As You Like It, until Aug. 27, theatrecalgary.com

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• The Market on Stephen Avenue

21 WED

• Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series: Suzanne West, famou5.ca

• Peace Walk for Indigenous Reconciliation, fortcalgary.com

• Sled Island music and arts festival, until June 25, sledisland.com

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

22 THU

• Guy Weadick Days in High River, until June 25, highriverag.com

• Ryan Adams, jubileeauditorium.com

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Sled Island

23 FRI

• Cool Choir Rocks the Jube –Canada’s 150th Anniversary Gig!, jubileeauditorium.com

• TEDxYYC 2017 “Intersect”, artscommons.ca

• Guy Weadick Days

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Sled Island

24 SAT

• Alberta Cancer Foundation OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, albertacancer.ca

• Calaway Park GrandParents Weekend, calawaypark.com

• Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay, bethereraces.com

• Rundle’s Revenge mountain bike and trail running event at the Canmore Nordic Centre, transrockies.com

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Guy Weadick Days

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Lunchbox Theatre Suncor Stage One Festival

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Sled Island 25 SUN

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Calaway Park GrandParents Weekend

• Guy Weadick Days

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Rundle’s Revenge

• Sled Island

26 MON

• Book one of 47 picnic sites in Calgary’s parks and outdoor spaces, calgary.ca

27 TUE

• Spruce Meadows Pan American, until July 2, sprucemeadows.com

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch

• The Market on Stephen Avenue

28 WED

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

• Spruce Meadows Pan American

29 THU

• An Almost Holy Picture at Rosebud Theatre, until Sept. 2, rosebudtheatre.com

• Glenn Miller Orchestra, artscommons.ca

• Spruce Meadows Pan American

30 FRI

• Murder if You Will at Fort Calgary, fortcalgary.com

• Murder for Two at Stage West, until September 3, stagewestcalgary.com

• Otafest 2017, anime conference, until July 2, otafest.com

• Oh, Canada Wine Festival, Willow Park Wines and Spirits, willowpark.net

• Spruce Meadows Pan American



• 112th Running of the Millarville Races and 150th anniversary of Canada, horse racing and family activities, millarvilleracetrack.com

• Canada Day at Fort Calgary, fortcalgary.com

• Canada Day parade and celebrations in Banff, banff.ca

• Canmore Canada Day pancake breakfast, parade and party, canadadaycanmore.ca

• City of Calgary’s Celebrate Canada 150, Calgary.ca

• Cochrane’s Canada Day Family Festival, Cochrane-tourism.ca

• The East Village Street Fair and Show N’ Shine, ev-na.com

• Heritage Park Canada/Dominion Day events, heritagepark.ca

• Spruce Meadows Run Series – Heroes Behind the Heroes 5K/10K, sprucemeadows.com

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Otafest

• Spruce Meadows Pan American 2 SUN

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Otafest

• Spruce Meadows Pan American






• Rent gear from tents to rafts and stand up paddle boards from the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre, ucalgary.ca

• Ranchman’s Renegades 18th Annual PBR Bullbustin’ bull riding event, ranchmans.com

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch The Market on Stephen Avenue


• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Calgary Stampede

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Spruce Meadows North American

10 MON

• Calgary Stampede

11 TUE

• Roundup MusicFest featuring Duran Duran, roundupmusicfest.com

• Calgary Stampede

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch

• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza free outdoor concerts, Wednesday evenings until August 30, heritagepark.ca

• Spruce Meadows North American, until July 9, sprucemeadows.com

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

• Ranchman’s Renegades 17th Annual PBR Bullbustin’

12 WED

• Johnny Reid at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Calgary Stampede

• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

13 THU

• Brooks & Dunn at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Telus Spark Adults Only Night: Fried Food, sparkscience.ca

• Calgary Stampede

• Calgary Stampede Sneak-a-Peek, calgarystampede.com

• Ranchman’s 2017 Sunbelt Rentals 4th Annual Invitational PBR Bullbustin’ bull riding event, ranchmans.com

• Spruce Meadows North American

• Calgary Stampede, until July 16, calgarystampede.com

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play, performances in Drumheller until July 23, canadianpassionplay.com

• Family Fun Friday Nights at Calaway Park, Fridays in July, calawaypark.com

• Spruce Meadows North American

14 FRI

• Alabama at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Calaway Comic Fest for Kids at Calaway Park, until July 16, calawaypark.com

• Cyclepalooza, a 10-day bicycle-themed festival, until July 23, cyclepalooza.ca

• Oxford Stomp featuring Corey Hart, oxfordstomp.ca

• Inglewood Night Market

• Calgary Stampede

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play

• Family Fun Friday Nights at Calaway Park

• Calgary Stampede

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Spruce Meadows North American

of Cool Choir;

15 SAT

• Parks Day & Creekfest at Fish Creek Provincial Park, friendsoffishcreek.org

• Usher & The Roots at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Calgary Stampede

• Calaway Comic Fest

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Cyclepalooza

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

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Drum. Dance. Discover. photo courtesy
Meadows photo
Ranchman’s Renegades photo courtesy
Plaza photo courtesy
Calgary Stampede photos courtesy
Calgary Stampede; Telus Spark photo
Fong; Cyclepalooza photo
Park; Sled Island
courtesy of Sled Island; Cool Choir photo courtesy
Family Freezed
by Brittany Back; Spruce
courtesy of Spruce Meadows; Otafest Mascot Aurora
courtesy of Otafest;
Cookhouse & Dance
Music at the
of Heritage Park;
by Robin
courtesy of Cyclepalooza

• Bob Dylan and His Band, jubileeauditorium.com

• Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Calaway Comic Fest

• Calgary Stampede

Canadian Badlands

23 SUN

• Ironman 70.3 triathlon, ironman.com

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play

• Cyclepalooza

• Fiestaval Latin Festival

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Langdon Days

• Millarville Rodeo

24 MON

• Cyclepalooza

• Cyclepalooza

• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza

• The Market on Stephen Avenue

• Self-guided visual arts tours of Arts Commons are available year-round, artscommons.ca

25 TUE

• Theatre Calgary and Canadian Municipal Land Corporation’s Shakespeare After Dark presents Victors, Villians and Vixens on St. Patrick’s Island, until July 30, theatrecalgary.ca

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch

Fiestaval Latin Festival photo courtesy of Fiestaval Latin Festival; Arts Commons photo by Hilary Angrove; Shakespeare After Dark photo by Meghan McMaster; Calaway Park photo courtesy of Calaway Park; Calgary International Blues Festival photos courtesy of Calgary International Blues Festival; Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival photo courtesy of Calgary Dragonboat Society

30 SUN

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Canadian Heroes Weekend

• Calgary Folk Music Festival

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Shakespeare After Dark presents Victors, Villians and Vixens

31 MON

• Calgary International Blues Festival, calgarybluesfest.com

• Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, until Aug. 6, rosebudchambermusic.com

• Canadian Heroes Weekend

• The Market on Stephen Avenue


• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Calgary International Blues Festival

• Canmore Folk Music Festival

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Rosebud Chamber Music Festival

• Strathmore Stampede

• Tour de Bowness

• YYCFoodTrucks August Frenzy


• Calgary Folk Arts Council 40th annual Heritage Day Festival, calgaryfolkartscouncil.ca

• Heritage Day celebrations at Heritage Park, heritagepark.ca

• Heritage Day at Fort Calgary, fortcalgary.com

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Canmore Folk Music Festival

• Strathmore Stampede

• Tour de Bowness



• Heritage Park Captain’s Cruises, hors d’oeuvres and drinks aboard the S.S. Moyie, Thursdays until August 24, heritagepark.ca

• Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Milky Way Nights, ucalgary.ca/rao

• Cochrane Street Market

• Cyclepalooza FRI

26 WED

• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

• Shakespeare After Dark presents Victors, Villians and Vixens

27 THU


• Globalfest TD Human Rights Forum, until Aug. 11, globalfest.ca

• Broadway Across Canada presents, The Phantom of the Opera until August 20, jubileeauditorium.com

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Heritage Park River Forth

• Fiestaval Latin Festival, until July 23, fiestaval.ca

• Langdon Days 2017, until July 23, goodlucktown.ca

• Millarville Rodeo, until July 23, millarvilleracetrack.com

• YYCFoodTrucks Picnic in the Park, yycfoodtrucks.com

• Canadian Badlands Passion Play

• Cyclepalooza

• Family Fun Friday Nights at Calaway Park


• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Cyclepalooza

• RAO Milky Way Nights SAT

• Fiestaval Latin Festival

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Langdon Days

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Rodeo

• RAO Milky Way Nights




• Calgary Folk Music Festival, until July 30, calgaryfolkfest.com

• Heritage Park Captain’s Cruises

• Shakespeare After Dark presents Victors, Villians and Vixens

• Family Fun Friday Nights at Calaway Park

• Shakespeare After Dark presents Victors, Villians and Vixens

• Calgary Folk Music Festival

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Shakespeare After Dark presents Victors, Villians and Vixens 1

Blues Festival • Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch • The Market on Stephen Avenue • Rosebud Chamber Music Festival 2 WED • Calgary International Blues Festival • Heritage Park Music in the Plaza • ProArts @Noon Concert Series • Rosebud Chamber Music Festival 3 THU • Rodriguez, jubileeauditorium.com • Calgary International Blues Festival • Heritage Park Captain’s Cruises • Rosebud Chamber Music Festival 4 FRI

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Globalfest Human Rights Forum


• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series

• The Phantom of the Opera

10 THU

• Imperial presents, Opera In the Village, South Pacific and Cinderella, until Aug. 20, calgaryopera.com

• Taste of Calgary outdoor food and beverage festival at Eau Claire, until Aug. 13, tasteofcalgary.com

• Telus Spark Adults Only Night: Ka-Ching, sparkscience.ca

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Globalfest Human Rights Forum

• Heritage Park Captain’s Cruises

• The Phantom of the Opera

11 FRI

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Globalfest Human Rights Forum

• Inglewood Night Market

• Opera in the Village

• Taste of Calgary

• The Phantom of the Opera

Strathmore Stampede, until Aug. 7, strathmoreag.com

• Canmore Folk Music Festival, until Aug. 7, canmorefolkfestival.com

• Inglewood Sunfest, inglewoodsunfest.ca

• Tour de Bowness bicycle race, until Aug. 7, tourdebowness.com

• YYCFoodTrucks August Frenzy, yycfoodtrucks.com

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Calgary International Blues Festival

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Rosebud Chamber Music Festival

• Strathmore Stampede

12 SAT

• Avenue Calgary’s 12th annual Best Neighbourhoods Block Party, avenuecalgary.com

• Alberta Cancer Foundation 9th Annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, albertacancer.ca

• Calgary Dragon Boat Race & Festival at North Glenmore Park, chinatowncalgary.com

• Calgary Police Rodeo and Barn Dance at the Cochrane Lions Club Rodeo Grounds, calgarypolicerodeo.com

• Calgary Polo Club’s Baltus Cup Challenge, calgarypoloclub.com

• Calgary Fringe Festival

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Opera in the Village

• The Phantom of the Opera

• Taste of Calgary

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17 MON
Passion Play • Cyclepalooza • Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah
18 TUE
• Cyclepalooza
• Heritage Park River Forth
Car Lunch
19 WED
• ProArts @Noon Concert Series THU
• Canadian Badlands Passion Play
• Calgary Folk Music Festival
• Canadian Heroes Weekend, Calaway Park, calawaypark.com
• Cochrane Farmers’ Market
Calgary Fringe Festival, until Aug. 12, calgaryfringe.ca
• Calgary International
• Calgary International Blues Festival
• Rosebud Chamber Music Festival

