Feature A & E Stories



festivalsthumbHere 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.


CrafTED Comes To Calgary

TEDxYYC provides Calgarians with stories of inspiration

thumb TEDSign copyTEDxYYC 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.


Day in the Life of a Rock Star Hairdresser: Ali Taleb pushes boundaries

Salon stylist uses hairdressing as a form of art

BROWNthumbWalking 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.


Ukrainian Culture Strong in Calgary

The aroma of fresh perogies filled the Acadia Recreation Complex during Calgary's Ukrainian Festival.

ukrainiandollsThe 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.