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Welcome to Calgary =) The first blog assignment assigned by the Miss Teen Canada -World organization is to talk about the city or town that each national delegate is representing. As the current Miss Teen Calgary -World title holder, I will be introducing Calgary - the largest city in Alberta, 80 km east of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and most importantly, my sweet home.
In 1875, a troop of Northwest Mounted Policemen came to the vast area and found what they have been looking for. Two clean rivers, a nice varied selection of vegetation around them, the rich grassy foothills, and the vast grass prairies. It was really the ideal place to build a fort, and later, a city. The name, Calgary, came up by Colonel James McLeod. The Canadian government had decided to open the territory to ranching. In 1883, the Canadian Pacific Railway came and a year after that, Calgary was officially proclaimed a city.
Oil and the Petroleum Industry
After when oil was first discovered in Alberta in 1902, it became a significant industry in the province. Calgary's economy is dependent on the oil industry. The city's ecnomic boom and bust cycle closely corresponds to the price of oil. With a number of Oil and Gas Companies in Calgary such as Petro Canada, Taliman Engery Inc., and Husky Energy, this industry provides millions of job opportunities for the Calgarians. It is one of the reasons of the city's economic growth and the steep rise in population between 1971 and 1989.
Believe it or not, Calgary is the centre for country music in Canada, often referred to as the "Nashville" of the North. Every night, there are live music jams at the bars and lounges in Stephen Ave and Uptown, 17th Ave. There are also many music festivals celebrating and honouring our fine Calgarian musicians and artists. The 31st annual Calgary Folk Music Festival unfolds on July 22 at Prince's Island Park. This festival creates a dreamlike balance of urban and bucolic, friendly and far-out, superfly and earthy. All you have to do is bring your blanket and enjoy the performances! The annual Calgary International Blues Festival will be held on August 5-8, featuring the best in local, regional, and internaitonal blues musicians for four days at Shaw Millenium Park. The Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival in March gives amateur musicians and speech arts performers the opportunity to perform, compete for scholarships, listen to others, and be adjudicated by national and international adjudicators. Last but not least, the Alberta International Band Festival provides a stage for more than 300 school and community-based concert and jazz bands in Alberta to perform, compete for awards/scholarships, and learn from adjudications.
There are a few big auditoriums in Calgary that held thousands of Broadway musical, theatrical, stage and local productions over the past. The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is a 4 million square feet auditorium opened in 1957 and has hosted . The "Jube" is run by the provincial government, and is the resident home of Alberta Ballet, the Calgary Opera, the Kiwanis Music Festival, and the annual civic Remembrance Day ceremonies.
The EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts is known as "Calgary's home of contagious creativity". It is where passion meets creativity. The EPCOR Centre is located in downtown, with four theatres, and the Jack Singer Concert Hall, which was among the top ten concert chambers in North America. The Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary International Children's Festival, One Yellow Rabbit, the Olympic Plaza Cultural District, and Theatre Calgary all take place at the EPCOR Centre.
In pursuit of a rich and diverse event that reflects the values Calgarians treasure, the Calgary International Film Festival was held ten years ago and has became an annual event ever since. The festival was acclaimed to be "one of the top 25 film festivals in the world worth your entry fee" bu MovieMaker Magazine. What an accomplishment!
The Art Central is located at the corner of Center Street and 7th Ave in downtown, Calgary. It opened in November of 2004 and became a venue for the production, display and sale of visual art. It also provides artists with a creative environment to produce works of art. The Art Gallery of Calgary is dedicated to present contemporary art exhibitions and provide quality art education programs for people all age. Unlike the Art Central, the Art Gallery of Calgary does not sell the art works.
Calgary has also been a popular destination for winter sports. Many ski-lovers from all over the world would come here in the winter and ski on the beautiful Lake Louise Snow Report, which is one of the North America's biggest resorts. Calgary has hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics. Since then, the city was well equiped with a number of major sporting facilities such as Canada Olympic Park and Olympic Oval.
The Calgary sports teams has done extremely well in the National Leagues. The Calgary Flames has won the Stanley Cup in 1989. The Calgary Stampeders has won the Canadian Football League six times. The Calgary Roughnecks has won the National Lacrosse League twice. And the Calgary Vipers has won the Golden Baseball League last year. Go Calgary!
The Calgary Tower
The Calgary Tower is the city's most famous landmark. It is a must-see turist experience. Going on top of the Tower, and have a Calgary adventure 160 metres above the ground. The Admission rates are very reasonable and to have even more thrill, you could even go to the observation deck and viturally "step out into space" on the glass floor!
