July 2014

Found 11 blog entries for July 2014.

The 2014 annual Calgary Bluesfest starts on July 31 and runs to August 3. This is one of Calgary's best summer parties that involves 4 nonstop days and evenings of music and dance parties. The lineup for the 2014 Bluesfest includes the following artists:

  • Alex Zayas
  • Andrew Jr. Boy Jones
  • Ana Popovic
  • Bill Durst
  • Bob Margolin Band
  • Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues
  • Harper & Midwest Kind
  • Joe Louis Walker
  • Jerome Godboo
  • Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
  • Mike Clark Band
  • Johnny Juke
  • Monster Mike Welch
  • Randy Oxford Band
  • Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack
  • Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
  • Sugar Ray Norcia
  • Russell Jackson
  • Tim Williams
  • Vernon Wills Band
  • Too Slim & the Taildraggers
  • Zakiya Hooker

The excitement takes

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If you're taking a look through real estate articles you're going to find a lot of talk about negotiating the best deal. In the Calgary real estate market today, a lot of these negotiations are not applicable. With the market so tight for single-family homes within the city, many houses are being sold within days of being listed. Many are being sold at above the listing price and there are often multiple offers coming in for the same unit.

If you see a home that's located in a great area and is competitively priced, you won't want to put in an offer that’s up for negotiation. In most cases it will simply be set aside and the higher offers will be looked at seriously. Negotiation tactics work well when there's a balanced market but when you're dealing

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On Sunday, the annual Kensington Sun and Salsa Festival took place and even the rainstorm that arrived in the late afternoon didn't keep visitors away. There were huge crowds arriving at the 21st annual event that included street performances, shopping and a lot of food.


There were 32 various salsas available from businesses in the local Calgary area that people could sample. From mild to spicy, guests were encouraged to try out all of the salsa recipes and then place a vote for their ultimate favorite.

The fun took place from 11 AM to 5 PM in Kensington. People were sampling the food, watching the crazy performances and shopping at the various stores along the street. Others spent some time relaxing on patios during the day.

There were

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Are you tired of seeing the same old plants in your garden year after year? If so, here are some fascinating plants that you may want to add to your garden or plant in your home to spruce things up a bit. If you have children, some of these plants are an exciting way to introduce them to the world of gardening.

Plant a pineapple

The next time you buy a pineapple at the grocery store, cut off the leafy top and strip some of the leaves from the base. Let it dry out and then put it in a pot with some soil. Keep the earth moist and in approximately 6 weeks the plant will start to develop roots. You'll have to have some patience though - the plant will take 1-2 years to grow a pineapple.

Venus Flytrap

The plant survives by eating flies and insects.

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Most Canadian cities have some strange bylaws and some of them have come to light due to the new bylaw in Winnipeg that will make singing on a bus an offense. When the news came out that this bylaw had a good chance of being put into effect, there was a lot of commotion about it and a lot of the noise was being sent through social media sites.

In Winnipeg, singing would be considered as inappropriate conduct on a bus. According to this new transit bylaw, you could be fined $100 or you could be asked to leave the bus. This bylaw is almost in effect but will have to pass City Council for one final vote before it becomes 100% official.

In Mississauga Ontario, clotheslines have become illegal. Until 2008, clotheslines were banned across Ontario. It was

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When you're looking at condos, you may feel that you're not getting enough space and wish that some of the rooms could be opened up. Fortunately, there are quick and simple ways to create larger spaces out of smaller ones through smart decorating. Here are some easy to implement and quick decorating tips that you can use to create larger spaces.

1. Look for multi-functional furniture

Less is more when it comes to decorating a condo. Ignore the bulky furniture pieces and look for multi-functional items that can serve more than one purpose. For example, a coffee table can also serve as a storage compartment if you find one that opens up. You can also purchase storage benches that have a multi-functional design. These benches come with a wall panel so

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Most consumers these days are following a budget. When it comes to the cost of living, a budget has become a vital necessity in terms of keeping on top of your finances. It’s easy to spend money carelessly and impulsively and then look back at the month that has just passed by and wonder where all of the money went. There aren’t too many people around that can keep track of the small spending and be able to account for their money without having any records to refer back to.

With a fixed rate mortgage, you know exactly how much your mortgage payment will be month after month, and year after year. There are no hidden surprises involved with a fixed rate mortage and you can always count on paying the set amount until the term of your mortgage is over. If

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 If you're the type of person that considers the roaring engines to be an unwelcome noise, you'll want to stay away from the Redstone and Skyview Ranch areas, which are situated just northeast of the Calgary airport.

Some residents in these neighborhoods are gathering together and signing a petition asking for flight path changes due to the high noise levels. Part of the problem according to residents is that the Calgary Airport Authority promised that the new runway, which opened on June 28, 2014, wouldn't cause an added disturbance.

According to the petition that is making its way through Skyview, some community residents are experiencing shaking windows due to the high noise levels. They are also worried that the property values of their

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Last year, the attendance numbers at the Calgary Stampede dropped due to the June flood but the Stampede is back on track this year! By Sunday morning, more than 237,000 people entered the grounds, which was 50,000 more than what was reported last year.

The weather forecast looks great for the week and it's expected that the numbers will rise as the event continues.  The weather can play a large part in the overall turnout. Thankfully, the good weather will allow visitors to come and check out the new programs and the great food available at the Stampede this year.

Must-see events and food

This year the Peking Acrobats will be putting on a show and you can see the act for free once you have paid for your attendance. You may also want to check out

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When it comes to reselling your home there are quite a few factors that can influence its value. Below you'll find the top 5 factors that can make your home sell for either more or for less.

1. Age

A historical home and a new home will be worth more than a home that is somewhere in between. As a home ages it loses its value until it hits a point when it can be considered to be a heritage home.

2. The location

The location has always played a major role in determining a    home's value. Nowadays one of the main benefits of any location is the walkability score it has. As millennials scale back on their reliance on owning a vehicle, getting around and having easy access to amenities is a prime selling feature of any home.

Potential home

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