Eat North: One Day In Calgary with Musician Ellen Doty

Photos by Brendan Klem

Photos by Brendan Klem

With a voice as pure as...oh, we don't know, an angel perhaps, it's hard not to be entranced by Ellen Doty the moment you start to hear her sing. If you haven't seen her live yet, you're really missing out, so make a point of seeing her perform on February 22, 2017 at Festival Hall in the Inglewood neighbourhood of Calgary.

What's to love? A lot. Her music is rooted in jazz, but she moves outside of the box, treading into folk and pop music territory with her repertoire of songs. She released her much-anticipated first full album Gold in 2014, which broke the top ten on several jazz charts in Canada and received rave reviews from both fans and media. Although Doty calls Calgary home, she's been busy touring across Canada over the past two years and is hard at work in the studio, working on her second full-length album to be released in early 2017.

Recently, Doty released a new single with Danny Vacon of The Dudes entitled "Favourite Sweater". The song is a beautifully written duet between the two and sees all proceeds from download sales going directly to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre.

In addition to a passion for supporting the community, Doty also loves Calgary's vibrant restaurant scene. Here are some of the places around town that at which you'll likely find the talented jazz singer having a bite or a glass of wine.


Dairy Lane Cafe. Everything [here] is fresh and locally sourced, and they make a mean eggs Benny. Love those hash browns too! It's also a block from my house, so that's definitely a plus. 


Vietnamese sizzling crepe from Tamarind Vietnamese. photo courtesy of Ingrid Kuenzel.

I'm going with the Tamarind Vietnamese Grill and Noodle House! I was recently introduced to this spot by Danny Vacon of The Dudes, who I recorded the song "Favourite Sweater" with. It's definitely a hidden gem! All of the dishes are vegetarian and come with mock meats. It's delicious! 


Can I pick two? First, PigeonholeYum! The charred cabbage is delicious, as are the crispy potatoes. Can you tell I like potatoes? Ha, ha. Great decor and friendly staff too.

I also love Rouge. I'm on a musician's salary, so I can't indulge here regularly, but the food is amazing. I also love the heritage home where the restaurant is, and it has an incredible backyard for summer cocktails. The owners, Paul and Olivier, are gems! 


I love the Kensington Pub. It's so quaint and cozy in there. Cassidy and all of the staff here are very friendly and accommodating. It's right in my neighbourhood, so you can often find me there grabbing a glass of wine after rehearsal. A great neighbourhood pub! 

'Favourite Sweater' by Ellen Doty and Danny Vacon of The Dudes

All proceeds from the sales of this song are being donated to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab CentrePurchase the song here.