The espy Man Makeover
May
7
to May 31

The espy Man Makeover

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Everyone knows that one guy who has a terrible sense of style, whether that means socks and sandals, T-shirt button ups or daily sweatpants - you know who you are. Well today’s your lucky day! espy is giving away a FREE full ‘man makeover’ to one lucky winner who is in need of a style upgrade. All you need to do is nominate the man in your life for this opportunity by submitting his name, a photograph documenting his poor style and a brief statement explaining why you think he deserves this makeover . Whether he is a brother, husband, father, friend, co-worker, you name it - submit it.

photos can be emailed to:
Mick Reaman at mick@espyexperience.com

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CMLC Community Day
May
25
1:00 PM13:00

CMLC Community Day

CMLC Community Day

Do you have great ideas to help improve your local community? Get inspired at this year’s CMLC Community Day, where you can mix and mingle with other like-minded community leaders who are trying to make Calgary a better place to live. Spend an afternoon at the St. Louis Hotel listening to educated leaders, learning about granting opportunities (AKA free money!) from First Calgary Financial and Calgary Foundation and sampling goodies provided by Community Natural Foods. Hear from Keynote Speaker Chris Fair, CEO of Resonance Consulting, as he discusses Calgary's place in its annual list of Best Cities in the World. Learn from Best of Calgary research partner Stone Olafson on where our city is positioned politically, culturally, economically and socially as we head towards 2019. Understand how you can improve your community through concrete examples from Ineke Spapé, Associate Professor at the International University of Applied Studies in Breda, The Netherlands, sponsored by Brookfield Residential. The best part: attendance to this event is absolutely FREE! However space is limited and filling up fast. Register online so that you can learn to develop concepts that will help improve your community today. The CMLC Community Day will formally kick off at 1 p.m. and will include a mid-afternoon snack provided by Community Natural Foods as well as a networking opportunity to wrap up the day. There is a paid ticket available for those who would like to attend early and have a boxed lunch provided by Community Natural Foods. Anyone attending early for lunch will have access to the venue at 11:30am when the doors open.
This event is sponsored by CMLC.

 
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Folk Fest Teaser at East Village Junction Ft. Bow Valley Wolf Pack
May
25
5:30 PM17:30

Folk Fest Teaser at East Village Junction Ft. Bow Valley Wolf Pack

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Because nobody wants to wait until the end of July for Folk Fest, they have decided to ease our building anticipation for outside folk music with a pop-up stage on May 25th at East Village Junction. A local performing artist from Calgary, The Bow Valley Wolf Pack will be performing to get hyped for the musical performances to come only two months down the road. Make sure to bring a blanket and your sunnies, because we’re breaking into summer with this teaser from Calgary’s Best Festival at East Village Junction.

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial - the intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

This is a FREE event, RSVP to let us know you're coming!

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Calgary Marathon Cheer Squad with Beakerhead
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Calgary Marathon Cheer Squad with Beakerhead

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If you’re not lacing up your runners this May for the Calgary Marathon — join the cheer squad. On May 27, hundreds of Calgarians will be tying up their runners and racing around the city. The races range in length from 5 km to 50 km so trust us, they will need some friendly encouragement to keep those feet moving. Team Beakerhead will be on the sidelines at (venue TBD) from (time TBD) ready to cheer, hoot and holler. Get into the community spirit and spend some time out in the sunshine with us. Go YYC!

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Build Your Own Doughnut at Modern Jelly * SOLD OUT *
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Build Your Own Doughnut at Modern Jelly * SOLD OUT *

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We all know that no Canadian can turn down a tasty doughnut, so why wouldn’t you want to build our own?! Attend an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Modern Jelly Doughnut’s smooth operation, followed by a lesson on how to make your own delicate, sweet treats. Coconut, chocolate, cinnamon, lemon - whatever flavor gets you going, Calgary’s Best Doughnut Shop will help you create it so it can then be deliciously demolished. Yummy in our tummies!

