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Pancake breakfasts have been a tradition of the Calgary Stampede since 1923. The first breakfast is credited to a young chuckwagon driver, Jack Morton, who had set up his stove in downtown Calgary and was shared breakfast with other cowboys. As Calgarians and visitors passed by, they were invited to join in, and the hospitable tradition began. 
 
More than 90 years later, pancake breakfasts can be found in every quadrant of Calgary and happening in almost every community. The best (and free!) way to start your day and meet your neighbours, pancake breakfasts are now as diverse as the city of Calgary (the third most diverse community in Canada). 
 
As visitors from across the globe come to enjoy the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, here are some great global pancake recipes to try at your next backyard breakfast.
 
Eierkuchen (German egg pancake) 
 
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups flour
 
1.  Beat eggs with ½ cup of milk; add flour, salt and beat until smooth. Add remaining milk and beat until smooth. 
2.  Cook and serve with honey or brown sugar syrup or fresh fruit preserves and melted butter. 
 
Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) 
 
½ a large cabbage
1 1/3 cup flour
1 cup water
5 eggs
2 tsp dashi powder 
Okonomi or Tonkatsu sauce
 
1.  Finely slice cabbage.  Mix flour, water, eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Mix in dashi and add cabbage (combine well). 
2.  Spoon mixture into an oiled pan to make a circle about 9 inch across and 3/4in thick.  Round the edges with a spatula for any cabbage or batter that's sticking out.
3.  Optional, place thinly sliced pork (or bacon) on top.
4.  Cook over med-low heat about five minutes then cook another three to five minutes.  When cooked through, turn onto a plate, meat side up.
5.  Spread sauce generously on top.  Decorate with mayonnaise or katsuobushi.
 
Arepa (Colombia and Venezuela corn pancake)
 
2 cups warm water, plus more as needed 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
1 teaspoon fine salt
2 cups arepa flour (also known as masarepa)
 
1.  Place two cups water, one tablespoon oil and salt in a medium bowl and stir until the salt dissolves. Gradually add the arepa flour, mixing continuously to avoid lumps. Mix for one additional minute. The dough should hold together when pressed. Add one tablespoon water as needed to wet the dough if it's dry.
2.  Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and rest the dough for 10 minutes.
3.  Divide the dough into eight pieces. Shape each piece into a 1/2 inch-thick disc.
4.  Brush pan or griddle lightly with oil and add the arepas. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side until the arepas are golden brown, charred in spots, and cooked through.
5.  Remove the arepas to a wire cooling rack and let cool about 10 minutes. If you'd like to fill the arepas, split them in half with a serrated knife to fill with mixture of your choice.
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A Stampede tradition, pancake breakfasts are now as diverse as the city of Calgary.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
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The only constant in life is change and nowhere is that more evident than Calgary’s growing skyline.

The skyline was started from a fort stationed in the middle of the prairies in 1883, grew with the beginning of Stampede in 1912 and boomed after the 1947 discovery of oil reserves in Alberta. Our original city skyline landmark was built in 1967 and has been an iconic structure since - the Husky Tower.

Now known as the Calgary Tower, its conception was part of an increasing need to revitalize Calgary’s downtown core with economic growth in Alberta. The world’s first large-scale oil sands operation was taking root in Fort McMurray and companies like Pan American Petroleum and Transport Company were relocating staff to their headquarters in Calgary. Construction began on February 19, 1967.

The tower’s design included a revolving restaurant and column built out of an unprecedented pouring of concrete for 24 days straight. Industry officials praised it as “an amazing feat of technical and physical workmanship.” The tower's official opening was June 28 to 30, 1968.

Upon completion, it was the tallest structure in Calgary and Canada outside of Toronto. At 187 meters, it dominated the skyline for over a decade, before the Petro-Canada Centre’s west tower surpassed it. Today, the upsurge in skyscrapers, like the Bow and Telus Sky, conceal the tower from some vantage points, but its iconic red trim, keeps it as a favourite photo spot.

The Calgary Tower is a founding member of the World Federation of Great Towers, which celebrates extraordinary buildings that have become symbols of their cities. It’s part of our community with tourists and locals even running the tower’s 762 steps for achievement and philanthropy.

The skyline expansion also represents a healthy economy and change, as companies take root in the downtown core. Regardless, the Calgary Tower was the seed that spurred change and remains at the heart of Calgary’s core.

