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from the editor HIDDEN GEMS IN STAMPEDE CITY In January 2014 The New York Times published their annual list of travel destination recommendations for the year, and among familiar suggestions like Scotland and Nashville, Tennessee the curators named Calgary as one of “52 Places to Go in 2014”. This delighted many Calgarians who were chuffed with the recognition from such a well-respected publication. To some this recognition was a pleasant surprise—and hopefully these people were intrigued to explore Calgary— but to others this accolade simply reinforced something many Calgarians already know: we’re a city with a lot to offer. Calgary is a great place to visit, and a great place to re-discover if you’re visiting for a second—or third or tenth— time. It’s also full of hidden gems for locals who spend some time acting as tourists in their own city. With so many recent and ongoing additions to our dining, retail, arts and culture, andThe space and fashions at Paul entertainment scenes, there’s something newHardy’s boutique are certainly one to experience every time you step out.of a kind. If you’re visiting Calgary, we’re almost certain that you’ve heard about the Calgary Stampede. It’s one of our favourite annual events—andMayor Nenshi’s, too (Page 22)—but like The New York Times article remarked, Calgary “has morphed . . . into a cultural hub, with offerings far beyond theStampede.” We chose to expand on what these “offerings” are by highlighting some of the most unique and exclusive experiences that one can enjoyin Calgary. In turn, “one of a kind” inadvertently became the theme of the 2014/2015 issue of Essential Calgary.I remember that when I read Archie comics as a child I was intrigued by Veronica’s desire for “Paris originals”—Archie lingo for couture fashion—andattempted to relate to her desire for something unique. There is something satisfying about experiencing something exclusive, especially when itfeeds into your passions. Whether you’re interested in shopping, dining, entertainment, or art, I invite you to explore the exclusive side of Calgary. If, likeVeronica, you’re enamored by high-end fashion, you’ll love the luxury men’s and women’s fashions in Grit and Glam (Page 23). And, there’s no need togo to Paris for a custom outfit: we’ve curated some custom, handmade,and limited-edition accessories in One of a Kind (Page 36) and highlightedsome of the best locally-owned and designer-owned boutiques in the PHOTOGRAPHS: (TOP) COURTESY PAUL HARDY; (BOTTOM) JANET DAVIEcity (Page 34)—Calgary-based designer Paul Hardy just might make you a“Calgary original” outfit.If shopping isn’t on your to-do list while experiencing Calgary, thenwe’ve got plenty of other suggestions for how to indulge in a unique,one of a kind experience. You could go and see a concert or stage showwhile you’re here, or you could see the show and meet the performer(s)(Page 18). You could order a Scotch, or you could order a rare, limited-edition Scotch that’s available only in Calgary (Page 40). You could Google“things to do in Calgary”, or you could take suggestions from Juno-awardwinning singer/songwriter Jann Arden (Page 20) about what to see anddo in Calgary.I hope your experience in Calgary is a memorable one!BREANNA MROCZEK, Editor6  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

contributors JANET DAVIE JASON DZIVER ELLIS CHOE Raising the One of a Kind, Page 36; Bar, Page 38 Brunch, Alberta Style, Art of the City, Page 31 After growing up in Page 43 Ellis Choe is a Calgary- Calgary, Janet Davie Jason has based writer and a moved out east to photographed former CBC producer. pursue a BA in English. people and places, Her passion for Since returning to architecture, food, learning fuels her Calgary, Janet has and drink in Calgary belief that everyone been freelancing to and across Canada for has a poignant story pursue her passion for two decades. He also to tell, and she’s sharing other people’s spends many of his genuinely interested stories through both evenings immersed in the human her writing and in deep-space narrative. When she’s her photography. astrophotography. not writing, she’s She has a particular running around town fondness for portrait with her three kids photography. LEAH VAN LOON and learning with and from them. JESSICA WYNNE Cover; Grit and LOCKHART Glamour, Page 23 JASON ENG This stylist’s Members enthusiasm for Cover; Grit and Only, Page 46 fashion and travel Glamour, page 23 Originally from Cold came together on Studio portraiture and Lake, Alberta, Jessica a trip to Paris seven fashion photography Wynne Lockhart is a years ago when she are Jason’s focus. freelance journalist fell deeply in love His work has been and fact checker with the city. She is published in Elle living in Toronto. currently learning Magazine, Fashion An avid traveller, French, so when she Magazine, American she telecommutes asks, “Combien?” on Apparel look from around the her next trip to the books, and more. world. You can follow Bon Marché, she will her international hopefully understand adventures on Twitter the answer. KATIE MARKS and Instagram. @WynneLockhart DON TSE Browsing Calgary’s Unique SAKIB PRATYAY Calgary Thinks Scotch Boutiques, Page 34 is Neat , Page 40 While enjoying a Art of the City, Page 31 Don Tse is a certified career in Human Sakib Pratyay is beer judge and a Resources, Katie a street/travel freelance beer and spends her free time photographer and whisky writer. He has volunteering with photojournalist based sampled over 12, 000 some of Calgary’s in Calgary. Sakib is different beers, but cultural hubs. She’s a member of The regrets not keeping the PR Manager Art Photo Feature track of how many for Promoting (APF) Collective and different whiskies he’s Artists Redefining is well respected in sampled, which is also Kulture (PARK) and the international thousands. He writes an Ambassador for photography regularly for All About Glenbow’s Schmancy community. Beer, Ale Street News, gala. @katieamarks FFWD Weekly, and eyeopenerpratyay other publications.8  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

ON THE COVER ESSENTIAL CALGARY Photograph: CALGARY Jason Eng WHERE CALGARY ANNUAL 2014/15 Model: Carly Jade, Images WHERE CALGARY ANNUAL 2014/15 HIGH FASHION International Model HITS THE STREET FARM-TO-FORK Management BRUNCH LOCAL CELEBRITIES Clothing: SHARE THEIR Styled by CITY SECRETS Leah Van Loon VINTAGE AND RARE SCOTCHES Roland Mouret PRIVATE CLUB dress (Ette); Shourouk AMENITIES UNIQUE necklace (Ette) BOUTIQUES UPSCALE COCKTAILScontents OanKeinofd THE EXCLUSIVE SIDE OF CALGARY 20 23 PHOTOGRAPHS: (LEFT) COURTESY UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA; (RIGHT) JASON ENG features 18 Red Carpet Treatment ENTERTAINMENT From behind-the-scenes opportunities to the best seats in the house, experience your favourite shows VIP style. BY BREANNA MROCZEK 20 Calgary Confidential ENTERTAINMENT Influential Calgarians from the industries of theatre, music, dining, fashion, art, and government divulge their personal tips on the best the city has to offer. BY BREANNA MROCZEK + RACHAEL FREY 23 Grit And Glamour FASHION Light up the streets of the city with devastatingly chic styles for modern ladies and gents from some of the city’s top luxury retailers. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON ENG10  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5


contents31 Art of the City 42 Eat it Up 34 PHOTOGRAPHS: (TOP TO BOTTOM) COURTESY MODERN MENSWEAR; JASON DZIVER; JEREMY KLASZUS ART DINING 43 Sometimes beautiful, sometimes Highlights of Calgary’s dining scene 50 controversial, occasionally both— recognized at the annual Where to public art is popping up all over the Dine Awards, as well as some new city. hotspots. BY ELLIS CHOE BY RACHAEL FREY34 Browsing Calgary’s 43 Brunch, Alberta Style DINING Unique Boutiques From Alberta’s fields and pastures to SHOPPING your fork, here’s where to go for fresh, Sophisticated, cutting-edge fashion is local breakfast nirvana. hiding in locally-owned boutiques all BY RACHAEL FREY over the city. BY KATIE MARKS 46 Members Only: Private36 One of a Kind Clubs in Calgary SHOPPING ENTERTAINMENT Limited editions, custom touches, and Private clubs are growing up, utterly unique designs make these rejuvenated by Calgary’s young accessories stand out from the pack. families and diverse visitors. BY BREANNA MROCZEK BY JESSICA WYNNE LOCKHART PHOTOGRAPHS BY JASON DZIVER 48 City Identities38 Raising the Bar ENTERTAINMENT DINING Arrayed in a constellation around Don’t settle for a standard cocktail the downtown core, Calgary’s most when you can sample some of the exciting urban districts are worth a most rare and exclusive drinks and visit. liquors in the city. BY BREANNA MROCZEK AND IAN DOIG BY JANET DAVIE 50 Parting Shot40 Calgary Thinks Construction of Calgary’s newest community—the vibrant East Scotch is Neat Village—is underway with the DINING addition of St. Patrick’s Bridge. Calgary’s passion for Scotch whisky BY BREANNA MROCZEK brings the most exclusive bottles in PHOTOGRAPH BY JEREMY KLASZUS the world to the prairies. BY DON TSE Also in this Issue 6 Editor’s Note 8 Contributors12  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

