Best of Calgary Winners

The results of our 2013 readers' poll

 

THE CITYURBAN LIFESHOPPING & SERVICESNIGHTLIFEDINING OUT

 

THE CITY

Best new trend

  1. Cycling
  2. Car2Go
  3. Food trucks

Worst new trend

  1. High-waisted short shorts
  2. Neon
  3. Beer halls

Best kept Calgary secret

  1. Inglewood
  2. Market Collective
  3. Youth Central

Most livable neighbourhood

  1. Mission
  2. Sunnyside
  3. Bridgeland / Riverside

Best place to people-watch

  1. 17th Avenue SW
  2. Stephen Avenue Walk
  3. Prince’s Island Park

Best place to waste an entire day

  1. Prince’s Island Park
  2. 17th Avenue SW
  3. Calgary Zoo

Best place to snag Stampede breakfast

  1. Chinook Centre
  2. Community Natural Foods
  3. Fluor Rope Square (Olympic Plaza)

Best place to go for a picnic

  1. Prince’s Island Park
  2. Bowness Park
  3. Fish Creek Provincial Park

Best place to take kids

  1. Calgary Zoo
  2. Telus Spark Science Centre
  3. Calaway Park

Best off-the-beaten-path day trip

  1. Kananaskis Country
  2. Bragg Creek
  3. Drumheller

Best hikers’ trail

  1. Douglas Fir Trail (Edworthy Park)
  2. Mount Yamnuska
  3. Fish Creek Provincial Park

Best place to get wet

  1. Elbow River
  2. Bow River
  3. Sandy Beach

Best place to pick up someone of the opposite sex

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. Commonwealth Bar & Stage
  3. National on 17th

Best place to pick up someone of the same sex

  1. Twisted Element
  2. Ship & Anchor
  3. 17th Avenue SW

Best public place to “do it”

  1. Nose Hill Park
  2. Prince’s Island Park
  3. Fish Creek Provincial Park

Best place to, um, smoke

  1. Prince’s Island Park
  2. Nose Hill Park
  3. McHugh Bluff (Crescent Road NW)

Best local not-for-profit

  1. Mustard Seed
  2. Inn From The Cold
  3. Good Life Community Bike Shop

Calgary’s claim to fame

  1. Calgary Stampede
  2. Naheed Nenshi
  3. Sled Island

Calgary’s claim to shame

  1. Calgary Stampede
  2. Calgary Flames
  3. Stephen Harper

Best use of local tax dollars

  1. Public Transit
  2. Cycling Infrastructure
  3. New Roads

Worst use of local tax dollars

  1. Urban Sprawl
  2. New Roads
  3. Calgary Stampede

Best alderman

  1. Druh Farrell
  2. John Mar
  3. Brian Pincott

Worst alderman

  1. Diane Colley-Urquhart
  2. Druh Farrell
  3. John Mar

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URBAN LIFE

Most beloved Calgarian

  1. Naheed Nenshi
  2. Ralph Klein
  3. Paul Brandt

Most embarrassing Calgarian

  1. Stephen Harper
  2. Rob Anders
  3. Alison Redford

Best local villain

  1. Stephen Harper
  2. Cal Wenzel
  3. Alison Redford

Sexiest man

  1. Naheed Nenshi
  2. W. Brett Wilson
  3. Danny Vacon

Sexiest woman

  1. Jill Belland
  2. Tara Slone
  3. Connie Desousa

Best radio station

  1. CJSW 90.9 FM
  2. X92.9 FM
  3. Virgin 98.5 FM

Favourite local radio personality

  1. Chad Saunders (CJSW 90.9 FM)
  2. David Gray (CBC Radio One)
  3. Fuzzy (Virgin 98.5 FM)

Favourite local TV personality

  1. Jill Belland (Citytv)
  2. David Spence (CTV)
  3. Gord Gillies (Global)

Best theatre company

  1. Loose Moose Theatre Company
  2. One Yellow Rabbit
  3. Alberta Theatre Projects

Best local actor/actress

  1. Andrew Phung
  2. Jamie Konchak
  3. Rebecca Northan

Best local comedian

  1. Sarah Adams
  2. Andrew Phung
  3. Jebb Fink

Best dance company

  1. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
  2. Alberta Ballet
  3. Pulse Studios

