Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday May 18


Thursday, May 18 | ☀️ High 23C, Low 8C | 7-day forecast

Good morning, YYC. It’s Thursday.

It’s not the first long weekend of the year but it’s the first one with warm/hot temperatures! I’m planning on laying low this weekend and catching up on some relaxation, reading, house organizing, and hanging out with the dogs! It’s the perfect weekend at the perfect time. I hope you all have a lovely long weekend whatever you get up to, and stay safe from the smoke!

👀 In today's edition:

  • An idea that grew into more

  • Stampede Coke stage lineup

  • Check out these tasty caesars


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Over six months during the pandemic, Valerie Planche and Toyin Lamas held monthly Zoom gatherings with 10 women and non-binary people. // Submitted

Theatre artists Valerie Planche and Toyin Lamas felt inspired to speak to women and non-binary community members during the pandemic. The idea stemmed from the women wanting to explore the theme of “fear or freedom” within that community. Their end goal was to transform their discussions into a play in which they could share the stories of the group with audiences.

The Play: From their conversations, a play dubbed The Writers Circle was developed by one of the participating women, Patricia Duquette. It follows the story of an award-winning Canadian novelist who is facilitating a workshop at a Calgary community centre.

Open Workshop: Now in phase two of their project, Planche and Lamas are hosting a public workshop for the play on May 20 at Evergreen Theatre. The workshop will begin with a reading of the script followed by an open discussion.

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Need to know

🎵The Stampede’s Coca-Cola Stage has announced its musical lineup featuring artists Vance Joy, Orville Peck, Jimmy Eat World, Tegan and Sara, and more.

🔥 Alberta wildfires: Experts say climate change is increasing the risk of fires and other extreme weather events. (Global)

👮 Police responded to an early morning shooting in the community of Forest Lawn that left one man in the hospital.

🚓 A city councillor will be sanctioned for a road rage incident, but might not receive a criminal record. (CTV)

💔 A Calgary woman says she escaped a brutal attack from a suspect facing multiple sexual assault charges. (CBC)

🗳️ Albertans can get ready to cast their ballots as advance voting runs from May 23 until May 27. (City News)

🪧 Anti-transgender protesters and counter-demonstrators faced off and violently clashed outside an inner-city Calgary high school. (Herald)

🎸 Calgary-born country singer Lindsay Ell debuted the official music video for her new single “Sweet Spot” with the help of CMT.

🧵 Calgary Public Library is welcoming its inaugural Influencer in Residence, Chanry Thachm.

🏠 For the ninth year in a row, Logel Homes was named Canada’s Best Managed Company, retaining them the Platinum Club Member award.

🪖 Looking for a summer camp that is fun, exciting, and educational? Registration is open now for The Military Museums Summer Camps!*

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Volunteer at the Servus Calgary Marathon

The Servus Calgary Marathon, Canada's longest running marathon and Alberta's Best Road Race is looking for volunteers to join their race crew! None of this would be possible without the 1000+ volunteers that work tirelessly behind-the-scenes throughout race weekend.

Volunteering on race weekend means getting to support thousands of runners as they achieve their goals, creating an atmosphere that participants will never forget, and giving back to your community. The Servus Calgary Marathon is currently looking to fill roles such as: course marshals, aid station volunteers, venue equipment, and the kids marathon!


Cleaver // Facebook

Calgary is hosting a caesar festival this weekend in celebration of the beverage that was invented in the city 54 years ago. YYCaesarfest takes place at The Big Four at Stampede Park where guests can sample more than 40 different variations of the popular cocktail. There’s literally something for every caesar taste at this popular event.


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Where to eat and drink

🍴 Barrow Coffee Roasters: This specialty coffee shop offers a wide range of coffee drinks, teas, pastries, and other refreshments in a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

🍴 Avitus Wine Bar: Psst, wine lovers! If you find yourself in Marda Loop, be sure to check out the brand new wine bar. Enjoy a spread of cheese, meats, and more to pair with your favourite wine.

🍴 Major Tom: Known for its top-tier cuts of beef, robust pasta dishes, and 40th-floor views of downtown, Major Tom was named Best Restaurant Bar by Canada’s 100 Best.

Local specials

💸 Pet Planet: Every Thursday get 15% off dog and cat treats at Pet Planet!

💸 Earls: It’s Seafood Sunday! Get $3 off all seafood entrees or $5 off the seafood tower or seafood platter.

💸 Trapped: Happy birthday from Trapped! Receive one free admission to an escape room if you come within three days of your birthday.

🗓 Things to do


  • Luciano the Messenjah: King of Conscious Reggae, Luciano the Messenjah, is coming for Calgary ReggaeFest. Catch his magnetic performance at Jack Singer Concert Hall on May 18.

  • Beauty and the Beast Cocktail Experience: You only have until May 21 to experience this Victorian cocktail party. Solve riddles and challenges to escape the enchanted castle.


  • Paranormal Investigation: Join Ghost Hunt Alberta on a real paranormal investigation of the wine cellar in the Alberta Hotel building on May 19.

  • Black Panther in Concert: Relive one of Marvel Studios’ most successful films with a full orchestra performing live at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Friday.


  • Matt Fraser: Known as America’s Top Psychic Medium, this best-selling author and TV star will be at Grey Eagle Event Centre on May 20.

  • We Care Fest: Make May long matter by supporting the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. The We Care Music Fest features free music from Calgary artists at Fort Calgary on May 20.


  • Bow River Trail: Participate in this 10km audio-guided walking tour. It’s a professional guide down Calgary’s Bow River trail without the crowds and high prices on May 21.

  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival: Brought to you by the Calgary Korean Women’s Association, learn about Korean culture through activities and performances at the Bella Concert Hall on Sunday.


  • Arts ReimaginED: Arts Commons is launching a program from May 22 to 26 for arts education in Calgary and beyond with free workshops, performances and an arts advocate summit.

  • Calgary Stampeders: Off-season is over! Catch the Stampeders’ first preseason game against the Edmonton Elks on May 22.


One of our readers snapped this photo from Inglewood this week. // Ashlea Fauteux

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