Who doesn’t love free stuff? Check back here often to see the latest and greatest contests and giveaways for Calgary is Awesome readers. We work hard to get you exclusive items that you can’t get from anyone else. We thank you for checking us out from all over the world but all contests are for Calgary-area residents only. (Note to our smartphone friends, you’ll need to get on a desktop to be able to submit most contest entries.)


Win tickets to opening night of WICKED

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Passes for the Calgary Folk Fest

2014 Calgary Folk Fest

What’s a Calgary summer without partaking in the Calgary Folk Fest! The lovely folks at the festival want you to join in on all the fun by giving us a pair of 4-day flex passes to give to a lucky reader! The full lineup can be found at the Folk Fest website to check out all the amazing bands and artists that will be in town July 24-27. Answer our trivia question below and you can like and follow us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck!



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Summer Sizzling with President’s Choice – $50 gift card

President's Choice Spices of the Prairies burger

Summertime means barbecues and it’s time to get cooking. Local foodie Dan Clapson has worked his magic in the kitchen to come up with some delicious President’s Choice menu items that you can make yourself in your own cookout. Download the recipes here to get started. This includes the “Spices of the Prairies” bison burgers topped with a spicy blueberry aioli, provolone cheese and thick potato chips. Add a side dish like the Shaved Fennel and Baby Potato Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing and your tastebuds will be singing. Our friends at Loblaws want you to stock up on these bbq goodies and more with a $50 gift card! Answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in Dan’s recipes here) and you can like and follow us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck!




Celebrate summer with a $50 Original Joe’s gift card

It’s that time of year again! Original Joe’s summer menu is back and ready to tantalize those taste buds! Our friends at Original Joe’s want you to check out these warm-weather-inspired creations which is why we are giving away a $50 gift card! OJ’s summer menu includes grilled corn medallions, scallop and prawn ceviche in fresh-squeezed lime juice, tender P.E.I. mussels, kale and romaine salad tossed in an avocado and lime vinaigrette, and a bison burger served on a toasted brioche bun. Top it all off with new drinks like the Summer Fling cocktail made with Absolut vodka, berry puree, fresh basil and cucumber. Answer our trivia question below to enter and you can tweet or like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

EXCLUSIVE: WICKED presale access for C.I.A. readers

The much beloved Broadway musical WICKED is back in town July 23 – August 17 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz.  One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.  How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – musical in a long time” according to USA Today. You guys get the first crack at getting tickets. Presale starts this Friday May 2 at 10am and ends Sunday May 4 at 10pm. Get your tickets online at Ticketmaster and use presale code: POPULAR   Wicked Calgary musical __________________________________________________________________________

Win a $25 gift card and cookbook from The Coup


Coup Cookbook

The Coup on 17th Avenue is currently closed for renovations, but when they are back up-and-running they want you to visit! Enter to win a $25 gift card to use at the newly-upgraded restaurant along with a cookbook of Coup recipes so you can make your own vegetarian goodies at home. Answer the trivia question below – HINT: the answer can be found here. You can also tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Step into spring with a Mad Maids home cleaning package

MadMaids.ca offers a novel way to support charity while taking care of your home. Their charity of choice is the World Food Program. Mad Maids donates a portion of each home cleaning, essentially feeding a child every time they clean!  One of the biggest problems in the modern world is hunger. It’s not something that you see around you very often in Canada, but it’s still right there in our backyard. Many of the people the World Food Program helps are right here in North America. To celebrate the arrival of spring, Calgary is Awesome is giving away a free Mad Maids full home cleaning worth up to $300 to a lucky winner. Mad Maids will come with all their own supplies and a team of 2 cleaners to get your home spotless. Just answer the trivia question below and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck!

Calgary Underground Film Festival package

We love film and we are so happy to be partnering with CUFF for their 2014 film fest! We have an awesome prize package up for grabs for the ultimate film junkie.

      • 2 festival passes for you and a friend to take in as many shows as your eyeballs and schedules can handle



    • a CUFF toque and scarf so you can show off your film love


    • 4 drink tickets to just make the night even more fun!


