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Who Says You Can't Have A Winter Wedding?!
Photographer: Jenn Grayson

Photographer: Jenn Grayson

by Abi Harker

Our lovely young couple came to us in 2018 with wedding dreams for 2019

They wanted a small, but elegant wedding - not just a reception, but the full deal - wedding,  sit down dinner and dancing the night away. They fell in love with our all inclusive wedding package giving them ample time to decorate it to their liking and get ready for the days festivities as Mr. & Mrs. We thank them for sharing their beautiful photos of  a magical day.

Photographer: Jenn Grayson

Photographer: Jenn Grayson

My husband and I got married at the Capitol Hill Community Centre in February, and our experience was fantastic! Abi Harker, the

facility manager, was an absolute delight to work with. She understands how crazy wedding planning can be, and accommodated us every step of the way. Having access at 8am to decorate and being able to come and go as needed throughout the day was so nice! The hall is very spacious, and even has a separate room (lounge) for guests to escape to if they need a break from the action. There is a conference room downstairs where the bridal party got ready, so we didn’t have to get ready at home and travel far in our dresses (not to mention, waste precious time driving)!

 This place has it all, and for a price that other venues do not offer. Our damage deposit was fully returned to us, and boy did we ever party after the ceremony and dinner.

 Who says wedding planning has to stressful? Go get your dress. Get your decorations. Find your caterer.  Hit up Costco liquor store.  Get married at Capitol Hill Community Center!  

To reserve the community centre for your next party, wedding or celebration, email Abi Harker at: rentals@capitolhillcommunity.ca or check our information page or calendar for availability.

Brewfest 2019

By Jarvis Schmidt

Craft beer is exploding in Alberta.  A few short years ago, the first microbreweries were popping up and trying to make it work in a market that didn’t really know what they were offering.  Now in 2019 things are expanding at breakneck speed and it would be tough to even visit every brewer in Calgary.  

To make this experience easier for you - whether you love your beer or would like to dip your toes into the craft beer universe, Capitol Hill is hosting our first brew festival, providing a family-friendly event for people to try out some of the province’s best beer.  

More details and purchasing tickets can be found at the bottom of this page, in the meantime, please read ahead for what Brewfest 2019 will have to offer. (Details are subject to change in unforeseen events)

Introducing our brewers who will be providing at this years event:


These guys hail from Lacombe, 25km north of Red Deer, and are always on the cutting edge of new popular styles. They believe in supporting the places they live and in the people that live there, by sourcing their products locally.

My favourite beer from them is their New England Pale Ale, which is a great style that is full of citrus and hoppy notes.



The legend goes something like this: three high school friends reunite bringing their outside knowledge of chemistry, cooking and education, and join forces with a business expert. After building and nurturing their idea, The Dandy Brewing Company was born as a fully fledged company in January 2014.

Every time you walk into their tap room in Renfrew, there is always a style you haven’t heard from. They pride themselves on being unique, and do a great job at it.  Every summer I look forward to their sub-4% India Session Ale, the Cosmic Dancer.


While this brewery doesn’t appear intent on pushing the boundaries, they instead focus on a high-quality, consistent product.  And it works.  

Last summer, I took many cans of Plainsbreaker as I could - a perfect accompaniment for a trip to the cottage, as there’s nothing like a pleasant, slightly hoppy wheat beer, that can appeal to almost everyone.  

An aromatic, style bending approach to the pale ale. The PlainsBreaker is bursting with late addition hops, boasting a huge tropical flavour and aroma. Well balanced, interesting and very approachable, this beer is for every adventure.


A relative newcomer onto the scene, they have been able to impress with their ability to make craft beer lovers reach for their classic styles.  Founded in 2016 by two friends, Freehold sought to encapsulate friendship and conversation, over good food and beer.

They aim to bring pride to the province of Alberta and start the conversation #albertabychoice?

