Accordions chasing cookies on ski bikes through a clothing swap

April 2012 marked the one-year anniversary of the Calgary chapter of the Awesome Foundation awarding its first $1,000 micro-grant.  As such, we here at Awesome Foundation – Calgary brought Thousand Dollar Thursday back to our very first venue, the Endeavor Arts and Design Space to honour the occasion.

To help celebrate, we had a few special guests join us for the night.  First was Jennifer Pollock, who bid $250 for the right to be “Trustee For A Night” at Calgary’s Hollapallooza fundraiser last December and joined us as a Guest Trustee.

The second special guest was none other than the Mayor of Calgary himself, Naheed Nenshi, who took time out of his busy schedule to join us last Thursday evening to help us celebrate one full year of funding Awesomeness in Calgary by taking his seat as an AF-Calgary Honourary Trustee.

Helping us to fill in our intermission this month was Awesome Comedian Daryl Makk, a previous AF-Calgary Top4 Finalist, who helped entertain the crowd and help count the money to ensure we were keeping honest.

The emcee for the night was the same emcee who hosted our first event:  Awesome Calgary’s Founder and Dean of Awesome, Lori Stewart.  Surrounded by past AF-Calgary winners, Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions from the past year, it was with this backdrop that April 2012’s group of Top4 Finalists took to the stage for 90 seconds each to try to persuade Calgary’s Trustees of Awesome on why they felt they deserved to win April’s no-strings-attached $1,000 micro-grant.

Pitch 1:  Production Ski Bikes

First up was Chic Tyson with his innovative Ski Bike invention, which he hopes to mass-produce.  Ski biking in general is popular in Europe, and Chic believes that it can catch on here in North America as well.

51 years of age and a metal fabricator and welder for 30 years, according to his submission, his ski bike’s claim to fame is that the entire bike collapses which makes it easier to bring it on ski lifts.  Initial versions were kits that could convert regular mountain bikes into ski bikes, but they were bulky and unwieldy to take on a ski lift.

The inspiration to create his own version of a ski bike is that Chic has problems keeping up with his sons on the ski hill, and back problems inhibit him from fully enjoying traditional skiing, so he took up ski biking as a way to partake in the activity.

Chic would use the $1,000 to purchase the equipment needed to start mass fabricating the ski bike units, as well to help cover some of the costs associated with website upkeep.

Pitch 2:  The Calgary Cookie Chase

Second was Simon Rock with The Calgary Cookie Chase.

In Simon’s own words:

“Imagine it is a Saturday morning.  You’re at your favourite trendy coffee shop in Marda Loop (with a friend) discussing your investments and stock portfolio.  Out of the corner of your eye, you notice two giant cookies running down the street as fast as they can.  Following them is a giant Cookie Monster trying to eat those cookies.  And following all of this is a camera crew.”

Simon hopes to take the Cookie Chase viral on the internet by filming web videos of the chase and turning it into a spectacle to help contribute to Calgary’s cultural network by bringing excitement and joy to all who see it.  Other benefits include more interesting content appearing on sites like YouTube when people search for the term “Calgary” (rather than the boring stuff like the old tourism videos that show up right now), as well as the fact that we’d be investing in our youth by allowing them to do stuff they love.

Simon and his team said it best when they finished off their pitch:

“We believe that children are the future.  We believe the internet is the future.  And we believe the Cookie Monster is the future.”

Simon and his team would use the $1,000 to fund the creation of the costumes needed to execute this idea and to help pay for the equipment needed to document the project, which they hope to pull off in multiple locations around Calgary by the end of July.

Pitch 3:  “Take Off Your Clothes!” – Calgary Clothing SWAP

Up next was Vanessa Er
ickson
and Stacey Savage, two best friends who love fashion, the environment and Calgary.

They are co-directors of the Calgary chapter of The S.W.A.P. Team, a non-profit organization which hosts a giant clothes swap called “Take Off Your Clothes.”

Clothing swaps, which encourages people to bring unused clothes to trade with others, is great for the environment, benefits charity, saves people money and encourages fashion and culture in the community.

