New in Gay Calgary – Passport Magazine

Author: , October 27th, 2017

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Music is liquid architecture,” wrote Goethe. “Architecture is frozen music.” It’s a pithy, oft-quoted turn of phrase that makes intuitive sense. One needn’t read music, let alone study architecture, to understand that rhythm, structure, harmony, and precise detail amid sweeping grandeur are common elements of the two artforms.

Another common factor: unlike paintings and literature, which are largely passive, requiring us to approach their frames, to open their covers, music and architecture reach out in our direction, playing inevitable parts in our daily lives.

Until last year, North America had no major music museum with a building befitting its subject. Then came the opening of the spectacular and stirring Studio Bell, home of Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta (850 4th St. SE. Tel: 403-543-5115. It’s a deeply satisfying building to explore, seeming to unfold around you as you move through it. Like the best symphonies, it is at once majestically scaled and compellingly intimate.

What did we have before this? Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is, to me, Pei’s knock-off of his own Louvre Pyramid; it looks like an award-ceremony trophy, with none of music’s emotional resonance.

And while it might be argued that the Seattle edifice originally built as the Experience Music Project, Frank Gehry’s most garish major building, resembles a frozen chunk of 1970’s Moog synthesizer sounds, the design is untethered to any coherent vision. With no essential change to its appearance, the building was rechristened last year as the Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP) and now houses a hodgepodge collection “spanning science fiction, fantasy, horror, fashion, sports, and video games.” Studio Bell is on another plane altogether.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Transgender Crosswalk Hits the Streets of Calgary

Author: , September 17th, 2017

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Two new crosswalks have appeared in Calgary in time for pride, one rainbow and one with the transgender pride colors.

It is the first time that the city has painted a trans pride crosswalk, and becomes the third Canadian city to do so, after after Whitehorse and Lethbridge. The one in Lethbridge is the first permanent transgender crosswalk.

The crosswalks in Calgary can be found at 4 St. and 17 Ave. S.W.

“It’s quite a positive and supportive statement for our city to have that done,” Jason Kingsley, president and executive producer of Calgary Pride, said.

By Jeff Taylor – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Calgary Westways Guest House, Calgary, Alberta

Author: , March 15th, 2014

Calgary Westways Guest House, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Calgary’s Best Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast: Experience our downtown 1912 Arts & Craft style home with its English ambiance. Relax, be comfortable & be you, say Jonathon & Graham. Calgary?s only CAA / AAA 3 Diamond B&B. Enjoy our many amenities including our clothing optional deluxe hot tub.

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Nuvo Hotel Suites, Calgary, Canada

Author: , March 2nd, 2014

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In the heart of Calgary’s downtown is the trendy residential community known as the Beltline where comfortable and safe urban living is a recognised characteristic of the neighbourhood. Modern new high rise apartments blend with older historic buildings and everything architecturally in between to form a truly pleasant living environment for those who want to be close to the downtown commercial district. Naturally, this community is home to several new boutique hotels for the convenience of business and leisure travellers who want to share this urban experience. One of the most popular is the stylish Nuvo Hotel Suites which is perfect for a short visit to Calgary or an extended stay in the city.

This small boutique hotel is in an ideal location to walk a few blocks to the downtown business sector of Calgary, or the trendy and renowned 17th Avenue entertainment district. The suites are spacious and well appointed with all amenities including a kitchen for simple meals in your room. This is particularly good as the hotel is located just across from a Safeway supermarket with a great take-out deli section. There is a small work station area for a computer enabling guests to keep in touch while traveling. The staff are very efficient, friendly and helpful. Some parking is available but needs to be reserved in advance of arrival if possible. They offer free high speed WiFi and long distance calling within North America. Some units even have their own washer and dryer for the convenience of those on long term stays.

At Nuvo Hotel Suites, the guests’ comfort is a top priority and as a unique Calgary boutique hotel catering to a multitude of needs, they strive to provide an affordable, comfortable and convenient experience.

All of the hotel suites offer a spacious queen bed, with a top of the line mattress. If you require more sleeping areas, rooms are available with pull-out couches or a second bed. The property is a 100% non-smoking facility to protect the guests’ health and comfort during their stay. Impressive value is available in this exceptional downtown Calgary hotel which offers executive suites displaying unique artwork and contemporary furnishings.

