Toddler Kyron Skype's Live With Santa!

8:16 PM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

  You have to love technology!  When I was a kid, I used to love writing my annual letter to Santa every December and awaiting his reply.  These days, kids can use technology to get in touch with the jolly elf himself in ways that many of us could never have imagined.

   This year, we were lucky to have found a way to Skype live with Santa!  Our two year old son Kyron was so excited when he found out he would be able to chat with Santa on the computer!  The folks at the Toronto Eaton Centre have set up a cool "Skype with Santa" program and I was thankful for the invitation.

  Check out the excitement on Kyron's face when he realizes that Santa already knows what he would like for Christmas this year ( and when he recalls what he brought him last year!) and the other unique, personalized information Santa seems to "know"....

 Its amazing how advanced the traditional letter to Santa has come!

Merry Christmas! 

Win Four Tickets To See The Wiggles In Calgary!

8:45 AM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

The 2012 Fall Tour Will Be The Last Chance For Fans
To See The Original Fab Four Perform Live On Stage!
The Wiggles, the world’s most famous children’s entertainment group, recently announced
that 2012 will be the final year of their original lineup. After 21 years of entertaining and educating children around the globe, Red Wiggle Murray Cook, Yellow Wiggle Greg Page and Purple Wiggle Jeff Fatt have decided to hang up their trademark colored jerseys. This year’s fall tour will be the last opportunity for families in Calgary to see the Original Fab Four from Down Under perform together.

 Come Celebrate with Anthony, Greg, Murray, and Jeff at the Calgary Stampede Corral on Friday, October 13th for two shows at 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM. The Celebration Tour, which corresponds with the release of their new DVD and CD, “The Wiggles Big Birthday,” will honor over two decades of Wiggly singing, dancing, and performances for children and their parents. Beginning in 2013, The Wiggles will launch a new lineup that will usher in an exciting new era for future generations of children to continue to delight in the Wiggles unique brand of music, fun and learning.

Tickets for Calgary are on sale now and are available through all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling (855) 985-5000 and the venue box office. Prices range from $14.50 - $75.50 (additional facility fees, service charges and $.50 donation to UNICEF may apply). $75.50 tickets in the Wiggles VIP section are limited, and will include the best seats in the house, an exclusive gift, an activity sheet and your last chance to dance along with The Original Wiggles themselves!

Want to win a set of four tickets to the 6:30pm show?
  I have four tickets to give away to a lucky reader for the 6:30pm October 26, 2012 show!  To enter, simply leave a comment on my blog telling me who you would take to the show and who your favorite character is!
Bonus Entry:  Please tweet this contest and be sure to let me know if you did!  Feel free to use this tweet...  " Enter to win a set of four tickets to the Wiggles in #yyc Enter Here via @calgarydaddy "

  Contest closes 10/23/12 and winner will be chosen at random and notified by email!

Good luck! 

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Sesame Street Live Elmo Makes Music Is Coming to Calgary! $3 Discount Code Attached

8:00 AM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

  Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” is coming to the Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on
Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29, 2012!  Kyron is the hugest Elmo fan and he is going to love this show!  He is so excited to see this and I cannot wait to see his face when he sees the Sesame Street gang live!

  Mark your calendar for this once-in-a-lifetime event—monsters becoming musicians! Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and all their funny and furry friends are taking to the stage to share the magical world of music with children. When Jenny, the new Sesame Street music teacher, moves into town, her instruments get lost. Jenny’s new Sesame Street friends quickly come to her rescue, and they all discover "instruments" that they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even their own laps! The characters teach children, and themselves, that everyone has the ability to make beautiful music, whether they realize it or not. Don’t miss this opportunity to count along
with The Count, visit Elmo’s World and do the Crumb-A-Rumba with Rosita and Cookie Monster at Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music.

  Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15 minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

Ticket Information

• Ticket prices: $12, $22, $30, $40 (Gold Circle) & $80 (Sunny Seats).
• Opening Night (Friday, July 27)—All seats $12 (excluding Gold Circle
and Sunny Seats).
• Group savings available. Groups 10+ call 403-297-8000.
• Get the ultimate fan experience with Sunny Seats!
The Sunny Seats Package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show Meet & Greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends.
• Additional fees/surcharges may apply.

Performance Schedule
Friday, July 27: 7pm
Saturday, July 28: 10:30AM & 2 PM
Sunday, July 29: 1PM and 4:30PM

 Tickets are available at

Want to save $3/ticket?

I am happy to be able to offer my readers a special $3.00 discount code for each ticket!

Save $3 per ticket! Simply use the code ERNIE online at to receive
the special offer. (Offer excludes Gold Circle & Sunny Seats. Not valid on opening night or previously purchased tickets. Cannot be combined with any other offer.)

Win An Ultimate Reebok CFL Calgary Stampeders Fan Bag Contest! $650 Value!

8:20 AM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

  With the 2012 CFL season opener just a few weeks away, many Canadians are waiting anxiously for the season to begin!  The start of the CFL season coincides with the start of the summer, warmer weather and the tailgate season.  2012 is unique as Reebok has introduced a new line of CFL jerseys to kick off the new season.

 "After 2 years of hard work and close collaboration with the CFL and the teams, Reebok is proud to introduce its re-engineered CFL jersey. For a greater range of motion and a better on field experience, the new On Field jersey is tighter, lighter and now features moisture wicking technology incorporated in the fabric. The fan jersey has also been improved to offer a more lifestyle fit," explained Stewart Clark, Director of Marketing at Reebok Canada in a recent press release.
Personally, I think that these new jerseys look amazing and are far superior to the previous editions and they have a much sleeker, modern look.

