Aboriginal Youth Explosion celebrates talent, art and story


Produced by Trevor Solway

Canada Bridges' Aboriginal Youth Explosion is an empowering event, which showcases cultural dancing, singing and storytelling. The event hosted at Mount Royal University on April 12, 2014, is designed to put the youth in the role of teacher. As an Aboriginal youth, I've been to many similar events. This event was unique because the youth are the ones inspiring and sharing their stories. It made me realize that youth have tons of wisdom regardless of age and have a story to tell. And storytelling was heavily emphasized. The host Jennifer Kohlhammer said in the introduction that sharing a story can be healing for not only the speaker but for the listener as well. Additionally, the energy of the event was very positive. The youth speaking were very supportive of each other and stayed at the event from start to finish. I heard another participant say that "the greatest investment you can make is into aboriginal youth," and I strongly believe this. When he said investment, he didn't mean a money investment, but an investment in time and belief.

The changing face of Guitarworks

Despite a new look and a new focus, music store's passion is constant


Produced by Madison Farkas

MaWhen I was nine years old, I decided I wanted to learn how to play guitar. My parents took me to Guitarworks on 16th Avenue, and it was there that I picked out my first electric, a slick black Behringer. In a closet-sized practice room at the back of the store, my instructor taught me the quintessential opening riff to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”and I never looked back. The look of the store has changed a lot in the last decade, the low lighting and grungy decor of my childhood replaced by a bright, airy showroom. Its focus has also shifted to acoustic rather than electric guitars, but the essentials have stayed the same. The store has stayed with me for the ten years, and I still bring my guitars there for tune-ups.