Musical misadventures ahead

I predict it will be a melodious year. I’m hoping to take in loads of live music shows – some here at home and others a short drive or flight away. Here’s what what the year ahead is looking like for live music in Calgary and nearby. Winter gigs Elliott Brood. The Performing Arts Society […]

Calgary Stampede Art Walk

I can’t believe how many pieces of public art I’ve failed to notice when ‘Stampeding’ in the past. I bet most visitors to Calgary’s famous 10-day rodeo are in the same boat. Until I did the Calgary Stampede Art Walk, I had no idea the Stampede had such a long tradition of celebrating and commissioning […]

Fall Performing Arts Season: Calgary Picks

Besides the turning of the leaves, my favourite part of fall is the start of a new season of performing arts. Cities like Calgary have so many options that it can be a real challenge to decide what to see. I’m here to help! I’ve chosen a subscription package in each arts discipline – theatre, […]

Calgary Summer Cultural Festivals

Almost every summer weekend in Calgary, you can experience a different culture. Sometimes you can even virtually visit two continents in the same week without leaving the city limits. This list of Calgary cultural festivals  demonstrates how amazingly diverse the city really is.

Language & Lit Picks for Travel to Italy

Our trip to Italy is drawing near, so it’s time to learn a bit of the language and stock up on reading material. In an attempt to learn some basic Italian, I attended a one-day ‘Italian for Travelers’ class through a local community college. Sadly, I think I came out of it more confused than […]

Prairie Drama: Rural Retrospection

I had a feeling Theatre Calgary’s production of Dear Johnny Deere would get me thinking about my Saskatchewan homeland. And of course, it did. The play is an alt-country-folk musical production about the struggles of farm life, based on the songs of Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. It was brilliantly performed by a talented cast of […]

Calgary Culture: Film Festivals for All

While attending a film festival screening last night, I got to thinking that Calgary really has a lot to offer film buffs. Almost any month of the year, there’s a cinematic festival lighting up big screens somewhere in the city. Reel Fun Film Festival (February) I discovered this non-profit event through my colleague Mike, who serves on the […]

Culture & Colour in Rural Rajasthan

We arrived in Jojawar in rural Rajasthan on the day of a local festival in honour of Lord Shiva’s birthday. The main street of the village had been painted red, symbolizing joy.  Women were dressed in their brightest saris, their colours vibrant against the backdrop of dusty streets. Trucks and buses crammed with people who […]

Cuba: Cocktails, Culture & Communism

Cuba is famous for its rum cocktails, and rightly so. It is, after all, the birthplace of Bacardi. There’s the Cuba Libre – simply rum, coke and lime – one of which I enjoyed in the hotel bar just a few short hours after touching down in Havana. Next we have the mojito, and it didn’t […]

Beyond the Glitz: Cultural Sites in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai is the best known of the Emirates comprising the UAE. It’s renowned for its flashiness, wealth and audacity. A place constantly striving for bigger, taller and more incredible. But if you find yourself there on holiday or as an intriguing stopover or on a business trip, it also has a quieter, authentic cultural side. […]

Calgary Downtown Public Art Walk

Here’s a self-guided walking tour covering some of the Calgary’s most dramatic downtown public art. You’ll also find insider tips on where to eat and drink along the way. Starting the walk Begin at the C-Train platform on 7th Ave SW, between 5th & 6t Streets (the green grass icon in the map above). Look up […]