So what do you have to do to win? Answer the trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found here) and you can like and follow us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Eat Well and Do Good with Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granola

Our friends at Nature’s Path have given us some really yummy treats to giveaway. Check out this package below: Love Crunch breakfast giveaway 2

      • Nature’s Path Love Crunch Granolas, Dark Chocolate & Red Berries and Macaroon



    • A month’s supply of Nature’s Path organic breakfast foods


    • Kicking Horse Organic Coffee


    • Choice Organic Tea


    • Presented on a beautiful, sustainably sourced wooden tray, as well as matching bowl and spoon


Eat well. Indulge in the perfect marriage of decadent organic ingredients including flax granola, strawberries, raspberries, coconut and dark chocolate chunks. Do good. For every bag of Love Crunch sold, Nature’s Path gives the equivalent in food and cash to Food Banks Canada as part of their Bite4Bite Program! Interested in trying some of these out goodies? We have three of these awesome packages to give to three lucky readers. Answer our trivia question below and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Win a one-night stay at Holiday Inn Express

It’s a brand-new year, but chances are you’re feeling a little sluggish and hungover from all the treats and imbibements of the holiday season, not to mention the rather hefty hit to the wallet that all that fun costs. We want to give you guys a chance to get away from it all – if just for one night. Our friends at Holiday Inn Express have given us a one-night stay voucher good for any of their properties around the world and we want to give it to one lucky reader. All you have to do is tell us what city with a Holiday Inn Express would you like to visit and why. Answer in the widget below and you can like and tweet for bonus entries. Good luck! *No travel included. Hotel room only. CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________ 

Win the Breville fast slow cooker from London Drugs

Breville Fast Slow Cooker Slow food in the fast lane has never been so easy! Our friends at London Drugs have given us one Breville fast slow cooker to give to one lucky reader! Answer the trivia question below (hint: the answer is in our local gift guide) and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck!   CONTEST CLOSED   __________________________________________________________________________

Alice Eats cookbookWin a copy of the wonderful Alice Eats cookbook

If you love delicious eats and treats, then you’ll love to try out the amazing recipes from Alice Eats. The new cookbook comes from local foodies Julie Van Rosendaal and Pierre Lamielle and is now available at a bookstore near you. We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win their very own copy of this beautiful and wonderful cookbook. To enter, answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in our q&a feature on Alice Eats) and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED   __________________________________________________________________________

Load up your car2go membership with 60 free minutes

We’re super stoked to partner with car2go Calgary to learn more about the #car2golife campaign. We want to give existing car2go members a chance to top up on their minutes with a free 60-minute package! Four lucky readers will get to drive free on us. Not already a member? Sign up today for only $10 and 30 minutes of free driving time! Use promocode: CAR2GOLIFE at calgary.car2go.com. To enter, answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in our feature on car2go member Emillie) and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Get fit with a $500 shopping spree at Reebok FitHub

Canada’s first ever Reebok FitHub has just opened in our backyard at CrossIron Mills. We want to give one lucky reader a chance to pick up some awesome new fitness gear with a $500 gift card to use at the brand-new store! Answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in our Reebok FitHub feature here) and you can like and follow us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Legend of Zelda Symphony ticket giveaway

Video game music + a full orchestra = magic! The Legend of Zelda Symphony is coming back to Calgary on October 11th at the Jubilee Auditorium. The shows proved super popular when they first hit town last year and it should be different this time around. Want a chance to win free tickets? Answer our trivia question below and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck!

Legend of Zelda 1

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One Night Weekend “Awesome” Stay in a Luxury Suite at Hotel Arts

Looking for a weekend getaway? Why not make it a stay-cation with this awesome one-night weekend stay at Hotel Arts! The Hotel Arts team wants to pamper you with this amazing package*:

            • One-night stay in a luxury suite


          • Breakfast for Two in the Yellow Door Bistro


          • $50 Voucher to Experience Raw Bar


          • Complimentary Valet Parking


*Valid for stays until June 30, 2014 and is subject to availability. To enter, answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in our Hotel Arts story here). You can also tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead ticket giveaway

Oh nerds unite! Beakerhead is coming to town with a variety of amazing events! We are giving away two tickets to the “Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead” featuring a musical astronaut, a robot band, an opera singer, movie-making robots, and the neuroscientist who wrote This is Your Brain on Music. This lineup is sick: astronaut Chris Hadfield, renowned opera singer and physicist Lauren Segal, science host Jay Ingram, and many more! The event takes place September 13, 8 PM at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Want to go? Answer the trivia question below (HINT: the answer is about space and can be found here.) You can also tweet and like us for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Time for a home makeover with tickets to the Home & Design Show + a $100 Ikea gift card