Best local filmmaker

  1. Gary Burns
  2. Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi
  3. Mike Peterson

Best local photographer

  1. Kenneth Locke
  2. Glen Co
  3. Phil Crozier

Best art gallery

  1. Art Gallery of Calgary
  2. Glenbow Museum
  3. MOCA

Best visual artist

  1. Mandy Stobo
  2. David Brunning (aka TheKidBelo)
  3. Caitlind Brown

Best tattoo artist

  1. Trevor Varem (Enso Tattoo)
  2. Doug Fink (Bushido)
  3. James Tex (Deadly Tattoos)

Best local author or poet

  1. Kris Demeanor
  2. Will Ferguson
  3. Chris Turner

Best journalist/columnist

  1. Drew Anderson
  2. Josiah Hughes
  3. Jason Markusoff

Worst journalist/columnist

  1. Rick Bell
  2. Ezra Levant
  3. Licia Corbella

Best professor

  1. Ron Glasberg
  2. John Manzo
  3. Gord Ferguson

Best local twitter personality

  1. Naheed Nenshi @nenshi
  2. Mike Morrison @mikesbloggity
  3. Crackmacs @crackmacs

Best local musical act

  1. The Dudes
  2. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
  3. Cowpuncher

Best local music label

  1. Flemish Eye
  2. Modern Math Recordings
  3. Homebreakin Records

Best local album/EP of the last year

  1. Sanctums - Tongue, Teeth, Lips
  2. The Mandates - The Mandates
  3. Dojo Workhorse - Civil Shepherds

Best local DJ

  1. Smalltown DJs
  2. Ivan Rankic
  3. DJ C-Sik

Best festival

  1. Calgary Folk Music Festival
  2. Sled Island
  3. 4th Street Lilac Festival

Best free event

  1. 4th Street Lilac Festival
  2. Kensington Sun and Salsa Festival
  3. Stampede Breakfasts

Best fund-raising event

  1. CJSW Funding Drive
  2. Mother’s Day Run & Walk
  3. Big Rock Eddies

Best place to gamble

  1. Cowboys Casino
  2. Elbow River Casino
  3. Grey Eagle Casino

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SHOPPING & SERVICES

Best shopping district

  1. 17th Avenue SW
  2. Chinook Centre
  3. Kensington

Best corner store

  1. Kalamata Grocery
  2. Bridgeland Market
  3. Jimmy’s A & A Deli

Best international food store

  1. Lina’s Italian Market
  2. Kalamata Grocery
  3. Italian Supermarket

Best farmers’ market

  1. Calgary Farmers’ Market
  2. Crossroads Market
  3. Kingsland Farmers’ Market

Best farmers’ market vendor

  1. Simple Simon Pies
  2. Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
  3. Blush Lane Organic Produce

Best place to buy organic food

  1. Community Natural Foods
  2. Sunnyside Natural Market
  3. Calgary Farmers’ Market

Best bakery

  1. Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
  2. Glamorgan Bakery
  3. Rustic Sourdough Bakery

Best deli sandwich

  1. Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli
  2. Peppino Gourmet Foods
  3. Lazy Loaf & Kettle

