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Calgary, Edmonton > Toronto, Vancouver… when it comes to investing   Leave a comment

My friend Chris sent this news article along to me today… it came out a few weeks ago, but hey, that’s how my inbox rolls.  A couple of years ago, I invested in a land syndication project in Red Deer, with Belterra Land Company.  Made sense to me – great economy in Alberta, migration trends, and other indicators gave me confidence that my investment would be a smart one.  So reading this article (courtesy of the Financial Post, link here) was very reassuring.

(I’ve bolded some of the text – because I thought you might be interested in those parts.)

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Calgary, Edmonton real estate investment to top Toronto, Vancouver: report

Garry Marr / Nov 6, 2012 4:16 PM ET

Calgary and Edmonton are now the top cities for real estate investment, according to a new report from PwC and the Urban Land Institute, which says the two Alberta cities have displaced Toronto and Vancouver for 2013.

Investors will favour apartment and office buildings next year while developers will focus on the retail market but overall the report says mediocre will be the new measure of what defines a good market.

The report, which reflects the views of over 900 individuals throughout Canada, the United States and Latin America, says “compared to everyone else Canada will do very well” which seems to be the theme across the country.

 “The Canadian real estate community understands real estate fundamentals and knows how to react to fluctuations in monetary policy and capital markets. Canada’s real estate industry continues to operate well despite uncertainties in domestic and global economies,” said Lori-Ann Beausoleil, PwC Canada’s real estate leader.

Suggestions that emerged from those who participated in the survey:

• Core real estate in major markets should be held, which for institutions means a place to keep their money in “income-producing trophy properties” across all property classes.

• Green offices are something major tenants want and they are willing to move from older buildings if they can get an advantage form a new one.

Land bank out west because the escalating inflow of workers will continue unless there is reversal in energy and commodity markets.

• Infill sites represent intensification opportunities, especially ones located near mass transit.

• There are still opportunities for home builders to construct large layouts which is an under served market, as soaring condo prices and “unfriendly units” create an opening for that segment.

• If luxury condos dip, buy. Increased urbanization will continue and upscale space and the best downtown locations will reclaim any lost value quickly.

Calgary got the top spot in the survey as rents are rising in the oilpatch and acquiring real estate is becoming more difficult. The report predicts more of the same in 2013 with a focus on demand for office and industrial space.

John O’Bryan, chairman of CBRE Canada, who spoke about the Canadian commercial market at conference to discuss the report, says the employment numbers just lean towards the west. “Anywhere that has any resource base is doing exceptionally well,” he said.

Mr. O’Bryan said 2012 might be called the year of the real estate investment, highlighted by Dundee REIT’s $1.266-billion purchase of Scotia Plaza in Toronto with partner H&R REIT which occurred right under the nose of the pension funds.

“It’s almost the perfect environment for them,” said Mr. O’Bryan, about REITs. “Take office buildings, two thirds of all of the transactions have been REITs. Conditions can’t be any better. They’ve got the balanced sheets, they’re proven in the capital markets.”

 

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Posted January 31, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Looking ahead – like, WAY ahead – at a crowded Hall of Fame ballot   1 comment

I promised myself that I wouldn’t get worked up about the results of the Hall of Fame balloting last Wednesday.  I don’t know why I did that.  After all, this ballot had been discussed and debated and chewed over since the day it came out – long before it came out, actually.  The holdovers on this year’s ballot – great players like Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Edgar Martinez, and others – weren’t the primary source of this consternation.

We all know who was.  Barry Bonds, the all-time home run champ.  Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young award winner.  Sammy Sosa, with 609 home runs on his resume.  There were others as well, but these three formed the proverbial three-headed monster that made writers agonize over their ballots and find new ways to interpret the integrity and character “clauses”.  Undeniably talented, yes, but also the poster boys of an era fraught with performance-enhancing drugs.