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Calgary Confidentialeaot,ftahtnhedeiratitSnrryisexi,ignomhfttuhCssea(icalcg,niaftdoyry.osb’desyc,mrfbearotsessha)tinooennnsta, etahmeremtr,obaecendzsdetlekgtahoadinvneedrgrssnrimantocethshnaeeteelsf,hifberaulderyeys,Michael Green Jann ArdenCURATOR, HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO SINGER AND SONGWRITERFor more than 25 years, Michael Green has been at the forefront ofCalgary’s theatre scene and currently curates and produces Calgary’s Whether she’s entertaining audiences with her heartfelt music, quick wit,other rodeo—an international festival of the arts. He’s been a catalyst for or her writing, Jann Arden continuously demonstrates she’s one talentedthe city’s performing arts scene growing from a tiny seed to the ripe-for- Calgarian. With 19 top ten singles and 12 albums—including 2014’sthe-picking fruit it is today. Everything Almost—Jann is a familiar and important part of the Canadian and international music scene.Where do you take out-of-town guests to show them what Calgary is allabout? Our many festivals are events at which Calgarians come out to Where do you take out-of-town guests to show them what Calgary isexpress themselves. Whether its Lilac Festival, Inglewood’s Night Market, all about? I always love going to the Calgary Tower for a meal in the 360Folk Fest, Sled Island or High Performance Rodeo. degree restaurant [Sky 360]. I am not kidding. You can see for miles in every direction!What is your favourite meal to eat in Calgary, and where is it served? Ithink I’m addicted to the slow barbecue meats at Palomino. When I have What annual event do you look forward to every year? Love me someguests in from Europe, I always take them there. I love to watch their Calgary Stampede!faces the first time they bite into the beef brisket. What’s your favourite meal to eat in Calgary, and where is it served?What annual event do you look forward to every year? Beakerhead I love eating anything at Farm Restaurant. Janice Beaton is filled with[science and art festival]! foodie loveliness.Where is the best place in Calgary to go for live entertainment? Calgary’s Where’s a great place in Calgary to go for live entertainment? Calgary hasdowntown entertainment district is teeming with diverse options: some incredible theatre companies, Lunchbox Theatre being one of them.jazz, rock, country music, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a brace of One Yellow Rabbit is exceptional ascontemporary and traditional theatre and dance. well.What is Calgary’s Best Kept Secret? Sandy Beach Park.What is your favourite piece of public art inCalgary? Tona Ohama’s Calgary Tower Carillon What is Calgary’s best kept secret? I would have to say that the PHOTOGRAPHS: (LEFT) JOSHUA DALLEDONNE; (RIGHT) COURTESY composition. Commissioned for last January’s High Performance entire city is it’s best kept secret. It’s an amazing city and truly one of the UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADARodeo, it’s played every day through lunch hour. It’s fantastic! I think it world’s finest.may be the most effective public art in the city. You can’t see it. You haveto hear it. What’s a good restaurant to go to for a romantic evening? I think Model Milk is dark and sexy…Great food, great staff, great atmosphere.If there was a Michael Green tour of Calgary, which 5 places would be onthat tour? Ralph Klein Park (the beautiful new wetlands management If there was a Jann Arden tour of Calgary, what 5 places would be on thatfacility in Calgary’s deep south east), 17th Ave SW for the uptown vibe, tour? Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, Heritage Park, Glenbow, Calgary Zoo,The Weaselhead & Fish Creek Parks, a tour of Calgary’s many visual arts and the eighth avenue mall [Stephen Avenue Walk] downtown.galleries including Glenbow, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary, Sam LivingstonFish Hatchery, and Heritage Park. What’s your favourite piece of public art in Calgary? The giant head [Wonderland] in front of the new building on 4th Avenue. I mean giant!20  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

Connie DeSousa & John Jackson Ania Basak CO-OWNERS AND CO-EXECUTIVE CHEFS, CHARCUT ROAST HOUSE CO-FOUNDER, FASHION CALGARY Since opening CHARCUT Roast House—which is constantly lauded as one Having trained in Europe as a makeup artist—even providing makeup of the city’s best restaurants—in 2010, these two friends have influenced services at Cannes Film Festival—Ania knows more than a thing new trends in Calgary’s dining scene with their urban-rustic cuisine. or two about beauty. She co-founded Fashion Calgary to highlight cultural gems in Calgary’s art, music, dining, and fashion scenes and What annual event do you look forward to every year? No question: promote local businesses through events like the annual Portrait Stampede time in Calgary is one that we look forward to each year. Campaign gala. Calgary’s brand of Western hospitality really shines and welcoming so many out-of-towners is a thrill for us. Where do you take out-of-town guests to show them what Calgary is all about? It amazes me how much Calgary has changed since I moved Where do you take out-of-town guests to show them what Calgary here almost seven years ago from Europe. The city is growing constantly is all about? We host a lot of out-of-towners who come to Calgary to and gives both the community as well as tourists lots of variety when it experience the arts and culture the prairies have to offer. Our days comes to “to-see” spots. I definitely take guests to walk in the downtown typically start with a stop at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, Calgary Zoo, and area—especially Stephen Avenue where they can choose between Heritage Park. Tours with us typically end with an evening dining around shopping and dining. Some other parts of the city worth seeing would be town. We hosted a lot of friends and family over Stampede this year and Mission (it reminds me of Europe), 17th Ave, Inglewood, and Kensington. we were able to get our cowboy groove on by hitting the grounds and For outdoor lovers, nothing is better than a walk along the Bow River and many pancake breakfasts! Prince’s Island Park downtown. What is your favourite meal to eat in Calgary, and where is it served? What annual event in Calgary do you look forward to every year? John: There are so many outstanding restaurants in Calgary, it’s hard to There are quite a lot of events happening in Calgary during the year but select just one. We love Model Milk’s Fried Chicken and Waffles which definitely one of my favourites is the Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit isn’t on the menu anymore, but sometimes it makes an appearance on every January and, of course, Fashion Calgary’s own event—the Fashion their Sunday Suppers. And the pizza at Una Pizza + Wine is delicious. Calgary Portrait Campaign gala in support of the Calgary Philharmonic Connie: Now that Anju has opened on 17th Ave after a hiatus, it’s our late Orchestra! night go-to spot after service. Roy Oh’s kimchi ramen is to die for! What’s your favourite meal to eat in Calgary, and where is it served? I Where is the best place in Calgary to go for live entertainment? Summers am a sushi lover and one of my favourite places is Towa Sushi in Mission. in the East Village have become a special place for us to take part in I also love seafood, and the best scallops in the city are served at Yellow events with our families. The riverwalk is bustling with people dining al Door Bistro located in Hotel Arts. fresco, buskers, and just people enjoying great weather along the Bow River. We are obsessed with Opera in the Village and it’s great to have the What is Calgary’s best kept secret? I think the city surprises me occasional food truck frenzy call East Village home as well. every day. I am still introducing all of my guests and friends to my favourite coffee place in the city: Kawa Espresso Bar. It’s run by What is your favourite piece of public art in Calgary? Europeans and located downtown. John: [Family of Man] in front of the old Calgary Board of Education is really epic standing at 21 feet tall. They look to be welcoming each other which has always struck me because ofPHOTOGRAPHS: (LEFT) COURTESY IMMEDIA; (RIGHT) RAFAL WEGIEL the way Calgarians welcome guests. Also, because I am into beauty and Connie: The Famous Five sculptures at Olympic Plaza really resonate with fashion, there is a place that is still unknown to many: Babor Beauty Spa me because it showcases women’s strength and equality in Canada. I love located in Mission. It’s the perfect place for an “in-city” getaway. seeing people enjoying the “giant head” in front of the Encana Building. It’s called Wonderland and reflects the youthful energy of Alberta. Where’s a great place in Calgary to go for live entertainment? Many small restaurants and coffee shops have live entertainment during the If there was a CHARCUT Roast House tour of Calgary, which 5 places week and weekends. Personally, I love live performances at Jack Singer would be on that tour? We would include more food! downtownfood, Concert Hall and Epcor Centre where you can enjoy both classical music Black Pig Bistro, Candela, Shiki Menya, Ox and Angela, Rawbar by Duncan as well as music played by pop artists. Ly, Brasserie Kensington.... If there was an Ania Basak tour of Calgary, what 5 places would be on What is Calgary’s best kept secret? Won’t be a secret for long, but that tour? Stephen Avenue with The Core and Holt Renfrew, the Calgary Alberta’s first small batch craft spirits producers Eau Claire Distillery has Tower, 17th Ave with many shopping and dining destinations, Canada started making gin and vodka. CHARCUT guests love it and we even make Olympic Park, and Prince’s Island Park. our own tonic to complement their gin. It’s so special because just as we cook farm to table at the restaurant, Eau Claire Distillery is all about farm What’s a good restaurant to go to for a romantic evening? to glass. They are products Calgarians can really be proud of. When I choose a place for dining out I look more for ambiance than food, but there is a restaurant in Calgary that is not only romantic but also serves amazing cuisine—River Café, located in Prince’s Island Park. It’s a beautiful location at any time of the year. 21T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

