Ever since he was nine years old, Calgary's Grady Welbourn, a.k.a. Johnny Active, has been inspired by music. Specifically the genre of rap and hip hop.
Growing up, Welbourn's parents had a major role introducing him to classic rock and pop but it was his older brother that exposed him to rap music. Welbourn has been inspired ever since.
"My family was always into music so growing up I was exposed to a lot of different types of music; a lot of Bob Marley, Elton John, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Eagles, classic stuff," Welbourn said.
A crowd of about 700 excited art lovers gathered near the Calgary Stampede grounds at the BMO Centre on July 11, 2013 to celebrate and bid on Western art.
Unlike some auctions, where the best is often saved for last, this one got things rolling with the painting everyone came to see: Adeline Halvorson's painting of a heavy horse titled "Pulling Together", which will be the poster for the 2014 Calgary Stampede.
It had been planned as a graceful retirement, a capstone on a varied and far-ranging career.
Instead, Dave Rutherford's colourful radio show came to an unceremonious halt on June 24, just one month before his planned retirement on July 26.
While the exact details of what ended the 64-year-old's talk show haven't been officially revealed, Rutherford bluntly stated "don't criticize the management" in a tweet revealing that some conflict existed between him and his employers, Corus Radio, who took him off the air.
The sign above the entrance reads "Yes We Are Open: 19 artists welcome you."
However, the studios in the art loop located in the lower level of Art Central are mostly deserted. Empty and dark, with shutters drawn over the windows, each space is closed and contains no trace of the artist that once inhabited it. Only one space is still open.
This small studio space contains a desk, a bookcase and a kettle plugged into the wall in the corner. The walls are mostly bare, with the exception of the notes posted by the desk, a row of shelves filled with jars, and the words painted on the wall in black print – "We'll never run dry of love or anything."