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Behind the Scenes at The Glenbow * SOLD OUT *
May
28
12:00 PM12:00

Behind the Scenes at The Glenbow * SOLD OUT *

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Calling all art lovers, history buffs and seekers of beauty. Explore the largest art collection west of Toronto, including many little-known works rarely seen by the public. Follow the development of the west through the watercolours and drawings of early surveyors and explorers. Explore the Glenbow’s impressive collection of prints and drawings, including early Inuit prints, the bold Modernist works of Sybil Andrews and the delicate grace of W. J. Phillips’ woodcuts. Marvel at the signature works by the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Charlie Russell, and enjoy the whimsical humour of Saskatchewan artists Joe Fafard and Vic Cicansky. Along the way, discover the President’s Choice – a rarely seen collection of paintings by American illustrator J.F. Kernan.

As if this wasn’t enough, your Behind the Scenes Tour may also include a visit to the Glenbow’s wonderful cultural history collection where the art of making shines through folk art furniture, clothing, jewelry and toys. Donna Livingstone, President & CEO, and Melanie Kjorlien, VP of Access, Collections and Exhibitions, will be your tour guides for this unique adventure. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the Glenbow the way the employees do.

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

 

 

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BYOB with RedBloom Salons
May
28
6:00 PM18:00

BYOB with RedBloom Salons

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Messy hair, we care! RedBloom Salons has been voted Calgary’s Best Place for both Men’s and Women’s Hair since 2012, so it’s safe to say their opinion matters. This BYO Blowdryer workshop is intended to empower women with one of their most valuable tools, their blow dryers.  This interactive workshop will provide valuable tricks of the trade to help you style your own hair like a pro in the comfort of your own home. All proceeds will be donated to WINS (Women In Need Society) so grab your best gal, friend, sister or just your blowdryer and hit this workshop solo, because good hair is life.

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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The 403 Series with The Calgary Chamber * SOLD OUT
May
29
5:00 PM17:00

The 403 Series with The Calgary Chamber * SOLD OUT

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Want employees to LOVE their job? Everyone wants to work with a good company, but they also want to enjoy the atmosphere. You may have heard of the saying, "culture eats strategy for breakfast," but now the question remains: how can you leverage culture to grow your company and brand? Join the Calgary Chamber for the second installment of its 403 series as they explore the effect of culture on company success, employee retention, and workplace satisfaction. Running the show is Leading Lady of Elevated HR, Michelle Berg, who will sit down with DIRTT’s David Brown, and Pop Kollaborative’s Ken Kristoffersen to talk about the importance of building a strong culture. Learning their keys to success while sipping on a nice cold beer might just lead to resumes flying through your door!

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Three-Course Tapas Meal and Wine Pairings at Vin Room
May
29
5:00 PM17:00

Three-Course Tapas Meal and Wine Pairings at Vin Room

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Vin Room – more like win room. On May 29th, we are hooking you up with an absolute killer deal - $40/person for a three-course tapas meal and three wine pairings. Can we hear a what what?! Each tapas meal has been created with care and has been paired with a distinct wine to bring out delicate undertones and hints of this and that. There’s a reason Vin Room won Calgary’s Best Wine List.

Visit the link below to make a reservation for the Vin Room Mission location for May 29th!

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

 


 

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Photo Walk and Workshop with Neil Zeller
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Photo Walk and Workshop with Neil Zeller

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Join Neil Zeller, a three-time recipient of the Best Photographer Award in Calgary, in a city-walk searching for beauty in all the right places. He will lead the walking tour through Calgary’s Best Neighbourhood, Inglewood. You probably know Neil from his beautiful photographs of Calgary, capturing moments that show the world the way that he sees it. As a student in his workshop, you have the opportunity to become more familiar with your camera, ask him all your questions and simply admire his raw talent. In the small group setting, Neil will help you nail your own perfect shot while you explore the trendy neighbourhood. The guided tour will start and end at The Deane House - meet outside at 6:30pm and it will wind down with refreshments after at 8:30pm. Shoot the city with one of Calgary’s finest photographers and then shoot the sh*t with him over a damn fine beer.