Deborah Herringer Kiss Naheed NenshiOWNER, HERRINGER KISS GALLERY MAYOR, CITY OF CALGARYThough she opened her gallery in 2002, Herringer Kiss has been working Currently serving his second term as Calgary’s mayor after being electedto promote Calgary’s arts and artists for nearly 20 years. Her gallery in 2010 and re-elected in 2013, we like to think that every city would likeshowcases contemporary fine art by artists from across Canada and the Nenshi to be their mayor.United States, and Herringer Kiss is sought after by first-time buyers andseasoned collectors alike for her art advice. Where do you take out-of-town guests to show them what Calgary is all about? I like to take them downtown to eat on a patio on StephenDo you have a favourite neighbourhood in Calgary? Eleventh Avenue of Avenue and then a walk to Prince’s Island so they can experience both ancourse! From pastries and wine to home decor and restaurants plus all amazing urban vibe and the natural beauty of our city.the best contemporary galleries in town, everything good and wonderfulis there! What annual event do you look forward to every year? The Calgary Folk Festival, The Calgary International Film Festival, High Performance Rodeo,Where do you take out-of-town guests to show them what Calgary is all and, oh yeah, the big one with the cowboys. I look great on a horse.about? The EEEL (Energy, Environment Experiential Learning) Building atthe University of Calgary epitomizes what Calgary is all about for me, the What is Calgary’s best kept secret? Right near Franklin LRT Station isconnection between technology, industry, design and art. a place called Short Pants Plaza (no kidding!) which has a variety of amazing ethnic restaurants.What annual event do you look forward to every year? It’s not just oneevent but the fall arts season as a whole, when everything starts up again Where’s a great place in Calgary to go for live entertainment? I’m aafter summer. There is so much excitement about the fall art shows, the huge live theatre fan, and the quality of the work we put on stageballet and theatre. So many openings, so little time! matches that anywhere. Check out the Performing Arts Centre [Epcor Centre] on Olympic Plaza, and go to whatever’s playing. WhetherWhat is your favourite meal to eat in Calgary, and where is it served? Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Downstage, Vertigo, or anyI love everything at Avec Bistro, that’s where I take all my out of town number of independent companies, you’ll see something great. And,artists. They have the best French 75 I’ve ever had and it goes well with if you have a free lunch hour, check out Lunchbox Theatre—incrediblethe spicy duck wings! plays in under an hour.Where is the best place in Calgary to go for live entertainment? The If there was a Mayor Nenshi tour of Calgary, what 5 places would be onSouthern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for ballet [by the Alberta Ballet]! that tour? 1. Get yourself to east CalgaryWhat is the best restaurant to go to for a romantic evening? My husbandand I always have fun date nights at the Wine Bar in Kensington.What is your favourite piece of public art in —my neighbourhood. Check out the PHOTOGRAPHS: (LEFT) MITCH KERN; (RIGHT) COURTESY CITY OF CALGARY Calgary? Reinhard Skoracki’s Nature is an Eternal eateries and shops along international Avenue (17th Ave SE).Mystery at the University of Calgary. I just love how the students interact 2. It may look like a construction site, but dreams are big for the Eastwith the piece. Last year, they dressed it in shorts for Bermuda Shorts Day. Village. Start at my office, Old City Hall, and take a walk on the Jack and Jean Leslie RiverWalk all the way to Fort Calgary. On the way back, go allIf there was a Deborah Herringer Kiss tour of Calgary, which 5 places the way to Prince’s Island.would be on that tour? 3. I love great parks. Two of my favourites are Central Memorial Park—a1. Esker Foundation in Inglewood short walk from downtown and features the beautiful library, funded2. Contemporary Calgary (C & C2) [galleries] on Stephen Avenue by Andrew Carnegie over 100 years ago—and beautiful Baker Park in3. Energy, Environment Experiential Learning building at the University of northwest Calgary with stunning outdoor rooms and an amazing view ofCalgary the river.4. Galleries along 11th Avenue 4. WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park is great fun, winter or summer. Skiing,5. The Bow building snowboarding, mountain biking, and the awesome Skyline Luge. 5. There are three great civic partners you must make time to see. TheWhat is Calgary’s best kept secret? I’d say the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre Calgary Zoo and TELUS Spark (the Science Centre) are right next to eachbut it won’t be for long. Local artists Harry Kiyooka and Katie Ohe other and open year-round. I also love spending time at Heritage Park,have donated their land, home, studios, library and collection to their which features the new Famous Five Interpretive and it will host artist residencies as well as an outdoorsculpture garden and pavilion that will exhibit contemporary art work as What is one of the most extravagant luxury experiences one can havewell as host their extensive private collection. The couple do private tours in Calgary? If you leave Calgary, the Rocky Mountaineer is an incrediblenow but it will be open to the public in a few years. rail journey! Staying in the city? Eat! Eat! Splurge on an amazing meal and experience our foodie culture. Some of my favourite special occasion places include NOtaBLE in Montgomery, Vintage Chophouse, and CHARCUT Roast House downtown, and Rouge in Inglewood.22  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5


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art of the city Public art flourishes “Awful,” was the mayor’s sinewy, nude, aluminum human sculptures were installed in front of in Calgary, creating reaction. the former Calgary Board of Education building downtown. Spanish “This is not art,” posted one artist Mario Armengol had created the figures for the British Pavilion at Expo ’67 in Montreal. After the fair ended, Maxwell Cummings & Sons controversy and Calgarian online. “A $470,000 bought the sculptures and donated them to the City of Calgary. They giant hula hoop? Give me a were called Family of Man, but Calgarians called them “ungainly and ungodly”, according to Jean Leslie in Glimpses of Calgary Past. Now, 47 conversation along break.” years later in a city of nearly 1.2 million people, Family of Man is a tourist the way In September 2013, the public destination and a Calgary landmark. Rachael Seupersad, Superintendent of Public Art at the City of Calgary, says that for much of Calgary’s reaction to a recently-installed recent history it was probably only one of two works of public art that public art installation called Calgarians actually remembered (the other is William McElcheran’s The Conversation on Stephen Avenue—a bronze sculpture of two by ellis choe Travelling Light was so considerably harsh businessmen). that even the artists were taken aback. The awareness of public art in Calgary has changed dramatically, thanks Situated near the Airport Trail and Deerfoot to a thriving oil and gas economy and the implementation of the Public Art Policy in 2004 that reserves one per cent of all capital infrastructure Trail interchange, the piece was designed by German artist collective project money to spend on public art. Inges Idee, a group that has installed public artworks all over the world “We have come of age,” Seupersad says. “We can afford to buy art.” for over 22 years. Taking the challenge of building next to a highway into CURRENT CAPITAL consideration, the group designed a simple, 17-metre-circumference The last decade has seen not only Travelling Light, but about 300 other works of art planted throughout city parks, along CTrain platforms, in bright blue circle to reflect a wheel “and bring to life the theme of front of downtown buildings and storefronts, in new communities, and on utility boxes. This is in addition to the more than 1,000 works in the movement.” Civic Art Collection that began in 1884, which includes everything from paintings hung throughout the Plus 15 walkways to outdoor installations. “We are aware that changes to a familiar environment can be irritating Another eight pieces of public art are scheduled for installation between 2015-2016. to some people and spur issues of discussion and controversy,” Inges Idee says. “Nevertheless, we hope that once [discussions] have calmed down, Calgarians might be able to enjoy the work.”PHOTOGRAPH: SAKIB PRATYAY But any reaction at all is a good thing, according to Sarah Iley, Manager of Culture with the City of Calgary. “It means people are paying attention,” Iley says. “I think the most dismal thing to happen is that you put up a piece of public art and nobody even notices it’s there.” PRIOR DEBATE All this hoopla has a familiar ring to it: in 1968, ten 6.4-metre-tall, 31T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 2 / 1 3  

But the “blue ring” backlash prompted a policy review in June 2014 which saw the funding capped to one per cent spending up to the first $50 millionand decrease to 0.5 per cent of the portion over $50 million up to a maximum of $4 million per capital project. Iley believes the new funding is more than fair and that so far, all city-funded projects fall below the new budgetary restrictions anyway. “Because of the capital growth in Calgary, we probably have one of the, if not the, most dynamic public art program in the world at the momentbecause of our economy,” Iley says. “[The funding cap] doesn’t change the fact that council still said public art is important. What they wanted wasmore public engagement and involvement.” Despite his personal feelings about the “blue ring”, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi remains a strong supporter of the public art program. “Art, by definition, should arouse emotions,” Nenshi says. “It’s a good thing when people notice it, discuss it, and debate it. Our public art policy willcontinue to build great pieces of art but also allow us to put them where people can see them and enjoy them.” Calgary joins the ranks of more than 250 other public art programs in North America—including that of New York City and Chicago—which supporta similar percent for art program. “We went to the forefront of world class cities to do this sort of thing,” Nenshi says in a public information video released by the City of Calgary . “I’msupporting the vision of the public art program to create public art that is bold, that is provocative, that is reflective of our city. This is what we need todo to help Calgarians love their city even more.”A NEW ERA FOR ART IN CALGARYThose efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.In 2012 the Canadian government deemed Calgary the Cultural Capital of Canada, recognizing its ongoing commitment to arts and culture. The NewYork Times placed Calgary on its list of “52 Places to Go in 2014,” noting that our oil and rodeo town is evolving into a “cultural hub” thanks to greatarchitecture, award winning theatre, and thefact that “public art is part of life” with specificmention of the sculpture Wonderland.Wonderland is the result of the city’scollaboration with oil and gas firms EnCana andCenovus. It’s the winning commission of world-renowned Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa,who’s known for Crown Fountain in Chicago. At12 meters high, the white, wire sculpture of ayoung girl’s head fronts another architecturalwonder: The Bow, the tallest building in the cityand the second tallest in Canada.“Public art doesn’t exist in isolation,” Ileysays. “We work with the private sector andurban planners to work through how art is bestintroduced in the public realm.”The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation(CMLC) is using public art as a marketingtool for the new inner-city development EastVillage. Two large installations—including afour-sided LED installation called Promenade byBritish animator Julian Opie—are already beingenjoyed by passers-by, before any residential orcommercial buildings have been completed.“I would say that art and culture are criticalto helping East Village define its personality,”says Susan Veres, Vice President of Marketingand Communications for the CMLC. “It’sbrand building. It’s part of our unique sellingproposition as we ask Calgarians to make thiscommunity their new home.” Family of Man by Mario ArmengolPublic art “brings something that isoften exclusive and private into the publicrealm where it is accessible to all,” says Beverly Sandalack, Associate Dean of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. “It’s both a form ofcommunity expression as well as a record of how we see the world through an artist’s inspiration. “Public art also has value in “bringing pleasure and gathering people together,” says American artist Joe O’Connell of Creative Machines, who designedthe interactive acrylic sculpture Chinook Arc. “It can offer a respite, a feeling of connection to another person, a place to meet.”That sense of social connection is key to a happy city, says award-winning author Charles Montgomery in his book Happy City: Transforming OurLives Through Urban Design. Montgomery says designing spaces or street fronts that allow and encourage us to slow down and make room for socialinteraction helps create a happy city.Calgary architect Richard Davignon believes that public art, like architecture, should make it their goal to achieve that. “Happiness is based on asense of purpose and connection which is why design and architecture focus on experience and interaction.”Iley says public art can also function as a tourist destination like Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) in Chicago or Eiffel Tower in Paris. She thinks that more andmore people are already changing their minds about Travelling Light. “People are saying it’s kind of a landmark,” Iley says. “They’re starting to notice that PHOTOGRAPHS: SAKIB PRATYAYat certain points on the highway, the ring frames the landscape like a lens, which was part of the intent all along.”The mayor still doesn’t like it.“It doesn’t have to be loved by everybody,” Nenshi says. “It doesn’t even have to be loved by the mayor.”The iconic Eiffel Tower was even initially disliked by Parisians and was considered to be an eyesore. The only reason it wasn’t dismantled in 1909 afterits 20-year permit was up was because the tower proved to be useful for radio signals.Come to think of it, the blue ring does have antennae…32  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