All three were new to the ballot.  Other newcomers included perennial All-Stars like Mike Piazza, Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio, and Kenny Lofton.  The ballot was, in layman’s terms, pretty damned stacked.

Yet no one was voted in.  Biggio came the closest to induction, receiving 68.2% of the total ballots submitted by the BBWAA.  Of the 569 votes cast (and blanks submitted), he received 388; he needed 427.  To look at the math another way, he did not receive 181 votes.  This essay isn’t to avenge Biggio’s non-induction, but the guy played 20 years for one team, he compiled over 3,000 hits, amassed over 400 steals, just under 300 homers… yet one out of every three voters didn’t think he deserved the nod.

Next year, the ballot gets even more crowded.  Five names are almost guaranteed to get serious consideration in 2014: Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Jeff Kent, and Mike Mussina.  If voters continue to resist electing star players who played over the last 25 years, picking and choosing one or none at a time, it will get very crowded indeed.

I tried to figure out how crowded.

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Using baseball-reference.com, I checked out the top 50 active players in WAR (Wins Above Replacement).  Most of them, in my opinion, will be added to the ballot when they retire.  A few of them, barring a catastrophic statistical collapse or PED-related offense, are stone-cold locks for induction.  Many of the others will get a long look, and stay on the ballot for several years. 

After cherry-picking the best of them, I calculated the year that they would appear on the ballot if they retired at the end of their age-39 season.  You see, I have a crazy theory that guys won’t be slugging .565 when they’re 42, or leading the league in ERA at that age, either.  So 39 is the cut-off, even if they’re playing spectacularly at 38.  If they’re already 39 or older, I’ll give them one more season (Mariano Rivera, I’m looking at you) before cutting their careers off.

I might be missing a name or two, and I might have included someone who you think has no chance at getting in Cooperstown without a ticket.  (I’ve also included the guys that have retired already, whose respective clocks have already started.)  Nonetheless, here is my list.

2014:  Tom Glavine, Jeff Kent, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, Frank Thomas

2015:  Carlos Delgado, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, John Smoltz

2016:  Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman, Jim Edmonds, Billy Wagner

2017:  Vladimir Guerrero, Jorge Posada, Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez

2018:  Jason Giambi, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Omar Vizquel

2019:  Bobby Abreu, Johnny Damon, Todd Helton, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Tejeda, Jim Thome

2020:  Scott Rolen

2021:  Tim Hudson, David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez

2022:  Carlos Beltran, Roy Halladay

2023:  No one, I reckon

2024:  Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley

2025:  Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixiera

2026:  C.C. Sabathia

2027:  No one again, but who knows?

2028:  Miguel Cabrera, Joe Mauer, David Wright

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Now onto the next part of the experiment.  I’m going to start adding names to the ballot.  I will start with the 2013 ballot from which no one received 75% of the vote, but did receive 20% or more.  I will also add in their vote percentages, and years on the ballot.  If you don’t get in after 15 years, you’re automatically taken off.

2013:  Craig Biggio (68.2%, 1); Jack Morris (67.7, 14), Jeff Bagwell (59.6, 3), Mike Piazza (57.8, 1), Tim Raines (52.2, 6), Lee Smith (47.8, 11), Curt Schilling (38.8, 1), Roger Clemens (37.6, 1), Barry Bonds (36.2, 1), Edgar Martinez (35.9, 4), Alan Trammell (33.6, 12), Larry Walker (21.6, 3), Fred McGriff (20.7, 4).

Obviously, I won’t be including percentages again, because I’m not psychic.  I just included them here to give us all a starting point.  I included the years simply so I can remove guys from the ballot after (in my opinion) their 15 years of eligibility elapse.  I’ll also color-code (and subsequently remove) the players who I think are getting in, and when.

Deep breath, here we go.  The ballots for the next 15 years, with a few comments:

2014:  Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio, Morris, Bagwell, Piazza, Raines, Smith, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Martinez, Trammell, Walker, McGriff, Thomas, Mussina, Kent – Morris falls off.

