Butler Mansion: As It Was

As a former resident of 11 Butler Crescent N.W. in Brentwood, where the recent tragedy occurred, I humbly recall the positive experience of living in that house, with all due respect to the victims and their families.

The now infamous 11 Butler Crescent N.W. was better known as Butler Mansion to those who lived there, as I had known it from 2009-10, and afterwards on visiting friends who held down the fort. Having recently moved away, when I first heard about the tragedy in Calgary, a city I had called home for nearly six years, I felt a kind of shock I had never experienced before. The shock of knowing all too well the scene of a violent crime. As I lay in bed, a spring snow falling on New York City outside my window, my mind coursed through the … Read More

Add comment      more in City     |     posted Apr 17th, 2014 at 1:07pm

Vertigo Theatre announces 2014-15 season

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Vertigo Theatre has revealed the lineup for its 2014-15 season, including the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series as well as its Y Stage Series for children.

The mysteries range from a world première of playwright Aaron Bushkowsky's adaptation of Farewell My Lovely, to the return of two favourites, Dial M for Murder and Shear Madness. The children's series highlights include a play about the world's most famous puppet, Pinocchio, and an interactive adaptation of Maurice Sendak's well-loved story Where the Wild Things Are.

The complete lineup includes:

• Raymond Chandler’s Farewell My Lovely (world première), September 20 to October 19 — a story about Detective Phillip Marlowe, America's most famous private eye.

• Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot … Read More

Add comment      more in Arts     |     posted Apr 15th, 2014 at 4:53pm

Lunchbox adding extra Dad, Day 1 show

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Photo courtesy of Nicole Zylstra.

Lunchbox Theatre will be adding an extra show to the lineup for Dave Kelly's popular Dad, Day 1. The play, which is a personal account of Kelly's upbringing and the arrival of his first child, has been playing to sold-out audiences.

If you're familiar with Kelly from his longtime stint on The Big Breakfast morning television show, don't expect more of the same. While his sense of humour and wit remain intact, this is an intensely raw and moving play about the challenges of growing up, the sacrifices involved in being true to yourself, and the joy and pain of being part of a family.

Kelly had the audience alternately laughing and crying along with him throughout his story, and was visibly moved himself … Read More

Add comment      more in Arts     |     posted Apr 14th, 2014 at 2:27pm

Theatre Calgary searching for new leader

Theatre Calgary will start the 2014-15 season without its longtime president at the helm. Tom McCabe has been involved with the theatre company since the early 1990s, serving as the chair of the board of directors from 1992 to 1995, and becoming its president in 1997. He has announced his intention to step down in September. 

"Theatre Calgary is the most rewarding job I have ever had," says McCabe in a media release. "To play a role in making sure the company not only survived, but grew and flourished is so fulfilling. The staff of the theatre on all levels have given everything into making Theatre Calgary one of the most successful theatres in the country. I am so proud of where we are and what we have achieved. I will miss Theatre … Read More

Add comment      more in Arts     |     posted Apr 11th, 2014 at 9:45am

Jeff Melanson resigns

Jeff Melanson, president of The Banff Centre since 2012, resigned today for what a press release described as "family reasons." The same release says Melanson will move back to Toronto.

During his time at the helm of the Centre, Melanson introduced a broad range of initiatives and new directions, including plans for more activities in the centre of the Banff townsite to introduce more people to The Banff Centre. There are also plans for a radio station, a TV station, publications and more website content. All told, Melanson's dreams came with a price tag of about $1 billion.

There is no replacment for Melanson at this time, but the press release says the search will start immediately for a replacement while the board puts together a … Read More

Add comment      more in Arts     |     posted Apr 10th, 2014 at 5:08pm

Down to Earth Week celebrates homegrown living

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REAP (Respect for the Earth and All People) Business Association’s sixth annual Down to Earth Week will start off with a focus on ethical and environmentally conscious fashion at Sustainable Style YYC.

The event, on Thursday, April 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the historic Arrata Opera Centre, features a keynote presentation by Myriam Laroche, founder of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week and owner of the clothing line Myriam’s Closet. In the style lounge, guests will have a chance to visit with Alberta designers and retailers and buy locally made and sustainable clothing and accessories.

Down to Earth Week also features a family event on Saturday, April 12 at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, and a screening of the documentary Trashed on … Read More

Add comment      more in Life & Style     |     posted Apr 9th, 2014 at 2:12pm

The wolf comes to Calgary

Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? If not, let me save you the trouble by saying it's about three hours of mysoginistic bullshit that will make you want to puch all of humanity in the face. The money, the drugs, the toss-away women. It's a story about the worst of American greed.

And now, for the low low price of $137 - $795 per person, you can have the chance to meet the real life douchebag at the centre of the story, Jordan Belfort, as he talks about "proven ethical sales strategies to increase sales and profits in your business" in Calgary.

Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. Belfort, who still owes $110 million in restitution to 1,513 investors who he defrauded, is going to talk about ethical sales strategies.

Thanks to the success of Martin … Read More

Comments (1)      more in Viewpoint     |     posted Apr 3rd, 2014 at 3:28pm

Calgary Opera announces 2014-25 season

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Calgary Opera's 2014-15 season starts with Silent Night. Photo: Michal Daniel Photography

Calgary Opera has revealed a lineup for 2014-15 that begins with a production commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, followed by two well-known classics. But first it will wrap up its current season with a second annual opera festival in the East Village.

Following a successful debut in 2013, this year's Opera In the Village — the only outdoor summer opera festival in Canada — has been expanded to run over two weekends, from August 14 to 23, and will feature not just one, but two presentations in the 900-seat big top. The main attraction will be the lighthearted Candide, led by the same team that presented  … Read More

Add comment      more in Arts     |     posted Apr 3rd, 2014 at 10:17am

Canmore gets Uncorked

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A new food and drink festival is being unveiled in the mountains this spring. From April 3 to 12, Canmore Uncorked aims to celebrate the area's unique dining experiences. 

In addition to nightly three-course fixed-price menus at more than 25 Canmore eateries, the inaugural event will feature progressive dinners, cooking courses, and unique events. Participants can taste over 30 beers at the Uncorked Craft Beer Festival, where brew masters will share their knowledge and their best brews; sample over 60 different wines, 10 spirits, and gourmet appetizers at the wine festival; or experience the first Uncorked Long Table Dinner, where six restaurants will each serve one course to 100 people seated at one long outdoor table in … Read More

Add comment      more in Food     |     posted Apr 2nd, 2014 at 1:30pm

Sled Island announces 52 more acts

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From June 18 to 22, Sled Island will return to various venues across the city. While the lineup is far from complete, organizers have just let loose 52 acts scheduled to perform at the festival.

Here's the full list of bands added to the festival lineup today:

Anciients, Bass Drum Of Death, Black Atlass, Black Cobra, Blitzen Trapper, Dead Ghosts, Deadbeat, Disappears, Dominic Pierce, Each Other, Elliott Brood, Fiver, Hunx and His Punx, Jay Arner, Jerusalem In My Heart, Julianna Barwick, Jung People, La Luz, Mindtroll, Mise En Scene, Mission of Burma, Natasha Kmeto, Old Man Markey, Power Trip, P.S. I Love You, Quaker Parents, Red Sea, Renny Wilson, Roman Polanski's Baby, Royal Canoe, Screaming Females, Shannon & The Clams, Sheer Agony, Shooting Guns, Slow Down … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Apr 2nd, 2014 at 9:59am

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