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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The Future of Journalism
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Future of Journalism

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We’ve seen the decline of newspaper sales and an increase in online news - so what’s next? Attend an intimate talk with some of Calgary’s most established journalists at Village Brewery, the winner of this year’s Best Brewery award, as they discuss the future of journalism in all forms. Welcoming representatives from The Sprawl, Avenue (Calgary's Best Magazine), YYScene and Macleans ( featuring Best Journalist Jason Markusoff ), this talk is no doubt going head first into debating technology, generation gaps and the growing stigma around journalism. Hear industry pros examine the current and future landscape of the written word and, yes, with cold beer in hand.

Featured panelists include:

Jeremy Klaszus, The Sprawl

Jaelyn Molyneux, Avenue

Mike Bell, YYScene

Jason Markusoff, Macleans (moderator)

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Dream Big. Get There ( Deliciously ) Faster.
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Dream Big. Get There ( Deliciously ) Faster.

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The team at First Calgary Financial and Calgary's best Mexican Restaurant Native Tongues have paired up to share goal-setting insights, tools and tips to get YOU to your next big dream faster. Enjoy specially mezcal margaritas, delicious bites paired with an innovative financial planning workshop with the team at First Calgary. These two hours will fly by with financial tips, tricks and tasty treats. We make better decisions when we’re eating amazing food, don’t you?

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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THE BASH!
Jun
1
5:30 PM17:30

THE BASH!

2018 Best of Calgary Bash

 

Join us at Calgary's best party - where we celebrate Calgary's best.  This is not an awards show, it's a celebration – a time to connect and toast to our city and to the 2018 winners. There will be drinks, snacks and great conversation about all that is great in YYC. Connect with the movers, makers and shakers as we celebrate the best food, talent, music and entertainment in our city. The doors open at 4:30pm for the winners only happy hour. The event opens to the public at 5:30pm. See you there!


355 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB,

Friday, 1 Jun 2018 at 5:30 PM

 
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The East is Rising – A CMLC Guided Tour of East Village * SOLD OUT *
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

The East is Rising – A CMLC Guided Tour of East Village * SOLD OUT *

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Calgary is full of funky neighborhoods and trendy areas but Calgary’s east side really has its own vibe. Join the walking tour of EV streets to get the truest sense of it: historic buildings murals, boutique stores, innovative public spaces and artistic graffiti. While strolling down the sidewalk you can stop and get a latte at Phil & Sebastian’s, the Best Coffee Shop in YYC, or perhaps you’ll wander by Calgary’s Best Ice Cream shop and have to try Village’s newest mouthwatering concoction. 

Here’s your chance to explore some of EV’s favourite places and learn about the new plans for Calgary’s future Culture and Entertainment district right next door in east Victoria Park from the team who brought EV back to life. 

We dare you to explore our city one block at a time, you never know what you’ll see or find down in EV. 

This guided tour includes a coffee from Phil & Sebastian and a scoop of ice cream from Village Ice Cream compliments of CMLC as well as a guided stroll through with one of the East Village Ambassadors. 

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial - the intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Bike Ride for Brisket
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

Bike Ride for Brisket

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Sun's out, bikes out! Walk, ride or drive your bike down to Bow Cycle, the Best Bike Shop in the city, on June 2nd for a tune up before you hit the pavement for a cruise with the gang. Bow Cycle’s expert staff can answer any and all of your questions before hittin’ the road and touring you through the city. Final stop? Calgary’s Best Barbecue of course – Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey in Kensington. This mouthwatering pit stop smokes a mean meat, whether that is brisket, chicken wings, pulled pork or bacon. Pair it with a whiskey – neat, on the rocks or cocktailed up. Sounds like the perfect way to reward yourself after a long hot bike right, amiright?

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Paint & Pinot with Mandy Stobo
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Paint & Pinot with Mandy Stobo

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Try your hand at painting with one of Calgary’s finest artists Mandy Stobo, a three-time recipient of the Best Visual Artist Award in Calgary. She is renowned for her amazing "bad portraits" and in this intimate workshop, you can create your own. Guided by Mandy, you’re given a blank canvas, a paint brush and a wackload of colors to combine as you please. Two hours later, you have your own, one-of-a-kind custom watercolor portrait to take home with you. You don’t have to be Van Gogh to come to this workshop, it’s designed to bring out your own creativity and originality as you paint your portrait. The workshop is hosted at Vin Room, voted Calgary’s Best Wine List. $20 of your ticket price will go towards a purchase from the menu to fuel your creativity for the afternoon. 