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The Calgary Tower spurred change and remains at the heart of Calgary’s core

Jasmine Atay Monday, June 25, 2018
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What began as a celebration of Calgarian resiliency after the 2013 flood, has grown into an annual event with festivities all over the city. In 2018, Calgary’s Neighbour Day is celebrating its fifth year of bringing people and the community together.

Each year, Calgarians are invited to get out and connect with their community. Some communities celebrate with a pancake breakfast (Deer Run), live music (Winston Heights), a trash pick-up jog (Arbour Lake), a parade of garage sales (Millrise) or an outdoor movie screening (Beltline).  Neighbour Day offers every community a chance to showcase its diversity and togetherness.

Community spirit has always been a staple of this city, but Neighbour Day offers a great way for neighbours to connect and build an important bond that lasts throughout the year. Many create friendships that turn into monthly board game nights or just a friendly conversation as they pass by on their way home.

Multiple communities also use Neighbour Day as a way to work together on a project that benefits the entire community, but Neighbour Day festivities also bring the competitive spirit out. Competing on everything from chalk drawing to LEGO building, there are often challenges and door prizes for Calgarians young and old.

If anything, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for Calgarians to learn something new. Many communities host free exercise classes, gardening workshops or cultural celebrations that welcome participation.  

Team work makes the dream work as communities band together to make our city great. Happy Neighbour Day!

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Neighbour Day is a celebration of community spirit in Calgary

Madison Baron Friday, June 15, 2018
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New Look Landscapes started over a decade ago rooted in the belief that your yard is an extension of your home. Working every day in the communities that make Calgary so great, they love helping homeowners turn their outdoor space into the yard of their dreams.

1. Where did you come from and what attracted you to the city? 

Our owner, Ryan Tovey, moved to Calgary from Ontario over a decade ago and considers himself a proud Calgarian. Calgary continues to be a city of growth and it's been great to be a part of so many homeowners building their homes and building their lives here in the city.

2. What do you do in your spare time? Favourite Calgary past-time or activity? 

Spending a lot of time outdoors - whether its bike rides, river surfing or dog walks. There are so many great bike pathways and beautiful parks in this city. It's easy to go an adventure in this city! 

3. Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary?

Embrace this city for the incredible, eclectic community it is. There is something for everyone – it’s a good city for staycations. 

4. What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary? 

We're more than just the cowboy boots!

5. What do you think is the biggest surprise about Calgary for anyone isn’t that familiar with the city?  

Our city is full of creative, vibrant energy. We are a city of professionals, of artists, of communities - it's a great culture to be part of.

Want to become an Instagram Influencer and contribute to lifeincalgary? Email influencer@lifeincalgary.ca

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Every room, indoors or outdoors, should feel like your home-sweet-home.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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In many ways, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo’s story is akin to Peter Parker’s (a.k.a Spiderman).

Like Spiderman, the Expo came from humble beginnings. It began when a group of locals, with a love for all things comics, sci-fi and fantasy-related, decided to replicate international culture conventions they had attended. Bookish and not wildly popular, similar to Peter Parker, the Expo had a long way to go before it became the confident and successful event known today. 

On May 7, 2006, the Expo first opened its doors to 3,400 attendees. Small by today’s standards, they managed to join forces with a few vendors and put on a fun kids’ show. The Expo met its radioactive spider in 2012 when they hosted the original cast members for Star Trek: The Next Generation. That year was so popular among pop culture/sci-fi fans, that many attendees were turned away due to space restriction. Since then, the Expo has followed a different format to accommodate a growing number of attendees year-after-year. 

Now the second biggest of its kind in Canada, the Expo sees over 90,000 fans annually. The 2018 Parade of Wonders saw 17,750 spectators, up by 15%, and the increase in costume participants nearly doubled from last year. 

Big name celebrities and artists, like Stan Lee, Scott Campbell and Anthony Daniels, to the cast of Back to the Future (minus Micheal J. Fox) and Jeff Goldblum are part of the Expo’s charm. Couple that with the energy brought by thousands of dedicated fans. 

“I don’t come to many Expos like this, but maybe I should! The energy you get from the fans of all sorts of genres, not just Star Wars, is stuff that I have never heard or seen. People really get into it,” says Anthony Daniels. 

Despite the success, the Expo has not forgotten it origins and, with great power comes great responsibility. The Expo continues to participate in charity initiatives including the annual art-book auction, VIP pass eBay auction, Make-A-Wish foundation of Southern Alberta and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew. Altogether, the Calgary Expo has become part of the web that makes Calgary’s culture.

