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Andrea Grant

Andrea Grant

Andrea’s love for Calgary started in a special spot in the Elbow River, which she promptly made her personal swimming treadmill. Delighted by the city’s clean waterways, its go-getter culture, and its proximity to the mountains, she’s recently declared herself here to stay. Andrea lives car-free and likes to keep her hangouts downtown-ish. She spends a lot of time at the Stronghold climbing gym. She also likes Café Bene on 4thAve SW because of the treats andthe fantastic Café Bene poem they have on the curtains behind the counter. Her best Calgary discovery so far is the mall attached to the T&T. Giant hologram prints of tigers, cheap sushi, and an outrageous selection of sweet buns – fantastic!

Recent Posts by Andrea Grant

Kitesurfing culture in Calgary

    When I tell people around here that I kitesurf, the most frequent response is: “Really?  Where do you do that around Calgary?”  And it’s a valid question.  Calgary, with its ice-cold rivers and few lakes, is not a kitesurfing hotspot. As one tries to do one’s best to kite around here, one will face a Continue Reading »

Written on September 13, 2013



We’re DIGging it: Calgary Eco-Entrepreneurship

  I met some of my favourite Calgary friends on a tour of the Calgary landfill, last year.  Yes, the landfill was an unusual mingling venue, but we were all surprised by how much fun we had together learning about waste (no doubt enhanced by the rowdy-adults-on-a-school-bus factor).  Following the tour, I’ve learned that it was Continue Reading »

Written on August 29, 2013



Eliese Watson gets Calgary Buzzing about Bees

    When I first heard about Eliese Watson, I thought C.I.A. readers would likely be interested in learning about her urban beekeeping work in Calgary, and maybe a bit about bees themselves.  Some light summer reading.  Maybe with some cool pictures of bees. But I had no idea.  Unexpectedly, my interview with her BLEW Continue Reading »

Written on August 14, 2013



Seven Reasons Telus Spark Adults Only Night is a Killer Night Out

    On the second Thursday of the month, the Telus Spark Science Centre hosts Adults Only Nights, from 6-10 pm.  Our Calgary Is Awesome Nerd Life Editor, Nick Taylor, attends Adults Only Nights regularly, and has nothing but ridiculous tales to tell from his visits.  I was therefore easily convinced to join him and Continue Reading »

Written on July 31, 2013



Tubby Dog has tacos! But only for one hour a week.

    I probably shouldn’t be writing about this.  When you discover something so special but so scarce, it really should stay a secret.  But at the same time, awesome is what C.I.A. blogs about, so I can’t help but share. And here we go: Tubby Dog has tacos.  The real kind – made with Continue Reading »

Written on July 17, 2013



Diner en Blanc: Way more than a fancy wet T-shirt party

    “Yeah, it’s just going to a big toga party,” my roommate explained in frustration, as she was getting ready to leave for Calgary’s first Diner en Blanc this past Thursday. In effort to conform to the event’s strict dress code, she was trying to fashion some sort of ‘elegant’ looking white bag out Continue Reading »

Written on July 6, 2013



Painting Horses on Windows: A Uniquely Calgary Business

  As you are likely aware, it has recently become impossible to walk through a revolving glass door in Calgary that has not been painted as saloon doors.  Being only a couple weeks before the Stampede, horse-and-cowboy paintings – on store windows and/or on shopping centre mirrored walls – have also become ubiquitous. This city’s Continue Reading »

Written on June 21, 2013



Meet our new team: C.I.A. is beefed-up and more bloggy than ever

    If you’re one Calgary Is Awesome’s loyal readers, you’ve likely noticed that our list of editors is growing as looooong as a Stampede breakfast line-up.  Back in April we went looking for new editors, and we’re delighted to introduce you to our new and beefed-up Team C.I.A. Last week we all met up Continue Reading »

Written on June 9, 2013



This week’s Community Showcase will be way more fun than work

    This city seems to have a growing affection for concise, creative presentations about pretty much anything.  Five years ago, TEDx talks and PechaKucha Nights were relatively obscure and innovative ways to get together, be entertained, and learn.  These days, many organizations – local and otherwise – are adopting and adapting these event formats. Continue Reading »

Written on May 25, 2013



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