Hoping to grow the program in Calgary this year to attract more people, the largest issue facing the group right now is finding an adequate venue to fit everything in.  This year, they hope to hold their biggest event yet at Hotel Arts in June.

Stacey and Vanessa would use the $1,000 to not only cover the costs associated with renting the venue for the event, but also to lease year-round storage space to store supplies and purchase equipment needed to help run the event like clothing racks, which will help cut down on their equipment costs in future years through owning rather than renting.

Pitch 4:  Awesome Accordions!

Last up was Brenda Turley from the Accordion Association of Calgary with Awesome Accordions!

Brenda didn’t show up alone though.  She brought along with her an accordion orchestra powerhouse of 20 accordionists to serenade the crowd and accompany her during her presentation.  It was ACCORDION MADNESS!!!

Raising awareness for the power of the accordion, the Accordion Association of Calgary is a non-profit, multi-cultural, multi-generational group of musicians who are proud of their instrument of choice, love to share their music with others and are happy to perform for the community.

The $1,000 would help the group continue to motivate and inspire current and new accordionists by using half of it to set up scholarships to help fund development of talent plus trophies and awards to reward and inspire performers over the next two years, and the other half to help with promotional efforts to spread forth the word and the glory of the almighty accordion through the Internet and other traditional means using professional-looking signage and other materials, which the group currently lacks.

But the group’s biggest desire is to let the community know they exist and that they’d love to play for you!  Check them out at http://www.accordion-now.com.

Featuring our most diverse set of ideas yet, this month was definitely a hard month to decide a winner.  Mayor Naheed Nenshi said it best when he wondered out loud if it would be possible to have “a cookie monster chasing a cookie on ski bikes with an accordion soundtrack through a clothing swap event.”

But alas, there can be only one winner of the $1,000 and it was on that note that the Trustees went off to deliberate while Awesome Comedian Daryl Makk entertained the crowd.

And the winner is…

AF-Calgary’s April 2012 no-strings-attached $1,000 micro-grant went to Simon Rock and The Calgary Cookie Chase.

Keep an eye on Simon and his team as they work towards their July debut and make sure to follow their adventures on Facebook, Twitter and through their website.

Kudos to everyone who submitted (or resubmitted!) an idea or project for consideration this month, and congratulations to all of our Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions for the month of April.

BIG THANKS to our sponsors for the night Bite Groceteria and Village Brewery for the food and beverage for the audience, as well as Shannon & Maria Hoover at Endeavor Arts & Events Space for hosting us yet again.

As always, putting on a Thousand Dollar Thursday every month is always a challenge, and it can’t be done without the help and support of our Awesome Support/Production Team. So a BIG Thank You to the following people for volunteering some of their time to help us out this month with running the event:

Photography Duties:

Livestream Production/Videography:

Live-Tweet Team:

Special Microphone Running:

We’re now accepting submissions for our May 2012 prize.  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. and if you’d like to submit an idea or project for consideration, fill out this handy-dandy web form!

Thanks to everyone who took time out of their busy evening to come down and help celebrate our one-year anniversary.  Special thanks again to our special Awesome Guests Jennifer Pollock, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Daryl Makk for helping us make our one-year event that much more awesome.  Our next Thousand Dollar Thursday will be on Thursday, May 24.  Stay tuned for our announcement of the venue!

Finally, if you missed out on the event, check out our “live-to-tape” version of it on our YouTube channel here:

And check out some photos from the event on Flickr.

Hope to see you out next month!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 30 – May 6

This week features the return of the Calgary International BeerFest and NLL Playoff action as the Calgary Roughnecks take on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.

