Jul 28


Want to attend Calgary’s largest leadership development conference? Downtown Calgary readers now have the chance to win a pair of passes to The Art of Leadership Conference, valued at $1000!

This Fall join over 1800 of Calgary’s most notable professionals and hear from the world’s top leaders, including: New York City’s acclaimed mayor, Rudy Giuliani, Former International Space Station Commander, Col. Chris Hadfield, Canada’s Olympic hockey team MVP, Hayley Wickenheiser and many more!

It’s simple to enter. Just retweet the following on Twitter:


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Jul 25


This year is Heritage Day is August 4th, 2014 and every year we get a lot of questions asking “What is there to do in Downtown Calgary during the Long Weekend?” [click to continue…]

Jul 24


As the Calgary Folk Music Festival gears up for its 35th anniversary this weekend, it’s an opportune time to reflect back on this summertime staple, with a personal throwback to the first year I really got involved, during the festival of 1999. [click to continue…]

Jul 24


Have you been to one of the Downtown Calgary Pop-Up Picnics yet? If you’ve missed all of the ones so far, I highly recommend that you check out the upcoming Ladies Day Picnic on July 30th. Hosted at the Harley Hotchkiss Gardens (on the corner of 6th Avenue & 4th Street SW) from Noon to 1pm. [click to continue…]

Jul 23


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A day in downtown Calgary is exhilarating. With so many fabulous shops, restaurants and sightseeing opportunities, a person could be on the go for hours! Eventually, you may need a little rest to recover from all its awesomeness. So, where do you go when you need to set your arms free from shopping bags or relax after a magnificent meal? Or, maybe you want to exercise or just have fun? Downtown Calgary has several parks, perfect for such occasions. [click to continue…]

Jul 22


The time has come. Calgary Folk Music Festival is back for 2014 and the city is buzzing with excitement. After last year’s triumphant recovery of Prince’s Island Park after the flood, it was a weekend to remember and I can’t imagine this year being any different. [click to continue…]

Jul 21


Calgary Folk Music Festival

July 24, 25, 26, 27 – The annual Festival is a four-day family-friendly cultural and musical jamboree at the bucolic Prince’s Island Park that celebrates over 70 artists from Alberta, Canada and the world on 6 daytime and 2 evening stages and in concerts and sessions – unpredictable, magical curated mash-ups where artists share songs and stories and collaborate. It is a must-attend event for music and event lovers; an essential community gathering for 53,000 Calgarians and tourists.


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Jul 21


In the eyes of most North Americans, Iran is not exactly a country associated with alternative rock music, folk-fusion rap, and fashion shows.

However, a vibrant and energetic underground youth culture centering the arts has been thriving in the Iranian plateau for years. Famously featured in the award-winning movie, Nobody Knows about Persian Cats, this new cultural amalgamation fuses the ancient traditions of poetry, calligraphy, storytelling, and folk music that have been revered by Iranians for millennia with new age urban culture, molding new forms of music, dance, fashion, and visual arts. [click to continue…]

Jul 18


Danielle Kondruk and I first met over email a few years back as we worked for two separate arts companies in Calgary, and when we finally had a chance to say hello in person, it was her personal style that really caught my attention, although it’s been her humour and personality that really lead the two of us into a great friendship. It has taken me over four years to talk her into being in front of my camera, and I couldn’t be happier that she’s finally agreed to let me showcase her personal style in photo form.

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