Feature Profiles

From performing solo at local venues to a sold-out JunoFest show with his band, the up-and-coming artist has a promising future ahead

Belot Playing thumbChatting over a coffee in the performing arts area of Mount Royal University, Calgary blues singer Mitch Belot reminisces about the first gig he ever played with his band, just a year prior.

It was the CD release party for the Mitch Belot Band, a local group that describe their sound as ‘swampy blues rock’ with a few alternative and country elements. Held in a tiny tasting room in the upstairs of Village Brewery in March 2015, lead singer Belot says this first gig with the band was his greatest performance to date.

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Behind the boy with a dream is a mother making it happen

IMG Backpacks ThumbThe doorbell and phone were constantly ringing, and backpacks piled up everywhere. There was a buzz. An excitement. A headline read Airdrie Boy’s Initiative is Outstanding Success. Everyone was catching onto Stephen McPhee, the five-year-old boy with autism that had a dream to help children in need. But behind the boy with a dream was a mother determined to make that dream come true. That mother is Nancy McPhee. And that mother has lived that surprises most.

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Ben Put’s love for coffee led him and his business partners to open Monogram coffee – and it’s only getting bigger

BenPutsBen Put, Jeremy Ho and Justin Eyford opened Monogram Coffee in 2014 to share their love of coffee. Their first location in Altadore was a huge success, so they decided to expand and open a second Monogram downtown in order to reach a wider clientele and get a taste of a faster paced environment.

After training dozens of new baristas and spending countless hours planning, their downtown location became a reality.

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Jennelle Thompson explains what really constitutes a tightly knit roller derby community

jennyguns1By day, Jennelle Thompson may appear to be just another hairstylist, but by night she turns into roller skating champion Jenni Gunns.

Thompson has been the lead jammer for the Calgary Roller Derby Association (CRDA) All-Stars since 2010.

“One of my clients, her sister does it, and she told me about it and I said, ‘That’s something I would want to try.’ So I looked it up and found a league in Calgary,” says Thompson, a stylist at Hair Benders in Airdrie.

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