Looking for some domestic inspiration? Need ideas to decorate the living room or renovate the kitchen? Look no further than the upcoming Home & Design Show taking place Sept 19 – 22 at the BMO Centre. With big names like W Network’s Jonathan and Drew Scott, stars of Property Brothers, Jillian Harris & Todd Talbot, hosts of Love It or List It Vancouver, and Calgary’s very own Alykhan Velji on the Trail Appliances Main Stage, plus more than 350 exhibitors and a host of new and exciting features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn. Get your tickets online at http://www.calgaryhds.com/ and save on admission! However, we do have a set of 4 tickets to giveaway plus a $100 Ikea gift card to get you started on your home upgrades! Want in on the Home & Design Show fun? Answer our trivia question below and you can tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED __________________________________________________________________________

Pepsi Challenge


Take a photo of yourself at the Pepsi Taste Challenge and win a $250 gift card!

Alright, Instagram fans and selfie lovers. Have we got a contest for you! The Pepsi Taste Challenge is back and has set up shop all around our fair city. You’ve probably already seen one around at the most popular hotspots while strolling 17th Avenue or heading to a show at the movie theatre. They’re giving you the chance to #ChooseTaste. It’s all about having some fun while letting your taste buds do the choosing. And why not choose to have even more fun by taking part in our photo contest! While you are at the Pepsi Taste Challenge make sure to take a picture of yourself at the booth and you will have a chance to win a $250 gift card! A gift card to where exactly? Well, you if you get to #ChooseTaste, then you get to choose your prize too! You have a choice of Ticketmaster to get your concert fix, Best Buy to pick up the latest gadget or just a simple Visa to take wherever! You can enter the contest one of two ways:

                      • Upload your Pepsi Taste Challenge photo to our Facebook page with a message of where you took the challenge.



You can enter on both Facebook and Twitter per each event. If you make it to all of them, that’s up to 20 entries in the contest! You can catch the Pepsi Taste Challenge at any of these upcoming events. Contest closes September 8, 2013.  Good luck!

                      • August 3, 2013 – Inglewood Sunfest, street fest in the Inglewood area


                    • August 11, 2013 – Mardi Gras Street Festival, Marda Loop


                    • August 14, 2013  - August 17th– Calgary International Reggae Fest, Shaw Millennium Park


                    • August 15, 2013 – August 18th – Taste of Calgary, Eau Claire Park


                    • August 18, 2013 – Global Fest, Elliston Park


                    • August 23, 2013 – August 25 – Expo Latino, Price’s Island Park


                    • August 24, 2013 – Monster Jam: Monster Truck Rally, Stampede Park


                    • August 31, 2013 – XFEST Music Festival, Fort Calgary


                    • September 1, 2013 – BBQ on the Bow Festival, Eau Claire Festival Market Plaza


                    • September 7, 2013 – September 8 – Calgary Electronic Music Festival, Shaw Millennium Park


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The Walrus Talks ticket giveaway

The Walrus is back bringing with it their popular talk series featuring innovative and thought-provoking presentations. This latest version is a partnership with Beakerhead and will talk Experimentation, that moment when, through experimentation, we step from the known into the unknown. Mind-blowing, we know. This year’s lineup features:



                    • Author and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin on music and creativity: constraints and innovation


                    • Rocket scientist Natalie Panek on the next generation of (space) explorers




We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the September 14th event. All you have to do is answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in our last Walrus Talks review here). You can also tweet and like us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED


Pinnacle Vodka Party Kit

Who doesn’t love a cocktail party? Our friends at Pinnacle Vodka want you to have more fun #ontop with your very own Pinnacle Vodka party kit filled with:

                      • Three bottles of Pinnacle Vodka


                    • Delicious cocktail recipes


                    • Glassware, mixers, rimmers and garnishes


                    • Candy and other accessories


We have not one, not two, but three of these awesome kits to giveaway! While hosting your party, you’ll also be able to share your experience at www.pinacleontop.com for a chance to win a trip to New York City too! Pretty sweet stuff all around. All you have to do is answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found on our Pinnacle Vodka review here). You can also tweet and like us on Facebook and Twitter for bonus entries. Good luck! CONTEST CLOSED


Chasing Summer ticket giveaway

Calgarians spend so much time wishing for summer that we don’t take it for granted when that fine sunshine weather finally comes. The patios are filled, the barbeques are lit and the festivals are so much fun. We’re giving away two tickets to dance the night away at the Chasing Summer Festival at Fort Calgary on August 9 and 10. The line-up is amazing with headliners like Tiesto, Krewella and Tommy Trash coming to play the inaugural fest. If you love your EDM, you won’t want to miss this fest. To enter, answer our trivia question below. You can also tweet and like us on Twitter and Facebook for bonus entries. Good luck!