2015:  Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Piazza, Bagwell, Raines, Smith, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Edgar Martinez, Trammell, Walker, McGriff, Thomas, Mussina, Kent, Delgado, Sheffield, Smoltz

2016:  Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza, Jeff Kent, Bagwell, Raines, Smith, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Martinez, Trammell, Walker, McGriff, Thomas, Mussina, Delgado, Sheffield, Smoltz, Hoffman, Edmonds, Wagner – Trammell falls off

2017:  Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell, Raines, Smith, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Martinez, Walker, McGriff, Thomas, Mussina, Delgado, Sheffield, Smoltz, Hoffman, Edmonds, Wagner, Guerrero, Posada, Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez – Lee Smith falls off

2018:  Chipper Jones, John Smoltz, Tim Raines, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Martinez, Walker, McGriff, Mussina, Delgado, Sheffield,  Hoffman, Edmonds, Wagner,  Guerrero,  Posada, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Giambi, Andruw Jones, Vizquel – I predict Edmonds and Andruw Jones fall off

2019:  Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Mariano Rivera, Abreu, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Tejeda, Thome, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, Martinez, Walker, Mussina, Delgado, Sheffield, Hoffman, Wagner,  Guerrero, Posada, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Vizquel – I predict Giambi, Ramirez, Tejada, and McGriff fall off

2020:  Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jim Thome, Rolen, Abreu, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Schilling, Martinez, Walker, Mussina, Delgado, Sheffield, Smoltz, Hoffman, Wagner,  Guerrero, Posada, Rodriguez, Vizquel – I predict Wagner falls off

2021:  Trevor Hoffman, Rolen, Abreu, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Schilling, Martinez, Walker, Mussina, Delgado, Sheffield, Guerrero, Posada, Ivan Rodriguez, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez

2022:  Ivan Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Beltran, Halladay, Rolen, Abreu, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Martinez, Walker, Schilling, Delgado, Sheffield, Guerrero, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez – I predict Abreu falls off

2023:  Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Beltran, Halladay, Rolen, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Martinez, Delgado, Sheffield, Guerrero, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz, Rodriguez – no rational reason for Walker’s inclusion here; personal favorite, and a gut feeling he becomes the next “fan favorite” to get sabermetric support after Raines’ eventual induction.

2024:  Roy Halladay, Vladimir Guerrero, Rollins, Utley, Beltran, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Delgado, Sheffield, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz, Rodriguez – I predict Rolen and Martinez fall off the ballot

2025:  Albert Pujols, Holliday, Teixiera, Rollins, Utley, Beltran, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Delgado, Sheffield, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz, Rodriguez – no one falls off from here on out.  They will all get their 5%, but
I don’t see anyone getting the grass-roots movement going on their behalf, as Blyleven and Raines did.

2026:  Alex Rodriguez, Sabathia, Holliday, Teixiera, Rollins, Utley, Beltran, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Delgado, Sheffield, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz – or A-Rod could get the Sosa treatment.

2027:  Carlos Beltran, Holliday, Teixiera, Rollins, Utley, Sabathia, Damon, Helton, Pettitte, Delgado, Sheffield, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz – no idea.  Beltran, Pettitte, and Vizquel are my best guesses, but I don’t like any of them to get in.  Vizquel might get the anti-PED vote.

2028:  Miguel Cabrera, C.C. Sabathia, Mauer, Wright, Holliday, Teixiera, Rollins, Utley, Damon, Helton, Delgado, Sheffield, Posada, Vizquel , Hudson, Ortiz, Pettitte

Unless the BBWAA writers start putting four or five people a year, the ballot will continue to be backed up for years.   Of course, if you believe the Hall is too inclusive, you don’t have a problem with that.  I’m more of a medium-big Hall guy, myself.  Here’s hoping more players I grew up watching get their due – but I’m not holding my breath for it.

After all, five to ten years is a long time to hold one’s breath.

