By Brigit Lister

After 42 years in the restaurant industry, 20 years as a career Chef, and working and representing his country internationally four times competitively, it was a natural progression and life long dream for Chef Michael Noble to open a restaurant. In August 2010 he opened the NOtaBLE restaurant in Calgary, in the then newly emerging community of Montgomery, surviving Calgary’s ever changing landscape and never looking back. In fact, by his own description, “Everyone thought Chef Noble was crazy to open his restaurant in Montgomery. He proved them wrong.”

During the course of its evolution these past ten years, most things have remained the same. The 18 month Pandemic,…

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THE ALBERTA ADVANTAGE - Alberta still prevails when it comes to investing in real estate

BY Cindy Stephen

Whether single or multi-family, residential real estate sales in Calgary, the fourth largest city in Canada, remains robust due in part to affordability and reasonable taxes.  Alberta was the first Canadian province to fully re-open, post-COVID and has also possessed a can-do attiBtude. 

June statistics from the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) show that the average price of apartment-style condominiums in Calgary is sitting at $260,000 while the average single-family home price is hovering at just under $500,000.   These prices are before GST and of course, part of the Alberta Advantage is that there is no Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

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TIMELESSLY TRUE - Luxury Dining at Calgary's Oldest Restaurant


By Danielle Rourke

It was 1955. Calgary was quickly becoming the fastest growing city in all of Canada. Oil and gas was booming, agricultural businesses were expanding, and populations were doubling. Markets of all shapes and sizes were evolving. For one man, the underdeveloped restaurant market became the ultimate opportunity. Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, $20,000, and knowing next to nothing about the business, Hy Aisenstat bravely opened the first Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar.

Barb Steen, Hy’s current general manager of Calgary’s oldest restaurant explains, “The restaurant’s success started with Hy himself. He was larger a larger than life…

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EDWARD MICHELL – The Light Beneath

By Danielle Rourke

“I am inspired by the darkness. It goes hand in hand with the light. However dark the days may feel, there is joy hidden behind the blackness. This too shall pass and the sun will shine again. We will go on. It’s all in how we perceive it.”

These words of artist Edward Michell most certainly relate to so many of us. At one time or another we all face loss, sadness, and pain. It’s what we do with it that counts. 

World renowned, Calgary born artist, Edward Michell has been revealing the light amidst darkness for decades. His backdrop, challenging and thick like toffee. It contradicts the rules. It’s unprecedented. Edward Michell couldn’t be more pleased.

Edward Michell was always…

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SUNDANCE LANDSCAPING – 45 Years of Luxury Landscaping

By Danielle Rourke

Paul McGoy began Sundance Landscaping in 1977. This award winning design and construction firm has been building dreams ever since. With a specialty in high-end custom residential landscape architecture, Sundance Landscaping is renowned for working with custom homes in Calgary and the surrounding foothills.

Over the last 45 years, Sundance has designed and built more than 500 custom landscape projects with construction budgets ranging from $50,000 to $1.5 million.

Paul’s designs and visions for each project, combined with a dedicated and loyal team, is at the heart of Sundance’s success. Paul McGoy has built a dynamic and experienced team of landscape designers…

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TEATRO’S NEWEST CHARMS – Vendome and Holy Cow

By Danielle Rourke

The Teatro Restaurant Group, headed up by Dario Berloni, first started changing the lives of Calgarians through culinary masterpieces back in the early 1990s. Located in the old Dominion Bank Heritage Building, Teatro has remained unique and unparalleled in the eyes of Calgary residents, mostly due to its timeless charm and unique character. Since then, the group has expanded to open six more restaurants. With each restaurant’s special feel, Teatro Group has worked to fulfill the needs of all Calgarians for many years through dining offerings and community outreach initiatives. Most recently, Teatro partnered with The Educational Partnership Foundation to host a culinary arts program…

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The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth…a Testament to Our Western Heritage 

By James-Clarke Lister

The lingering smells of the midway filling the air with temptation, the vibrant entertainment, the parade, the rides, extraordinary fireworks, daring rides, Pow Wow dances, chuck wagon racing and the world’s largest outdoor Rodeo…what comes to mind when YOU think of The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth? In the heart of downtown, hundreds of thousands of guests visit from all over the world each July to experience the ‘10 Days of Madness’ or what Calgarians proudly call the Stampede. It’s an annual presence spanning two world wars, the Great Depression and the 2013 flood. It was cancelled only once due to the 2020 pandemic. Returning this year, the 2021…

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Passion Behind the Paint - Artist Paul Van Ginkel

By Danielle Rourke

He was 10 years old, he was visiting from Winnipeg and it was his first time to the Calgary Stampede.

Admiration was immediate for these gentle giants, these horses, so proud, so stealth and so dignified. Who are these creatures he wondered. He was in awe. The cowboy hats, the history, the jeans, the First Nations culture, the tepees, the performances, all of it, he loved. It was electric, it was Western and it is where this love affair began.

This impressionable newfound interest set the stage for one of Canada’s most notable Western image fine art painters, a Calgarian since 1973.

Looking back, artist Paul Van Ginkel can clearly see how this first trip to the Stampede…

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