• Reggaefest Calgary Reggae Festival at Shaw Millennium Park, until Aug. 19, reggaefest.ca

• Rothney Astrophysical Observatory Milky Way Nights, ucalgary.ca/rao

• Cochrane Street Market

• Globalfest Fireworks & OneWorld Festival: Prairies


• Cochrane Fair, at the Cochrane & District Agricultural Society Grounds, until Aug. 20, cochranefair.com

• Country Thunder Music Festival, until Aug. 20, countrythunder.com

• Hispanic Arts Society presents, Expo Latino, until Aug. 20, expolatino.com

• Opera In the Village

• The Phantom of the Opera

• RAO Milky Way Nights

• Reggaefest

19 SAT

• OneRepublic at Scotiabank Saddledome, ticketmaster.ca

• Longstock Music and Arts Festival in Longview, longstock.org

• 110th Priddis & Millarville Fair, millarvilleracetrack.com

• Cochrane Fair

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Country Thunder

• Globalfest Fireworks & OneWorld Festival: Ontario

• Expo Latino

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Opera In the Village

• The Phantom of the Opera

• RAO Milky Way Nights

• Reggaefest

20 SUN

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Cochrane Fair

• Country Thunder

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Expo Latino

• Longstock Longview Music Festival

• Opera In the Village

• The Phantom of the Opera

• Priddis & Millarville Fair

21 MON

• Partial Solar Eclipse at the ROA, ucalgary.ca/rao

22 TUE

• Globalfest Fireworks & OneWorld Festival: Quebec

• Heritage Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch

27 SUN

Lions Farmers’ Market

Okotoks Pro Rodeo 28 MON


• Canmore Highland Games, canmorehighlandgames.ca

• ATB Tour of Alberta

• BBQ on the Bow Festival

• Bearspaw Lions Farmers’ Market

• Cochrane Lions Club Rodeo

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Shaw Charity Classic

23 WED

• K.D. Lang – Ingénue Redux Canadian Tour, jubileeauditorium.com

• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series THU

31 THU

• Shaw Charity Classic Champions Tour golf tournament, shawcharityclassic.com

• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza

• ProArts @Noon Concert Series


26 SAT

• Globalfest Fireworks & OneWorld Festival: Atlantic Canada

• Heritage Park Captain’s Cruises

• K.D. Lang FRI

• Okotoks Pro Rodeo, okotoks.ca

• Heritage Park Country Kickback rural history exhibitions and activities, heritagepark.ca

• Globalfest Fireworks & OneWorld Festival: Finale

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Okotoks Pro Rodeo



• Spruce Meadows Champion’s Welcome, until Sept. 2, sprucemeadows.com

• Shaw Charity Classic

• ATB Tour of Alberta, 4-day professional road cycling stage race, until Sept. 4, tourofalberta.ca

• Shaw Charity Classic

• Spruce Meadows Champion’s Welcome

• 25th Annual BBQ on the Bow Festival, bbqonthebow.com

• 51st Annual Cochrane Lions Club Rodeo, until Sept. 4, cochranerodeo.com

• Taste of the Highlands at the Canmore Highland Games, canmorehighlandgames.ca

• ATB Tour of Alberta

• Cochrane Farmers’ Market

• Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah

• Marda Loop Farmers’ Market

• Millarville Farmers’ Market

• Shaw Charity Classic

• Spruce Meadows Champion’s Welcome


• CFL Labour Day Classic, Edmonton Eskimos @ Calgary Stampeders, stampeders.com

• Cochrane Labour Day Parade, cochraneparade.com

• ATB Tour of Alberta

• Cochrane Lions Labour Day Rodeo


Tour of Alberta photo by Stirl/Rae Photography; Canmore Highland Games photo courtesy of Canmore Highland Games; CFL Labour Day Classic photo courtesy of Calgary Stampeders


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Ride to Conquer Cancer
Taste of Calgary 14 MON
15 TUE
Dining Car Lunch
The Market
Avenue • The Phantom of the Opera 16 WED
17 THU
• Marda Gras Street Festival in Marda Loop, mardagras.ca • Bearspaw Lions
Market • Calgary Dragon Boat
& Festival • Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah • Opera In the Village • The Phantom of the Opera •
• Explore with the Calgary Bikeways and Pathways app, calgary.ca
• Globalfest Fireworks & OneWorld Festival: Western Canada, globalfest.ca • Heritage Park River Forth
on Stephen
• Heritage Park Music in the Plaza • ProArts @Noon Concert Series • The Phantom of the Opera
• Heritage Park Captain’s Cruises Opera In the Village The Phantom of the Opera FRI
• The Market on Stephen Avenue
• Last weekend for Shakespeare by the Bow’s As You Like It, until Aug. 27, theatrecalgary.com
• Cochrane Farmers’ Market
Heritage Park Country Kickback • Heritage Park Tea on the Verandah
See professional street performers at Calgary’s designated “Busk Stops”, calgary.ca 29 TUE
• Bearspaw
Park River Forth Dining Car Lunch
• The Market on Stephen Avenue
30 WED
Avenue photo courtesy of Delisle Marketing & Events; Shakespeare by the Bow photo by Trudie Lee; Country Kickback photo courtesy of Heritage Park; Shaw Charity Classic photo by Todd Korol;
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It’s summertime and the eating is easy, with lots of casual foods to grab and go for a picnic, quick lunch or spontaneous gathering. Cheapness may be in the wallet of the beholder — and some of these suggestions may seem more on the side of “affordable luxury” than “cheap eat” — but rest assured, all of our picks deliver big taste for great value.

Cowboy Burrito, Susana Castellanos Avina, Unimarket Chef. Sweet and sour chicken wings, MugShotz. Grilled cheese sandwich, Blackfoot Truckstop. Richard Anderson, Kane’s Harley Diner. Chicken on the Way. Rocky’s Burger Bus. Hamburguesa, Native Tongues Taqueria. Gwendolyn
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Carrot Cake



Good in its original form, carrot cake gets a deep-fried dunk at Jelly Modern. The doughnut version has all the best parts of the classic dessert right down to the warming spices and cream-cheese icing, not to mention a crispy, candied tangle of carrot ribbons perched atop it all. —G.R. 100, 1414 8 St. S.W., 403-453-2053, jellymoderndoughnuts.com

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SANDWICHES & BURGERS AND UNDER Avenue Calgary .com 45 Tuna Salad Sandwich Community Natural Foods $4.25 Hot Dog Rocky’s Burgers $4.50 Avocado Toast Our Daily Brett $4.50 Cheeseburger Peters’ Drive-In $4.70 Master Double Burger CB Drive Inn $4.75 Single Regular Burger Inglewood Drive In $4.79 Chicken Salad Sandwich Blackfoot Truckstop $4.95
Ploughman Butcher and the Baker $4.95 The $5 Roundie Cured Delicatessen $5
Holy Grill $5

Meat Pie


It may just be a pita with some ground meat on top, but fold one of these pies in half (sprinkle a little lemon juice or hot sauce over top for the best results) for a tasty lunch on the go. — 255 28 St. S.E., 403-273-0330

Cheese Empanadas


Order the cheese empanadas from Ricardo’s to go with your rum drink, then nibble off the corner to drizzle in the sweetspicy vinegar. The tangy sauce, fragrant with herbs and green onions, cuts the richness of the deeply cheesy pocket of fried dough. —G.R.

1530 5 St. S.W., 587-349-2585, ricardoshideaway.ca

Fish Pakoras


Usually you should order a restaurant’s eponymous dish. The exception is these amazing pakoras from Shawarma Empire. The deep-fried bites of fish, lightly battered and coated in spice, come with a yogurt-based dipping sauce. Get four as a side dish or eight if you want a full spicy meal. —K.L.

104, 216 Saddletowne Circle N.E., 403-454-8841

Brioche Sticky Bun


The key to cinnamon-bun success is the distribution and stickiness of the goo — Sidewalk Citizen hits the right balance, while also getting the perfect bake on the bun itself. —E.C.B. 618 Confluence Way SE, 403-457-2245, sidewalkcitizenbakery.com

Cheese Personal Pizza


The 7.5-inch cheese pizza at Coco Brooks has a golden top of baked melted cheese on a puffy, crispy crust. It will satisfy all your melted-cheese cravings, and quickly. Eat it there, or take it to go, frozen or fresh (for $5.01), to bake at home. —K.L. multiple locations, cocobrooks.com


Cinnamon Bun


There’s just enough sticky-gooey going on with the cinnamon bun from Lina’s Italian Market to be decadently satisfying, with none of the cloying sweetness that sometimes plagues this treat. A generous scattering of pecans is lovely against the tender spiral of dough. —G.R. 2202 Centre St. N.E., 403-277-9166, linasmarket.com

Spring Rolls


Most Vietnamese restaurants do a decent spring roll, but the rolls at Rau are particularly robust and crispy. $4.95 gets you four deepfried rolls, filled with chicken or veggies, with tangy fish sauce for dipping. —E.C.B. 2, 4105 4 St N.W., 403-984-9101, raubistro.com



Crispy, salty potato chips get a sticky dousing of honey and butter in an unusual side dish — or appetizer — at Foreign Concept. The salty-sweet honey-butter potato chips, served with a rich but tangy preserved-lemon aioli, are simply addictive. —G.R. 1011 1St. S.W., 403-719-7288, foreignconcept.ca

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Char Siu Sesame Doughnut



, not a doughnut (despite the name) the char siu sesame doughnut at Pure Contemporary Vietnamese is somewhere in sandwich no-man’s land. The light and slightly sweet bun, crusted with sesame seeds, is filled with tender pork shoulder, crisp and acidic pickled vegetables and a little sriracha aioli for a perfect marriage of the requisite hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours this cuisine is known for. —G.R. 100, 815 8 Ave. S.W., 403-475-1899



This unassuming bakery on the ground floor of a 17th Avenue apartment building is easy to overlook, but it would be a shame to miss out on the burek — a savoury phyllo pastry dish. Choose from cheese, spinach and feta or meat filling. Consider splurging by adding the house-made balkan yogurt to go with your burek.


515 17 Ave. S.W., 403-806-3768

Nutella Crepe


Le Petit Mousse can whip up more complex creations, but there’s something lovely about the simplicity of chocolate hazelnut spread on a warm, ultra-thin French-style crepe. —E.C.B. Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510, 77 Ave. S.E., 403-836-3228, calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

Chicken Sate Salad Rolls BANH MI THAI TAI, $5 FOR TWO

Whether you’re looking for a very filling snack or a light lunch, a single order of chicken sate salad rolls at this 17th Ave. Vietnamese spot will satisfy with lots of flavour for a great price. —K.L. 615 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-3060, banhmithaitai.com

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The Eats of Asia stall in Crossroads Market does a congee special most Sundays: steaming Asian-style porridge topped with options like egg, pork and, youtiao, a crispy ChineseE.C.B.

