Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday August 8

Good morning, there!

Alberta on the Plate is back for its fifth year with 48 Calgary restaurants participating in the dining festival. The festival celebrates locally grown and produced food through fixed-price menus highlighting Alberta producers, growers, distillers, and brewers. Restaurants like Major Tom, Charbar, and Model Milk will be participating in the festival from Aug. 11 to 20 in conjunction with Alberta Local Food Week and Alberta Open Farm Days. Click here to view all the Calgary and area restaurants!

- Julie Patton, Intern 

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GoGo Battles is wrapping up its fifth season and has no plans of slowing down. // Submitted

Fights often break out in Dickens Pub. Femmes and thems slam each other on the ground. They kick, scratch, and bite under flashing lights while music blares and bystanders roar. However, this isn’t just any kind of fight, it’s GoGo Battles. GoGo Battles was created over five years ago by Cabaret Calgary, Western Canada’s largest cabaret company. GoGo Battles is one of the company’s most unique shows. It’s billed as satirical feminist wrestling, but it’s so much more.

GoGo Documentary: Val Duncan is a producer and performer in Calgary who has participated in GoGo Battles for years. Duncan recently received a $10,000 grant from the STORYHIVE Voices program by TELUS to produce a documentary on GoGo Battles.

Wrestle Womania: Kayla Bigras and Victoria Bucholtz are both part of Cabaret Calgary and helped create GoGo Battles. The two are thrilled their story is being shared with the world as GoGo Battles is a passion project for all wrestlers involved.

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Need to know

🦎 A six-foot-long black-footed monitor lizard that escaped from a woman’s home this weekend has been found. (Global)

🐕 A Calgary woman says the cost of renting with a pet has forced her to live in her truck.

💸 Why are Calgarians paying so much for electricity? Here are answers to five common questions. (CBC)

🔥 A Millarville home worth $1.7 million that was put up for lottery was destroyed in a fire. (Herald)

🏞️ Overcrowding led to police temporarily restricting access to Lake Louise over the long weekend. (CTV)

🎥 'Existential fight': Calgary film crews worry for their future as the SAG-AFTRA strike continues. (CityNews)

💰 Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation is looking to fill a variety of jobs within the organization.

🎤 Calling all advanced dancers and singers ages 16-25: a Calgary-based performing arts organization is looking for young performers for its new season with auditions today.


Matt Coad, director of strategy at ATCOenergy and Rümi, says some Albertans are unknowingly paying more for energy than their neighbours. // Submitted

It’s no secret that utility bills have been skyrocketing and some Albertans are unknowingly paying more for energy than their neighbours. This summer, energy costs have risen exponentially compared to recent months. In July, Calgarians on the Regulated Rate Option paid 27.5 cents per kilowatt hour. As of August, rates hit 32.267 cents per kilowatt hour, a new record. Matt Coad, director of strategy at ATCOenergy and Rümi, is advising Albertans to take control of their bills, with many people still on a default regulated rate plan. Coad recommends that Albertans make the switch to a guaranteed rate to take control of their bill.

Things to do

🎟️ Checkmate Summer Camp: Learn the game of chess, make new friends and practice your skills at this free chess workshop at Central Library on Aug. 9.

🎟️ Collective Soul: Catch the American rock band as it makes a stop at Grey Eagle Event Centre on Aug. 11.

🎟️ WWE Friday Night SmackDown: Wrestling fans won’t want to miss this night of action at Scotiabank Saddledome on Aug. 11.

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Where to eat & drink

🍴 Cucina: With dishes designed to be shared, Cucina has a philosophy of “less is more.” Its delicious ingredients shine through with meals rooted in elegance and simplicity.

🍴 Asadal Korean Cuisine: Indulge in delicious cuisine at this local joint. From Korean barbecue to soups and rice bowls, Asadal has it all. Plus, enjoy shareable plates like japchae and tteokbokki.

🍴 Castella Cheesecake: Recently opened in Chinook Mall, this Japanese-style pastry bakery serves mouthwatering desserts.

Have a food or drink suggestion? Message us and we might share it!

Local specials

💸 Camp Spot: Hoping to go camping before summer ends? Save 20% on select campgrounds if you stay during the week!

💸 Milestones: Take your date to Milestones on Wednesdays! For $75 choose your main and share a starter and dessert.

💸 Chilitos Taberna: Looking for a Taco Tuesday deal? At Chilitos you can grab $4 tacos every Tuesday and enjoy $2 off feature margaritas.

Know of any hot specials or deals? Message us and we might share it!

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