New Year, New You. This month, welcome 2019 with intention setting, working on your fitness goals, and checking out some of the city’s best new date night spots. Here are the top things to do this January to make sure your year starts off on the right track.
New Year’s Day Brunch
January 1st from 10am-12pm
Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant, 15979 Bow Bottom Tr SE
Kickstart the new year with a delicious brunch prepared by the talented chefs at Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant. Dishes being served include Steak and Eggs, Maple Chili Glazed Fried Chicken on Waffle, Braised Beef Short Rib and Honey Butter French Toast.
Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip
January 1st at 1pm
Mahogany Beach Club, 29 Masters Park SE
Take a dip to fight human trafficking. On January 1st, a group of 150 “dipsters” will plunge into icy water while wearing costumes in support of the SA Foundation. If you’d like to watch the event happen, spectators are welcome to sit on the sidelines and watch for free. This year’s guest hosts are past Amazing Race contestants, Julie and Lowell Taylor.
Heritage Park Winter CARnival
January 2nd-6th from 10am-4pm
Gasoline Alley Museum, 1900 Heritage Dr SW
Gather your friends and bring them to Heritage Park’s Winter Carnival from January 2nd to 6th. Head inside to Gasoline Alley Museum where you’ll find different winter games and activities. Test your skill at a game of floor curling, test your accuracy with a snowball toss, build an indoor snow fort, face off in a game of table hockey, play a winter road trip game, or use your imagination to create and decorate a snowflake.
The Motorcycle Show
January 4th-6th at Various Times
BMO Centre, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE
Whether you’re a hardcore motorcycle rider or new to the sport, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Motorcycle Show. See all the new 2019 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides as well as gear and apparel under one roof. You’ll walk away feeling revved up for your next adventure.
Wild Woman Book Club
January 6th from 6pm-7pm
Barre West, 7337 Macleod Tr SW
Join The Ace Class for their next meet-up of the Wild Woman Book Club. The page turner of the evening is Brene Brown’s “Dare to Lead.” Come get your monthly dose of literary discussion and meaningful conversation. The evening kicks off with a complimentary Barre + Express class at 5pm and he blankets and snacks come out after class where the discussion will begin at 6pm.
Adults Only Night: Embrace Outer Space
January 10th from 6pm-10pm
TELUS Spark, 220 St. George’s Dr NE
The first Adults Only Night of 2019 at TELUS Spark will embrace the vastness and mysteries of outer space. Exploring earth to the edges of our solar system, TELUS Spark will be hosting a night of fun and knowledge as you partake in interactive activities. Take a peek at the moon and stars through their telescopes, find yourself in outer space with their VR Headsets, and be inspired to create your own perfect planet using maker materials.
Workshop: 2019 Vision Boarding
January 10th from 7pm-9pm
Work Nicer Coworking (Roxbury), #200 1006 11 Ave SW
A new year means it’s time to set your goals and intentions for 2019. Spend an evening dreaming, planning, and goal setting with The Ace Class. Lindsey Merkley and Crystal Bangle, the lovely ladies behind Grow & Co., will walk you through how to make your very own vision board. After all, the first step towards getting shit done is having a constant reminder in front of you of your goals and aspirations.
Calgary Renovation Show
January 11th-13th at Various Times
BMO Centre, Halls D & E, 20 Roundup Way SW
Looking to tackle a home renovation project soon? The Calgary Renovation Show can help. Join hundreds of exhibitors as they offer their advice and insight in lighting, plumbing, construction, flooring, and more. There will also be a main stage presentation with Bryan Baeumler from hit shows Disaster DIY, Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan, and more on HGTV Canada.
10-Minute Play Festival
January 12th at 7:30pm
Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons
Catch a 10-Minute Play Festival where six of the city’s most exciting theatre companies must create an original 10-minute play in 24 hours, inspired only by a prop and a line of dialogue. The event is part of Calgary’s annual High Performance Rodeo which celebrates the diversity in our city with an array of live performances from around the world. The plays is on January 12th but HPR will run until January 27th.
The Wedding Fair
January 13th from 9:30am-5pm
BMO Centre (Halls A, B & C), Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way SE
If you’re planning a wedding or know anyone getting hitched, you’ll likely want to be at The Wedding Fair. With over 250 wedding specialists, the one-day event covers everything from planning your dream wedding to your perfect honeymoon. Come get inspired, see the latest trends, sample delicious foods, and enjoy the photo booths. Don’t miss the two fashion shows featuring bridal and menswear fashions.
Founders Calgary Vol. 04: Marketing + Social Good
January 14th from 7pm-9pm
Work Nicer Coworking (Roxbury), #200 1006 11 Ave SW
To shine light on the struggles and support the movers and shakers in our community, HELCIM and The Ace Class have collaborated to bring you Founders, a curated series designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. Check out panel discussions with industry leaders and seasoned entrepreneurs with plenty of time for Q&A so you can fire off those burning questions. This month’s theme is Marketing + Social Good. Cultivate tips and tricks on how to succeed as an entrepreneur and leave feeling empowered and equipped to grow your business.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
January 15th-27th at Various Times
Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
Calling all film lovers – this is your opportunity to check out some of the best new films from the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival back in November 2018. The festival runs from January 15th to 18th, 20th and 22nd to 27th and will feature 1:00 pm matinees on January 20th, 26th, and 27th.