Crossroads Market, 1235 26 Ave. S.E.,

Recession Buster Burger


Kimchi Tater Tots


A generous portion of tater tots is smothered in spicy ssamjang then covered in scallions and lardons. Be warned though, that these tater tots are often a gateway dish — you’ll end up ordering and eating lots of other selections off the menu. Thankfully, they are all tasty and pretty good value. —K.L. 1115 Centre St. N.W., 403-668-0802, mangomaniayyc.com



It’s hard to resist the authentically French sweets at Éclaire de Lune, but the savoury pastries are just as good when you’re looking for a quick lunch. The personal-sized quiches are rich and creamy and packed with fillings such as asparagus and salmon. —E.C.B. 1049 40 Ave. N.W., 403-398-8803

Regrub’s fancier burgers are fine, but if you’re also indulging in one of their novelty milkshakes, stick to the more manageable 4 oz. Recession Buster, topped with fresh tomato and lettuce and a dollop of spicy “dirty” ketchup. E.C.B.

625 11 Ave. S.W., 403-475-2845, regrub.ca

Tubby Dog

TUBBY DOG, $7.25

A meaty hot dog smothered in housemade chili, crispy bacon, a scattering of cheese and onions and mustard for tanginess, the eponymous creation from Tubby Dog is a meal in a bun. Grab extra napkins. —G.R. 1022 17 Ave. S.W., 403-2440694, tubbydog.com

Fish Empanada


Buried under a mountain of lettuce, tomato and avocado and drizzled with chipotle mayo, Los Chilitos’ crispy (and surprisingly filling) corn empanada is packed with dense white fish. —E.C.B. Calgary Farmers ’ Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E., 403-483-5762

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Panino Sandwich


With three layers of cold cuts — genoa salami, capicolla and mortadella — and provolone cheese stacked onto a lengthy, crisp-crusted bun that’s been spread with a vegetable puree and a drizzle of olive oil, the panino sandwich from the Italian Centre Shop is practically a meal for two. Understandably, though, you may not want to share. —G.R. 9919 Fairmount Dr. S.E., 403-238-4869, italiancentre.ca



The lunch counter at the southside location of Unimarket South and Central American food market offers stellar tacos, but it’s the burrito that will keep you going all day long. The portion of rice, beans, lettuce, tomatoes and your choice of chicken, ground beef or fajita steak with peppers is so oversized you’ll wonder how the flour tortilla can possibly contain it all. —K.L.

128 50 Ave. S.E., 403-247-4479, unimarket.ca

Prawn with Coconut Milk Soup


A generous appetizer split between two or more, or a lunch for one, this rich soup is full of the flavours of Thailand and is packed with prawns and mushrooms. —K.L.

2055 16 Ave. N.W., 403-264-6477, jureesthaiplace.com

Eggs with Toast

Extreme Bean $6.95

Eggs with Bacon, Ham or Sausage, Hash Browns and Toast

Delightful Cafe $6.95 (before 11 a.m.)

Breakfast Special

Heritage Bakery and Deli $7.95

Tony’s Breakfast Burger

Spolumbo’s $8

3 Buttermilk or Buckwheat Pancakes

Phil’s Family Restaurant $8.70

Appel en Kaneel Pannenkoeken (apple and cinnamon pancake)

Pfanntastic Pannenkoeken Haus $8.95

Traditional Breakfast

Galaxie Diner $9

Biker Bowl

Kane’s Harley Diner $9

2 Farm Fresh Hen Egg Breakfast (no meat)

OEB Breakfast Co. $9

Breakfast Panini and a Latte

Good Earth $9.45


JULY 7 - 16, 2017


Stroll through this calm, cool oasis, where creativity abounds. View traditional and contemporary art or catch demonstrations and performances from up-and-coming and well-established artists. From arts and crafts, music to cowboy poetry, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss the Calgary Stampede Art Auction on Thursday, July 13 and the new Maker Market, where you can find handcrafted artisan goods for sale.

Visit westernshowcase.com for more information

Avenue is proud to support local initiatives in our community. Visit AvenueCalgary.com/events to find out more about upcoming events in the city.

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Cabbage Roll and Perogies


Butter Chicken Combo

SAFFRON, $9.95

Skip the restaurant and get butter chicken to go from Saffron, a takeaway spot tucked in a strip mall in Brentwood. Saffron offers numerous traditional dishes, including the butter chicken, which features tender chunks of chicken bathed in a rich, tomatobased sauce. Be sure to choose the naan to swipe up every last vestige of the dish. —G.R. 3604 52 Ave. N.W., 403-441-7700

Pastry Buffet


As one of the city’s most elegant restaurants, The Deane House doesn’t exactly scream “cheap eats,” but the Captain Deane’s Pantry brunch pastry buffet is a steal. Ten bucks gets brunchers unlimited house-made muffins, croissants, granola bars and cake. —E.C.B.

806 9 Ave. SE, 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com

Beef or Chicken Samosas


The Samosa Factory supplies many restaurants across Western Canada, but you can buy direct at their northeast Calgary strip-mall location. Phone-in your order ahead of time or walk-in and expect a wait for samosas fresh from the fryer or frozen to go. —K.L.

135 55 Westwinds Cres. N.E., 403-568-1447, samosafactory.ca

Gourmet Wings


There are cheaper wings out there and there are better wings out there, but nowhere will you find better wings for less money. And that’s just on the everyday price. Head to Mug Shotz on Wednesdays when a pound of wings is only $8.25 for any of their more than 50 gourmet flavours. —K.L. 12 2808 Ogden Rd. S.E., 403-264-4441

Beef Rendang


Chunks of beef become meltingly tender after a simmer in coconut milk with herbs and spices like lemongrass and galangal at Kaffir Lime Indonesia Grill. The deeply flavoured beef is dished up with coconut rice and a simply dressed salad that nicely counters the rich meat. —G.R. 7711 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-852-7491, kaffirlimeindonesiagrill.com

The cafeteria tucked in the back of this European import shop serves up hot-and-fast old-world meals. The schnitzel is dandy, but you can’t beat the affordable comfort of cabbage rolls and authentic perogies. —E.C.B. 1921 20 Ave. N.W., 403-2826600, edelweissimports.com


HAN’S, $10.95

One order may not be enough, because once a plate of Han’s wontons is set down on the table, they tend to disappear almost immediately. Stuffed with a generous amount of pork and spices, the wontons glisten in a scarlet garlic-chili oil that adds immense flavour. —G.R.

303 Centre St. S., 403-514-0456, hansrestaurantcalgary.com



Normally, being a test subject for culinary students wouldn’t seem that appetizing, but SAIT’s professional cooking program is run by some of the best chefs in town. Seasonal lunch entrees are all $12 at the on-campus restaurant — a bargain for chefly fare. —E.C.B. 1301 16 Ave. N.W., 403-284-8615, sait.ca

Butter Paneer Dosa


A staple of Southern Indian cuisine, a dosa is a giant fermented rice and lentil flour crepe served with sambar and savoury chutneys for dipping. This signature dosa is stuffed with paneer cheese and delectable butterchicken sauce for maximum deliciousness. —E.C.B. 3690 Westwinds Dr N.E., 403293-6993, marinadosagrill.ca

Sour Cream, Onion and Bacon. Sweet and Sour. Salt and Pepper. Hot.
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Caramel Chicken

FOO, $14

Sugar, soy and spice marry together to make the sauce for Foo’s craveworthy caramel chicken. The crispy-coated chicken is tossed with steamed greens and the sticky-sweet and salty sauce and then tumbled onto steamed rice. —G.R. 2015 4 St. S.W., 403-454-2666, foofood.ca

Tonkotsu Ramen JINYA, $13.25

The rich, creamy, pork-chicken broth that forms the base of Jinya’s tonkotsu premium white ramen is infinitely slurpable. The thin noodles and slices of pork chashu make for a warming meal. Hungry for more? Order kaedama (another round of noodles) to go with any leftover broth. —G.R. 180, 1800 4 St. S.W., 587-356-0721, jinya-ramenbar.com

Pad Thai and Tom Kha Soup


Authentic, flavourful Thai food is cooked up at this hidden gem of a restaurant in a strip mall on 17th Avenue S.W. Get the pad Thai or order Thai Fusion Delight’s tom kha soup — a soothing coconut-milk soup, fragrant with lemongrass, galangal and chilies.


601 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-6364, thaifusiondelight.com

Bagel and Lox

MYHRE’S, $13.50

Smoked-meat sandwiches may be the draw at Myhre’s Deli, but don’t ignore the bagel and lox. A chewy bagel gets a nice slathering of cream cheese before it’s draped with coral slices of cured salmon. The sprinkling of capers and some red onions add zip against the fish for the perfect combination of flavours. —G.R. 1411 11 St. S.W., 403-244-6602, myhresdeli.ca

Tuna Press

EARLS, $13.50

Rectangles are the new rolls with the spicy tuna press from Earls. Rich tuna marinated in soy is pressed into sushi rice and then balanced with creamy avocado, tangy pickled ginger, chives and a smoked sriracha mayo before it’s all cut into atypical rectangles. —G.R. 315 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-3275, earls.ca


Two beefy patties fired over a grill, cheese, special sauce and all the requisite vegetables — served on a sesame seed bun, naturally — make the hamburguesa from Native Tongues one of the best in the city. Dished up with crispy chips drizzled with hot sauce, the whole thing is $15 regularly, but stop in during happy hour (2 to 5 p.m.) or late at night (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.) and get it for just $9. —G.R. 235 12 Ave. S.W., 403-263-9444, nativetongues.ca

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and Chips


Tucked into the back corner of Rodney’s Oyster House, the Fish Shack offers the same quality Ocean Wise-certified seafood as the main restaurant, just prepared more casually (and cheaply). —E.C.B.

355 10 Ave. S.W., 403-460-0026, rodneysoysterhouse.com/Calgary

Lunch Special CHARCUT, $16

The Charcut lunch specials aren’t just for downtowners who need to get back to work. The daily sandwich deal (meaty or vegetarian) comes with Parmesan fries, soup or salad, plus a bag of chewy cookies. —E.C.B. 101, 899 Centre St. S.W., 403-984-2180, charcut.com

Bife a Portuguesa MIMO RESTAURANT, $18.95

Getting a steak in this town for under $20 is a score, especially when it’s smothered in Portuguese gravy, topped with a fried egg and surrounded by Mimo’s addictive fried potatoes. —E.C.B.

4909 17 Ave. S.E., 403-235-3377

Rodney’s Fish Shack photograph courtesy of Rodney’s Fish Shack
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With several great new patios that opened over the past year, there's plenty to look forward to this patio season.

Cactus Club Cafe

Calgary’s third Cactus Club Cafe location, which opened on Stephen Avenue in late 2015, debuted its new patio in May 2016. Situated around the restaurant’s retractable west and south walls, part of the 88-seat patio’s open-air seating can be enclosed when it’s cold out. Guests can also stay cool under large yellow umbrellas and a misting system, or cozy up near one of the heaters if they’re too cold.

178, 317 7 Ave. S.W., 403454-9399, cactusclubcafe. com, @cactusclubcafe

Deane House

Following extensive renovations, the historic Deane House re-opened last fall as a full-service restaurant, and is debuting its 2,000square-foot backyard patio this summer. The Elbow River and restaurant gardens create a picturesque backdrop and guests can even play bocce and croquet on the lawn. Chef Jamie Harling’s seasonal cuisine complements the riverside location perfectly.

