Thursday, April 30, 2015

Charter challenge could transform the Canadian healthcare system

Four things you should know about the pending Charter challenge against medicare

By Colleen Flood
Expert Advisor
and Kathleen O'Grady
Managing Editor
OTTAWA, ON/ Troy Media/ - A long-running dispute between Dr. Brian Day, the co-owner of Cambie Surgeries Corporation, and the British Columbia government may finally be resolved in the BC Supreme Court this year - and the ruling could transform the Canadian health system from coast to coast.
The case emerged in response to an audit of Cambie Surgeries, a private for-profit corporation by the BC Medical Services Commission. The audit found from a sample of Cambie's billing that it (and another private clinic) had charged patients hundreds of thousands of dollars more for health services covered by medicare than is permitted by law. Day and Cambie Surgeries claim that the law preventing a doctor charging patients more is unconstitutional.
Day's challenge builds on the legacy of a 2005 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada overturning a Quebec ban on private health insurance for medically necessary care. But this case goes much further, not only challenging the ban on private health insurance to cover medically necessary care, but also the limits on extra-billing and the prohibition against doctors working for both the public and private health systems at the same time.
A trial date was set to begin in 2012, but was adjourned until March 2015 so that the parties could resolve their dispute out of court and reach a settlement. It now appears such a resolution has not been reached and the court proceedings may resume in November.
Here's why this case matters.
  1. Legal precedent: Whatever way the case is decided at trial, it is likely to be appealed and eventually reviewed by the Supreme Court. A decision from this level will mean all provincial and territorial governments will have to revisit equivalent laws. The foundational pillars of Canadian medicare - equitable access and preventing two-tier care - could well be vanquished in the process.
  2. Wait times: Day will likely argue that Canada performs poorly on wait times compared to other countries, and that other countries allow two-tier care; thus, if Canada is allowed two-tier care, our wait times would improve. But this approach is too simplistic.
Common comparisons to the English health system, for example, fail to recall that, despite having two-tiers, it has in the past suffered horrendously long-wait times. Recent efforts to tackle wait times have come from within the public system, with initiatives like wait time guarantees and tying payment for public officials to wait times targets.
By looking to England, we are comparing apples to oranges. English doctors are generally full-time salaried employees while most Canadian physicians bill medicare on a fee-for-service basis. Consequently, the repercussions of permitting extra billing in Canada could eviscerate our publicly-funded system, whereas this is not the case in England. Imagine if most doctors in Canada could bill, as those at the Cambie clinic have done, whatever they want in addition to what they are paid by governments?
  1. Conflict-of-interest incentives: Evidence suggests there is a danger in providing a perverse incentive for physicians who are permitted to work in both public and private health systems at the same time. Wait times may grow for patients left in the public system as specialists drive traffic to their more lucrative private practice.
Sound improbable? Academic studies have noted this trend in specific clinics that permit simultaneous private-public practice. And recent UK news reports have profiled a case where a surgeon bumped a public patient in need of a transplant for his private-pay patient.
  1. Competition: Proponents of privatized health services often claim that it would add a healthy dose of competition, jolting the "monopoly" of public healthcare from its apathy. But free markets don't work well in healthcare. Why? Because public providers and private providers won't truly compete if the laws Day challenges are struck down. Instead, those with means and/or private insurance will buy their way to the front of queues. Public coverage for the poor will likely suffer, as is clearly evident in the U.S., with many doctors refusing to provide care to medicaid (low-income) patients in preference for those covered by higher-paying private insurance.
Of course, this is all based on an outcome that is not yet known. It may be that the Charter challenge in B.C. will be unsuccessful, but clearly the stakes for ordinary Canadians are very high. Sadly Dr. Day is not bringing a challenge for all Canadians. Isn't it long past time our governments and our doctors work to ensure all Canadians - and not just those who can afford to pay - receive timely care?
Colleen Flood is Professor and University Research Chair in Health Law & Policy at the University of Ottawa and an expert advisor with Kathleen O'Grady is a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University and Managing Editor of  

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Feel Good Gold Produces Online Video to Market Latest Supplement Turmeric Curcumin

Feel Good Gold recognises the importance of video in today's marketing world and 
has just released its new video to promote Turmeric.

