That’s a wrap

After a summer spent doing little more than working, I once again have some time to breathe and see friends and do things that I love. One of those things I love is blogging at MrYYC. However, I have made the choice not to revive this blog (though I reserve the right to change my mind at some later date).

As much as I love this blog and all that it has done for me, my interest has waned, and that means I don’t spend the time doing my research, and it means that I’m not really focused on producing the best content that I can. After two years, I found that I was starting to re-hash cyclical events instead of really going to dig up new and interesting things. While that information was helpful and seemed to be highly sought (Remembrance Day events and Cinco de Mayo events both had thousands and thousands of unique visitors in the days leading up to each), I got tired of being the one who went to dig it up.

Thanks very specifically to this blog, I met some amazing, wonderful, inspiring Calgarians, some of whom I now count as very good friends. My path likely would not have crossed theirs had it not been for MrYYC, and so I can say with some authority that if you want to expand your social circle, write a blog. Although, make darn sure that you’re writing one that makes you leave your house.

I have learned so much about Calgary, about many incredible organizations who operate from here, and have come to better understand the spirit that drives this city. It may be that this spirit exists in every city, and that we are not so unique. I’m probably more of that latter school of thought than another. I can say, however, that I didn’t even really know it existed until I made it my job to seek it out and to participate in its energy.

Beginning almost immediately, I will be doing some writing for the Alberta Family Histories Society blog, being a closet genealogist. I also have another project that I’ll be announcing in due course (if it becomes a thing), which is not unlike MrYYC, but I don’t think it’s really like it either. I’m going to hang on to my Twitter and continue to communicate from there. Lots of people seem to know who I am there, and I don’t really want to go to the hassle of rebranding—or unbranding, as the case may be. Nor am I quite ready to not declare myself to be Mister YYC.

Thank you to my readers, to my friends, and to all Calgarians. You all make this such a special and joyful place to call home.

Gone fishin’

It is with a good deal of reconsideration and plenty of regret that I’m going to be taking a hiatus of undetermined length from my blogging here at MrYYC. Other priorities have simply taken hold of my time, and don’t appear all that amenable to letting go in the near future.

I thank you who are my readers for your attention and your interest. I thank all of the fabulous organizers of events and festivals and markets and hooplas that make this city such a fun a lively place to live. I thank WordPress for giving me such an easy platform upon which to publish my thoughts and findings unto the world, and I thank Google for helping those thoughts and findings get found.

You can probably still find me lurking about on Twitter. I hope to still do my best to push some of the best that Calgary has to offer out to the city’s denizens there.

I hope to be back. I don’t know when that will be.


Cirque du Soleil–Amaluna now in Calgary

I can’t even begin to tell you how many crushes I developed last night. So many! You know all of those gorgeous people in the new Destination Calgary video? Yeah, hot babes and dudes, to be sure. But they have nothing on the visitors we are hosting for the next few weeks, the cast of Cirque du Soleil’s show Amaluna.

It was a privilege to be invited to the opening night, and I brought my Ma along as my date. (Quick aside… you want rock star balancingtreatment? Bring along with you an old lady who needs a wheelchair over distances. Bam! That guy from that rock band—you know, the one that sings in the falsetto voice and all the girls love?—doesn’t get the treatment of his own personal usher.) This truly is an amazing show.

Now, I’m not going to be the guy who ruins it for you, but when you go, you’re in for some wicked fun and cool things. If I were to even describe them, you’d be all, “I don’t get it.” That’s because I’m not a real writer, and I can’t really explain things like I saw last night. I’ll leave that to real writers who get paid for it. But there’s water, and there’s fire, and there’s balancing of people and things, and other people walking on slackwire (I think it’s slackwire), and some dude who can climb up a 30 foot pole with his hands easier than I can walk across the street. And a lady named Lara Jacobs who taught me on Twitter how to do the spoon thing you see to the right (her rendition is decidedly more impressive…trust me, you’ll talk about it to the people at the office).

