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After a shoulder injury, Ted Stovin makes an unsuspecting comeback

Stovin1thumbMany people search years to find a career that would satisfy their passions for life. The iconic "dream job" is elusive for many, but at just 23, Ted Stovin has forged his own dream job out of thin air.

After growing up with rodeo for most of his life, Ted Stovin found his natural path as a bull rider, but after obtaining a shoulder injury early on in his career, Stovin happened upon a new calling.

When he was just 20, Stovin attended a workshop in Florida to build his own website. Not quite sure what it was going to be, he called it Everything Cowboy.

"It was really just a niche to be filled," he said. "I went to a bull riding, and at that time, I was recovering from a shoulder surgery. I filmed it all on my phone and put those videos on my website and people started watching."

Former Flames television play-by-play man now rebuilding his career in radio with Rogers Sportsnet

LouBardias 002thumbJuly 13, 2011 was the lowest day in the career, and possibly life, of Peter Loubardias.

A quick Internet search shows that three suicide bombers hit Mumbai, India on that day. Loubardias didn't have time for world news: he was focused on the implosion of his own career that summer day in Calgary.

Loubardias, then 45, had finished his third year of being the play-by-play man for Rogers Sportsnet's television broadcasts of Calgary Flames games. It was his dream job.

Then, he was called to a meeting with his boss at a downtown Calgary hotel: Loubardias was on the chopping block.

Sitting in the lower bowl of the Scotiabank Saddledome, Loubardias is wearing a dark grey suit and black shoes, the usual style of broadcasters, while sitting with his fingers entwined and his left foot resting on his knee.

Living dream as successful, independent video game developer

video MG 5024thumbCalgary is known for a great many things, several of which are rooted in oil and gas, the Calgary Stampede and general western culture. What it's not usually synonymous with, though, is video games.

However, the community is there and those immersed in it say it's growing stronger by the day. Among one of the several notable talents emerging is Calvin French, a University of Calgary graduate who quit his job as a computer programmer to make video games full-time in the summer of 2012.

The game that made it happen for French was The Real Texas, which, in addition to being recently added to Steam – the world's largest online game store – also paved the road for French to land a big-time contract with Devolver Digital, a notable publishing company that has produced titles like Duke Nukem 3D and Serious Sam 3.

From drumsticks to clippers, former Road Hammers musician does it all

JunoMen in Calgary are starting to look a bit more polished. The streets are filled with fantastic fades and breath-taking beards. From greasers to hipsters to punks, rock n' roll barber Corbett Frasz is the man to see if you want a killer cut.

Frasz said he knew that if a barbershop were to be named after him, he would have to be one of the best. Oddly enough, the small shop is located inside of Maddpretty Professional Makeover Studio on 12th Avenue and 7th Street S.W.

Amidst bright pink walls and women getting preened and primped by hair stylists and salon specialists, is Frasz's "man cave," a small room filled with guitars, music posters and a television blasting rock concerts.