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Crystal Light cycling fun gift basket

Crystal Light Liquid is celebrating all the things that make us unique! They started off by picking three things that makes our very own Managing Editor, Irene Seto, unique – check out the clip below.

Crystal Light’s new liquid drinks lets you make your drink as unique as you are. Their 4 tasty flavors will help you quench your thirst any way you like it: Iced Tease Me, Strawberry Lemonbabe, Blueberry Razz, and Mango Passionate. Check out the Crystal Light Canada Facebook page to see more fun Vine clips and learn more about these liquid treats. Want to get in on the fun? Crystal Light has put together an amazing gift package based on all the things that Irene likes and we want to share it with one lucky winner. If you have a fun and adventurous female in your life, she will love this prize: a sweet lemon-colored wire bike basket contains some handy cycling accessories, a gift certificate to the Calgary Tower restaurant, a subscription to People magazine and tons of Crystal Light Liquid samples to keep you hydrated on your biking adventures. To enter, answer our trivia question below. You can also tweet and like us on social media to gain bonus entries. Good luck!



Mad Decent Block Party ticket giveaway

It’s time for a block party! The Mad Decent Block Party is kicking off their tour right here in Calgary at Prairie Winds Park on July 19. We have a pair of tickets to give to a lucky reader. Answer the trivia question below and you can gain bonus entries by liking and tweeting us on Facebook and Twitter. Must be 18 or over to attend. Good luck!



Keep Calm & Stampede On T-shirt Giveaway

It’s hard to believe it, but Stampede is just around the corner! We want you guys to be ready for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth by giving away a set of his & hers Stampede t-shirts from Frontier Metropolis! We love their custom Calgary t-shirts – there are so many #yyc-inspired tees for all.

Want to win these awesome tees? Answer our trivia question below and tweet and like us to win some bonus entries too. Good luck!



A Nexus 4 could be yours!

We had so much fun giving away the HTC One that our awesome friends at TELUS also want you to have the Nexus 4! This phone has a giant 4.7″ screen, and can do 360 degree panoramas with its 8MP camera. What’s also sweet is that TELUS is investing over $125 million in infrastructure in the Calgary region. This means dozens of new wireless sites enhancing coverage in urban areas to increase wireless data capacity, and dozens more extending coverage to rural communities and highway corridors. So far this year, TELUS has rolled out 4G LTE to more than 85 per cent of Albertans including highway #2 between Calgary and Edmonton, the Cold Lake region and the Lake Louise/Banff area. No matter where you are in Alberta, TELUS has you covered. So how to win? Answer our trivia question below and you can like and follow us on social media for bonus entries. Good luck!



Two passes to the Badlands Music Festival

Are you ready to dance, dance? Badlands Music Festival is running July 5 – 7 and we want to send one lucky reader to take part in all the fun! To enter, answer our trivia question (hint: the answer can be found here) and you can like us on Facebook and tweet for bonus entries.



Who wants a free HTC One?

We do, we do! But we’re going to give it away to one of you lucky readers instead. Our awesome friends at Telus have a brand new HTC One Android phone to give away. Get crystal clear voice calls even in crowded bars with Sense Voice, listen to music like never before with BoomSound and really, overall, it’s just a pretty sweet smartphone. If you’re already a Telus Optik TV subscriber, you’ll also be able to download Telus’ Optik on the Go app to watch TV on demand no matter where you are. You can even rent new release movies and watch right on your new HTC One.  The app has just recently been updated to provide more HD titles and better video quality so you can take advantage of the  HTC One’s 4.7 inch screen. Sounds good to us!

So do you wanna win?

All you have to do is answer our trivia question and you can tweet and like us on Facebook for bonus entries. Good luck!





Let AspenClean do your spring cleaning for you!