Best ice cream/gelato

  1. Village Ice Cream
  2. Fiasco Gelato
  3. My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe

Best local beer

  1. Village Blonde (Village)
  2. Wraspberry Ale (Wild Rose)
  3. Velvet Fog (Wild Rose)

Best wine store

  1. Willow Park Wines & Spirits
  2. Kensington Wine Market
  3. Vine Arts Wine and Spirits

Best liquor store

  1. Willow Park Wines & Spirits
  2. Co-op Wines Spirits Beer
  3. Crowfoot Wine & Spirits

Best men’s clothing store

  1. Understudy
  2. Gallery
  3. Purr

Best women’s clothing store

  1. Purr
  2. Blame Betty
  3. Espy

Best consignment/vintage clothing

  1. Trend Fashions
  2. Divine
  3. Cat’s Eye Retro/Vintage Clothing

Best shoe store

  1. Gravity Pope
  2. Arnold Churgin
  3. Luna Blue

Best place to find cool jewelry

  1. Market Collective
  2. Purr
  3. Rubaiyat

Best optical

  1. Brass Monocle
  2. Eyeclectic Eyewear
  3. Eye Candy Optical

Best lingerie

  1. She Apparel
  2. Cat’s Pyjamas
  3. Knickers ‘N Lace

Best place to buy a sex toy

  1. A Little More Interesting
  2. Little Shop Of Pleasures
  3. Hush

Best spa

  1. Oasis Wellness Centre & Spa
  2. Stillwater Spa - Hyatt Regency Calgary
  3. Riverside Spa

Best hair salon for women

  1. Redbloom Salon
  2. Hedkandi Salon
  3. Diva Salonspa

Best haircut for men

  1. Redbloom Salon
  2. Diva Salsonspa
  3. Hedkandi Salon

Best tattoo shop

  1. Bushido Tattoo
  2. Smilin’ Buddha Tattoo
  3. Deadly Tattoos

Best place to work out

  1. Talisman Centre
  2. Eau Claire YMCA
  3. One Cycle Spin Studio

Best place for yoga

  1. Yoga Passage
  2. Hot Yoga on 17th
  3. Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre

Best boot camp

  1. Bikini Bootcamp
  2. Evolve Fitness Bootcamp
  3. Fit Body Boot Camp

Best bike shop

  1. Bow Cycle
  2. Bike Bike
  3. Good Life Community Bike Shop

Best skateboard shop

  1. Source Skate and Snowboard Shop
  2. Mission Snow and Skate
  3. Royal Board Shop

Best ski/snowboard shop

  1. Source Skate and Snowboard Shop
  2. Ski Cellar Snowboard
  3. Mission Snow and Skate

Best place to spoil your pet

  1. Bon A-Pet-Treat! Pet Store & Bakery
  2. Tail Blazers - Health Food Store For Pets
  3. Pawsitively Pooched Dog Spa and Grooming

Best place to buy music

  1. Sloth Records
  2. Recordland
  3. Hot Wax

Best music equipment store

  1. Axe Music
  2. Guitarworks
  3. Vintage Music

Best place to buy a book

  1. Fair’s Fair
  2. Pages Books on Kensington
  3. Shelf Life Books

Best comics store

  1. Phoenix Comics
  2. Another Dimension
  3. Red Skull Comics

Best flower shop

  1. Peaseblossoms Flowers & Stuff
  2. Purple Orchid
  3. Twigs & Company

Most stylish furniture store

  1. Kit Interior Objects
  2. Revolve Furnishings
  3. Mcarthur Fine Furniture

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NIGHTLIFE

Best new bar

  1. National on 17th
  2. National on 10th
  3. Oak Tree Tavern

Best neighbourhood pub

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. Kensington Pub
  3. Local 510

Best patio

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. Broken City
  3. West

Coolest hole-in-the wall

  1. Milk Tiger Lounge
  2. Ship & Anchor
  3. Hop In Brew

Best redneck bar

  1. Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall
  2. The Palomino
  3. Cowboys

Best brewpub

  1. Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
  2. Brewsters Brewing Company
  3. Design District Urban Tavern

Sexiest clientele

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. National on 17th
  3. Commonwealth Bar & Stage

Best bartender

  1. Stephen Phipps (National on 10th)
  2. Stu Connor (Oak Tree Tavern)
  3. Nolan Kotyk (Ship & Anchor)

Sexiest staff

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. Commonwealth Bar & Stage
  3. National on 17th

Surliest staff

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. The Palomino
  3. Broken City

Best cocktail menu

  1. Milk Tiger Lounge
  2. Ming
  3. Model Milk

Best beer selection

  1. Craft Beer Market
  2. National on 17th
  3. Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub

Best wine list

  1. Vin Room Mission
  2. Winebar Kensington
  3. Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro

Best place to watch sports

  1. Schanks Athletic Club
  2. Flames Central
  3. Melrose Cafe & Bar

Best place to shoot pool

  1. Garage Sports & Billiards
  2. Stix Sports Bar
  3. Schanks Athletic Club

Best place for comedy

  1. Yuk Yuk’s
  2. The Laugh Shop
  3. The Comedy Cave

Best place to dance

  1. Commonwealth Bar & Stage
  2. Hifi Club
  3. Twisted Element

Best open jam / open mic

  1. Ship & Anchor
  2. Mikey’s Juke Joint & Eatery
  3. Ironwood Stage & Grill

Best all ages venue

  1. New Black Centre
  2. Tubby Dog
  3. Macewan Hall

Best concert venue (under 500)

  1. Republik
  2. Broken City
  3. Commonwealth Bar & Stage

Best concert venue (over 500)