Irving, TX, April, 2015 --( Spokesperson Matthew Byron said,
"Total online video consumption is predicted to quadruple by 2015 with
 the number of online video consumers set to rise to 1.5 billion.
This makes video a worthwhile marketing channel which companies cannot neglect."

Spokesperson for Feel Good Gold, Matthew Byron says, "Our video
 shows some of the benefits that turmeric has. For example, it is used to
 relieve conditions such as arthritis pain, to lower cholesterol and
improve liver function. It can strengthen the immune system, improve
 the digestive process, maintain healthy bones and joints, and research
shows it has many other benefits. Curcumin's anti-inflammatory
effects have been compared to the potent drugs hydrocortisone
and phenylbutazone as well as a number of over-the-counter
anti-inflammatory agents. In contrast to the drugs mentioned,
which have been connected to serious toxic effects, curcumin produces no toxicity."

Turmeric is native to Indonesia together with southern India, where it
has been collected for more than 5,000 years. It was introduced to
Europe in the 13th century by Arab traders; however it has only
 in recent times become popular in Western cultures. Turmeric
comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and possesses
a tough brown skin together with a deep orange flesh. This herb
 has got a very interesting flavour and aroma. Its taste is peppery,
warm and bitter although its fragrance is mild, yet a little bit similar
 to orange and ginger, to which it is related. Turmeric was traditionally
referred to as Indian saffron; due to the fact that it’s rich yellow-orange
pigmentation resembles that of the prized saffron. It has long been widely
used throughout the course of history as a condiment, healing remedy and
textile colour.

You can get Turmeric:
Contact Information
Feel Good Gold
Matthew Byron
972 870 7976

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Topricin & Barlean's Family Action Pack

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Canada's National Mom Show unveils scheduled appearances by top fashion, food and family experts!

Canada’s National Mom Show promises a fun-filled family day featuring entertainers, experts and more – all in celebration of Mother’s Day

 Fashion, crafting and cooking are just a few of the spectacular skills that will be demonstrated by industry experts at Canada’s National Mom Show this Mother’s Day. The fun-filled family event takes place at The International Centre on Sunday, May 10, and welcomes a wide range of experts and entertainers that are guaranteed inspire and excite guests of all ages.
The show is a great opportunity for families to make lasting memories while celebrating their mothers. Canada’s National Mom Show will feature activities for all ages including a fashion show with stylist Jennifer McConville, cooking demonstrations from pastry chef Kyla Eaglesham, crafting activies with the show’s associated charity Crafting for a Cure and much much more!
“Canada’s National Mom Show is the perfect way for GTA families to celebrate Mother’s Day with their moms,” says Jennifer McConville, Stylist and Fashion Expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris. “At our exclusive Spring Fashion Show, I’ll show you how to get this season's must-have looks for the entire family, without spending a fortune. I can’t wait see everyone at the International Centre on May 10th. It’s going to be an amazing day!”