Details on that and more here:

  • Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium:  Celebrating 15 years, the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium is the must-attend event for building owners and operators, architects, engineers, planners, builders, green product suppliers, and planning and building policy makers.  Learn from leaders in sustainable building, gain insight into future trends and celebrate local successes.  Thursday, May 3 at the BMO Centre.  Registration for this event is available online.
  • BeerFest:  The Calgary International BeerFest is a celebration of beer.  Increase your beer knowledge and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 200 different types of beer on site.  Take part in beer seminars, vote for the People’s Choice awards, meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and most importantly have a great time!  May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Halls D and E.  Tickets available at online or at the door.
  • NLL Playoffs:  The Battle of Alberta has never been so intense as the Calgary Roughnecks continue on in the NLL Playoffs by taking on the Edmonton Rush in the NLL’s West Division Semi-Finals.  It all goes down on Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for this game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NAPA Auto Parts 2012 Trade Show: Featuring a huge selection of automotive tools and equipment, see the latest in product innovations and take part in many contests featuring a chance to win prizes such as Samsung TVs and tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal.   May 4 and 5 in the BMO Centre, Hall A.  Pre-registration is required to attend this event.  Tickets are $25 and are available at all Calgary area and Southern Alberta NAPA Auto Parts Stores.

Only 68 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

Throwback Thursdays: The Lancaster Building

Lancaster Building Circa early 1900s Calgary Alberta

This week’s Throwback Thursday photograph comes courtesy of the Collection of the Glenbow Museum Archives and it’s of the Lancaster Building located at 304 – 8 Avenue SW taken in 1913.

The Lancaster Building was constructed between 1912 and 1918.  Designed by architect James Teague of Victoria, British Columbia, the building incorporates the Edwardian style of architecture.

Calgary’s first 10-storey structure downtown, this building was named after the House of Lancaster, one of the sides in the British War of the Roses as the subject of history was an interest to the building’s original owner, J.S. Mackie.

Lancaster Building Downtown Calgary Alberta Today

Rumoured to be haunted, at various times this location housed the Grain Exchange, the offices of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett, an Eaton’s Store and a pioneer radio station.  In 1978, extensive interior and exterior renovations were carried out and in 1980, the Heritage Foundation of Canada awarded the building the National Award of Honour in part due to the adaptive re-use and renovation of the building.

Today, the building houses many organizations, including the Historical Society of Alberta and the Calgary Downtown Association, more commonly known as Downtown Calgary, the proprietor of this blog.

That’s it for this week’s Throwback Thursday. Tune in next week and every week in 2012 for more glimpses into the past of Downtown Calgary.

Do you have any photos of Downtown Calgary from the past that you’d like to share with us?  If so, send us an e-mail at [email protected] and it may appear in our weekly segment!

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

The geeks are on the move as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention, hits Stampede Park this week.  Plus, this week also features the return of the Spring Festival of Crafts.

  • Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo:  The place where pop culture enthusiasts, sci-fi freaks, anime junkies, cult-classic aficionados, nerds (and nerdettes!) and everyone in-between unite for a celebration that crosses all genres of everything that’s cool, quirky, or just plain fun.  Special guests this year include comic book legend Stan Lee, Adam West, and the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention runs April 28 and 29 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door.
  • Spring Festival of Crafts:  Spring is a time for renewal and what better way to usher in the new season than by shopping for unique products to brighten your home, to delight your senses or simply spoil yourself. For three days only, you will find the wonderful creations of 130 of Alberta’s and Canada’s best artisans, artists and designers at the Spring Festival of Crafts Art & Craft Sale.  April 27-29 in the Big Four Building.

Only 75 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

Announcing April 2012’s Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions!

12 Awesome Winners

151 submissions, 42 Honourable Mentions, 44 Top4 Finalists, $12,000 awarded to 12 Awesome projects, but only one no-strings-attached $1,000 prize to give away per month.

We’ve only been around for a year, but what a successful year it’s been here at Awesome Foundation – Calgary, and an eventful one in the city! We’ve helped people create fireflies under a bridge at night, watch a movie under the stars and say farewell to a beloved gym in Calgary, just to name a few.

It’s amazing how much Calgarians have embraced what we’re trying to do here at Awesome Calgary, which is to help bring exposure to just a few of the Awesome Ideas floating around the city, and the people who help try to make them a reality.  We’re very grateful for your support because without that, we wouldn’t be able to help as many people as we have been able to over the past year.