Many local attractions are nearby, including the Saddledome, the Calgary Tower and the Calgary Stampede Fairgrounds. After a day of perusing the city’s offerings and exhibits, guests enjoy the multitude of dining and shopping options in close proximity to their Calgary accommodations. Some balcony rooms are available with a view of the breathtaking Calgary skyline, and all the rooms have windows which open to allow fresh air to circulate. Those traveling for business purposes will appreciate the complimentary Internet and phone services, and the automatic coffee maker available in each room offers the perfect beginning to your day in the privacy of your own room. Numerous local restaurants and bars, shopping amenities, recreational facilities and cultural experiences are easily accessible from Element Hotel. Just a few short blocks from the hotle is The 17th Avenue Entertainment District which is recognised as the heart of Calgary for dining and shopping.
Some Local Dining Options Include:
* Balo Vietnamese Restaurant
* The King and I
* Brewsters 11th ave
* Ric’s Grill
* Janice Beaton Fine Cheese and The Farm Restaurant
* Laurier Lounge
* Bonterra Trattoria
* The Coup + Meet
* Bumpy’s Cafe
* Nellie’s Cosmic Cafe
* Blowfish Sushi

Nuvo Hotel Suites offers the unique combination of contemporary styling, modern connectivity, and sophisticated, stylish decor to make your stay easier and more enjoyable. The friendly, knowledgeable staff is ready to help you with everything from a local restaurant recommendation to a last-minute photocopy need.

Facilities of NUVO Hotel Suites:
Bedroom: Alarm clock, Wardrobe/Closet, Extra Long Beds (> 2 metres)
Kitchen: Dishwasher, Microwave, Coffee machine, Kitchenware, Refrigerator, Oven, Stovetop, Toaster, Kitchen
Living Area: Seating Area
Media & Technology: Radio, Cable Channels, iPod dock, Flat-screen TV, Telephone
Food & Drink: Breakfast in the room
Internet: Free WiFi is available in the hotel rooms
Parking: Guest parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs CAD 18 per day.
Services: Express check-in/check-out, Laundry, Fax/photocopying
General: Non-smoking rooms, Family rooms, Heating, Allergy-free room, Non-smoking throughout, Air conditioning, Fan, Ironing Facilities, Iron

This is an affordable boutique hotel option in a perfect Calgary downtown location providing spacious, reasonably priced accommodations for short or extended visits.

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Check Out the Purple Roofs Select Listings Section

Author: , May 8th, 2013

At Purple Roofs, we list more than 5,000 gay and lesbian owned and friendly accommodations around the world with extensive information. But we also have our Select List – more than 500 properties with full page Expanded Listings on the Purple Roofs site, where you can easily view photos and get more information about these welcoming properties.

Today, we’ll profile one of these properties:

Calgary Westways Guest House, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaProperty Name: Calgary Westways Guest House
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Gay Owned

This 1912 heritage residence radiates the Arts and Crafts ambiance, retains its heritage character with its original box beam ceilings, magnificent built-in china display cabinets, leaded glass windows and hardwood floors. Guests are welcome to relax in the cozy living room that is enhanced by a living flame gas fireplace, or surf the web at the communal computer station on the enclosed heated front porch.

We are renowned for our table layout where hearty breakfasts are served on fine bone china and accompanied with cut crystal and silver at the mahogany Duncan-style dining table where guests from all over the world engage in friendly conversations.

After a hard day or night out, then come relax in our deluxe 32 jets hot tub located on the deck at the rear of the house. The deck is surrounded with privacy cedar lattice screens and is clothing optional.

At the end of the day, or the start of a romantic night, our bedrooms take you away in cozy comfort on our deep pillow top mattresses. All are non-smoking, with ensuite bathrooms, TV/DVD, cable, telephone, broadband, desk and bathroom robes.

See the Calgary Westways Expanded Listing here.

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AB: Calgary Mayor to Lead Gay Pride Parade

Author: , July 10th, 2011

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will be the grand marshal in this year’s gay pride parade, he confirmed on Monday.

“Yeah, you know, I marched in it last year because I really believe as mayor you’re mayor of all Calgarians,” he said. “And, you know, I’m happy to go to all kinds of cultural festivals and other things for different groups.”

The parade starts at 12:00 p.m. on Sept. 4 at Olympic Plaza. The procession will travel west along Eighth Avenue, winding up at Shaw Millennium Park for a street festival. Pride week runs from Sept. 1 to 11.

Full Story from CBC News

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Calgary: Q Festival Tonight at 8 PM

Author: , March 5th, 2011

Q Festival, CalgaryThe diversity and inclusiveness that puts Calgary firmly on the path to greatness as a city gets added richness on Saturday with the city’s first Queer Arts & Culture Festival — or Q the Arts, for short. The festival, spearheaded by the Fairy Tales Presentation Society in conjunction with Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, features 11 artists presenting work in visual art, theatre, music, dance and spoken word.

“The (Fairy Tales) board has always been very interested in moving into other art forms to become a full cultural festival,” says Jessica Dollard, who took over as the society’s programming and producing director two years ago. “It took 13 years to build the (Fairy Tales) film festival to where it is — and now we’re at a point where not only do I feel the city is ready, but I also feel the organization is ready for more forms of expression and voices, more artists.”

Not all those taking part in the festival are members of the LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and questioning) community, says one of four Q the Arts programming curators, Kris Kelly.

Full Story from The Calgary Herald

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