Conveniently located at The International Centre near Toronto Pearson International Airport, this public event will deliver an inexpensive source of entertainment for the entire family.
Show experts include:
  • Jennifer McConville, Stylist and Fashion Expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris, giving a keynote address and hosting a fashion show featuring top Spring/Summer looks for the whole family
  • Kyla Eaglesham, Pastry Chef and Food Expert on CBC’s Steven and Chris, cooking up a storm on the culinary stage, while   providing essential tips and tricks to pastry cooking
  • Lynzie Kent, Event Planner and DIY decorator, running a workshop focused on family-friendly crafting ideas including how to create a floral arrangement and how to set a table for an upscale family dinner
  • Michelle Armstrong, Holistic Nutritionist and First Line Therapist, speaking about creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the entire family including information on weight loss, sleep issues and more
  • Kimberly Moffit, Psychotherapist and Relationship Expert, demonstrating and discussing ways for mom to spice up the ‘mommy life’ including how she can still stay true to herself and be a role-model for her kids. Kimberly’s tips will help families develop closer and long-lasting relationships.
Show entertainment includes:
  • Mystic Drumz, offering an eclectic percussion experience which provides an engaging, educational and interactive musical adventure for children of all ages
  • Crafting for a Cure, the show’s associated charity, offering fun hands-on crafting activities which will help children in hospitals have a positive experience
  • Maria Gladkikh and Vladimir Martintsov, internationally proclaimed Canadian dancers providing a mesmerizing ballroom dancing performance, guaranteed to awe the entire audience
  • G. Pinto, virtuoso violinist, providing spectacular live music performances throughout the show
  • A jaw dropping Hula Hoop performance sure to thrill attendees of all ages
Additional show highlights include:
  • Free gift bags for the first 1,000 moms
  • Complimentary mini-makeovers for the first 100 moms
  • Food/cooking demonstrations
  • Health & nutrition advice
  • Home décor workshop
  • Kids zone with fun-filled activities for kids
When: Sunday, May 10th, 2015, 10 AM – 6PM
Where: International Centre, Hall #6
Tickets: Available online at $50 Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) or $20 per adult, $10 per child 4-13, children under 4 free.
About Peoples Show Event Group
Canada’s National Mom Show is produced by Peoples Show Event Group, a Canadian company dedicated to producing top-notch events featuring exhibitors and entertainment geared towards Canadian families. For more information on Peoples Show Event Group and Canada’s National Mom Show, visit

Friday, April 24, 2015

All-Natural Supplement Brand, Gnarly Nutrition, Has Released Brand New BCAA Product

Gnarly’s Branched Chain Amino Acids Mix Well, Taste Good, and Are Still All-Naturally 
Sweetened, Flavored, and Colored

South Jordan, UT, April 17, 2015 --( Gnarly Nutrition has added Gnarly BCAAs to its line-up of all-natural sports supplements including Gnarly Whey, Gnarly Vegan, Gnarly Feast, Gnarly Slim, Gnarly Pump, and Gnarly Boost. Consistent with the rest of their product line, Gnarly BCAAs are completely free of artificial ingredients and GMO-free.

Gnarly’s BCAA formula includes Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine - the three most important amino acids for protein synthesis and the building of muscle. Like all essential amino acids, these three cannot be manufactured by the body so they must be consumed in food or supplements. Not only do Gnarly BCAAs promote muscle building and prevent muscle breakdown, but the also provide your muscles with additional energy to optimize your workout.

The product development team at Gnarly Nutrition have worked hard to formulate the cleanest and most effective BCAAs product on the market. Along with making a clean and all-natural BCAA product, Gnarly prides itself in the fact that Gnarly BCAAs mix well, digest easy, and taste great. Gnarly BCAAs currently come in a refreshing Berry Lemonade flavor with electrolytes to aid in hydration.

Learn More About Gnarly BCAAs
Want to know more about Gnarly BCAAs, the functional ingredients, and supplement facts? Head over to the Gnarly BCAAs product page for a complete product profile

About Gnarly Nutrition
Gnarly Nutrition offers a full line of all-natural, sports nutrition products that don’t just boost your performance, but taste great as well. Gnarly has designed nutrition for athletes and individuals who pay attention to what goes inside their bodies. Founded in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains of Utah in 2012, Gnarly is a brand that prides itself in offering clean, honest nutrition that tastes as amazing as it’s ingredients. So, whether you’re hiking, biking, running, swimming, climbing, crossfitting, or challenging yourself in any other way, Gnarly was built to fuel you. For more info visit

Contact Information
Gnarly Nutrition
Jordan Zobrist

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Travel

Spring Deals On Lodging
Spring Has Sprung In Myrtle Beach Don't miss all the spring lodging deals in the Myrtle Beach area!