 I am super excited to be able to host an amazing giveaway to help kick off the launch of the CFL season and the release of these amazing jerseys!  One lucky reader will win an Ultimate CFL Fan Bag, which includes the following prizes...

  • Reebok-CFL Re-engineered Calgary Stampeders Premier Fan Jersey
  • Two tickets to see a Calgary Stampeders game
  • Reebok CFL Calgary Stampeders Hat
  • Reebok sports duffle bag
  • Reebok ZigTech shoes
Total approximate value - $650

 These jerseys are in stores now and you can grab your own Reebok-CFL Re-engineered Calgary Stampeders Premier Fan Jersey at, Sport Chek, Sports Experts, RiverCity Sports and Jersey City Canada locations across Canada. Suggested retail price is $109.99.

Want to win this $650 Ultimate Reebok-CFL Fan Bag?

I have one Prize Package to give away to one of my readers! To enter, simply leave a comment on my blog telling me where these jerseys are available for purchase!

Bonus Entries!

1. Follow Me on Facebook! ( Link on my sidebar)
2. Subscribe to via email! ( see sidebar also)
3. Follow Me on Twitter http://www.twitter/calgarydaddy and Re-Tweet this contest. You can Tweet once/day! ( @calgarydaddy)

Feel free to use this tweet...

Win a $650 Ultimate @ReebokCanada CFL Fan Package! Enter to win on my blog here   #stampeders  #giveaway #yyc

4. Follow Reebok Canada on Twitter ... @ReebokCanada 

Contest is open to Canadian residents only and will end 11:59pm on  July 1, 2012.  The winner will be chosen by random draw. 

 Good luck everyone!   GO STAMPS GO!

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Perfect Fathers Day Gift Idea From Barbecues Galore

4:14 PM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

  With the warm weather finally upon us, I am sure that many of you are flocking to your patios to BBQ as often as possible.  Personally, I love to spend as much time as I can on my deck and I like to try to BBQ at least two or three times a week during the grilling season.  I often joke that I would BBQ year round, provided I could find a way to pull the grill inside safely!

  The folks from Barbecues Galore were kind enough to send me a summer BBQ essentials kit to help kick my grilling season off in a positive direction.  After reviewing the kit, I could not help but notice that this would make an amazing father's day gift for any dad that loves to cook!  The kit has all of the main ingredients for a successful BBQ, including:

  • a wok topper
  • a silicon basting brush
  • a stainless steel grill pot
  • a newfie silicon grill mitt
  • Gopher Guts Barbecue Sauce
  • Doctor McGrillemup’s Barbecue Tonic
  • The Clapper – tongs

Being a novice on the grill...I will take all of the help I can get!  I love the fact that Barbecues Galore specializes in BBQ's and accessories and focuses directly on the outdoor cooking enthusiast.  In fact, they have come up with some unique breakfast ( yes...Breakfast!) barbecue recipes, which I have attached below!

For more information on Barbecues Galore, check them out here....
Twitter: @barbecuesgalore

Happy Grilling! 

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Our Failed Attempt At Buying Tickets to Garth Brooks Calgary Stampede Concert!

6:01 PM Posted by CalgaryDaddy

Anyone that knows my wife Becky will attest to the fact that she is probably the biggest Garth Brooks fan in Calgary. She has been a fan for close to twenty years and she loves his music and his humble persona. When we heard that Garth Brooks would be performing a special concert in Calgary, in honor of the Calgary Stampede's 100th anniversary, she was ecstatic to say the least. I often joke that she loves the country crooner more than me and she even walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of his song "She's Every Woman" when we got married in 2007.

When the ticket sales were announced, I knew that they would sell out very quickly but like most Calgarians, I figured we had a good shot at securing some tickets online. As the 10am online sales time neared, Becky was turning into a nervous wreck as she dreaded the thought that we would not be as lucky as I anticipated. When the sales opened, I clicked the "process order" button at five seconds after ten and was elated that I was going to be able to score some tickets to the hottest show to come to Calgary in years. As the seconds passed, my joy to turned to shock....then dread.... as the message came back saying that no tickets were available!

I could hear the panic in Becky's voice downstairs as she was trying to get through also without luck. After about ten minutes of futile attempts on my part to get tickets, Becky started calling all of her friends, praying that someone we know was able to get through. Unfortunately, no one else was able to get tickets either. Over the next hour or so, it became clear on social media sites that many people in Calgary were furious that tickets were available online from secondary ticket markets like StubHub and Kijiji at outrageous prices.

Garth Brooks in notorious for his dislike of ticket scalpers and always tries to ensure that as many fans as possible can see his shows. Many Calgarians will remember the "wrist band" system that was used when he played a set of shows here in 1996 and that scenario worked out well as it blocked out the scalpers. While I understand that his Calgary show really comes down to supply and demand issues, I am sure Garth was furious when he heard that his show sold out in less than a minute but thousands of tickets were already for sale by the online brokers. I don't know what else could have been done to prevent this fiasco, but it sure left thousands of fans shocked at the outcome.

Becky and I were fortunate enough to do a fun interview for CBC Calgary on Saturday about this adventure, which can been seen on the link below. ( Its the lead story at the beginning.)

Since this show will take place on the weekend of our fifth wedding anniversary, I am really hoping that some more tickets become available. Maybe the Stampede gods will find a way to add a second show. Failing that, perhaps Garth can mail some tickets over my way and make me the best husband in the world. :)

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