  1. Jack Singer Concert Hall
  2. Saddledome
  3. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

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DINING OUT

Best new restaurant

  1. Cibo
  2. Market Restaurant
  3. Anejo Restaurant

Best overall restaurant

  1. Model Milk
  2. Una Pizza + Wine
  3. Charcut Roast House

Best service

  1. Una Pizza + Wine
  2. Model Milk
  3. River Cafe

Best restaurant for a first date

  1. Una Pizza + Wine
  2. Model Milk
  3. River Cafe

Best restaurant when someone else is paying

  1. River Cafe
  2. Teatro
  3. Mercato

Best food truck

  1. Perogy Boyz
  2. Alley Burger
  3. Naaco Truck

Best late-night (after 1 AM)

  1. Tubby Dog
  2. Clive Burger
  3. Una Pizza + Wine

Best breakfast/brunch

  1. Diner Deluxe
  2. OEB Breakfast Co.
  3. Blue Star Diner

Best cheap eats

  1. Tubby Dog
  2. Clive Burger
  3. Ship & Anchor

Best pizza

  1. Una Pizza + Wine
  2. Without Papers
  3. Pulcinella

Best wings

  1. Regal Beagle Pub
  2. Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill
  3. Brewsters Brewing Company

Best burger

  1. Clive Burger
  2. Boogie’s Burgers
  3. Peters’ Drive-In

Best veggie burger

  1. The Coup
  2. Ship & Anchor
  3. Clive Burger

Best fries/poutine

  1. Big Cheese Poutinerie
  2. Charcut Roast House
  3. Clive Burger

Best vegetarian

  1. The Coup
  2. Buddha’s Veggie
  3. Community Natural Foods

Best gluten-free options

  1. The Coup
  2. Heaven Artisan GF Cuisine
  3. Craft Beer Market

Best steak

  1. Vintage Chophouse & Tavern
  2. Caesar’s Steak House
  3. Charcut Roast House

Best BBQ

  1. The Palomino
  2. Holy Smoke Barbecue & Smokepit
  3. Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse

Best place for seafood

  1. Catch & The Oyster Bar
  2. Big Fish
  3. Bookers BBQ Grill & Crab Shack

Best Mexican

  1. Salt & Pepper Restaurante Mexicano
  2. Los Chilitos Taco & Tequila House
  3. Anejo Restaurant

Best French

  1. Cassis Bistro
  2. Fleur De Sel
  3. La Chaumière

Best Greek

  1. Broken Plate
  2. Manies Pizzaria & Greek Cuisine
  3. Santorini Greek Taverna

Best Italian

  1. Mercato
  2. Borgo Trattoria
  3. Bonterra Trattoria

Best Middle Eastern

  1. Aida’s Mediterranean Bistro
  2. Jimmy’s A & A Deli
  3. Tazza Deli and Grill

Best Indian

  1. Moti Mahal
  2. Rajdoot
  3. Mango Shiva

Best Chinese

  1. Silver Dragon
  2. Dragon Pearl Restaurant
  3. Peking Dragon

Best sushi

  1. Globefish Sushi & Izakaya
  2. Kinjo Sushi & Grill
  3. Hana Sushi

Best Thai

  1. Chili Club Thai House
  2. King & I Thai Cuisine
  3. Thai Sa-On

Best Vietnamese

  1. Co Do Vietnamese Restaurant
  2. Bagolac Saigon
  3. Pho Huong Viet

Best coffeehouse

  1. Caffe Beano
  2. Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
  3. Higher Ground

Best place to indulge a sweet tooth

  1. Crave Cookies & Cupcakes
  2. Jelly Modern Doughnuts
  3. Yann Haute Patisserie

Comments: 27

Quansem wrote:

Wow! Great list!!

/if you are white. And young. And well-off. And good-looking. and...

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 9:59am Report Abuse

Ben Rankel wrote:

I guess we could deride a list that is simply the results of an online reader poll, but what would that accomplish?

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 12:01pm Report Abuse

HiD wrote:

I do slightly agree with Quansem. It always seems to be the same places, the same groups of people voting. This is not a reflection of Calgary, it is a reflection of FFWD readers.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 1:16pm Report Abuse

rube wrote:

Yep, that's one of the things with any magazine's readers poll. It'll reflect their readers' opinions.
I am genuinely curious where you're seeing the racial and appearance biases, though.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 1:22pm Report Abuse

ANONxASP wrote:

Am I the only one that finds it odd that all the top bars and clubs are the ones that FFWD has advertising partnerships with? I mean, working in the nightlife industry, I feel those choices could've reflected a little more accuracy. Also Ironic how 2 of 3 top dj's are the residents of said partnered clubs.... Just curious, as I feel a lot of this is biased.

