Calgary Citizen Newsletter Thursday May 28


Thursday, May 25 | ☁️ High 17C, Low 8C | 7-day forecast

Good morning, there!

There’s just over a week left until the Lilac Festival and I for one couldn’t be more excited. This year's festival is set to be the largest one yet with the 17th Avenue extension between 2nd and 5th Street SW. making room for two additional stages, more vendors and food trucks, and extended patios. That means there will be seven stages of entertainment to enjoy with more than 45 dance performances on tap. Foodies will be happy to know there are more options to enjoy than ever. Let the countdown to Sunday, June 4 begin!

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👀 In today's edition:

  • Mall rooftop becomes garden

  • Doctors sound the hospital alarm

  • Young songstress hits Calgary stage


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The rooftop garden of Southcentre Mall will support local charity Made by Momma. // Submitted

Southcentre Mall’s rooftop has been transformed into a garden that will support local charity Made by Momma—a non-profit organization that assists families in crisis by preparing and distributing nutritious homemade frozen meals.

A creative solution: With increasing grocery prices and new families asking for assistance every week, the rooftop garden will yield approximately 1,000 pounds of fruits, vegetables, and herbs over the course of summer for Made by Momma.

Support: Donor partners, the Kinsmen Club of Calgary and the Kinette Club of Calgary, are helping to make the garden possible by contributing $20,000 each to the project. Additionally, MicroHabitat will oversee the project lending greater results.

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Need to know

🏥 In an open letter to Albertans, 200 Calgary ER doctors warn that emergency rooms are ‘collapsing.’ (CTV)

✈️ WestJet passengers are threatening legal action after the airline cancelled hundreds of flights on May 18, leaving many stranded. (Global News)

🔈 A Calgary pastor alleges that the UCP bribed him and he claims that Premier Danielle Smith lied about the nature of the call they had. (CityNews)

🚗 Crews are investigating a massive sinkhole big enough to swallow a car that has opened in southeast Calgary. (CBC)

🦦 A new otter habitat at the Calgary Zoo will open in the fall thanks to a $2 million donation from the Brawn Family Foundation.

🚑 To celebrate National Paramedic Services Week, Alberta Health Services is asking Albertans to thank a paramedic through an online thank-you note.

🪧 An online petition with over 5,000 signatures is asking for the city to reverse its decision to cancel the Canada Day fireworks. (Calgary Herald)

🎵 Every night of the Stampede, the Bell Grandstand Show will star Juno-award-winning entertainer, Johnny Reid, and The Young Canadians.

🏠 CREB REALTOR is improving housing quality for those who need it most through community and transformation grants.

🛩️ Register for The Military Museums Summer Camps today! With interactive and engaging programs running all summer long, there is so much to explore!*

📣 Get ready to cheer! The Servus Calgary Marathon might be coming through your neighbourhood on Sunday, May 28! Check out the 2023 course routes.*

*Sponsored Listing


Postmodern Jukebox on tour!

Times change and trends come and go, but the classic sounds of the past only appreciate with age.

Postmodern Jukebox's Life In The Past Lane Tour celebrates the greatest 20th-century musical genres, fused with the recognizable hits of our own modern era, for the perfect patina of "vintage" and "modern."

As always, the PMJ Universe comes to life with a cast full of today's most exciting vocalists, instrumentalists, and tap dancers, to bring you the top-shelf entertainment experience for which PMJ is known. Whether you're a vinyl aficionado or a TikTok fashionista, catch a ride with PMJ for an unforgettable trip through 100 years of timeless music.


Madeline Merlo performs at the Grey Eagle Event Centre on May 30. // Submitted

Amazon Music’s 2023 Artist to Watch, Madeline Merlo, is performing on May 30 to open for Riley Green. Merlo won NBC’s songwriting reality series Songland in 2020, with her upbeat, infectious song “Champagne Night,” recorded by Lady A. She went on to win Songwriter of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, alongside her co-writers of "Champagne Night.” Returning home to Canada for a few shows with Riley Green, Merlo is excited to see her fans and share her new songs.


Courtesy of Alan Zakrison

The centre logo of this manhole cover located on the corner of 6th Ave. and 1st St. SW is that of MetroNet Communications, which in the early 2000s was located at 150 6 Ave. SW.

Send us your Throwback Thursday photos to [email protected].

Where to eat and drink

🍴 Satsuki: Get your chopsticks ready and try the newest Japanese restaurant in Kensington. Try mouth-watering food such as sushi rolls, sakekasu miso sablefish risotto, and more.

🍴 Abbey’s Creations: This local ice cream shop has a new location in Kensington. Enjoy treats like brownie sundaes, a large selection of ice cream like strawberry matcha, and more.

🍴 Sweet Loretta Bar: Concorde Group's new Beltline hotspot combines a snack bar, live music, and DJs. Enjoy shareable plates while listening to music in the lounge or upstairs dance floor.

Local specials

💸 Lick the Vote: Village Ice Cream congratulates all voters with a free kids scoop in a homemade waffle cone. Just snap a photo at your polling station for proof! Available at all locations only on May 29 from 11am till 11pm.

💸 The Bike Shop: Stop in on May 28 for a free 20-minute bike tune-up at The Bike Shop in the Beltline. Tune-ups are first come first serve from 10:30am to 3:30pm.

💸 Schanks Sports Grill: Every Thursday indulge in half-priced tacos, sliders, perogies, pot stickers, select wines, mini golf, and pool!

🗓 Things to do


  • Bob Ross Paint Night: With the canvas, paint, brushes, and easel provided, follow along with Bob Ross at the Asylum for Art on May 25.

  • Instrumental Stories: Join harpist Gianetta Baril on a musical journey for a cultural music experience at Memorial Park Library on May 25.


  • Salsa in the Park: This Friday event series features street food, music, and dance classes. It is hosted in Haultain Park on May 26.

  • Royal Canadian International Circus: Making its stop in Calgary, the international circus will mesmerize, thrill, and captivate you at CrossIron Mills from May 26 till June 4.


  • Festival of Colours - Holi: Celebrate spring with the Kincora Community Association through colour, music, food, and dance. Hosted at Symons Valley Park on May 27.

  • Locked Zoo: In this two-hour escape game explore the zoo after hours, solve puzzles, and learn about wildlife conservation at the Calgary Zoo on May 27.


  • Festival of Quilts: Calling all quilters! Explore a marvellous collection of quilts made by local Calgarians at Heritage Park on May 27 and 28.

  • Reptile Expo: Explore all things reptiles at the Calgary Reptile Expo at the Genesis Centre on May 27 and 28.


  • Madeleine Peyroux & Martha Wainwright: Catch these two highly-acclaimed singer/songwriters at MacEwan Hall on May 30.

  • Plug and Play Expo: Catch a showcase of top technology innovators in health, sustainability, agnostic, and food and beverage. The expo will be hosted at The Ampersand on May 29 and 30.

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