Feature A & E Stories

Day in the Life of a Rock Star Hairdresser: Ali Taleb pushes boundaries

Salon stylist uses hairdressing as a form of art

BROWNthumbWalking into the salon can be a bit of a surprise when six-foot-tall Ali Taleb, 26, approaches sporting a toque and a thick five o'clock shadow on his face. Covered in tattoos, obsessed with rock music and skateboarding, Taleb doesn't exactly fit into the conventional persona of a hairdresser working at a chic salon.

Taleb has been a hairdresser for five years, launching his career after someone said he would never make it in the beauty world.


Ukrainian Culture Strong in Calgary

The aroma of fresh perogies filled the Acadia Recreation Complex during Calgary's Ukrainian Festival.

ukrainiandollsThe lineup was out the doors of the Acadia Recreation complex, with eager attendees sporting traditional clothing and mouths watering over the thought of perogies and beer waited to join the fun at Calgary's sixth annual Ukrainian Festival held over the first weekend of June.

There was a strong sense of unity in the room, with smiling children sporting freshly painted faces, and seniors taking in the music and dances.

It was remarkable and refreshing to see such a great display of a diverse culture.

With dancing, children's activities, music, food, informational posters and a vendor market, the festival was an entertaining inside look at the largest country in Europe.


“Creativity takes Courage” - Henri Matisse

ACAD graduates adapt to different industries due to reputation of lack of local diversity

8393677358 9fea2565af oEA Sports, Ghost Rider 2, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 are just some of the digital projects that Pablo Puentes has worked on in his special effects career.

But fast-forward a few years later, and the graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) with a Bachelor of Design Degree in Illustration is now a tattoo artist and owner of Mission Tattoo Parlour in Calgary.

Puentes said, "The sixteen hour days just didn't equate and it was just not really the career choice for someone who wanted to dictate their own path and I was interested in having a family."


Calgary embraces Metric's Emily Haines & Jimmy Shaw

'Secret Show' with Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw becomes an intimate affair

Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw of Metric performing during the Big Secret Show put on by X92.9 Calgary's Alternative on June 5th, 2015.

Before their big-ass concert with Imagine Dragons and Halsey at the Scotiabank Saddledome on June 5, Metric's vocalist/keyboardist Emily Haines and lead guitarist Jimmy Shaw played an acoustic, intimate five-song set for a select lucky few Calgarians.

Fans were even introduced to a new Metric song that was still in the works.

Full disclosure: In addition to being the editor-in-chief of The Calgary Journal, this reporter is also a member of the Street Team at X92.9, and a big fan of Metric.