Alberta conservative firebrand goes out with guns blazing

Dave RutherfordIt had been planned as a graceful retirement, a capstone on a varied and far-ranging career.

Instead, Dave Rutherford's colourful radio show came to an unceremonious halt on June 24, just one month before his planned retirement on July 26.

While the exact details of what ended the 64-year-old's talk show haven't been officially revealed, Rutherford bluntly stated "don't criticize the management" in a tweet revealing that some conflict existed between him and his employers, Corus Radio, who took him off the air.

ACAD graduate struggles to carve out space in Calgary

Sarah GirletzThe sign above the entrance reads "Yes We Are Open: 19 artists welcome you."

However, the studios in the art loop located in the lower level of Art Central are mostly deserted. Empty and dark, with shutters drawn over the windows, each space is closed and contains no trace of the artist that once inhabited it. Only one space is still open.

This small studio space contains a desk, a bookcase and a kettle plugged into the wall in the corner. The walls are mostly bare, with the exception of the notes posted by the desk, a row of shelves filled with jars, and the words painted on the wall in black print – "We'll never run dry of love or anything."

Young rap artist poised to put city on the map

Rapper Dirty HairyDirty Harry, a.k.a. Harmen, is far from being the boy that used to rap in the hallways of his junior high school in southeast Calgary.

Since last year, the up-and-coming rapper opened up the stage for rap artists Mos Def, Big Sean, Meek Mills and Ace Hood at Flames Central. Now he's set to do the same job this week for rappers Fabolous and Pusha T at Jimmy's Nightclub at 1316 – 33 St. N.E. on May 24.

It all started with a black notebook when Harmen was just 10 years old.

Calgary man becomes monk in quest for enlightenment

In a country where non-Christian religions represent only 1 per cent of the total population, Buddhism is often misunderstood.

But one Calgary man is finding understanding by all means necessary.

20-year-old Brandon is a self-described, "white monk" living among mostly Vietnamese monks at Bat Nha Buddhist temple – known by its patrons as Prajna Pagoda – in southeast Calgary.