- Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:00 03 March 2015
- Written by Cassie Riabko Cassie Riabko
He's the guy asking for money on a downtown street corner
In this interview Richard Rajotte talks about how he puts a smile on people's faces, worries about young kids on the street, and how newly laid off oil workers are seeking his advice.
I see you on the street and you seem to have a sense of kindness. How do you define kindness?
Kindness is when people just smile as they walk by. I put a smile on someone's face on a daily basis, that is important to me and... Whether people donate money or not, what's important is that they smile and acknowledge you and take the time to talk with you, because that is one of the plight of people that are on the street is that people tend to make you invisible.
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers brings local film, art, and music together at the $100 Film Festival
- Published on Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:28 26 February 2015
- Written by Megan MacKay Megan MacKay
Local festival seeks to open minds and celebrate indie cinema
On Feb. 26 - 27, Calgary will host its 23rd annual $100 Film Festival, courtesy of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers to celebrate the beautiful and often underestimated medium of 8-16mm film.
The festival will showcase work from local, national, and international filmmakers exclusively on 8mm and 16mm film. The festivals namesake pays tribute to the original budget cap for content submissions, which equals roughly the cost of four rolls of 8mm film. While this minimal budget has since been dropped, the weird and wonderful format remains at the core of the festival.
"I don't think anybody expected it to evolve into what it has become," says Nicola Waugh, the festival director. "Over the years we've dropped the budgetary confinements and opened it up to 16mm. There is always talk of adding digital but what is really so special and what has stuck with the festival over its pretty long run is the uniqueness of small format film."
- Published on Monday, 02 March 2015 19:17 02 March 2015
- Written by Amira Caro Amira Caro
The views from Tom Campbell's park make it a jewel in the heart of the city
Amongst million dollar homes, it's hard to believe a small park with a perfect view still stands on top of a hill in the city's beltline.
While most of Calgary's hill areas are full of expensive homes, this park is reserved for citizens and their dogs.
This park sits on 18 hectares of land tucked in behind some of Calgary's prime real estate. It's located on the top of a hill overlooking the Bow River, Nose Creek and Memorial Drive. The 270-degree skyline frames the downtown to the west. In the centre, the breathtaking view overlooks the Calgary Zoo and expands out to the east over the long stretch of highways.
- Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:53 03 March 2015
- Written by SAVAYA SHINKARUK SAVAYA SHINKARUK
Canada's second largest ballet company seeks funds for a new facility
Alberta Ballet has the prestige of being Canada's second largest ballet company. But it's also in need of a new home, having wanted to build a new facility since 2011. And now the company is in the process of trying to secure the funding needed to do that.
The solution is to build a new facility that will have the school and dance studios in one building.
Alberta Ballet's two current buildings don't have enough studios, and the ones it does have are too small. As a result, dance times have to be shortened, ultimately cutting the amount of practice time dancers and performers have access to. Additionally, they have no large space for full rehearsals for their largest productions.