Mother Nature may be teasing us a little with this unpredictable weather, but spring has arrived! But that also mean it’s time for some spring cleaning.  To give you a hand with your spring cleaning this year, our friends at AspenClean are giving away 2 hours of free home cleaning with one of their teams of 3 (6 man hours, a retail value of $288)! The team comes fully supplied with AspenClean’s own 100% natural Ecocert certified cleaning products and all the necessary tools for a full spring clean, so all you have to do is put your feet up and think about how you’re going to spend that free time! AspenClean is Calgary’s largest 100% natural home cleaning service. A green home cleaning service means using only their line of Ecocert certified products, so the only thing AspenClean leaves behind is the fresh smell of lavender (seriously! we’ve tried their products and they smell great). Online booking is available 24 hours a day at www.aspenclean.com. So want your chance to win? Answer our trivia question below (HINT: the answer can be found in this AspenClean feature here). For bonus entries, follow and tweet us on Twitter and give us a like on Facebook. Good luck!



Go vaudeville with The Garden Variety Show

The stage is set, and the curtain is raised for Calgary’s ONLY recurring vaudeville variety review,The Garden Variety Show. Magic, Juggling, Side Show, Comedy, Music and more; this show captures the true spirit of Vaudeville Variety shows of the past.

This month Magician Chris Lovely will beguile and amaze. The Kit and Kaboodle Circus will offer a sneak peak into their newest production. Musical guest Chuck Rose will make us laugh while we dance.

We have 4 pairs of tickets to give to our lucky readers! The show is coming up on April 25th at 7:30PM. All you need to do to win is tell us where the GVS show plays each month (hint: check out last month’s Arts Round Up for the answer!)  For bonus entries, like us on Facebook and tweet and follow on Twitter. Good luck!



Passes for the Walking Dead panel at the Calgary Comic Expo

This is for all you zombie fans out there. From the wildly popular AMC series “The Walking Dead”, three of the zompocalypse’s baddest survivors will be hitting the Calgary Comic Expo stage to share their experiences. Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and Dania Gurira will be on hand to answer your questions about all things undead. The panel is part of the Expo’s Sunday programming on April 28 at 3PM. We have a family pack of tickets which includes 2 adults and 2 children (10 and under, child passes not transferable to adults. No cash value.) for admission for the entire weekend(!) as well as priority seating for The Walking Dead” question & answer panel on the Sunday. Want in? All you have to do is answer our trivia question. For bonus entries, tweet and like us on Facebook too. Good luck!



Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Ticket Discount

Local dancehouse DJD is presenting a unique, high-energy dance show called Turn Up the Getdown and we have an awesome discount for all you great readers! The show runs April 5 -14 at Theatre Junction Grand.  Save 30% off your tickets for any available seat/performance! Time to get your dance on.



To access the discount:

  • Choose a date and time
  • Enter the offer code “dancefriend 30” in the “Offer code / password” to the left of the seat map.



Tubby Dog Giveaway


The Tubby Doc has finally made it to DVD and we’re giving a prize pack for one hot dog-loving fan. To enter, answer our trivia question below (HINT: you will find the answer here) and for bonus entries, tweet and like us on Facebook. Good luck!



Yellow Door Bistro Giveaway


The Big Taste may have just ended, but that doesn’t mean that the eating ends! We have a $30 gift card to give to a lucky reader to check out Yellow Door Bistro. Check out our Chow Down in Cowtown reviewabout the tasty eats at this new Hotel Arts restaurant (hint: the answer to the trivia question is in the article!)



 Michael Bernard Fitzgerald Concert Tickets


We heart MBF and we know you do too! His latest show is a Birthday Spectacular on March 23 at MacEwan Hall – great supporting acts, 12 piece band, and a night to wear your denim on denim Canadian tuxedo! We want to send 3 lucky readers to join in all the fun and go to the show too! Fill in the entry form below and good luck! Hint: You’ll want to check out our Good Peeps interview with MBFfor the answer to the trivia question.






If you’re looking for a fun time, here is your chance to see Vancouver indie pop-power trio Beekeeper along with special guests The Tonto’s and Calgary’s very own Cowpuncher.  Calgary is Awesome is super stoked to be presenting this Calgary event and wants you to take part in an amazing live show.  The concert takes place Sunday, February 24th at The New Black (#200, 919 9th Avenue SE). Doors open at 6PM, show starts at 7PM.

To enter, just fill in the entry form below! Contest closes February 22. Good luck!