Biggio

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Posted January 15, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

The MacAskill Mailer – in case you missed it via subscription, Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin   Leave a comment

What’s going on at Stage West Calgary in 2013?

MacASKILL’S MONTHLY MAILER

Volume 2, Issue 8

Jason MacAskill’s personal newsletter…
I’m solely responsible for the contents, all opinions strictly my own.

Visit my blog sometime: www.jasonmacaskill.com
Or my Twitter: www.twitter.com/JasonMacAskill

Enjoy!

Hello again, and thanks for opening my newsletter. If you received this in error, or don’t want to receive it anymore, simply unsubscribe. However, if you think someone else might be interested in what’s going on at Stage West this year, please forward it along.

(Or, in the immortal words of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back.)

If you’re interested in bringing a group to Stage West Calgary this season – whether it’s a corporate party, a company team-building event, or a smaller group just looking for a fun and friendly night out – please let me know. Here are our group rates for the 2012-13 season:

* Group Rate – Friday Evening – Over 50 People $72.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Friday Evening – Over 30 People $75.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Weekdays – Over 50 People $65.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Weekdays – Over 30 People $68.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Wed Matinee – Over 30 People – Seniors Only $45.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Sunday Brunch – Over 30 People $55.00 + GST

Kid Show – Adults $32.00 + GST
Kid Show – Children (12 & Under) $26.00 + GST
Kid Show – Evening – Adults $34.00 + GST
Kid Show – Evening – Children (12 & Under) $27.00 + GST

Group rates are not available in December – if you’re looking to book a Christmas party specifically for December 2013 (and you can, give me a call!), regular ticket prices apply. The above rates are for groups for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. We also have two other promotional rates for smaller parties – Thursday and Sunday nights are a great time to come out!

power4_ladiesnight
____________________________________________________________________

So – what’s coming up, you ask?

Here you go!

It is said that everyone gets 15 minutes of Fame. Some in the history of pop music were just lucky enough to double down for 30 minutes of stardom with two hits. This follow-up to the record-breaking “One Hit Wonders” explores the artists who struck gold twice before fading into the background.

“Two Hit Wonders” pays tribute to pop hits such as ‘What The World Needs Now is Love’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Lady Marmalade’, ‘Turn the Beat Around’, ‘Disco Inferno’ and ‘Give Me One Reason’, as well as the rock pioneers of their era who gave us ‘Walk Away Renee’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Green Eyed Lady’ and many, many more! (scheduled to play until February 3) (____________________________________________________________________

“Game Show” is the comedy you play! This hot new title takes on the game show phenomenon, inviting the audience into a refreshingly fun new theatre experience. Set during a “live broadcast” of a fictional, long-running TV game show, it places the theatre audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes! In addition to watching and playing during the “broadcast” – where anything can and does happen – the audience also witnesses all the backstage, back-stabbing antics “behind the scenes” that go on during the “commercial breaks” of the show. (scheduled to play February 7 – April 14)
___________________________________________________________________

“CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.”

“CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.”

“Whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.”

“CHICAGO” is one of the most noted and longest running musicals on Broadway. Loosely based on a murder case in the 1920s that grabbed the attention of the media, it is a satirical look at the way society turns criminals into celebrities. Those criminals are Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart who stand accused of murdering their respective lovers. They are immediately vaulted into the spotlight by the media aided by their somewhat less than ethical lawyer and PR machine, Billy Flynn. When they are eventually acquitted of the crimes the press ends their love affair with the girls leaving them alone and penniless. (scheduled to play April 18 – June 23)

___________________________________________________________________

This musical revue delves into the evolution of women in country music and their struggles in a male dominated industry.

Patsy Cline was the first of her kind to earn genuine respect as a country artist. She paved the way for the Queens of Country, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire, all of whom had their share of adversity and controversy, but ultimately led to enormously successful careers.

