Where Calgary - - ENTERTAINMENT - —Sil­via Pikal

“Most peo­ple know Dave Kelly as one of Alberta's most ubiq­ui­tous celebri­ties,” says Terry Rock, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Alberta Brew­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (among other things). “We’ve seen him on stage or on TV, al­ways with his elec­tric smile. Not enough peo­ple know about how much he does for the causes he sup­ports. If there’s some­one in Cal­gary that needs a hand up, there’s a good chance that Dave is in their cor­ner.” Kelly’s star power stems from co-host­ing Break­fast Tele­vi­sion Cal­gary for 12 years and host­ing nu­mer­ous lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional events. His lat­est ven­ture — a va­ri­ety show called Dave Kelly Live (see the next show on April 12, page 34) is the re­sult of want­ing to bring to­gether the the­atri­cal side of plays with the fun, un­pre­dictable side of a live show.

“We make a point to say no mat­ter what, you’re go­ing to have fun,” Kelly says. “We like to be­lieve you come out of the show feel­ing good about your­self, and also feel­ing good about our city.” The show fea­tures per­for­mances, in­ter­views, videos, in­ter­ac­tive games, and more. Jim But­ton, who's been a friend of Kelly’s for over 20 years and the co-founder of Vil­lage Brew­ery (page 46), is a re­cur­ring guest who of­ten jumps into Kelly’s im­pro­vised skits. “One of the best things about Dave is when stuff starts go­ing sideways, he shines,” says But­ton, who helped con­ceive of the idea for Dave Kelly Live.

Dave is a lo­cal celebrity not just be­cause every­one’s seen him on TV or at an event, but be­cause he proudly as­so­ci­ates him­self with the city and its peo­ple. “Dave’s an in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sador for Cal­gary,” says Emmy award-win­ning com­poser and Cal­gar­ian Dave Pierce. “He’s a re­spected em­cee and host for events around the world; he's an ex­cel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tor and rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally for that. But no mat­ter where he is, Cal­gary’s al­ways first and fore­most in how he presents him­self. He’s so proudly Cal­gar­ian and makes sure ev­ery city he’s in knows about Cal­gary. Build­ing com­mu­nity has never gone away from his per­son­al­ity. He truly loves Cal­gary and that feeds his en­ergy to keep go­ing.”

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