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Afrikadey 2014

Afrikadey 2014

The cultivating sounds of Africa were on display at Prince's Island Park on Aug. 9 as part of the 23rd Afrikadey music festival. Attendees were treated to an array of different musical acts such as Ethiopian and Sudanese dance perfomances, Yoruban drumming, and Congolese jazz. People that attended Afrikadey were also exposed to other aspects of African culture such as food, clothing and jewelry from that continent. 

All photos by Zarif Alibhai 

Heritage Week: History of the Calgary Stampeders

Heritage Week: History of the Calgary Stampeders

In honor of Heritage Week, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame put on a historical seminar on the birth, growth and transformation of the Calgary Stampeders football team. Covering the ups and downs of their career, statistician, author and Calgary Herald reporter Daryl Slade answered questions and revealed interesting and rare tidbits of information on our CFL team.

Photos courtesy of Max Foley

Published on August 5, 2014

First World War Monuments

First World War Monuments

It's undeniable that Calgary played an important role in the First World War of 1914-1918. Other than thousands of young people volunteering for different regiments, the city rallied around the cause by raising three militia units that saw action on the frontlines in France and Belgium. Two — the Kings Own Calgary Regiment (50th Canadian Infantry Battalion) and the Calgary Highlanders (10th Canadian Infantry Battalion) —still have a presence in the city. Calgary's war training base, Sarcee Camp, was the biggest training ground west of Manitoba. It welcomed roughly 45,000 soldiers from across the young province of Alberta.

The soldiers and battalions that represented Calgary fought with heroism and bravery, with scores of young men making the ultimate sacrifice. By the end of the war Calgary had many heroes. The city has made sure that they are not forgotten.

Plenty of war monuments have been established throughout Calgary to honour individuals and remarkable groups of people. These monuments range from the simple to the extravagant, but all of them represent the gratitude the people on the homefront had for their wartime heroes.

Photos by Paulina Liwski, Quinton Amundson, Jesse Yardley and Max Foley. 

Calgary Stampede Parade 2014

Calgary Stampede Parade 2014

The 2014 Calgary Stampede was attended by hundreds of Calgarians, and visitors from around the globe. There were 37 floats, over 4,000 participants and over 700 horses that took part in this year's parade.The parade kicked off a Stampede which will run until Sunday, July 13.

Photos by Paulina Liwski, Max Foley and Quinton Amundson

 

The 2014 Canadian Baton Twirling Championships

The 2014 Canadian Baton Twirling Championships

 Mount Royal University hosted over 280 athletes from all over Canada from June 28 to July 3 for the 2014 Canadian Baton Championships. The home of the Mount Royal Cougars became a staging area for some of the best twirling this year has to offer.

Photos courtesy of Max Foley

Published on July 3, 2014

The Calgary Journal Checks Out Sled Island 2014

The Calgary Journal Checks Out Sled Island 2014

The Calgary Journal was at Sled Island last weekend to take a look at the huge variety of music, dance and visual art on display. Check out some of our favorite shots from the festival.

Photos by Max Foley

Published on June 25, 2014

Calgary Flood Retrospective

Calgary Flood Retrospective

The Calgary Journal is looking back on the dreadful 2013 Calgary flood that severely damaged parts of downtown and over 1,200 homes by putting together a photo gallery that consists of images from this terrible disaster, as well as photos taken in flood-affected areas in Calgary one year later. The photos of Calgary one year after the flood is a testament to the amazing efforts by Calgary first responders, civil servants and the citizenry in general to rebuild this city. 

The Calgary flood, one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, began on June 20, 2013.

Photos from Quinton Amundson, Zoe Choy, Paulina Liwski, The City of Calgary/Flickr, Curling.ca, Google Images Creative Commons and Jesse Yardley.

Published June 20, 2014

The 5th Annual Ukrainian Festival

The 5th Annual Ukrainian Festival

The Calgary Journal was at the 5th Annual Ukrainian Festival on June 7th to take in traditional dance, food and art, as well as the various charity initiatives on display. Coming to a head with the Zabava, described as ‘a dance-off like no other’, the festival was a whirlwind of activity. Here are some of our favorite shots.

Photos by Max Foley

Published on June 13, 2014

Lilac Festival 2014

Lilac Festival 2014

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year on May 25, Calgary’s Lilac Festival is a summer mainstay featuring live music, vendors of all types of curios and street food to die for, 4th Street in the city was bustling with Calgarians from all walks of life rubbing elbows.

Here are some of our favorites from Calgary’s most famous street festival.

Photos courtesy of Max Foley

Published on May 30th

Anatomy Productions Photo Gallery

Anatomy Productions Photo Gallery

Local organization provides opportunities for younger musicians to play, profit and gain exposure

Photos by Hannah Cawsey

Published on May 8, 2014

Musical duo reflects on lifetime of playing music

Musical duo reflects on lifetime of playing music

Mount Royal University jazz teachers lament loss of vibrant jazz scene in Calgary.