After a hard winter season of icy weather, spring 2015 is looking to be the best ever here in the Carolina tropics!

Enjoy deeply discounted oceanfront rooms, stay 3 nights and get the 3rd for free, or get discounts up to 35% off!

Ocean views, great times, and grand fun in the Myrtle Beach sun! Make your reservations now!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring schedule at Mont SUTTON

The hill will be open every day until Sunday, April 19th.
All the SUTTON passes are accepted starting this Thursday until the end of the season.
The 2014-15 passes from other ski hills will benefit from a 50% rebate on regular day lift tickets.
A special end of the season rate will also be available - $45 +tx. for a regular day lift ticket and $25 +tx for any other category.
Mont SUTTON will then be closed from Monday, April 20 to Friday, April 24, 2015, with a possible reopening on the weekend of the 25th and 26th – if weather allows.
Stay tuned via Facebook, Twitter and !
For the services' schedule, the number of slopes and operating chairlifts, we invite you to visit the snow conditions page on the day of your visit. Until then, for a taste of the conditions, take a look at the photo gallery at
Activities on the program :
End of the season sale at Boutique Expérience SUTTON
BBQ if weather allows
Live Music Friday at Bar Le Tucker
Défi Réal still has to be confirmed...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Newest Supplement to Feel Good Gold’s Product Range will be Turmeric Curcumin

Turmeric has been used for centuries in China and India to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness. Feel Good Gold announce the launch of Turmeric as its latest product to its website which is also available on Amazon.

 Feel Good Gold have just added a supplement called Turmeric Curcumin to its product range. Turmeric is a plant found in South Asia, part of which, the rhizome, is a very bright orange/yellow colour. This is the part that is sold as Turmeric powder after it has been boiled, dried and ground up. Turmeric has been used for many years as an anti-inflammatory but now research has shown which element of turmeric is actually providing the benefit so Feel Good Gold have been able to produce its Turmeric Curcumin supplement to provide the best effect.

Spokesman for Feel Good Gold, Matthew Byron says, “Arthritis is a very painful and debilitating illness to live with so if we were able to produce a supplement that can help to alleviate the pain and also reduce the symptoms it went without saying we would do so. Following research in 2012 it was found that curcumin, which is the active ingredient in turmeric, has both anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties and has been related to relief for both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis. When arthritis flares up the tissues around the joints inflame which causes pain and swelling and can go on to cause destruction and disability. During the research which was carried out with sufferers of both types of arthritis, there were no side effects and joint inflammation was markedly lessened. There was an improvement in general mobility and climbing and descending stairs.”

Feel Good Gold was established to provide good quality natural solutions with no artificial or chemical additives that were cost effective. There is advice and tips for healthy living on the website and the product is backed by a 100% risk free results or refund guarantee.

Contact Information
Feel Good Gold
Matthew Byron
972 870 7976

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mariani Packing Company announces exclusive partnership with Ganeden Biotech

Dried Fruit and Probiotics are perfect partners in digestive health

-- Mariani Packing Company, the world's largest independent producer of dried fruit, has
 partnered with Ganeden Biotech, a recognized leader in the manufacturing and marketing
of probiotics. This partnership will allow Mariani to build upon the company's legacy
of innovation through the development of a new portfolio of dried fruit snacks and
 ingredient products utilizing GanedenBC30 Probiotic Cultures.

"As consumers continue to demand more from the snacks and food that they
are eating, dried fruit partnered with the benefits of probiotics is an
ideal combination," says Miranda Ackerman, Director of Innovation
and Business Development. "We are very excited for our upcoming launch
of consumer products, initially focused on digestive health and overall wellness,
as well as the portfolio of fruit ingredients in development that we will be
 able to provide for our global customers."

Dried fruit is a natural source of dietary fiber, which is shown to support
 digestive health. Combining the natural health benefits of dried fruit with
 a highly stable probiotic culture will allow consumers to add probiotics
to their everyday snacking and eating occasions in a more versatile and
convenient way. As the market and education on probiotics increases,
 consumer awareness continues to grow - currently about 80% of
onsumers know what probiotics are and associate them with a health benefit.