Freehold is founded on the thought that Albertans choose to carve their own way. A choice made because there is a finally a place that reflects an internal resiliency and the celebration of earnest hard work. Every Albertan in their own way is in their own pursuit of building a better place. A simple question, “How do we tip our caps to this place?”, to remind us of the importance of this question.

My favourite recommendation is their Big Chutes, a beer that is rich in body and full of flavour.


I hope this has piqued your interest and look forward to welcoming you, your family (minors are welcome!) and friends to our first ever Brewfest at Capitol Hill. Until then, I leave you with this quote from Canadian essayist and professor Hugh Hood:

“Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.”


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Fibre Arts Club
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In case the symptom of cabin fever is wearing thin, Tricia Hamilton has come to the rescue with her bi-weekly Fibre Arts club!

Any level of expertise is welcome to join, whether you’re a novice, and expert or just wanted to try a new skill. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet your neighbours and make some new friends.

Bring along some snacks to share and keep cosy with a warm cup of tea.

Citizens of Capitol Hill: Banzai Sushi & Teriyaki House
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by Maria Castillo Stone

For our very first “Citizens of Capitol Hill” interview, we’re featuring Banzai Sushi and Teriyaki House. If you’ve been in Calgary longer than I have (I’m still five years or so young in this sunny city), you’re probably familiar with Banzai Sushi when it was situated downtown on 4th Ave, until it’s move to Elbow Drive.

I had moved to Calgary in 2013, fresh from two years spent living and working in Tokyo. My husband and I were out and about, and craving Japanese food. He took me to Banzai and I had a hot bowl of Udon tempura that I had been missing.

Since then, Banzai Sushi has been going on strong and blessing the community of Capitol Hill with their second location since last October.

During their busy schedule, I had the privilege to meet the team, get a glimpse behind the scenes, and interview the manager Soo Cheol Jung.

Why did you choose Capitol Hill for your business?

I already have a Banzai restaurant in the SW - I used to have one downtown, so I wanted to have another one somewhere in the NW community. Capitol Hill has a great location, it’s safe, and I like the busy traffic on 10th Street and 20th Ave, which is great for me!

In the 3 months that you’ve been open, what do you like about running a business here?

Firstly, the neighbours, there are good neighbours here. Since I’ve been open, they’ve been very interested in my business, have said positive things, and given great feedback. Secondly, the commute from here is easy to travel in all directions.

For someone who’s never been to Banzai Sushi, what would you recommend for their first visit?

For their first visit, if they like sushi, I would recommend the Poke bowl. (Author’s note: Poke bowl: pronounced PO-KAY, originates from Hawaii where native Hawaiians feasted on freshly caught fish massaged with sea salt, seaweed and crushed inamona or kukui nuts. Later on, immigrants from China and Japan introduced soy sauce and sesame oil.). The great thing about our Poke bowl, is that you can customise it your own way - the base, protein, sauce, toppings, the overall taste. (Author’s note: You can also customise the bowl if you have dietary requirements)

If people don’t like the sound of raw fish, the beef or chicken-don (Japanese rice bowl topped with beef or chicken) is also good too!

How about you, what’s your favourite dish here?

My favourite dish here is the beef rice bowl.

What’s your biggest influence in running Banzai Sushi?

My inspiration are the customers - cooking for them. I’m cook for them, give them the food and to see them enjoy it, that makes me happy. It’s all about the customers.


What inspired you to get started in the food industry?

I studied Food and Science in South Korea - it’s not just about the cooking, it’s also about the ingredients, the chemical reactions, and the nutrients. Afterwards I came to Canada in 2006, and started my career as a chef in Japanese Village (10 Ave SW). After 10 years, I became the head chef, and then we had a couple of sister restaurants - Banzai Sushi and I became the General Manager and the owner.

What are your favourite ingredients to work with?

Beef. Steak! Especially good steak - makes everyone happy! Marbling and the content of fat makes good steak. More fat=more flavour.

