Fort McMurray Fire: Coping with the invisible impacts of the flames

Janet Caines-Olsen still has a difficult time talking about the unimaginable destruction of the wildfires that hit her hometown on May 3, 2016, forcing over 80,000 people from their homes. “I know I’m traumatized just from the way I feel,” she says, her voice cracking. After fleeing the city with only a few belongings in the backseat of her truck, Caines-Olsen has been left with far more than the bad memories. Just a couple of months after leaving the city she has called home for 17 years, Cai

Mount Royal Conservatory student takes top prize at National Music Festival

A Calgary violinist has played her way to the top of Canada’s most prestigious amateur music competition. 16-year-old Angela Ryu won the Grand Award at the National Music Festival this past August in Edmonton. The annual festival attracts some of the country’s most talented musicians, and Ryu won first place in the strings category. This win earned her a spot performing with eight other category finalists at the Grand Award gala concert. Ryu began playing the violin at a young age, quickly

Building on Calgary's 'worst street' gets a make over

I disembark off of the 69th street train, pushing my tiny frame through the crowd of frenzied passengers. Magnified sounds of Calgary's trains screeching to a halt frequently remind me of where I am. But momentarily, in between each of these deafening trains, soulful sounds of '50s blues lingers from speakers mounted from above. Lavern Baker and Jimmy Reed transform the concrete jungle of 7th Ave. into a vibrant and playful environment. It only lasts momentarily before the next train comes bar

The painful battle to find accessible housing

The walls are stark white, and the floor, a worn-down peach. Sounds of continuously beeping hospital machines and attentive nurses linger all around. The room appears perfectly divided, as a single sheet separates two occupied hospital beds. It appears lived in with small home-like knick-knacks, making it clear that Patrick Lewis' stay has been long term on Unit 58, Neuro Rehabilitation. It has been five months since Lewis, age 23, received the tragic news that he would remain in a wheelchair f

Calgary International Burlesque Festival to vamp-up city’s burlesque scene

Compared to some other Canadian cities, Calgary's burlesque scene is lagging behind. Supporters of the city's burlesque community are hoping the new Calgary International Burlesque Festival – which debuted last month – will help change that in the future. The festival kicked off with a bang at Dicken's Pub, showcasing a two-act performance of dazzling burlesque from local and international talent. Other events of the festival included a main stage performance at the Epcor Centre, interactive bu

#YYCAtWork: Projecting the future

Logan Cameron is an "accidental projectionist" who came to love film. But now that the medium has gone out of style, he doesn't get to work with film much anymore — although he's convinced it will come back. Cameron first found himself behind a projector in 2002 after the collapse of the projection union. Due to salary cuts, projectionists citywide began abandoning their jobs. Hoping to find individuals to run the projectors, managers turned to their existing employees. "It seemed like all th