806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-2640595, deanehouse.com, @deanehouseyyc

Earls Bankers Hall

When Canadian restaurant chain Earls replaced its Bankers Hall location with prototype restaurant Earls.67 last year, it also introduced some new patio seating to Stephen Avenue. Along with two ground-level patios with planters and festoon lights, the restaurant has a twolevel glass atrium with walls that open. The restaurant recently changed its name back to Earls Bankers Hall, but the lovely patio seating remains.

315 8 Ave. S.W., 403-2653275, earls.ca

Mill Street Brew Pub

There are two patios to check out this summer at Mill Street Brewery’s first brew pub in western Canada. The 48-seat front patio was open briefly last year and an additional enclosed courtyard patio is opening behind the pub this summer. The latter patio’s walls will feature vintage glass panels, restored wood and live hop plants.

219 17 Ave. S.W., 403-4546871, millstreetbrewery.com/ calgary-brew-pub, @millstreetyyc

Phil & Sebastian

Phil & Sebastian’s fifth café opened on Stephen Avenue last winter. For summer they’re adding a 30-seat patio. Browse the selection of Market Collective goodies inside before heading outside with your coffee.

102 8 Ave. S.W., 587-3560905, philsebastian.com, @philandseb


You’ll find Provision’s patio in the southwest corner of Central Memorial Park, alongside the manicured bushes, flower gardens and fountains. Chef Daniel Pizarro’s seasonal menu is perfectly suited to alfresco dining. Watch this space next winter, as there are plans to turn it into a yearround seating area.

340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-2630766, provisionyyc.com

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Craft Beer Market

Craft Beer Market’s second Calgary location at Southcentre will offer something the original location doesn’t — alfresco dining on a ground-level patio. After a day of shopping, it will be the perfect spot to kick Southcentre, 100 Anderson Rd.

The Smith’s two patios will offer a little something for everyone. Dine with the family on the lower-level patio, or head to the adults-only patio upstairs where an outdoor bar awaits. Wednesdays to Sundays during the evenings the ambience will include the sounds of live music from inside the restaurant.

13200 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403454-7684, thesmithrestaurant.ca,

Trolley 5

People-watching spots don’t get much better than the patio at Trolley 5, which has a mix of table seating and bar seats that face out toward the sidewalk. While there’s not an actual patio on the restaurant’s upper level, you can still feel like you’re outside thanks to the floor-to-ceiling window panels that open.

728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com, @trolley_5

Mad Rose Pub

When Mad Rose Pub opened its second location in Marda Loop last year, it upped its game with a south-facing patio on both the main and second floors. Share one of the pub’s popular pizzas made using family recipes while enjoying features like heaters, flower planters, umbrellas and strings of lights along the lower patio. 2018 33 Ave. S.W., 403-4550753, madrosepub.com, @madrosepub

Seasons of Bowness Park

For a beautiful waterside dining experience, visit Seasons of Bowness Park. An L-shaped wood patio runs along the south and east sides of the restaurant, offering views of Bowness Park’s lagoon. Wrap yourself in one of the blankets that Seasons keeps on hand if you get chilly.

8900 48 Ave. N.W., 403-202-5065, seasonsofbownesspark.ca

Hayden Block

Smoke & Whiskey

Few things go together better than summertime, barbecue and patios, and you’ll find all three at Hayden Block in Kensington. Order a platter of smoked meats like brisket and pulled pork to eat on the front patio or in the 28-seat enclosed Whiskey Garden in the back. 1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403283-3021, haydenblockyyc.com

The Guild

At Oliver & Bonacini’s first restaurant in Western Canada, you can sit at a patio table under the shaded archways of the historic Hudson’s Bay building or along the sidewalk for some sun. An additional area, part of The Guild Pub patio, was recently added along the northeast corner. 200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2313, theguildrestaurant.com, @theguildcalgary

Ricardo’s Hideaway

Located just around the corner from the hustle and bustle of 17 Ave. S.W., the 750-squarefoot turquoise patio at Ricardo’s Hideaway is almost as big as the rum bar’s interior. Nosh on cheesy empanadas and sip a mojito while soaking up some rays on this sunny patio. 1530 5 St. S.W., 587-349-2585, ricardoshideaway.ca, @ricardosyyc

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Vin Room



Rooftop Bar

@ Simmons

Located above Charbar on top of the Simmons Building in the East Village, the adults-only Rooftop Bar @ Simmons offers sweeping views of the Bow River and the RiverWalk from every seat. Between that sight line and patio features like heaters, umbrellas and a rooftop bar and open grill, you’ll never want to leave.

618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-4523115, rtbsimmons.com, @rtbsimmons


The Ship & Anchor

On a sunny day, the unfussy yet comfortable patio at The Ship & Anchor is usually one of the first to fill up. Casual picnic tables and benches make it easy for groups of friends to congregate over pints of beer, while a few tall trees occasionally provide a bit of shade.

534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com, @ship_and_anchor

These patios aren’t new, but their great views, romantic vibes, delicious brunch fare and other endearing qualities make them well-worth revisiting.

This is the first year that dogs will be allowed on patios at Vin Room — both the Mission (front patio only) and West Springs locations. Sundays and Mondays treat yourself to a glass of wine while your pooch munches complimentary house-made treats and drinks from the restaurant’s water stations.

2310 4 St. S.W., 403-457-5522 and 8561 8A Ave. S.W., 587-353-8812, vinroom.com, @vinroom


River Café

Surrounded by leafy trees along the lagoon in Prince’s Island Park, River Café’s patio is an idyllic spot for a date night. Large umbrellas provide shade during the day, while heaters, lanterns and little lights in the trees keep the space cozy and romantic during the evening.

25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-2617670, river-cafe.com, @rivercafeyyc


Pips Board Game Cafe

The whole family will love playing games outdoors on the front patio of this Marda Loop board-game café. There's even a “Pipsqueaks” kids’ menu of $6 to $7 items such as cheeseburgers or pancakes. 2015 33 Ave. S.W., 587-349-0047, pipscafe.com, @pipsbgc


Starbelly Open Kitchen + Lounge

On Sundays, make the drive to Seton for the market-style brunch at Starbelly. Visit the indoor buffet to order eggs or build your own waffle, then take your meal outside to the patio. Bright red chairs add a pop of colour to the space, which also features potted plants, heaters and strings of overhead lights. 220, 19489 Seton Cres. S.E., 403-570-0133, starbelly.ca, @starbellyyyc

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Summer is the season for easy entertaining. Being outdoors helps shift the focus to fun rather than fretting over cleaning or even cooking — pick up some easy ready-made snacks or throw almost anything on the grill and you’re good to go. Turn on the patio lights or light some lanterns and keep the party going into the night.


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1 O Canada Pilsner glasses from Hudson’s Bay, $25 for a set of four. 2 Stinson Studios salad servers from The Compleat Cook, $36. 3 Superfood salad from Bite Grocer and Eatery, $2.29 per 100 grams.
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8 Stonewashed striped linen tea towel from Inspirati Fine Linens & Home Essentials, $36 each. 9 Wooden pétanque lawn game from Lee Valley, $37. 10 Gama Go stainless-steel burger flipper from The Compleat Cook, $30. 11 PS2017 tea lights from IKEA, $10. 12 Melamine plates from Hudson’s Bay, $40 for a set of four. 13 Pig trivet from The Italian Store, $13. 14 Nappe tablecloth from Britannia Kitchen & Home, $30. 4 Stinson Studios square salad bowl from The Compleat Cook, $350. 5 Five-foot windmill decor from Golden Acre Home & Garden, $329. 6 Zora’s Lemonade Concentrate from The Cookbook Co. Cooks, $16. 7 Growler of Club Maté + from High Line Brewing, $21 for growler and fill ($13 for refill).
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1 “Like Ripples on a Pond” outdoor painting by T.E. Murray from Maria Tomás, $317.

2 Glass party LED string lights from Pier 1 Imports, $30.

3 “Flowers the Emotions” outdoor painting by T.E. Murray from Maria Tomás, $1,267.

4 Annex Brewery Miir growler from Annex Ale Project, $85 for growler and one fill of either root beer or beer.

5 Vigoro Adirondack border from The Home Depot, $5.48 for 55-cm length.

6 Six-inch lemon cream cake from Decadent Brulee, $55.

7 Magisso cake server from The Compleat Cook, $19.

8 Beverage napkins from Party Time, $2.07.

9 Medallion melamine plates from Crate and Barrel, $40 for set of four.

10 MyTai umbrella drink markers from Crate and Barrel, $18 for set of six.

11 Ice cream scoop from Britannia Kitchen & Home, $75.

12 Plastic table cover from Canadian Tire, available in a variety of colours, $3.99.

13 Seatbelt dining chair by Philips from Domaine Furnishings & Design, $1,045.

14 Blood-orange sorbet from Village Ice Cream, $9 for a pint

15 Melamine ice cream bowls from Crate and Barrel, $30 for set of four.

16 Turtle Shell 3.0 rugged wireless boom box from MEC, $129.

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1 Canvas Luna garden string lights from Canadian Tire, $35. 2 Histoire Naturelle Moss tablecloth by Le Jacquard Francais (on wall) from Inspirati Fine Linens & Home Essentials, $455. 3 Canvas Kasbah solar chandelier from Canadian Tire, $100. 4 Demetra tablecloth by Tessitura Toscana Telerie from Inspirati Fine Linens & Home Essentials, $369. 5 Inner circle cheese board from Peasant Cheese, $50 (comes with crackers). 6 Cheese knife from Lee Valley, $27 for a set of six knives and cheese markers. 7 Carmelo sand melamine plates from Pier 1 Imports, $11. 8 White linen napkin from Inspirati Fine Linens & Home Essentials, $24 each. 9 Clear stemless acrylic goblets from Pier 1 Imports, $10 each. 10 Hammered nickel party bucket from Pottery Barn, $153. 11 Oyster Bay pinot grigio, $19 and Giusti asolo prosecco, $22 both from Willow Park Wine & Spirits.
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1 Norm Architects wire base and lantern from Guildhall, $168 (the base can be used for a plant pot or with a marble top as a side table, also available at Guildhall).

2 Outdoor pillow from Canadian Tire, $17.

3 Aries side table in concrete with silver from Maria Tomás, $345.

4 Dangle-bead string lights from Pier 1 Imports, $40.

5 Metallic leaf placemat from Britannia Kitchen & Home, $11.

6 Black Cloud Bitters prairie rose bitters from The Silk Road Spice Merchant, $25.

7 Arteriors water splash bowl from Domaine Furnishings & Design, $85 (two larger sizes available as well).

8 Tyrrell’s beetroot, parsnip and potato chips from Bite Grocer and Eatery, $4.79.

9 Porter’s Tonic Original from The Silk Road Spice Merchant, $16.

10 Stainless-steel martini glass from Pier 1 Imports, $18 each.

11 Grey Goose Vodka from Zyn on 9th, $40.

12 Inspired black linen tablecloth from Inspirati Fine Linens & Home Essentials, $765 for 69-inch-by150-inch cloth (available in 20 colours and custom sizing).

