Was I really just in Calgary? I’m writing this on the bus, on my way to my first day on set for the feature film House at the End of the Street, and it all just feels like a blur. Especially after two days of catching up on Lost – Season 3 (What do you mean “We have to go back”?!?! – rhetorical question – please no spoilers!)
But, it did happen, and it was wonderful!
The Calgary Fringe was just grand. I don’t think I know of a single performer who had any major complaints. And catching up on my friend Amy’s blog about her Saskatoon Fringe Adventures, I really don’t feel like I’m missing out (no beer gardens or place for performers to hang out? Tsk tsk, Saskatoon!)
My only issue with the entire Fringe didn’t have anything to do with the festival, but rather the neighbourhood it was located in: It was impossible to get any food after 11 pm.
That said, there were so many other amazing things, including really responsive patrons, wicked cool volunteers, a Fringe Festival app for your smartphone, two reviews for almost every performance, and an executive director that gives hugs instead of handshakes and, well, you can be sure that I already want to go back next year!
And if/when I do, here are a few things I want to remember for the future:
Best Coffee – Wildernest Dream Cafe – you get your coffee in an individualized French press with a little timer – the place also includes free WiFi
Best Food (Quality & Price) – Eat Eat – my personal fave is the homemade buffalo chicken burger – also includes free WiFi
Best Place to Hang Out: The Fringe Club – enjoy some late night cabaret performances at The Stroke! – oh and more free WiFi
Best Beer – Wild Rose Raspberry Ale – it gives the Apricot Wheat Beer in Ottawa a run for it’s money
Best Bike/Running Path – all along the river near the festival site – go north instead of south
If you were in Calgary for the Festival, what are some of your favourite things?