Julie Mortensen is laughing with her head of red curls thrown back - as she does often and easily - while remembering a story from her childhood that seemed to foreshadow her career as a Calgary actor.
Laughter fills the musty beige room of the Old Y Centre in Calgary as the Cantares Venezuelan Choir takes a break in their rehearsal, bouncing jokes between one another.
As music fills the room, dancers are moving gracefully to the beat, spinning and swaying to the melody. Across the hallway, teenage boys are drawing and painting on paper. Downstairs, guitars are strummed loudly and erratically. Listening closely, a blues melody begins to appear.