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The energy you get from the fans of all sorts of genres... that makes Calgary’s culture

Photos by @mushroomandthemouse and @jasmine.atay.creative Jasmine Atay Friday, May 4, 2018
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Exhibition Capital is a Calgary-based venture capital firm investing in human progress at scale. A team of successful entrepreneurs, smooth operators, passionate technologists and experienced investor.  Partnering with entrepreneurs and innovators, they build successful businesses that tackle the hard problems humanity is facing.

1. What inspired you to take over the lifeincalgary Instagram account?

We’re passionate about showcasing the incredible talent and potential coming out of Alberta’s growing tech sector. This is our chance to give everyday Calgarians a behind-the-scenes look into the life of an entrepreneur in our tech ecosystem.

2. What has kept you in the city?

While most of our team was born and raised in Calgary, we also all chose to plant our roots here due to the sense of community. Calgarians support one another, especially in business, and it’s a vibrant place to live, work, and grow a successful business.

3. What do you think is the biggest surprise about Calgary for anyone who isn’t familiar with the city?

The sheer size of the city normally is beyond most people’s expectations.

4. Where do you take friends and family when they visit?

The mountains are always a great destination, but we also like exploring the downtown and urban areas that have developed so much in the last 15 years.

5. Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary?

Sunglasses are really important because the sun is always shining in Calgary.

Want to become an Instagram Influencer and contribute to lifeincalgary? Email influencer@lifeincalgary.ca

 

 

 

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This is a can-do city with a very accepting and open culture that is supportive of each other.

Monday, April 30, 2018
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Imagine a world where your clothes regulate your body temperature, monitor your vital signs, and your necklace begins to glow when the sun goes down... 

MakeFashion explores the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. Launched in June 2012 by a trio of Calgarians, MakeFashion is an initiative that introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway. MakeFashion has produced more than 60 wearable tech garments and showcased at more than 40 international events.

1. What attracted you to Calgary? 

I moved to Calgary from Mexico. My other half had lived in the city for a few years and we were venturing into our own business. It has been wonderful getting to experience such a multicultural city.

2. What do you do in your spare time?
I love cooking Mexican food and check in on everything for MakeFashion -  our designers, our next show and meeting new designers.

3. Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary? 
Take it all in - even in the winter (when I moved here). It’s easy to get overwhelmed in a new place where you don’t know people, but ask for help, get involved in a volunteer activity or community groups and meet new people.

4. What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary?
It’s a big city with a small feel. Communities are tight, and there are many friendly people to meet. Come visit! 

5. Where do you take friends and family when they visit? 
Our local makerspaces, Calgary Tower, East Village, and places to eat (from Thai to Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese food). Some of my favorite places include Charbar, Jane’s BBQ, and Gravity. Stampede in July and Zoolights during December. 

Want to become an Instagram Influencer and contribute to lifeincalgary? Email influencer@lifeincalgary.ca

 

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I love seeing what other Calgarians do in our city - even just saying 'hi' on the street or elevator - it's a way to connect us all. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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ShaunSavage Photography is a photography business that evolved from a hobby to a side hustle in 2012 after relocating to Canada from Cape Town, South Africa. They moved to Calgary in the fall of 2017 and involve their kids as much as possible with the business to grow their own entrepreneurial spirits at a young age. Learn why Calgary was the right fit for their young family and small business.

1. Where did you come from and what attracted you to the city? 

We're originally from Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Saskatchewan in 2010.

In Cape Town we used to spend our weekends in the mountains, so it was inevitable that we would eventually discover the Rocky Mountains. In the summer of 2016 we took a family road trip down to Revelstoke and I will never forget heading through Calgary down the Trans Canada highway and seeing the rockies for the first time. Lets just say it was love at first sight. After the first trip we drove down as frequently as we could to snowboard, camp or mountain bike. 

We decided that we wanted to move closer to the mountains and as the quote goes “All roads lead to Rome”, for us it was all roadtrips lead through Calgary. So ultimately when we set about planning the move Calgary was the only place on the map to move to. The other motivation for the move is to grow our photography business.

2. What do you do in your spare time?

We can't sit still and get cabin fever really quickly, so we're always busy. You can find us either:

  • XC skiing/fatbiking in Bragg Creek,
  • at the Bunny hill of Nikiska teaching the kids to Snowboard (which is always free by the way!),
  • on the LRT heading downtown to explore everything Calgary has to offer,
  • lost in the mountains somewhere or
  • just at our local YMCA or public library.

3. What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary?

It’s a great city to raise kids with such a good balance between nature and city life.

4. What do you think is the biggest surprise about Calgary for anyone who isn’t familiar with the city?

How friendly, welcoming and polite Calgarians are!