That said, the third Thursday of the month has now past, which means the AF-Calgary Trustees have met and gone through the monthly submissions.  So without further ado, here is AF-Calgary’s April 2012 Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions (in no particular order):

Top4 Finalists

  1. The Calgary Cookie Chase by Simon Rock:  “Imagine the Cookie Monster chasing cookies through Marda Loop.  Now imagine that on YouTube done by four 15 year-olds. Yeah.
  2. Awesome Accordions! by Brenda Turley:  “Behind every great accordion, is a great accordionist.”
  3. Production Ski Bike by Chic Tyson:  “Ski biking is awesome and easier than learning to ski or board.”
  4. Take Off Your Clothes – Calgary Clothing SWAP by Vanessa Erickson:  “Take Off Your Clothes is a giant clothing swap for charity that helps promote the local fashion industry, the community, and on top of that:  It’s great for the environment!”

Honourable Mentions

  • Chalk Art by Youth by Barb Drake:  “Young local artists getting exposure and creating original chalk art.”
  • Responsive Surface by David Evans:  “A cushion that prevents bedsores.”
  • Poster Trail by Matt Gallivan:  “Making nearby posters available through your cell phone.”
  • Sched-U-All Student Scheduling Software by Kyle MacQuarrie:  “Building community by allowing students to connect outside of class for group work.”
  • Multi-Ethnic Interactive Seminar by Kathryn Fasegha:  “An interactive seminar involving different ethnic groups to address the integration issues of Canadian children born to immigrant parents.”
  • Dil Walk by Raman Kapoor:  “Create awareness about heart disease in South Asians as they are higher risk of cardiac events as compared to other Canadians.”
  • Prairie Party and Collaborative Barn Dance! by Caitland r.c. Brown:  “Featuring locally created western films, a boot-stomping honky-tonk band and the collaborative spirit of an artist-run festival, Prairie Party is a one-night showcase of art in unexpected places: a windswept prairie field in rural Alberta.”

Make sure you join us for this month’s Thousand Dollar Thursday on Thursday, April 26 at Endeavor Arts & Event Space (Suite 200, 1209 1 Street SW) and not only see the Top4 Finalists for the month of April present their ideas, but also help celebrate one year of helping to enable Awesome in Calgary!  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.  If you’re planning to come, please RSVP through Eventbrite.

In the meantime, we’re currently accepting submissions for our May 2012 prize.  To submit an idea to AF-Calgary for consideration, fill out this handy-dandy web form.  The deadline for May 2012 submissions is Thursday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Hope to see you out next Thursday!

A Mother’s Survival Guide to Aggie Days

Family Fun Days at Aggie Days presented by Encana’s coming up this weekend (April 21 and 22) and it’s a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

Prominent Calgary blogger Merry Kuchle shared some tips on her blog (reprinted here with permission) on how to make your trip to Aggie Days easier to manage, especially if you’re bringing the kids:

  • Bring a small stroller if you have a very young child.  Aggie Days can get crowded so leave the mondo stroller at home but an umbrella stroller can keep your little one from getting over tired and cranky.
  • There are hand washing stations throughout Aggie Days….USE THEM!  So many children go through and there are animals everywhere so better safe than sorry so wash your hands early and often.
  • Concessions stands are open in the BMO center but the food is nothing to write home about and the lines can be LONG.  I like to bring food to eat and then if I see something we really like (and the lines aren’t too long) we can always buy it.  If not…we eat the food I brought.  It also cuts down on hunger induced kid meltdowns.
  • If you live near a C-Train station, consider taking it to Aggie Days.  It’s actually really convenient and you don’t have to pay for parking.
  • It usually takes about 2 hours to see everything at Aggie Days.  We like to get there right at opening so that we have lots of time but really, my suggestion is to go when your child is the least tired (i.e. not right before nap time).
  • Since Aggie Days are all indoors, it’s a great Spring activity because you don’t have to bundle up for it!

Check out the rest of Merry’s blog post for her tips on what to see at this year’s Aggie Days and remember to drop by Family Fun Days this weekend at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!