WONDERLAND RIVER PASSAGE PARK TRAVELLING LIGHTRenowned sculptor Jaume Plensa of Spain Dwarfing Wonderland not in height, but in Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest.was chosen from among 40 artists to create size, is this 2,865 square meter environmental “If it looks very simple. . .we did a good job, buta feature for the main plaza area of The Bow art installation in Pearce Park nestled in the nobody will know how complicated it was,”tower. The result: a 12-metre tall 3D wire community of Inglewood. A fusion of landscape Axel Lieber from Inges Idee—the company thatsculpture of a young girl’s head—her name is art and sculpture, American artist Lorna designed the piece—explains. This massive“Anna”. She took almost 6 months to build and Jordan designed a park-within-a-park along blue ring is considered an engineering featwas engineered to withstand Calgary’s crazy the shoreline of the Bow River. She integrated in that the structure is free-standing withfluctuating temperatures—as well as crazy indigenous plant material and 400 tons of no cables or support structures:“try holdingcomedian Steve-O who climbed it (and nearly natural stone into the landscape. Rundle stone a hula hoop over your head without havinggot arrested for it). The sculpture required 11, and basalt were cut and quarried to become it tip over,” says Kenneth Heinbecker, Vice568 saddle welds and 4,633 meters of steel rod walls, columns stairs, terraces and grotto-like President of Marketing for Heavy Industries,to complete. Wonderland is the tallest public seating areas. “Here, large-scale ecological one of the companies that built the ring.artwork in Calgary to date, and it may have enhancements such as constructed wetlands Heinbecker disagrees with the backlash:“it’s onthe heftiest price tag as well at a rumoured $4 are expressed as art,” Jordan says in Sculpture an intersection of two highways where you’remillion—but EnCana won’t tell. magazine. “In my work, I use the cycles and driving 100 km/h. You only have five seconds to mysteries of watersheds as filters through interact with it. It was an extremely effective, which to experience and improve the ecology of clever response to a challenging site—an sites and systems.” intersection in the middle of nowhere.”Promenade by Julian OpieChinook Arc by Joe O’Connell Wonderland by Jaume PlensaPROMENADE CHINOOK ARC RECOLLECTIONS, TOPIARY, AND TOPIARY QUILTSTake a walk on the LED side in East Village. A self-described American “maker,’” JoeBritish artist Julian Opie’s dynamic, moving O’Connell and his partner Blessing Hancock Mayor Nenshi calls this one of his favoriteartwork is designed on a 7.3-metre-high, four- designed an interactive, acrylic cloud-like public art pieces. American duo Jim Hirschfieldsided LED screened tower. Six different, faceless, structure to reflect Calgary’s chinook weather and Sonya Ishii researched the communitycartoon pedestrians appear to randomly stroll phenomenon. Hovering over one corner of Barb before integrating a three-part art installationacross one screen and turn the corner onto Scott Park, the translucent sculpture is made into the McKnight/Westwinds CTrain station.another screen. The moving figures are visible of a galvanized steel skeleton covered with Nenshi especially likes the public art that ison each side of the tower which purposely faces two layers of acrylic. “It’s very interactive,” says embedded into the walls of the glass shelter—north, south, east and west. Opie designed each O’Connell. “Our piece isn’t finished until people there are people’s immigration papers andcharacter based on someone he actually knew: start using it.” Viewers are invited to place an historical family photos­—because it’s “reflectivemeet Jeremy, Jennifer, Rod, Tina, Verity, and Kris. image in front of the sensor—a picture from of the community. When I’m at the station, I seeThey took their first stroll in the East Village in your cell phone or even your shirt will work— people looking at the art and interacting with itSpring 2012. and at the press of a button the colors from the and understanding how it tells the story of the image appear on the sculpture itself. community,” says Nenshi. “For me that is very, very special.” 33T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

browsing calgary’s PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY PAUL HARDY; COURTESY MODERN MENSWEAR unique boutiques by katie marks Not long ago, it was almost impossible to find something other than big-box, commercial stores in Calgary, making the recent surge of specialty shops a well-received addition to the city’s shopping scene. Answering the public’s growing demand for one-of-a-kind and local products, a handful of local designers and style-savvy entrepreneurs have risen to the occasion and gifted Calgary with thoughtfully curated shelves. Their stores will delight any fashionista or well- groomed gent—here is a compilation of the must-sees in town: Paul Hardy Paul Hardy is a name synonymous with elegance, affluence, much ovation and, of course, Calgary—the city in which he currently resides. The internationally distinguished designer began his illustrious career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week, and soon after landed at Los Angeles Fashion Week and the tents at Bryant Park in New York. Fast forward to Fall 2007, which marked the five year anniversary of the company, and the first free- standing store was opened to much buzz and excitement in Kensington before moving to its current, spacious atelier in Inglewood. Alongside Hardy’s acclaimed ready-to-wear line worn by celebrities and locals alike, he has recently designed specialized, luxurious, lightweight fashion outerwear under the label “Lamb.s.Laughter” made from the softest shearling. Aside from Paul Hardy’s private line, the store also carries an array of multi-brand items ranging from Mad et Len home scents and candles to Velvetine handbags, covering all lifestyle needs. Bay #5, 2501 Alyth Rd SE, 403-242-4794. Modern Menswear Modern Menswear owner Drew Rudichuk was visiting his sister in Scandinavia when he fell for fashion in the city of Copenhagen, feeling that he blended in style-wise for the first time. Thus began a two year journey for Rudichuk, visiting countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, and the UnitedKingdom to procure the best brands for his future store. Carrying collections that have been specially selected for the Calgary marketplace, Modern Menswearonly brings in small runs of each item to allow style-savvy gentlemen to add rare and limited pieces to their wardrobe. Recognizing that there are many places for one to find a well-tailored suit in Calgary for the nine-to-five day, Modern Menswear’s focus is on what to wear once business is finished. Whether you consider yourself fashion conscious or not, the casual-yet-polished pieces are perfect for just that. 2500 - 4 St SW, 403-457-3377. modernmenswear.ca34  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

PHOTOGRAPHS: COURTESY ETTE; COURTESY ESPY; COURTESY KENT OF INGLEWOOD; COURTESY LAUREN BAGILORE Ette Exclusivity is Ette’s modus operandi when hand-selecting the world’s finest dress collections for the refined store located in Downtown Calgary. Ette serves clients from across North America with designer lines that are often solely theirs to sell—women’s clothing varying from day and evening, ready-to- wear, couture, and bridal haute-couture garments by celebrated and emerging designers from the United Kingdom, Israel, Europe, North America, Lebanon, and Australia. Owner Courtney Kos is a classic fashion stylist who specializes in creating timeless looks that reflect the individual personalities and tastes of her clients, fuelled by how “the right dress loves the woman who is wearing it”. Designer ready-to-wear lines available at Ette include Jason Wu, Zac Posen, Kaufman Franco, and Zuhair Murad, to name a few, and to perfect any look the store is complete with glossy accoutrements available from brands like Lulu Frost, Jennifer Behr, and Shourouk. For soon-to-be brides, prestigious designers such as Reem Acra and Jenny Packham also line the—impressively filled— couture walls. 800 - 16 Ave SW, 587-899-6220. Espy A genuine desire to encourage people to realize their full potential while establishing a sense of self-worth is the inspiration behind the affordable designer boutique, espy. Entering the store can be attuned to a personalized shopping experience—without the hassle of a set appointment—as all of the employees are professional stylists. Specializing in denim fittings, the espy stylists are dedicated to finding the perfect fit for every body type, for both men and women. The boutique carries a variety of premium denim brands such as Fidelity, Paige, Mavi, CJ by Cookie Johnson, and James Jeans. Espy’s owner, Megan Szanik, ensures that Canadian brands account for 50 per cent of the store’s stock, with brands such as Luc Fontaine, Bodybag by Jude, Iris Setlawlake, Lisette, and also local brands like Bano eeMee, Coutu Kitsch, and Rebecca King. Aside from home-grown Canadian designs, they also carry lines from around the world like Matinique, Ted Baker, BB Dakota, Yumi, Desigual, and so many more. 1009 - 9 Ave SE, 403-457-3779. Kent of Inglewood What started as Kevin Kent’s fascination with Japanese knives—developed while he worked as a sous-chef to the legendary Fergus Henderson at St. John Restaurant in London, England—has developed into five Knifewear stores across Canada with plans to expand into Kyoto, Japan. Three years ago, Kent’s curiosity surrounding knives grew to include classic straight blade shaving and soon a well-curated selection was introduced in Knifewear stores. Customers embraced the revitalization of what some would call a forgotten art, driving Kent to open the flagship store Kent of Inglewood. Carrying the most men’s shaving products in Canada, the shop sells specialty gear including straight blades from brands such as Dovo and Iwasaki, Rooney shaving brushes, Taylor of Old Bond Street soaps and creams, and ever-important beard care products from lines like Horace and Jasper. To top off that close new shave or softened beard, grab an Offal Goods handmade bowtie to sport or try Count Justinian’s moustache wax. 1319 - 9 Ave SE, 403-457-1595. Lauren Bagliore Concept Shop After being born and raised in New York City, having spent time living in Italy, and collecting many, many Air Miles between Manhattan and Calgary, Lauren Bagliore brought her namesake clothing line to Inglewood. When her flagship store opened in November 2014, the label transitioned from a private, appointment-only business to a luxe, public retail space where the décor—“airy, very minimal, but with some belle époque French elegance juxtaposed with an industrial, edgy feel”—provides the perfect backdrop for Bagliore’s cultured clothing. With pieces crafted from the finest Italian leathers, luxury alpaca wools, beautifully textured silks in shades of black and grey with hints of port and oxblood woolens, some even including exotic skins like python and crocodile, Bagliore’s concept shop is a place of inspiration for everyone who enters. 917 - 11 St SE, 35T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