The Pengrowth Saddledome is Calgary's icon for entertainment excitement. With seating over 17,000, it's home to the NHL's Calgary Flames, the WHL's Calgary Hitmen, and the NLL's Calgary Roughnecks. Throughout the yera, it has also been used as the venue for big ticket concerts, rodeos, ice shows, circuses, conventions, and many more.
Several well known musems in Canada are located in Calgary. The Glenbow Museum is the largest in western Canada. It is not only a museum, but also an art gallery, library, and education centre -- all under one roof. With over a million artifacts and 28,000 works of art, it is commited to preserve our cultural and western heritage while providing the visitors with wonder and thoughts.
The Chinese Cultural Centre's Museum showcases rare replicas of different kinds of Chinese artifacts. Including replicas of horses, life sized soldiers, the mighty chariot, an eight-piece handcrafted dining room furniture of the Qing Dynasty Imperial Palace; the model of the Earliest Seismography; Emperor and Empress accessories from the Qing Dynasty, and more!
Other well known museums in Calgary are the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, the Military Museum, and the Nickle Arts Museum.
Telus World of Science
The Telus World of Science in Calgary has changed recently. They are now featuring the Body Worlds & the Brain exhibition. I was very fortunate to visit the exhibition in May with my school. I was left with awes. Body Worlds $ The Brain offers profound insight into the human body and puts anatomy in clear context. Featuring over 200 authentic human specimens and some of the latest findings in neuroscience. If you are into human anatomy and kinesiology like me, you will love the Science Centre! Fact: nearly 30 million people have experienced this acclaimed exhibition in over 50 cities across the world.
Heritage Park Historical Village
The Heritage Park is Canada's largest living history museum. If you're interested in discovering "How the west was once", this is a must-see! The Gasoline Alley Museum demonstrates how the introduction of the automobile changed our culture. To bring history to life, the staffs at Heritage Park are all dressed in vintage costumes, from farmer overalls to lacey corsets. Inside the park, there are also many historic buildings and a huge collection of working antiques and artifacts. The authentic steam train takes us on am old fashion ride back to the old west.
Eventhough the shopping centres in Calgary aren't as enmormous as the States', but we do have some very unique botiques and shops around the city. The Fashion Central, located at the corner of Stephen Ave and First Street SW. The boutiques at Fashion Central focus on unique contemporary and cutting edge fashion. One of my favourite places to shop in downtown is Echo Bribal and Evenings. They have gowns and weddin dresses from world famous dress designers such as Jovani, Tony Bowls, and Alfred Angelo. In fact, one of my closest friend from school modeled for Echo, she was also on the Where Calgary mazagine for 3 months!
One day, a cowboy promoter named Guy Weadick talked four of the most powerful men from Calgary area into investigating on an experiment called the Calgary Stampede. Since then, "The Big Four" has built the foundation of what has now become the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The Calgary Stampede is an annual festival held evry july in Calgary. This ten-day event has attracted over one million visitors per year. The festival starts off on the first Friday of July with a parade. (I was in the parade in 2008!) The CAlgarians would put on their western wear, and enjoy free pancake breakfasts and barbecues! The Stampede also has the world's largest rodeo, and also include midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, and First Nation exhibition. These events are held at the Stampede park on the southeast end of downtown.
Even though I was not born in Calgary, I would still consider it as my home. I love the smell of the fresh-cut grass whenever one of my neighbours does the lawn, the clear blue sky above our head, the Stampede free breakfast, the Calgary Flames craze, the Canada Day fireworks, and the Manhattan-like skyscraper downtown building. this is my home, this is Calgary!
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Oriental Music and Dance School - The Oriental Music & Dance School is aimed at promoting oriental cultures. OMD gives children and young people who are passionate about learning music and dance, opportunities to develop their creativity and especially intelligent in music and dance. The School has been done lots successful performed with Calgary’s others perform team since the beginning.
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Calgary Chinese Online Forum - The calgarychinese.com is an online forum for immigrants and residences in Calgary who are of Chinese decent. With thousands of users, this forum is the most popular and convinient place to chat, advertise, and organize events among the Chinese community in Calgary.
Kingnet - is a leading supplier of network products and high performance network solutions. Now it is also one of biggest manufacturers of SOHO and SMB networking product in mainland China. Their products include wireless LAN, ADSL moderm, router, sweitch, IP camera, and network card.
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