Feature A & E Stories

Calgary's cultural landscape on the upswing

low-culture thumbCalgary’s cultural identity has been largely associated with white cowboy hats, denim and the Stampede. The city isn’t commonly known as a cultural mecca with innovative infrastructure nor reputable cultural spaces.

However, change is happening at cultural institutions like the 50-year-old Glenbow Museum, the new home of the National Music Centre (NMC), which will be opening this summer, and the massive New Central Library (NCL) which may become a popular downtown meeting place. These developments may have an impact on locals and visitors by providing an opportunity to access more cultural spaces.

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Over 100,000 attendees flock to Stampede Park to see their pop-culture favourites

StanLee thumbThe Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo has always received prominent guests over the years, and this year is no exception. Successful comic book artist Stan Lee, creator of Marvel comics, and Steven Yuen, best known for AMC’S The Walking Dead, will both be attending.

There will also be many comic book artists and creators giving fans opportunities to interact with their idols. Along with Lee and Yuen, Tom Felton (The Harry Potter series), Steve Blum (X-men), and Peter Mayhew (Star Wars) will be attending the show. The media guests will be doing photo ops, giving autographs, and speaking on panels about the characters that they portray or have created. Fans at this year’s Expo also are welcome to participate in cosplay, dressing up as their favorite characters to attend.

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In tough times, the generosity of Calgarians is noticed by non-profits

YYCHotchocloate2The lineup snaked its way through vendors and out the doors. Children waited impatiently while parents cast apologetic glances towards others in the queue as a record-breaking number of people turned out to taste something warm and delicious on a recent morning at the Calgary Farmer’s Market.

Calgary Meals on Wheels began its annual Hot Chocolate Festival six years ago as a creative way to earn donations it uses to provide support for Calgarians, like Arnold Knopp and Muriel and Earl Pierson, who are no longer able to make meals for themselves.

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Unicycles, aerials, juggling, fire spitting and ... recessionthumb

When Cary Lam, a trained accountant, first took up circus arts while traveling on the other side of the world, she never imagined she would one day be co-running Calgary’s only circus studio. What she did know was how important it was to her for circus arts to be part of her life.

“I was a traveler on and off for about 10 years,” said Lam, who found herself living in Melbourne, Australia on a holiday Visa. 

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