What: This indie Canadian rock band, based out of Vancouver got their start just over ten years ago in 2005, when the original members came together in Heriot Bay and began playing vocal-driven pop songs. Eventually, they released an independent album of their own work, but they didn’t get their big break until they released their debut album and began opening for stars such as K’naan, the Wailin’ Jennys and the Cat Empire. Since then they have gone on to play numerous music festival, sign with Universal Music Canada and release many more albums. Hear music from their latest album, which was released on February 10, on their “No Culture Tour” which will be rocking the SAIT Auditorium on March 20!
What: Is running a marathon or just simply getting back into shape one of your new year’s resolutions this year? Tackle this goal once and for all and join the Outsiders Running Club. There is no charge, just bring yourself and your running shoes and join Joanna Magnik of The Sweat Style for a 5-8K run every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm!
Where: East Village Riverwalk plaza – 618 Confluence Way SE
What: Calgary’s new cocktail joint has announced Jazz Tuesdays for the month of March. Enjoy handcrafted drinks, swinging jazz with the Speakeasy Jazz Trio featuring Jeff Sulima, (drums) Mark DeJong (sax) and Steve Fletcher (keys), and a new spot that will take some detective work to get into.
What: Put a spin on the go-to dinner and a movie date night and head to Heritage Park for a 3-course meal at the Selkirk Grille Restaurant and then watch an old classic film favourite at Gasoline Alley. This month, dance along with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain or sing along to “All that Jazz” in the 2000’s timeless classic, Chicago!
What: Based on the bestselling novel by the author of The Kite Runner, this hauntingly beautiful story reveals the strength of the human spirit. In war-torn Afghanistan, two women are brought together by fate and cruelty. Together they will forge an unlikely friendship that leads to an act of unbreakable love.
What: This March, Calgary Food Tours is bringing back everyone’s favourite, Craving Kensington. On this 3-hour walking-tour, you will eat your way through this inner city village at some of the foodie hotspots, while also learning about the charming history and architecture of the area! Bon appétit!
Where: Meet at Pulcinella Ristorante – 1147 Kensington Crescent NW
What: 2016 was the year of music here in Calgary, and the music industry in our city is now booming as a result. Spend date night at one of the many venues on YYC’s Music Mile, between Inglewood and East Village, and be entertained by some of our city’s best local talent at a live show, while enjoying a few drinks with your significant other. See the list of venues and performances here!
Where: Music Mile – between Inglewood and East Village
What: If you’re someone who loves the great outdoors and craves adventure, then you should definitely not miss this event! Join outdoor enthusiast, author, photographer and self-taught pilot, Charlie Russell as he narrates his journey of discovery into the true nature of grizzly bears through his personal experiences working with Spirit Bears on Royal Princess Island and raising grizzly bear cubs in Russia. Yes you read that correctly! Russell has spent over 55 years studying and living with grizzly bears, so it’s safe to say he knows a tad about the subject!
Where: John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Central Library – 616 Macleod Trail SE
What: The National Geographic Traveller Magazine named Banff one of it’s “Best of the World” destinations for 2017, making us Albertans very proud of our hidden little secret, that is no longer very hidden. With your free 2017 Park Pass, head up to Banff for a day trip or a weekend get away and check out some of the beauty it has to offer. This Ice Walk is located only a few minutes away from the Town of Banff, and will take you take you through the frozen waterfalls of Johnston’s Canyon and is a breathtaking experience that you that will leave you in awe of nature’s capacities. Be sure to dress in proper winter gear – it will be a bit chilly!
Where: Hotel pick up and drop off provided from Banff
What: Konstantin Shamray, an Internationally Acclaimed piano Performer, will blow you away with his dazzling performance as he brings to life Prokofiev’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 4.
Where: Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons – 205 8 Avenue SE
What: Everyone’s favourite local market is back for yet another month! Sip on delicious beverages, while munching on delectable bites and shopping a whole slew of local brands, artists, and makers. They have everything from clothing designers to home decor to photography artists available all weekend at the market. Also, don’t forget to participate in their famous photo booth! What will their theme be for this month?
Where: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre – 197 – 1 Street SW
What: Calling all Trekkies! Having opened on February 4, Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience will be at TELUS Spark until June 4, 2017. Upon entering the exhibit, you’ll become a Starfleet Academy cadet recruit.
What: If you love the outdoors and are looking for inspiration for your next adventure, then this show is a must see! There will be over 60 adventure presentations, along with camping gear, outdoor clothing, travel adventure destinations, photography workshops and so much more to help you plan your next outdoor endeavor.
What: Tap into the creative side of your brain and learn how to draw still-life pictures with the Walter-Philips Gallery. During the after hours of the Banff Park Museum, you will be taught by gallery members and artists, to increase your observational and drawing skills within a cultural platform in the museum. Participants of all ages and experience levels are welcome and all the materials will be provided.
Where: Banff Park Museum National Historic Site – 91 Banff Avenue, Banff Avenue
What: Now that winter seems to have finally settled in for the long haul, it’s time for the winter activities to commence. Grab a few friends, some hot chocolate and bundle up in your warmest, yet stylish winter attire and go skating on one of Calgary’s many outdoor rinks that are well maintained by either the city or volunteers within the community. Don’t own a pair of skates? Rent a pair at your nearest outdoor center or at specific rinks around the city – see website more for details!
What: Calgary’s only tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada and it opens for the season on Saturday, December 17. The park is located on the main hill, which allows tubers to take advantage of the washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities located in the Frank King Day Lodge. It features 10 lanes, each of which are 200 metres in length.
What: Chris Stapleton’s country music career has taken many twists and turns, but it was really launched when he released his first solo song “What Are You Listening To?” in October of 2013. Ever since Stapleton has swept award shows and played sold out stadiums with other country music legends. His sound is not your typical country twang, but it will be sure to get your toes tapping when he plays the Saddledome on March 24!
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
When: March 24
Dog Sledding in Canmore
One of the most ancient, and still very practical, means of transportation in frigid climates, dog sledding is an activity Canada is famous for. Luckily for us, a short drive away in Canmore there are three different companies that offer dog sledding tours in the scenic Rocky Mountains.
Howling Dog Tours, Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, and Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours all offer incredible, personalized experiences. Try out a tour this winter and take part in a long standing Canadian tradition.
What: Get your running shoes on Calgarians! For a great cause, you can participate in a free Zumba class held at The Core. You’ll have so much fun dancing your butt off that you’ll forget it’s an actual workout.
What: Join in on Calgary’s free lights out party this month! Unplug all of your lights and electronics at home, and head over to St. Patrick’s Island for a night filled with games, fire pits, a DJ dance party, and some other activities.
Where: St. Patrick’s Island – Confluence Plaza (SE end of the island)
What: Start your day off right and join Lululemon’s, Erin Evans for a one-hour Ashtanga yoga session above the Rocky Mountains in the Citizenship Pavilion, on the 4th level of the new Banff Gondola Summit.