Photos by Anna Brooks

Published on April 15, 2014

Wearing my geeky past times

Wearing my geeky past times

How clothes with super heroes on them help me express myself.

Photos by Jeff Medhurst

Published on April 3, 2014

Calgary captured on camera

Calgary captured on camera

Photographers find the city's hidden patterns.

A number of Calgary Journal photographers were challenged to uncover unique patterns in the city. Using only their lens and clever skills; here is what they found.

Team Canada athletes arrive home from Sochi Winter Games

Team Canada athletes arrive home from Sochi Winter Games

Olympians greeted by fans, family and media in Calgary

Photos by Allison Drinnan

Calgarians watch as Canada wins gold in Olympic men’s hockey

Calgarians watch as Canada wins gold in Olympic men’s hockey

Bars open their doors early to allow fans to drink and enjoy the game.

Photos by Allison Drinnan and Alyssa Quirico

Published on February 23, 2014

Crowd cheers from Stephen Avenue as Canadian women take gold

Crowd cheers from Stephen Avenue as Canadian women take gold

Patriotic fans rejoice as the Canadian women's hockey team won their fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal by beating the United States 3-2.

Photos by Alyssa Quirico

Published on February 21, 2014

Gold rush?

Gold rush?

Fans watch on as Canada's men's hockey team takes on the United States in the Olympic semi-finals.

Photos by Alyssa Quirico

Published on February 21, 2014

Kink community raises money for HIV awareness

Kink community raises money for HIV awareness

Calgary performers rehearse for upcoming BDSM show at Jimmy's Nightclub.

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Photos by Hannah Cawsey

Published February 12, 2014

Torch ceremony at Canada Olympic Park

Torch ceremony at Canada Olympic Park

WinSport officially launched Sochi Fan Central on Thursday, with the ceremonial lighting of the 1988 Olympic cauldron at Canada Olympic Park. The park will host a number of activities to celebrate the 2014 Olympics including Russian themed food and drink specials at the 88 Lounge and a giant screen located at the base of the hill that will be showing all of the highlights and action from Sochi.

Photos by Allison Drinnan

Published on February 7, 2014

Nights out with Paul Zizka

Nights out with Paul Zizka

How a mountain and landscape photographer turns ideas into images.

Photos by Tera Swanson and courtesy of Paul Zizka

Published on February 6, 2014

Esso Minor Hockey Week - Part 4

Esso Minor Hockey Week - Part 4

Team photos of all the champions from Esso Minor Hockey Week.

Photos courtesy of Lifetouch Sports

Published on February 6, 2014

Esso Minor Hockey Week - Part 3

Esso Minor Hockey Week - Part 3

Team photos of all the champions from Esso Minor Hockey Week.

Photos courtesy of Lifetouch Sports

Published on February 6, 2014

Esso Minor Hockey Week - Part 2

Esso Minor Hockey Week - Part 2

Team photos of all the champions from Esso Minor Hockey Week.

Photos courtesy of Lifetouch Sports

Published on February 6, 2014

Esso Minor Hockey Week

Esso Minor Hockey Week

Team photos of all the champions from Esso Minor Hockey Week.

Photos courtesy of Lifetouch Sports

Published on February 6, 2014

Calgary adjusts to mountains of snow

Calgary adjusts to mountains of snow

This winter, Calgarians are attempting to deal with an overwhelming amount of snowfall. According to Environment Canada, the city fell under 52.4 cm of snow in Dec. 2013 alone, breaking a 112-year record.

However, despite the cold and burial of cars along city streets, the residents of Calgary continue with their daily routines and snow-filled fun. Calgary Journal reporters photographed both young and old enjoying the winter wonderland.

Written by Larissa Pinhal

Published February 6, 2014

Three Calgarians headed to Sochi Olympics for speed skating

Three Calgarians headed to Sochi Olympics for speed skating

The announcement of the 2014 Olympic speed skating team took place Tuesday at the Olympic Oval. 

To read the full story click here.

Photos courtesy of Allison Drinnan

Published on January 27, 2014

Bowness family keeps backyard rink after flood: gallery

Bowness family keeps backyard rink after flood: gallery

With the flood the Perrys lost over half their home, valuable and priceless keepsakes. Despite losing these things, the Perry family says they are moving forward and don't see this upcoming holiday season as an ending, but as a new beginning.

Read the full story about the Perrys here.

Photos courtesy of Dave Perry

Published on Dec. 20

Healing Calgary’s souls one note at a time

Healing Calgary’s souls one note at a time

Sunday is the day blues musicians Gary Martin and the Heavenly Blues play at the Hexters pub in Bowness. Martin helps people forget that Monday is just around the corner.

