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Is there anything better than a great burger? Whether you like ’em basic, done up all fancy-like or made with something other than beef, our burger-loving food writer has got the goods.

Tips and tricks from local cookbook authors and frequent home entertainers to make your own backyard (or balcony) bashes something your guests will gush about.

It has been five years since the catastrophic flooding that brought the city to its knees. In looking back, it’s hard not to look forward, however, and wonder whether or not we’re ready for the next one.


Jim Button, co-founder of Village Brewery. PHOTOGRAPH BY JARED SYCH PAGE 31

Cheers to Alberta Beers A celebration of the winning brews and brewers from the first-ever Alberta Beer Awards held this past spring. Plus a look at the craft of brewing in the province right now, from the barley growers to the brew masters. By Jason van Rassel

Best Burgers

By Gwendolyn Richards 8


Outdoor Entertaining

By Jennifer Hamilton

Summer Patio Guide When patio season comes around in Calgary you’ve gotta grab the bull by the horns. We’ve pinpointed some of the city’s best spots for those looking for a lively party, a quiet courtyard, or some great people-watching. By Elizabeth Chorney-Booth

Five Years After the Flood

By Andrew Guilbert




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Profile: Maud Salvi As the executive director of the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, Maud Salvi oversees a five-day event with 200 or so bands playing in around 30 different venues. If you think that sounds intense, imagine being in her position during the flood of 2013.


Decor What happens when your dream neighbourhood also happens to be one of the city’s most flood-prone? If you’re Joanna Januszewska and Rafal Wieczorek of Niko Homes you incorporate the latest in floodmitigation features into your lovely new build.


The List Since moving to Calgary eight years ago, Erin Ferguson, founder of online consignment retailer [pre]shrunk.ca, has made the city her own with these go-to spots and services.


Detours The heartstring-tugging story behind a locally produced children’s book that’s creating major buzz. Plus, a family fun day for all abilities and a few things to know about wolfdogs and the Cochrane-area sanctuary harbouring these canine-lupine crosses. 10





New & Noteworthy

Three roads for those who prefer to take the scenic route, even if it means adding hours to the journey. Plus, where to stay at the end of the line, and a look at two new rides for drivers of the two-wheel and four-wheel persuasions.

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y the time you’re reading this I hope you’ve already scored some patio Correction: Our May cover time. If you haven’t, we’ve got recommodel and one of the moms mendations for great patios in the included in our fashion feature, city. Whether you’re looking for a Libertee Muzyka, was incorpatio for a hot day or a cooler day, to peoplerectly identified by a misswatch or to get away from the hustle and bustle, pelling of her former married we’ve got you covered (or perhaps I should say name. You can learn more uncovered). We also talked to some of the city’s about Muzyka and her work at best-known cookbook authors to give us their libertee.ca. We regret the error. top tips for outdoor entertaining if you would rather hang out at home. Käthe Lemon Editor-in-Chief One of those cookbook authors, food writer klemon@redpointmedia.ca Gwendolyn Richards, shares her burger expertise with recommendations across the range of culinary experiences. And since you can’t have burgers without want to shop local, or who care about the local We also catch up with Maud Salvi, executive beer, we’re thrilled to have been a co-presenter economy, agriculture or the development of director of the Sled Island Music and Arts Festiof the first annual Alberta Beer Awards, which culinary culture (which, I dare say, is most of us). val, as she prepares for her sixth event since she were given out in March by the Alberta Small But while the time is right for enjoying burgers was hired in 2013 — that’s right, Salvi’s first Sled and beer and patio time, I know I’m not alone Island was the one she had to cancel on account of Brewers Association. In this issue we take a in casting an anxious eye to the river at this time the flood. But she, like so many of us who made it more in-depth look at the winners and the craftof year. While the city has moved forward on a through hell or high water, remains committed to beer scene here. It’s something Avenue is quite number of mitigation projects since the floods both her work and to the city. literally in the middle of — there are eight brewof 2013, there is certainly more to be done. Five Whether we’re building breweries or festivals, eries within five kilometres of our office, with years after, our associate editor Andrew Guilbert creating burgers or making magazines, we are all at least one more on the way. looks at what has changed, what hasn’t and what’s building community here. And for that, we raise The story of how Alberta’s craft beer scene holding everything up. 10:31 AM a glass, to Calgary! is growingLUX-368 mattersAvenueOne-thirdPageAd-April21.V1-FINAL.pdf to all of us who like beer, 1 2018-04-25



CONTRIBUTORS KAREN ASHBEE Since quitting her full-time gig with Flare and moving from Toronto to Calgary, Karen Ashbee has freelanced for “just about everyone,” including Avenue, Canadian House and


Home, the Calgary Herald, the National Post, The Globe and Mail, Fashion and enRoute to name a few. When not writing or working for her husband, Ashbee, a certified dressage judge and equine enthusiast can be found riding a horse or judging a show.

TIERAN GREEN Tieran Green is a still-life and tabletop photographer specializing in food and beverage advertising. Some of his clients include Moxie’s, Chop Steakhouse, Marriott Hotels, the Jack Daniels’ family of brands and a number of up-and-coming craft breweries across Western Canada. Working mostly out of Calgary-based Colony Studios, Green spends the remainder of his time performing as a drummer and recording artist with a wide variety of local and touring country and jazz outfits. See more of his work at tierangreen.com.

JEANNIE PHAN Jeannie Phan is an internationally published illustrator whose work appears in editorials, books and advertising. Her clients include The New York Times, NPR, Macmillan and Airbnb. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, she is now based in Toronto, where she lives near the “lungs of the city” with her feline companion, Odin, and works out of her home studio. Phan is also an avid gardener and actively promotes green living in urban spaces as part of her complementary passion for the pursuit of wellness.

JASON VAN RASSEL Jason van Rassel’s craft-beer journey began in Calgary, when he started a beer blog as a hobby while working as a crime reporter at the Calgary Herald. He moved to Edmonton in 2016 and now works in communications, but he continues to follow Alberta’s craft beer scene via his blog, Original Levity, and a column in Avenue Edmonton. A graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program, van Rassel was part of a team of Calgary Herald reporters nominated for a National Newspaper Award in 2008. Follow him on Twitter @jasonvanrassel.



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ristin Hallett had never been a napper, but one day, when she was about three months pregnant, she laid down in her soon-to-be baby’s room, drifted off to sleep and had what she says was “the craziest dream.” When she woke up, she grabbed her phone and wrote down everything from the vivid dream about a mama honeybee sharing life lessons with her little bee, including a subtle message about loss. “The story just came to me,” says Hallett,

Bees make it possible for humankind to exist, on earth. It is only fitting to have their divine species teach us about how the world works! Bee Love is the tale of a little bee with a hungry heart. What he yearns for, very much, mirrors what we have all desired. His Queen Bee, Mother, imparts her wisdom and allows her son to discover what matters most in life.

a host/producer with the Calgary Flames, “and I didn’t think about it again.” Months later, Hallett lost her baby boy, Will, to miscarriage — and it was then that she rediscovered the story in her phone. “It’s like I was reading it for the first time,” she says. “I just started bawling. It felt like a gift from him.” She decided then and there to publish the story. To bring her honeybees to life, Hallett partnered with Mandy Stobo, a Calgary-based visual artist best known for her Bad Portrait Project. Mandy Stobo (Left) is a visual artist based out of Calgary. Her work ranges from large contemporary canvases and a nationally recognized portrait project, “Bad Portraits”, to art development in film and television. Stobo also finds joy in creating collage puppets for live animation shows as well as illustrations for books and print. Stobo’s time, when she’s not slinging paint or creating characters, is spent with her two incredible boys, who, inspire every little thing.

This is Kristin Hallett’s first children’s book. Hallett lives and works in Calgary, for the Calgary Flames, connecting the team with the community. She has worked in apiaries, learning the art of beekeeping and falling deeply in love with the magic of the bee kingdom. Bee Love, began as a vivid dream, when pregnant. To Kristin, it was sent, to us all, by her baby, Will, before he returned back up to the stars.

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DETOURS 6 T H I N G S ABOU T YA MN U SKA W OL F D OG S AN C T U ARY W ORTH H O W LI NG ABOU T: 1. The sanctuary counts eight



packs of resident wolf-dogs (around 23) and attracts approximately 15,000 visitors per year. 2. When it comes to determining the level of wolf content in a wolf-dog, DNA tests are not very reliable, says sanctuary manager Alyx Harris. At Yamnuska, they prefer phenotyping — assessing physical, behavioural and biological traits. Wolf-dog Quinn (above) and coyote-dog Rango (right) are residents of the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.

3. Low-content wolf-dogs exhibit more dog-like behaviour, while wolf-dogs that have higher wolf content exhibit more wolflike behaviour. “Low-content wolf-dogs are a little bit more challenging than your typical husky,” says Harris. “Wolves are instinctually fearful of humans, so the more wolf content, the more you’re going to see that fearful behaviour coming through.” 4. Wolf-dogs are highly intel-

Whither the Wolf-dogs?


amnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is a rescue facility for wolf-dogs (canine-lupine crossbreeds). Executive director and founder Georgina De Caigny, a wolfdog owner herself, spent summers during university working at a sled-dog kennel and drew on that experience to start the Yamnuska sanctuary in 2011 after she was approached by another wolf-dog owner about taking in their animal. In 2014, the sanctuary moved from its original two-acre location near Canmore to a 160-acre spread just outside of Cochrane. In addition to sheltering wolf-dogs the sanctuary also facilitates adoptions and serves to educate the public about these animals by offering interpretive tours. —Victoria Lessard

ligent — good luck trying to pull a fast one on them. “They are very, very smart animals; they pick up on pretty much anything,” says Harris. They are also “master escape artists.” One low-content wolf-dog came to reside at the sanctuary after consistently scaling a six-foot-high backyard fence at his former city home. 5. Two sanctuary residents, wolf-dog Quinn and coyote-dog Rango, are minor celebrities from their appearances in the locally shot TV drama Heartland. 6. Wolf-dogs are not the only residents at the Yamnuska sanctuary. De Caigny also rescues goats and Harris estimates the sanctuary has around 30 of them.

Wolf-dog photographs courtesy of Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary

“Mandy really manages to keep that innocent childlike feeling in her work,” says Hallett. “It was exactly what I wanted.” Their efforts took nearly a year but, in the summer of 2017, Hallett launched her self-published book at Plant in Inglewood. She dedicated the book to Will and “every little soul whose wings were ready long before their parents’ hearts will ever be,” and hoped that parents would find comfort in its pages. Bee Love resonated with readers from the beginning. Though the local printer had advised her to print 100 copies, Hallett printed 500. Through Amazon and a few local retailers, they sold out within the first week. Since then, demand has been so great that Hallett has had to shut down Amazon sales. While other local retailers, including Purr Petite and Steeling Home, offer the book, it’s also available nationally through West Coast Kids. Indigo and Nordstrom are also interested in carrying the book, leading Hallett to shop for a publisher that can help meet the demand. For now, she has her hands full with work and her ninemonth-old baby girl, Perrin, conceived while Hallett was working on Bee Love. In Perrin’s first months, before she could appreciate the illustrations, Hallett would whisper the story to her as she fell asleep. “I would always tell her it’s from her brother.” — Michelle McIvor

Fun for Everyone


otary Challenger Park in northeast Calgary was designed to be fully accessible. Billed as a place “where everyone can play,” it’s the ideal venue for the 12th annual Family Fun Day on June 23, an event designed to showcase accessible fun for all. The man behind the event is Cal Schuler, a diversity and accessibility consultant with Calgary Alternative Employment Services. This year’s lineup includes hay rides, mascot appearances and wheelchair basketball. “We provide about 20 wheelchairs so people can come out and get into these chairs and try the different sports and activities themselves,” says Schuler. Family Fun Day is just one of many events, projects, or committees in which Schuler participates to create a more aware and accessible Calgary. As someone with quadriplegia Schuler, a Golden Jubilee Medal recipient (one of many honours he has received), has first-hand experience with accessibility. “I had my injury back in 1975 at the age of 17; I was inner-tubing and suffered a spinal cord injury,” he says. “When I first had my injury, the city was virtually inaccessible.” Since then, he has seen accessibility in Calgary make huge gains. Transportation, for example, has evolved from “six to nine vans” that were the extent of the accessible transit system when Shuler was younger, to today’s kneeling buses and accessible cabs as well as the Calgary Transit Access fleet of full-service vans and buses. Such advances don’t mean the work of accessibility advocates is complete — far from it, in fact. One way to ensure Calgary’s advancement as an accessible city, says Schuler, is to design for accessibility from the ground up, rather than adapting buildings, parks and other facilities after the fact. “When [things are] built with universal design in mind, it’s something that people don’t have to get used to because it’s always there,” he says. “It benefits people with or without limitations.” —V.L.