I may be new to this, but was there actiually a place people could nominate people? Or is it just a list provided by FFWD that people end up voting on?

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 2:13pm Report Abuse

Drew Anderson wrote:

That took longer than usual for someone to lay the advertising allegation.

There's no nominees, the categories are chosen by FFWD and readers vote for whoever/whatever they wish in each category.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 2:20pm Report Abuse

mm1 wrote:

Where do we find the list of nominees?

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 2:36pm Report Abuse

Drew Anderson wrote:

There are no nominees.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 2:46pm Report Abuse

tinydoctor wrote:

mm1 - The form is just a list of categories with blank text boxes to put in your choices. They did nominees a couple years ago because people were complaining that readers were making the same choices every year and suggested that including some other options might help make some more diverse results. Then people complained that just made it biased, so back to no nominees.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 3:06pm Report Abuse

sickgrrll wrote:

The same complaining, EVERY YEAR. If you are sad that the Roadhouse didn't appear as a winner than tell the Calgary Sun to do a best of.

Did you just move to Calgary? This is a small city, with a handful of independent papers that probably appeal to a specific demographic that prefers a night out at the Ship than the pornified, drunken, if I touch anything in this bar I'll get pinkeye experience they would get at the Back Alley.

Get over it.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 3:21pm Report Abuse

JimmyJack wrote:

sickgrrll this is the best post I've ever read on this site.

Did all the people crying about the results actually attempt to take part in the poll beforehand? Or just wait until after to cough up the same boring "oh it's the advertisers getting all the love" argument?

1)They clearly state it's the "FFWD READER's POLL", not the be-all end-all say on what's what for all Calgarians.

2)They provided a literal blank form for everyone to fill out whatever the hell they wanted.

Maybe there's a reason the same places do well every year (which I actually disagree with, there are lots of new faces on the list as far as I can tell this year), that's what the readers of this magazine like.

Start your own if you don't like it.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 3:52pm Report Abuse

Quansem wrote:

The questions are the problem, not the answers.

/Stuff White People Like- appealing to the readership of this paper.
//It's Artisanal! Or is it Craft? I always get those two mixed up.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 4:10pm Report Abuse

Drew Anderson wrote:

I'm struggling to think of one category we have that is racially exclusive.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 4:23pm Report Abuse

kelsonmanor wrote:

My complaint is that this list doesn't appeal to the white, well-off, and affluent *enough!* No "best champagne", "best resort to take the in-laws", "best argyle socks", "best oil company" or "best sports car dealership?!!" Tut tut.

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 5:18pm Report Abuse

AP wrote:

I also see establishments specifically catering to gay people, but nothing catering to straight people.... I feel so left out too..

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 7:41pm Report Abuse

Chris J wrote:

Long time reader, first time commenter.

A couple thoughts:

Is it possible that these establishments advertise with FFWD because they somehow, someway, found out that FFWD readers enjoy visiting their bars/restaurants? Does that make too much sense? Did I ruin the internet?

Really glad Bow Cycle won best bike shop. They may not be the most glamorous pick compared to some of the shops downtown, but their service is nearly unmatched and they deserve it.

and finally...

Keith's Deli or GTFO

on Jun 13th, 2013 at 8:03pm Report Abuse

Janice_Wilbur wrote:

Hm, everything seemed alright other than the filmmaker section. The Rendering Glint Films crew have been putting out some amazing visuals and content for a few years in this city. I don't know if you guys have heard of them or not, but they are one of the city's gems in the film/music areas.

on Jun 14th, 2013 at 12:16am Report Abuse

Janice_Wilbur wrote:

Kurt Harder is a great local filmmaker as well, but lets be honest, this is just a popularity thing especially to FFWD readers.

on Jun 14th, 2013 at 12:20am Report Abuse

tinydoctor wrote:

Janice: Yes, it literally is exactly that.

on Jun 14th, 2013 at 10:05am Report Abuse

nickyb wrote:

Quit whining. Some of my favourites are missing from this list, too. Have you noticed that it's next to impossible to get into the Ship on a Saturday night? That might be an indication that a lot of people like it there...
And if I was dealing with that many people every weekend, you bet I'd be the surliest of the surly.

