The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Calgary man becomes monk in quest for enlightenment

In a country where non-Christian religions represent only 1 per cent of the total population, Buddhism is often misunderstood.

But one Calgary man is finding understanding by all means necessary.

20-year-old Brandon is a self-described, "white monk" living among mostly Vietnamese monks at Bat Nha Buddhist temple – known by its patrons as Prajna Pagoda – in southeast Calgary.

Producer Calvin Maltin, industry professionals talk finding fame in film

filmmaker thumbCalgarians run on a nine-to-five work schedule. The colour and melody of arts and entertainment is mostly drowned out by the mechanical buzz of a labour system geared for efficiency.

Deep in the system, there are radicals who work to produce escapism through film.

Among them is 21-year-old Calgary independent filmmaker, Calvin Maltin.

Lara Presber dishes on developing her 'signature' style

Lara thumb"You can definitely say it's a bit of an addiction," says Lara Presber in her studio.

While she shares the space with two interior designers, it's a perfect resemblance of her passions: a mix between interior design and architectural elements surrounded by mannequins, materials and sketches of dresses.

Presber originally went to school for architecture and pursued a career in the field.


Anya Ayoung Chee beat the odds and came out a winner

Anya thumbCalgary doesn't quite make the list when it comes to fashion, with Canada's major fashion schools located in Toronto and Vancouver.

Trinidad and Tobago isn't exactly a global hothouse for fashion design either, yet that's where Anya Ayoung Chee, winner of Project Runway Season 9, hails from.

Ayoung Chee launched her first collection Pilar by Anya in 2009.