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What to Do in Calgary: Ania Boniecka’s March Picks

Your monthly round-up of everything cool, stylish and fun going down in Cowtown from Calgary Localist-at-large Ania Boniecka

1. Upgrade Your Homestead
Make sure to visit Dade LOFT, a brand new space from one of Inglewood’s landmarks. The gallery moved from its old home on 9th Ave. to a concept shop set up in a house, so you can really get the feel for what all the pieces will look like in a livable space. And it’s incredible how differently you look at things when you see their purpose! The design duo behind Dade introduced brand new furniture and home decor collections, while also keeping many of their previous favourites in stock. We might have walked out with a new set of Linea lights—a.k.a. my new obsession.

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2. Salute Spring
We are all excited for spring’s official arrival and what better way to celebrate the equinox than with a salute to the rising sun on March 19 at the observation deck of the Calgary tower? Make sure to bring your mat and a water bottle. Entry is $35 per person and the class is open to all levels of yogis. Visit for more deets.

3. Be a Part of Local History
I love a good story and does Ten Foot Henry have one for you! A beloved figure in the Calgary art scene since the early ’80s, the character originally started as an American comic strip in the ’30s. His Calgary roots were laid down in 1981 when Blake Brooker, co-founder of performance theatre One Yellow Rabbit, commissioned a ten-foot figure of Henry to be placed in his backyard, complete with interchangeable speech bubbles. Finding home in many of the city’s artsy spots, Henry once had a nightclub named after him, eventually moving to Calgary’s famous Night Gallery (now closed), where he resided for over 19 years. Well, now Henry is back to the same building he called home, this time on the lower level.

Aside from its feel good history, the new Ten Foot Henry restaurant (1209 1 St. SW) space features hanging plants, supplied by Plant (hanging copper pipes) and Esme Beauty & Floral Bar (all the gorge bouquets), as well as an abundance of space in front of the bar and an open kitchen. The restaurant focuses on North American cuisine, representative of the cultural melting pot and mosaic that is the U.S. and Canada, respectively. Dishes are served family-style and I already have my eye on their yakitori chicken. Look out for Little Henry, opening later this spring with grab-and-go options.

4. Get Caffeinated
Freshly opened since last Thursday, Calgary’s newest cafe is finally here: Rosso Coffee Roasters (1400 9 Ave. SE). The spot is already a favourite amongst coffee drinkers around the city, but we are extra excited with having it just doors down from our studio. Not to mention, the minute I walked in I ran into a group of friends! Who doesn’t love a spot that feels like home?

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5. Lend Your Support
Looking for Thursday night plans? You can still get your tickets to one of Calgary’s hottest fashion events: Love Her: A Fashionable Fundraiser in Support of Ovarian Cancer. Presented in partnership with Leo Boutique and hosted by the oh-so-funny Jessica Holmes, the event will feature lots of delicious food, giveaways and, of course, the opportunity to raise awareness for a great cause. Love Her takes place at the Hotel Arts (119 12 Ave. SW), with doors at opening at 6 p.m.

Ania Boniecka’s February Picks
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