The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Arts and Entertainment

For many, the perception is that drag has to be done by cis gay men — a notion that continues to hold true in Calgary. But the drag community in this city is much more diverse. Its members are trying to prove that through their performances, hoping to change this common misperception.

Spotlight Couronne internationale Inc. brought their students to the runway to model for this special event. Video by Kirsten Phillips

Flowers, sparkles and lace take on a new meaning on September 29 for the Calgary International Fashion and Arts Week 2019 at the Carriage House Inn. Put on by Spotlight Couronne Internationale Inc, a personality development training camp and production company.

This new way of looking at fashion is brought on by the theme, L.U.S.H, which stands for: Lifestyle, Unconventional, Selfless and High-Fashion.

The host, Gloria Gift Nankunda says, “It’s nice to be part of a project where everybody believes in their two cents. You know, everyone brings something to the table and everyone is excited to be a part of this project.”

Spotlight Couronne Internationale Inc. (SCI) brought their students to the runway to model for this special event, including SCI kids.

fashion 3One of the SCI kids walking the runway at the Carriage House Inn for Calgary International Arts week 2019. Photo by Kirsten Phillips

John Ablaza, Kenny Ladaga, and Insig.na featured their own intricate designs for the fashion show.

“Fortunately and ironically, I am a graduate of horticulture, so I studied about flowers and the environment inspires me a lot,” says John Ablaza. “So for me, L.U.S.H is about nature, it’s about flowers, birds, bees, butterflies.”

The night is not only about the awe-inspiring designs and models. A portion of the proceeds are going to CIBC Run for the Cure for breast cancer research.

Nankunda says, “There is nothing more beautiful than that. The art is not just art, but it is actually art that speaks to somebody beyond the people in the room tonight.”

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Indigenous youth shared their experiences growing up at a storytelling showcase Saturday, Nov. 23. The youth explored their identity through songs, multimedia creations and dance.

For Katelyn Morishita, a life on stage was just a dream, but StoryBook Theatre took a chance on her as an actress. The theatre welcomed her into their family and gave her the opportunity to play a starring role in their latest production, Matilda.