Say it aint O!

Oprah Winfrey - she of acclaimed television/book club/magazine/philanthropy/favourite things fame - is coming to Calgary early next year.

Arguably one of the world's most influential people, Oprah will grace the stage of the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 22, 2013 to share stories of inspiration.

"An Evening With Oprah Winfrey" will also feature a Q and A session with the audience.

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  • Heath McCoy

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  • Lizz Sande

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"It's a huge coup for Calgary. It's just a great thing for the city of Calgary. I think it's very rare that she does stuff like this so we're just excited for the city that we're able to get her here," event organizer, Andy McCreath, told the Calgary Herald.

"She's one of those larger-than-life figures. It was just a natural place to have her. It's the biggest venue to host her just because of her popularity," McCreath, who works for tinePublic Inc., said.

According to the Sacramento Bee, tinePublic Inc. produces many high-profile events and conferences across North America and have worked with President George W. Bush, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Elton John and Diana Ross, to name a few.

Tickets go on sale exclusively through Ticketmaster at 8 a.m. on Nov. 8 and prices range from $121.25 to $435.75.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • 1. Biggest Favorite Thing: A Cruise Ship

    Audience members in the second "Ultimate Favorite Things Show" in 2010 were given a seven-day cruise on the (then-newly launched) Allure of the Seas, currently the world's largest cruise ship, with ice-skating rink, zip line, first-ever 3-D movie theater at sea, and its very own park. "Cruising, of course, is one of my favorite things," Oprah told the audience. "And you are going to have the time of your lives."

  • 2. Speed At Which A Small-Business Voicemail Fills Up After The Show: Every 45 Seconds

    In 2003, Florida bakery “We Take the Cake” made only $168,000 a year in sales. After Oprah named their Key Lime Bundt Cake a Favorite Thing, the owner, Lori Karmel, told CNBC, “Our voicemail was filling up every 45 seconds -- and our phones rang nonstop for two weeks.”

  • 3. Biggest 'Favorite Things Show' Blunder: 2008

    The audience -- after noticing the set had been decorated for the holidays -- thought they’d scored the hottest ticket in television. Due to the recession, though, producers had chosen to feature "How to Have the <em>Thriftiest</em> Holiday Ever." (One suggestion: an embellished empty shoe box.) In 2011, on the "Bloopers, Blunders, and Funniest 'What Were We Thinking' Moments" episode, Oprah said: "You know the saying that it's the thought that counts? Three years ago, we learned that's not always true. I went back into the control room during that show, and I go, 'I think they're mad at me.'"

  • 4. Cheapest Favorite Thing: $2.99 Frozen Biscuits

    "On Christmas morning, I plan on making my new favorite biscuits,” said Oprah on the 2002 "Favorite Things" show. She chose Pillsbury Home Baked Classics frozen biscuits, saying, "Andre, who does my hair every morning, said, 'Girl, I found a biscuit! It's so good, it's <em>treacherous</em>.' Your grandmother has nothing on these biscuits."

  • 5. The Very First Favorite Thing: Pajamas

    On November 27, 1996, Oprah came on stage in her red-and-white checked Karen Neuburger Pajamas, dancing to the song “My Favorite Things,” and said: "There is nothing I like more than going home after a long day and wrapping myself up in these jammies…."

  • 6. Most Expensive Favorite Thing: Volkswagen Beetle

    Oprah owns a Volkswagen Beetle and says she loves to "toodle" around town in it. In 2010, this audience found out that they’d been given the 2012 model ($18,995). "This is one powerful, sophisticated, sexy Beetle," Oprah said. "All of you in this audience will be the first people in the world to own one when it makes its debut next year!"

  • 7. Instances A Gift Arrived With Angels Wings From Above: Once

    Oprah called the iPad her number one favorite thing <em>ever</em>. "Now, I know it's wrong to be in love with a thing," she explained. "But from our first moment together, I knew it had stolen my heart. Cue the angels!"

  • 8. Smallest Favorite Thing: Yellow-Crystal Earrings

    A little over an inch long, Judith Ripka’s round-cut, canary yellow crystals come in a sterling-silver setting, with pave white sapphires. <a href="http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Judith-Ripka-Eclipse-Earrings- Earrings/prod125080055/">They’re still available at Neiman Marcus </a>.

  • 9. Number Of Pet-Friendly Gifts: Two

    “This next one is a perfect present for the dog in your life,” Oprah told the audience in 1999. “And it’s what I’m going to give to Sophie and Solomon [pictured]... Tell me this is not the cutest thing you have ever seen: a little slicker.” (In 2000, she picked the Wiggly Giggly Ball.)