Home and Garden Show ticket giveaway

Maybe we watch too many episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but something about home renovations, interior decorating and housewares gets us pretty excited. Who doesn’t want to live in a house that they can truly call home? To help with your own domestic bliss, we have tickets to the upcoming Home & Garden Show running February 28 – March 3 at the BMO Centre. Fill in the entry form below for your chance to win!


Thanks to our friends at Aspen Clean for the tickets and make sure to stop by their booth at the Show as well! Contest closes February 15.




The Walrus Talks Ticket Giveaway

High Performance Rodeo is finishing off with a bang with one of the most anticipated sessions: The Walrus Talks. Taking place January 29 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, it will be an evening of thought-provoking ideas presented by a panel comprising the country’s leading thinkers. Who will be there you ask?

CEO of GE Canada Elyse Allan on Innovation

Author and Conjuror David Ben on Magic

Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes on Sport & Society

Author and Broadcaster Jay Ingram on Science

Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Chief Wilton Littlechild on Cultural Performance

Juno Award-winner Dan Mangan on Performing Arts

We’ve got 4 pairs of tickets to giveaway to this awesome event. All you have to do is tell us which speaker you look forward to hearing and why. Just fill in the form below and we’ll pick a winner by January 27. Good luck!



Win 2 tickets to the 2013 Black and Red Bash with BeCause and Amanda Lindhout

If you’ve been looking for a way to join a great cause and give back to the community for 2013, then look no further than BeCause! They are kicking off the new year with the 2nd annual Black & Red Bash on Thursday, January 31st at the Art Gallery of Calgary. The evening will be a great chance to connect with Calgary’s industry executives and other community-minded people like yourself. What we’re most excited for is to hear from special keynote speaker Amanda Lindhout.  She was recently named as one the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2012 and is known for her great humanitarian work since returning to Calgary after surviving a 15-month kidnapping in Somalia in 2009.

Tickets are $40 in advance and are available online on the BeCause website.

We’ve got two tickets to give to a lucky reader as well!  To enter, fill in the form below and tell us why you want to attend! We will pick a random winner by January 28. Good luck!

For a bonus entry, like Calgary is Awesome on Facebook and like and comment on our post about the Black & Red Bash.  Tickets will be left at the door under the winner’s name.




Ad Week 2013: Speaker Series with Frank Palmer



Do you ever wonder who is behind the advertising that you see on TV, hear on the radio, or walk by on the street? Frank Palmer is known as the “winningest” man in Canadian advertising and is also a one of the ad community’s most respected leaders and humanitarians.

Frank will be part of Ad Rodeo’s Ad Week and will be speaking on January 30th at the Boyce Theatre, BMO Centre. Tickets are available through the Ad Rodeo website or you can win a pair from us!

To enter, send an email to contests@calgaryisawesome.com telling us why you want to attend! We will pick a winner by January 25. Good luck!



Passion Pit ticket giveaway


Are you ready to dance Calgary? Passion Pit will be playing the Gateway Bar at SAIT this Saturday, January 12 and we promise you, it will be a good time.

This is a sold-out show so if you want to go, you’ll have to get in through us.

To enter:

1) Like us on Facebook and like and comment on our contest post.  Share the contest post for two entries!

2) Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: “I can’t wait to party with Passion Pit this weekend at the @gatewaybar! Win tickets with @ciawesome here: http://ow.ly/fRK61“. You can tweet once each day until January 11 for up to four entries.


Contest ends January 11.




QUIZ: Know your “Waydowntown” to win a $20 GC to The CORE

t’s been nearly 15 years since the cult classic about Calgary’s +15 walkways, waydowntown, was shot entirely in the city. The Gary Burns comedy, sort of a Canadian, poor man’s Office Space, mocks Calgary’s corporate culture. The film follows four co-workers who have bet a months salary on who can last the longest without going outside – using the +15s to navigate mostly between home, work, and the mall.

In the last ten or so years, a lot has changed downtown (not just the questionable 90s fashion on display), especially in some of the film’s familiar locations.

Check out the screenshots from the film and try to names as many of the locations as you can. We have a $20 gift card to The CORE for the person who can correctly identify the most locations.

Send your entries to Sarah at sarah@calgaryisawesome.com by January 18. Subject: WAYDOWNTOWN. Good luck!

Click here to see the screenshots.