While these artists would take inspiration from other genres such as gospel, blues, R&B and pop to diversify their country sound it would be the next generation who would explode country onto the mainstream pop charts. Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are among those who continue to take country music and the empowerment of women in the music industry to new levels. (scheduled to play June 27 – September 1)

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If you missed out on the excellent Christmas production, “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, don’t worry – Stage West for Kids is returning in May. It’s never too early to book your family or group tickets for this show.

uglyducklingposter

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Let’s see… the last month of “Two Hit Wonders”, then three more full productions taking us right through the summer… “The Ugly Duckling” is sure to entertain child and parent alike… what else could we possibly do to encourage you to attend a show at Stage West Calgary?

Wait, I know – concerts!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any fancy pictures to glamorize these acts, but information should be appearing soon on the Stage West Calgary website; check back here often – http://www.stagewestcalgary.com/concert_series.html . That said, we have a pair of acts coming in later this year that I think you should know about now.

Almost AHBA will be here on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26.

After that, get ready for The Rat Pack, performing on Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 4. Tickets for both acts are available now.
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Any questions or comments? Please call me, write me, let me know if you want to see a show! If you serve as your company’s social club coordinator, or events planner, please let me know if you’d like a table for two. I would be happy to let you sample the product, so to speak, before committing to a group function. Just contact me!

I graduated from Laurentian University in 1995 with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration. A lifelong baseball fan, I worked for several professional teams, including the Calgary Cannons, the Calgary Roughnecks, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays, and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. I worked in nearly every aspect of the industry – group sales, ticketing, marketing, and media relations were just some of the departments I worked in or coordinated. Prior to joining Belterra on a consultant basis in 2010, I worked for a Calgary-based logistics company. In August of 2011, I joined the Stagewest Hospitality sales team, focusing primarily on the city’s preeminent dinner theatre experience, Stage West Calgary.

(W) 403-616-8916
(O) 403-243-7077

ANY material pertaining to Belterra Land Company is intended for illustration purposes and should not be used as the sole basis for making an investment decision. It is not intended as a representation regarding the timing of sale or development of the properties referred to or the returns attainable by an investor upon exit.

CONTACT US


Jason MacAskill

Stagewest Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE

Calgary, AlbertaT2G 1Y8

Canada

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Posted January 11, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

The MacAskill Mailer – in case you missed it via subscription, Facebook, Linkedin, or Twitter   Leave a comment

What’s going on at Stage West Calgary in 2013?

MacASKILL’S MONTHLY MAILER

Volume 2, Issue 8

Jason MacAskill’s personal newsletter…
I’m solely responsible for the contents, all opinions strictly my own.

Visit my blog sometime: www.jasonmacaskill.com
Or my Twitter: www.twitter.com/JasonMacAskill

Enjoy!

Hello again, and thanks for opening my newsletter. If you received this in error, or don’t want to receive it anymore, simply unsubscribe. However, if you think someone else might be interested in what’s going on at Stage West this year, please forward it along.

(Or, in the immortal words of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back.)

If you’re interested in bringing a group to Stage West Calgary this season – whether it’s a corporate party, a company team-building event, or a smaller group just looking for a fun and friendly night out – please let me know. Here are our group rates for the 2012-13 season:

* Group Rate – Friday Evening – Over 50 People $72.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Friday Evening – Over 30 People $75.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Weekdays – Over 50 People $65.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Weekdays – Over 30 People $68.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Wed Matinee – Over 30 People – Seniors Only $45.00 + GST
* Group Rate – Sunday Brunch – Over 30 People $55.00 + GST

Kid Show – Adults $32.00 + GST
Kid Show – Children (12 & Under) $26.00 + GST
Kid Show – Evening – Adults $34.00 + GST
Kid Show – Evening – Children (12 & Under) $27.00 + GST

Group rates are not available in December – if you’re looking to book a Christmas party specifically for December 2013 (and you can, give me a call!), regular ticket prices apply. The above rates are for groups for the remainder of the 2012-13 season. We also have two other promotional rates for smaller parties – Thursday and Sunday nights are a great time to come out!

power4_ladiesnight
____________________________________________________________________

So – what’s coming up, you ask?