 

**All photos were taken by ShawnSavage Photography during their take over of @lifeincalgary

Want to become an Instagram Influencer and contribute to lifeincalgary? Email influencer@lifeincalgary.ca

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I will never forget heading through Calgary down the TransCanada highway and seeing the rockies for the first time. Lets just say it was love at first sight.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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We’re lucky to live in Calgary 365 days a year, but for Calgarians with Irish roots (or the Irish at heart), St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday has us feeling extra lucky this year.  With a little luck and that green clover t-shirt you save for this day, you can find something that suits everyone’s fancy. 

Family Friendly

Calgary Roughnecks take on the Rochester Knighthawks
Wear your green and celebrate with the Calgary Roughnecks. Our lacrosse team takes on New York’s Rochester Knighthawks for a St. Patrick’s Day bash with an awesome half time show, dancers and giveaways.

Calgary Farmer’s Market
Looking for a toe-tapping good time? Grab your lads and lassies and head down to the Calgary Farmer’s Market to enjoy some live entertainment on the main stage. Guess how many coins fill the leprechaun’s pot of gold and win $100 in market bucks.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and fiddler extraordinaire, Natalie McMaster, for some Irish fiddle classics. 

Fun for adults

Irish Whiskey Master Class 
Spend the evening at Willow Park Wines & Spirits celebrating the spirit of the Irish at a special festival highlighting an incredible collection of beers, whiskies and even a liqueur or two. Paired with truly classic Irish dishes so that you can get in the true spirit of the day and feel as lucky as a leprechaun!

Find a Unicorn
A downtown fixture since 1979 and originally owned by the Irish Rovers (and named after their hit song). The Unicorn claims fame as Calgary’s first authentic Irish pub.

Jaunty at the Joyce
The Irish-born proprietors of the James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Calgary collected hundreds of artifacts from Ireland’s history, in order to make every wall in the pub a wonder to behold. Get an Irish history fix while you down a pint of Guinness.

Irish 365

No need to wait for St. Paddy’s Day for all things Irish. These nuggets celebrate all things Irish every day.

From family memorabilia to imported grocery and confections, head to The Scottish Shoppe & A Little Bit of Ireland in Kensington. 

Get in touch with your roots and join the the Irish Cultural Society.  Representing the Irish community in Calgary for more than 30 years, join them for a variety of events throughout the year. 

Now, time to bust out your best brogue, put on your dancing shoes and give St. Patrick’s Day the head toss it deserves. And that’s no blarney.

 

 

 

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Grab your lucky hat and hit the streets of Calgary for St. Patrick’s Day

Catherine Dabels Friday, March 16, 2018
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French was the first European language spoken in the province of Alberta. Today, approximately one in three students in Alberta are enrolled in a Francophone, French Immersion, or French as a second language program. 
 
As the Francophone population continues to grow in Calgary, so do the number of cultural events, French schools and restaurants in the city. Here are some of the amazing places and organizations that emphasize la belle vie in Calgary.
 
Écoles
There are eight Francophone schools in Calgary and an additional six in the surrounding areas. French culture is valued not only as a way for students to express themselves, but also as a way to be part of a vibrant and dynamic community.
 
Immersion, bilingual and French language schools 
Alberta’s top-ranked French immersion school, the Calgary French & International School cultivates cultural peace through UNESCO values and immersion beyond the classroom. In addition, the Calgary Board of Education offers 23 French immersion programs in Calgary, the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) offers 17 programs, and Lyçée Louis Pasteur teaches both the French Ministry of Education and Alberta Education curricula. 
 
Culture
An integral part of promoting French Culture in Calgary, the Alliance Française Calgary has been a part of our city landscape since 1947 and offers a variety of learning opportunities and cultural events. 
 
Taking place every year in August, this Francophone Multicultural festival promotes francophone culture through art and music.
 
Produced by the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Calgary chapter (ACFA Calgary) this annual winter event at Heritage Park offers a memorable cultural experience in French.
 
Manger
Calgary is a foodie city and the desire for French food continues to grow. Here are some local favourites: 
• Celebrate La Chandeleur at one of Suzette’s two locations. 
• Try a taste of the South of France at Cassis Bistro.
Yann Haute Patisserie and Ollia have macarons for all occasions. 
• Head to the historic Tivoli building for a taste of Fleur de Sel.
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Calgary is the third most diverse city in Canada with more than 120 languages spoken and 200 cultural festivals annually. 

Kristin Papillon Thursday, February 15, 2018
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