Clockwise: Dean Davidson Arrow Made in Calgary Handmade Drop earrings, $150, Holt Renfrew. by local designer with industrial Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Dean Davidson design Power Reserve watch, $9,800, techniques Calgary Jewellery. Hublot Aero Bang watch, $21,700, Calgary Jewellery. KonZuk Stainless Steel and Concrete necklace, $295, Influx Jewellery. KonZuk Stainless Steel and Concrete bracelet, $225, Influx Jewellery. KonZuk Stainless Steel ring with Black Powder Coating, $210, Influx Jewellery. Matthieu Cheminée Sterling Silver bracelet, $550, Influx Jewellery. Matthieu Cheminée Sterling Silver and Blue Sapphire bracelet, $850, Influx Jewellery. Michelle Ross bracelet, $195, Ette. John Hardy necklace, $1,470, Holt Renfrew. Michelle Ross Necklace, $290, Ette.Limited edition of 1,975 available worldwide Limited edition of 500 available worldwide, only one left in North America Limited edition pendant with ruby, 18K bonded gold, and a handwoven chain Custom made, handmade, and limited-edition pieces for you to indulge in something truly unique. by breanna mroczek styled and photographed by jason dziver36  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

Handmade at a traditional millinery in Toronto Gary Taxali’s limited edition line exclusively for Harry RosenMade in Handcrafted in MontrealVancouver withhandpainted Made-to-measure luxury Kitonsilk fabric suits, available exclusively at Henry Singer in Alberta Limited edition, made in Toronto Clockwise: Nicole Bridger shirt, $118, Studio Intent. Lilliput hat, $184.95, Haskayne Mercantile Block at Heritage Park Historical Village. Gary Taxali from vintage “Love Interest” and “You Had Me at Good Bye” pocket squares, $95, Harry upholstery fabric Rosen. La Canadienne “Merin” Boot, $425, Eight Locations in Calgary. Kiton fabric swatches for made-to-measure suits, $8,500 and up, Henry Singer. La Handcrafted, Canadienne “Rebecka” shoe, $395, Eight Locations in Calgary. Poppy Barley custom made- “Feminine Slipper” flats, $188, Poppy Barley “Jasper Derby” and-measured men’s shoe, $350 and up, Karen Wilson purse, $339.95, footwear Haskayne Mercantile Block at Heritage Park Historical Village. 37T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

Take a sip of some of the most exclusive and unique liquors available in Calgary by janet davieSeleccion Suprema styled space that serves an impressive amount Although we are taught that PHOTOGRAPHS: JANET DAVIETequila at Añejo of—you guessed it—bourbon. Their exclusive sharing is caring, there’s something absinthe fountain, however, will give you not only wildly intoxicating about enjoyingMexican restaurant Añejo is one of the best a conversation starter but also a truly unique something exclusive. Yes, you canplaces to grab a margarita in the city, stocked experience. Ice water trickles onto a sugar cube order a bottle of wine, a cocktail, orwith over 200 varieties and the largest collection suspended over the absinthe with a slow drip, even whisky just about anywhere,of tequila in Canada. One particularly unique until it dissolves completely out of sight. The but where do you go if you wanttequila on their shelves is Seleccion Suprema: absinthe—from St. George Spirits Distillery in something that only a few candistilled by Tequila Herradura, a distiller that Alameda, California—packs quite the punch have, like an exclusive absintheoriginated in 1870 in the Jalisco state in Mexico, and the distinct licorice flavor is complemented fountain, or a wine so rare that youthe Seleccion Suprema is of the extra añejo by the raw sugar. You can forget about the can’t find it anywhere else in thevariety. What does this mean? Well, according absinthe being set ablaze, though: “the fire, it’s world? Calgary’s diverse bar sceneto bar manager Franz Swinton, it means that all for show,” says Alex Newman, who has been has more than a few options.the tequila has been aged for a long time, which a bartender at The Bourbon Room since it firstthen creates a much softer flavor, mellowing out opened in 2013.“It burns the alcohol, so it hinders comes from a distillery founded in the 1870s andthe typical aggressive qualities of tequila. The it rather than helping it.” Luckily, fire is certainly demolished in 1983. Buchanan’s has the onlySeleccion Suprema has a strong whisky quality not needed for this absinthe fountain to stand three bottles left in the world that were distilledand sweet flavors like vanilla and brown maple out from the pack as an experience to indulge in 1966, making them a most precious find. Thesugar. If you’re thinking of ordering this tequila in over and over again. The Bourbon Room at whisky itself has a wonderful flavour profile,in a margarita, however, think again:“something National on 10th, 341 - 10 Ave SW, 403-474-2739. coating your tongue with vanilla and caramel.that’s too juicy or complex will muddle the “In the last couple of years there has been aflavour,” says Swinton. Instead, order it in a renaissance of sorts when it comes to whisky”,classic cocktail such as an Old Fashioned, as a Cold Tea Sour at Market says James Buchanan, son of owners Michaelclean drink will not compete with the flavours in and Carol. “The scarcity of something as rare asthis fine tequila. Añejo Restaurant, 2116 - 4 St SW, If you like drinking tea but desire something the Glen Albyn, the allure of it all, it’s definitely587-353-2656. a little stronger, visit Market and order a Cold exciting.” Buchanan’s Chop House & Whisky Bar, Tea Sour—a delightful drink dreamed up by bar 738 - 3 Ave SW, 403-261-4646. buchanans.caCakebread Wine at manager Callum Parker. Inspired by his timeVintage Chophouse bartending in Edinburgh, the Cold Tea Sour is Jerez Sidecar made of only a few ingredients including gin or at Ox and AngelaAnyone who has been to Vintage Chophouse & bourbon, a slight punch of lemon, and the mostTavern knows that not only do they serve up a special ingredient of all: house crafted syrup. The Ox and Angela is known for its incredible Spanishfabulous steak, but they also have an impressive syrup is made from scratch and you may never food, but it would be a mistake to not indulge inselection of wine. All 240 bottles of Cakebread get the same Cold Tea Sour twice, as Parker will a cocktail while visiting. The Jerez Sidecar, createdwere bought by Vintage at a Premiere Napa continuously switch it up depending on whatever by award winning mixologist and bartender NeilaValley auction event. 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CALGARY THINKS Scotch IS NEAT Cowtown boasts an unrivalled Scotch culture by Don TseC algary is known for views of the was not for sale here. This is due in large part what was new and trending and actively Rocky Mountains and the Calgary to the efforts of Andrew Ferguson, c0-manager sourced Scotches before others did. He began Stampede, but it has an equally and Scotch expert at Kensington Wine Market. regular visits to the land of kilts and cabers to Andrew has done so much for Scotch that he comb distilleries' warehouses, selecting the beststrong reputation for something more was the first retailer in Canada to be inducted casks for bottlings available only at his store. into the Keepers of the Quaich—a virtual hall of Before long, Ferguson became the go-to guysurprising: Calgary is at the centre of the world's fame in the Scotch world. Ferguson attributes for Scotch in Canada. Scotch lovers around the much of the exclusive availability to Alberta's world now make a point of visiting Kensingtonobsession with Scotch. Perhaps this is fitting: privatized liquor market, which he says allows Wine Market to purchase exclusive and rare for \"better pricing and better selection than bottles that distilleries make available only toCalgary, and nearby communities of Cochrane, the rest of the country combined. It is easier him. Kensington Wine Market was also the first for distributors to get their products into this retailer in Canada to offer memberships to theStrathmore, Airdrie, and Banff are all named market. The specialized shops here are attractive Scotch Malt Whisky Society, whose exclusive, places for producers to sell their product and single-cask, cask-strength bottlings from all ofafter Scottish locales. make it easier for people to find and be aware Scotland's finest distilleries are typically only of them.\" available to members.Collectors from around the world fly to Ferguson originally started working at Through his own Ferguson Whisky Tours,Calgary to purchase bottlings that are only Kensington Wine Market as a seasonal job, but Ferguson organizes VIP tours of Scotland he recognized that, as a small, independent and exclusive whisky tastings. A tasting heldavailable in the city. For example, there is only shop, Kensington Wine Market needed to be in Banff that included five expressions of ahead of trends. So, he scoured blogs to find Bowmore from 1964—including the famedone bottle of a 50-year-old distillery bottling ofGlenlivet in Canada, and it is for sale in Calgaryfor $25,000. In 2008, a Scotch collector cameto Calgary to purchase the entire line up of PHOTOGRAPH: BLAIR HILLMacallan Fine & Rare from Kensington WineMarket, which cost over $250, 000.If a luxury bottling of Scotch is not on displayat one of Calgary's Scotch retailers, it is morelikely because it has sold out than because it40  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

