Calgary Public Library recognized as an innovator

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The Calgary Public Library (CPL) was recently recognized by the Urban Libraries Council as one of its 2014 Top Innovators for Serving Communities in Crisis for its leadership in responding to the 2013 flood. The library worked with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency to open libraries in evacuation centers, and offered computer access to displaced community members to enable them to connect.

Following the flood, the library foundation’s city-wide book drive, 20,000 Books under the Bow, resulted in a world record of over 270,000 books, DVDs and CDs donated on a single day.

If that’s not enough to impress you, the CPL is also innovative in the services it provides to Calgarians — it is now offering free downloadable music … Read More

Comments (2)      more in Arts     |     posted Jul 17th, 2014 at 9:53am

Earthship creator to lecture in Calgary

Mike Reynolds, Earthship Biotecture creator and subject of the 2007 documentary Garbage Warrior is visiting Calgary on Saturday, July 19 for a day-long conference on Earthship architecture and how humans can use ecologically sound housing designs to meet our basic needs.

Reynolds and his specialist construction crew has been in Picture Butte near Lethbridge since June 29 working on the first Earthship home they have ever built in Alberta. Reynolds says that the house is nearly finished. They will remain onsite until August 1 completing the house.

Earthships are built primarily from discarded auto tires filled with earth to create a low, thick walled structure heated by solar energy through a wall of … Read More

Add comment      more in Environment     |     posted Jul 16th, 2014 at 3:28pm

Stampede Hangover Picnic

Lemon Bucket Orchestra


Trumpeter Michael Louis Johnson

If you're not excited by the mere mention of a klezmer-gypsy-punk street dance party parade, then maybe it's hopeless for you. 

On July 15, the first annual Stampede Hangover Picnic will wind its way through Calgary streets, with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra from Toronto. The band will play an acoustic set in Olympic Plaza starting at 6:15 p.m. and then trumpeter Michael Louis Johnson will lead a bike/board/blade parade which ends at the ContainR site in Sunnyside, where there will be more music from LBO and Calgary's Delirium until 9 p.m.

The event is open to all ages and is pay-what-you-can. You're encouraged to bring food and drink to share, so don't be a … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 11th, 2014 at 2:33pm

Future in review

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Proclaiming Sunday, July 6 “the best night of my life,” Atlanta autotune king Future effortlessly turnt up a packed crowd at Flames Central. Half cut and half sunburnt with no haybails in sight, the room felt good, as if we were collectively forgiving the raging cowboy thing happening just beyond the venue doors to embrace Future. At the top of his game, the performer threw his summery blonde dreads side to side and paced the stage in a steamy room of fans just in from the rain. Dude is athletic. He delivered a solid, impassioned run through of his 2014 album Honest with hits from past mixtapes and Pluto, while the room collectively screamed, danced, and Instagrammed the experience. 

Calgary’s Yung Dre opened the show with a crew of buds … Read More

Comments (1)      more in Music     |     posted Jul 8th, 2014 at 3:54pm

Beyond the mini dougnut

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Non-Midway Food Options at the Calgary Stampede

Some of us see the Stampede as a 10-day excuse to gorge on corn dogs and mini doughnuts and whatever other deep fried delectables pop up on the midway in any given year. But sometimes a full day on the grounds calls for something more substantial (or vegetable inclusive), and some Stampede goers don’t know where to turn for a more pleasant food experience. This year the Stampede has some new and re-jigged food options on the grounds, perfect for those looking for a break from standard midway treats.

The Big Four Building is full of dining options, starting with Mavericks, a sit-down restaurant with a pub-style menu including ribs, burgers, and stuffed Yorkshire pudding. It’s also a … Read More

Add comment      more in Food     |     posted Jul 5th, 2014 at 12pm

Battle Pancake

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Bikinis, pancakes and celebrity chefs... all before breakfast.

This year, espy’s 3rd annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Calgary will have a Stampede theme — and pancakes to boot. On Saturday, July 5 it’s #BattlePancake, a full-on hoedown throwdown featuring Iron Chef Japan competitor and well-known restaurateur Michael Noble, vying for Stampede Breakfast dominance against Top Chef competitor Nicole Gomes and MasterChef Finalist Danielle Cardozo.

#bikiniespy always features a Stampede Breakfast for 500, open to the community with a donation to SOC. This year espy has called on their favourite celeb chefs to provide breakfast in a unique way. Bring on #BATTLEPANCAKE!

Inglewood neighbours Lou’s Autobody & Spolumbos Fine … Read More

Add comment      more in Food     |     posted Jul 4th, 2014 at 2:10pm

Collecting Culinaria

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An exhibition of cookbooks, menus and domestic manuals opened last week at the Lougheed House, a museum and historic site located in the heart of the Beltline.

In its day, when the city’s population was under 4,000, the grand sandstone prairie mansion was not only a home, but a hub of social and political activity.

Built in 1891, it was home to Senator James Alexander Lougheed, Lady Isabella Hardisty Lougheed, their six children and staff. It was subsequently enlarged in 1907, but following the depression a couple decades later, the estate was unable to pay the property taxes and the city took legal title to the house, among many others, in 1934.

Lady Lougheed was permitted to remain in residence at ‘the Big House’ until her death in 1936 … Read More

Add comment      more in Food     |     posted Jun 30th, 2014 at 12:52pm

Cyclepalooza begins!

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Ten days of bike rides, special events and workshops officially begin on Friday, June 27 with Calgary's fourth annual Cyclepalooza. Modelled after similar events in Portland and Vancouver, Cyclepalooza is a volunteer-directed, community-based, bicycle-themed festival promotiing arts, culture, events and fun in Calgary.

Several bike groups, as well as messengers and other enthusiasts, have organized activities as part of the festivities, such as a bike prom (where riders will don their finest duds and dance the night away), a brewery tour, a family group ride to the zoo, bike polo, yarn bombing your bike, a glow ride, and a whole lot more. All events can be found on the Cyclepalooza calendar.

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Add comment      more in Event     |     posted Jun 26th, 2014 at 10:01pm

Sled Island 2014 — day four in photos

Construction and Deconstruction:




The Lad Mags:


Doug Hoyer:


St Vincent:

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Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jun 22nd, 2014 at 12:42pm

Sled Island 2014 — day four in review

Screaming Females. 

The intent today was to get things going fast and early. Well, sort of early. After missing Soupcans at Tubby Dog (damn it), we caught Crosss who took the stage immediately after. A solid Halifax outfit with heavy grinding riff and a good start to the day.

Things slowed down after that. There was a long break in the schedule between things we wanted to see, so we headed to the artist's lounge at the top of the Calgary Tower. It was a weird atmosphere, with a lot of Jehova's Witnesses (seriously, they had name tags identifying them) mingling about on the main level and playing on the glass floor, and a bunch of smelly Sled Islanders drinking beer to music on the upper level. It's always worth checking out the city view for those … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jun 22nd, 2014 at 3:54am




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