"This dried fruit innovation combines prebiotics and probiotics into a truly
 functional health product that is complemented by antioxidants,"
says Dr. Holly Petty, Director of Technical Services and Innovation.
"Our partnership with Ganeden has enabled us to bring a product to
market that delivers active cultures 10 times more effectively than
yogurt – but in a shelf stable form."

About Mariani Packing Company
Mariani Packing Company, Inc is the world's largest independently
producer of dried fruit. Since 1906, the Mariani family has been
providing premium quality dried fruit to consumers and customers
 all over the world. The company produces over 150 million pounds
of dried fruit each year and Mariani's dried fruit ingredients are used in
 some of the largest, recognized food brands in the world.
 The Mariani brand can be found in over 40,000 retail outlets
in the United States and in over 65 countries around the world.
For more information, visit

About Ganeden
Ganeden Biotech is at the forefront of probiotic research and product
development with an extensive library of published studies and more
 than 100 patents for probiotic technologies in the food, beverage,
 animal health, and now personal care ingredients markets. Ganeden
is best known for GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086),
its patented, FDA GRAS, highly stable probiotic ingredient

. For more information about Ganeden Biotech
and licensing opportunities visit
CONTACT: Miranda Ackerman,, 707-452-2832

Friday, April 10, 2015

Old Orchard Brands® Makes Good Nutrition Easy With New Cranberry Cherry Juice Drink Sweetened With Truvia® Brand Stevia Leaf Sweetener

Leading Better-For-You Juice Company Expands its Cran Naturals Line to
 Offer Six Varieties

Cranberry Cherry reduced-calorie juice drink as part of its expanding
Cran Naturals line of naturally sweetened juice cocktails.

Cranberry Cherry is sold in convenient
multi-serve bottles found this month in the
 shelf-stable juice aisle of select grocery stores
 nationwide. Each 64-ounce bottle provides
eight servings and has a suggested retail price of $2.99.
At just 55 calories per serving,
Old OrchardCran Naturals features
50% less sugar than traditional
100% cranberry juice blends, while still
offering the great taste and benefits of cranberry juice.

"Cranberries are one of nature's superfoods, and they provide a powerful nutritional payback,"
 said health expert and Old Orchard consultant Amy Bragagnini, MS RD CSO. "The easiest
way to enjoy the benefits of cranberries is through juice, but traditional juices are often high in
 sugar.  The Cran Naturals line offers a substantial reduction of sugar, and it does so naturally,
 so it's a terrific option in my book." 
Old Orchard's Cran Naturals line is naturally sweetened with a blend of real sugar and
Truvia® brand stevia leaf sweetener. It does not contain any high fructose corn syrup,
and has no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
"Today's cranberry juice consumer wants options, and our Cran Naturals line speaks
 to these evolving tastes," said Mark Saur, founder and CEO of Old Orchard Brands.
"Cranberry Cherry offers a unique flavor combination and a significant reduction in
sugar and calories without compromising drinkability or taste.  It's a winning formula,
and it further underscores our position as leading innovators in the fruit juice category."
Cranberry Cherry will join five other varieties: Classic Cranberry, Cranberry Apple, 
Cranberry Blueberry, Cranberry Grape and Cranberry Raspberry.
Cran Naturals juice drinks and other better-for-you juices from Old Orchard Brands
 are sold at leading retailers across the United States.