Andrew Ferguson, Keeper of the Quaich and Co-Manager of Kensington Wine Market A selection of rare Scotches available at Kensington Wine MarketPHOTOGRAPHS: JASON DZIVER trilogy of Bowmore Black, White, and Gold— that I'm selling something that's worth it and extraordinary selection [of Scotch] available was referred to by Iain McCallum, Morrison that means I use my relationships in Scotland to in Calgary and there always seems to be Bowmore's Global Master of Malts, as the best ensure I get the best products.\" something going on, whether it's a tasting at a he has ever attended. When the legendary store, or a club event, or a full festival. It's never Bowmore Black was widely released, more If shopping is not on your \"to do\" list while dull around here!\" bottles were sold at Ferguson's store than were visiting Calgary, certainly dining must be. sold in all of the United States. It was selling so Buchanan's Chop House & Whisky Bar features Hot Spots for Scotch fast at Kensington Wine Market that Bowmore an eleven-page Scotch menu. Owners Michael was pulling stock from the United States and and Carol Buchanan have built their collection • Kensington Wine Market, 1257 shipping it to Calgary for Andrew to sell. over 25 years and have bottles not found Kensington Road NW, 403-283-8000. anywhere else in Canada. If you are looking Willow Park Wines & Spirits boasts an entire for an exceptional 50-year-old single malt to wall of Scotch and showcases some of the most celebrate a special occasion, Buchanan's has • Willow Park Wines & Spirits, 10801 expensive Scotch money can buy. Willow Park several to choose from. Bonaventure Dr SE, 403-296-1640. has spent two decades building relationships with Scotland's biggest distilleries, and resident Meanwhile, Brasserie Kensington pairs Scotch expert David Michiels is also a Keeper French bistro cuisine with the fine single malts • Buchanan's Chop House & Whisky Bar, 738 of the Quaich. \"We have the relationships in of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Brasserie 3 Ave SW, 403-261-4646. Scotland,\" says Michiels, \"and we have equally Kensington is the only restaurant in Alberta to strong relationships with our customers. For offer these Scotches, which are otherwise only • Brasserie Kensington, 1131 the amount of money involved in purchasing available for sale to members of the Society. Kensington RD NW, 403-457-4148. these exclusive bottles, customers need to trust As Co-Founder of Scotch Malt Whisky Society Canada, Kelly Carpenter explains \"there's an 41T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

The burger at Model Milk THE PANELLISTS: Eat It Up JOHN GILCHRIST Where to Dine awards highlightPanel moderator, Where contributing editor, Calgary’s top restaurant critic Calgary’s most deliciously deserving restaurants DAN CLAPSON by rachael frey Cuisine writer, Food Network Canada commentator, food blogger at The dining options available in Calgary may come as a surprise to anyone who arrives here expecting all steak, all the time.“We’re more, much more, than CINDY STEWART the tourist myth of a steakhouse city,” says John Les Clef D’Or member and chef concierge at the Westin Calgary Gilchrist, Calgary’s top restaurant critic and panel moderator for Where Calgary magazine’s Where To Dine Awards. GWENDOLYN RICHARDS Blogger and Calgary Herald food writer The annual awards give due praise to the innovative darlings of Calgary’s dining scene. While red meat has been and JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL always will be popular in Alberta, other trends that haveFood writer, commentator and host of online cooking series Good Bite and emerged over the past few years appear to be here to stay, from rustic farm-to-fork platters to exquisitely fresh seafood Viva Network’s It’s Just Food to rivers of craft beer. Dig in! DON HOUSE Board chair, Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance STEPHANIE ARSENAULT Food writer and blogger at SCOTT POHORELIC Southern Alberta Institute of Technology culinary instructorBEST OVERALL: STEAK: SEAFOOD: NEW AND NOTABLE MODEL MILK This star serves VINTAGE CHOPHOUSE CATCH & CLEAVERCanadian cuisine that THE OYSTER BAR Newly arrived in Calgary from Dublin, co-owners Barbara Spain and Alexmakes excellent use of A contemporary take Two sumptuous Rivera have brought modern Irish cuisine combined with an industrial on classic steak and seafood experiences vibe. 524 - 17 Ave SW, 403-452-1211, regional ingredients, seafood dishes in a served up in its art relaxing, business- in one with an BUTCHER AND THE BAKER casual setting. 320 - 11 upscale dining room A tiny sandwich shop focused on house-cured meats, freshly baked deco dairy warehouse Ave SW, 403-262-7262, bread, and ingredients from local, sustainable farms. 181, 250 - 6 Ave SW, location. 308 - 17 Ave and casual oyster 403-265-7765, SW, 403-265-7343, bar. 100 - 8 Ave SE, ANJU 403-206-0000, After giving Calgary a little taste of his modern, upscale, Korean tapas, CANADIAN: FINE DINING Chef Owner Roy Oh closed shop for a year to find a better location and he’s recently been welcomed back with open arms by eager foodies. 344 - RIVER CAFÉ TEATRO TAPAS AND 17 Ave SW, 403-460-3341, SMALL PLATES Local ingredients, Housed in a WORKSHOP KITCHEN + CULTURE a fishing lodge downtown historic CANDELA LOUNGE Located in the historic Theatre Junction Grand building, this restaurant bank building, Teatro Upmarket yet prides itself on adventurous Canadian cuisine and cocktails, including atmosphere, and its features some of the dishes like gin and juniper cured trout. 608 - 1 St SW, 403-266-7062, scenic location make best service and fine deliciously accessible, workshopcalgary.comfor a signature Calgary Italian cuisine this this versatile hotspot side of the Atlantic. SYMONS ROADHOUSE dining experience. 200 - 8 Ave SE, 403- serves knockout Next door to the Symons Valley Ranch Farmers’ Market, the Roadhouse 25 Prince’s Island 290-1012, French- and Italian- features down-home, stick-to-your-ribs fare such as a pulled pork sundae inspired dishes. 1919 - with mashed potato, beans, coleslaw and sour cream. 14555 Symons Valley Park, 403-261-7670, 4 St SW, 403-719-0049, Road NW, 403-774-7246, BLACK PIG BISTRO VEGETARIAN DESSERT PUB FARE The Spanish-influenced bistro takes its name from the Black Iberian PHOTOGRAPHS: JASON DZIVER FRIENDLY pig and the menu is appropriately meaty, delighting diners with CHARCUT NATIONAL spectacular presentation and taste. 825 - 1 Ave NE, 403-460-0350, THE COUP Craft beer and ROAST HOUSE upscale, contemporary A fiercely local, One of the meatiest lounge cuisine are the organic, and and in-demand res- focus at this big and taurants for Canadian buzzing beer hall. Fourundeniably delicious cuisine also has a killer locations in Calgary, take on vegetarian 403-237-5556, cuisine. 924 - 17 Ave dessert menu. 899 SW, 403-541-1041, Centre Street SW, 403- 984-2180, charcut.com42  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

Sample the pride of Brunch, our local food producers Alberta by rachael frey StyleCanadian Cheese Selectionat The Lake House Brunch is an important meal in Calgary—just ask any of the multitudes of people who line up every weekend to get into the city’s hottest breakfast eateries. Though there is a vast variety of inventive brunch dishes on offer, the most beloved restaurants have something in common: they proudly feature the names of Alberta’s gourmet farm producers, the majority of which are small, family-run operations. The result is a true taste of Alberta served all over Calgary with a steaming mug of coffee on the side.PHOTOGRAPH: JASON DZIVER GULL VALLEY GREENHOUSES MISSING LINK EXTRAORDINARY SAUSAGE Though there may be a chill in the air outside, stepping into one of the long A decade ago, Mick and Deneise Sherlock took a trip to their local sausage maker growing houses at Gull Valley Greenhouses, a family-run farm in Blackfalds, to pick up some meat destined for the grill. After discovering that the sausage Alberta, is like entering another world. The humid air is rich with the scent of was good but the customer service was not, they left empty handed. Determined green life, and row upon row of hydroponically grown tomato plants dangle long to fill the void, Mick spent his birthday money on a sausage stuffer and started vines laden with perfectly round, shiny red fruits. Neighbouring greenhouses are cranking out his own gourmet creations. When friends started begging to buy home to rows of beans, bell peppers, basil and butterhead lettuce. his sausages, the couple realized they had stumbled right into a new career. Mick became the Sausage Maker Extraordinaire and Deneise took on the role One thing you won’t find at Gull Valley is chemical pesticides of any kind. of Extraordinary Adminstrator to form the entire workforce of Missing Link Instead, the Tiemstra family relies on nature’s original pesticide—beneficial Extraordinary Sausage. When buyers simply couldn’t get enough of their chicken insects such as ladybugs that scour the plants in search of prey, snapping up sausage, they decided to go all chicken, all the time. bugs like aphids that would nibble away at the produce. Because the Sherlocks attend to every detail of the business with their own “Even though it was quite challenging at times, we stuck with it to this day and hands, they’re able to personally ensure that both the quality of their products are very happy and proud that we can tell our customers we use no chemical and the customer service are up to their high standards. They do it all, from pesticides,” Manager and Co-Owner Levi Tiemstra says. They also get help from selecting raw ingredients to coming up with names for Mick’s wild inventions another of nature’s little farmers—bumblebees. After initially pollinating all the such as Pearway to Heaven (brie, pears, and fried onions) and Jamaican Me plants by hand, a labourious and time-consuming process, they brought in bees Crazy (jerk spices and ginger beer). and found they did it better than human hands ever could, even improving the quality of the resulting fruit. From their booth at the Calgary Farmers’ Market, the Sherlocks are able to chat directly with the customers. They’re more than willing to work with their fans to WHERE TO EAT: get the perfect recipe, accommodating requests from a simple “no salt, please” to ideas for entirely new ingredients. One of Calgary’s most celebrated restaurants, River Café, is located on Prince’s Island in the Bow River just a pedestrian bridge away from downtown. Its WHERE TO EAT: weekend brunch menu features Gull Valley Tomato & Nostrala Quiche, which is a triple threat when it comes to local ingredients. Aside from being the perfect You haven’t really had Huevos Rancheros until you’ve had them the Diner Deluxe showcase for Gull Valley’s luscious tomatoes, it’s made with Nostrala (meaning way. The undeniable star of the Huevos Rancheros is Missing Link’s Tres Amigos “local cheese” in Italian), a firm, mild cheese made by Kootenay Alpine Cheese chicken sausage, the three delicious amigos being jalapeno, cilantro and lime. The Company in British Columbia. It also includes River Garden greens, which ground sausage meat is piled on corn tortillas and topped with over easy eggs, couldn’t possibly be more local—they’re grown right outside the restaurant in a roasted red peppers, salsa verde and cilantro sour cream for a flavourful and little herb garden. unique brunch. Ariba! 43T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

