Canada Day Beyond the Fireworks

Canada Day kicks-off a whirlwind of festival’s, world class events, and concerts that Canadian summers so gracefully lend us.

Instead of just bringing you where you can watch the Fireworks, albeit fantastic, our guide reveals more to Canada Day festivities to tweak all of your summer desires.



Date Night at the Devonian Botanic Garden – University of Alberta

Bring a loved one, friend or go as a group. Enjoy dinner, dancing and an evening in the gardens.

The next one is July 4th, and the theme is County Fair

A menu celebrating your favorite summer flavours – popcorn, caramel apples, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream sundaes and other goodies. Add some live bluegrass with “Up the Creek” at The Birch Patio and you have a date!

Menu items range from $5-$16 – no reservations required for this event.

Dinner served 6:30-8:30.

Birch Patio open till 9 for a la carte & beverage items.

More info HERE



The Calgary Stampede

A true Classic.

This year will be extremely special as after the devastating floods, the city has decided to not let anything break their spirits and determination – the show will go on. So grab your cowboy hats and chaps and be ready for 10 solids days of  food, drinks, music, cowboys, rodeo’s, parades and SO much more…

July 5th – 14th

More info HERE


(this picture is from Vancouver’s last year)

Diner en Blanc

About the concept:

At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret place. Thousand of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.
Over the course of an evening, the diners enhance the function and value of their city’s public space by participating in the unexpected.
Beyond the spectacle and refined elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by a love of beauty and good taste.
Le Dîner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamour of court society, and diners engage one another knowing they are taking part in a truly magical event.

Calgary welcomes this very special event on July 6th but we’re afraid we can’t share more details as it’s still a secret!

More info HERE



Classified with Zeus, The Eerie Green, and Elk Run and Riot

Nova Scotia hip-hop artist Classified – 2013 Juno Award Winner for Rap Recording of the Year – headlines an outdoor extravaganza with rockers Zeus, Canmore’s folk-rockers The Eerie Green, and 2013 Molson Canadian Rocks Battle of the Bands winner, Banff’s Elk Run and Riot!

This is a special show as they will be collecting donations in support of Bow Valley flood relief. The Rotary Club of Canmore will also be on-site to receive donations. The Banff Centre will match donations made during the concert. Music + giving back, a night not to be missed.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 – 5:00 p.m.
Gates at 4:00 p.m.
Shaw Amphitheatre

More info HERE


For all you foodies this one is not to miss! The annual gathering of over 20 of Vancouver’s top Food Carts is complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and lots more. Food Cart Fest starts on Sunday, June 23 and takes place every Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. until September 22!

215 W 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC



The Pride Festival

With the monumental news that came this week regarding DOMA and Prop 8 Pride Week in Toronto could not be more perfect!

It is Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Featuring 10 days of world-class community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans Pride, Family Pride, Clean, Sober & Proud Place and much more!

JUNE 21-30

More info HERE



American indie band Yeah Yeah Yeahs bring the party to Echo Beach this summer, with support from Maximum Hedrum.

Echo Beach at Molson Amphitheatre on July 1st @ 7pm

More info HERE

xo Coup