Feature A & E Stories

A new queer film night set to crash closet walls

Velvet Cinema's monthly queer film night at the Plaza Theatre aims to bring the LGBTQ community closer together

Velvet CinemathumbTwo young, proud and down-to-earth guys have organized a monthly queer film night at the Plaza Theatre in hopes to bring the Calgary queer community together in a new way.

David Cutting and Garrett McCoy have launched "Velvet Cinema", a monthly film event, in order to provide more frequent gatherings of the LGBTQ community.


Local videographers produce ‘offbeat’ short films

Telus Storyhive competition showcases projects including Sharkasaurus and Tale of the Riff Riders

filmmakingAfter an intense journey, five Calgarians are about to premiere their short films as part of a competition sponsored by Telus.

The competitors had just five weeks this past spring to produce a multimedia application which included their film idea, their production plan and details on how they would spend $10,000 if chosen as one of the 10 Alberta winners.

Competitor proposals were uploaded April 28 and then community members chose their favourites.


Reggae group Raging Fyah doing well on international stage

Group from Jamaica performed at annual Calgary ReggaeFest

IMG 9481edit-Kumar-BentThe five-member Raging Fyah musical act hit the Jamaican music scene in 2006 and since that point evolved into a dynamic international performing group. This group specializes in reggae music and has performed in Russia, Germany, France, Poland, Slovakia, Belgium, the Netherlands and throughout the United Kingdom before coming to Calgary as one of the headline acts of the 2014 Calgary International ReggaeFest held on Aug. 14-16. This group recently released its second album, "Destiny," in June.

The lead vocalist of the group, Kumar Bent, spoke to the Calgary Journal's Zarif Alibhai at the festival.


Guide to September festival fun in Calgary

The Calgary Journal's list of the hottest festivals and events happening this month

Sept. 10-14
Venue: Throughout Calgary's downtown core
Price: Free

Experience Calgary's innovative and creative side as the 2nd annual Beakerhead returns to convert the city into one large laboratory over five days with hands-on activities and events. The event focuses on the unification of science and engineering through culture and art. Its wide assortment of activities include parades, installations, live experiments, workshops, pop-up structures, speaker series and more. For more information on the Beakerhead festivities, visit beakerhead.org