Change to tonight’s program

Looks like there’ll be a slight change in tonight’s Thousand Dollar Thursday as one of the projects can’t pitch.  In their place, Honourable Mention “Sharing Souls” by Daniel Rodriguez will vie against the other Top4 Finalists for the no-strings-attached $1,000.

So, tonight’s program now looks like this:

  1. Sharing Souls by Daniel Rodriguez:  “Putting boards in the C-Train stations to allow people to share their dreams.”
  2. Tool Library by Courtney Hare:  “A tool lending co-op where people can borrow, for free, tools for home projects, maintenance and repairs.”
  3. Puppet Gratitude Journal by Michelle Warkentin:  “Puppets teach virtues.”
  4. Project Grandma by Ava Jane Markus:  “A renegade team of theatre artists write a play with the residents of Bow View Manor Nursing Home.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. at Commonwealth Bar & Stage.  It’s also Propaganda Thursdays at Commonwealth featuring half-priced dumplings and more from their in-house Cafeteria, plus a multitude of music across both levels from various DJs after our event.  If you’re coming tonight, make sure to check it out!

What’s Happening at Stampede Park: May 21 – 27

Thousands of runners and walkers of all levels in the city are getting set for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon as it blazes through Stampede Park this week.

Details on that and more here:

  • Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:  Lace up your shoes and join thousands of other runners and walkers for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend on May 25-27, 2012.  The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race designed for everyone of any level. Events include the Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru half marathon, Jugo Juice 10K, AstraZeneca 5K Walk and Run and Scotiabank Kids Marathon.  Stampede Park is the new start and finish venue and for more information, see here.
  • Cultural Nite XIX: The Untold Tales of a Pinoy Culture Club:  The University of Calgary’s Filipino Student’s Association invite you to watch Cultural Nite XIX: The Untold Tales of a Pinoy Culture Club.  This annual student-led theatre production showcases different Filipino folk dances such as Tinikling and Singkil, incorporated in a play written by the club’s own members.  May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Boyce Theatre.  For more information about tickets, see here.

Only 45 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!

Finally, make sure you check out this week’s Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening on Saturday, May 26.  This week, we’ll be at Cardell Place at 11950 Country Village Link NE.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

Announcing May 2012’s Top4 Finalists & Honourable Mentions!

We start off Year Two of Awesome Foundation – Calgary the same way we started Year One:  With our super-awesome Thousand Dollar Thursday!

Without further ado, Awesome Calgary’s May 2012 Top4 Finalists and Honourable Mentions are, in no particular order:

Top4 Finalists

  1. Circus Flash Mob Calgary by Carisa Hendrix:  “Organize a Flash Mob in Calgary to promote the local circus arts community and Calgary in general.”
  2. Tool Library by Courtney Hare:  “A tool lending co-op where people can borrow, for free, tools for home projects, maintenance and repairs.”
  3. Puppet Gratitude Journal by Michelle Warkentin:  “Puppets teach virtues.”
  4. Project Grandma by Ava Jane Markus:  “A renegade team of theatre artists write a play with the residents of Bow View Manor Nursing Home.”

Honourable Mentions

  • Sharing Souls by Daniel Leon Rodriquez:  “Putting boards in the C-Train stations to allow people to share their dreams.”
  • Reflections Video Biographies by Derek and Marguerite Demierre:  Making legacy videos of the dying in hospices.”
  • 10,000 Litre Rain Barrel by Robert Smith:  “10,000 litre rain barrel for organic community garden.”
  • Online Skill-Swapping Platform by Julie Rubin:  “A website where start-up and experienced entrepreneurs can help one another and seek help from others through a non-direct bartering system.”
  • Calgary Artists Way Banners by the Douglasdale Glen Community Association:  “School aged children’s art displayed on banners in their local community.”


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This month’s Thousand Dollar Thursday will take place on Thursday, May 24 at Commonwealth Bar & Stage (731 10 Ave SW).  Come see the Top4 Finalists present their ideas! Doors open at 6 p.m.

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

Hope to see you out at Commonwealth on Thursday!

Throwback Thursdays: Alberta Block

Alberta Block Then

Today’s Throwback Thursday photograph comes courtesy of the Collection of the Glenbow Museum Archives, and it’s of Alberta Block located at 804 – 1 Street SW taken in 1924.

 

The long time home of Cordon’s Palace of Eats, this building was built in 1903 by a group of eastern investors including Donald A. Smith (Lord Strathcona), R.B. Angus, E. Osler and Wm. Scarth.

Smith is well known in Western Canadian history as being the person who helped negotiate a settlement with Louis Riel to the Red River Uprising, and was a major stock holder in both Canadian Pacific Railway and the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The building retains its original metal cornice and frieze, and the building comprises offices on the upper floor and retail stores on the main floor.

Alberta Block

Today, Alberta Block makes up one portion of Fashion Central, along with Hull Block and Macnaghten Block.