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Annex Ale Project, annexales.com

Bite Grocer and Eatery, 1023 9 Ave. S.E., 403-263-3966, biteyyc.com

Canadian Tire, 9940 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-278-4040, canadiantire.ca

The Compleat Cook, 232 Willow Park Village, 403-278-1220, compleatcook.ca

The Cookbook Co. Cooks, 722 11 Ave. S.W., 403-265-6066, cookbookcooks.com

Decadent Brulee, 722 11 Ave. S.W., 403-245-5535, decadentbrulee.ca

Domaine Furnishings & Design, 8, 7130 Fisher Rd. S.E., 403-301-2339, domainefurnishings.com

Golden Acre Home & Garden, 620 Goddard Ave. N.E., 403-274-4286, goldenacre.ca

Guildhall 1222 9 Ave. S.E., 403-454-4399, guildhallhome.com

High Line Brewing, 113, 1318 9 Ave. S.E., highlinebrewing.com

The Home Depot, 6500 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-258-3800, homedepot.com

IKEA, 8000 11 St. S.E., 1-866-8664532, ikea.com

Inspirati Fine Linens & Home Essentials, 120, 2207 4 St. S.W., 403-244-4443, inspirati.ca

Lee Valley, 7261 11 St. S.E., 403-253-2066, leevalley.com

Maria Tomás, 6051 Centre St. S., 403-454-6051, mariatomas.com

MEC, 830 10 Ave. S.W., 403-269-2420, mec.ca

Peasant Cheese, 1249 Kensington Rd. N.W., 587-353-3599, peasantcheese.com

Pier 1 Imports, 8180 11 St. S.E., 403-692-9300, and four other locations, pier1.ca

Pottery Barn, Chinook Centre, 403-259-2100, potterybarn.ca

The Italian Store, 5130 Skyline Way N.E., 403-275-3300, italianstore.ca

Village Ice Cream, 431 10 Ave. S.E., 403-261-7950, and two other locations, villageicecream.com

Willow Park Wines & Spirits, 10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-296-1640, willowpark.net

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How to renovate your kitchen in a few hours, a few days or a few weeks.

Sometimes the heart of the home starts to miss a beat. The honey-oak cabinets look dated, the avocado appliances don’t work too well, and the beige laminate flooring is dingy and dull.

Regardless of your budget — for both time and money — a renovation is the solution. We’ve broken down what you can do in a few hours, a few days and a few weeks (or more), so you can make the changes to your kitchen that are right for you.

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These simple, affordable and quick fixes are ideal for renters who want to freshen up their surroundings, or homeowners who want more from their spaces but have limited time and money. Swapping out cabinet handles, upgrading a faucet or investing in new lighting can all breathe new life and energy into a kitchen.


If you’ve only got three hours to spare and a limited budget, Cat Hackman, owner of Calgary-based Room4Refinement, suggests changing out handles and pulls. “Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Lee Valley all have great selections for cabinet handles,” she says.

She also recommends paint to quickly refresh problem spots in the kitchen. “If you have a really horrible back splash and can’t afford to change it, it’s actually something you can paint,” Hackman says. “Check in with a paint store for what specifically you need to use.

“People will go as far as painting their fridge. I’ve even seen people paint [a fridge] with chalkboard paint.”


Depending on the size of your space, you may be able to install a modular kitchen system in as little as three hours, says Andrea Woodland, communication responsible at IKEA Calgary. This will add storage without the need for a total gut of the room. “A quick way to refresh your kitchen is to add some cabinetry; you could add something new or extend what you already have,” Woodland says.

She also suggests adding easy-to-install LED lighting over and under cabinets, as well as inside drawers. To keep counters tidy, Woodland recommends shelving and wall organizers such as hooks, rails and magnetic strips for knives and spice jars.


According to Canadian Tire Macleod Trail general manager Cory Free, swapping out a faucet is a quick renovation option with noticeable results.

“Commercial spring-loaded faucets are really popular,” Free says. “We also carry touchless faucets, which are great if you’re cutting chicken, because you just wave your hands under it and the faucet turns on.”


A few hours might not allow for a full-on tile job, so Free suggests a DIY solution instead. “We have a product that’s a stick-on tile. If you have out-dated tile, and are working on a budget or have limited time, this product will stick on top and it will last indefinitely,” he says. “It’s really easy to apply — once you have a clean surface, you just peel and stick.”

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IKEA carries LED light strips for drawers that can be installed quickly and easily. Danze touchless kitchen faucet, $400 from Canadian Tire. Peel & Impress vinyl wall tile, $20 per four tile pack, from Canadian Tire. IKEA photograph courtesy of IKEA; faucet and tile photographs courtesy of Canadian Tire; painted kitchen photograph by Agnieszka Krawczyk Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan gives this kitchen a quick shabby-chic-style update.
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If you have a solid weekend of free time, it is possible to refresh, redo or even renovate some key parts of your kitchen. To maximize your kitchen refresh weekend, shop for all supplies and materials beforehand and carefully plan out the time required for each project. Turn off Netflix and get to work.


For homeowners interested in tackling a weekend project themselves, painting cabinets is a time-efficient cosmetic change with big results, says Tanya Stembridge, principal at Sölle Interiors. “White and cream are timeless shades and light grey is very popular right now,” she says.

A thorough paint job, including sanding, priming and painting should take the whole weekend, but there are some products that offer shortcuts. “Benjamin Moore has awesome paints, specifically for cabinets, that have built-in primer, which will help

save some time,” Stembridge says, adding that you should consider hiring a pro to achieve a custom look. “You could add crown moulding up top and it really wouldn’t take a tradesperson more than a couple of hours or so,” she says.

For inspiration, Stembridge suggests checking out houzz.com. “That website is amazing,” she says. “I send all of our clients there because there are so many different projects you can look at and pull inspiration from.”

the course of a weekend. For small-space dwellers, Erin Page, marketing manager at Bradlee Distributors, suggests Wolf and Sub-Zero’s Small Spaces Collection (shown above). The line includes fridges, ranges, wine storage and more in sleek and compact sizes. For the minimalist, Sub-Zero’s integrated refrigerators are designed to merge seamlessly into your kitchen, especially if you choose custom cabinetry to match your existing cupboards.


It’s definitely feasible to update a backsplash over the course of a few days, says Jean St. Onge, president and CEO at Icon Stone and Tile. “Subway tile in a variety of patterns, textures and colours is particularly on trend,” he says, adding that herringbone and hexagon patterns are popular choices.

St. Onge says that replacing a countertop could also be done on a tight schedule. “If the

project is not too big you could plan ahead and do it over the weekend, especially if you include Monday,” St. Onge says. “But it depends on the size of the space and whether or not you’ve measured ahead of time.”

If you’re hiring someone to do the work for you, then a countertop demo and replacement should be doable in two days, although likely not on a weekend.

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When time isn’t a factor, the hardest decision homeowners face when tackling a kitchen renovation is how much money they want to spend and what they want to spend it on. From lighting to countertops, new appliances to completely redesigned kitchen cabinets with all the bells and whistles, the choices are nearly endless. This is the ideal time to call in the experts to get the job done right.


In the past few years, Christopher Lemke and Mace Mortimer, partners at Alloy Homes, have noticed an upswing in renovation requests at their business. Lemke says that many homeowners are looking to improve their existing living space rather than build new, a venture he says could pay off in the long run: “[The kitchen] is one of the places you can put money into your home and get the highest return.”

Lemke notes that the best way to maximize that return is through good design and thoughtful planning. “The more time you can spend on thinking about how that kitchen needs to work with your lifestyle and working with somebody who really understands how you think, the better that kitchen’s going to be,” he says.


In Matthew Neufeld’s experience as a partner at Braemyn Homes, many people have already planned their dream kitchen long before they even purchase their home. “A lot of times clients want to tackle a renovation pretty early on,” he says. “They were envisioning a reno and that brought them into the home at the beginning.”

Neufeld recommends that people looking to renovate should consider two things that will help get the kitchen they want. “I always ask them to find pictures and concepts that they like and that pop out to them,” he says. “It’s very easy for us to match a kitchen to a person’s concept. The second thing is to pick a budget early on to get a renovation that is exactly in their price point. It has to be an educated budget, and we can help with that.”


When choosing a professional for a kitchen renovation, Dawn Lavergne, 2016-2017 president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, prairie provinces chapter, and residential designer at MKL Residential Architecture & Design, recommends that you look for someone who belongs to professional organizations “People who have taken time to join different organizations and have taken the time to do additional certifications — those are huge things to look for,” she says.

Lavergne also recommends consulting websites such as nkba.org and houzz.com.


Kevin Mullen, president of Empire Kitchen & Bath has noticed a shift away from traditional cabinetry to sleeker, more contemporary looks, with flat-panel doors and finishes such as white lacquer and walnut, or both. “In most of our projects it’s a combination of materials — some wood and a solid colour.”

The reason for this shift, Mullen notes, is because the kitchen sets the tone for the rest of the home. “If you’re choosing a contemporary kitchen, you’re setting the trend for the types of furnishings, accessories and lighting to have,” he says. “Homeowners don’t start working on their laundry room first, they start with their kitchen.”

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Alloy Kitchen photograph by Marie-Hélène Bilodeau; Empire Kitchen photograph courtesy of Empire Kitchen & Bath The clean lines of this kitchen renovation by Alloy Homes belie the planning that went into the update. This white lacquer cabinetry by Empire Kitchen & Bath has a fresh, modern look.

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1. Take your time:

The fear of being priced out can pressure buyers to spend more than they can afford. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases most of us will make; it’s important to understand the process, the full cost of purchasing and owning a home, and the financing options available so your decision is an informed one.

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It’s important to have a support system in place, like a trusted friend or family member, to help you stick to your home-buying plan and provide an objective voice as you visit properties, negotiate and close on a property, and set up your new home.

With careful planning and a good savings plan for a down payment, it is possible to get a property that works with your lifestyle and budget without ending up with buyers’ remorse.

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According to Jennifer Mehalko, senior contract designer at Bellasera Kitchen Design Studio and owner of Found Design Group, appliance selection is the first step in laying the framework of a new kitchen. “We can customize the cabinetry and millwork around your wish list,” she says. “But things like a sink, plumbing fixtures and appliances are fixed dimensions.”

Mehalko says the biggest trends in appliances are steam and speed ovens. “I’ve seen more clients in the past years moving away from microwaves and instead going with a steam or speed oven,” she says.

The other big trend she has noticed is undercounter refrigeration, which she says adds efficiency and productivity. A kitchen with two refrigerators means that parents can be cooking in their own space while kids are prepping snacks in their own space — no traffic jams.


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While mosaic and other intricate floor-tile installations are still popular with those looking to renovate their kitchens, Brody Haugrud, director at CDL Carpet & Floor Centre, says that large-format tiles are gaining popularity. “It’s a veneer of porcelain instead of a thick slab of tile. Because it’s so thin, you can get pieces that are four feet by four feet,” he says.

Haugrud adds that large-format tiles make your space feel larger because there are fewer grout lines breaking up the space. He also notes that more and more people are opting for warmer tones for both wood and tile flooring.


The key to creating a fully functional space is to consider organization options from the start of your kitchen reno. Susan Pilon, design/sales consultant at Legacy Kitchens, says that in recent years storage options have become more accessible because there is more to choose from in the market.

“The requests we get are typically for hidden

storage,” she says. Clients are looking to store small appliances such as blenders, juicers and mixers out of sight but within reach for daily use.

“Traditionally, these appliances have not been stored to be easily accessible, so we’re seeing requests for deeper drawers,” she says. “We’re seeing less on the counter. Ideally, nothing should be sitting on the counter.”


