The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


In Western Canada, the Old West elicits, for some people, feelings of romance for times past when life was harder but also simpler. Bob Wilson is one such person.

Wilson, who is now retired, takes on the persona of a cowboy with the Old West re-enactment group, Guns of the Golden West, which is  dedicated to recreating the lifestyle of the 1880s.

Artist Nick Cave introduces his works for the first time in Canada

A runway concept is being used at an upcoming  Glenbow Museum exhibit that will give visitors a chance to  walk around mannequins and observe a series of “Soundsuits” from a 360-degree perspective.

While artist Nick Cave has been creating wearable art using everyday objects for decades, the exhibit, which opens June 29, will mark the first time Cave’s collections are being displayed in Canada. 

As director of the graduate fashion program at the Art Institute of Chicago, Cave’s fabrics are more than visual appeal; they are also about making noise to be heard.

For the past 50 years, Douglas Cardinal has been doing sweat lodge ceremonies to begin every week. They are healing practices for the Canadian architect due to the challenging environment of his profession.  

Reflecting on his 2016 presidential award for the Gordon Oaks Red Bear Student Center, he shares the moment an elder said to him, “I'll meet you at the institute.”

The award is from the Saskatchewan Masonry Institute.  Built as a place that was inclusive for all students from different backgrounds, the centre was built with Mother Earth in mind. 

“I wanted a place where they could have their ceremonies,” Cardinal said.  The area he talks about has input from elders who helped create a sacred space by a heaven and earth philosophy.  Underneath, the ground was not excavated during construction, because,“it had to be sitting on Mother Earth.”

Alex Hannigan’s passion for longboarding began when his brother first got a longboard; however, he never expected to become a professional in the sport. 

Now, the Calgarian has had several Top 10 finishes in the International Downhill Federation race circuit over the past six years.

Hannigan HelmetAlex Hannigan strapping up his longboard helmet. Photo by Cullen Chan.

Longboard racing is the crazy cousin to skateboarding; the extreme sport requires racers to speed down hills and drift through corners at speeds of up to 147 kilometres an hour, on skateboards of  36 to 40-inches. 

“Skateboarding would be more on flat ground or half pipes, where someone can jump up and grind,” explains Hannigan. “A longboard is designed to reach high speeds and has wheels that are a lot softer and  larger.”