Fashion Central is a premier fashion destination that focuses on boutiques offering unique, innovative contemporary, cutting-edge and quality-driven fashion.  Featuring seven street-front shops and eighteen interior units, you can find both designer brand fashions not typically found in regular shopping centres as well as fashion designer boutiques.  If you’re in the market for style that you simply can’t find anywhere else, make sure to drop by Fashion Central!

And speaking of fashion, if you know of someone who exhibits style, you should nominate them as a 2012 Downtown Style Icon.  The deadline is June 18, 2012 and winners will become the face of Downtown Calgary’s Back To Style event in the Fall, along with winning a bunch of other cool prizes.  Be sure to include a picture and let us know their favourite things about downtown Calgary.

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: May 14 – 20

Leading the charge this week at Stampede Park is Nickelback as they hit Calgary on their first North American tour in two years!

Details on that and more here:

Only 52 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!

Calgary is a Sweet City indeed!

2012 is a milestone year here in Calgary as it marks the centennial year of many organizations around town, including the Calgary Public Library, City of Calgary Recreation, and yes, the Calgary Stampede.  As such, our city has also been designated the Cultural Capital of Canada, and last night, the folks over at Calgary 2012 threw a big bash in the BMO Centre to celebrate!

Entitled the Sweet City Opening Celebration, named after the 2012 theme song for this year, Sweet City Woman by the classic Canadian (and Calgarian!) rock band The Stampeders, the entire city was invited to attend a free concert and party to help kick things off.

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Many groups from all over representing a wide variety of culture were invited to perform and participate, giving Calgarians a taste of the diverse cultural makeup of this city.  Performers included luchadors, performance artists, hip-hop dancers, burlesque troops and so much more.  Mayor Nenshi and Premier Redford were in attendance, and our very own Stampede Royalty were on hand to participate as well.  The headlining act:  A full musical set (with encore!) from none other than The Stampeders themselves.

As a Stampede volunteer and a Calgary 2012 Cultural Ambassador myself, I have to say that 2012 is going to be a BIG year, not just for the Stampede, but for Calgary as well.  We truly are Greatest Together, and if you’d like to learn more about what 2012 has in store for all of Calgary, stay tuned to Calgary 2012 where you can find out everything there is to know about how we’ll be celebrating all aspects of culture in our great city throughout the year.

We’re Greatest Together…Everywhere!

The Calgary Stampede is an organization that operates year-round, and not just 10 days out of the year.

Throughout the year, you can find a Stampede presence at a variety of community and private events, festivals and more, not just in Calgary, but within the province and even outside of it.  Our organization throws many events for the public on our own (for example, the 100 Day Launch Event last March 29 at Olympic Plaza and the Four Corners – presented by BURNCO events happening in the coming weeks in various quadrants of the city), but we also take requests from various groups in the community who would like a Stampede presence at their event to help enhance it.

Today, Stampede volunteers were at the Shaw Campus in NE Calgary helping them pull off their own Stampede breakfast helping their employees celebrate the end of their Fill the Food Banks campaign, a part of their nation-wide Together is Amazing initiative.  As of May 4, Shaw’s managed to collect 718,000 pounds of food and $339,000 to feed the hungry nation-wide.

To celebrate Calgary’s part in the success, employees were able to partake in an old-fashioned Stampede breakfast complete with pancakes and sausage with a small donation to their charity of choice, the Calgary Veteran’s Food Bank.

Here are some more pictures from the event:

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If you’d like to request a Stampede presence at your event, it’s very easy.  Simply fill out this form with the details of your event (for example, date, location and description), and the Stampede assets you’d like to appear.  You can book appearances by the Stampede Queen and Princesses, Indian Princess or Harry the Horse, or you can request volunteers from committees like Downtown Attractions or Promotion to enhance your event with various resources.  While we do try to accommodate as many requests as we can, we also get a lot so the earlier you can get your request in, the better!

And if you’re looking for our next BIG Stampede public community event, you need to check out the Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) at the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex at 100 333 Shawville Blvd S.E.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

Throwback Thursdays: The Family of Man

The Family of Man Statues in Calgary - Then

This week’s Throwback Thursday photograph comes courtesy of the Collection of the Glenbow Museum Archives, and it’s of the art sculptures located at 515 Macleod Trail SE right outside the old Calgary Education Centre taken in 1971.

 

Called The Family of Man (also known as the Brotherhood of Mankind), these sculptures were created by Spanish artist Mario Armengol,  who was commissioned to create them for Britain’s Pavilion at Expo 67.  The sculptures were designed to inspire two moods:  An immediate reaction to man dominating, followed by a contradictory feeling of insignificance and dependence.

The Family of Man Statues in Calgary - Now

At the end of Expo 67, Robert Cummings purchased the sculptures on behalf of Maxwell Cummings and Sons, who then donated them to the City of Calgary in 1968.  A special citizen committee reviewed various offers of sites for the statues before ultimately settling upon the area in front of the old Calgary Education Centre, and they were a part of the Calgary Board of Education’s logo for many years.