Here you go!

It is said that everyone gets 15 minutes of Fame. Some in the history of pop music were just lucky enough to double down for 30 minutes of stardom with two hits. This follow-up to the record-breaking “One Hit Wonders” explores the artists who struck gold twice before fading into the background.

“Two Hit Wonders” pays tribute to pop hits such as ‘What The World Needs Now is Love’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Lady Marmalade’, ‘Turn the Beat Around’, ‘Disco Inferno’ and ‘Give Me One Reason’, as well as the rock pioneers of their era who gave us ‘Walk Away Renee’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Green Eyed Lady’ and many, many more! (scheduled to play until February 3) (____________________________________________________________________

“Game Show” is the comedy you play! This hot new title takes on the game show phenomenon, inviting the audience into a refreshingly fun new theatre experience. Set during a “live broadcast” of a fictional, long-running TV game show, it places the theatre audience in the role of the TV studio audience, in which members are picked as the contestants to play the trivia-based game and win actual prizes! In addition to watching and playing during the “broadcast” – where anything can and does happen – the audience also witnesses all the backstage, back-stabbing antics “behind the scenes” that go on during the “commercial breaks” of the show. (scheduled to play February 7 – April 14)
___________________________________________________________________

“CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.”

“CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.”

“Whether you’ve seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.”

“CHICAGO” is one of the most noted and longest running musicals on Broadway. Loosely based on a murder case in the 1920s that grabbed the attention of the media, it is a satirical look at the way society turns criminals into celebrities. Those criminals are Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart who stand accused of murdering their respective lovers. They are immediately vaulted into the spotlight by the media aided by their somewhat less than ethical lawyer and PR machine, Billy Flynn. When they are eventually acquitted of the crimes the press ends their love affair with the girls leaving them alone and penniless. (scheduled to play April 18 – June 23)

___________________________________________________________________

This musical revue delves into the evolution of women in country music and their struggles in a male dominated industry.

Patsy Cline was the first of her kind to earn genuine respect as a country artist. She paved the way for the Queens of Country, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire, all of whom had their share of adversity and controversy, but ultimately led to enormously successful careers.

While these artists would take inspiration from other genres such as gospel, blues, R&B and pop to diversify their country sound it would be the next generation who would explode country onto the mainstream pop charts. Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are among those who continue to take country music and the empowerment of women in the music industry to new levels. (scheduled to play June 27 – September 1)

___________________________________________________________________

If you missed out on the excellent Christmas production, “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, don’t worry – Stage West for Kids is returning in May. It’s never too early to book your family or group tickets for this show.

uglyducklingposter

___________________________________________________________________

Let’s see… the last month of “Two Hit Wonders”, then three more full productions taking us right through the summer… “The Ugly Duckling” is sure to entertain child and parent alike… what else could we possibly do to encourage you to attend a show at Stage West Calgary?

Wait, I know – concerts!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any fancy pictures to glamorize these acts, but information should be appearing soon on the Stage West Calgary website; check back here often – http://www.stagewestcalgary.com/concert_series.html . That said, we have a pair of acts coming in later this year that I think you should know about now.

Almost AHBA will be here on Monday, March 25, and Tuesday, March 26.

After that, get ready for The Rat Pack, performing on Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 4. Tickets for both acts are available now.
___________________________________________________________________

Any questions or comments? Please call me, write me, let me know if you want to see a show! If you serve as your company’s social club coordinator, or events planner, please let me know if you’d like a table for two. I would be happy to let you sample the product, so to speak, before committing to a group function. Just contact me!