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Detox & Replenish Ride
Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Detox & Replenish Ride

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We invite you to join a deadly combo: Calgary’s Best Place to Workout + Calgary’s  Best Place to Buy Organic Food. YYC Cycle will run a 45-minute spin class with flashing lights and funky music, designed to challenge you, motivate you and make you SWEAT! Following this hot session, enjoy snacks from Community Natural Foods during a 30-minute talk about nutrition and how to replenish your body after an intense workout and detoxifying sweat. And the best part is, all proceeds of your $10 ticket are donated to charity so you can feel good all around about this sweet, sweaty workout!

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.

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Build Your Own Terrarium with Plant Shop
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Build Your Own Terrarium with Plant Shop

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Let your creative side run wild YYC! Get hands on experience and build your own terrarium with Kyle Chow, the owner of Calgary’s Best Flower Shop, Plant. If you’ve never been here, prepare to enter a gardener’s dream: succulents, cacti, bonsai, even carnivorous plants are stocked here. Your ticket price will include a glass container, one succulent and other accessories to make your terrarium unique. Hear from Hop Compost founder Kevin Davies as you’re guided through a DIY workshop with Kyle while snacking on organic fair from Community Natural Foods, voted the Best Place to Buy Organic in YYC. Bring a friend or fly solo at this creative workshop, because between snacking, listening and creating you won’t have time to chit chat. Let’s get planting!

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.



 

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DIRTT Tour + Happy Hour
May
24
3:00 PM15:00

DIRTT Tour + Happy Hour

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DIRTT - Doing It Right This Time. Tour DIRTT, voted Calgary’s Best Interior Design company ( who is actually not an interior design company at all ), who is changing how the world builds with advanced technology. Enjoy wine and cheese as you stroll throughout DIRTT headquarters, stopping at several stations to learn more about how this company can achieve any vision for your interior space - faster, cleaner & on a budget. You will see how they design with a timber frame, see a new residential showcase under construction and hear from the team designing it, as well as explore a space before it’s ever built in ICEreality - their virtual reality platform - in their state-of-the-art virtual reality lab. This tour is the perfect way to explore DIRTT’s latest innovations while enjoying our two favorite happy hour items. See how DIRTT goes way beyond walls to create your entire interior space, the technology will blow you away.

Animals are next to DIRTT’s heart, they welcome dogs to their office every Friday. All funds raised from ticket sales will go to local animal rescue society AARCS.

 

 

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World Wide Living Library Dinner
May
22
6:00 PM18:00

World Wide Living Library Dinner

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The Centre for Newcomers invites you to an interactive living library of stories from LGBTQ+ newcomers to Canada.

We sometimes take for granted that we live in a country admired for its ability to value diversity. Not everywhere in the world is similarly welcoming. LGBTQ+ newcomers underline just how welcoming Canada really is. LGBTQ+ refugees and immigrants are arriving here specifically identifying Canada as one of the few safe havens in the world that will accept them.

LGBTQ+ newcomers have a strong hope for a renewed life after fleeing countries where they are persecuted. Their route to Canada can be simultaneously hair raising and exhilarating, but they are united in being resilient, energizing, moving, and thought-provoking.

This dinner will combine incredible dishes from around the world paired with stimulating and inspirational conversation.

This intimate dinner is hosted in collaboration with EthniCity catering, providing a space for LGBTQ+ newcomers to share personal experiences over authentic food. The World Wide Living Library dinner was chosen to be a part of the Best of Calgary Interactive labs as the Centre for Newcomers is an important component of our city. Connect with your city and join us for a night of delicious, and meaningful, conversation.

The Ideas Week labs are presented in partnership with Best of Calgary and First Calgary Financial. The intention is to bring Calgarians an exclusive opportunity to connect with the best of our city through fun, interactive and unique events.”

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