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ER AWARDS The first annual awards demonstrate that Alberta’s small brewers may be a young bunch but they have a lot to offer. BY Jason van Rassel



espite having the world’s best barley, clean Rocky Mountain water and a populace thirsty for beer, Alberta has been late to the craft-beer party. During his year and a half as executive director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association (ASBA), Terry Rock was determined to make Alberta a place where everyone’s beer is a local beer and people come from all over to try it. The first Alberta Beer Awards were a spectacle to match Rock’s grand vision. Co-presented by Avenue, the awards took place at the Palace Theatre in March and had the feel of a celebrity gala, complete with a red carpet and glitzy production. “We turned it into a real celebration; let’s treat our brewers like rock stars,” said Rock, who left the ASBA shortly after the awards to work as president and CEO of Calgary Technologies Inc. The event would have been inconceivable a few years ago, when the province’s regulatory regime made it next to impossible to start a small brewery. Per-capita beer consumption in Alberta has been among the highest in the country, but most of that beer was (and still is) produced by multinational giants or craft brewers based elsewhere, and the number of Alberta craft breweries hovered in the low double digits.

That started to change in 2013 when the provincial government abolished minimum-production quotas, clearing the way for people to start small breweries. As of this past April, Alberta was home to 81 licensed breweries — a number that has undoubtedly grown since. “It’s weird and interesting to think you’re among the old guys when your product has been out for five years,” said Jeff Orr of Tool Shed Brewing Company, one of the first breweries licensed after the rule changes. Tool Shed is one point of northeast Calgary’s “Brewmuda Triangle,” a trio of breweries within walking distance of each other. In southeast Calgary, five breweries have banded together under the “Barley Belt” banner to promote each other. The total number of breweries in Calgary is closing in on 30. A few days after the awards, Orr was in Billings, Montana, a favourite destination he once looked upon enviously because of its established beer culture. “You walk down the street and there are seven breweries within walking distance. I used to think, ‘Why can’t we have that here?’” said Orr. “I’d say we’re there now.” Jason Foster and Owen Kirkaldy, two certified beer judges (masterslevel), had a similar thought last year while going through entries at a regional beer competition. “We both said to each other, simultaneously, ‘You know, Alberta might

be ready. There might be enough breweries,’ And Alberta beers were holding their own,” said Foster, who is also one of Alberta’s bestknown beer writers. The pair pitched their idea to Rock, who liked it not just as a vehicle to promote the industry, but as an opportunity to give brewers the tools to improve. In addition to choosing winners, the Alberta Beer Award judges provided written feedback to entrants. The Alberta Beer Awards format emphasized expertise and credibility, but didn’t adhere to strict style guidelines. More than 300 entries were evaluated through blind tasting by a group that included certified judges, professional brewers and award-winning homebrewers, brewery sales reps, growers and restaurateurs. The beer was arranged in flights and judged by category, with judges scoring on flavour, aroma and overall impression. The top three beers from each flight went on to another panel of best of show judges, who placed them first, second and third in the categories. All of the first-place finishers in each category went on to be judged in the best of show category. “Appeal to the palate,” Kirkaldy instructed judges. “Ask yourself: would I seek out this beer and pay my own damn money for this beer?” At the end of three days, the judges had picked 69 medallists in 23 categories. The winners represented a cross-section of the industry: urban and rural, first-year breweries and industry pioneers. One of the pleasant surprises for Kirkaldy, the head judge, was how many breweries placed. The awards weren’t dominated by a few big breweries — of the 57 breweries

that had entered, 33 won awards. “That’s a deep field,” said Kirkaldy. Calgary breweries were well represented among the winners. Tool Shed picked up three plaques: a gold for its Belgian Dip strong ale, silver for Red Rage and bronze for Flat Cap Stout. Cold Garden won four medals, including a gold for its IPA; Zero Issue took home three medals and Annex Ale Project, Banded Peak Brewing and Wild Rose each won a pair. A handful of other Calgary breweries — Brewsters, Trolley 5 and Minhas Micro Brewery— each took one medal. Big Rock, the granddaddy of Alberta craft, won three medals with Belgian-style beers —an apricot-flavoured grisette (a traditional low-alcohol table beer) and a sour Flemish red ale aged in oak barrels that took the gold for sour beer and the bronze in the Best of Show competition. “If you don’t innovate, you don’t grow and you don’t learn. Consumers are a lot more educated and these beers keep us relevant and on their minds,” said Big Rock brewmaster Paul Gautreau. For breweries to stay relevant — and stay in business as the market gets more crowded and consumers become more sophisticated — offering something different will become critical. Time will tell how the industry will meet those kinds of challenges, but Rock believes continued growth, a focus on quality and a brand built on its strong connection to the land will make Alberta a craft beer region to be reckoned with. “We can emerge as a bucket-list destination in the world,” he said. “We got a late start. We have a lot of work to do, but I think all the pieces are in place.” AvenueCalgary.com




BEER AWARDS Canadian Cereal Ale Papa Bear Prairie Ale Half Hitch Brewing Company (Cochrane) Canadian Cereal Ale Vol 1.0 Cold Garden Beverage Company (Calgary) Blindman Cereal Ale Blindman Brewing (Lacombe)

Origin Malting & Brewing

Oak Flemish Red Big Rock

Ten Peaks Pale Ale Canmore Brewing

Papa Bear Prairie Ale Half Hitch

Best of Show Last Post Brown Ale Origin Malting & Brewing Co. (Strathmore) New England-Style Pale Ale Blindman Brewing (Lacombe) Oak Flemish Red Big Rock Brewery (Calgary)

Patio Beers

Cold Garden

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Licensed To Pil Wild Rose

Zero Issue

Crisp Pils Jasper Brewing Company (Jasper) Ten Peaks Pale Ale Canmore Brewing Company (Canmore) Scona Gold Alley Kat Brewing Company (Edmonton)

German/Czech Style Pilsner Licensed To Pil Wild Rose Brewery (Calgary) Cryostasis Zero Issue Brewing (Calgary) House of Pilsner Coulee Brew Co. (Lethbridge)

New England-Style Ale (Trendy Beer of the Year) New England Pale Ale Blindman Brewing (Lacombe) Gettin’ All Hopped Up Origin Malting & Brewing Co. (Strathmore) Wicked Smaht Troubled Monk (Red Deer)

Farmhouse Ale Mango Saison 4th Meridian Brewing Company (Lloydminster) Homesteader Belgian Saison Troubled Monk (Red Deer) One Summer in Saskatoon Cold Garden Beverage Company (Calgary)

Wheat Beer

Amber Beer OKT Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company (Edmonton) Pond Surfer California Common Town Square Brewing Co. (Edmonton) Rutting Elk Red The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company (Canmore)

ZüS Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company (Edmonton) Passion d’Ale Belgian Wit Two Sergeants Brewing Inc. (Fort Saskatchewan) White Wolf Minhas Micro Brewery (Calgary)

IPA This Must Be the IPA Cold Garden Beverage Company (Calgary) High Five IPA Trolley 5 (Calgary) Railway Avenue Rye IPA Canmore Brewing Company (Canmore)

Imperial IPA Argyll Dragon Alley Kat Brewing Company (Edmonton) Double Sow Pow Troubled Monk (Red Deer) Howling Fantods Annex Ale Project (Calgary)

Belgian Ales Belgian Dip Tool Shed Brewing Company (Calgary) Corvus Belgian Dark Strong Troubled Monk (Red Deer) Tripel Cross Situation Brewing (Edmonton)

Brown Beer

Rutting Elk Red Grizzly Paw

White Wolf Minhas Micro Brewery

High Five IPA Trolley 5

Railway Avenue Rye IPA Canmore Brewing

Howling Fantods Annex Ale Project

Last Post Brown Ale Origin Malting & Brewing Co. (Strathmore) Barracks Brown Wild Rose Brewery (Calgary) Open Road American Brown Ale Troubled Monk (Red Deer)

Pale Ale/Bitter Forward Progress Annex Ale Project (Calgary) Full Moon Alley Kat Brewing Company (Edmonton) Multiverse Zero Issue Brewing (Calgary)

Stout Tamarack Stout Grain Bin Brewing Company (Grande Prairie) Velveteen Nitro Stout Cold Garden Beverage Company (Calgary) Flat Cap Stout Tool Shed Brewing Company (Calgary)

Extra-Strong Beer

Belgian Dip Tool Shed

Barracks Brown Wild Rose

Forward Progress Annex Ale Project

Flat Cap Stout Tool Shed

Blue Monk Barley Wine Brewsters

KGB Russian Imperial Stout Elbeck Brews (Edmonton) Blue Monk Barley Wine 2017 Vintage Brewsters Brewing Company (Calgary/Edmonton) Winter Warmer Ale Medicine Hat Brewing Co. (Medicine Hat) AvenueCalgary.com


BREWERY OF THE YEAR Brewery of the Year was determined by awarding points for ranking within the categories (not including best of show). Five points were given for a first-place finish, two points for second and one point for third. And the winners are:

Barrel-Aged Beer Tequila Barrel Aged Barley Wine The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company (Canmore) Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Blindman Brewing (Lacombe) 11:59 PM Bent Stick Brewing (Edmonton)

Fruit Beer Main Squeeze Alley Kat Brewing Company Edmonton) Belly Flop Apricot Grisette Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) Aprikat Alley Kat Brewing Company (Edmonton)

Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company

Spiced Beer Bourbon Barrel Aged Milk Stout with Toasted Coconut Troubled Monk (Red Deer) The Darkness Chocolate Porter Origin Malting & Brewing Co. (Strathmore) Moreau Cinnamon Coconut Tropical Stout Bench Creek Brewing (Yellowhead County)

Tequila Barrel Aged Barley Wine Grizzly Paw

Belly Flop Apricot Grisette Big Rock

Batch #500 Last Best

Javalanche Coffee Milk Stout Banded Peak

Alley Kat Brewing Company

Sour Beer Oak Flemish Red Big Rock Brewery (Calgary) Barrel Aged Dark Saison Blindman Brewing (Lacombe) Beets by Sinden Sour Town Square Brewing Co. (Edmonton)

Blindman Brewing


Other Flavoured Beer Batch #500 Last Best Brewing & Distilling (Calgary) Javalanche Coffee Milk Stout Banded Peak Brewing (Calgary) Street Beat Pollen Wheat Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company (Edmonton)

Other Strong Hoppy Beer ACME Red Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Co. (Edmonton) Venom Zero Issue Brewing (Calgary) Cascadian Dark Ale Blindman Brewing (Lacombe) 3 0 avenueJUNE.18

Troubled Monk East Lake Amber Fitzsimmons

Amber/Dark Hoppy Sessionable Beer East Lake Amber Fitzsimmons Brewing Co. (Airdrie) Red Rage Tool Shed Brewing Company (Calgary) Altbierta Olds College Brewery (Olds)

Red Rage Tool Shed

Altbierta Olds College

Light Hoppy Sessionable Beer Plainsbreaker Banded Peak Brewing (Calgary) Blindman River Session Ale Blindman Brewing (Lacombe) Nine Mile Session Ale Dog Island Brewing (Slave Lake)

Plainsbreaker Banded Peak



Jim Button with the Village Blonde. The woman shown on the can is Button's mom Barbara Mae McGuire.