Photographed by Allison Drinnan and Michelle Thomas

Published on Dec. 19

The Reckless Heroes play their last gig of the year before taking a break to record new album

The Reckless Heroes play their last gig of the year before taking a break to record new album

The Reckless Heroes, a local punk band who has toured across Canada, has recently been signed with Blackstream Records.
The band is known for their fast-paced, energetic shows filled with original music, along with their signature cover of the Power Rangers’ theme song.
Now taking a break to write their next album, The Reckless Heroes will be back on local stages in the new year.

Photographed by Hannah Cawsey

Published on Dec. 12

Doc Walker, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors perform at Anderson LRT Station

Doc Walker, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors perform at Anderson LRT Station

Calgarians braved freezing temperatures to watch performances beside Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train.

Written and photographed by Justin Wilson

Published on Dec. 9

Calgary’s holiday tradition Zoolights kicks off after June flood

Calgary’s holiday tradition Zoolights kicks off after June flood

The Calgary Zoo’s annual Zoolights display became a milestone for the once beleaguered attraction as the full park opened for the first time since the devastating June flood of 2013.

Photographed by Geoff Crane

Published on Dec. 9

Calgary's Chinatown

Calgary's Chinatown

A glimpse at the lives behind the bustling downtown district.

Photographed by Michael Chan and Danny Luong

Published on Dec. 4

Dillon Buzan, cancer survivor: gallery

Dillon Buzan, cancer survivor: gallery

On Sept. 5, 2012, 20-year-old Dillon Buzan was diagnosed with leukemia. While doctors told Buzan that he would likely battle the disease for at least several years, on May 30, 2013 he was told that against the odds he was cancer free. Read his story here.

Photos courtesy of Dillon Buzan and reporter Landon Wesley

Published on Nov. 29

Field of Crosses along Memorial Drive pays tribute to those who fought for our freedom

Field of Crosses along Memorial Drive pays tribute to those who fought for our freedom

Approximately 3,000 white crosses along Memorial Drive line up row by row symbolizes and pays tribute to the fallen soldiers of southern Alberta.

Photographed by Ashely Alcantara

Published on November 26, 2013

Harry Potter exhibition comes to Edmonton's TELUS World of Science

Harry Potter exhibition comes to Edmonton's TELUS World of Science

Opening event features Weasley twins James and Oliver Phelps.

Written and photographed by Veronica Pocza

Published on Nov. 26

Young Calgarians and their cool jobs

Young Calgarians and their cool jobs

What is it that makes getting up for work each day worthwhile for these 20-somethings?

By Rachel Kane, Lauren Gilbart and Angela Wither

Published on Nov. 2

 

World champion salsa dancers visit Calgary

World champion salsa dancers visit Calgary

On Oct. 5, salsa world champions David Zepeda and Paulina Posadas made a stop in Calgary to host several salsa tutorials and a social dance at the Ballroom and Country Dance Studio. The three workshops included sexy modern bachata, stylized partner work, and women and men's styling. Each of the workshops attracted more than 30 Calgarians. Individuals of all ages participated with various levels of dance experience.

Photos by Larissa Pinhal

Published on Oct. 28

Where they live

Where they live

A glimpse into the lifestyles of Calgarians in their 20s.

Photographed by Tanis Brown, Ashton Faulkner, Caitlin Gajdostik, Vern McGill, Angela Wither and Jessica Cameron

Published on Oct. 6

Innovative cataract surgery reduces patient risk

Innovative cataract surgery reduces patient risk

Calgary just received the first Catalys femtosecond laser in Western Canada – which doctors say makes cataract surgery safer and more comfortable for patients at the Southern Alberta Eye Center.

Photographed by Colin McHattie

Published on Oct. 3

Premier Redford cancelled appearance at MRU rally

Premier Redford cancelled appearance at MRU rally

Mount Royal University students and faculty gathered on Sept. 25 to protest the Alberta government's latest $147-million budget cut to post-secondary education.

Photographed by Landon Wesley

Published on Oct. 2

The Calgary Reptile Expo

The Calgary Reptile Expo

Snakes, tarantulas and turtles were on display at the Calgary Reptile Expo, which was held on Sept. 21-22 at Midsun Community Centre.

Photographed by Roxanne Blackwell

Published on Sept. 27

 

Phantom Wing re-opens King Edward School

Phantom Wing re-opens King Edward School

Artists transform abandoned King Edward School before demolition day.

Written and photographed by Laren Pritchard

Published on Sept. 24

 

 

My great-uncle, the bomber pilot

My great-uncle, the bomber pilot

Through his words, I discovered a man who loved, laughed, complained, got angry, and missed his family more than he wanted them to know. He was somebody who I wish I had gotten the chance to know.

Photos courtesy of Stephen Taylor

Published on September 18, 2013

Calgary Stampede Parade

Calgary Stampede Parade

Despite the record flooding in southern Alberta that had much of the parade route – as well as the Stampede grounds – under water, Calgarians turned out in force to welcome the 101st Stampede.

Photos courtesy of Kerri Martin

Published: July 12, 2013