Calgary Journal – Front of Book

Front of Book is an editorial position in the Calgary Journal masthead. Though most magazines have a Front of Book or index section, the Calgary Journal was lacking interesting content for these pages. When I began as Front of Book editor, I was given two extra pages then previous, making my page count three instead…

Tattoo trend takes workplace by force

  Artist says some baby boomer bosses still discriminate against tattoos Tucked away on 17th Avenue, just barely visible from the streets of downtown Calgary, is Bushido Tattoo. As you walk up the stairs, this quaint tattoo shop looks more like a trendy art studio than anything else. There’s a giant aquarium housing exotic fish…

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…

If you were stranded on a deserted island…

The Calgary Journal asked Calgary mayoral and council candidates five questions about what they would do if they were trapped on a deserted island. See the Calgary Journal article for interactive graphic.  

Faces of Calgary

CalgaryJournal.ca photography project launches on Pinterest A Calgary photojournalism project is challenging photographers to push themselves out of their comfort zones. Photographers strive to get to know Calgary residents and share their stories via photo and text with the hopes of bridging gaps between Calgary as a community. The creator of the Faces of Calgary…

15 easy ways to celebrate Intergenerational Day

Last year, Mayor Naheed Nenshi welcomed Calgarians to Intergenerational Day, a national event that takes place June 1 and celebrates different generations and what they can offer their community, but more importantly, each other. The idea of intergenerational relationships was established in Calgary long before Intergenerational Day was announced last year. LINKages Society of Alberta,…

Hope Hampers Delivered to Flood Victims

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre’s gymnasium was bustling with volunteers last Thursday. As the sun beat down outside, it was easy to forget that a flood ravaged the streets of Calgary and devastated the towns surrounding it. But no one has forgotten. Not here, anyway. July 18 was a Day of Caring for over 150 PwC volunteers. Armed…

Calgary’s Laundry Fairy

When a community like ours comes together, amazing feats are accomplished: homes are drained and gutted in a few days, volunteers revitalize an area as big as the Stampede grounds in barely a week and this large city can feel the small-town camaraderie that makes Calgary so special. Nadine, a Tuscany resident, says she wanted…

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…

Mental health week – Chief Rick Hanson speaks out [Video]

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we sometimes forget the little things that keep us healthy from the inside out. This week is Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association says that although physical health is important, mental wellbeing is often overlooked because of the stigma attached to it. 27 per…

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…

Secondary suite construction causes privacy concerns

RICHMOND/KNOB HILL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FINDS A SOLUTION Residents of Calgary‘s southwest Richmond/Knob Hill community are divided over an approved 71-square-metre above-garage apartment on an oversized lot on 26 Avenue. Property owners, Reinhard Voelmle and Michele Healey, put the application for a new garage and second floor suite to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board on Nov. 22, 2012. It was…

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…