“Beer is a social lubricant; beer is a currency unto its own."


im Button, one of the co-founders of Village Brewery, was honoured at the inaugural Alberta Beer Awards as the community builder of the year, an industry-voted award that recognized his outstanding contribution to the development of Alberta’s craft-brewing industry in 2017. However, Button’s aspirations and effects are much wider in scope — he works to strengthen the industry in order to make the city better. “Ever since I moved to Calgary [in 1993], I’ve been trying to build the city and change the perception of it to be what I know it to be,” he says. “It’s all been about building a better community.” Button’s roots in the beer industry go back more than three decades. He began working in advertising for Molson in Toronto in 1987 and went on to work in marketing for Big Rock and Sleeman. He was vice president of Big Rock for three years before co-founding Village six years ago. “Beer is a social lubricant; beer is a currency unto its own,” Button says. “We started the brewery knowing that beer could make stuff happen. And I know that the industry can do the same thing, so I’m trying to educate all the other brewers to use their beer for good.” —Käthe Lemon AvenueCalgary.com



lberta’s craft beers are getting more and more it will be the second brewery started by maltsters in Alberta, local, in the sense that a growing number following Origin Malting & Brewing in Strathmore, which, of breweries mean more communities have incidentally, won four Alberta Beer Awards including Best a local brewer, but also in the sense that of Show in its first year of operation. breweries are using more local ingredients. While barley has been a traditional crop for generations It’s something that’s reflected by the Alberta Small Brewers in Alberta, hops have not. The long-held view has been that Association tag line “all the best,” which references not only Alberta’s growing season is too short to grow quality hops, but the province’s great beer and brewers, but also its fresh water, a newly formed group representing local producers is out to malt and hops, as well as other ingredients. demonstrate otherwise. One example of this growing localizing movement is Matt Even within the context of Alberta’s young craft beer scene, the and Joe Hamill’s new business, Red Shed Malting. The brothers province’s hops industry is an infant: the Alberta Hop Producare fourth-generation ers’ Association formed barley farmers and firstin early 2017 and its 19 generation maltsters. members have a total While both businesses of 8.5 acres in producinvolve barley, one is tion between them. To based on a market that put that in perspective, Alberta’s craft beer scene takes advantage existed when the Hamill an average hop farm in of our rich local agricultural resources. family started its farm Washington state’s Yakima near Penhold in 1929, Valley is over 800 acres. growing barley. Demand But Alberta’s beer infor the other — locally dustry continues to grow sourced specialty malts and consumer interest in for local breweries — buying local shows no didn’t exist until the sign of waning, notes Jarecent growth of craft son Altmiks, one of the brewing here. owners of Hired Hand The Hamills started Hops near Morinville Red Shed in 2014, a year and vice-president of the after AGLC abolished its producers’ association. minimum-production Because of this, he sees quotas, which had stifled all kinds of potential, craft brewing in the provcoupled with the ability ince. Now the Hamills are to look at the experience part of a nascent grain-toof established hop-growglass economy springing ing regions and avoid up around the province’s their mistakes. “We can Matt (left) and Joe Hamill. booming craft beer learn what works well, industry — a small, but what doesn’t work well,” growing group of maltsaid Altmiks. “Being able to grow great malt houses and hop growers looking to put even more “local” in local One Alberta brewery barley came first. But would beer. “Being able to grow great malt barley came first. But would has taken local to a whole Red Shed have existed before Red Shed have existed before the Alberta craft industry? Not a other level. For the past chance,” said Matt. five years, Village Brewthe Alberta craft industry? Malting — steeping grain in water, allowing it to germinate ery in Calgary has used Not a chance.” and then drying it in a kiln or roaster — prepares raw barley for hops as well as botani–MATT HAMILL, RED SHED MALTING making beer. Alcohol content, colour and flavour are influenced cals and adjuncts grown by the types of barley in a beer, how they’re malted and the in local community garquantities used by the brewer. dens and a few backyards to brew its Village Gardener. And It follows, then, that brewers are particular about malt. Big the village has responded; last year almost all of the hop needs companies have been malting for decades (and doing it well) for Gardener were provided by Calgary growers. but a local maltster has the advantage of working directly with The move toward localizing and finding a connection in the brewers to give them each exactly what they’re looking for, beer we drink certainly doesn’t surprise the Hamills. “People Hamill says. are pretty interested in the ingredients of what they consume,” said Matt. “We have a pretty good story to tell and we should The Hamill brothers will next take their local vibe even further: be telling it.” they’re starting Hamill Brothers Brewing. When it gets going,

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their taprooms are destinations for urbanites out for a road trip and a chance to taste their favourites fresh from the source and sample exclusive, small-batch creations. Blindman Brewing in Lacombe is a popular pit stop off the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. Since opening in 2015, Blindman has released a varied and uncompromising lineup of beers that includes sours, strong stouts aged in bourbon and wine barrels and traditional Belgian farmhouse-style ales. The closest thing to approachable, in a conventional sense, that Blindman brews is a session ale that’s an easy-drinking 4.4 per cent alcohol, but Alberta’s new breweries are not still comes packed with hoppy citrus just an urban phenomenon. flavours that would startle a Molson Canadian or Coors Light drinker. The partners behind Blindman have roots in the Lacombe area ince Ribstone Creek Brewery opened Edgerton and wanted to base their business in 2012, its annual Christmas open there from the beginning. Co-founder Hans Doef says house has become a big event on the convincing customers to try something different, even social calendar of the east-central when they’re your neighbours, is part of what they do. Alberta village of Edgerton. “It’s still a constant education, but we have a bunch of The founders of Ribstone Creek started the brewery as a way of boosting the local economy, and the locals regulars in our taproom that’s growing. I’d like to think the have embraced the company and returned the loyalty. trajectory of craft beer appreciation is going up,” he says. Breweries like Ribstone Creek are opening all over Cole Boyd, a Ribstone Creek sales rep, has noticed a Alberta and winning over the local population as well similar trend — as the brewery has expanded its offeras the Alberta Beer Awards. In fact, just under half of ings, it has ventured into more adventurous territory the 69 winning entries at the Alberta Beer Awards came and some of the locals have joined them. “You have to from breweries outside of Calgary and Edmonton. do some trust-building, but once you gain their trust, Blindman Brewing in Lacombe and Troubled Monk in the locals will come along for the ride … They’re makRed Deer even tied for bronze as Brewery of the Year. ing an effort to try new beers and expand their palates Although the current upswing in craft brewing seems and it’s cool to see,” Boyd says. strongly tied to a young urban market, given the indusIn Lacombe’s charming downtown, there’s tangible try’s connection to the agricultural sector, there’s a strong evidence that brewers have reason to think positive. Local logic to breweries setting up in rural areas. And there are restaurant Cilantro and Chive is a craft-beer mecca offerother advantages to a small-town setting as well. ing about 130 craft beers at any given time and reserving When Jochen Fahr started his own brewery, Brauerei its four taps for a rotating line-up of Alberta selections. Fahr, he decided to locate in Turner Valley even though This dedication earned it a nod from the industry as he lived in Calgary because the foothills reminded him Restaurant of the Year at the Alberta Beer Awards. of the countryside in southern Germany where he grew Rieley Kay, who owns the restaurant with his wife up. There, many small towns have a local brewery, many Kim, says the occasional patron gets upset when they dating back hundreds of years. find out there’s no Bud Light. Turner Valley appealed to Fahr’s Kay’s strategy is to ask the cus“You have to do some trust- tomer what they like and offer sense of nostalgia, but he had building, but once you gain them a craft alternative based practical reasons as well. While breweries in Calgary and Edmonon the answers — with a pledge their trust the locals will ton fought long and hard for zonto buy the beer if they’re not come along for the ride.” ing changes in order to set up in impressed. “We haven’t bought – COLE BOYD, RIBSTONE CREEK BREWERY people-friendly neighbourhoods a beer yet,” he says. rather than industrial areas, Fahr’s Even so, Kay says the craft beer proposed location just off of main street got a warm culture in Lacombe still catches him by surprise. When reception in Turner Valley. Blindman Brewing provided a heavily hopped India Pale “It took me less than two months to get a development Ale for a cask night at the restaurant, Kay initially worpermit,” he says. “Breweries are hip and town councils ried patrons wouldn’t enjoy it. Even among craft fans, the hope breweries will bring more people to town.” intense bitterness of a big IPA can be polarizing. But the Supplying their beers to retailers, pubs and restaurants restaurant patrons emptied the cask in about two hours. helps small-town breweries extend their reach and earn “We had a couple of 50- or 60-year-old ladies at the bar followings beyond their local populations. Increasingly, downing pints of it,” Kay says. “It blew my mind.”







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MILL STREET BREWPUB Mill Street’s swanky backyard patio was just completed midway through last year, so many patrons didn’t even know it was there. Enjoy one of Mill Street’s signature brewskis under patio heaters while playing some yard games with friends. 219 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-6871,

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CACTUS CLUB CAFE Located outside The Core on one of the busiest stretches of Stephen Avenue, the glass-enclosed sidewalk patio at the downtown Cactus Club puts patrons in the heart of the action. Ideal for sunny day business lunches or after-work drinks, it’s equipped with both umbrellas and heaters. And the brand-new patio at the Barlow Trail location now has an operable glass wall and fixedglass roof system that allows it to be an indoor/outdoor lounge that’s open all year long. 317 7 Ave. S.W., 403-454-9399; 2612 39 Ave. N.E., 403-250-1120, cactusclubcafe.com

millstreetbrewery.com NATIONAL Whether it’s the National on 10th, 8th, 17th or in Westhills, you’re going to find a patio and it’s going to be hopping. Each National patio has its own vibe (10th and 8th are rooftop; Westhills is more family-friendly and 17th boasts prime people-watching), along with plenty of beer and salty bar snacks. Four locations, ntnl.ca

CRAFT BEER MARKET SOUTHCENTRE The enormous Craft location at Southcentre Mall faces the mall’s parking lot, giving beer lovers a superb suburban people watching opportunity. The 52-seat patio offers the restaurant’s core food and beer menu, including many local craft brews. 100 Anderson Rd. S.E., 403-2162337, craftbeermarket.ca

HY’S STEAKHOUSE Thanks to the removal of a bank of escalators in The Core, Hy’s was able to expand its patio in the middle of the downtown hustle and bustle. Hy’s full menu (including that iconic cheese toast) is available outside as well. 8th Avenue and 3rd Street S.W., 403-663-3363, hyssteakhouse.com

PROVISION Provision is a tiny restaurant, but its patio, spilling into Central Memorial Park, offers plenty of room. Guests can enjoy both the serenity of the park as well as a chance to take in the people walking in and around it. 340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-263-0766, provisionyyc.ca

