January’s Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions

It’s a new year and a new month here at AF-Calgary!

Last year we gave away $8,000 to help enable and implement various Awesome Ideas around town and this year, we’re poised to add even more to that total as 2012 is the year that our Mayor Nenshi likes to call “The Year of Calgary.

So without further ado, here is AF-Calgary’s Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions for January 2012 (in no particular order):

Top4 Finalists:

  1. Free Range Youth by Kevin Hayes: “A youth entrepreneur peer program that empowers youth to be humans.”
  2. R.A.P.S. (Railway Accident Prevention System) by Brad Blois: “A system designed to warn people walking on the railroad when a train is approaching.”
  3. Projection Bombing by Tyler Longmire: “A bike-powered interactive mobile projection unit.”
  4. Awesome Science Roadshow by Ed Kusmirski: “Interactive science presentations for kids of all ages at Fish Creek Library.”

Honourable Mentions:

  • Fame Whore by Lizzie Carr: “Creating a satirical performance on the way women are portrayed in the media.”
  • Motion Gallery by Rob Dodds: “Expand and promote cooperative space for artists.”
  • Stage Festival by Alia Shahab: “Festival of interactive, installation, and performance art.”

Astute AF-Calgary fans and followers will notice that the Ed Kusmirski pitching this month is the same Ed Kusmirski who pitched the Science Roadshow idea to AF-Calgary back in November 2011. It just goes to show you that perseverance pays and that an Awesome Idea is an Awesome Idea no matter what, even if it doesn’t end up winning the $1,000 (as an aside, did you know that AF-Toronto’s Attack of the 50-foot Rob Ford idea spent months on their chapter’s short list before it finally won in June? Kudos to Ryan Ringer for continuing to submit his idea until he won!).

This month’s Thousand Dollar Thursday will be held at the UBU Lounge at Theatre Junction GRAND. It’s a fitting venue considering that 2012 is the GRAND’s centennial (it officially turns 100 years old on Sunday, February 5). In fact, Theatre Junction GRAND will be holding a giant birthday bash on Saturday, February 4 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. to celebrate! You should definitely check it out if you can.

So here are the details on this month’s Thousand Dollar Thursday:

Thursday nights are also Half-Price Sushi and Sapporo night at UBU, so make sure to take advantage while you’re down there!

That said, the second level of the lounge has limited space, so make sure to come early to secure your spot!

Finally, we’re currently accepting submissions for the February 2012 prize. If you have an Awesome Idea that you’d like to submit to AF-Calgary for consideration, fill out this handy-dandy web form! The deadline for submissions for the February prize is Friday, February 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Thanks to everyone who submitted (or re-submitted) an idea for consideration this month, and hope to see everyone at UBU this Thursday!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: January 23 – 29

Hockey, lacrosse, speedball and high-flying luchadores highlight the week ahead at Stampede Park.

Details on that and more here:

  • NHL Hockey:  The Calgary Flames take on the San Jose Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday, January 24.  Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • WHL Hockey:  Meanwhile, the Calgary Hitmen play thrice this week at the Saddledome.  First, they take on the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday, January 25, followed by the Vancouver Giants on Friday, January 27 with both games starting at 7 p.m.  The Hitmen finish off the week with the Tri-City Americans on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m.  Tickets for all three games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Heroes Hockey Challenge:  A fundraiser for soldiers, veterans and their families, come watch as Calgary Flames Alumni take on members of the Canadian Forces clad in specially designed “desert cam” based hockey jerseys on the ice in an old-fashioned hockey game.  It all starts Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for this special game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary R.V. Expo & Sale:  The 43rd annual Calgary RV Expo & Sale will feature many RV dealerships from the Calgary area where you can learn about at all the latest models and more about the RV lifestyle.  January 26 – 29 in the BMO Centre, Halls A, B, C, D and E.  Tickets will be available at the door and advance tickets are available online.
  • Canadian National Speedball Championships:  The 20th annual Canadian National Speedball Championships will be taking place this week as teams vie for over $25,000 in prizes.  Featuring the X-Division All-Star Game on January 27 at 7 p.m. and the largest paintball tradeshow of the year, this exciting event is free for spectators and open to the public.   January 27 – 29 in the lower level of the Agriculture Building.
  • Lucha VaVoom:  It’s Sexo Y Violencia as luchadores take over Stampede Park as part of this year’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts!  Authentic masked Mexican wrestling, saucy striptease and comedy collide at Lucha VaVOOM, a non-stop, action-packed scream-a-thon where heroic técnicos battle evil rudos in Lucha Libre exhibition-style matches! Masked wrestlers flip and fly, performing breathtaking acrobatic feats, bringing the bizarre world of ’60s Mexican Lucha cinema to life.  January 27 and 28 in the Big Four Building, with both shows starting at 8 p.m.  Tickets for both shows are available through hprodeo.ca.
  • NLL Lacrosse:  The Calgary Roughnecks take on the Toronto Rock on Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede and show why We’re Greatest Together, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!