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This is the Best of Calgary.

This is for the renegades and the risk-takers.

This is for the modern day movers putting our city on the map.

It’s for the intellects, artists, athletes, creatives and culture vultures who call this city home.

This is for anyone and everyone that loves Calgary for all its greatness and all that it stands for.

This is for doing things the Calgary way.

Best of Calgary, originally founded by FFWD - Calgary's former alternative music and entertainment weekly - returned to YYC in February 2016, resuming the Calgary tradition of celebrating the city's greats.


Best of Calgary is a celebration of the people, places and voices that make Calgary an amazing place to live and call home.


To celebrate all that Calgary is and all that it is becoming.



1) Nominations are open NOW until December 15th

  •  Speak up and have your say on your fav’s in yyc

2) Finalists are posted on January 15th - February 15th

  • The people of YYC vote on the finalists whom are selected from the total # of nominations
    received during the nomination period

Finalist graphics are available here to download and share

3) The results are tabulated 

  • Our research partners at Stone Olafson are hard at work over the holidays counting the votes and
    finding our 2019 finalists

4) The results are live May 1st 2019

  • We release the winners and runners up across 100 categories celebrating the overall winner plus the
    first and second runners up in each category

5) We celebrate!

  • At the best of Calgary Bash on May 2nd
    Come one, come all this is a celebration of all the awesome humans making our city so great

6) We host cool labs

  • In the month of May, we will be hosting 30 experiences to give Calgarians a unique way to engage with the winners as well as cool Calgary experiences

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the team behind the magic


founders and advisors


Jim Button


Gary Davies


Jocelyn Flanagan


Dave Kelly


Rob Kelly


Ken Lima Coelho


Keri Miller


Anila Umar Lee Yuen

Executive Director


Mandy Balak

Social Media manager

Anastasiia Fursa

Digital Strategist

Vladimir Taikov

Content & editorials

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Kelsey Woods