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 […]

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.

Emotional Immersion in Varanasi

We walked towards the river while it was still dark, making do with only moonlight and the dim beams of lanterns swinging from vendors’ carts to illuminate patches of the rutted roads here and there. Varanasi was surprisingly quiet at that early hour, with just the odd cowbell clanging, the muted buzz of a distant […]

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 […]

24 Hours in Singapore on a Business Trip Bonus Day

If you travel for business, adding a day or more of sightseeing onto a work trip is a brilliant way to fit more exploration into your work year – I call these “business trip bonus days”. Whether you can get away with a single day, a weekend, or stringing a few more days together, take […]

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. […]