What better way to start off the new month and celebrate the great weather than by paying a visit to the Calgary Night Market which will be opening again this weekend!
Calgary’s Night Market, which was opened by The Market Shop Local (Ltd), has been hosting community artisan markets since 2011. The first outdoor markets were hosted in the summer of 2015 with more than 5,000 supporters and in 2016, the Calgary Night Market was opened at Central Memorial Park with more than 25,000 attendants!
Coming up, this Saturday June 2nd the market will be open from 5 pm until ll pm on Sunday, June 3rd . Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t worry! You will have other opportunities to go again on July 7th– July 8th, July 28th– 29th and August 25th– 26th. Hosted at the SE parking lot at Southcentre Mall, the Calgary Night Market will be open for you the enjoy this spring time.
The market will have live entertainment for all to enjoy and a variety of different food to choose from with all the different food trucks and stalls that will be present.
Open mic night will be hosted on Saturday 2nd from 5 to 9 pm, and karaoke will take place on both days from 7 to 11 pm.
Whether you’re driving (free parking, y’all) or taking the train (easy access from Anderson station), the market will have a variety of different activities and businesses that will keep you busy throughout your visit. Not to mention it’s free and pet-friendly!
Drop by the Calgary Night Market this summer and a have a great time with friends and family as you enjoy and support your local businesses, artisan vendors and musicians!
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Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles
The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.
Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.
Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.
The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.
Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!
So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.
Local Love for Local Laundry
As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.
From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.
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