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…

FREQ HI-FIVE – PJ L’Heuruex

What do Tequila Nightclub, Jamesons Irish Pub, Commonwealth Bar and Stage, and CRAFT Beer Market all have in common? One guy. PJ l’Heureux has been opening bars and nightclubs in Calgary since he was 23. With one of his latest ventures, CRAFT Beer Market, branching out into the Vancouver and Edmonton markets, it seems like…

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…

Calgary tourism takes a hit in the winter months

THE CALGARY ZOO AND HERITAGE PARK SEE SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN ATTENDANCE  CALAWAY PARK SHUTS DOWN With the howling winds biting at ears and cutting through jackets, there is little motivation for Calgarians to spend more time outdoors than required. Carol-Ann Mysyk, a mother of three young children and frequent visitor of Heritage Park and the Calgary…

Local butcher sees sales spike after E. coli outbreak [Video]

QUALITY MORE IMPORTANT THAN PRICE AFTER MASSIVE BEEF RECALL Albertans love their meat, but when news of the XL Food’s E. coli outbreak hit the media, the love became tainted. The outbreak affected beef products at big chain grocery stores in early September and by early October over 1,500 meat products were pulled from shelves to preserve…

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…

Overtime Sports Bar aims to clean up S.E. neighbourhood

DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS WORK PRO BONO TO GET LOCAL BAR UP AND RUNNING IN FOREST HEIGHTS The place was gutted. The floors were torn out. Walls were torn down, signs were built, lights installed, and the smell of Keith Brown’s volunteers’ sweat hung thick in the air. The gargantuan sign that read “Overtime Sports Bar”…

Skill trades busy but poorly managed, says industry professional

SAIT’S NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TO DEAL WITH DEMAND It’s become increasingly difficult to drive the streets and avenues of Calgary without running into a bright orange barricade indicating a detour or closed lane. Likewise, renovation dumpsters on the front lawns and sidewalks of residential areas have become just as popular as the pylons that seem…