HIGHWOOD CROSSING FAIRWINDS FARMWhen Tony and Penny Marshall of Highwood Crossing took over the family The verdict is in—the happiest goats produce the highest quality milk. But whatfarmstead in the ’80s, they made the decision to return to farming methods makes a goat happy? Fairwinds Farm has discovered a winning formula, and thesimilar to those used by Tony’s great-grandfather 100 years ago: no toxic proof is in the rich creaminess of the milk, yogurt and cheese that the Oudshoornchemicals or genetically modified plants, crop rotations to rest and revitalize the family produces on their farm in Fort Macleod, Alberta.soil, and other wholesome agriculture practices for their crops of oats, canola,flax, wheat and rye. “With free access to pasture and fresh forage whenever possible the goats have ample room and freedom to interact in the most natural way,” Anita Organic farming seemed like a natural fit to protect the health of the land, Oudshoorn says. “Low stress will always improve quality.”including the Highwood River that runs alongside their property and wouldunavoidably carry pesticides and chemicals downstream, and the health of their The Fairwinds goats spend their days frolicking in the pasture, munching onyoung children. organic feed and socializing with one another, except for twice per day when they’re lured to the milking barn with the promise of an organic goat treat. “We were starting a new family and had little ones around, and it just didn’tmake sense to us to be spraying or putting toxic chemicals on the land,” Tony Anita and her husband Ben bought their first goats as a gift for one of theirsays. “It was a fundamental belief that this was the right way for us to make it children and began producing yogurt and cheese for their family and It’s not necessarily a good fit for everybody, but for us it made sense.” They wanted to eat food that was as wholesome and natural as possible, so when they began to sell their products they felt their business should reflect The Marshalls were early adopters of the organic, slow food movement, and those ideals.they’ve seen interest in local, natural products grow over the past 20-plus years.Highwood Crossing is now a name that many gourmet restaurants display on Since 1999, the Oudshoorns have noticed increasing opportunities for smalltheir menus, and awards and accolades have poured in, including the designation farmers with niche products to excel in the marketplace. “The awareness andof “Canadian Food Heroes” at the 2014 Slow Food Canada conference. “I love to desire to know where our food comes from has generated a renewed interestmake a big pot of organic steel-cut oats for breakfast or brunch,” Tony says. “It’s in farm direct markets and products,” Oudshoorn says. “This gives a greatalways so well received.” opportunity to small farmers with niche products to be able to sell their harvest.”WHERE TO EAT: WHERE TO EAT:As an elegantly grand hotel that has served as a second home to travellers Sitting right on the shores of picturesque Lake Bonavista, The Lake House,—afor more than 100 years, the Fairmont Palliser is one of Calgary’s best-known rustically elegant restaurant focused on Canadian cuisine—boasts one of thelandmarks. But, it’s also becoming known for something else—the spectacular most outstanding views in Calgary. They also boast a cheese lover’s dream—abrunch buffet served up in The Rimrock, the hotel’s restaurant. The buffet generous Canadian cheese selection featuring Fairwinds Farms’ firm, decadentincludes local ingredients wherever possible, inlcuding Highwood Crossing goat cheese. Also on the plate is aged gouda from Vital Green, another Albertaoatmeal served with a belly-warming topping combo of toasted flax, brown cheese producer, along with selections from across Canada, topped off with figsugar, and cream. jam and crackers. Eggs Benedict at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant44  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

SPARKS EGG FARMS BROEK PORK ACRES From pancakes to omelettes, eggs are an indispensible part of most brunch Allan and Joanne Vanden Broek know what it’s like to be busy. While raising their dishes, and, for over 35 years, Sparks Egg Farms has been an indispensible part nine children, they somehow found time to raise more than a few hogs on their of many Albertans’ diets. They’re the only independent egg grader and processor Broek Pork Acres farm in Coalhurst, Alberta. operating solely in Alberta, and one of Canada’s leading egg producers. State-of- the-art grading equipment allows them to process more than one million eggs The Vanden Broeks do it all, from growing their own grain and hay for feed to per day. processing the meat in their own facility to marketing the products to consumers, making for a true “pasture to plate” operation. By cutting out the middleman, Despite the staggering number of eggs flying out of their facility every day, they can oversee every step and ensure that only the finest quality meat leaves Sparks is still committed to four pillars of responsibility: worker health and their farm in a wide range of varieties including pork chops, ham, bacon, sausage, welfare, animal welfare, food safety and environmental protection. The hens are and even pork jerky. raised in free run barn where they’re able to move around, socialize, scratch and exhibit natural behaviours. A well balanced diet, fresh water and comfortable Broek Acres is devoted to raising Berkshire pigs, a breed that originated in surroundings keep them happy, healthy and producing delicious, dark yolk eggs. England more than 300 years ago and has been treasured ever since for the To keep their environmental footprint small, Sparks carefully minimizes waste moisture, tenderness, and marbling of the meat, unlike the lean but flavourless and maximizes recycling as well as focusing on improving their barns with eco- pork that often appears on supermarket shelves. The pigs are not force fed or friendly innovations. given artificial growth stimulants. Instead, they graze outside in a relaxed, natural environment, growing fat on their own time in the Alberta sun.PHOTOGRAPHS: JASON DZIVER WHERE TO EAT: WHERE TO EAT: The Eggs Benedict at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is well worth the trek. Blue Star Diner is on a mission to support small, local, natural businesses, and Nestled in a historic ranch house in Fish Creek Provincial Park, the restaurant they’re doing a great job of it. The menu is loaded with ingredients from Alberta’s is committed to showcasing local cuisine whenever possible. They serve Eggs small farm operations and Broek pork is a proud centerpiece of the brunch menu. Benedict three ways—traditional, with elk rillettes, or with salmon they smoke Blue Star’s Chipotle Pulled Pork Hash starts with slow roasted Broek pork leg and in-house—all topped off with perfectly poached Sparks eggs and accompanied shoulder, then is topped with chipotle lime sauce, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, by Lyonnais potatoes and homemade bread. The seasonal venison hash is worth mushrooms, sweet onions, two soft-poached local farm-fresh eggs, smoked a try too, with corned venison, potato, peppers, onions and a fried egg (Sparks, paprika & fresh cilantro. naturally). RIVER CAFÉ: DINER DELUXE: THE RIMROCK: THE LAKE BOW VALLEY BLUE STAR HOUSE: RANCHE DINER: 25 Prince’s Island 804 Edmonton Trail NE, Fairmont Palliser Hotel, RESTAURANT: Park, 403-261-7670, 403-276-5499. 133 - 9 Ave SW, 747 Lake Bonavista 809 - 1 Ave NE, 104, 350 Aspen 403-262-1234, fairmont. Dr SE, 403-225-3939, 15979 Bow Bottom 403-261-9998, Glen Landing, com/palliser-calgary/ Tr SE, 403-476-1310, 403-457-3000, dining/therimrock Tomato and Nostrala Quiche at River Café 45T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

Members Only:Private Clubs In Calgary by jessica wynne lockhart “Our new younger Private city and recreation clubs are in trouble. An aging population and economic uncertainty has led to a PHOTOGRAPHS: (LEFT TO RIGHT) COURTESY BOW VALLEY CLUB; COURTESY GLENCOE CLUB; COURTESY CALGARY WINTER CLUB members want rapid rate of member attrition in clubs across North America. Yet in Western Canada’s financial core, they that Mad Men remain a thriving business—in addition to nine private golf courses, Calgary boasts three recreation clubs and experience,” two city clubs. Dave Houghton explains. “And I Offering one-of-a-kind dining experiences, upscale banquet and meeting rooms, and top-notch recreation facilities, these private clubs cater to the city’s affluent middle and upper classes. And as Dave Houghton, think ‘experience’ Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Club Managers, points out, a strong private clubs scene is a is a good word phenomenon unique to Calgary. to describe the “All of our clubs are in a growth mode as opposed to a standing still mode,” he says. It’s easy to infer the difference between reason for this: with the highest median household income in the country—around $100,000 per year— a public institution Calgarians have the income necessary for memberships. “There’s a higher amount of disposable income in Calgary. People are doing things; they’re going out. They’re attending programs and activities. Not all and a private communities in Canada are in that same situation,” says Houghton. institution.” For young business people, the known advantage of club membership has not gone unnoticed. “If you’re46  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5 in the oil or gas business—which is what Calgary is all about—and you want to network or meet somebody, you’re going to have to meet them here,” says Rod Thomas, General Manager of the Calgary Petroleum Club. It’s not just about the networking though—at the heart of Calgary’s private club renaissance is the yearning for an era bygone. Houghton is also the general manager of the Ranchmen’s Club, a 123-year-old private city club in the downtown core. He says that their 100-year-old clubhouse, which is steeped in the history of Alberta’s ranching and oil and gas industries, is a major draw. “Our new younger members want that Mad Men experience,” he explains. “And I think ‘experience’ is a good word to describe the difference between a public institution and a private institution.” But despite the fact that private clubs are capitalizing on this air of nostalgia, it’s their ability to adapt to modern times that have made them so successful. Whereas private clubs were founded on the very mystique of exclusivity and the upper echelons of business society, today Calgary’s clubs are thriving on a much more inclusive value: family. Glencoe Club CEO Greg Lundmark, for one, believes that “exclusivity” is no longer defined as bumping shoulders with Calgary’s elite. In fact, apart from initiation and membership fees, there are typically no other requirements or restrictions on membership at the clubs. Rather, “exclusivity” simply means that members have access to facilities on their own terms. “It’s exclusive in the sense that you’re not overcrowded,” he says. Kevin Boyles, CEO of the Calgary Winter Club, a 280,000-square foot private recreation facility on the edge of Nose Hill Park, agrees. With entrance fees that range from $2,500 (for private city clubs) to $35,000 (for recreation clubs) per year, it’s hard to dispute that private clubs continue to primarily attract a higher

