Opening Remarks – Calgary

Whether it’s a renovated location for a familiar chain, an event of epic proportion, or something completely new to Calgary, has the deets in this edition of Opening Remarks.

The Calgary Stampede – Stampede Park, Downtown Calgary

Slip into something a little more country, because the 365-day wait is almost over! And this isn’t just another Stampede, this is a revival. New food. New rides. New events.

This year the Stampede really aims to celebrate the strength, diversity, and resiliency of Calgary, as it launches its first ever McDonalds Community day, July 10th 2018. Dedicated to our cities collective heartbeat and unified spirit, Community day will feature entertainment from GlobalFest, and two-dollar admission from 10 AM to 2 PM.

When you enter the gates, prepare yourself, and your stomach. If you’re anything like us, you sit on pins and needles waiting until the midway food list is released and when it is, you source that catalog as if every meal during stampede week will be your last.

From delights like Deep Fried Bacon Wrapped Reese’s Cups, and hot ice cream donut sandwiches to skeptically enticing frights like Cricket Grilled Cheese and Cheesy Chicken hearts, your taste buds will feel like it’s riding the zipper with change in your pockets – excited yet charmingly concerning.

The thrill doesn’t stop here. Also new this year, for the adrenaline seekers: North Americas tallest, and Longest multi-point zipline. Take flight at 50 mph, with a bird-eye view of the entire grounds, end to end down the midway.

Dance, eat and play at the Big Four Roadhouse- The ‘Ultimate social stampede hotspot’ open to all ages from 11 AM to 6 PM, and exclusively to the big kids, 18+ from 6 PM to 2 AM, with free entry.

Dust of your boots, it all starts Friday, July 6th at 7:30 AM where the streets will flood with floats and Calgary cultural pride at the Stampede Parade.  | @CalgaryStampede

Cactus Club Café – Stephen Avenue (8th Street)

Sandals and sundresses just don’t look as good without a cold drink in hand and a luxurious backdrop.

An obligatory “#patioseason Instapost is just a snapshot away at Calgary’s downtown Cactus Club Café.

One of the best patios right on historic Stephen Ave, Cactus Club is a short walk from populated office buildings, Bankers Hall, and The TD Core shopping mall.

New to the Cactus patio this year is a cocktail Godzilla, the Texas Sized Mule.

Designed for sharing, this lively vodka-based drink is made with freshly squeezed lime, ginger beer, and mint, and served over ice in a party-size authentic copper cup. It’s MASSIVE – so you’ll need a little help with this one.  Grab three friends and get sipping on the Cactus patio! | @CactusClubCafe

The Hyatt Hotel and Regency – Calgary City Center

Sometimes, the cure for the occasional homestead blues is a little staycation. Spice up your relationship with Calgary by seeing it from the tourist point of view. One of the best ways to do that is to spend a night or two at a hotel and visit Calgary’s hotspots as if you’ve never seen the city before.

The Hyatt Regency Calgary has just announced the completion of an extensive renovation.

With an elegant, contemporary facelift for all 355 guestrooms, and an expansion of their Regency Club Lounge, where guests can now enjoy a more intimate dining and lounge experience. The amazing location and overall feel of the Hyatt makes this hotel a premium choice, whether it’s a girl’s weekend, birthday, bachelor or bachelorette, or recommendation for out of town guests. | @HyattRegency

Horizon Mall – Balzac, Across from Cross Iron Mills

Problem: being overwhelmed in stores with racks and tables as far as the eyes can see, and then still showing up to the party wearing the same thing in a different color as that girl you went to university with, and the name you don’t remember.

Solution: New Horizon Mall.

This concept space is the second largest of its kind in Canada. Built on an Asian-style business model, New Horizon will feature 500 shop owners – who have purchased, not rented, 13-40 square meter spaces, each separated by aesthetically futuristic white walls and glass.

Supporting small business owners, and local merchants, New Horizon will celebrate Calgary’s multicultural community, homegrown talent, and original, one of kind finds.

An area that spans 5 CFL football fields, this giant business boomer will also feature 26 diverse restaurants, and 350 underground parking stalls, with plans to open sometime this summer.

The Dorian – 5th Avenue, Calgary

Calgary will soon have a new luxury hotel. One of a kind, catering to sophisticated travelers, offering an extravagantly modern experience and joining the ranks of some of the most notable around the globe – The Dorian will as smart and sharp as the city it’s soon to call home.

An honest reflection of YYC, this mega project will be anything but ordinary.

With aims to support the local economy, the Dorian invites Calgary artists, entertainers, and business owners to participate in this incredible project. The hotel will feature photography, sculptures, and even music from right here at home, and will employ over 150 Calgarians – a mutually beneficial experience for both the community and those visiting our great city.

Scheduled to open in 2020 this $100 million dollar, 27-storey, two in one hotel will be an architectural wonder. Capturing the spirit of the west, Calgary’s modern attitude, and a touch of British whimsy; The Dorian will be an anticipated addition to our already impressive city skyline.

Contributors:  Cassandra Stefanic and Angela Joyce

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