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Hudsons Canadian Tap House serves up traditional pub grub infused with a northern point of view. Appetizers challenge hunger's oppressive rule with options including yam fries ($8) and traditional or boneless chicken wings, bathed in house sauces such as Forty Creek whisky barbecue and 4th Degree ($11 for a single order, $20 for a double). The signature steak sandwich tops a flame-grilled, 7-ounce Certified Angus Beef sirloin with sweet-onion twigs, then clutches it between toasted garlic panini ($10), and the fish 'n' chips ($15) silences any lingering stomach growls by piling hulking slabs of flaky haddock atop golden fries. Though not included in today's deal, patrons can slake their thirst and muster the courage to yodel at an attractive stranger with frosty mugs of beers across Canada, ranging from Alberta's own Alley Kat Aprikat wheat ale to Quebec's St. Ambroise oatmeal stout.
16061 MacLeod Trail SE
Calgary,
AB
CA
Under the graceful baton of music director and conductor Roberto Minczuk, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences of all ages with a broad repertoire of classical and contemporary orchestral works. A series of casual Rush Hour performances hosted by the CBC’s Katherine Duncan helps patrons scrub ears clear of workaday sounds such as clicking keyboards and gossiping water coolers with mellifluous one-hour concerts. Tchaikovsky on the Edge treats cochleae to a hearty slice of the composer’s moving Symphony no. 6 ("Pathétique"); February’s The Red Violin performance drives away winter’s gray atmosphere with a quartet of colourful stringed pieces including Aaron Copland’s "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Leonard Bernstein’s "Three Dance Episodes from On the Town" bolstered by Donovan Seidle’s fleet-fingered fiddling. Ready hips and shoulders for unfettered shimmying during May’s ¡Viva España! concert featuring a trio of animated Iberian melodies including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, op. 34; Maurice Ravel’s sultry Boléro; and Manuel de Falla’s "Ritual Fire Dance" accompanied by Fred Astaire–shaped flames. To keep audience members in tune with what they’re hearing, the host and the musical director dole a bevy of interesting insights about the evening’s program.
205 8 Avenue Southeast
Calgary,
AB
CA
Avenue magazine and the Hamilton Spectator featured the Calgary Opera and more than 700 Facebookers are fans.
1315 7 St SW
Calgary,
AB
CA
During Reel Babies movie showings, theatres transform into child-friendly arenas where new parents can enjoy recent releases while tending to tykes. Empire Theatres keeps the auditorium lights dim and lowers the volume on new films such as Our Idiot Brother, One Day, and The Debt, ensuring an environment conducive to child-care. Parents can transport their mini-me to the auditorium's "exersaucer", baby swing, and play mat, allowing young minds to expend energy otherwise spent solving Fermat's Last Theorem. Additionally, a changing table and bottle warmer ensures parents can remain in the theatre for all reunion scenes between protagonists and their coffee makers.
16061 Macleod Trail Southeast
Calgary,
AB
CA
The cherished tradition of the rustic public house remains alive and well at The Kilkenny Irish Pub, where Irish and British fare—along with local pub stables such as burgers and nachos—fuels hours of good-natured revelry. Chandeliers hanging overhead illuminate the knotted patterns on wood-panelled booths as well as the high ceilings of the central dining room. The bar's various nooks betray more than a touch of Old World charm, from the warmth that emanates from a stone fireplace to the antique bicycles pinned to the walls and the steam-powered Big Buck Hunter console in the arcade room. After a short jig across the rugged planks of the hardwood floor, one arrives at a luxurious lacquered bar, whose tenders pour whisky or frosty pints of brew to pair with feasts of shepherd's pie and Yorkshire pudding.
3630 Brentwood Road Northwest
Calgary,
AB
CA
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1011 1 Street Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA
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