  • 10. Who’s Mr. Christmas Carol? Josh Groban

    The only performer to have been a part of two "Oprah’s Favorite Things" shows, Josh Groban was brought back because Oprah had said her dream Christmas duo would be Groban and Johnny Mathis. Both appeared on the final "Favorite Things" show in 2010.

  • 11. Number Of Items That Are...

    <strong>Green: </strong>20 <br> From socks and soaps, to sweaters and boots in Oprah’s favorite color. <br> <br> <strong>Pajamas: </strong>Six <br> Includes Piggy Pajamas' owl-bedecked pajamas in 2010 ("I sent a pair to J.K. Rowling on the off chance that she's running low on owl memorabilia," said Oprah.) <br> <br> <strong>Candles: </strong>Four Illumination from Barneys, the Gap, Light for the Soul Candle & Bowl.

  • 12. The Year Of Not Just Elves But... Wonder-Elves: 2004

    The Loyola University spirit team served as Oprah's holiday helpers, passing out her favorite things to audience members.

  • 13. Total Number Of Favorite Things As Of November 2012: 402

    (Total still available: More than 350.)


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  • Olive Oil Chips

    <strong>From: </strong>Diane Sawyer <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing: </strong>1999 <br> <br> “The elves are delivering this year my favorite new snack. Now Diane Sawyer, who’s a good friend of mine, actually turned me onto these. She sent me a bag with a note that said, ‘from one addict to another.’ They’re olive oil potato chips. I’m a potato chip connoisseur, and these are extraordinary.”

  • Nonnie's Traditional Southern Poundcake

    <strong>From: </strong>Maria Shriver <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing: </strong>2000 <br> <br> “Maria Shriver, last year for Christmas, sent me my first Nonnie’s cake. I loved it so much that I called up somebody else. I sent them a cake, they sent five cakes to their sisters. It was unbelieveable. It was a cake chain we had going on.”

  • 'The Four Agreements'

    <strong>From:</strong> Ellen DeGeneres <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing:</strong> 2000 <br> <br> “I first heard about the book <em>The Four Agreements</em> when Ellen DeGeneres mentioned it on our show. By the end of that day, I bought one copy. By the next day, I not only had read it, I bought 10 more copies. By the next week, I had gotten a copy for everybody that worked here. So far, I’ve bought 289 copies personally myself. They’re four rules to live by. If you can live by these rules, you’ll have a better life.”

  • J.Lo Velour Sweatsuit

    <strong>From: </strong>Jennifer Lopez <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing:</strong> 2002 <br> <br> “I wore my next favorite thing so much I pretty much wore it out. I put it on every day after the show for about a month, so people were like, ‘When are you going to get another one of those?’ It’s a J.Lo velour matching jacket and pants that I personally received from Jennifer Lopez. It’s part of her sportswear collection. When she came here last time, she gave me five of them and I just wear them all the time. I call them my after-school clothes.”

  • Philip Stein Teslar Watch

    <strong>From:</strong> Madonna <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing: </strong>2003 <br> <br> “Madonna was here, and when she left, she sent me a wonderful present. She says, ‘You need to have one of these.’ I’ve had it one ever since.... Inside is a special little chip that emits a signal that they say helps you sleep better, feel less stress and increase your energy.”

  • Italian Water Garden Tea Set At Room With A View

    <strong>From:</strong> John Travolta <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing: </strong>2004 <br> <br> “My dear friend John Travolta gave me something wonderful that inspired this next favorite thing. He gave me a tea set for my 50th birthday and I now have a daily ritual. Every afternoon, it’s tea time. It’s a lovely experience that I wanted you to have too, so that when you get home after a really hard day, make yourself a cup of tea.”

  • Leather Bag By Maria Lyons

    <strong>From: </strong>Halle Berry <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing: </strong>2003 <br> <br> “My sweet friend Halle Berry was one of the first celebrities to be seen toting around this very cool leather bag by Maria Lyons. She sent one to me. I loved it so much, I featured it in the July O List in our magazine. And when I love something, I love to share it.”

  • Brut Gold Champagne, Armand De Brignac

    <strong>From: </strong>Jay-Z <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing:</strong> O Magazine 2011 <br> <br> "Jay-Z has a head for business, a soul for poetry, and a taste for luxury. He sent me this glorious Champagne, and I've since sent 25 cases to friends."

  • Hanes Cookies Ginger Crisps

    <strong>From: </strong>Quincy Jones <br> <br> <strong>Favorite Thing:</strong> O Magazine 2010 <br> <br> "It wouldn't be Christmas if my pal Quincy Jones didn't send me these wafers. According to the label they're handmade by Mrs. Travis F. Hanes. All I can say is Mrs. Hanes sure can bake."