Calgary Citizen Newsletter Tuesday Nov. 14

Good morning, there!

It’s been a good week for Alberta businesses and our sister newsletter the Calgary Tech Journal has all of the latest. Seven of the province’s firms were named to Deloitte’s 2023 Companies-To-Watch list. The same day, Foresight released its list of Canada's 50 Most Investible Cleantech Ventures, featuring nine Calgary companies. Calgary companies featured on the list run the full gamut of cleantech innovation—from hydrogen storage to solar energy to decarbonization. Calgary is doing big things and it’s amazing to see!

- Krista Sylvester, Managing Editor

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As the city deals with another murder, police tie recent spate of violence to organized crime

Monday’s incident marks the fifth shooting in four days in the city. // Shutterstock

Calgary police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and two more in life-threatening condition in broad daylight. Police were called to a shooting in a parking lot at the Trans Canada Centre, located in the 1400 block of 52 Street NE around 2pm where they found one person dead and two others in life-threatening condition. Meanwhile, just last week an 11-year-old boy was killed in Edmonton during a targeted hit on his father, a known gang member.

As CBC reports, police say the city's recent shootings were targeted and have the "hallmarks" of organized crime. "It is not common that we would see this many days in a row with this spate of violence," said Supt. Cory Dayley. He says there is a rise in crime across the country.

According to Global News, police have monitored more than 350 people with alleged ties to organized crime. Of those, 83 were charged and arrested, sometimes multiple times. Around 300 “crime guns” were seized, including nine guns possessed by those with alleged ties with organized crime.

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Need to know

🚄 Calgary commuters should plan ahead for a nine-day closure of the Red Line and northbound Macleod Trail next week.

📱 Mounties are investigating after a viral TikTok makes allegations of cat abuse in an Alberta village.

🚓 Gunshots fired and two injured as suspects storm a Calgary home during a home invasion.

💸 A renter sought compensation for mould but the tenancy dispute board stuck her with the bill.

💔 The widow of a veteran who died by suicide outside the Alberta legislature shares his story.

⛰️ A man from BC is dead after being buried in an avalanche in an Alberta provincial park.

🕯️ Remembrance Day this year was even more poignant for one family mourning the recent passing of their matriarch, a 98-year-old D-Day veteran.

🚧 Two historic buildings in Calgary’s second Chinatown are set to be demolished for an 18-storey tower.

👮 Calgary police are investigating after a woman died when she was hit by a CTrain over the weekend.


Hadestown kicks off on Nov. 21 at the Jubilee. Drawing inspiration from the Greek mythological love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, the musical is described as a "hell-raising journey to the underworld and back." // Submitted

Audiences might be surprised to learn that the Tony award-winning musical Hadestown was partly developed right here in Alberta where it was brought to life on stage by Edmonton's Citadel Theatre in 2017. The show earned eight Tony Awards in 2019. Composed of an album by talented American singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, the music has received widespread acclaim and numerous awards. Make sure to grab your tickets! We spoke with actor J. Antonio Rodriguez, who plays Orpheus, about his transition from a swing role to the starring role.

What was the biggest challenge of going from a swing role to the starring role?

The most challenging thing about being a swing is the fact that we’re not onstage every day. Swings have to be as good or even better than their onstage counterparts. They know most of the ensemble tracks and often multiple principal tracks. That puts them in a situation where they are very valuable to the company, but because of their specific skill set, they are not onstage every day so they can be held in retainer to step into any of the number of tracks that they cover. But being a principal also has its own set of challenges.

What drew you to theatre when you first started out?

I started at the age of seven doing community theatre and to be quite honest, the simplest answer is that it was fun. I had a blast, and it may sound like a cop-out answer, but I think that if you can do your job and still have fun, it’s a win. And I’m still having the best time doing what I do.

What is your favourite aspect of touring on a Broadway production? 

I love that we get to play to so many different kinds of audiences across the country. We’re in a unique position in that we’re not playing to NYC natives or tourists, so we are able to receive many different kinds of reactions to the show. Every audience is different, and it’s such a joy to be able to bring this show to so many people.

Things to do

🎟️ Art Market: This four-day market features more than 200 artists and all sorts of unique arts and crafts for $10 admission.

🎟️ Atelier Artista: Ease the pressure of finding the perfect gift with your choice of one of two holiday art class packages at this studio until Dec. 21.

🎟️ Caboodle: A parking lot in a long-term care home has been transformed into a pop-up plaza with plants and a memory wall, offering Bridgeland neighbours a communal space to enjoy.

Have an event suggestion? Message us and we might share it!

Where to eat & drink

🍴 Sought x Found: This local coffee shop and roaster has spent years getting professionally trained in tasting, roasting, and brewing. It presents each coffee in a way that is representative of its true quality and character.

🍴 Papa Grill: Recently opened in Brentwood, this Asian barbecue is a must-stop. Try fine cuts of meat that are cooked right at your table while you enjoy delicious appetizers.

🍴 Pizza Face: This one-stop pizza shop on 17 Ave. SW has almost a dozen pizza flavours, including the famous Mike’s Pickle pizza.

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

Local specials

💸 Stonyslope Brewing Company: This new Haysboro brewery was named after a schoolhouse on the owners' family farm in Alberta! Enjoy delicious food and drinks such as the sour cherry sour.

💸 Chine Hot Pot and Noodles: Enjoy happy hour from Monday to Friday 11:30am to 4pm and Sunday to Thursday from 8 to 9pm with delicious combos and amazing savings!

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

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