THE GUILD Situated on sidewalk level right in front of the downtown Bay store, The Guild’s huge patio offers some primo Stephen Avenue people-watching — a parade of working stiffs and tourists alike — while you sip a signature cocktail or dig into a plate of cold gin-andtonic salmon. 200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2313, theguildrestaurant.com

THE NASH The Nash’s south-facing sidewalk patio faces a fairly quiet Inglewood side street for a less intense, though still interesting, people-watching (and, if you’re lucky, dog-watching) experience for those indulging in a summer dinner or a leisurely weekend brunch. 925 11 St. S.E., 403-984-3365, thenashyyc.com

ROYALE The patio at the former Melrose Café was one of Calgary’s best people-watching perches. Royale, which moved in almost two years ago, has resurrected this prime outdoor space, offering the same great view of 17th Avenue, but with French brasserie-inspired fare. 730 17 Ave. S.W., 403-475-9457, royaleyyc.ca

PROHIBITION FREEHOUSE As Calgary’s only meatball-focused restaurant, the Prohibition menu is a bit of an oddity. But, situated in the old Molly Malone’s location in Kensington, it also boasts one of the city’s most lively rooftop patios. In addition to the meatballs, Prohibition has a hefty beer list to keep the party rolling. 1153 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-452-8549, prohobar.com THE SHIP AND ANCHOR PUB It’s the first place Calgarians run to when the sun starts shining and the patio where it really feels like everyone knows your name. The sprawling sidewalk-facing space, fitted with picnic tables, has the aura of a never-ending beer garden. 534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com WURST Complete with a fireplace and big communal tables, Wurst’s roomy patio is primed for a summertime party. It doesn’t hurt that the menu boasts a huge selection of domestic and imported beer, served (if you’re game) by the two-litre boot. 2437 4 St. S.W., 403-245-2345, wurst.ca AvenueCalgary.com



CARDINALE The intimate patio outside of Cardinale is enclosed and covered with a pergola and further cooled by a row of trees on the adjacent sidewalk. The romantic space is handy for a preSaddledome concert cocktail or a mid-summer pasta dinner, and also great for a mid-week lunch not too far from downtown. 401 12 Ave. S.E., 403-264-6046, cardinale.ca

HOTEL ARTS There’s no more refreshing way to cool off than by splashing around in a pool. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy Hotel Arts’ poolside patio. Take a dip, then enjoy dinner from the adjacent Raw Bar with drinks from the poolside-exclusive cocktail menu. 119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-266-4611, hotelarts.ca OAK TREE TAVERN Few things beat a backyard beer on a hot day and that’s the vibe you’ll find on the second-floor patio at the Oak Tree Tavern. Perched over a Kensington alleyway, it’s a casual spot shaded with umbrellas, offering a view of downtown and busy 10th Street. 124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca 38


RIVER CAFÉ Sitting by the lagoon at Prince’s Island Park always makes a hot Calgary day feel just a little bit cooler. River Café’s outdoor terrace is shaded by big umbrellas as well as lush tree cover, which makes for a coveted seat from which to enjoy something from the restaurant’s wine list. 25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670, river-cafe.com ROOFTOP BAR AT THE SIMMONS While there are umbrellas for shade, the Rooftop Bar above Charbar is also the choice spot to take in the full warmth of the sun and enjoy both downtown and river views. This season Rooftop also boasts a brand-new patio-only Mexican-inspired menu. (But note that reservations made through Open Table cannot be used at Rooftop.) 618 Confluence Way S.E., 403-452-3115, rtbsimmons.ca

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CILANTRO Cilantro updated its dining room earlier this year, going for a more casual vibe, but its beloved patio remains pretty much the same. The enclosed courtyard, lined with Virginia creeper and covered with tree branches, provides a respite from the hot sun. 338 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-1177, cilantrocalgary.com

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OXBOW The front patio at the Kensington Riverside Inn, just off of Memorial Drive, features the full menu from the in-house Oxbow restaurant. It’s glassed-in to cut the sound of traffic and fitted with heaters and a roll-out awning. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to pop in for a meal or a glass of wine. 1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-6707387, kensingtonriversideinn.com

HAYDEN BLOCK SMOKE & WHISKEY Hayden Block has two patios: the front strip on Kensington Road that’s prime for sunning and people watching, and a backyard “whiskey garden.” The latter is fully enclosed, covered with a skylight and heated, making it more of a sun porch than a patio, so it provides an authentic Texas atmosphere all year long. 1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403283-3021, haydenblockyyc.com LAST BEST BREWING COMPANY There’s no reason to get chilly while cupping your hands around a pint of one of Last Best’s signature brews. The brewpub’s courtyard patio is fully surrounded, blocking out any cool breezes. Patrons can snuggle up to the fire pit or under the heaters on chilly days. 607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com

THE LIVING ROOM The Living Room’s glamorous front terrace balances a sense of enclosure with still being part of the 17th Avenue action just outside its gates. Heaters and an outdoor gas fireplace keep discerning diners toasty warm. 514 17 Ave. S.W., 403-228-9830, livingroomrestaurant.ca MADISON’S 1212 The menu of house-made nachos and salads at Madison’s 1212 is best enjoyed outdoors at this restaurant/co-working space. The 49-seat patio, which looks out on Inglewood’s busiest strip, is surrounded by buildings on three sides and has the potential to be open 10 months of the year, thanks to a fleet of overhead heaters. 1212 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-4970, madisons1212.com

RICARDO’S HIDEAWAY Tucked around the corner from the ultra-busy patio strip along 17th Avenue S.W., Ricardo’s outdoor space actually offers more seating than its interior. Bright colours and lush greenery create a tropical-chic atmosphere, while three fireplaces and plenty of heaters keep you warm as you sip daiquiris and other rumbased drinks. 1530 5 St. S.W., 587-349-2585, ricardoshideaway.ca

ALLOY A serene outdoor space in an unlikely location near an industrial area, Alloy’s tiled, pergolacovered courtyard is a relaxing treat. A towering backyard tree, bubbling fountains and lush planters complete the scene. And ramp access means Calgarians with disabilities can also enjoy the stylish take on al fresco fine dining offered here. 220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com BONTERRA Despite backing onto a Beltline parking lot, Bonterra’s much-celebrated patio feels like a Tuscan fantasy, complete with terracotta tiles and copious amounts of flowers and greenery. With two fireplaces, heaters and strings of overhead lights, this courtyard is a true urban oasis. 1016 8 St. S.W., 403-262-8480, bonterra.ca ROUGE The biggest selling point for Rouge’s covered terrace is the access to the restaurant’s massive backyard garden — an inner-city expanse of greenery located just off of the Bow River, across from the zoo. Being able to eat the bounty of the garden while looking right at it is a rare hyper-local dining experience. 1240 8 Ave. S.E., 403-531-2767, rougecalgary.com TAVERNETTA Tavernetta’s indoor dining room is relatively tiny, but the restaurant really opens up in the warmer months when diners convene on the relaxed backyard patio. Commune with friends over Tavernetta’s rich Italian family-style dishes, with occasional breaks on the patio’s bocce court. 1002 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-250-8894, tavernettayyc.ca TEATRO Hiding in plain sight just off of Olympic Plaza, Teatro’s patio is a bit of a secret, due to a tall fence sheltering it from the street and adjacent park. With trees in the background and planters scattered throughout, the space offers a slightly more casual way to enjoy Teatro’s contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Stopping by for the express lunch is like a mini midday vacation. 200 8 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1012, teatro.ca AvenueCalgary.com



DEANE HOUSE Sitting at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, Deane House’s terrace is not fenced in, so diners can fully enjoy one of Calgary’s most photogenic scenes. The kitchen’s herb garden frames the eating area, while bamboo umbrellas provide shade. 806 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0595, deanehouse.com

BOW VALLEY RANCHE RESTAURANT Bow Valley Ranche patrons can dine and relax on the historic home’s restored veranda, which wraps around the front and sides of the restaurant. The veranda offers a full view of Fish Creek Park and a uniquely old-timey feeling. 15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com 40


CALCUTTA CRICKET CLUB Tucked into an alley next to the restaurant and enclosed behind a set of cast-iron boiler doors, Calcutta Cricket Club’s awningcovered patio is decorated in the restaurant’s signature retro-Indiankitsch style. It may not feel exactly like being in India, but the space does set the scene for knocking back a few of the restaurant’s thirst-quenching cocktails. 340 17 Ave. S.W., 403-719-1555, calcuttacricketclub.com

VIN ROOM Vin Room not only offers an enormous selection of wines served by the glass or sample, it also welcomes dogs on patios at all three of its locations seven days a week (the rooftop patio at the Mission location is, however, for humans only and the airport location features what it calls an “indoor patio”). Doggies can also enjoy complimentary three-course tasting menus, dog beds and other amenities. three locations, vinroom.com

Calcutta Cricket Club photograph by Jared Sych; Container Bar photograph by Kelly Hofer

CONTAINER BAR The sister bar to both Brasserie Kensington and Winebar Kensington serves slushy summer drinks and creative bar bites from a shipping container in the alley. 1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403457-4148, containerbaryyc.com

Frosé™ Back by popular demand, your favourite summer cocktail. rosé wine, strawberries, elderflower, smirnoff vodka and lemon AvenueCalgary.com


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BY Gwendolyn Richards PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jared Sych

The c ity’s Ultimate expreSSions of The ultimate hand food.

Bacon cheeseburger with house-made pickled mustard seeds from One18 Empire.

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Briggs Kitchen and Bar Two patties, two slices of cheese melting over the edges, a healthy swipe of sauce and a plush egg bun — not to mention red onion, a thick slice of tomato and chopped lettuce. It’s the great Canadian burger bumped up by the French chef, Xavier Lacaze, who created it. (Chef Lacaze is no longer there but his burger remains.) Good enough as is with a side of fries, you can also order this burger “loaded” with a fried egg, mushrooms, avocado, bacon and blue cheese. Ooh la la. 100, 317 10 Ave. S.W., 587-350-5015, briggskandb.com




Buchanan’s Chop House Although known for its steaks and extensive selection of whisky, the burger at Buchanan’s Chop House holds its own. The charbroiled, nearly spherical Angus sirloin patty is thick and incredibly juicy, and is topped with lettuce, onion and tomato with burger sauce and a pickle on the side. The addition of bacon and cheese give even more height to this burger, making it tricky to get it all in one bite. 738 3 Ave. S.W., 403-261-4646, buchanans.ca

Charcut Roast House Charcut has built a reputation with its signature “share burger” made from pork sausage and topped with cheese curds and one or more fried eggs — depending on how big you want your burger. Sold by the ounce, it’s designed to share; just slice and serve when it arrives on the table. You can also get a solo size at lunch if sharing’s not your thing. 899 Centre St. S.W., 403-984-2180, charcut.com

Wagyu beef burger from The Wednesday Room.

The Nash

One18 Empire

The Wednesday Room

When the base of a burger is AAA Alberta Beef, you know it’s going to be good. The Nash, Michael Noble’s Inglewood restaurant, tops its triple-A patty with semi-soft Oka cheese, adding a nutty flavour to the burger. Pickles and a roasted-onion aioli serve as foils to all that richness. 925 11 St. S.E, 403-984-3365, thenashyyc.com

The One18 bacon cheeseburger has a craggy beef patty blanketed with Applewood smoked cheddar, two solid pieces of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes for freshness and housemade pickled mustard seeds that pop like caviar. It’s $12 (normally $21) from noon to 1 p.m. if you sit at the bar. 820 Centre St. S.E., 403-269-0299, one18empire.com

With two four-ounce patties of heavily marbled wagyu, the wagyu beef burger offered by The Wednesday Room for lunch is unapologetically beefy. Onion relish offers a hint of sweetness, frizzled vegetables a touch of crunch and garlic aioli adds subtle flavour. But it is the two juicy patties, secured in a soft but sturdy bun, that set this burger apart. 100, 118 8 Ave. S.W., 403-452-5080, wednesdayroom.com

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Clive burger from Clive Burger and National.


