YYC - September Third Thursday @ One 18 Empire

On Thursday, September 15th, our YYC Chapter hosted their 15th monthly Third Thursday event and took advantage of some late-summer warmth with a huge celebration on one of Calgary’s best situated rooftop patios! The event proved to be a huge success with representation from all areas of the community thanks to the generous efforts of the Calgary team and their partner venue, ONE18 EMPIRE.

Since inception, the YYC Chapter has been proudly supporting the Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids Society (BB4CK) who work in partnership with the Calgary public school board to provide free lunches to children who might otherwise go hungry. This charity feeds upwards of 3,200 kids per day at an approximate cost of $1 per lunch and we’re told these lunches are highly prized items when the lunch bell rings (if you’re familiar with kids’ eating habits, you’ll know this is no small feat)! 

This particular event was highlighted by the presentation of a cheque to the Executive Director of BB4CK, Tanya Koshowski, for all proceeds raised at our past events totaling $2,065.00. Tanya was incredibly gracious in acceptance and highly enthusiastic about the contributions Whisky Wisemen has helped make to the community. Furthermore, sales proceeds and donations throughout the evening raised an additional $780.00 for this very worthy charity!

The YYC Chapter has also been featuring exhibitions from different local artists each month, this time teaming up with Zach Lowe, a visual and street artist, whose work employs "thought provoking images, bold colours, and in most cases, stencilled words and repeated shapes." Two local artisans were also featured, Cinder & Sage and Molls and Dolls, who had on display handcrafted men’s and women’s accessories. Musical accompaniment was provided by DJ Flutes who had attendees dancing until the event was eventually (and reluctantly) shutdown close to midnight!

Of course, it wouldn’t have been a proper Third Thursday event without paying homage to a fantastic whisky! Given the magnitude of this event, the featured offerings came from TWO distilleries, Bruichladdich and Aberfeldy, who each presented a variety of samplings. And as if that weren’t enough, attendees were also treated to a flute of Champagne Canard-Duchêne International.

We’ve included some pictures and a video of the event below for your enjoyment. Next time you find yourself in Calgary be sure to stop by the YYC Chapter’s Third Thursday event at ONE18 EMPIRE!