PS - Personally, I am listening to Cowpuncher. Right. Now.

on Jun 14th, 2013 at 4:46pm Report Abuse

martypants wrote:

The fact that a restaurant that was recently shut down due to a roach infestation won Best Sushi Restaurant shows how much thought people put into this and how much anyone should care about the results.

on Jun 17th, 2013 at 1:48pm Report Abuse

dewsouth wrote:

The whole voting process is flawed. FFWD has chosen to load many of the categories with autofill selections. So, if you are struggling to complete their VERY long survey, and don't have a preference for one of the categories, you could simply choose one of their prefilled options.
Granted, you did have to type the first letter...but I figured this out from the get go, so imagine that others might have as well.

on Jun 17th, 2013 at 11:21pm Report Abuse

dugger wrote:

@dewsouth

I seem to recall that you didn't have to provide a response in every category. Maybe it's your ability to read instructions that is flawed.

on Jun 18th, 2013 at 6:13am Report Abuse

Agent666 wrote:

Most beloved Calgarian: Can't argue with Paul Brandt. Ralph did too much damage to Calgary and Alberta (as Mayor, Environment Minister, and Premier) to be 'beloved,' and Nenshi is trying his best to follow in Ralph's footsteps.

Best place to, um, smoke: Every doobie you buy helps support criminal enterprise. Virtually every pot grower has ties to organized crime (those who try not to quickly get rubbed out). I'm amazed at the people who will only drink organic, Fair Trade coffee, yet buy a product that was probably grown with pesticides, by really nasty people. And, along with cocaine, marijuana is one of the leading drug-related causes of ER admissions for arrhythmias. Unless you need the stuff for some medical condition (e.g., an anti-emetic, for chemo patients), this is something you should boycott. But I can't argue with Nose Hill, as an incredible park.

City Councillor most deserving of a visit from CanRev and the RCMP: Druh Farrell. But a Montreal, or Laval-style audit would likely see most of Calgary's City Council, including current and past Mayors, charged with something or other.

Best local villan: Can't argue with Cal Wenzel, though Avi Amir and Charron Ungar, the entire membership of the Calgary Homebuilders' Association and the very shady people behind RioCan and Knightsbridge Homes are at least as bad.

Worst journalist/columnist: Levant is actually not bad in my books, since he stood up to the creepy Sayeed Soharwardy--a rabid antisemite, who thinks its okay to beat girls for flirting, and dragged Ezra through the kangaroo 'Human Rights' proceedings over cartoons. For worst journalist, let's give the award to everyone who defended the CNOOC/Nexen deal (that's you, Barry Cooper), and people like Naomi Lakritz.

As for nightlife, entertainment and whatnot, I'm sad to say that Calgary really was a more exciting place twenty-thirty years ago: there were ten times as many movie theatres, better shopping, and entire districts weren't crackhead and tweaker haunts (in the 1980s, as bad as it got was the odd wino downtown). Places like Penny Lane, the York, the old Eaton's building and communities of downtown detached homes like Eau Claire and Victoria Park existed--heritage buildings long since obliterated. And every inch of greenspace wasn't infilled with condos, with the ugly monolith of the Bow blotting out the sky. Calgary has gotten bigger, dirtier, and arguably duller and less safe.

on Jun 20th, 2013 at 10:56am Report Abuse

Rowey wrote:

This is a good list but it isnt a reflection of the best of Calgary. The businesses who actively participate in this competition are almost all located downtown and in the beltline area. So for the most part its just a Whats most trendy and most popular in Calgary`s core. If Ffwd ever wants to have a true Best of Calgary they are going to have to work a bit harder to get more of the city involved including people who dont hang around down on the Red Mile. Which is likely 90% of the city. But a lot of these places would still win as they are worthy but there are others just as worthy in other parts of the city.

on Sep 17th, 2013 at 12:25pm Report Abuse

mustainejordan wrote:

Yaaa The Dudes won again. Calgary's Tragically Hip. Just as bland. Music that makes dumb people raise their beer and go "woooooo!". Love it. I hope to catch one of Dan Vacon's 1000 gigs this week with Napalmpom.

on Sep 24th, 2013 at 4:51pm Report Abuse

Peter Rishaug wrote:

MustaineJordan: Vacon is a good songwriter, with a great work ethic. The Dudes have paid their dues and just now seeing success after years of hard work and performing.

Great to see there are always crabs in the proverbial Calgary bucket like you to pull others down once they start seeing success.

on Oct 4th, 2013 at 12:01pm Report Abuse


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