Boogie’s Burgers

Clive Burger/National

While some places go for patty height, Boogie’s burgers are all about surface area, with the meat extending to the edges of the bun. With that as a base, this funky little joint can go wild with the toppings. Sure, you can have a classic bacon and cheese, but why stop there? Top your burger with a butterflied wiener, fried egg, pickled beets, nacho chips or pepperoni. A-908 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-230-7070; 2129 33 Ave. S.W., 403-454-2902, boogiesburgers.com

Whether you’re out on the city’s west side or hanging in the inner-city, a good burger can be found at National. It's the same burger that gives sister restaurant Clive Burger its name — grass-fed Alberta beef with signature Clive sauce, American cheese and all the fixings on a brioche bun. Stop by National on a Thursday for “beer meets grill,” when $17 gets you a burger and brew. Four locations, ntnl.ca; 736 17 Ave. S.W., 403-229-9224, cliveburger.com

Burger 320


Native Tongues

Named for the diminutive square footage of its original location, Burger 320 now boasts three locations serving up seven burger versions, from a classic five-ounce patty of Alberta beef to the “Wickens” topped with bacon, block cheddar, peppery arugula and a barbecue rhubarbonion chutney. Don’t feel compelled to stick to the menu, though. Create your own by choosing from several types of cheese, fixings, aiolis and specialty toppings such as tomato candy or artichoke tapenade. A gluten-sensitive option is available. 814 1 Ave. N.E., 403-515-0035, and two other locations, burger320.com

A burger deemed “bigger better” may seem like boasting, but Earls is true to its word with this one. Simplicity doesn’t mean standard with this burger. Instead, the traditional toppings just make the flavour of the Canadian Angus beef patty stand out more. Multiple locations, earls.ca

Leave it to a taco joint to deliver one of the city’s best burgers. Native Tongues’ Hamburguesa al Carbon — featuring two beef patties, cheese, special sauce, lettuce, onions and pickles on a grilled sesame-seed bun (sound familiar?) — hits all the right notes. It’s regularly $15, but if you order between 3 and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, or any night after 10 p.m. (known as “reverse happy hour”), the hamburguesa is a steal at $9. 235 12 Ave. S.W., 403-263-9444, nativetongues.ca

Naina’s Kitchen

Hamburguesa al Carbon from Native Tongues.

Naina’s takes burgers and turns them inside out, stuffing any combination of traditional and not-sotraditional toppings into the middle of half-pound burgers. They arrive out of the kitchen like fist-sized balls of meat on a bun, but, like your mother told you, it’s what’s inside that counts. Go for one of owner Erin Mueller’s concoctions — such as the poutine-stuffed burger or the signature “Nainalicious” with pulled pork, apple, caramelized onion and cheese — or choose your own fillings. 121 17 Ave. S.E., 403-263-6355, nainaskitchen.com




Buttermilk-friedchicken sandwich from Blue Star Diner


Anju Take Anju’s signature crispy wings, make them boneless thighs and then tuck them into slider buns and top with spicy scarlet gochujang and a squeeze of Kewpie mayo. Behold, the KFC slider! (That is, the Korean fried-chicken slider, not to be confused with fast-food chain offerings). With two sliders in an order, it’s easy to share, though understandable if you don’t want to. 344 17 Ave. S.W., 403-460-3341, anju.ca

Blue Star Diner If the thought of a chicken burger leaves you high and dry, look no further than the buttermilkfried-chicken sandwich at Blue Star Diner in Bridgeland. The chicken is cooked sous vide before being deep fried, which gives it a nice crust without overcooking. It’s topped with pancetta, butter lettuce and tomato, as well as tangy pickled red onion, roasted-shallot mayo and a drizzle of rosebud honey, which takes this chicken burger to the next level. The eggwashed bun can be substituted with a gluten-free option. 809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca

Cluck N Cleaver Nicole and Francine Gomes take fried chicken very seriously, so it’s no surprise the sandwich from their popular spot, Cluck N Cleaver, is greater than the sum of its parts. The original Lil’ Clucker takes Cluck’s signature breading and spice blend and fries it into a golden crust enveloping a quarter-pound chicken breast, which is then tucked into a soft bun with sauce and iceberg lettuce. Too tame? Now Cluck N Cleaver is offering the Mother Clucker with plenty of spice and some pickles and slaw to tame the heat. 1511 14 St. S.W., 403-266-2067, cluckncleaver.com Mother Clucker from Cluck N Cleaver.

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Brasserie Kensington Seeing a vegetarian burger on the Brasserie Kensington menu is surprising, given that the restaurant is known for offering up brown liquor at brunch, fried chicken skin as an appetizer and share plates featuring veal and foie gras. True to Brasserie style, though, it’s not your typical veggie burger with a patty made from wild rice, mushrooms and earthy lentils set against bright flavours of cucumber and lemon. 1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-4574148, brasseriekensington.com Upstream burger from The Coup.

The Coup The earthy flavours of yams, cashews and garlic come together in The Coup’s upstream burger. While finding a veggie burger on the menu at this iconic vegetarian/vegan spot on 17th Avenue S.W. is a given, this version, served on chewy ciabatta spread with a robust garlic aioli, is beyond basic. The addition of dill gives the patty a fresh and herby hit, while a handful of mixed greens and rings of red onion bring brightness. 924 17 Ave. S.W., 403-541-1041, thecoup.ca

The Palomino For vegetarians who don’t want to stand out from the carnivorous crowd, The Palomino’s ultimate veggie burger is built around a plant-based patty made with beet juice to give it the look of a medium-rare burger. It’s topped with red-pepper relish and honey-Dijon mayo, as well as the standard lettuce, tomato and red onion, and, if you’re not a strict vegetarian, you can always add doublesmoked bacon. 109 7 Ave. S.W., 403-532-1911, thepalomino.ca 4 8 avenueJUNE.18





Dairy Lane

Dairy Lane’s enchilada veggie burger is a Mexicaninfluenced masterpiece piled with smashed avocado, roasted bell peppers, pickled onion, cilantro and a spike of red chili sauce. Smoked mozzarella adds another layer of flavour, while tortilla strips provide a satisfying crunch. 319 19 St. N.W., 403-283-2497, dairylanecafe.ca


Break up your day and enjoy Happy Hour at Cactus Club Cafe Stephen Avenue. 317 7th Ave SW, Calgary cactusclubcafe.com

Enjoy the biggest Happy Hour menu in town! Items start at just $3.50, available 3-6pm and 9pm-close. Earls Kitchen + Bar | earls.ca

Weekdays 2-6pm & after 9pm: $4 beer, $5 cocktails & $6 wine plus half price bar bites & pizza! The Guild - 200 8 Ave. SW 403-770-2313 theguildrestaurant.com

Friday & Saturday late night happy hour; $6 Grey Goose, Heineken & Wine with a Wagyu snack menu. Modern Steak 107-10A St. NW 403.670.6873 modernsteak.ca

Tropical offers an Authentic Mexican – experience a dozen different types of tacos and tropical cocktails. 1424 17 Ave. SW | tropicalon17.com


J U S T G E T T I N G S TA R T E D Cocktail Hour at The Keg will always make you feel celebrated. Join us at one of our Calgary locations to enjoy specially priced appetizers and cocktails.




Entertain Like a Pro Four local cookbook authors share their summer soiree hosting tips. BY Jennifer Hamilton PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jared Sych

Top to Bottom Hill Queen blanket, $39.99 at Bolli Imports, 1115 Kensington Rd. N.W., 587-350-2648, bollibears.com Burel blanket, $258 at Steeling Home, 1010 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-0777, steelinghome.ca Klippan blanket, $195 at Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. S.W., 403-508-2533, kitinteriorobjects.com Eight Mood blanket, $95 at Chintz & Company, 1238 11 Ave S.W., 403-245-3449, chintz.com

KAREN Anderson

Co-author of A Spicy Touch — Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen Elegant, relaxed, warm and inviting. That’s the vibe at Karen Anderson’s home when she’s hosting a summer party, which is apt to include a dozen people or more. “I subscribe to Jane Austen’s philosophy: ‘One cannot have too large a party. A large party secures its own amusement,’” says Anderson. Anderson loves creating buffets and uses charger plates rather than regularsized plates because they’re large and stable and act like a table on your lap. She buys oversized paper napkins to wrap cutlery in and ties them with ribbons to keep things pretty and practical. For Anderson, the key to a great party is planning. “Lists and timelines! They keep my Virgo heart and brain happy. I map out a party about a week ahead and work backward with each day’s job list — shopping, chopping, cooking, table setting. Then it all gets done.” She strives to stimulate all the senses of her guests, with great smells and tastes of food, music that soothes, soft lights, comfy chairs, beautiful textures and colours and engaging hospitality. 50


“My easy no-fail dish is kebabs. Garam masala-paneer kebabs, tandoori prawns and butter-chicken kebabs, served with mango chutney and apple-mint chutney. They are all my ‘go-to’ because they can be done ahead of time and everyone loves food on a stick.”




“I entertain outdoors as much as possible because we spend so much time indoors all year. I love my backyard and firepit and I have loads of blankets if people get cold.”



ELIZABETH Chorney-Booth

Co-author of two Best of Bridge cookbooks: The Family Slow Cooker and Sunday Suppers “When we have parties in the summer I look at my home like a cabin or cottage,” says Elizabeth Chorney-Booth about her approach to home-entertaining. “We’re on a pie-shaped lot so we have a big backyard and a nice-sized deck, so everyone can be outside and there’s room for yard games.” Chorney-Booth has a collection of vintage Melmac dishes she uses for smaller group dinners but opts for paper

plates for big groups (60 or more people is not unheard of). She has an old IKEA kitchen cart that has taken on a rustic Canadiana vibe since she leaves it in the backyard all summer. She seeds it with spirits such as Eau Claire Distillery gin and vodka, and stocks her mud-room fridge with growlers of local beer. “I’ve also been known to make big batches of cocktails and people can help themselves,” says ChorneyBooth. The rule is we fix you your first drink and after that you help yourself to whatever you want.”





“Barbecuing is my go-to if it’s a relatively small group. Steaks can get pricey so I will get some cowboy sausages from Master Meats, which are the most delicious sausages I’ve ever had.”

“If it’s a backyard sit-down dinner, I’ll bring out vintage Melmac plates, which are pretty hard to break. I have a large collection of vintage dishes and glassware and I love to bring it out but I’ve had my heart broken a few times when really special things have been smashed.”

GlucksteinHome Melamine side and dinner plates, $4.99 and $6.99 at Hudson’s Bay, multiple locations, thebay.com

Lemon melamine serving platter, $9.99 at HomeSense, multiple locations, homesense.ca



Michel Design Works papillon melamine side plates, $49.95 at Britannia Kitchen & Home, 816 49 Ave. S.W., 403-2434444, britanniahome.ca AvenueCalgary.com


GWENDOLYN Richards Author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers

“One reason I like serving these tarts — aside from my obsession with lemon — is they’re something my grandmother would often bring out for summer parties. The tangy lemon curd, topped with gently sweetened whipped cream, make for a lovely sweet treat.”

