The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Emerencz Merkle's passion to grow as an artist is driving her move to Berlin

 Produced by Ali Hardstaff

Emerencz Merkle, also known as "Four Eyes" is a 23-year-old who is investing all of her extra time and energy into DJing. Despite her love for the Calgary electronic music scene, she says the city is no longer fully inspiring her artistic passion.

"Music is beyond passion, it's a way of life. When I DJ, it's more than an expression, it's what I am and what feel. A lot of the music that you play, it reflects what you're going through in your life, so people can feel that."

Her trip to Germany, she hopes, will immerse her in a culture that is even more engaged in electronic music than what she has experienced in Calgary the last several years.

Belly Dance in Banff features Suhaila Salimpour


thumb Belly Dance1As an actress, dancer and mother, Christy Greene's introduction to belly dance was unorthodox.

Greene began belly dancing in 1998 while at the University of Calgary studying theatre. Although dance wasn't her main focus, a class assignment required her to add a new skill to her resume and indirectly sparked her interest in belly dance.

Now Greene owns her own belly dance studio, Eighth Wonder, and hosts belly dancing showcases, drawing on her experience as an actress in these performances.

In 2007, almost a decade after she started belly dancing, she was introduced to internationally renowned belly dancer and teacher, Suhaila Salimpour who became her greatest dance influence.

In 2006, Jessie Foster disappeared. Eight years later, her family is still haunted


The volunteers mingle inside the small trailer in Las Vegas, Nev., as a coffeepot brews quietly in the background. They take their seats as Shannon Forsythe with Run 2 Rescue, an American organization aimed at restoring victims of sex trafficking, details the day's events.

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How a man with Asperger Syndrome sees the world

Produced by Zoe Choy 

Growing up, Mitchell Roberts always knew he was different.

He had a particular way of interacting with others, and a colourful way of thinking.

"I never really considered myself that normal. You just know when you're kind of different, like cognitively, you really do. It's a prevalent thing, it affects every facet of your life, so you know," the 25-year-old University of Calgary student says.

Roberts was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) a type of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) most commonly affecting social functions.

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