- Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:45 30 October 2014
- Written by Max Shilleto and Sarah Comber Max Shilleto and Sarah Comber
Like many rising stars, Kira Isabella hopes to make it big as the evolution of the genre impacts the music charts.
Not since Ontario-born Shania Twain established herself as a fixture on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart in the ‘90s has a Canadian country artist achieved similar success.
In fact, since Twain’s last chart topper, “Honey I’m Home” in 1998, only two Canadian acts have reached number one -- “Moments,” by Emerson Drive spent one week at the top in 2007, while Terri Clark’s single “You’re Easy on the Eyes” was number one for three weeks between 1998 and 1999.
Talented Canadian country singers like Kira Isabella -- who got her first taste of success as a 16 year-old with her single “Love Me Like That” -- have done well north of the border, but haven’t been able fill Twain’s cowboy boots on the US charts.
- Published on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:58 29 October 2014
- Written by Daniel Rodriguez Daniel Rodriguez
Potential threat of ISIS recruiting hangs in Calgary
The Albertan Somali community is working to implement a prevention plan to stop terrorist organizations from recruiting young Somali Canadians, who feel Canada has failed them, to join the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has recruited at least six young Somalis in Alberta according to the Western Canadian Somali Congress. The Canadian government is aware of at least 130 Canadians abroad involved in terrorist activities according to its 2014 Report on Terrorism.
"Before our youth were suffering with drugs and gang violence, then it was Al-Shahab, now it is ISIS. Tomorrow it will be something else, "said Mohamed Accord, president of the Western Canadian Somali Congress. "We have to solve the root of this issue, and that is that we want young Somalis to be happy with Canada."
- Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:32 30 October 2014
- Written by Jesse Yardley Jesse Yardley
Calgarians getting into the spirit with elaborate Halloween home-decorations
It's not unusual for Calgary to be covered under a layer of snow this time of year, but for Halloween enthusiasts, the recent spell of warm weather has made it easier to spookify their homes.
Altadore residents Sylvia and Wilf Barwitzki say they have been going all out to decorate their home for Halloween for the past eight years — unless the weather was too cold.
- Published on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:37 28 October 2014
- Written by Calgary Journal Byelection Team Calgary Journal Byelection Team
Albertans ignore Wildrose's call for change in Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-Elbow, Calgary-West and Edmonton-Whitemud
The Wildrose party's campaign message fell on deaf ears Oct. 27 as Albertans embraced the PC Party under newly elected premier, Jim Prentice. The Wildrose slogan was, "Send the PCs a message," but the PC Party swept four of four byelection ridings in Calgary and Edmonton.
Prentice spoke to elated supporters in Calgary-Foothills after trouncing his closest competitor, Wildrose candidate Kathy MacDonald, by almost double the margin. Prentice earned 6,898 votes compared to 3,545 for MacDonald, according unofficial poll results from Elections Alberta.