Throwback Thursdays: The Calgary Courthouse

In honour of Calgary Law Day this Saturday, April 21, this week’s Throwback Thursday photograph comes courtesy of the Collection of the Glenbow Museum Archives, and it’s of the Calgary Courthouse located at 530 – 7 Avenue SW taken in 1915.

One of the last buildings in Calgary to use sandstone, this building was the second courthouse built in Calgary by the provincial government (the first was built by the federal government in 1886) and is the largest surviving courthouse from Alberta’s first decade as a province.  Construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1914.

Incorporating the Neocalssical Revival style, architect Allan M. Jeffers (also responsible for designing the Legislature Building in Edmonton) created the initial designs, and Richard P. Blakey made minor modifications to the interior layout and most of the exterior facade.  Between 1964-1975, the Courthouse was the home of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute and Museum, and from 1986 to 2001 it housed the Provincial Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal has since moved to the Transcanada Pipelines Tower and most judicial duties are now carried out at the newly built Calgary Courts Centre.

2012 is the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Bar Association, and in cooperation and with funding from the Alberta Law Foundation and the Law Society of Alberta will be organizing activities throughout the province to celebrate Law Day.

Calgary Law Day takes place this Saturday, April 21 at the Calgary Courts Centre at 601 – 5 Street SW from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Featuring an open house complete with tours through court rooms, holding cells and the Law Library, as well as mock trials that you can observe and partake in (plus other activities too), this is an excellent hands-on opportunity to learn about how the judicial system works without being forced to be processed through the system yourself (if you catch my drift).

That’s it for this week’s Throwback Thursday. Tune in next week and every week in 2012 for more glimpses into the past of Downtown Calgary.

Do you have any photos of Downtown Calgary from the past that you’d like to share with us?  If so, send us an e-mail at [email protected] and it may appear in our weekly segment!

Different types of agriculture operations in Alberta

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Did you know that Alberta grows more than just wheat?  Some people don’t! As Aggie Days presented by Encana is now upon us, here is a guest post by agriculture blogger Teresa Falk, originally posted here and reprinted with permission, talking about the various agriculture operations in Alberta.

Make sure you check out Aggie Days during Family Fun Days April 21 and 22 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.  Admission is FREE for everyone!  And make sure you become a fan and follower of the Aggie Days Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest news and a chance to win at the many contests happening this week!


Golden fields of wheat blowing in the breeze and cows lazily grazing in the lush green pasture are the first things that come to most people’s minds when they think of Alberta agriculture, but there’s more to the provincial ag industry than grain and cattle. The Wild Rose province is home to many different types of agricultural operations such as beekeeping, sugar beets, pulses, market gardens, elk, bison, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, dairy, eggs and much more.

Did you know that Alberta is the largest honey-producing province in Canada? That’s right. Alberta produces approximately 40 per cent of Canadian honey. There are about 275,000 beehives throughout the province producing an average of 141 pounds per hive annually. Long daylight hours in the summer; access to vast expanses of clover, alfalfa and canola that provide foraging for bees; and a world wide reputation as suppliers of quality honey are all advantages for Alberta honey producers.

And if that doesn’t make Alberta sweet enough, the province also produces refined sugar. There are approximately 250 sugar beet growers in southern Alberta who provide the only domestic source of sugar in Canada. These producers grow approximately 35,000 acres of the speciality crop. A long growing season; few diseases; excellent soil; warm and sunny summers; cool and sunny autumns; and high quality irrigation water combine to make southern Alberta a perfect location for high yields of quality sugar beets. Every day consumers enjoy sugar products grown in southern Alberta.

Consumers also enjoy healthy dishes such as baked beans, split pea soup, hummus and chili courtesy of Alberta pulse producers. These delicious foods that are high in fibre, gluten free and a source of protein, are made with pulses, which are the edible seeds of legumes. There are about 5,000 pulse producers in Alberta. In 2011, pulse primary production contributed approximately $240 million to the provincial economy. In Alberta, a variety of pulse crops are grown including field peas, dry beans, lentils, chickpeas and faba beans. Pulses are an important part of a producer’s crop rotation as they help break disease cycles, reduce inputs because of their nitrogen fixing abilities; and increase yields on other crops in the year following a pulse crop. In addition to being good for the land and growers’ bottom lines, pulses are also an important part of the growing food product development industry in Alberta.