“A razor-sharp chef’s knife is essential no matter what kind of party you’re prepping for. I have a chef’s knife that I bought in Japan that I love and use the most.” 52


Left to Right Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro chef’s knife, $75 at Artesano Galleria, 1215 9 Ave. S.E., 403-266-8092; 200 Barclay Parade S.W., 587-352-2776; artesanogalleria.com (This is a manufacturer’s special price; knife is regularly $200.) Wüsthof Crème Ikon eight-inch chef’s knife, $171.99 at House of Knives, CF Market Mall, 587-7741531, houseofknives.ca Masakage Zero Gyuto 240-millimetre chef knife, $664 at Knifewear, 100, 1316 9 Ave. S.E., 403-514-0577, knifewear.com

Living in an apartment with no balcony or outdoor space, Gwendolyn Richards compensates by bringing the outdoors in when she entertains, filling her space with cheerful bouquets of tulips, peonies and ranunculuses. Her gatherings tend to be small, with guests nibbling on charcuterie platters, guacamole and chips while drinking a crisp rosé or her famous summer drink, the blackberry gin and tonic. “For those, I definitely need my shaker, muddler and strainer,” says Richards. “I have a pretty unusual collection of glassware, from antique coupes to paper-thin crystal cocktail glasses so I like to pull those out when I can.” As a food writer who also takes pictures, Richards has a wide assortment of dishes, which make for great conversation pieces, especially the ones from her travels through Europe and Japan. As for decorating, “I consider the food the decoration,” she says. “That’s where everyone’s attention is anyway.”







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JULIE Van Rosendaal


Author/co-author of 10 cookbooks; most recently Out of the Orchard: Recipes for Fresh Fruit from the Sunny Okanagan

Summer parties are an indoor-outdoor affair at Julie Van Rosendaal’s house — her backyard is relatively small but her large kitchen windows open onto the patio to merge the spaces. “I try to keep as much of the cooking as possible outside. I like doing classic baked cheese dips like crab and artichoke in a cast-iron skillet on the grill. Sometimes I’ll cook pizza dough or naan until it’s charred and people can tear it up and dip.” Van Rosendaal also has a trusty SodaStream and makes homemade syrups (such as tart pink crabapple and ginger) so kids can have “healthy pop.” For the grown-ups, she’ll mix up a punch and put a bottle of rum or vodka next to it for people to add if they like. Her best entertaining advice is “just do it,” and don’t overthink the menu and the decorations. “Your friends are there to see you, not to look for dust bunnies,” she says. “Make sure there’s enough wine and you’ll be fine.” 54


“I learned a few years ago that you can plank brie, just like you can plank salmon. It takes just a few minutes, and the rind of the brie takes on a gorgeous cedar colour and you can serve it straight from the plank.”



“I always have wooden boards for cheese and charcuterie. I’m not a very matchy person so I have an assortment of boards in different shapes and textures but they’re all wood so that pulls them all together.”

Marble and wood board, $38 at Indigo, multiple locations, chapters.indigo.ca

Pog oak board, $29.99 (small and long) and $34.99 (large) at EQ3, 100, 8180 11 St. S.E., 403-212-8080, eq3.com

Torre & Tagus sienna wood board (and serving set, not shown), $95 at Metro Element, 1221 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403257-7588, metroelement.net

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Five Years After Five years ago, floods closed downtown Calgary, caused more than 100,000 Albertans to be evacuated from their homes and created more than $1.7 billion in insurable damages throughout the region. Since then, how much have we repaired and are we ready for next time?

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BY Andrew Guilbert ILLUSTRATION BY Glenn Harvey



algary mayor Naheed Nenshi’s most endearing memory of the 2013 flood is of a sign nailed to a tree outside a house on Bow Crescent in the community of Bowness that read: “We lost some stuff, but we gained a community.” He believes that positive change continued to grow long after the last of the city’s flooded basements were cleared by community volunteers. “In terms of community we’ve seen a real wave of civic engagement, even through tough economic times,” he says. If a 2013-level event occurred again this summer, Nenshi says the community-based mitigation already in place would help some riverfront neighbourhoods, but he notes there is still a lot to be done to protect the city from

flooding. “We are not yet at the point where we can breathe freely thinking that we’ll be totally fine,” he says. “We’ve got a very bright future, and we can be optimistic about it, and over the course of the next few years we can have more confidence in our safety in the next flood.” Christine Molohon, a full-time therapist at the Calgary Counselling Centre, worked directly with many flood-affected clients at the High River Counselling Centre between September 2013 and 2016. She says they rarely came in complaining about the flood itself. “People would say, ‘I’m dealing with anxiety, I’m dealing with depression, I’m having marriage troubles,’ but woven within that story would often be how the flood has impacted what’s going on,” says Molohon. Going through a natural disaster depletes people’s resources and ability to cope. For those who were already dealing with issues beforehand, the flood acted as a multiplier, aggravating financial and interpersonal issues. Many of these issues can persist for months, or even years. For some, just the anniversary of the flood can cause anxiety. “[It] happens every year — we get more rain, the snow melts and they worry the flood may happen again,” says Molohon. “You can see higher stress levels and that is often when people are talking more directly about their fears of flooding and of things happening again.” Michelle Pink and James Ford, the married owners of Think Pink real estate investment company, are familiar with this recurring unease. In 2013, the basement of Pink and Ford’s Inglewood duplex suffered groundwater flooding and sewer backup, setting them back $20,000 and costing them countless hours spent on repairs and maintenance. After the flood, the insurance premiums on all of their properties in Inglewood and neighbouring Ramsay increased by 30 per cent. While they have made their peace with their losses, Pink and Ford still deal with the annual anxiety about potential flooding.

“The worry, that’s the biggest thing. When that water starts going up, you immediately think of what could be lost,” says Ford. Pink agrees, saying that the family spends nearly every day by the river in the summer, but can’t help but keep one eye on the water level. “It’s for sure disturbing. We love the river, we utilize the river, but we definitely respect the river,” she says. While Think Pink owns a number of properties in Inglewood, the duplex where Pink and Ford lived was the only one that flooded. Pink says that in spite of the recession, real estate values in Inglewood have risen, and she sees this reflected in the rent she can command for the properties Think Pink owns and manages. Ford also says that they haven’t had a single renter ask about flooding since 2013. “There may be a few people out there that don’t want to [live here] because of the flood, but we don’t meet them,” he says. “If they don’t, there’s someone else who doesn’t care.” Though the couple are happy with some of the City’s mitigation efforts, they still have concerns. Among the completed projects, one in particular — a wall meant to deflect floodwaters from the Calgary Zoo — worries them, as they fear it will simply redirect more water to their home on the opposite bank. They also believe too little upstream mitigation has been done since 2013, and what measures are currently in the works aren’t happening fast enough. “I don’t feel like we have done enough on the outside of the city,” Pink says. “It feels like no level of government wants to step on the toes of the other levels, or make that decision because they don’t want that responsibility. In High River, they still have houses that are just coming down now. How is that happening five years later? Because nobody wants to make those decisions. They’re huge, financially impactful decisions, so I appreciate that, but I don’t think we can keep on having catastrophic events and expect the rah-rah spirit to continue to be there.” AvenueCalgary.com



hough it has been slow moving, progress has been made. In June of 2014, the Expert Management Panel on River Flood Mitigation, a group tasked with steering the City’s flood mitigation efforts, delivered its report to City Council. The 62-page document, the result of the panel’s consultation with both the public and scientific and engineering experts, put forth 27 recommendations across six action areas. Of those recommendations, 15 had been completed at the time of this writing, and the remaining 12 were underway. There are five principal reasons for the longer timelines when it comes to moving forward with projects, according to Frank Frigo, leader of watershed analysis with water resources for the City of Calgary. First, the scale of the projects mean they have inherently longer timelines. Then there is the search for synergy — essentially where governments try to combine the efforts of two or more departments or levels of government on projects. Another consideration is the City of Calgary’s capacity to deliver, which means examining whether the municipal government has enough people with the right expertise on hand locally to do the job correctly. There are also holistic objectives for these types of flood mitigations — in other words the point is to prevent flooding in all areas of the province, not just Calgary, so the projects have to ensure they don’t cause more problems elsewhere. The final component is cost. The City collects money from things like drainage and wastewater fees on citizens’ utility bills in order to pay for projects and, just like the province’s funding, this money only comes in so many dollars at a time. “A big part of it has been financial,” says Frigo. “We only have x million dollars per year.” Despite all of these factors, Frigo says the city has reduced the risk of flood damage by about 30 per cent since 2013, which translates to a $52 million a year benefit. This figure is based on the reduction of Calgary’s total annual risk exposure, which was estimated at $170 million by the province in a 2017 flood mitigations measures assessment report. That still leaves the majority of the risk on the table though. Mitigating flood risk is complicated and slowed by the multitude of components required and the number of stakeholders involved. “The solution to flooding seems to be a menu that creates the meal, it’s not one dish,” says Frigo. “All the analysis we’ve done indicates that we need to continue to work closely with the province, federal government and all the other water stakeholders, and that’s really what we’ve been trying to do.” 58


Communication, in all its forms, has been a central concern for Frigo and his team. In preparation for a 2017 flood update report to City Council, the watershed analysis department held pop-up events and workshops and conducted telephone surveys asking Calgarians how they were impacted by the 2013 floods. They found that many citizens assumed the flood was a freak event, when in fact it was the relative lack of floods between 1932 and 2013 that was anomalous, Frigo says. “Many Calgarians misconceive that the Bow and Elbow are not rivers that flood, or that the upstream storage and reservoirs are enough to take care of that. Absolutely not,” says Frigo. “The Bow and the Elbow are very flashy systems. These systems tend toward the two extremes — they’re very prone to both drought and flood. So it’s been an important part of our program to ensure that this sort of information is being conveyed to Calgarians, that there is an understanding of risk.” According to Frigo, there has been plenty of progress worth talking about. The most visible progress is infrastructure being built both within the city and upstream. By the end of the year, 12 of 26 infrastructure projects, everything from flood barriers on Heritage Drive S.E. to a more flood-resistant bridge on 12th Street S.E. near the zoo, will be in place. But the largest, the ones the City sees as key, are the two occurring upstream — and they aren’t near being finished. On the Elbow, improvements to the Glenmore dam, estimated at $82 million have started and are expected to be finished by early 2020. The work includes new gates and an additional 2.5 metres of storage that will roughly double the reservoir’s capacity during a flood. Also on the Elbow, the City hopes to see the Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir, a dry dam 15 km west of Calgary, that would store water temporarily during floods. The $432 million project is currently in an environmental assessment phase, and has support from the province, but has seen objections from landowners and First Nations groups as well as multiple levels and revisions of its environmental review. One group opposed to the project, Don’t Damn Springbank, would rather see a dam at McLean Creek, and says it would be less expensive, protect more communities and require the same construction time. However, these are all points that Calgary’s mayor disagrees with. “There have been a number of studies that have shown that Springbank is the best option, that McLean Creek, for example, is not that buildable,” says Nenshi.