Visit Old Orchard Brands on Facebook and Twitter for the latest juice news and
special offers.
About Old Orchard Brands
Established in 1985, Sparta, Michigan-based Old Orchard Brands is one of the
 fastest-growing fruit juice brands in the United States. The company offers consumers
 40 frozen concentrate flavors and 60 bottled varieties in a range of 100 percent
fruit juices and blends, premium and organic juices, fruit juice cocktails and low-sugar
 fruit juice cocktails. In addition, Old Orchard offers a number of non-juice items
including iced coffee and tea beverages from concentrate. The company is known
for its innovative and value-added products that target the needs of today's
health conscious consumers.
For more about Old Orchard, visit

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Viree Blues Boreale features THE Revelation of the Canadian Blues scene on this 21st edition

    The warm and powerful voice of their lead singer, their heavy pounding Blues with Soul-tainted groove sure makes them THE Blues Discovery of this year!   And that’s exactly what they are, being nominated as "Revelation Band of the Year" and "Female Blues Artist of the Year" at 2015 Lys Blues Awards.   Whisky Legs is a clever mix of nostalgia with contemporaneity.

    Based in the heart of Quebec City’s famous St-Roch neighbourhood, Whisky Legs is immersed in a passionate surrounding, casted in an alloy of power and sensitivity.   With a definitely «sixties» aura adorned with a modern touch, the band amalgamates the groove and deepness of the Soul with the thrill and ease of the Blues Rock.   Their music displays a spirit of rebellion while rallying and steeped in a touch of mystery.   Born in la Belle Province, their inspiration stems from here and elsewhere as well.   We can’t though leave aside the influences of Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr. nor of the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

    Less than two years after their 2013 debut, Whisky Legs is on a roll.   They’ve already played more than 100 shows such as Tremblant Blues Festival and the now closed Cabaret du Capitole.   They also earned the "tournée coup de coeur" award by the ROSEQ and also, up to now, two nominations to the 2015 Lys Blues 2015 which gala will take place next May.   Their first EP, “Have A Shot”, which sold more than 1000 copies in just a few months leads to expect a great new album now in the making and expected out later this year.   At the helm of the band,  Maude Brochu (Lead Vocalist) forms the heart of the project in synchronicity with triple threat Pascal Denis (drums, guitar and vocals) with whom she's been collaborating for six years.   The band is rounded out by old friend and guitar slinger extraordinaire Guillaume Methot (guitars and vocals) and now with the hot new comer Louis Fernandez joining (bass, guitar and vocals).

    We invite you to hear and see for yourselves the reasons for this new genre Blues Band’s dazzling success at Viree Blues Boreale and hear first-hand the tunes that will be on their very first album.   Whiskey Legs will be performing here during Viree Blues Boreale’s 21st edition, on April 8th 2015, around 8 p.m., at the famous bar Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, in the Old-Hull sector.   Tickets are right now on sale at: and will also be available at the door, still for 20$ only.  You can take advantage of our interesting, practical and pleasant diner and show package and enjoy the delectable grilled dishes of Galo Piri Piri Restaurant (, 2 doors from Le Petit Chicago, which will also reserve your assigned places at the show.   Reservations can be made at: (819)771-7474.   In the meantime, you can find further information on our featured guest at: .   You should also visit our site which will provide you with links to all our guests’ sites and lots of other interesting information at: .   For inquiries, please do contact Alexandre Petit at: .   
Also make sure to take part in the facebook event for this show at: and be sure to also like us on our facebook page at: .

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Alberta Ballet Announces 2015-2016 Season

49th season showcases acclaimed Canadian choreographers and designers. Featuring six Alberta premieres and two world premieres, season highlights include Balletlujah! and Romeo and Juliet, and brand new works from outstanding choreographers.
 Alberta Ballet is proud to announce its 2015-2016 season, highlighting the best in Canadian choreography. Next season Alberta Ballet will present the world premiere of brand new choreography from Vancouver based Wen Wei Wang and the company's own Yukichi Hattori alongside Jean Grand-Maître's critically acclaimed Romeo and Juliet, Balletlujah! and Love Lies Bleeding. The season will also feature work by Alberta's Aszure Barton, and Edmund Stripe's holiday classic The Nutcracker. Guest companies will include dance legend Paul Taylor's extraordinary ensemble and Shaping Sound, starring the finalist and champions of the immensely popular television show So You Think You Can Dance.
Music for the season will be highlighted by an array of composers and songwriters: from Astor Piazzolla's unforgettable tangos to the elegance of Tchaikovsky's ballet masterpieces, from k.d. lang's legendary interpretations to Elton John's prolific genius, from the unbridled joy of the Andrews Sisters' wartime catalogue to the highly dramatic Prokofiev's extraordinary Romeo and Juliet, the 2015-2016 season has something for all musical tastes. Performances of The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet will feature live music performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
"Oh Canada! This coming season we are proudly celebrating the best of Canadian dance as we focus especially on our own, home-grown choreographic giants. Come and join Albertans Aszure Barton, Yukichi Hattori, Edmund Stripe and myself, as well as Vancouver's Wen Wei Wang for a series of profoundly moving ballets which will inspire us all to keep believing in humanity's potential for truth and beauty," says Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître.

