Feature A & E Stories

Non-profit dance movement tackles tough issues facing families and at-risk youth

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In a cloud of dark smoke, teens in baggy jeans stand their ground as fists fly around them. A mother cries, watching her daughter sleep, realizing she knows nothing about her. Two parents spin in circles of blame, hurt and regret. Wondering where they went wrong.

These are all scenes from the Mpact dance movement’s production of Letters: Thriving Through Connection, which was performed in Calgary’s intimate Big Secret Theatre from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

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16-year-old Angela Ryu takes highest prize at the country's most elite amateur music competition 

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16-year-old Angela Ryu won the Grand Award at the National Music Festival this past August in Edmonton. The festival is one of Canada’s most prestigious amateur music competitions, annually attracting some of the country’s most talented musicians. Held this past August in Edmonton– it was here that violinist Ryu won first place in the strings category. This win earned her a spot on stage to perform with eight other category finalists at the Grand Award gala concert.  All nine musicians competed for the nation’s top prize, with Ryu triumphing as the festival's Grand Award winner.

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Organizer Ruben Young is excited about his accomplishment at this year’s event

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50 Days YYC is Calgary’s newest and longest music festival which began Aug. 15, and ran for 50 straight days ending earlier this month. It featured new artists and venues everyday throughout the event.

Coordinator Ruben Young has been campaigning on behalf of Calgary’s local talent and showcasing it around the city at different venues.

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Nighttime programming boosts revenue and cultural awareness

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The Calgary Zoo’s Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival is the first of its kind in Calgary and in western Canada.

It includes an installation of nearly 400 handmade Chinese lanterns, and features entertainment programming showcasing the cultures of India, China and Japan.

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