In combination, the Glenmore and Springbank dams could accommodate the water levels experienced in 2013. However, it will be years before the projects are completed — especially Springbank. “Both of those important pieces are really significant, but they’re not the kind of thing you do overnight,” says Frigo.


n February 8, 2018, provincial transportation minister and government house leader Brian Mason spoke to attendees of a Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon, reaffirming the province’s commitment to the Springbank OffStream Reservoir even in the face of setbacks. “All three orders of the government are aligned and engaged on this file,” said Mason. “I am proud to say that we are moving on this project and moving it forward. We will be doing everything in our power to protect this province, people and economic engine from another natural disaster.” For Ward 9 Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra, the speech was encouraging, but afterward during the Q & A period, he detected a reticence from Mason that worried him. “Basically, [Mason] was pulling a George W. Bush on the aircraft carrier with a banner saying, ‘Mission Accomplished,’ and everyone was saying, ‘Okay that’s awesome, glad to hear you think we’re going to still make the timeline, now let’s talk about the Bow River. And he’s like, ‘next question!’” Carra thought Mason was avoiding discussing upstream mitigation progress on the Bow, and worried it signalled the province had lost its appetite to pursue the necessary next steps on the river, which Carra says represents about two thirds of the flood danger faced by the city. Since then though, Carra says the province has understood various groups’ concerns, and has reaffirmed its commitment to working on the Bow. “I think you’ll find the Calgary River Valleys committee, the Calgary River Communities Action Group and groups like that were all equally freaked out by the ‘mission accomplished’ narrative, and subsequently there has been some acknowledgement [from the province] that maybe the mission isn’t totally accomplished yet.” In May, the Province announced it would give the City $13.5 million for Bow River mitigation projects in Inglewood, Eau Claire, Hillhurst and Sunnyside. While the City and Province have held a number of conversations since February and established broad agreement that the upstream situation on the Bow must be addressed, the cost of intervention there has yet to be finalized.



hile the focus on homeowners during flood discussions is understandable, the impact of flooding on the business community is often overlooked, says Paul Battistella, the managing partner with Battistella Developments, which is a supporter of local advocacy group Flood Free Calgary (FFC). According to FFC, 23 per cent of small businesses and 60 per cent of large businesses in Calgary were affected by the 2013 floods and 5.1 million work hours were lost. The group, which includes citizens, businesses and organizations, advocates for timely flood mitigation, including the completion of the Springbank dam by 2021. “There has not been nearly enough action moving flood mitigation on the Bow,” says Battistella. “Five years after the flood, there is still uncertainty and risk associated with the simpler of the two rivers, the Elbow. Both rivers need projects, and if we can’t get the simpler one done, what chance do we have on the harder one?” Another citizen group concerned with Calgary’s flood readiness, the Calgary River Communities Action Group (CRCAG), is equally vocal about wanting more infrastructure sooner rather than later. Since its inception in July 2013, the group has advocated for mitigation to all levels of government. According to CRCAG co-president Tony Morris, developments like the five-year agreement between the province and Transalta to use the Ghost Reservoir for flood attenuation during the summer season, as well as to adjust levels at three Kananaskis reservoirs yearround, are helpful, especially for smaller-scale floods, but still leave the lion’s share to be tackled. Morris points to the worrying precedent of inaction on the 18 recommendations former MLA George Groeneveld put forward to the province after the 2005 flood. None were fully implemented. “We have an opportunity to correct the inherent defect that the city has grown up around, which is being built at the confluence

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of two major rivers,” says Morris. “We’ve never been as close to seeing this kind of [mitigation] being undertaken before, we have an opportunity to do something unprecedented, but there’s absolutely no given these [infrastructure projects] are completed.” Private industry, meanwhile, is taking a proactive approach. Riverfront developers like Concord Pacific are addressing future flooding concerns before they happen. Grant Murray, senior vice president, sales, for Concord Pacific, says the company had already finalized designs for its Eau Claire condo building The Concord in May of 2013. When the flood came within six inches of the property line a month later, the company BH_2018_AveAdsx3_June.indd spent a year redesigning The Concord to include features like low walls, berms, back-up power systems, self-repairing foundation walls and floodgates that can be raised in case of flooding. “I think if we hadn’t have done it, we would have had a lot of people basically saying, I’m not sure we’d want to buy here, because you’re near the river and it flooded,” says Murray. “[Instead], it’s totally a selling point.”




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Maud Overcoming trial by flood in her first year has strengthened the resolve of the executive director of Sled Island to continue to create an amazing music festival experience for the community that has supported it all along.



irst, let’s establish that it’s pronounced “mode,” and not “mod,” like the Bea Arthur sitcom. It’s pronounced the French way because Maud Salvi is from France. Those who hear the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival executive director’s accent, and know she came here following a stint at Pop Montreal, might default to thinking she’s French-Canadian. Mais non, Salvi hails from France — the you’ve-probably-neverheard-of-it-sized town of Saint-Romain-de-Jalionas, about 45 minutes east of Lyon. Salvi’s path from a childhood in France to festival director in Calgary by way of Montreal started with developing a taste for indie bands in her early teens. Born in 1984, she is part of the last generation who started high school before the Internet truly infiltrated everyone’s lives, meaning she mostly discovered new bands through her network of likeminded friends. Her scene gravitated toward a volunteer-run live-music venue in Lyon, and Salvi and her friends began volunteering there as well, doing everything from cooking meals for touring artists to cleaning up at the end of the night. Even the cleaning tasks, she says, contributed to an overall spirit of camaraderie that she remembers fondly. “There was a really good culture around that place that I think was really important to have at the time,” she says. “I feel really lucky that somehow that was my first introduction to live music.” That experience inspired Salvi to enroll in a postsecondary diploma program in production management. In her second year, she took advantage of a work-abroad



initiative and went to Montreal to work for a booking agency. She returned to France after her student visa expired, but eventually decided she wanted to move to Montreal permanently. In 2008 she was back, this time as a permanent resident. That same year, Salvi got a contract position with Pop Montreal, a multi-venue music festival, now in its 17th year. After the 2008 festival wrapped, Salvi was hired on permanently. She stayed with Pop Montreal for four years before making the decision to move on in 2012. Salvi’s subsequent job hunt in Montreal wasn’t turning up much to get excited about. All the while, people who knew her and that she had left Pop Montreal were forwarding her notice that Calgary’s Sled Island festival was looking for a new executive director. At first, Salvi disregarded the idea outright because she didn’t want to leave Montreal. But eventually, she took a look at the posting. “When I read the job description I felt like it had been written for me,” she says. But it wasn’t just the ideal job description that inspired Salvi to apply. She had attended Sled Island in 2012 and the festival had made a big impression. Salvi and her boyfriend at the time were close friends of Calgary musician Chris Reimer, who passed away in February 2012, and her boyfriend was involved in staging a commemorative photo exhibition about Reimer during that year’s festival. Outside of the exhibition, Salvi took the opportunity to have the full Sled Island experience and enjoyed her time greatly.

Maud Salvi, executive director of Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, at one of her favourite festival venues, the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1.




Sled Island executive director Maud Salvi at the R.C. Legion No. 1, a key venue for the festival.




Sled Island, which started in 2007 and runs annually over five days in late June, uses the same format as Pop Montreal. Rather than taking place at one, big festival site, multiple smaller shows are staged in bars, nightclubs and other spaces throughout the inner-city. Attendees who purchase the festival wristband passes get access to all events (subject to capacity) and can hop from venue to venue. The experience Salvi had gained with Pop Montreal was directly applicable to Sled Island — plus the position was a move up the career ladder. She applied, was hired by the non-profit’s volunteer board and started work in January 2013, just six months prior to the festival, which was scheduled to take place June 19 to 23. That year, of course, goes down in infamy as the year of the flood, which hit the city full force on the night of June 20, just as Sled Island 2013 was hitting its stride. In the midst of staging an event involving 270 bands playing in 30 different venues, Sled Island received a mandatory evacuation order on the afternoon of Thursday, June 20 for the festival offices from their basement space in a heritage building on 4th Street S.W. (To make matters worse, Salvi’s apartment was in the same building, so she was out of home as well as office.)

The Sled team quickly set up a satellite command centre at the Fairmont Palliser hotel, a longtime festival partner, and did their best to keep the wheels on the track. However, on the morning of Friday, June 21, the City revoked Sled Island’s permits to stage its two marquee concerts at Olympic Plaza. The board and the festival team made the decision shortly after to call off the entire event and with that, Salvi’s first Sled Island as executive director was over. The end of the 2013 Sled Island Music and Arts Festival marked the beginning of a whole new ordeal, however — the looming threat of financial ruin. The fact that Sled Island even exists today, let alone that Salvi is still steering the ship, is testament to an extraordinary show of grassroots support from many pass holders, bands, sponsors, vendors and other parties who could have demanded refunds or payments, but chose to forego them in order to keep Sled Island viable. The festival also received money from the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund. In addition, other local festivals and arts organizations such as the Calgary International Film Festival and Calgary Underground Film Festival stepped up by offering tickets and passes to their own events as incentives to ticket holders to not request a refund from Sled Island. On Oct. 30, 2013, Sled Island announced that it would be back the following summer. Even with the happy ending, after an initiation like that, it’s a wonder that Salvi chose to continue and not embark on a 180-degree career change. “It didn’t even cross my mind to quit,” she says. “We had all worked so hard for that festival to happen and, especially for me, I wanted to have at least one year when I would do all the lead work and then get to see what it was like. How was it when it was actually happening? How does that feel, seeing it unfold the way it was supposed to? It felt like something I had to finish.” Salvi’s resolve was also bolstered by the community response to keep Sled Island alive. “I think I just wanted to offer something even more awesome the following year to all those people who let us keep their money,” she says. “They were taking a leap of faith by letting [us] have this money so we had to bring that thing back, hopefully in an even greater manner.” The 2018 festival, taking place June 20 to 24, will be the sixth under Salvi’s direction. While she says the organizational aspects of the job get easier with experience, there continue to be big-picture challenges such as when the plummeting Canadian dollar added $80,000 to the budget of the 2015 festival because of contracts in other currencies. Though the susceptibility of Calgary’s economy to boom-and-bust cycles certainly creates challenges for those running the city’s large-scale arts events, there are other things about the city that Salvi has come

MA U D S A LV I’ S QU INT ES S ENT IA L S LED IS L A ND V ENU E The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival presents shows in more than 35 venues, but if there’s one that stands out it’s the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1. With its bingo-hall seating and vintage-militaria decor, the room’s aesthetics are often in sharp contrast to the edgy musicians that Sled Island puts on its stage, but that lack of congruency is also what makes it so great. “It’s like no other space we use and it’s awesome. I love it!” says Salvi. “To me it encapsulates Sled Island. If for some reason you can only go to one venue I would probably suggest going there — not even for the programming, but just for the




vibe, for how special it is. Really, I haven’t seen anything similar.”

to appreciate as unique opportunities for someone in her field. “I feel very fortunate to be here at this time because things are changing so much,” she says. “Having the position that I have here, in a city like Calgary, it gives me access; I get a seat at the table for discussions that have to do with the arts sector at large and the city at large. Being able to be part of that and feeling like I can actually see the impact of my work in so many different areas is really fulfilling and gratifying.” If you are out and about during Sled Island 2018 and manage to catch a glimpse of Salvi, you’ll likely see her on her phone, doing her buck-stops-here thing to make sure the festival is running as it should. You’ll notice, however, that while she’s working she’s also trying to catch as much of the music as she can. Above all, the programming part is the best part of being a festival director, Salvi says. And in the end, it’s all about the experience, for the audience primarily, but also for the people who put on the show.

