Wedding Wow Factors

Literally find cloud nine floating through the sky in a hot-air balloon as you wave bon voyage to your guests and embark on the proverbial journey of a lifetime. As they watch your ride-to-the-heavens, courtesy of Rainbow Balloons, your loved ones will be inspired with next-level joy. You deserve to feel like royalty on your wedding day — and there’s nothing quite as regal as a Rolls-Royce. Calm any wedding jitters with the smooth handling of a contemporary Phantom rental from Super Car Rentals

Karen Ball Discusses Her Edgy Style Transformation

Karen Ball has been making a name for herself working in the culture sector, both provincially and nationally, for 20 years. She has worked as the director of community investment and also as director of resource development for Calgary Arts Development, was the executive director of the Calgary2012 campaign and is now running an independent practice as a culture and community engagement consultant. As a private consultant, Ball has worked with organizations such as the University of Calgary and

Calgary Wedding Theme: Fit for a Foodie

You and your partner have bonded over your love of good food since that first dinner date, and your social circle recognizes you as the go-to pair for restaurant recommendations. You can hardly let those circles down now when it comes to your big day. Derek MacDonald, president and event producer at Boom Goes the Drum, says couples are choosing to create an authentic experience by sharing meals, family-style — centring the dinner service around “the gathering of family and breaking bread togethe

Calgary Wedding Theme: Go Abroad at Home

Your love for your passport only pales in comparison to your love for your partner. While your ideal wedding may take inspiration from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, having friends and family here at home is a compelling reason to put off curbing your travel bug until the honeymoon. Have your wedding cake and eat it too by hosting your dream-destination celebration in the heart of Calgary. Bonterra Trattoria’s Tuscan patio will transport you and 60 to 80 dinner guests to romanti

Calgary Wedding Theme: Urban Alpine Lodge

Celebrate your love of the mountains on your special day — without having to summit Yamnuska — in a cozy, Calgary-based cabin. The River Café evokes “charming mountain lodge” with decorative accents such as wood snowshoes and canoes, while residing in the heart of Prince’s Island Park. The restaurant can hold up to 90 dinner guests or 150 partygoers for a cocktail reception. Swap out your hiking boots for dancing-shoes and celebrate your mountain-inspired union in this urban chalet. When it co

Calgary Wedding Theme: Rustic Elegance

An outdoor ceremony is a must-have for your dream wedding. Simple details like mason jar centrepieces, succulents and chalkboard seating plans add just the right amount of wholesomeness and nod towards a vintage aesthetic. “Couples want to keep the old alive,” says Alexandra Slawek, owner of Boutiq Weddings & Events, adding contemporary couples take inspiration from their grandparents’ weddings. During the warmer months, Rouge Restaurant adds a tent to its historical building that backs out ont

Calgary Wedding Theme: Socialite in the City

You hear wedding and you think luxury. This is your special day and you deserve to indulge. Gold foil, a five-tiered cake — at minimum — and a signature cocktail are some of the details that Lynn Fletcher, CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) and owner of Lynn Fletcher Weddings, says makes up a truly lavish wedding. If your guest list seemingly never ends, Hotel Arts offers sophistication and breathing room with a maximum capacity of 650 for a seated banquet. If your royalty-worthy wedd

12 Hour Tourist: How to Spend a Day in Calgary

Visiting Calgary can be a rich cultural experience if you know where to go. Here is Avenue’s guide to spending one day in the Heart of the New West. Start in Calgary’s Little Italy. First established in the 1880s by Russian and German immigrants, by 1908 the predominant populations were Ukrainian and Italian. Only a 10-minute drive from downtown, Bridgeland has lots of trendy boutiques and plenty of places to eat. This 40-seat diner often has lineups out the door, but the wait is worth it. The

New Restaurant: Pips Board Game Café

Pips Board Game Café opened in December in Marda Loop in the building where The Loop restaurant used to be. Pips’ founders John and Danielle Tam and Shea and Yvonne Ashbee transformed the space into a cosy board game cafe within five weeks. The walls are a soothing green walls and the white tables built by hand by Shea Ashbee and John Tam are big enough to play games while also eating dinner. The most impressive aspect of the space is the library that boasts more than 400 board games. Most of

5 Seasonal Beers to Try This Winter

Summer may be the quintessential season for sipping on ice-cold lagers, but true beer-lovers know the winter season offers its own distinct brews with rich characters sure to please any palate. Indulge in these thick porters, citrusy IPA’s and crisp lagers to quench your thirst after shoveling the walk, a day on the slopes or when you're just relaxing in front of the fire. Hailing from Chicago, Ill. and a recent newcomer to Canada, this six-time medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival

