Feature A & E Stories

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.

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Guide to September festival fun in Calgary

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

thumbbeakerBeakerhead
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

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Lights, Camera, Calgary

Mount Royal journalism alumni set to premiere film anthology showcasing the city

WhatChaGotCalgaryJoel Dryden, a graduate of Mount Royal University's journalism program in spring, is ready to take the Calgary film world by storm, along with his partner Andrew Cormier, with the Sept. 5 premiere of their film Whatcha Got Calgary? at the Globe Theatre.

The project, which originally started off as a what-if idea, has catapulted into a film anthology that can be described along the lines of Paris, I Love You (a 2006 anthology film) with a twist.

"I knew a bunch of filmmakers in Calgary who wanted to start making stuff," says Dryden. "They were saying that they couldn't find people to watch their stuff.

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Locally made film sees girlfriends try to save business by pole dancing.

Pole with Paula premieres in September

pole-with-paula-castWould you take up pole dancing if it meant saving your business? That's what four co-workers do in Pole With Paula, a new feature film from local Calgarian Janie Fontaine.

The plot sees Celeste, Cynthia, Jackie and Mary try to save their beauty loft from going bankrupt by entering a pole dancing competition that could win them $10,000.

With the help of Paula — Celeste's roommate and a professional pole dancer — the four gal pals aim to master the art of pole dancing in two weeks to save the beauty loft.

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