The statues are 21 feet high and are placed in groups with hands extended in gestures of goodwill and fellowship.  A staple of the downtown Calgary art scene, these statues have greeted Calgarians for years as they’ve commuted through the core and have become a beloved presence.  They’ve even been the subject of a yarn bomb by a local artist.

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: May 7 – 13

This week features an assortment of entertainment at Stampede Park as Van Halen, The Black Keys and Stars on Ice all make their return to Calgary.  Plus, help ring in Calgary’s year as the Cultural Capital of Canada with Calgary 2012’s Sweet City Opening Celebration!

Details on that and more here:

  • Soaring:  An Indigenous Youth Career Conference:  Formerly known as Blueprint for the Future, this youth career conference is designed to attract First Nation, Métis and Inuit high school students to the wide array of potential careers available in all employment sectors.  Featuring key not and motivational speakers, career workshops and exhibitors from all sectors of industry.  Tuesday, May 8 in the BMO Centre.  Pre-registration is required.
  • Van Halen:  Grammy award-winning Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Van Halen are returning to Calgary this week as part of their 2012 A Different Kind of Truth tour in support of their new album of the same name, along with special guests Kool & The Gang.  Wednesday, May 9 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary 2012 Sweet City Opening Celebration:  Every momentous movement deserves to be launched in style! Help kick-off a full year of cultural activity with the wildest party of the year. Themes are Looking Back, Calgary Now, Looking Forward – and EVERYONE IS INVITED. Featured guests include The Stampeders performing the Cultural Capital theme song, SWEET CITY WOMAN, dozens of surprise guests, activities and more.  Friday, May 11 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets are sold out, but some may be released closer to the event.  Make sure to add yourself to the waiting list on Eventbrite.
  • Funny Money with James Cunnigham:  Funny Money is North America’s #1 FUN-ancial lecture.  Designed to educate and entertain, this program helps people to learn the basics of personal finances using comedy, multimedia and audience participation.  Featuring comedian James Cunningham.  Thursday, May 10 in the Boyce Theatre.
  • The Black Keys:  American Grammy-award winning rock duo The Black Keys are back on tour to promote their new album El Camino and they’ll be performing in Calgary this week along with special guests Arctic Monkeys.  Friday, May 11 at 8 p.m. in the Saddledome.  Tickets for the concert are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Stars on Ice:  The world’s premier figure skating tour returns with an ensemble cast of Olympic, World and National Champions.  This year’s Love ‘n’ Life tour features four-time figure skating World Champion Kurt Browning as he brings his directing talents to the tour for the first time.  The magic takes place on Sunday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at the Saddledome.  Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster.

Only 61 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!

And don’t forget to get your entry in to become 2012’s Calgary Stampede Ultimate Intern!  You (and a friend) can win a prize package valued at more than $3,000, which includes 24 hour access and accommodation on Stampede Park during the Calgary Stampede in July, backstage and exclusive access to many unique experiences on Park and more!  It’s an awesome prize and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Deadline’s coming up fast though; All entries must be received by May 13, 2012.

Finally, make sure you check out this week’s Four Corners – presented by BURNCO event happening on Saturday, May 12.  This week, it’s the SE’s turn as we head to the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex at 100 333 Shawville Blvd S.E.  Running from 9 a.m. to noon, there’ll be pancake breakfasts, demonstrations, special activities and more.  With an old-time community fair and interactive games for the kids, it’s like a mini-Stampede festival in your backyard!

Throwback Thursdays: The Palliser Hotel

Palliser Hotel Calgary Then

This week’s Throwback Thursday photographs comes courtesy of the Collection of the Glenbow Museum Archives, and it’s of the Palliser Hotel taken in 1913.

 

Named after Captain John Palliser, an explorer in the Western Canadian region during the 1850s, the building incorporates the Edwardian style of architecture and was designed by architect Lawrence Gotch of E. and W.S. Maxwell of Montreal.  Built between 1911-1914 on land owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway (by a division of CP Rail called Canadian Pacific Hotels) at a cost of over $1 million, the Palliser became the hub of social life in Calgary hosting political conventions, dinner functions, balls and more.

Palliser Hotel Calgary Now

The building was originally 12 stories high with three more stories and a penthouse added in 1929 increasing the number of rooms from 350 to 492, and was Calgary’s tallest building until 1958.  The hotel has undergone several renovations and expansions since then, including a complete restoration and renovation in the 1980s and a $28 million renovation in 2000.

In 1999, Canadian Pacific Hotels purchased the Fairmont operator of hotels and resorts and soon after, the Palliser Hotel was renamed to what it is currently known as today, The Fairmont Palliser, where conventions, dinner functions, balls and more continue to take place today.

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!