Oct 24


by Kait Kucy · 0 comments


There is something about the tactile experience of reading a magazine that makes me think that the print industry will truly never go away. Now with more niche magazines than ever, there is truly something for everyone. With long winter days ahead, the idea of curling up with a stack of magazines and a cup of coffee sounds more appealing than ever.

Popping into long-time Calgary shop, Billy’s News, you will find one of the biggest magazine selections in the whole city. Located in the base of the Grand Theatre on First Street, the popular magazine shop is a destination for magazine lovers across the city. Carrying hundreds upon hundreds of magazine, Billy’s carries magazines of every single genre – there is even a British culture specific section.

There is an expansive and extensive home and decor selection that even includes French and other foreign titles. They have everything from Vogue Living to This Old House, so whether you are a fan of avant-garde design or working on a fixer-upper, you’ll be able to find some reading material meant for you.  If you are a music fan, you’ll find some really great music titles – even one for Ukelele fans!


Their art and design section is very comprehensive and even includes local publisher and magazine, UPPERCASE. If you are more into crafting there is a huge rack of DIY, knitting, crafts, quilting magazines among other hobbies like cooking, gardening and fashion.

They have a small but notable selection of literary magazines and journals – so if you are looking for a great read or some fantastic short stories and poetries to delve into – be sure to find this rack near the back of the store.


Billy’s News’ selection of travel magazines is enough to incite wanderlust in just about anyone. Choose from classics like Travel & Leisure or go off the beaten with National Geographic Traveller. Or perhaps you’ll find comfort in magazines entitled Hawaii or Mexico. Again, there is truly something for everyone.

Lastly, another great thing about Billy’s is that they have a FANTASTIC selection of snacks. Nothing goes better together than a stack of beautiful new reading material and some delicious treats.

Billy’s News is located at 610 First Street SW.

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