Countess’s Canvas

Facial tattoos still taboo to some When Countess Coitus Carcass was a young girl living near Carseland, Alta., she had reoccurring nightmares about sharp, menacing needles stabbing her face. As a child, the only tattoos she had ever seen were her grandfather’s aging war tattoos, which were sloppily done and faded beyond recognition. She says the…

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…

Lakeview resident fights ring road with influential blog, The History of a Road

CONTROVERSIAL DEVELOPEMENT SPARKS COMMUNITY ACTIVISM FROM JESSE SALUS Graphic designer Jesse Salus was unhappy to hear of the plan for a ring road to go through the backyard of his Lakeview home in 2009. To combat this “land hungry piece of infrastructure,” Salus devoted his evenings and weekends to aggregating thousands of provincial documents that…

Get the show on the road: Calgary’s ring road controversy

AFTER DECADES OF PLANNING, STONEY TRAIL‘S COMPLETION STILL AT CROSSROADS Ring Road 101 There are two things the residents of Calgary love to complain about: the weather, and transportation. The former can’t be helped, but the latter is a topic that has been talked to death among citizens of this sprawling city. To combat the…

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…

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…

The passion of the bikes [Video]

UofC DISABILITY CYCLING COACH GOES ABOVE CALL OF DUTY The wind in his hair, the asphalt flying under his feet, the freedom and exhilaration of being able to go wherever you please, these are all things Stephen Burke remembers about cycling as a boy in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A feeling he has been giving to people…

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…

The neighbourhood paradox

OGDEN VS. LAKE BONAVISTA I couldn’t tell if the sapphire-blue sky over my run-down childhood neighbourhood was actually better here than over in Lake Bonavista, my new community. Maybe the weather looked better in Ogden because my emotions brightened here. Ogden is a southeastern Calgary community that runs adjacent to railway tracks and alongside Calgary’s industrial…

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”…

Calgarian would-be backpacker experiences UK work visa headaches

RECENT CHANGES IN UK VISA APPLICATION PROCESS CREATES ADDED BARRIERS FOR TRAVELLERS With a folder full of government-issued identification and personal documents in one hand and a Tim Hortons double-double coffee in the other, Olive Brough, 20, made the three-hour drive to Edmonton, Alta. from Calgary to get the biometric scan required for her United…