The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


'Calgary's been good to me'

This is a look at a new biography of Calgary businessman and philanthropist Sam Switzer. As a businessman, Sam Switzer built apartment buildings, hotels and shopping malls — leaving an indelible mark on the urban landscape of Calgary.

As a philanthropist, he quietly donated millions of dollars to the arts, social agencies, educational institutes and medical research programs — helping to improve the lives of untold Calgarians.

The story of Switzer's life is detailed in the biography Seeking the Summit: Sam Switzer's Story of Building and Giving. Sydney Sharpe, the book's author, and its publisher Frontenac House are both Calgary-based.

The Prelude highlights local hip hop talent

Johnny Active: The PreludeEver since he was nine years old, Calgary's Grady Welbourn, a.k.a. Johnny Active, has been inspired by music. Specifically the genre of rap and hip hop.

Growing up, Welbourn's parents had a major role introducing him to classic rock and pop but it was his older brother that exposed him to rap music. Welbourn has been inspired ever since.

"My family was always into music so growing up I was exposed to a lot of different types of music; a lot of Bob Marley, Elton John, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Eagles, classic stuff," Welbourn said.

Calgary artist reaches professional milestone in Western art

Halvorson estimates she now commits about 25 hours a week to painting in her home studio. A crowd of about 700 excited art lovers gathered near the Calgary Stampede grounds at the BMO Centre on July 11, 2013 to celebrate and bid on Western art.

Unlike some auctions, where the best is often saved for last, this one got things rolling with the painting everyone came to see: Adeline Halvorson's painting of a heavy horse titled "Pulling Together", which will be the poster for the 2014 Calgary Stampede.

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.