KNOW x Ace Flames Night
January 16th from 7:30pm-10:30pm
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE
On January 16th, the KNOW and Ace ladies are heading out for a night that celebrates hockey, champagne, and community. The special Calgary Flames experience features a pre-game event with dinner, your game ticket, private entrance into the Scotiabank Saddledome, a champagne reception, a guest speaker, and swag bags.
2019 Ice Magic Festival
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, 111 Lake Louise Dr
This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the world’s best ice festivals – The Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival. Bring your boo to the majestic surroundings of Lake Louise as you watch talented ice artists from around the world sculpt masterpieces in an effort to win the ultimate ice carving competition. Sip on hot cocoa, vote on your favourite sculptures, and watch the winter magic in action.
Music of the Movies
January 18th and 19th at 730pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall, 225 8 Ave SE
Delight in the music of the movies. Conducted by Sarah Hicks, this performance will be a tribute to great film scores set from the 1950’s until today. Hear from favourites like Superman, Interstellar, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, Star Wars, and more.
Calgary Babes Who Brunch
January 19th from 10am-12pm
Murrieta’s Bar & Grill, 200-808 1 St SW
We are so excited to announce Mandy Balak, CEO + Founder of The Ace Class and It’s Date Night is the January Babes Who Brunch speaker. This boss babe is a dreamer and a big thinker who has started three businesses, and is leading a movement to empower women by appreciating the successes of fellow females, and creating a space where women can grow and thrive together. This brunch marks The Ace Class’s 2nd Anniversary – and to celebrate, they’re bringing back the first ever brunch speaker, Michelle Berg of Elevated HR, to host the special occasion.
January 19th from 6pm-9pm and January 20th from 11am-3pm
The Hudson, 6th Floor, 200 8 Ave SW
Created by three local women who love weddings, The Bash is a modern wedding expo that aims to showcase the best in the industry. Whether you’re in search of ideas for photography, florals, food, or stationary, this is the show to be at. Some 2019 vendors are Art + Alexander, Paper Doll Events, Pretty Sweet, The Bridal Boutique, Something Borrowed Beauty, and many others.
Alberta Spotlight: Karella
January 19th at 8pm
King Eddy, 438 9 Ave SE
The National Music Centre presents Edmonton soul-soca singer Karella on January 19th as part of their Alberta Spotlight series. Karella, a DJ, producer, singer, and actress originally from Trinidad and now based in Edmonton will whisk you away with her sheer talent. Her music and vocals will launch you into a midwinter dance party as she heats up the legendary King Eddy stage.
Toast Vol 01 Calgary: Wealth and Investment
January 22nd from 7:30am-9am
ATB Financial (Stephen Avenue), 102 8 Ave SW
Following in the footsteps of some of the world’s strongest and most successful women, Ace is excited to bring back Toast, the morning empowerment series designed to help you live your life to its fullest expression. Enjoy a mini-meditation, toast and coffee to fuel your body, and an empowered talk to fuel your soul as you learn about wealth and investment.
Adulting 101: Travel
January 22nd from 6pm-8pm
Bourbon Room, 341 10 Ave SW
Have a drink or two and learn how to travel like a pro. The travel experts at Contiki will be teaching you the hottest travel tips to make your next adventure a reality. Tickets will come with food and drink, a beer 101 session, and travel-themed prizes and gift certificates towards your next trip. Just bring your sunglasses.
DIY Doormat Workshop
January 23rd from 7pm-10pm
Pinnovate DIY Studio, 137 Mahogany Plaza SE
Come get crafty with Pinnovate as you learn how to create your own DIY doormat. All materials and instruction are included to help you make your statement piece for your front door.
January 24th-26th at 8pm with an additional 2pm matinee on January 26th
Bella Concert Hall, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Revv52 will be performing at the Bella Concert Hall over three days from January 24th until January 26th. Taking the music of the greats and reimagining it with a unique Revv52 twist, this is a show you’ll definitely want to be at. Expect to hear covers from legends like The Beatles, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay, Bowie, Prince, and more.
The Winter Wine Festival
January 25th from 7pm-10pm
Kensington Wine Market, 1257 Kensington Rd NW
Help Kensington Wine Market kick off their Year End Inventory Sale weekend with this Winter Wine Festival. They’ll be sampling around 80 wines, catering from Peasant Cheese, and offering stellar discounts on wines. We’ll see you there.
Calgary Sport and Social Club Ski/Snowboard Trip to Kimberley
January 25th-27th, Activities at Various Times
Kimberley Alpine Resort, 301 N Star Blvd
The Calgary (and Edmonton) Sport and Social Club are hosting their 7th annual Ski Trip. The party starts on the bus as it heads out to the stunning Kimberley Mountain Resort. From there, you’ll be whisked away to the hills where you can ski to your heart’s content. The theme this year is Jersey Shore so make sure you come dressed in your favourite jersey.
Curling on the Island
Runs until March 31st, Daily from 9am-7pm
Confluence Plaza, St. Patrick Island, 1300 12 St. NE
Bring your date to Confluence Plaza to try your hand at one of Canada’s most beloved winter sports. East Village has installed a synthetic curling sheet on St. Patrick’s Island to encourage you to get outside this winter. Whether you’re playing solo or in teams, it’s the best way to spend an afternoon.