Speaking of beans and peas, market gardening is also popular in Alberta. Market gardening is producing fresh vegetables and marketing these crops directly to the consumer. Fresh vegetable market gardening is distinct from commercial production in which the vegetables are marketed through packers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants in order to reach the consumer. Market gardeners are small-scale producers. They develop their own markets and sell all of their produce directly to consumers during the growing season. Market gardens are often operated as complementary enterprises with bedding plants or u-pick berry production. Many producers are also incorporating ag tourism and events to drive retail sales. Vegetables such as beets, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes, pumpkins and much more are grown here in Alberta.

For more information on these ag industries check out the following websites:

 

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: April 16 – 22

The spotlight is on Agriculture this week at Stampede Park as Calgary Stampede Aggie Days presented by Encana takes place in the BMO Centre.  Also check out the Canadian Horseshoeing Championships, Stock Dog Arena Trials and the Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race all happening this weekend as well.

Details on that and more here:

  • Calgary Stampede Aggie Days presented by Encana:  Everything you need to know about where your food comes from!  Enjoy interactive agriculture activities, watch a miniature horse read a book, see sheep get a haircut, enjoy Indian dancing and more during Family Fun Days April 21 and 22 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. Fun for the whole family and admission is FREE for everyone!
  • Canadian Horseshoeing Championships:  Watch the sparks fly at the 10th Anniversary Canadian Horseshoeing Championships as the best teams of blacksmiths and farriers from all over Canada vie for bragging rights and a free entry to the World Blacksmiths’ Competition in July.  The competition will once again conduct all classes using traditional coke fires, which makes for an interesting experience.  Held in conjunction with Aggie Days, check it out April 19-21 in the Big Top.  Admission to this event is free.
  • Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trials:  Dog lovers and animal lovers unite as they cheer on their favourite stock dogs in the Clock, Stock and Barrel – Stock Dog Arena Trials.  This timed trial challenges handlers and their stock dogs to move three sheep through a defined course and into a pen, in the fastest time.  The trick:  The handler controls the dog, either through whistle or voice commands. The handler must stay in the handler’s circle until all the sheep have come through the chute.  Exciting to watch and fun for the whole family, check it out Saturday, April 21 in the Stampede Corral.  Held in conjunction with Aggie Days, admission to this event is free.
  • Calgary Stampede Spring Extreme Cowboy Race:  The Extreme Cowboy Race founded by famed horseman Craig Cameron is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed.  Past obstacles have included archery shoots, waterfalls, riding through flares and smoke, and even rifle shooting.  Held in conjunction during Aggie Days, check it out on Sunday, April 22 in the Stampede Corral.
  • Youth Employment Summer Hiring Fair:  What will you do this summer?  The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is hosting its 14th annual Summer Hiring Fair.  Geared to youth aged 15-24, employers will be hiring full time, part time and seasonal employees.  Youth are encouraged to bring their résumés, dress to impress and be ready for interviews.  Tuesday, April 17 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. in the Big Four Building.
  • Coldplay:  Grammy award-winning British alternative band Coldplay will be stopping in Calgary this week on their North American tour promoting their new double platinum album Mylo Xyloto along with special guests Metronomy and The Pierces.  It all starts Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser Gala:  An inaugural gala evening in support of Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta’s Women Build 2012, join emcee Tara Nelson from CTV Calgary for a memorable evening featuring terrific silent and live auction items, tasty culinary treats and a great country music performance.  It all takes place on Thursday, April 19 in the Palomino Room, BMO Centre.  Tickets for the gala are available online.
  • Body, Soul & Spirit Expo:  Canada’s Holistic & Spiritual Lifestyle event, come share and explore all the possibilities in your quest to create a happier, healthier, more conscious and successful life.  With an exciting array of exhibits, workshops, lectures and presentations, discover why the Body, Soul & Spirit Expo is one of Calgary’s favourite and unique events.  April 20-22 in the Big Four Building.  Tickets available at the door or online.
  • Calgary Pet Industry Trade Show:  Tailored to Alberta’s pet market, come see a variety of manufacturers and distributors, attend PIJAC Canada seminars, participate in various show activities, meet with industry leaders and discover new trends in the pet industry all under one roof.  Open to pet industry businesses only, registration to this trade show is free.  Sunday, April 22 in the Big Four Building, Hall A.