$30 Pascal’s Pastries gift card

Fill your home with the taste of Paris with fresh French pastries from Pascal’s. For the unintiated, Pascal’s creates “take-and-bake” frozen items that you can take home and bake yourself. Voila – almost-homemade desserts that will make you the envy of all of your friends. Bring them to a dinner party, to a Christmas potluck or just enjoy during the holidays and beyond.



We want to make one lucky reader a Pascal’s lover by giving you a $30 gift card to try out these pastries yourself. Tell us why you love Pascal’s Pastries and/or want to try them out. Send your answers into contests@calgaryisawesome.com.

For bonus entries, follow us on Twitter and tweet: “Ooh la la! These French baked treats from @pascalspastries and @ciawesome look so tasty. Check ‘em out: http://ow.ly/fRK61” and/or follow us on Facebook and post “I love French pastries, especially Pascal’s!


Contest closes December 21. Good luck!



“I Love Crave Cupcakes” Holiday Baking Set

Do you have a domestic goddess in your life that loves to bake? Well, we got a sweet baking set that is sure to make any wannabe Martha swoon. The awesome folks at Crave Cupcakes has given us one of their holiday kits to give away to a lucky reader. The kit includes:

  •     Crave Chocolate cupcake mix – makes 24 regular size cupcakes. Home bakers just have to add a few fresh ingredients.It is Jodi and Carolyne’s (Crave’s co-founders) original family recipe, that they bake in the shop everyday.
  •     Paper Baking Cups (in festive colors)
  •     One voucher to redeem in store for 2 containers of fresh buttercream icing
  •     Two piping bags and decorating tips
  •     Two colors of sprinkles
  •     Crave Apron
  •     Set of festive Oven mitts



In the spirit of the season, we want to know who you would give this tasty gift set to (and yes, you can say yourself) and why they deserve it. Send your answers into contests@calgaryisawesome.com.

For bonus entries, follow us on Twitter and  tweet “Cupcakes for Christmas? Yes please! I want the @craveyyc holiday baking set from @ciawesome. You can get one too: http://ow.ly/fRK61″ and/or like us on Facebook page and post “I love Crave cupcakes!


Contest closes December 21. Good luck!



Killing Them Softly Advanced Screening

This film has got mobsters, money, and mayhem as well as an all-star cast featuring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, and James Gandolfini. The story is about three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. The advanced screening is taking place on Thursday, November 29 at Eau Claire Cinemas at 7PM and we are sending five lucky readers to check it out! Here’s how to enter:

a) Follow us on Twitter at @ciawesome and tweet: “Check out the trailer for Killing Them Softly on @ciawesome! It looks like an awesome mobster flick http://ow.ly/fqjxI RT to win #yyc

b) Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ciawesome and tell us why you want to see the film!

Do both and you get two entries into the contest. All entries are due by November 26, noon MST. Good luck!



‘Twas the Night ticket giveaway

The CORE is once again hosting its charity-shopping extravaganza ‘Twas the Night on November 28th. For those of you who didn’t make it out last year, it’s a “give-to-get-in” event. For a $15 donation, you get a ticket to some awesome action including a special performance from Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, catch the lighting of the CORE’s stunning Christmas tree, some amazing indoor fireworks (whoa!) and maybe even walk the red carpet with MTV’s Jessi Cruickshank (fingers crossed). Click here for more information.

Pick up your ticket for the event online here, or win your way in with Calgary is Awesome! We got two pairs of tickets up for grabs for two winners. All you have to do is get a little creative and give us your best “Twas the Night” rhyme. For example:

T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the CORE, was a festive celebration like never before!

Send us your most creative answers by email to contests@calgaryisawesome.com or via Twitter to @ciawesome.

For a bonus entry, tweet “I can’t wait to go to #TwasTheNight with @ciawesome and @COREshopping. Here’s how you can too: http://ow.ly/f37o2

Contest ends November 12.



Mon Ami Calgary premiere – ticket giveaway

We have four tickets to give away to the Calgary premiere of Mon Ami, screening Saturday, Dec 1, at 1:00 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre. Learn more about this Canadian-made film here.


We will be giving away one pair of tickets on Facebook, and one pair on Twitter. Here’s how you can win:

a) “Like” our Facebook Page and post on our wall that you’d like to win tickets to the film.

b) Follow us at @ciawesome on Twitter and tweet “I want to win tickets to Mon Ami with @ciawesome! #yycfilm #yyc”.

c) Do both and enter twice!

Contest ends November 25.