2015-2016 Season Schedule:
Balletlujah!Calgary: September 24-26, 2015
Edmonton: October 2-3, 2015
Choreography: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: k.d. lang
Paul Taylor Dance CompanyCalgary: October 29-31, 2015
Edmonton: November 6-7, 2015
Choreography: Paul Taylor
Music: Astor Plazzolla & Jerzy Peterburshsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, the Andrews Sisters
Up CloseCalgary: November 18-21, 2015
Choreography: Yukichi Hattori and Alberta Ballet company artists
The NutcrackerEdmonton: December 10-13, 2015
Calgary: December 17-24, 2015
Choreography: Edmund Stripe
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Shaping SoundEdmonton: January 12-13, 2016
Calgary: January 15-16, 2016
Choreography: Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, Kyle Robinson
Dynamic DirectionsCalgary: February 11-13, 2016
Edmonton: February 19-20, 2016
Choreography: Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang, Yukichi Hattori
Romeo and JulietEdmonton: March 18-19, 2016
Calgary: March 31- April 2, 2016
Choreographer: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Love Lies BleedingCalgary: May 5-7, 2016
Edmonton: May 13-14, 2016
Choreography: Jean Grand-Maître
Music: Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Subscriptions will be available after April 17, 2015 and single tickets will be available after June 1, 2015 through Alberta Ballet's Box Office by phone at 403-245-4549 in Calgary, 780-428-6839 in Edmonton or online at
SOURCE Alberta Ballet

For further information:
For media inquires please contact: Danielle Bartha, Publicist and Promotions Officer, P: 403.245.4222 ext. 549, C: 403.606.4669, E:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Charcuterie 101: Cured Meat Pairing Tips

Mastering the art of plating charcuterie takes knowledge not only about cheeses and condiments, but the taste profiles behind the variety of meats. Meat connoisseur Tim Ray, CEO and co-founder of Carnivore Club, wants to encourage meat lovers and foodies alike to feed their inner carnivores by using his tips to highlight and compliment the for the perfect charcuterie board:
  • Create a complete meal: The basic charcuterie board is comprised of meat, cheese, bread/crackers, fruit/vegetables and condiments. To elevate the epicurious experience, incorporate items to consume in between the bites of meat and cheese such as grapes, olives, blueberries, almonds and sliced apples.
  • Design around a theme: Different themes bring together a unique variety of cuts, cooking preparations and flavors.
    • Try a traditional Italian board with thinly sliced prosciutto and bresaola
    • A spicy board featuring Italian Nduja and hot Spanish Chorizo, with an original American artisans’ twist
    • A French-themed board featuring duck breast prosciutto or a wild boar terrine.
  • Make it visually appetizing: Depending on the size of the board, there should be enough different types of selections to deliver a great visual display. Choose various colors of meats, cheeses and fruits that will create an appetizing and inviting meal.
  • Introduce complimentary flavors: All of the components on the dish should compliment different flavor profiles.
    • Smooth and milky cheeses like Brie are great to pair with more gamey and strong taste profiles like venison chorizo – which is great to top off with a sweet and salty gherkin and pickled onion.
    • A fresh French baguette and a sweet artisan Riesling Honey Mustard also pair well with some slightly warmed-up cuts of meat like duck confit. 
For more information, visit