According to Dawn Lavergne of the NKBA and MKL Residential Architecture & Design, one of the top trends right now in kitchen lighting is integration.

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“We’ve seen it for years now in toe kicks and under-cabinet lighting, but we’re starting to see things like backsplashes done in full glass and lit from behind.”

For countertops, Lavergne says more people are choosing quartz, which is durable, easy to maintain and available in a variety of options.

“Now we’re seeing quartz that looks like marble and you can also get it to look like granite, if you really love granite,” she says. “Caesarstone has an amazing new concrete-looking quartz coming out, too.”

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Rugged Concrete by Caesarstone provides the look of concrete with the durability of quartz. and in-island plumbing laid the framework of this kitchen by Bellasera Kitchen Design Group.


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Raw wilderness beckons many to Canada’s Yukon Territory to go whitewater rafting, canoeing, trekking or singletrack biking. But there’s also an understated cool in the historic streets of Whitehorse that’s attracting curious travellers beyond the outdoorsy types — even the Royals (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Yukon on their Canadian tour last fall) saw the allure of a place where bear sightings are as much a part of the vibe as craft beer and cocktails. With Whitehorse a direct flight from Calgary (approximately three hours via Air North or four hours via WestJet), you can easily discover the Yukon’s scenic landscapes of massifs and glassy alpine lakes, celebrate the rich First Nations heritage and culture and enjoy the northern hospitality. In the peak of summer, when epic skies ablaze in pink and orange make every hour seem like the magic hour, there is no shortage of good times to be had under the midnight sun.

What to Do Explore Whitehorse

Yukon’s capital city is charmingly laid-back, yet unwittingly cosmopolitan. Old log churches sit next to art galleries, and buildings painted with colourful street murals are on nearly every block. Take a walk to the wharf waterfront, which hosts many outdoor festivals and food trucks through the summer, or hop on the restored 1925 trolley for a roll alongside the Yukon River. Stroll the specialty shops at Horwoods Mall for everything from design pieces to gourmet cheeses, and find traditional Aboriginal artifacts and interpretive displays at the impressive Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

This Whitehorse museum houses taxidermy wildlife, Sam McGee’s original log cabin, old neon signs and Klondike gold rush-era relics. There’s also a new exhibit at the telegraph office

where Prince William and Kate famously made history during the royal tour by sending the first “telegraph-to-tweet” using a Morse code telegraph machine hooked up to a computer.

Carcross Daytrip

It’s hard to imagine visiting both a beach and desert in the Canadian north but in the tiny hamlet of Carcross, south of Whitehorse, you can see a bald eagle soaring above the sandy beach at Bennett Lake and visit the world’s smallest desert. Located just off the highway, the Carcross Desert sand dunes are a popular spot with the ATV crowd. Don’t miss the colourful Tlingit-inspired murals at Carcross Commons, a retail village where you’ll also find artisan Keith Wolfe Smarch creating traditional totem poles and masks at the carving shed. Carcross is also where you’ll find Montana Mountain, an old silver mine turned epic mountain bike park boasting more than 35 kilometres of handbuilt and restored single track. It’s one of the many reasons Outside Magazine gave Whitehorse and Carcross the “best biking destination” honours in its 2013 Travel Awards.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Aerial view of Whitehorse; Carcross Desert; Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Aerial photograph by Fritz Mueller, courtesy of Government of Yukon; Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre photograph courtesy of Government of Yukon


Trekkers looking for solitude and remote wilderness will find the Yukon to be a hiker’s paradise, with iconic trails like the multi-day Chilkoot as well as scenic scrambles through the alpine forests in Kluane National Park and Reserve, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Good day-hike options are King’s Throne Summit or the Sheep Creek Trail, which offers expansive views over the Ä’äy Chù (Slims River) Valley. Easier options abound at Miles Canyon, where you’ll see how the mighty Yukon River has cut a path through basaltic lava. After a tough day on the trails, bliss out in the warm natural mineral waters at the Takhini Hot Springs just 25 minutes from downtown Whitehorse. Even on weekends, this calm wooded spot is far from crowded, with pockets of visitors relaxing in its outdoor thermal pools.


The Icefield Discovery tour lets you marvel at the brilliant blue lakes of meltwater and ice crevasses of Kaskawulsh Glacier from the seat of a tiny Helio Courier H-295 ski plane. Take in the jaw-dropping panorama of the St. Elias peaks, then get the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of actually landing on a glacier and setting foot on the largest non-polar icefield in the world, with views of Canada’s tallest peak, Mount Logan.

Where to Eat

Klondike Rib & Salmon

Tourists and locals alike line up for this popular eatery housed in Whitehorse’s two oldest operating buildings. The extensive menu is packed with offerings of regional wild game such as elk, bison and reindeer and fresh northern ocean fish, making it hard to choose between the Alaskan halibut fish and chips and tender elk stroganoff. Whatever you end up ordering, leave room for fresh bannock and homemade pie.

Burnt Toast Café

This trendy yet intimate spot is great for brunch, lunch or dinner. Start your day with the maple banger and eggs with locally made maple-infused bratwurst, or have the lemon herb-crusted arctic char en papillote with veggies and blue-cheese mashed potatoes if you’re dropping by for dinner.

Birch + Bear

This latest venture by local restaurateurs Christine Kent and Katja Schmidt of Miner’s Daughter and Dirty Northern Public House is a cute café and salad-smoothie bar in Waterfront Station. The menu is all about healthy veggies and grains — think brown rice and quinoa bowls loaded with kale, avocado, cilantro, beets and carrots and topped with sesame sauce.

Bean North Coffee Roasting Company

Tucked in the boreal forest of Takhini Valley, Bean North roasts the certified-organic fairtrade coffee that you’ll find in cafes all across the Yukon. Enjoy a brew of single-origin coffee with a panini or bowl of homemade soup out on the massive deck, then load up on bags of beans to take home.


While winter visitors get the northern lights, going north of 60 in the summer brings the extended playtime known as the midnight sun. From late May to September, visitors to the Yukon have approximately 19 hours of daylight to take in the vistas, paddle the rivers or hike, bike and jog the countless trails. To pace yourself for these long days, here are a few ways to ensure a good night sleep: Wake up at the same time every day. This is probably even more important than going to bed at the same hour. Bring a sleep-mask, especially if you’re planning on camping. The endless daylight can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. It’s why the hotel rooms usually have blackout curtains.

Still struggling to sleep?

Consider taking melatonin — nature’s sleeping pill — to help your body adjust its internal clock.

Where to Stay

Coast High Country Inn

Walk in royal footsteps by booking Room 414 at this modest lodge, now dubbed “the world’s most popular three-star hotel” since hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The inn is close to the Yukon River and walking distance to the SS Klondike, a historic paddle-wheel steamboat — just look for the 40-foot-tall carved wooden Mountie statue out front.

Westmark Whitehorse Hotel and Conference Center

The guest lodgings at the 181-room Westmark, the Yukon’s largest hotel, are spacious, albeit a tad dated. Still, you can’t beat the location in the heart of downtown Whitehorse with easy access to restaurants and shopping. Don’t miss the Frantic Follies, a nightly vaudeville-style revue in the downstairs ballroom.

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High-end Hiking

Low-lying clouds seem to have swallowed up the backcountry, obscuring my view of the famous Bugaboos Spires, a collection of pointy peaks that are part of the Purcell Mountains in southeastern British Columbia. The temperature is cool for mid-July, and though nature remains stunning — the overcast sky makes colours pop, from the orange and lime-green lichen atop the boulders to the pink stripes of algae that streak the snow — a chill settles in as my tired legs descend a steep hillside. And then I see it. On the far side of an alpine lake, a white Bell helicopter awaits our group of 12 hikers to spirit us back to Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) Bugaboos Lodge. We clamber aboard gratefully and moments later the whirly bird lands on the

Three mountain getaways where you can bag a peak, traverse a ridge and end the day in the lap of luxury.

lodge’s heli-pad. Ten minutes after that I’m warming up in a rooftop hot tub, and rehydrating with a cold Kolsch. The clouds lift and I’m rewarded with a view of the granite towers we couldn’t see during the afternoon excursion.

I could get used to this kind of après-hike pampering. Indeed, experiencing Canada’s mountain wilderness need not mean trekking for days and roughing it inside a cold tent after dining on Mr. Noodles. It’s possible to hike right from a well-appointed lodge, or even helicopter up to challenging trails and postcard vistas, and then feast like royalty at a modern-day backcountry castle. Here are three lodges that, together with the terrain they abut, elevate the high-country experience.

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Guests of CMH Bugaboos exploring heli-accessed terrain in B.C.’s Purcell Mountains. Photograph by Lyle Grisedale, CMH Bugaboos

CMH Bugaboos

levation is the name of the game with heli-hiking, where a helicopter transports guests up to remote locations that would be arduous to reach on foot. So it goes at CMH Bugaboos. From the drop-off, a guide leads the group to emerald-green alpine tarns, or over loose moraine to the icy toe of a glacier. In every direction, the namesake Bugaboos Spires form a jagged skyline.

The spectacular scenery makes every hike and flight epic — from the air, you see hectares of green forest, verdant valleys oxbowed with creeks and steely blue lakes. But, if we’re being honest, helihiking is also about what happens after the boots come off. CMH Bugaboos lodge is a welcoming retreat with comfortable rooms, common areas packed with cushy couches and wood-burning fireplaces, and an intimate bar with the best view in the Purcells.

You can unwind at the spa or read in a quiet nook. Then, get social with guests from around the world over afternoon “tea goody” (a snack of cheeses, fruit and baked yummies), or during dinner, a family-style affair where you chow down on health-conscious options such as ginger salmon on a bed of broccolini. The staff is happy to accommodate special requests, such as a craft cocktail. With that level of food and service, it’s mighty tempting to “miss” the chopper ride back to civilization.


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BELOW CMH helicopter. BOTTOM CMH Bugaboos lodge. RIGHT Charcuterie at Mount Engadine Lodge. RIGHT BELOW The bar at CMH Bugaboos. Outdoor CMH Bugaboos photographs by Lyle Grisedale; interior CMH Bugaboos photograph by Tammy Hanratty

Mount Engadine Lodge

My husband and I had just scrambled up above the tree line on the Tent Ridge trail in Spray Valley Provincial Park, when we encountered a fellow hiker. “Did you see the bear?” he asked. We had to admit we were oblivious to the bruin lumbering in front of us — too busy ogling the jagged teeth of the front-country Canadian Rockies and, later, the view back down toward Spray Lakes Reservoir, a glassy mirror reflecting cloud and peak in the morning light. We never saw the beast disappear into the forest.

The loop trail, an 11-kilometre stunner that spends half its length high on an exposed ridge that horseshoes around a deep cirque, is easily accessible from Mount Engadine Lodge. The boutique property, set above a pretty meadow cut with a meandering stream and framed by a trio of limestone peaks, is located just off the Smith Dorien Trail about an hour from Canmore. Engadine’s rooms are cute and cozy, the food is delicious (all meals are included in the room price) and it’s close to some of the region’s best hikes, including Chester Lake and Buller Pass.

