Former Flames television play-by-play man now rebuilding his career in radio with Rogers Sportsnet
July 13, 2011 was the lowest day in the career, and possibly life, of Peter Loubardias.
A quick Internet search shows that three suicide bombers hit Mumbai, India on that day. Loubardias didn't have time for world news: he was focused on the implosion of his own career that summer day in Calgary.
Loubardias, then 45, had finished his third year of being the play-by-play man for Rogers Sportsnet's television broadcasts of Calgary Flames games. It was his dream job.
Then, he was called to a meeting with his boss at a downtown Calgary hotel: Loubardias was on the chopping block.
Sitting in the lower bowl of the Scotiabank Saddledome, Loubardias is wearing a dark grey suit and black shoes, the usual style of broadcasters, while sitting with his fingers entwined and his left foot resting on his knee.
- By NEIL HILTS
Living dream as successful, independent video game developer
Calgary is known for a great many things, several of which are rooted in oil and gas, the Calgary Stampede and general western culture. What it's not usually synonymous with, though, is video games.
However, the community is there and those immersed in it say it's growing stronger by the day. Among one of the several notable talents emerging is Calvin French, a University of Calgary graduate who quit his job as a computer programmer to make video games full-time in the summer of 2012.
The game that made it happen for French was The Real Texas, which, in addition to being recently added to Steam – the world's largest online game store – also paved the road for French to land a big-time contract with Devolver Digital, a notable publishing company that has produced titles like Duke Nukem 3D and Serious Sam 3.
- By BRANDON MCNEIL
From drumsticks to clippers, former Road Hammers musician does it all
Men in Calgary are starting to look a bit more polished. The streets are filled with fantastic fades and breath-taking beards. From greasers to hipsters to punks, rock n' roll barber Corbett Frasz is the man to see if you want a killer cut.
Frasz said he knew that if a barbershop were to be named after him, he would have to be one of the best. Oddly enough, the small shop is located inside of Maddpretty Professional Makeover Studio on 12th Avenue and 7th Street S.W.
Amidst bright pink walls and women getting preened and primped by hair stylists and salon specialists, is Frasz's "man cave," a small room filled with guitars, music posters and a television blasting rock concerts.
- By ANNA BROOKS and ALLISON DRINNAN
Retired accountant is creating functional works of art
Ugo Crecco is in his kitchen. A wrapping machine — used to make both the wraps that hold the guides in place as well as construct intricate weaves — sits on his kitchen table. He made it himself. He's holding a half-finished bamboo fly rod.
The taper — the decreasing width of the rod from handle to tip — consists of six triangular strips of bamboo, carefully glued to form the body of the rod. Towards the tip, the six sides are so thin and the glue lines are nearly invisible that it appears to be one solid piece. He said the dimensions have to be precise to 1/1000 of an inch.
While it takes a tremendous amount of effort to craft a bamboo fly rod, the benefits are felt in the integral function of a rod — the casting. Crecco said that he loves bamboo fly-fishing because of the casting ability and smoothness of the rod.
- By EVAN MANCONI