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Lovecoast brings West Coast vibes to Calgary with Western Canada Tour

Vancouver based band continue to shine with unique sound and upbeat stage presence

thumbnail lovecoast-37-of-59 0414103603917 16x9 620x350Lovecoast has been captivating audiences since their conception in 2013.

With their debut EP Chasing Tides, produced by Juno-nominated Tom Dobrzanski of The Zolas, the April 8 release of the music video for the current single 'Help You' and a Western Canada tour wrapping up June 5, Lovecoast is bringing passion and energy to the stage.

The four bandmates — Danielle Sweeny on vocals, Andrew Fraser on bass, drummer Jesse McNeill, and guitarist Mike Clement — studied music together at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C., but it wasn't until post-graduation that the band decided to make music together.


Is the art of film photography dead in Calgary?

Calgary photographers say interest in film photography is actually growing

thumb Photo-FilmPhotography2Film photography has been in decline for many years due to the ubiquity of digital cameras, which now dominate the market. The trend towards digital photography is global and the Calgary market is no exception. In fact, Calgary is now a city without a single commercial film development lab.

"There used to be a lot of great labs and it's a little sad to see them go," says Chris Tait, a professional photographer and instructor of photography at SAIT. "Now there is one guy in town that still processes black and white, and that's nice to see, but unfortunately the options just aren't there anymore."


Local comedy struggles to bring in gender equal performers

Numbers of female comedians rising, but only slowly

Tucker GibbsComedyMondayNightComedians require the sole qualification of being able to make people laugh. That should allow an equal number of men and women to preform stand-up comedy, but in Calgary this appears to be a male dominated industry. But comedy club organizers say the situation is improving - even as they struggle to simply get people to perform.

According to an exclusive analysis by the Calgary Journal, only five of the 35 professional comedians who performed at Calgary's Yuk Yuks Comedy Club from January to March were women. Performers Lori Gibbs, Allyson Smith, and Nikki Glaser are included in that number.


Respecting Calgary’s tattoo culture requires doing your research

A guide to important questions about getting the right ink for you

tattooThumbYou think you're ready to get tattooed. Then come the questions.

Are you eighteen years old?

Do you know what you want?

Do you realize it's permanent?

Do you have enough money?

Although these are important things to consider when you want a tattoo, few realize the most crucial part of the planning process is choosing the artist.

I have just over a thousand dollars worth of tattoos. If you know anything about tattooing, you would know that isn't much.