As the lodge’s reputation has grown, it has become a popular base for hikers who like to bookend a day outdoors with fantastic fare. Start the day with rich coffee and eggs Benedict. Out on the trail, unpack a bag lunch of pulled pork sandwiches and homemade cookies (best enjoyed while your feet dangle off a cliff ledge, perhaps), and return to Engadine for afternoon tea taken from Adirondack chairs on the sunny patio. A few hours later, you’ll sit down to a family-style dinner of globally influenced dishes such as peach gazpacho and duck with coconut rice. Then, sated and exhausted, retire to your mountain-view room and zonk out in the inviting king-size bed. Rise and repeat.


Island Lake Lodge

You wouldn’t go so far as to say that the best part of hiking Heiko’s Trail is happy hour at trail’s end on the patio at Island Lake Lodge. But, when you’re trekking more than 20 km and crossing three mountain passes in the heart of bear country — in one day — a backcountry explorer occasionally needs the promise of a liquid reward to get through those last few clicks.

That probably wasn’t the trail-builder’s intent when he set out to pioneer the hike near Fernie, B.C. in the summer of 2000. Instead, Heiko Socher chose the path because it passes through some of the most diverse backcountry in the Canadian Rockies. Intrepid hikers gain a total of 1,200 metres elevation as they ascend through a rainforest, explore a cave, cross a deep canyon and traipse through alpine meadows blooming with wildflowers. You can even hire one of Island Lake Lodge’s Association of Canadian Mountain Guides-certified guides to cheer you onward.

Where the path ends, luxury begins. More than a few weary hikers seek rejuvenation on the Bear Lodge patio with a local beer from the Fernie Brewing Company, or stay overnight, slumbering under a feather duvet in one of Island Lake Lodge’s log-walled rooms. In between happy hour and bedtime there’s the outdoor hot tub with views of the imposing Lizard Range and dinner inside the woodsy Tamarack Dining Room. There, executive chef Keith Farkas wows gentrified taste buds with delights such as house-made chorizo and Ocean Wise seafood dishes. The overall experience is so good you just might hike Heiko’s again


If you’re going to hike Heiko’s Trail, best you know a bit about the man who built it. Heiko Socher, a legendary figure in the Fernie area, passed away last October at the age of 86. In addition to his legacy as a trail-builder, Socher was owner and operator of Fernie Snow Valley ski area from 1972 to 1997, when it was sold and renamed Fernie Alpine Resort. Unhappy with the direction the resort took post-sale, Socher was part of a group proposing a new ski resort for Fernie. He is also credited with creating the “The Griz,” a mythical mascot for outdoor adventurers in the region.

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ABOVE The outdoor patio at Mount Engadine Lodge. LEFT Guests at Mount Engadine can hike right from the lodge. ABOVE RIGHT Heiko’s Trail near Fernie. BELOW Island Lake Lodge. Patio photograph by Taylor Michael Burk; Island Lake photographs by Mike McPhee
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Andrew Buckley

From his record-book years as quarterback for the U of C Dinos to an exceptional rookie season with the Calgary Stampeders, this homegrown athlete balances football prowess with medicalschool ambitions.

As a skinny high-school student with a shock of red hair, standing all of five-feet-two-inches, Andrew Buckley dreamt of three things: a growth spurt, an acceptance letter from the University of Calgary and a spot on the U of C Dinos’ football team.

Eight years later, Buckley stands a broadshouldered six-feet-plus, is a U of C grad and the most accomplished quarterback in Dino history. And because real life sometimes surpasses dreams, Buckley can add playing for his hometown Canadian Football League Calgary Stampeders to that list, as well.

Last year in Buckley’s rookie season with the Stampeders, where he was the youngest

player on the roster, the team’s successful regular- and post-season run landed them in November’s Grey Cup game against the Ottawa Redblacks. Buckley scored a running touchdown in the fourth quarter — the first Canadian quarterback to score a Grey Cup touchdown since Russ Jackson in 1968. Though the favoured Stamps fell to the underdog Redblacks, all in all, it has been, in Buckley’s words, “a dream couple of years.”

“If I look back to the start of the season, before I even made the team, if someone had said, ‘you’ll be playing in the Grey Cup in your first season,’ I would have shook my head and said ‘you’re crazy.’”

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bryce Meyer Football player Andrew Buckley at his family farm near Springbank.


His abbreviated athletic resume reads as follows: twice named the top university football player in the country; two-time winner of the Russ Jackson Award for the university football player in Canada who best exemplifies academic achievement, football skill and citizenship; and the City of Calgary’s male athlete of the year for 2014. As the Dinos’ starting quarterback, Buckley broke national and regional records for passing yards and yards per game. In his first CFL season he played in every Stamps game and scored eight rushing touchdowns in the regular season, tying a CFL record for the most rushing touchdowns by a Canadian quarterback.

Along with his athletic achievements, Buckley, who grew up on a farm near Springbank, has also sustained a high level of academic achievement — enough to garner an interview for the U of C’s Cumming School of Medicine. He has put medical school on hold to play professional football as long as he can, but continues to volunteer and do research at the university. “I’ve learned to dichotomize my life, in a way, to be able to separate [sport and academics],” he says. “It’s really a matter of focusing your energy and attention.”

Now 23, with a penchant for wearing band T-shirts, Buckley looks like your average grad student, albeit a very fit one. In his words, he’s “an ordinary, normal, nerdy type of guy,” but his work ethic is extraordinary. During his years with the Dinos, Buckley worked out at least seven or eight times a week, arriving at the gym most mornings at 6 a.m. and leaving two and a half hours later — a regimen that added 25 pounds of muscle to his frame (“hopefully it was all muscle,” he says).

In addition to team workouts, he also put in many hours on his own, working on sprints and flexibility, running with his dog, and practicing muay Thai and jiu-jitsu.

Even so, Buckley faced a sharp learning curve in his first year of professional football. He had to retrain his body to withstand the rigour of a CFL season, which extends far longer than the university season. His team workouts with the Stamps were all about staying in “game shape,” he says, focusing on light dumb bells, single-leg balancing exercises and preventative bungee work on his hips and rotator cuffs. “You can’t be breaking down your body every week in a tough workout when you have 18 more weeks to go,” he says. “It was a matter of slowing down the workouts

and being able to maintain. It was a new challenge for me.”

During the off-season, Buckley amped up his training, with eight or nine workouts per week, three to four cardio days and maximum strength training. He also worked on his speed and power by running sprints and hurdles at the U of C’s Olympic Oval under the direction of coach Taylor Altilio.

Buckley credits his parents, both physicians, with motivating him to set high standards and passing on an inability to sit still. (His father Rick played for the Dinos in the 1970s.) To this day, family vacations at their cabin in Montana adhere to a five-sports-per-day rule. “My parents always pushed me to not be lazy,” Buckley says. “It’s one thing to do the bare minimum and just get by, but that’s not going to take me where I want to get to.”

Buckley admits he’s driven to some degree by anxiety. During school he worried over every

exam and was rigid about sticking to his pre-game rituals — pacing out a square pattern on the field as he listened to the same seven songs.

It’s a different kind of pressure playing pro football in front of a hometown crowd with his parents, grandparents, sister, aunts and uncles in the stands. “A lot of times, I thought medical school might have been easier. But you just have to trust the plan and trust your decision-making and go with it full speed,” he says.

While there’s no knowing how long Buckley will be part of the Stamps’ roster, he is a lifetime member of an exclusive club of athletes who can claim the experience of playing for the hometown team on home turf.

“I really feel embraced by the city of Calgary, just being a Calgary kid and a Canadian quarterback,” he says. “It’s very, very special.”

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Katherine Burrowes

The right costume and the right fashion sense are vital in the world of commercial dance. In both her work as a dancer and her international travels, Katherine Burrowes has developed her own wideranging sense of style.

Currently, Burrowes is the co-artistic director and operations manager of illFX Entertainment, a company that puts together shows for public and corporate events, and illFX Education, which offers training for those interested in pursuing jobs dancing in touring productions or music videos. Burrowes helped create the company as a response to the lack of opportunities for dancers

in Calgary. This month, illFX is presenting two shows: its apprentice company is performing a show based on the board game Clue, and its gala fundraiser, “Night at the Apollo,” will double as a year-end recital.

Despite not starting her dance training until she was a teenager, Burrowes was a natural from the start. After earning her bachelor of arts in dance with distinction from the University of Calgary, Burrowes continued her training in Toronto, New York City, London and Japan. Influenced by her love of travel and dance, Burrowes incorporates these passions into her fashion choices.

How did you first get into dancing?

I didn’t start training at a studio until I was 14, which in the dance community is quite old. A lot of professional dancers start in ballet class when they’re three. But I always danced, just kind of to the beat of my own drum, I guess. I joined the Youth Singers of Calgary when I was in Grade five, and that was the first time I did instructed dancing.

How do you think illFX has helped Calgary’s dance community grow?

When we were younger, there wasn’t a lot of commercial dance in the city. There was a good underground hip-hop scene in terms of breaking and funk styles, but there wasn’t a big commercial world. When we first started our dance crew, we would hold competitions, which I think encouraged other people to put together teams and practice and come out to show what they’ve got. The beginning [around 2009] was the first time that we saw a choreography scene coming out.

How do you find outfits for your shows?

I try to pay attention to current trends in the dance world, figure out what people are wearing there, and then make sure it suits the tone of the piece and the event we’re performing at. We could perform the same piece at a public festival and at a corporate event, and I would costume them completely differently. We do a lot of themed events, so it will be like a ’20s theme or a ’70s theme or a funk theme. And obviously it has to be something comfortable that dancers can move in.

Top is vintage; jumper was a gift from “bestie” Kevin Fraser; Nike shoes from Sport Chek; earrings from H&M; bracelet is a repurposed vintage necklace.

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s a bit weird. It’s very eclectic because, obviously, I live in the dance world. I take a lot of inspiration from hip-hop culture, but then I also really like classic, elegant styles, so when I get dressed up I probably go a little more in that direction. I love just adding weird stuff. I love cats, so I have a lot of cat clothes, which I’m sure most people wouldn’t wear, but I like it so I wear it. I like really odd, bright ’90s-inspired pieces, and I do a lot of vintage shopping.

In what ways do you think your style has evolved?

I’ve gone through a lot of phases; I think everybody has. I went to Japan in October and that boosted my eye for fashion again, because Japan is so amazing and the fashion there is so incredible. Just standing around and watching everyone look amazing, it really made me think: “How could I use my wardrobe? How could I have more fun with my wardrobe?”

How has your involvement in dance affected your everyday fashion?

It has probably made me appreciate fashion more because, in my job, I’m not really required to look good. A lot of people have to look professional when they go to work, but me? I show up in a T-shirt and sweatpants and that’s totally acceptable. I think it has just made me appreciate fashion on the days that I do get to put together an outfit. It’s fun, whereas, I think for a lot of people, it’s work.

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Acid-washed jeans are vintage; StellaSport top from Sport Chek; silver running shoes and white hat purchased in Japan; hoop earrings from Ardene.

What do you like to wear when you’re not at work?

If I don’t have to dance — I say have to dance, I love to dance — but if I don’t have to work that day, then I will almost always wear jeans. I love jeans. To me, they’re like comfy clothes, I know people take off jeans and put on leggings and sweatpants, but I work in leggings and sweatpants, so I put on jeans.

How do your fashion choices represent you?

I think style is all about confidence. I try to show that I’m confident in my clothes — that’s maybe why I choose some bold things that I think other people wouldn’t wear. But I don’t like to try too hard; I don’t like to put in a lot of time and effort. I like to throw things together but look effortlessly put together. I don’t know if I accomplish that, but it’s what I’m going for.


