Apr 23

Cinco De Mayo-03

Spring is in the air on Stephen Avenue!

Hustle and bustle is happening on the street as the flowers are beginning to be planted, pubs are setting up their patios, and the masses are beginning to emerge from the protected warmth of the +15’s. It’s a great time to be downtown.

Contemporary Calgary is embracing the spirit of the season with our inaugural Cinco de Mayo fundraiser. The amalgamated force of the Art Gallery of Calgary, MOCA and IMCA is proud to invite the city to what promises to be an extraordinary evening filled with laughter and libations, discourse and dancing, fun and feasting and surprises around every corner! [click to continue…]

Apr 22


It is time to spread a little love, all in the name of a very important cause – heart disease and stroke. The Heart Truth is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual awareness campaign which strives to increase the understanding among women on ways to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke as well as providing them with the tools they need to protect themselves. The Heart Truth hits Calgary this Saturday April 26th at Eighth Avenue Place and promises to be a beautiful evening full of fashion, health and good people.  [click to continue…]

Apr 21


POW! Parade of Wonders

The POW! Parade of Wonders is western Canada’s only cosplay parade. Find out more information and register here. You can watch the POW! Parade in downtown Calgary along 3rd Street SW or along Stephen Avenue. The parade marches from Eau Claire to Olympic Plaza on Friday, April 25th starting at 11am[click to continue…]

Apr 18

IMG_0599 Sara Boldsen-Ryan

With Coachella just recently wrapping up, I couldn’t help but be inspired with all of the festival style photos popping up on Instagram and online. Over the years I’ve photographed street style at Sled Island and Calgary Folk Festival, among a few other festivals that happen in our city each summer season, and as we get closer, I thought it would be a great time to start the inspiration for this years’ summer festival wares.

What I love most about festivals is that pretty much anything goes. I’ve photographed a lot of denim, fringe, long flowy skirts, sandals, and beautiful distinct hats. If you want to wear flowers in your hair, or a headband and find your inner 60s queen, or go to the other side with something more rock and roll, the fashion world is really your oyster. The weather will be huge in determining your winning ensembles, although that can be made fun with your layering and head gear options. In the least, make sure you’re prepared with a light weight jacket or sweater and an umbrella.

Among the people that I’ve photographed I have a lot of favourites and a number of images that to me are the epitome of festival style. So to get us inspired and excited about this summer and the festivals that await, here are a few amazing people and festival outfits that I’ve captured over the past few years.  [click to continue…]

Apr 18

The Easter long weekend is shaping up to be an excellent opportunity to shake off the blues that have been associated with this wretched winter, and seemingly eternal month of Brownuary (I made that up, but you are welcome to use it. Let’s make it a thing.).

If you have little ones, it is also the chance to get outside and away from an endless loop of watching Frozen, to leave the piles of Lego behind, and to go exploring what downtown has to offer on a beautiful spring weekend.

Here are some ideas for family-friendly activities and explorations this Easter weekend [click to continue…]

Apr 17


In 2013 we launched #IAMDOWNTOWN with a Stephen Avenue block party and a take-over of the 69th street West LRT station.

We covered the entire station with reasons to come downtown, reminding riders that the West LRT is a fast and easy way to get downtown. This year we’re going North, taking over Crowfoot Station and we couldn’t be more excited! [click to continue…]

Apr 15


Anyone who loves amazing style will want to rush down to The CORE because JNBY just opened! JNBY – Just Naturally Be Yourself  is a contemporary, design driven brand based out of Hangzhou, China. JNBY carries women’s high fashion apparel and accessories with over 600 stores worldwide and this is only one of a few open across the country! [click to continue…]

Apr 14


Brunch is such a great meal. It combines the best of Breakfast with the more relaxed timing of Lunch and pairs nicely with a long weekend. This Saturday is Easter, and it’s perfect excuse to check out brunch at one of these great downtown locations. [click to continue…]

Apr 10
Post image for L’orchestre D’Hommes-Orchestre performs intriguing performance art

Kurt Weill was a German composer who infused his composition with popular music, combining classical with popular. L’orchestre D’homme-orchestre (LODHO) is a performance company that reinterprets the work of particular musicians or composers. Back in 2011, they performed Tom Waits. This time, they are performing the music of Kurt Weills, in a production entitled Cabaret Brise-Jour (Shattered Cabaret), presented by Theatre Junction Grand.

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