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  • Theatre for every taste

    Calgary’s 5th Fringe Festival still planting its roots The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in Scotland in 1947 and is one of the largest arts festivals in the world. Here in Canada, the second largest Fringe Festival takes place each August in Edmon...
  • Small stages, big opportunities for unpredictable harmonies

    Folk Fest workshop jams bring together unlikely combos For Calgary Folk Fest goers, the end of July means packing a cooler, gathering up some blankets or a tarp and heading to Prince’s Island Park to grab a good spot close to the main stage. ...
  • Ringo Starr comes to town with a little help from his friends

    Former Beatle and his All-Starr Band to perform for first time in Western Canada this month When people are asked which of the Beatles they’d like to see perform a solo concert, it’s unlikely that Ringo Starr will top that list. Even though the fame...
  • Two sides to every story

    Both creationism and evolutionism have their say in museums in Drumheller and Big Valley In the struggle to answer the age-old question of how we got here and where we came from, there are, like so many other debates, two sides to the story. ...
  • The Cowboy Trail: Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Longview

    The three towns are tiny, as in miniscule.  You might have a hard time filling a day with activities if you visited just one of the three – unless of course you stopped in to drink with the hilarious old ranch boys at the Longview Hotel and Saloon ...
  • Torrington: Gopher Hole Museum

    Encounters between humans and gophers are usually fleeting. Transfixed, the two animals linger for an instant. The gopher remains frozen until the slightest provocation breaks the spell.  It vanishes in a vapour of motion. This, however, is not your...
  • Didsbury: Enjoy the slow pace

    As I made my way into Didsbury, I couldn’t stop picturing the town of Mayberry, the setting of The Andy Griffith Show.  I imagined small brick buildings, and people tipping their hats and saying hello as they passed one another on the street. ...
  • Fort Macleod: Home of the Empress

    From Nanton, I headed to the birthplace of Joni Mitchell and also the first outpost of the North West Mounted Police in Western Canada:  Fort Macleod. parked on the historic main street, Colonel Macleod Boulevard, a charming slice of the town which ...
  • Nanton: Antique Paradise

    On the way down to Nanton -- if you are like me and can justify stopping at a drive-in as a cultural experience— a stop at High River’s Hitchin’ Post is only a short detour off Highway 2.  The burgers are cheap and the root beer float cleansed ...
  • Only in Banff

    When it comes to road tripping with kids, remember this: be flexible. The one reason you’re in the car in the first place is the freedom it provides. If you’re going to stick to a timetable, why not fly? ...
  • 24-week program teaches career skills to immigrant women

    Links to Success provides training and experience necessary to obtain professional jobs for foreigners in Canada Like many educated immigrants Kristine Aghajanoba, originally from Armenia, thought she would be able to find professional work in Canada. Ag...
  • Never too late to be a diva

    All her life, Elaine Brown wanted to be a professional singer.  At age 62, Brown, a grandmother, has a contract with the Calgary Opera, one CD out and another album in the works. Three years ago, she was also crowned winner on Bathroom Divas: So You...
  • Cheers to Calgary’s patios

    Summer can seem all too short in Alberta, but Calgarians are good at enjoying the brief time in the sunshine and warm weather. While the city lacks in beaches, it makes up for it in patios.  Here are some of the best. ...
  • Calgary adopts district energy to combat carbon emissions

    A new district energy facility has opened in Calgary’s downtown core, designed to lower emissions and revolutionize the city’s heating operations. Controlled and operated by ENMAX, and funded by all three levels of government, the Calgary Downtown Di...
  • Folk Fest treads lightly

    Several environmental efforts in place, more to be added this summer The most infamous scene from the 1970 documentary Woodstock has nothing to do with music, but rather takes place near the end of the film, when the filmmakers survey the miles of garbag...
  • The end is near for the penny

    Canadians may soon be unable to purchase one’s thoughts for a penny, as the government is considering eliminating the country’s smallest coin denomination. The Senate authorized the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance in April to assess the...
  • Future of Alberta education outlined in new report

    Alberta’s Ministry of Education has released a new report that hypothesizes the future of public education in the province. Titled Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans, the 56-page report was released last month by the Inspiring Education Ste...
  • Film production studio to come to Calgary

    First major step taken to revitalize province’s struggling Hollywood profile Calgary will be getting a new, state-of-the-art film production studio within two years, but the announcement raises questions about the state of Alberta’s film industry. ...
  • Photo Gallery

    The many shapes of two-wheeled transportation Click on the image to view the gallery ...
  • Cracking smiles of people passing by

    Magician wants to revamp street performing culture in Calgary A crowd gathers on Prince’s Island, waiting to see what the mop-topped guy in the bowler hat is doing with the metre-long, cucumber-shaped balloon in his hand. In the style of the tradition...
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