Favourite store?

There’s a shop in Sidney, B.C. called Miss Bliss and they have really cute clothes, which is funny because it’s a retirement town — everyone there is 90, but they have this one store that’s really young and hip.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pop star for a while.

Cats or dogs?

Always cats. I do have a cat, his name is Sam, and he’s fat, white and deaf. He was YouTube-famous for a brief time. How can you find him on YouTube?

Look up “Cat Meatloaf.” Favourite Calgary bar?

I really like the vibe of Proof. Favourite Calgary treat? Village Ice Cream.

What word do you overuse? Hype. I say hype all the time. Dream vacation?

Any kind of cultural adventure. Pet peeve?

People who don’t signal when they’re driving.

Favourite fictional heroine? Catwoman.

What’s your greatest extravagance?

Travel. I don’t have a lot of stuff, but I like to get away. If you could be reborn in any era, which one would you choose?

Fashion-wise, I would maybe go back to the ’50s, but in real life I don’t think I would go back in time because being a woman sucked in earlier times.

Jumpsuit from bebe; belt and earrings with rhinestones by Miss Randi Lee from Miss Bliss in Sidney, B.C.; gold shoes from Blame Betty; necklace was found in an abandoned guitar amp left in the lobby of Burrowes’ apartment building.
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Josh Taylor

With 20 years of hair-cutting experience, Josh Taylor opened Notorious Hair Group in Inglewood last August. The boutique salon has a laid-back vibe, with classic candy for clients and a steady stream of old-school hits playing. “I wanted to create a barbershop feel that women could be comfortable in, too,” Taylor says. Here are 10 things he can’t live without.


Horace & Jasper Design Wallets

I was always looking for the perfect wallet and I finally found this leather maker at Crossroads Farmers’ Market. It’s made of three different leathers and it’s soft, so it wears a little easier.


This photographer duo travels somewhere every year and then makes a calendar of the photos. They’re unbelievable, something I look forward to every year.

Bushido Tattoos

Doug Fink is quite a legend in Calgary — I’ve been going to him for 16 years. But the shop has so many different artists, whatever style you’re looking for, they have someone.


Xander Nils

He’s a solo artist who does open mics all over the city, so I like to follow him around. He has this bluesy, raspy voice that’s just killer.

5 Karaoke Night at Stonegate Pub

It’s my neighbourhood pub and the karaoke host is awesome — he kills it every time. Everyone cheers you on, regardless if you’re good or not. It’s a really fun atmosphere.

margarita — but I’m also a sucker for Cadillacs. This margarita isn’t too overwhelming and Añejo has my favourite tequila collection.

8 Alberta Diamond Exchange

I love watches and jewellery design, and any time I buy jewellery for my wife this is where I go. They have a wicked selection and can custommake anything you ask for.


500 Cucina’s Salsicce Pizza

The Italian sausage is unreal and the crust is phenomenal — they import the flour and make the crust in-house. If you like Italian-style pizza, this is the place to go.

6 The Candy Store in Nanton

I’m a candy freak and this is my favourite candy store by far. They’ve brought back lots of cool things from when I was younger.

10 Painter Chicks Designs

My interior designer, Marco Remenante, brought them in while designing the salon. They took regular furniture and made it look vintage just by using paint — it was amazing.

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at home

Interior designer Sarah Ward’s home is as eclectic and engaging as the spaces she creates for Calgary’s top restaurants.


With a client list that includes The Nash and Proof, interior designer Sarah Ward is known for transforming spaces into eccentric and eyecatching cocktail bars and refined restaurants.

In her Bankview home, Ward mingles vintage and modern elements, nestling items from chain stores next to those from coveted designers, and then sprinkling in quirky pieces that serve as hidden gems. Her idiosyncratic style leads to bold and unexpected design choices. The black walls in the former office that now serves as an ad-hoc library, for instance, always take people aback. But instead of creating a gloomy shrunken feel, the ebony walls have the opposite effect. “They’re always surprised a black room can be so open and approachable,” says Ward, adding she loves the drama of it. “It’s one of the quirkier rooms of the house. Because it’s not a main living space, we felt we could be more experimental.”

Unexpected design touches, like the black library walls, the vibrant peacock blue ones in the dining room, the decommissioned fireplaces that are also painted black, and unusual details, such as a portrait of Bill Murray and a mounted zebra head, give the space a bit of eccentricity. “I love the zebra in the living room,” says Ward. “You can’t look at it and not smile.”

The Murray portrait and a cross-stitch of The Royal Tenenbaums serve as part of a running Wes Anderson theme. A framed photograph of a hotel pool, while not directly linked to the quirky film director, is in line with his unique aesthetic and colour palette.

“I love things that bring joy and delight in whatever form that is,” says Ward. “I love that the zebra is so weird. And so is Bill Murray.”

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The living room in designer Sarah Ward’s home maintains a mid-century aesthetic with vintage-style chairs and a Noguchi-style coffee table.


Ward took six months to decide on the fabric for her Eero Saarinen womb chair. The coveted designer piece is a focal point in the black library — a place to curl up, relax and read. This was no impulse purchase, but a long-held desire to own one of these chairs finally realized. “Ever since I was in design school, this was the chair I wanted,” she says.

In that same space a credenza from Calgary’s Bex Vintage, reflects Ward’s love for mid-century furniture. But next to these investment pieces the

home also features finds from Anthropologie, IKEA and Crate and Barrel. “You acknowledge your taste won’t be the same forever,” she says. “I’m not willing to spend a lot of money on things that won’t be with us for a long time. I love to mix things that I have coveted for a long time with those I know I can replace in a few years because my tastes have changed.”

That philosphy means Ward practices patience when it comes to adding more expensive items to her home. The dining room drapes — saturated in colour with bold dragons and bright

chrysanthemums and peonies — are a fabric Ward had long desired before finally purchasing.

The first piece of fine art she and husband Dave McDougall purchased was a painting by Heidi Conrod. The couple initially walked away from it to mull over. “It’s important to wait with fine art,” says Ward.

The modern piece, with its lively strokes of auburn and orange, teal and smoky blue, now hangs in the dining room and was the couple’s fifth anniversary gift to each other. “It feels like it’s us in colour,” Ward says.

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The easel-style bookcase lets book and magazine covers become part of the decor.


There are no framed family photos, shots from Ward’s wedding to McDougall or snaps from vacations away, but family mementoes and souvenirs from travel are always close at hand in subtle ways.

A signature of Ward’s home-design sensibility is incorporating covert reminders of the people she holds dear. The unexpected black-and-white shot of a 1938 high-school rugby team includes McDougall’s grandfather; a painting by Ward’s sister of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a portrait of Ward’s first dog; and the framed pressed flowers on display in the living room are from her grandmother’s garden. It’s a way of secretly having reminders of family and loved ones nearby in a unique way. “I like belongings instead of framed pictures,” says Ward.

Ward treats vacation souvenirs the same way. A black, nubbly chunk of lava from a trip to Iceland, a large framed poster of Lugano (cheekily purchased in Hawaii) and a handmade shaker box, steamed and hand nailed, from a village in Vermont all serve as unconventional reminders of the trips she and McDougall have taken together.

“I love things that have a story,” says Ward.

BELOW Playful sayings in unusual frames serve as art around the house. RIGHT Designer and homeowner Sarah Ward stands next to a credenza purchased from Bex Vintage, a Calgary-based seller of mid-century furniture. An owl sculpture from Australia, a painting of the Royal Tenenbaums and a framed list of “bar rules” from New York City, are some of the eccentric curios on display in the living room.




1. Surround yourself with things you love. “Let each object tell a part of your personal story. Unusual items create a distinct space that is uniquely you.”

2. Embrace colour. “Colour is the easiest and simplest way to create a unique space, and is really cost-effective. It also amplifies the palette around it, which is why you see some fine art galleries use very saturated shades for their walls.”

3. Support small businesses and artisans. “Whether you shop at local retailers, art markets, or sites like Etsy, there is an incredible amount of wonderful work out there, and it’s better to buy directly from an individual than a large retailer.”

4. Display inspiration. “I love coffee-table and art books, as they allow me to surround myself with a library of work and inspiration that is easily accessible. But they get lost when they are all clustered together on bookshelves. I display them in stacks throughout the house that are rotated frequently.”

5. Play with texture. “I think texture is often under-utilized in many spaces. The use of tactile materials is what makes the best designers really distinct. Looking to a variety of natural materials is the easiest way to bring texture into your home, whether it’s through a cowhide rug, plants, or natural artifacts — like our lava rock from Iceland. But don’t go stealing from protected sites!”

Saturated wall colours, such as the peacock blue in Ward’s dining room, make artworks stand out.

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“Chateau” framed photograph print in living room by Jeremy Kohm from 20x200.com Zebra bust in living room from Anthropologie CF Chinook Centre, 403-252-7411, anthropologie.com

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Janet’s Crown

Katie Ohe’s tribute to Calgary painter Janet Mitchell (1912-1998) sits near the hilltop entrance to the Alberta College of Art + Design, where Ohe taught for more than 40 years. It is the kind of spot where Mitchell sketched bird’s-eye views of the growing city.

Nine polished steel stars, reminiscent of the fanciful ones that figured in Mitchell’s watercolours, are scattered, facing upward, in the grass to reflect Calgary’s shifting sky. The central form, a hemisphere topped with five points of tubular steel, evokes a crowned figure also found in Mitchell’s painting (inset: Open that Fold of Space a Little Wider and Let me Through, 1966, this work is in The City of Calgary Public Art Collection). Ohe translates Mitchell’s visual idiom from painting to sculpture and expresses deeper qualities that both artists share, such as the capacity for delight and affirmation of the place they live.

Janet’s Crown is an outstanding sculpture in its own right. The work is on a personal scale and invites the viewer to be a partner: you can gently rotate the central figure and move among the stars. As you do so, enjoy the gratification of perfect craftsmanship, pure forms and smooth, scintillating surfaces. Also take pleasure in the shifting silvery colours, the result of multiple layers of sparkling automotive paint tinged with blue, pink and red.

Ohe says this piece, now 16 years old, is important to her because it gave her ideas for subsequent sculptures. Holding the small preliminary model for Janet’s Crown felt like holding a vessel in a gesture of offering or prayer, she says, and she carried that notion into a series of wall pieces.

When you visit Ohe’s artworks, please, offer her thanks. If we lived in Japan, we would call her a national living treasure.

TITLE: Janet’s Crown, 2001

ARTIST: Katie Ohe, with the technical assistance of George Petitclerc (metal work), Neil Liske (painting) and Barry Klippert (installation).

MEDIUM: Industrial paint and clear coat on steel; polished stainless steel; grassy hillside.

SIZE: The piece occupies an area approximately 35 feet in diameter. The central form is

inches high by five-feet wide; individual stars vary in size from 22 to 38 inches.

LOCATION: Southwest of the main entrance to the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), 1407 14 Ave. N.W.

NOTES: Commissioned and donated by Rod Green and Masters Gallery to ACAD.

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Open That Fold of Space a Little Wider and Let me Through
Additional sculptures by Katie Ohe in Calgary can be found in Bankview, Prince’s Island Park and at the University of Calgary. Her work is represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery.
photo by Owen Melenka courtesy of
City Of Calgary Public Art Collection, ©Glenbow, Calgary, Alberta 2017
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