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Folk Fest Captures Community Spirit

July 26th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

Security at Folk Fest

Every July, there is a festival in Calgary that brings together both locals and tourists, displays Calgary’s community spirit and celebrates the city’s rich culture. While some may think this is the Calgary Stampede, it is in fact the festival that comes after our annual 10 days of partying.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is often overshadowed by the grandiose nature of Stampede, but its ability to bring together great music and a wonderful ambiance is what makes it a great part of the Calgary summer.


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Folk Fest Kicks Off This Weekend in downtown Calgary

July 20th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson
The Calgary Folk Music Festival couldn’t come at a better time.After 10 days of rowdiness at the Stampede, the annual four-day festival is a breath of fresh air. Kicking off on Thursday at Prince’s Island Park, Folk Fest brings a laid back atmosphere, varying musical genres and international feel to Calgary for the weekend.

Hosting 68 artists from 14 different countries on seven stages, this year’s lineup has something for just about everyone.


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Five Hole For Food Makes a Splash In Calgary

July 7th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

After driving over 4000 kilometers and playing hockey games in five other cities, Five Hole for Food (FHFF) rolled into Calgary on Monday afternoon looking to lean on Calgary’s generous nature to benefit the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. The city responded by setting a new donation record on the tour.

The brainchild of Vancouver native Richard Loat, FHFF is a cross-Canada tour that is driving from Montreal to Vancouver, stopping in nine cities over 10 days to raise food for local food banks by holding street hockey games and asking players for donations.


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Sled Island Hits Downtown Calgary This Week

July 2nd, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

While only in its fourth year, Calgary’s Sled Island has quickly become one of the city’s most significant and popular music festivals and this year promises to elevate Zak Pashak’s brainchild even further.

Pashak, festival director and founder, views Sled Island as a galvanizing event for a downtown core that often empties out as soon as the corporate world shuts down for the day.

“If people can get comfortable being downtown and they have reasons to be there and other people to interact with, it brings a lot of life to downtown.” (more…)

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Charity Street Hockey Game Coming To Calgary

June 15th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

Before the city is taken over with Stampede fever, a group of passionate hockey fans are hoping to draw upon Calgary’s giving nature to aid the Interfaith Food Bank.

Billed as Five Hole For Food, event coordinator and creator Richard Loat will be traveling west from Montreal, playing street hockey in nine cities over a 10-day span in aid of local banks.

Five Hole For Food will be making a stop in Calgary on Monday, July 5th, kicking off the first of two Alberta stops on the tour.  The ball will drop in Eau Claire Market and the game will have a spin on it: it will be Flames fans vs. Canucks fans, building on the already intense rivalry between the two Western Conference NHL clubs.

“I’m particularly excited to come to Calgary because not only is it a great hockey city but our Canucks and Flames rivalry themed games is going to be one of the most exciting of the trip,” Loat said. “We couldn’t ask for a better location as we’re right on the water and some of the best hockey fans I’ve met have been Calgarians.” (more…)

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Timeraiser Continues To Boost Civic Engagement

June 7th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

On Thursday, June 17, hundreds of civic-minded Calgarians will descend upon Flames Central in hopes of boosting volunteerism throughout the city while engaging in the local art scene.

Timeraiser is charity event aimed at increasing community involvement through a unique format - a silent auction featuring local art that runs on bids of volunteer hours instead of money.

“I think the demographic, 20-30 something’s, genuinely want to get involved in their community.  They often just need that one

motivating factor,” said program manager Jennifer Grebeldinger.

“They also need it to be an engaging, fun experience.”


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Photography Initiative Looks at Calgary’s Impoverished

May 27th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

After months of hard work and dedication, participants of the United Way’s Urban Exposure Project will not only get to showcase their art, but also their understanding of the poverty spread throughout Calgary.

On Thursday, June 3rd, the project will hold it’s annual photography gala at Wallace Galleries, culminating six months of education, exploration and discovery.

The Urban Exposure Project was created last year by the United Way’s 2335 Initiative, a group of 23-35 year olds who wanted to engage and contribute to social issues within the community. The aim of the project was create personal connections with the issue of poverty in their community while developing their photography skills. (more…)

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Find your Inner Child at Children’s Fest

May 17th, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

To get ready for next week’s Children’s Fest we asked our contributors to tell us about their inner child.  Here’s what Torie said…

I believe the most endearing quality children bear is their uninhibited enthusiasm and spontaneity. To most kids, life is something that should be seized and if something pops up unexpectedly, it would almost be criminal to let that opportunity pass by. As adults, we often lose this sense of spontaneity in a world of schedules, organized activities and sports, meetings and paperwork and the constraints of life can weigh heavily on individuals. (more…)

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Calgary Aids Haiti via Massive Tweetup

January 21st, 2010 by Victoria Peterson

As the world comes to grips with the devastating impact of the earthquake that struck Haiti last week, three Calgary women have banded together to mobilize the city’s social media community, as well as the corporate population, to provide aid to the impoverished country.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, YYC4Haiti will be held at Flames Central (219 – 8th Ave SW) during the Calgary Flames PPV game against the Phoenix Coyotes. The Flames, Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Roughnecks and many other businesses and individuals have generously given donations for a silent auction and door prizes.

All proceeds from YYC4Haiti will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross. (more…)

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Calgary’s Music Scene Bursting With Talent

August 1st, 2009 by Victoria Peterson

As the 30th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival closed on Sunday, one fact was very apparent: Calgary’s music scene is bursting at the seams with talent.

Over the past few years, the city has been seen a surge of musicians gain commercial success and become household names. From the emergence of Feist as an international superstar to DIY rock heroes The Dudes, Calgary has established itself as a vibrant epicenter of musical talent. (more…)

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