HERE IS YOUR GUIDE TO SOME OF THE BEST FESTIVALS IN YYC!
Here is your guide to some of the best festivals in yyc! Whether it is for the fireworks, diversity, vibrancy or simply spending time with friends & family. Find out where, when, how much, & what has changed from previous years.
Folk Music Festival / Advancer with Reuben and the Dark
July 23 – 26 @ Prince's Island Park
Reuben Bullock, lead singer of the rock, indie, alternative band Reuben and the Dark, have not only have boomed in their hometown Calgary over the past three years. They have been touring all over North America, and their latest album, Funeral Sky, is produced by none other than Chris Hayden, who has produced for Florence & the Machine, Nicki Minaj and Madonna.
TEDxYYC provides Calgarians with stories of inspiration
TEDxYYC is the biggest independently organized TED event in Southern Alberta, and on June 26 the theme at the Jack Singer Concert Hall was crafTED, where organizers hoped to motivate individuals and incite innovative ways of thinking as well as potentially get people active within the community.
Event chair Maggie Rigaux says the initial thought behind TEDxYYC was to provide an inspirational event in the city and that the idea of crafTED can speak to people on many levels.
"Handmade things, crafts are very different for everybody.... Everybody is going to take something different away [from this experience]," Rigaux explains.
On the day of the event, the Jack Singer Concert Hall lobby begins to empty quickly, and the creaky yet comfortable seats are filled to capacity. Lights dim and chatter among attendees quiets as the emcee, David Gray, host of Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio, walks on to the stage.
ACAD graduates adapt to different industries due to reputation of lack of local diversity
EA Sports, Ghost Rider 2, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 are just some of the digital projects that Pablo Puentes has worked on in his special effects career.
But fast-forward a few years later, and the graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) with a Bachelor of Design Degree in Illustration is now a tattoo artist and owner of Mission Tattoo Parlour in Calgary.
Puentes said, "The sixteen hour days just didn't equate and it was just not really the career choice for someone who wanted to dictate their own path and I was interested in having a family."
Salon stylist uses hairdressing as a form of art
Walking into the salon can be a bit of a surprise when six-foot-tall Ali Taleb, 26, approaches sporting a toque and a thick five o'clock shadow on his face. Covered in tattoos, obsessed with rock music and skateboarding, Taleb doesn't exactly fit into the conventional persona of a hairdresser working at a chic salon.
Taleb has been a hairdresser for five years, launching his career after someone said he would never make it in the beauty world.
Former grow op homes are a tough sale
Marijuana grow operations — or grow-ops— can cause serious damage to houses.
Even though these properties can be remediated and brought back to good living standards, owners and realtors have trouble selling them. This is because they are labelled as stigmatized property and most banks will not offer a mortgage. While real estate agents agree that something needs to be done about this problem, there is concern about the having government deeply involved in real estate transactions.
According to a 2009 report prepared for the Alberta Real Estate Association, the damage caused by grow ops to a property can include everything from holes drilled in the foundation, ventilation systems being installed in stairs and ceiling, mould growth and rotting structures. Indoor air quality is also a major concern.
The aroma of fresh perogies filled the Acadia Recreation Complex during Calgary's Ukrainian Festival.
The lineup was out the doors of the Acadia Recreation complex, with eager attendees sporting traditional clothing and mouths watering over the thought of perogies and beer waited to join the fun at Calgary's sixth annual Ukrainian Festival held over the first weekend of June.
There was a strong sense of unity in the room, with smiling children sporting freshly painted faces, and seniors taking in the music and dances.
It was remarkable and refreshing to see such a great display of a diverse culture.
With dancing, children's activities, music, food, informational posters and a vendor market, the festival was an entertaining inside look at the largest country in Europe.