5 Calgary Restaurants That Have Stood the Test of Time

Filomena Abdi is busy moving elegantly dressed tables in La Brezza Ristorante’s quaint interior to make room for the large holiday parties she is expecting during the Friday night dinner rush. Sparkling Christmas ornaments hang in the dining room windows, which look out on the main shopping and restaurant district in Bridgeland. Holiday carols are softly playing in the background while she works. The restaurant’s soothing green walls are spotted with framed pictures. Amongst the artistic flora

Healthy Restaurant Dishes That Will Help You Feel Good

With the change of seasons, there’s no denying that the decrease in temperature and increase in hours of darkness can sour even the most chipper dispositions. One may be tempted to indulge in sugary holiday treats, generous glasses of wine and anything containing the word “chocolate” to fight those winter blues. Filling up on sugar to feel good is both a habitual and chemical coping mechanism that can temporarily make you feel happier. Samara Felesky-Hunt, Calgary-based dietician and nutritioni

5 Great Barber Shops in Calgary

Men's grooming is becoming increasingly popular, with gentleman sporting styles from classic handlebars to the full lumberjack and everything in between. Taking the opportunity to develop an individual look is becoming even easier to achieve with the plethora of barber shops opening in the city. Stay sharp with a visit to one of Calgary's many shops that are carrying on the age-old tradition of barbering. Chin Whiskey is in the lower level of the Alberta Block building and gets its intriguing n

How Contemporary Calgary Plans to Open in 2018

Calgary will be welcoming its first large-scale, public contemporary art institution in the spring of 2018. However, before the old Centennial Planetarium is fully renovated and transformed into the much-anticipated gallery, a series of construction phases will ensure that Calgarians are exposed to contemporary and modern art while the main building is still under construction. Developed in partnership by Contemporary Calgary and the City of Calgary, the first stage of Contemporary Calgary’s co

New Store: Blackbyrd Myoozik on 17 Avenue

Arthur Fafard has operated his record store Blackbyrd Myoozik in Edmonton for more than 20 years. This year, he decided to migrate south and open up a second location in Calgary. Tucked to the right of the gravitypope main entrance and down a short set of stairs, Blackbyrd Myoozik is a vinyl-junkie’s paradise — offering a plethora of new-issue and re-issued records produced by companies such as Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and Music on Vinyl. The shop also focuses on completing special-orders for

Inside gravitypope's New Store

Gravitypope has moved and set-up shop in a previously derelict building originally constructed by Calgary architect Harold Hanen — the creative mind behind the development of Calgary’s Plus15 walkway system. The new shop eventually share the space with popular Edmonton record store Blackbyrd Myoozik as well as chocolatier Sweet Lollapalooza Confections. In its bigger space, you'll find what gravitypope is known for, plus a little extra with men’s and women's shoes and apparel, accessories and a

Life After Hockey for Kristina Regehr Includes WYSH Collective

Officially launched in June of this year, Calgary-based jewelry line WYSH Collective was born out of Kristina Regehr’s desire to develop a creative, small business after her husband Robyn Regehr retired from the NHL — where he played as a defenceman for the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and L.A. Kings. “I had started planning life after hockey,” says Regehr. “I wanted to do something and I knew I wanted to work from home so that I was still able to be with my kids.” Originally from Gronlid, S

What You Need to Know to Find the Perfect Winter Coat

Living in Calgary, your winter coat is more than a passing seasonal style statement — it is your home-away-from-home for six months of the year. It not only keeps you warm and protects you from the 40-below elements, but is also the first — and sometimes only — visual impression you will make. Thus, investing wisely in a winter coat is a decision not to be taken lightly. Here's what you need to consider to get the highest return on winter coat choices. Although many factors contribute to estab

Calgary's Boozy Club Just for Women

Jacqueline Warrell, founder of the all-female brown spirits whisky-tasting club Femmes Fatales YYC, has had a passion for brown spirits for as long as she can remember. Her initial exposure began during her early drinking years, when she and her friends drank rye and gingers — and cracking open a bottle of Crown Royale seemed like “getting into the good stuff.” “Back then, that was just what we were drinking,” says Warrell, adding that her passion for malts, scotches and whiskies has evolved ov

10 Vegetarian Dishes to Try for Vegetarian Awareness Month

Along with Thanksgiving, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Halloween, October brings with it Vegetarian Awareness Month. And what better way to celebrate 31 days of the best that veggies can bring than by indulging in some delicious, meatless meals? Here are 10 dishes that will make your taste buds jump for joy — while honouring your favourite tubers, roots or leafy greens. The portobello mushrooms used in Añejo’s vegetarian tacos provides a meaty texture without the addition of any animal prot
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