What’s the one essential tool everyone should have in their kitchen

A good knife. The thing to remember is: a well sharpened knife - you cannot cut your finger, yet a dull knife - you will cut your finger. A sharpened knife will cut smooth and won’t take a lot of effort to cut through ingredients, unlike with a dull knife where you’ll use more force and be more likely to injure yourself.

What was your favourite dish as a child?

Everyone always says their mum’s cooking is the best! So for me, it’s fried rice made with garlic, egg, soy sauce, ham, vegetables and green onions. I still like it!

What’s your favourite place to eat in Calgary?

I like Han Corea. I enjoy eating there as they make a pretty good stir-fry pork with spices.

Do you have a favourite movie or book that you recommend to people?

It’s a Japanese book: 400 En No Mug Cup De 4000 Man En No Mono Wo Uru Hoho (400円のマグカップで4000万円のモノを売る方法 - 高井洋子/著) by Yoko Takai (which translates as: Making 400 Million Yen From a 4000 yen cup)

What’s your favourite part of Calgary?

I like to spend time with my kids, walking in the park behind my house in Rocky Ridge.

Many thanks to Soo Cheol Jung, Yeong Gwang Kim and Yeong Ran Kim for allowing me to visit their lovely restaurant!

Banzai Sushi and Teriyaki House are open Monday - Saturday 11-9pm and Sunday 12-8pm.

 
Welcome To Capitol Hill Community!
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Welcome To Capitol Hill

from Jessica Lajoie, President of CHCA

by Jessica Lajoie.

Welcome. It’s a simple word that we use every day, but what does it mean to live in a community that is welcoming? Or to feel welcome in a given space or place? Obviously, this answer varies from person to person and is hard to describe, but most of us know it when it we see it. Or, more accurately, feel it.


I remember being new to Capitol Hill and sending an eager email to the Community Association to inquire about how to get a membership and become involved. My email went unanswered and I felt ignored. Not long after, I met one of my neighbours while our children played at the park. We both wanted to be more engaged with the CA but didn’t feel our presence was welcome. With some effort and help we eventually worked our way onto the board, however, that first impression always stayed with me. What community organization doesn’t embrace new volunteers?


My hope is that anyone reaching out to the CHCA today (or even just reading our website!) will have a very different experience. Not only will you be acknowledged, but you will find people who are welcoming of the ideas and energy you want to share. Being open to meeting new people and supporting new events are two ways our community association radiates “WELCOME!” There are also some tangible areas everyone can influence to make our neighbourhood more welcoming:


Accessibility: A couple years ago we undertook substantial renovations to the community centre, including improving access for people with mobility aids. There are still further improvements needed, but we are aware and working towards solutions. We can all do our part by keeping the sidewalks in front of our home and businesses clear of snow and ice.


Inclusion: Capitol Hill is home for many diverse people with different needs and ability to access housing. Working with both public and private developers to create a variety of housing options means that we can welcome more people into our neighbourhood. Our neighbourhood has many wonderful amenities to share and more people can support more services, benefiting everyone.

Public Spaces: Walking through our neighbourhood can provide examples of both welcoming and hostile public spaces. The mature trees everywhere are one of my favourite things about living in an older, established neighbourhood. However I find the sound walls along 14th street to be necessary, yet wholly uninspiring, pieces of infrastructure. Nothing changes overnight, but as a community we can project a clear vision of how we want to shape our public spaces and make improvements when opportunities arise.


Moving Around: It is vital for the residents and visitors of Capitol Hill to feel safe in order to feel welcome. The Community Association can be a hub and a conduit for voicing concerns and delivering messages about safety, in particular related to traffic. Whether travelling by foot, wheelchair, scooter, bus, bike, car or truck, we all have a role to play in navigating our neighbourhood safely and ensuring everyone feels welcome to use their chosen mode of transit.

The CHCA vision for Capitol Hill is to be “a connected, walkable place that is safe and welcoming.” I look forward to seeing the community grow towards this future and meeting many new friends along the way. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity with the community association, please reach out! And remember to show your support by buying and maintaining your membership!