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Hello, Calgary Journal readers!

I hope that you have all had a wonderful Halloween! November is here, and with it comes the snowy blizzards Calgarians are used to. Hopefully you are all staying safe and warm as the season changes rapidly. Below is a list of fall and Halloween events in Calgary. If you missed them, you can always mark your calendars for next year!

Hallo-weekend events to get ready for the holiday

Our journalists have been covering many events around our city over the past couple of months. Here’s a look at some of the fun that’s been happening in Calgary recently.

Honens International Piano Competition brings top musicians to Calgary The competition began in 1992 after Calgary philanthropist and art enthusiast, Esther Honens, donated $5 million to introduce the piano world to Calgary through competition. Honens’ dream lives on every three years when young pianists worldwide apply with hopes of being accepted into the competition.

Alberta Beer Awards unite beer lovers “It’s really a way of reminding people to start here, start local. We start with the freshest ingredients because Alberta grows the vast majority of the barley malt that we use in our beer,” says Blair Berdusco, executive director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association.

The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival rolls into Calgary Revved up and ready, after two years online, the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF) motored into Calgary for the first time this fall. 

Newest Leighton Art Centre exhibit celebrates the uncertainty of ‘plein air’ painting The Leighton Art Centre’s newest exhibit, Come Paint Alberta, showcases an unexpected collaboration of both seasoned painters and the wider community to produce an unpredictable art form. 

Immersive film, dance and theatre performance brings art lovers together at the Globe Theatre The pandemic kept artists and art lovers apart, but the premiere of Villainy on Oct. 22, aims to bring viewers a fresh, immersive perspective on collaboration through an experience of film, dance and live piano.

Making Treaty 7 play promotes healing by amplifying Indigenous voices Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s newest production, O’kosi, combines film, live powwow music, spoken word and Blackfoot prayer to explore the consequences of colonization while elevating Indigenous voices.  

Our top story for the month of October was our breaking news coverage of Calgary’s newest basketball team, the Surge!


The Calgary Surge will sport a red, black and grey colourway with a stylized hawk as their logo.

The name, Surge, represents both the “the continued positive economic and social momentum of Canada’s third-largest city” and the fast-paced basketball fans will come to expect, according to a press release. 

With winter approaching quickly, our visual editors have compiled a great gallery full of beautiful fall images. Take a look at the full gallery here.


four women embracing each other while smiling

‘Anything less than the playoffs would be a straight up failure:’ Fans expectations are high as the Flames season begins

Pro wrestling icon Bret Hart honoured at Canada’s Walk of Fame induction

Dash of Doom brings families and pets together for a fright-filled Halloween charity run

Alberta organization helps encourage teenage girls in sports

The best of the rest

Our editors’ Happy Places

How 2 non-profits converted an empty office building into affordable housing

Youth summit aims to break the stigma around mental health

close up photo of cute sleeping cat

Is revenge bedtime procrastination ruining your sleep?

Pro tips: How to stay on top of your course load this fall

First ever Calgary Cat Festival and Market

Thank you all so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful week, and I look forward to updating you all with more stories soon.

– Josh Werle, newsletter editor

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