Feature Profiles

Calamity Jade: Calgary makeup artist pursues her passion as a second career

Freelance makeup artist, Jade Brunes, is approaching her busiest time of the year  Halloween  while following her love for specialty makeup as a new career 

Calamity JadeWhen native Calgarian, Jade Brunes, walked onto the set of the independent film Battle Earth in September 2012, she had no idea that the experience would be life changing.

Brunes was there as a favour to a friend who worked with the small production company, Rambunxious Entertainment. She spent her first day as a general production assistant: holding lights, running errands, moving gear and helping out wherever she was needed.

The next day, however, things changed. The lead makeup artist's assistant cancelled at the last minute, and Brunes was asked to take her place despite having no experience with professional makeup. The job was a big one: a full alien prosthetic that took roughly four hours to complete.


Calgary musicians cope with unimaginable tragedy

Zackariah and the Non-Profits aren’t just about the money

thumb Thumbnail non-prof1Three young Calgary musicians recently created a non-profit charity organization called Zackariah and the Non-Profits. Sadly, the non-profit came to life because their friends' were murdered in April.

Zackariah Rathwell and Josh Hunter were two of five Calgarians stabbed at party in Brentwood on April 15, Calgary's worst mass slaying to date.

Kaiti Perras, Jordan Segura, and Lawrence Hong were the other victims of the tragedy, which happened at a house party marking the end of the school year at the University of Calgary. The victims ranged between the ages of 21 and 27.


Bringing digital information to the blind

A degree in geography and love of bicycles led Doug Hagedorn into an unusual venture — developing a tablet for the blind

tabletHagedorn, founder and CEO of Tactalis, walks into the Holy Grill wearing a t-shirt and jeans, fresh from a meeting concerning his other passion – cycling – at Speed Theory. The 29-year-old entrepreneur orders a coffee at the local joint and sits down to chat about the technology he's developing that could potentially make life a lot easier for the visually impaired.

Over one million Canadians are living with blindness or significant vision loss according to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Although technological advancements have allowed for universal smartphones and tablet computers, the blind and visually impaired are unable to use these visual devices.


Vern's Tavern: The heart of Calgary’s underground music scene

For more than 20 years, Vern's bar and stage owner Clint Pike has opened the door of opportunity to bands, from the Sheepdogs and Marianas Trench to garage bands from down the street

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Clint Pike has seen it all, from metal artists performing with severed goat heads on spikes to sermons of a Christian group, all from his post behind the bar at Vern’s.

On any given night, Vern’s hosts up-and-coming bands mainly from across Canada and the United States, but bands have travelled from as far as Tokyo to play in front of the infamous wall of cymbals.

Thousands of bands have taken the stage in the 20 years Vern’s has been open in Calgary, with anywhere from 60 to a 100 bands a month depending on the time of year. With owner Pike -- a fixture in the Calgary music scene -- manning the helm, the bands who take the stage at his bar gain valuable exposure and all the cash made in door sales.