The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


Performing as a form of therapy

Thumbnail VishaShe is vain. She is vindictive. She is vogue; or so Visha Loo – a Calgary-based contortionist, artist, and fetish event planner – describes herself.

A familiar face in Calgary's alternative scene, Visha Loo is a stage character created by Janice Adshade, who sews all her own lace and latex costumes, sports outlandish makeup and is the creative director behind her shocking – and usually adult-only – performances in Calgary for the past six years.

Handmade sculptures express the belief that two things can become one

thumb DSC 1470Two figures stand side-by-side, but they are two parts that form a whole. One white, one brown: seamlessly blending in together. The brown rabbit is almost caressing the white ceramic drum.

Looking at one of the largest entertainment events in Western Canada

Brandon and Jedi and Sith LordKelly Dowd has always been into comics; a hobby that grew into a collection. That collection has become much, much more. It became a job.

Dowd, who has served as the owner and operator of Redd Skull Comics for the past 18 years, got his start in the comic book store after a move from Saskatchewan to the bright lights of Calgary.

Julie Mortensen shares the passion that drives her career

 Julie 4thumbJulie Mortensen is laughing with her head of red curls thrown back - as she does often and easily - while remembering a story from her childhood that seemed to foreshadow her career as a Calgary actor.