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Duffey Lake Road, Lillooet to Whistler, B.C. If you have not driven the Duffey (BC Highway 99) for more than a decade, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The last leg of the journey coming into Whistler from the north was the beneficiary of dramatic improvements leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Those improvements included much-needed resurfacing on long sections of cracked, uneven pavement that had previously made the drive a bone-jarring and unpleasant experience. But even with the improvements, the Duffey is no easy cruise. Starting from the scruffy outpost of Lillooet, this wild-and-woolly 130-kilometre stretch remains a double-blackdiamond road (to borrow from ski-hill parlance), with one-lane bridges, hairpin switchbacks and deadly drop-offs lined with laughable guardrails. After a dramatic gain in elevation, the road passes by two provincial parks (Duffey Lake and Joffre Lakes) before descending via another section





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A stay at Azuridge Estate Hotel in Priddis is the perfect denouement to a day of tooling around in the foothills. Set on a rise amidst a 13-acre forested spread, the former residence of prominent local businessman Mogens Smed opened as a 13-room boutique hotel in 2012. Though it’s only a 30-minute drive from the bustle of the city, the hotel feels worlds away. Arrival suggests a modern-day, Western Canadian version of Downton Abbey — complete with smartly attired butlers. If you can’t stay over, at least treat yourself to dinnerwith-a-view on the expansive patio, which typically opens for the season in June. 178057 272 St. W. Priddis, Alta., 403-931-0100, azuridgehotel.com 68










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Grand and impressive but with a warm, homey vibe, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is the perfect come down after the blood-pumping rush of the Duffey. Tucked in the Upper Village zone on Blackcomb Mountain, it’s removed from the bustling plazas and bar scene of Whistler Village, though should you want to join the party, it is just a short walk away. Staying at the Four Seasons Whistler during the summer means leisurely hangouts at the lovely outdoor swimming pool, which offers Evian spritzes and cool, damp towels on the pool deck for when the temperature rises, as well as outdoor bar service. Take yourself out of the driver’s seat and surrender to the Seato-Sky signature massage at the in-house spa, which uses products indigenous to the West Coast including warm river rocks and seaweed. 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, B.C., 604-935-3400, fourseasons.com/whistler

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town or out, without worry. —Käthe Lemon






The dining room’s traditional details, such as the smoked-glass mirror over the fireplace and antique table from Hinchcliff & Lee create a sense of timeless elegance.

Homeowner Joanna Januszewska relaxes in the living room, which features a soothing palette of greys and blues. An abstract painting above the marble fireplace adds a flash of colour, while custom shelves showcase the couple’s collection of Italian glass.

High Style,


A gorgeous custom family home in Roxboro is built to withstand the next 100-year flood.


here are many reasons a Calgary couple with a young daughter might want to move from the flood plains of Roxboro to a higher and dryer neighbourhood. But even after being flooded out not once, but twice, in 2005 and 2013, moving out of Roxboro was still not on the agenda for Joanna Januszewska and Rafal Wieczorek. Instead, they built a new home in the neighbourhood — albeit one that incorporated the latest in flood mitigation along with the couple’s eye for European-Old World elegance. Both Januszewska and Wieczorek have Polish roots and miss the lakes and rivers of their homeland, so for them the flood risk was worth it in order to live close to the Elbow. “When we got married, Joanna told me she wanted to live here,” says Wieczorek. “This is

a mature, old neighbourhood that feels like its own village with no noise, no traffic and easy accessibility to the bike paths, the river and 4th Street’s restaurants and shops.” The couple are the co-owners of Niko Homes, a custom builder, now in its eighth year, that focuses on high-end homes. Wieczorek has a passion for construction and handles the building aspects, while Januszewska designs the interiors. While Wieczorek favours masculine materials such as rundle rock, Januszewska’s love for feminine details is reflected in the finishings. Having witnessed the devastating damage from two floods, the couple incorporated a variety of features into their new build to mitigate potential future water damage, from reinforced concrete slabs in the basement to commercial-grade sump pumps and a Generac generator. In addition, the home was built on a higher elevation than their previous home in the same neighbourhood. “Everything comes with a risk,” says Wieczorek. “You just have to assess it.” Their new home, which also acts as a showhome for their business, seamlessly blends traditional elements with contemporary architecture, right down to the most minute detail. It also reflects the couple’s European roots. From the first step into the foyer you know you’re not in a typical Calgary minimalist-designed home. Instead, this home is richly detailed with nods to the couple’s past. One example of this is the faux coffered ceiling finished in a charcoal metallic paint that Januszewska designed for the foyer, which was inspired by the pressed-tin ceilings commonly seen in London, where Wieczorek lived as a teenager. AvenueCalgary.com




JANUSZEWSKA AND RAFAL WIECZOREK DID TO THEIR ROXBORO HOME T O PREPARE FOR THE NEXT FLOOD. 1. A stronger foundation. “We reinforced the basement footings, walls and floor to withstand the hydraulic pressure from any flood waters,” says Januszewska. “This helps prevent any cracking or breakage of the foundation.” 2. Waterproofing. “We used an elastomeric rubber coating on the entire foundation to provide a waterproofing barrier.” 3. Better basement windows. “Our basement windows are recessed to allow flood gates to be installed in minutes, and there are no vents or openings whatsoever in the basement walls.” 4. Main-floor mechanical. “After the 2013 flood, the City recommended that homeowners put their mechanical room on the main floor. That way, if there is a flood, the electrical



BOTTOM LEFT Perfect for holding tastings or smoking a cigar, the wine cellar/cigar room suggests an Old World European tavern with its tiled floor, cherry-wood shelving and a wine barrel imported from Italy used as a table.

TOP RIGHT An 18-foot wall of accordion doors opens the kitchen and den to the rear courtyard, which features a poured-concrete floor made to look like old stone.

panel, furnace and hot-water tank are protected. And displaced homeowners don’t have to wait weeks for hot water and power when they are allowed to return home.”

BOTTOM RIGHT Januszewska’s office features custommade shelving displaying a curated collection of family photos and treasured mementos. The desk and chair are antiques paired with a new light fixture from Restoration Hardware.

In building the home, Januszewska and Wieczorek wanted to ensure it would withstand not only a potential flood, but also the rigours of family life and lots of entertaining. They chose finishes and materials that will stand up to spilled drinks, high heels and the crush of little feet at birthday parties. “We love our house and don’t see ourselves moving anytime soon,” says Januszewska. “But we are in the business, so never say never.”

Outdoor photograph Copyright © 2017 Sona Visual

The kitchen offers further evidence of European influences. Here, Januszewska used rift-cut solid white-oak flooring, large-scale lights that resemble gas lanterns and brass pulls on the cabinets and drawers. The apron-front sink and custom-made brass-plated range hood in the kitchen are reminiscent of a French country kitchen. In the pantry, Januszewska installed produce drawers fronted with mesh screens to allow for air circulation. “It’s something you see in the Old Country,” she says. Her choice of belle époque-inspired tiles in the butler’s pantry, downstairs powder room and utility room continues the heritage feel. Throughout the home, the couple used a custom-calibrated signature stain. Januszewska also had a built-in cabinet made for the dining room, modelled after the one her great-grandmother had in her dining room in Poland. With its tiny drawers and smoked-glass antique-style mirror, the cabinet is indeed a special piece, although it had the potential to make the room look too traditional, so the couple paired it with a statement chandelier from Restoration Hardware for balance. Although new, the fixture’s tapered-glass cylinders suggest candles, further driving home the Old-World Euro vibe.

TOP LEFT Homeowners Joanna Januszewska and Rafal Wieczorek in the kitchen of their home in Roxboro.The five-by-10-foot kitchen island is stained in a custom-created colour called Charcoal Mist, which was used throughout the home.

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TOP The couple’s daughter’s bedroom is painted in delicate mauves and creams and papered in a Parisian-patterned wallpaper from the U.K. The bed was formerly a crib, now converted to full size.



ABOVE With its ample clean-lined vanity and herringbone-patterned Carrara-marble tile floor, the main ensuite is light and elegant with its oversized Aquabrass soaker tub and tufted stool. All electrical outlets are discreetly hidden within the cabinets.

Dining-room table from Hinchcliff & Lee, 1217 9 Ave S.E., 403-263-0383, hinchcliffandlee.com Dining-room chairs and chandelier all from Restoration Hardware, Southcentre Mall, 403-271-2122, restorationhardware.com Dining-room fireplace by Classic Fireplace, 11500 35 St. S.E., 403-279-4448, classicfireplace.com Mirror over fireplace by House of Mirrors, 5555 2 St. S.E., 403-253-3777, houseofmirrors.com Candles from Pottery Barn, CF Chinook Centre, 403-259-2100, potterybarn.com Kitchen countertops by Pacific Stone Fabrication, 10510 46 St. S.E., 403-238-1100, pacificstone.ca Wolf oven from Bradlee,1245 73 Ave. S.E., 403-297-1000, bradleedistributors.com Kohler sink and Grohe fixtures from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre, 4120 Blackfoot Tr. S.E., 403-245-8637, robinsonlightingandbath.com Living-room lamps by Kate Spade, katespade.com Windows and doors from Lux Windows & Glass, 6875 9 St. N.E., 403-276-7770, luxwindows.com Floral arrangement in living room by homeowner Joanna Januszewska Living-room fireplace by Diamond Fireplace & Stone, 4, 10221 15 St. N.E., 403-273-0000, diamondfireplace.com Light fixture in office from Restoration Hardware Wine-room cooling system by Koolspace Wine Cellars, 3431 12 St. N.E., 403-283-7575, koolspace.ca Wine-cellar bricks from Stone Concept, 5225 6 St. S.E., 403-984-4948, stone-concept.ca Chandelier and sconces in wine room from Restoration Hardware Bed frame and night stands in daughter’s bedroom from West Coast Kids, 130 71 Ave. S.E., 403-258-2332, westcoastkids.ca Desk and lamps from Pottery Barn Kids, CF Chinook Centre, 403-281-0116, potterybarnkids.com Main-bedroom ensuite floor tile by Saltillo Imports Inc., 1212 26 Ave. S.E., 403-287-2100, saltillo-tiles.com Aquabrass soaker tub, Kohler sink and tub fixtures and Steamist steam shower all from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre Countertop by Pacific Stone Fabrication Chandelier from Restoration Hardware





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The Water Spiral


ocated on the grounds of the Wildwood Community Association, The Water Spiral is a kinetic sculpture that functions as a windmill, cistern and pump. The main structure is a wooden deck inlaid with a spiral timeline marking the history of the neighbourhood. A bench encircles the deck. Four curved, metal sails catch the wind, gently revolving around a central shaft. The sails activate propellers in the tank below to aerate water collected from the roof of the



Wildwood Community Centre via a downspout. Throughout the summer, children and adults alike delight in drawing water for the community permaculture garden designed by Ted Bahr of Prairie Sage Permaculture (the first community permaculture garden in the city) using an old-style hand-powered water pump. The sculpture has the folksy aesthetic of a prairie homestead: patchwork, resourceful, inventive. When mosaic artist and facilitator Michelena Bamford, a Wildwood resident for

NOTE: This project received support from the Wildwood Community Association and Calgary Economic Development, in partnership with the Calgary Foundation, through their Soul of the City Neighbour Grants, as well as individual donations and sweat equity from community volunteers.

more than 20 years and owner of Wolf Willow Studio, envisioned a project for the community using recycled materials, she brought in scavenger artist Lane Shordee for his metal and woodworking skills. An associate artist with Watershed+ Dynamic Environment Lab, Shordee’s work often touches on water use. The collaborators soon found that they shared a real interest in and knack for community-building through art and hoped to connect land, environment and community in the space by the north wall of the community hall. Bamford and Shordee rounded up wood and metal materials from the 2014 Wildwood Cleanup and built the sculpture on location. The Wildwood Community Association also allowed the artists to draw from a collection of street signs they had saved over the years. During a workshop led by artist and writer Jenna Swift, a co-facilitator on the project, neighbours came up with blessings for the water that Bamford then inscribed on a metal plate under the deck. The involvement of community members of all ages is what gives this project its distinct flavour, adding to the life of the community while creating a visual focal point, an outdoor social space and a reminder of the importance of water.

Photograph by Mark Eleven Photography; detail photograph by Dana Prediger

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