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Calgary ReggaeFest is coming to town and you won’t want to miss it! This August the fun is coming to Calgary thanks to the Calgary Reggae Festival Society where you’ll enjoy the three day festival with music, a Kids Zone, beer and more. The event kicks off August 13th at downtown Calgary’s Shawn Millennium Park where high-energy reggae performances will play by artists from around the world. 

The main event takes place August 14th and the festival will wrap up on August 15th. When you’re ready to call on your inner reggae spirit, head out to the Calgary ReggaeFest for a weekend or great music and fun.

What to Expect

The festival will be a three-day family festival featuring Canadian and international Reggae artists performing on the live…

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If you’ve never been to Tamarind in Calgary, you have to pay a visit. It’s an East Indian Restaurant serving dinner seven days a week. It was inspired by the street food of India so expect regional sauces, spices and curries in familiar dishes like chicken samosas with cilantro-infused yogurt and vinegar-infused Lamb vindaloo.

Since the owners believe in providing an enjoyable dining experience to all guests, the staff is very friendly and the food is authentic. Check out the modern feel, the tasteful décor and the fine dining experience you’ll enjoy while transporting to a night in India. Here is a look at what to expect for dinner at Tamarind.

About Tamarind

The restaurant was inspired by Bubly, Johnny and Jay Walia, restaurant owners that…

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Tucked in-between a new shop and an antique store, FARM does not look like an eatery with an impressive set of connections. It is, however. FARM is the companion business to the artisan cheese shoppe, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, and together they locally source everything served at the Farm.

Take a seat at one of the open-air tables out front and ponder over their menus. Arrive before 2pm for lunch and you can partake of one of the best pulled-pork sandwiches in Calgary. Mildly spicy, it is served with Korean BBQ sauce and kimchi made on-site instead of coleslaw for a Korean twist.

Alternatively, you can put yourself in the hands of the chef and choose the FARM sandwich. This sandwich changes almost daily and features the best local products…

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Every year, Calgary's Marda Gras festival is held on the second Sunday of August, which happens to be August 9th. The festival is fun for all ages, and it's an opportunity to help the community too. Hopefully, this guide will give you a little insight on what to expect during this event and how you can make the most of it.

Main stage

The main stage is where most of the entertainment will be. Throughout the day, anything from bands to Oktoberfest will happen on the main stage.

Pet pageant

Even the family pet can play a part in the Marda Gras festival. Dress your pet in a costume for a chance to win prizes. Any money made from the event will be donated to the Calgary Humane Society.

Street performers

Throughout 33rd Avenue, there will…

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Renovating your hoe is a bit of a hassle. Even when things are going well, it can be stressful. However, when you hire the right company to handle your renovations, it can be less stressful. Here are some of the things to know about hiring somebody for your renovations.

Who do you Need?

You need more than just one person on your team for renovations. It starts with an architect to help with the interior design of the actual space. They can also act as a general contractor, as well. Your architect should be licensed through the Alberta Association of Architects.

Another person you will need on your team is an interior designer or decorator. This person will help to create the space you desire and put the function into it. They can also help…

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An escape room is an interactive, group gaming room. Work with your teammates to solve puzzles and clues before the clock runs out. Here are a few escape games that can be found in Calgary.

Prisoners Dilemma

Ever wondered how you would actually escape from prison? You and your group of friends can try your luck in this virtual reality prison cell simulation. You and your friends will be in individual cells though, so it will be all that more challenging for an individual escape.

Game Over

Now you can save the princess like Super Mario. In this virtual world, you will not be breaking blocks though. You will be solving puzzles in order to save her before time is up.

Mutiny on the High Seas

The pirate's life isn't for everyone,…

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The Chinook Centre is about to become the home to two new exciting stores, Kate Spade and Pottery Barn Kids. There is no word when the official launch is for Kate Spade, but Pottery Barn Kids made its debut on May 29th.

Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids is the youth-centric branch of Sonoma, California based Pottery Barn. Created in 1999, it was designed to allow parents to design their children's bedrooms with ease.  Almost everything in Pottery Barn Kids is customizable with monogramming, leading to unique bedrooms centred on your child.

They also focus on furnishings that are easy to install and change, as they understand that most children change their tastes with frequency. Pottery Barn Kids offers complimentary design planning…

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The Calgary housing market saw the first month since December 2014 where residential unadjusted benchmark prices actually improved compared to the previous month. During the month of May, the housing prices within the city of Calgary totalled $454,100. This was a monthly increase of 0.55% and a year-over-year increase of 0.96%.

Compared to last year, new listings have eased a bit, which has also helped to push closer to balanced conditions even though sales are a bit slower, currently. This can help to prevent any further declines when it comes to the unadjusted benchmark price.

For the month of May, Calgary had 3,161 units listed, which is a 27% decrease over May of 2014. The total inventory levels for May were 5,342 units, which is 16% higher…

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The Calgary Stampede will be held from July 3rd through July 12th. This week long event is guaranteed to make learning about agriculture fun. If you are thinking about adding this event to your list of things to do, here is a closer look at some of what the event has to offer and how you can be a part of it all!

Events and Attractions

There will be interactive displays throughout the Stampede. Learn about how a cow is milked, and then enjoy milk and cookies for just two dollars. There will be farm animals, such as cows, dogs, and chickens for everyone to pet. Step inside the Heritage Cabin to see how the pioneers lived. You can also put your own green thumb to the test by planting a sunflower seed and then taking it home with you to watch it…

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Family owned and operated, Spruce Meadow is a premium venue for a variety of horse sports. This establishment was created with the thought of providing a one-of-a-kind experience for horse lovers in the Calgary area. The owners focused on providing “good friendship, good commerce and good sport.”

All who are involved with the facility have helped uphold the values and anticipations that were installed into the making of Spruce Meadows. Spruce Meadows sits on 400 acres of land, and there is a variety of facilities on the property.

These facilities are utilized for special occasions and business meetings. These include the British House, Congress Hall, Equi-Plex, CP Canada House and Gallery on the green. Each offers a variety of benefits that will…

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