FREQ HI-FIVE: SCOTT WESTBY

JULY 2013 – FULL SWING PRODUCTIONS`SCOTT WESTBY Calgary can be stifling. I don’t think any artist in this city can deny that. How to balance corporate and creative has always been a tug of war for artists residing in the oil and gas driven metropolis. Film producer Scott Westby and his partner Matt Watterworth are…

FREQ HI-FIVE: EMILY EXPO

JUNE 2013 – EMILY EXPO A.K.A. LINDSAY THOMAS Lindsay Thomas, or Emily Expo as many of us know her, is ramping up for the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo after Calgary’s own Expo came to a close on April 28. As an event organizer, host, blogger and all-around face of the Expo, Thomas has become a…

FREQ HI-FIVE – Mandy Stobo

APRIL 2013 – MANDY STOBO With almost 7,000 portraits under her belt, Mandy Stobo isn’t anywhere near finished her Bad Portraits project. Everyone wants of piece of her colourful and contemporary caricatures with their simple blend of watercolour, pen ink and sharpie marker. This single mom has bulldozed her way into the limelight with nothing…

Bernard Callebaut talks Valentine’s chocolate [Gallery]

WHAT GOES INTO YOUR SWEETHEART’S SWEETS For chocolate lovers, Valentine’s Day is all about satisfying that nagging sweet tooth. And during this season, ornate chocolates are seen lining the shelves from Shoppers Drug Mart to the upper echelons of Calgarian chocolateries. Though it’s a popular commodity – especially around this congenial time of year –…

FREQ HI-FIVE – Mark Hopkins

“A playwright lives in an occupied country. He’s the enemy. And if you can’t live like that, you don’t stay. It’s tough. He’s got to be able to take a whack, and he’s got to swallow bicycles and digest them.” — Arthur Miller As associate producer at the High Performance Rodeo; founder and host of We…

Avatar at the High Performance Rodeo

ICELAND INVADES CALGARY FOR THE HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO Calgary can look forward to a different kind of chinook this January. Starting January 3, the High Performance Rodeo is presenting the Icelandic Heat Wave — four shows either from Iceland or containing Icelandic roots. Freya Björg Olafson’s AVATAR, one of the High Performance Rodeo’s most talked…

Gore glorifies Calgary through independent film

DIRECTOR BRINGS COMMUNITY TOGETHER OVER MUTUAL LOVE FOR ZOMBIES Plaza Theatre was packed on Sept. 22 as hundreds of horror fans, volunteers, cast and crew lined up for the premier of Calgary director K.J. Kleefeld’s romantic horror-comedy film, The Dead Mile. The line for the film, stretched down Kensington Road, an arch of socialites exhibiting congratulations, hugs…

Savage Rose Designs gives back to First Nations community

CALGARIAN’S FEATHER ACCESSORIES TO GRACE ABORIGINAL FASHION SHOW  With high heels, a winning smile and six-inch-long feather earrings dangling from her lobes, Melanie Parsons has taken the Calgary fashion scene by storm with her feather accessory business, Savage Rose Designs. After starting her business in 2010, Parsons has seen her fair share of upheaval, hardships…

First-hand tips for second-hand shopping [Gallery]

AVID THRIFT STORE SHOPPERS SHARE TRICKS OF TRADE The first things you notice when walking inside any second-hand store are row after row of racks filled with clothes of every colour pallet, shelves exploding with shoes, bins brimming with hats and scarves, and baskets crammed with costume jewellery. The adage “one man’s trash is another…

Stoneworx Gallery bares the male form in exhibit at Art Central

THE DONG SHOW A SUCCESS DESPITE FACING CRITICISMS Doug Mckinnon, artist and owner of the Stoneworx Gallery in Art Central, is receiving criticism for his newest exhibition called “The Dong Show.” “The Dong Show” includes paintings by Daniel Audet, sculptures by Tobias Luttmer, photographs by Alicia Hoogveld, as well as other mediums from various artists….

Art therapy for Calgary homeless [Video]

THE POSSIBILITIES PROJECT The Calgary Drop-In Centre uses art to help rehabilitate their clients. Art, to the directors at the DI, has a therapeutic relevance that makes a real difference in the lives of the homeless. The Possibilities Project from Jodi Egan on Vimeo.