I graduated from Laurentian University in 1995 with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration. A lifelong baseball fan, I worked for several professional teams, including the Calgary Cannons, the Calgary Roughnecks, the Medicine Hat Blue Jays, and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. I worked in nearly every aspect of the industry – group sales, ticketing, marketing, and media relations were just some of the departments I worked in or coordinated. Prior to joining Belterra on a consultant basis in 2010, I worked for a Calgary-based logistics company. In August of 2011, I joined the Stagewest Hospitality sales team, focusing primarily on the city’s preeminent dinner theatre experience, Stage West Calgary.

(W) 403-616-8916
(O) 403-243-7077

ANY material pertaining to Belterra Land Company is intended for illustration purposes and should not be used as the sole basis for making an investment decision. It is not intended as a representation regarding the timing of sale or development of the properties referred to or the returns attainable by an investor upon exit.

CONTACT US


Jason MacAskill

Stagewest Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE

Calgary, AlbertaT2G 1Y8

Canada

Add us to your address book

Copyright © 2013 Jason MacAskill, All rights reserved.

Thanks for reading!

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Posted January 11, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized

Cooperstown – the non-writening   1 comment

Usually – as in the last two years – I write a series of blogs about some of the various candidates that are eligible for baseball’s Hall of Fame.  I like baseball.  Writing about it when I had little else to do, featuring some of the best players ever to play the game – Hall-worthy or not – was interesting to me.  It was fun to (try to) show off my knowledge, research, and writing ability.

I didn’t do it this year.  It didn’t strike as something I’d have much fun doing, for a variety of reasons.

The ballot is loaded this year, with all-time greats like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Piazza, Sammy Sosa, Curt Schilling, Craig Biggio, and others appearing on it for the first time.  Add guys like Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Larry Walker, Mark McGwire – and more! – and it is stacked.  Unfortunately, most of the talk revolving around it concerns the use of performance-enhancing drugs, and how evil the guys who took it are, and whether they deserve getting into Cooperstown.  A lot of the writers are sermonizing, not picking.  It’s heavy-handed, melodramatic, and by and large, not very entertaining as a reader.  I fully understand that getting into the Hall of Fame is a honor, and should be taken seriously, but some of these BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) scribes are so sanctimonious it’s appalling.

Funny how I don’t remember reading any of their warnings 10 or 20 years ago.

The divide between the old-school and new-school writers (and bloggers, and anyone else who can transmit an opinion) is also increasingly bothersome.  Each position seems to be more concerned with entrenching themselves in their opinions, and firing verbal volleys at each other, than actually arguing their own point of view calmly and lucidly.  Sabremetricans are nerds living in their parents’ basement; beat writers are misguided and uneducated Neanderthals.  Neither caricacture is very accurate, but damned if you can convince some people otherwise.

What else bugs me?  Well, while I appreciate it when the BBWAA writers publish their ballots, and even better, when they explain their selections, some of their logic baffles me.  I’m no writer, and I’ve never covered a team or a sport like their credentials would indicate, but geez, I think I’m enough of a fan/scholar to know what I’m talking about every once in a while.  Well-reasoned debate is good, and if you make a strong argument that’s statistically, historically, and morally consistant, then bully for you.  But there are some real crackpots out there.

I don’t want to be accused of being an ageist, but it also bothers me that some BBWAA writers don’t even actively cover the sport anymore.  To qualify, a writer must have ten years under his or her belt covering baseball… and that’s about it.  Never mind if you stopped writing about baseball to cover another sport, or industry, or if you’ve retired altogether.  Some of these guys haven’t been active baseball writers for decades, but they still get a vote.  Thus, the number of voters increases, making consensus more and more difficult, amongst an aging pool that probably (and “probably” is probably too kind) isn’t representative of the the most qualified, up-to-date, or knowledgable group of baseball people.  Why do players only get 15 years on the ballot, but writers keep their vote much longer than that?

So hopefully you can understand my frustration, and forgive my inactivity this holiday season.  And I hope that this Wednesday afternoon, the truly great and deserving players get the call from the Hall.

Posted January 7, 2013 by JasonMacAskill in Uncategorized