Only 82 days to go until the Calgary Stampede’s centennial!  With festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede, 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, 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!

We need a few good men (and women!)

Our April submission deadline has come and gone and now we have to sort through all the ideas in the old Inbox and narrow them down to a short list of four who’ll then be invited to pitch their idea at our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWESOME EXTRAVAGANZA on Thursday, April 26 at Endeavor Arts & Events Space. Look for our announcement of April’s set of Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions around April 20.

In the meantime, Team Awesome Calgary’s growing fast and there’s so much we’d like to do in Year Two to try to expose as many Awesome Ideas as we can.

As such, we’re looking to grow the team! We’ve got a few Trustee spots opening up soon and we can always use a few more volunteers to help out at Pitch Nights or with the day-to-day stuff behind the scenes.


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If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join Awesome Foundation – Calgary as a Trustee or a Volunteer, or if you just want to learn more about what AF-Calgary does, come to our Meet & Greet this Sunday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at Melrose Cafe & Bar at 730 – 17 Avenue SW (Note the location change. With all the interest lately, we had to find a bigger venue).

  • What: AF-Calgary Meet & Greet
  • Where: Melrose Cafe & Bar (730 – 17 Ave SW)
  • When: Sunday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Here you’ll be able to meet some of the AF-Calgary Trustees of Awesome as well as members from our support team of volunteers where you can learn about some of their experiences as a part of Team Awesome Calgary or what they could specifically use some help with.

A list of what we could use some immediate help with is on the right-hand sidebar of this website, but it’s not inclusive. This organization has evolved organically driven by people’s individual motivated interests and unique skill sets, so if you feel like you have something to contribute that’s not on the list or can be clearly defined, come visit us anyway! We’re open to all sorts of Awesome ideas and skills, especially the ones we haven’t thought of yet!

If you can’t make it to meet the team this Sunday, feel free to join us at April’s Thousand Dollar Thursday on Thursday, April 26 at Endeavor Arts & Event Space. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Finally, we’re currently accepting submissions for the May 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 May is Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.

Hope to see you out this Sunday, and if not, on Thursday, April 26!

Throwback Thursdays: The Globe Cinema

Towne Cinema Calgary Circa 1970's

This week’s Throwback Thursday picture comes courtesy of the Collection of the Glenbow Museum Archives taken in June 1974, and it’s of the Towne Cinema, now known as the Globe Cinema.

Now located at 617 – 8 Avenue SW, the Towne Cinema opened as a single screen theatre in 1965.  In the early 1970s, it expanded into a twin theatre with two screens named CINEMA RED and CINEMA BLUE.  The complex could hold 756 people with 378 in each theatre.  Landmark Cinemas eventually took over operations of the theatre in the 1990s and renamed it the Globe Cinema where the theatre now shows a mix of first-run films and the typical art house films you find in smaller theatres.

Globe Cinema Today

Next week, Globe Cinema will host the Calgary Underground Film Festival.  From April 16-22, you’ll be able to see contemporary works and films that defy convention.  Genres from sci-fi and fantasy to comedies and everything in between will be represented from all over the world, whether they be documentaries, animation, shorts or experimental film.  With the diversity of films this year, chances are there’ll be something that’ll appeal to you.

For more information, including where to buy tickets, check out calgaryundergroundfilmfest.org.

That’s it for this week’s Throwback Thursday.  Tune in next week and every week in 2012 for more glimpses into the past of Downtown Calgary.

Do you have any photos of Downtown Calgary from the past that you’d like to share with us?  If so, send us an e-mail at [email protected] and it may appear in our weekly segment!