Private City Clubs Calgary Petroleum Club • Mad Men Factor: Established in 1948. • Facilities: In addition to meeting and banquet facilities, the club hosts holiday parties, jazz performances and wine events. • Bonus: Although there’s a wait list to join, the Petroleum Club has started an initiative for members who are under 35 to join at no cost. The Ranchmen’s Club • Mad Men Factor: Established in 1891, the club moved into their current building on 13th Avenue in 1914. • Facilities: In addition to meeting and banquet facilities, the club hosts a bridge league, snooker, lobster nights and speaker’s series dinners. • Bonus: Members can fully take advantage of the Mad Men vibe by participating in one of the club’s cocktail making events. Private Recreation Clubssocio-economic class. But Boyles says that for many parents, the upfront cost of a membership is a small The Bow Valley Clubprice to pay for providing their children with access to sporting and social opportunities. • Mad Men Factor: One of the youngest clubs “The public facilities are just a little overwhelmed. It’s hard to get into classes and it’s hard to get the in the city, Bow Valley was first established as aopportunities that you want for your family,” says Boyles. “I think the private clubs provide those opportunities tenant amenity in a setting that is very comfortable and feels more like an extension of home.” • Facilities: Located directly downtown, the Bow Valley club focuses 80 per cent on health and In order to create this feeling of home—and reduce the stigma of pretention often associated with private 20 per cent on dining. Members can accessclubs—many facilities are relaxing their rules to attract young families. Children, who were once restricted to personal training and massage therapy, squashcertain levels of club floors at particular times, are now welcome throughout many private clubs. Dress codes lessons and dining services.have been changed to allow casual wear, and cell phones, which were once banned, are now allowed. • Bonus: Although some classes are co-ed, men and women work out on separate floors. The “Someone who hadn’t been in a private club would certainly have a perception of it having a snobbish feel Bow Valley is the only private club in Calgary toto it. You don’t get any of that pretentiousness. It just feels like an upscale recreation centre,” says Boyles. offer this. That has been the experience of the Draper family. Four years ago, Rebecca Draper and her husband Sean The Glencoe Clubjoined the Calgary Winter Club. A middle class family, their membership was an alternative to spending hourson the phone trying to enroll their two young daughters in overcrowded public programs. Today they are avid • Man Men Factor: Established in 1931.users, visiting the club five days a week to use the fitness facilities and participate in social activities, including • Facilities: At 300,000 square feet, the Glencoewine tastings, live music performances, and play-based programs for their kids. is one of the largest athletic clubs in Canada. In addition to food and beverage services, the The membership has saved Draper countless hours of shuttling her kids all over the city from music lessons facility has a downtown indoor golf practiceto swim lessons. And although Draper admits that the social etiquette her children have gleaned from dining range, a skating rink and 10 convertible bowlingon-site is an added bonus, her family’s membership has never been about business networking opportunities lanes.or exclusivity. Instead, it’s about belonging to a like-minded community. • Bonus: Club members can also become members at the Glencoe Golf & Country Club. “There are always people who kind of roll their eyes and think, ‘Oh it’s about the prestige.’ But I reallybelieve that these days it’s far less about prestige than about being able to access all these recreational The Winter Cluband social activities,” she says. “You can find people who have the same interests. We’ve made some greatfriends.” • Mad Men Factor: Established in 1960. • Facilities: With 280,000 square feet and a This feeling of community is a sentiment that Lundmark says is echoed by the Glencoe’s members. “The renovation underway, the Calgary Winter Clubclub is a real hub of their life. It’s an investment, but it’s something they’d never give up and that they’ll keep offers racquet sports, aquatics, bowling, ain their family for many, many years.” climbing centre and a curling rink. • Bonus: Parents can take advantage of personal It’s clear that although private clubs have long had a reputation for being an “old boys’ clubs,” it’s Calgary’s training, massage therapy and acupunctureyoung families that make them vibrant. services, while kids will get most excited about the music programs and teen centre. “We find Calgary to be a city where the private clubs are very strong right now and they’re very muchviable. People become very much invested in their club to the point where it’s their second home,” says All of Calgary’s private city and recreation clubs haveBoyles. “Private clubs are here for the long-term.” reciprocal agreements with private clubs across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Check with your home club for more information about accessing Calgary’s private club facilities. 47T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

by breanna mroczekCity Identities andiandoig Explore, eat, and shop in Calgary’s most vibrant neighbourhoods STEPHEN AVENUE WALKDOWNTOWN CORE and eateries. It also features access points to 17TH AVENUE PHOTOGRAPHS: (TOP TO BOTTOM) JASON DZIVER; COURTESY 4TH STREET BRZ the scenic pathways of the Bow River corridorThe proliferation of retailers, bars, restaurants, and Prince’s Island Park, a green urban oasis and Between Secondnightclubs, and art galleries in Calgary’s the site of many annual outdoor events. The Street SW and 14thdowntown embodies an urban renaissance that stunning Peace Bridge crosses over the river and Street SW, the bustlingcontinues to echo outward from the city’s heart. connects the neighbourhoods of Kensington thoroughfare featuresIt is home to cultural institutions like Glenbow and downtown. much foot traffic andart museum—it showcases western Canadian is home to 400-plusart and travelling exhibitions—and the EPCOR STEPHEN (8TH) AVENUE WALK shops, independent boutiques, bars, restaurantsCENTRE for the Performing Arts, which hosts and clubs. It is also one of the city’s main eateryTheatre Calgary, the Calgary Philharmonic Running from 10th Street SW to City Hall, the and coffeehouse districts. Come evening,Orchestra, Alberta Theatre Projects, One Yellow blocks between First Street SE and Fourth the avenue takes on an entirely new buzz asRabbit Performance Theatre, and numerous Street SW are closed to traffic for this lively patrons venue hop between some of the city’sother music, theatre, dance, and specialty pedestrian promenade. Featuring many of best-known watering holes until the wee hoursshows. Downtown also features the iconic Calgary’s historic stone buildings—or their of the night and concert-goers walk over fromCalgary Tower—its glass-floored observation facades—it boasts the most intact turn-of-the- the Scotiabank Saddledome for a post-showdeck affords an excellent view of the city and 20th-century streetscape west of Montreal as drink or two.the Rocky Mountains—and The Bow building, well as many boutiques and top restaurants.the second-tallest building in Canada. It also fronts two shopping destinations: The “I love 17th Avenue in the CORE—featuring upscale fashion retailers southwest. It’s about three miles ofTHE BOW RIVER Brooks Brothers, Holt Renfrew, and Harry crazy interesting urban-ness!” Rosen—and Bankers Hall, featuring upscaleNestled against the south bank of the Bow retailers Blu’s Womens Wear, Henry Singer, and — Jann Arden, Singer/SongwriterRiver, the Eau Claire district on the downtown’s Helly Hansen.north end holds a tidy collection of shops, pubs,48  T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5

INGLEWOOD “I like Inglewood. It’s possible to imagine you’re not in Calgary at all, but a smaller Alberta city.” — Michael Green, High Performance Rodeo Curator INGLEWOOD Centre and Central Library will anchor the 10th Street NW and “East Village entertainment amenities, plus there will be new Kensington Road NW is going to be This charming iterations of some of Calgary’s most famous and runs for several incredible… community—it’s dining destinations including CHARCUT Roast blocks along each artery. Butchers, Calgary’s oldest House, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and Phil & bakers, and neighbourhood—is an oasis just beyond the Sebastian Coffee Roasters. CHINOOK coffee makers: towers and concrete landscape of downtown. CENTRE we can’t wait MISSION to be a part of The heart of its street life is Ninth Avenue Calgary’s largest mall this blooming The stretch of 4th Street SW between Central is located 15 minutes community.” Memorial Park and the Elbow River is known south of downtown. as a restaurant strip with many casual-upscale A recent expansion — John and ethnic eateries. From chains like Famoso added several new Jackson and Earls to unique Calgary hotspots like shops and restaurants and Connie Mercato and WURST Überkitchen, the dining including Canada’s DeSousa, options are diverse and delicious. It is also only Nordstrom and Co-Owners home to a selection of hip bars, boutiques, art Calgary’s only Burberry, and Chefs at galleries and coffee houses. Tiffany & Co., Oak + CHARCUT Fort, and Free People. Roast House KENSINGTON The mall also features seven full-service On the edge of the Bow River, this easy-going, restaurants, a large inner-city residential neighbourhood features a food court, and a bohemian enclave of boutiques, pubs, restaurants movie theatre. and coffee houses that starts at the corner of KENSINGTONPHOTOGRAPHS: JASON DZIVER MISSION SE, a short strip of antique dealerships, interior design shops, and stylish, independent boutiques. It’s also home to a select handful of the city’s hottest restaurants and coolest music venues. Calgary’s creative class gather here, as should you for a taste of the city’s cultural hub. EAST VILLAGE This new neighbourhood is still under construction but it’s already been deemed a local hotspot thanks to public artwork, summer festivals and food truck gatherings, its enviable location on the edge of The Bow River, and several attractive tenants like crowd-pleaser Village Ice Cream. The new National Music 49T H E E S S E N T I A L C A L G A R Y 2 0 1 4 / 1 5  

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