This next part is for the guys, so you girls just go on to the next paragraph. Dudes. Holy hot women, like, everywhere. See, so you take a date or your girlfriend or your wife to the show, and they’ll love it, because it’s amazing. And you’ll love it, because it’s amazing. But you also get to see some of the most unbearably athletic women you’ve ever seen in your life. From the bendy girl in the enormous soup bowl to the stunning woman in the white dress (who I caught some eye contact with, and I think we had a moment), they’re all just so fabulous. But hold your girl’s hand, so she knows you still really want her and not the women hanging onto tie downs and flying around the Grand Chapiteau at 20km/h.


Photo credit: Laurence Labat

Right! So we just talked some man talk up there. Engines and football and such. We can continue on now.

Attending Cirque isn’t cheap, but there’s just no question of value for the money. If you like to be amazed and entertained that is. If you don’t like that, I don’t know what to tell you. But for the rest, frankly, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Some are better than others, of course, but there’s not one where you’d think “meh”. Not one.

Performances run pretty much every night from


Photo credit: Laurence Labat

now until May 19 (except Mondays). (You know what that means…hot athletic out-of-towners at the bars on Sunday nights, y’all!) Tickets start at about $60. I poked around the schedule, and there’s plenty of good seats left even for larger groups, but you’re going to want to get them quick before the reviews go goofy about how great the show is and they sell out and you’re stuck watching Tim Ferriss balance stuff on the side of a glass instead of watching Lara display her beautiful relationship with gravity. Oh, and you’ll miss the wet girl in the big goblet.

You’ll get all the deets you could possibly need by visiting Cirque Du Soleil’s website.

For those among you who are Twitterers, there’s at least a handful of Amaluna’s talented performers on there, so be sure to follow and make them feel welcome while they’re visiting our city. Check out Lara Jacobs, Viktor Kee, Amy McClendon, Rachael Wood, and Angela Johnson-Swan.

Disclosure: I was offered and accepted two complimentary tickets to the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. I took my mom.

Calgary Dollars Market–Mon Apr 8

Platypus in Geelong

Couldn’t find a goodly sized photo that represented Calgary Dollars well, nor a very big image of their logo, so please look at this funny platypus instead.

I wrote about Calgary Dollars previously and pretty much intimated at the time that I don’t know anything first-hand about this alternative currency. What I can tell you is that there are C$ markets once a month, and you’ll have a chance to learn more about this alt-currency, who is using it, how you can benefit from it if you sell services or stuff, and like that.

Markets are always held at the Spruce Cliff Community Centre at 608 Poplar Road SW (near Westbrook Mall). Check out the Calgary Dollars website for more information.

April’s market is tonight from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

EPIC launches cowork space for social ventures

Two phrases that I find entering my sphere more and more in the last couple of years are “social enterprise” and “cowork space”. Today, the launch of a new not-for-profit facility marries the two. EPIC is a new social enterprise (A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in
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April 2013 preview of Calgary events, festivals, speakers, fundraisers, and more

I’ve been a busy fellow these last handful of months. And I was finding that my busy world was keeping me from blogging. In fact, I was toying with the idea that it’s time to hang up the skates on this project, as it is a pretty considerable demand on my time. Last night,
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World Storytelling Day 2013 events

Who doesn’t like to hear a good story? Nobody, that’s who. Humankind has a long, long, long tradition of oral storytelling—in fact, for

World Storytelling Day logo by Mats Rehnman

millennia that’s how our ancestors got their information. (This, frankly, is a bit crazy to me, as I can’t even really remember the time
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International Festival of Animated Objects, Mar 9 to 17

Have you known someone whose birthday falls on February 29? If so, you may have noticed how super-exciting their birthday is when it actually rolls around once every four years. It could be for a very similar reason that I get a little giggity when Calgary’s International Festival of Animated Objects returns, since only
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Don’t come looking for me…I’m fine

No, I haven’t been arrested. Really, Mom, I’m fine. I swear. As usually happens this time of year, workload at the day job gets a little overwhelming. You’re not going to hear much from me until after my parole date deadline has passed in early March.
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Winefest February 22 and 23 (+ win 2 tickets!)

One of my favourite events of the year returns to Calgary this coming weekend. I don’t know if you’ll like it though. I mean, it’s only an all-included festival dedicated to the most sophisticated and intoxicating (figuratively and literally) beverages known to humankind. Yeah, you wouldn’t like that at all, would you?

Oh, of
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