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Flashbacks at the Peer Support Centre

The SAITSA Peer Support Centre sends students back through time to the days of Saturday morning cartoons every Friday. “The idea is to take [students] back to a time when [they were] younger with less stress,” said SAITSA Peer Support Centre Coordinator, Sarah Hogendorp. “You [get to] disengage from homework …

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Danko Jones ready to get wild at The Gateway

Danko Jones, twenty-year veterans of the Canadian music scene, will be returning to The Gateway, bringing howling guitars paired with wild vocals. “It’s [The Gateway] a great room, it’s very intimate, sometimes too intimate, but I enjoy that,” joked Danko Jones, lead guitarist and singer for the band Danko Jones. …

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The Future Memories (Present Tense) exhibition at Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD is running from Oct. 6 to Dec. 7.(Photo by Aron Diaz)

Contemporary start to Indigenous art

ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery brings together six distinctive Indigenous artists, from regions across Canada, to express the concept of time in new perceptions of how long we have in existence. Future Memories (Present Tense) | Contemporary Practices in Perspective, challenges the ideas of time by using the artist’s feelings on …

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There’s a chill in the air

Screamfest owner, Mike Sheppard, says to “bring spare underwear” because it’s that frightful time of year again, and the biggest celebration of all that goes bump in the night has commenced above and below the grave. According to Sheppard, Screamfest is the largest Halloween event in Calgary. “Our whole goal …

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Blair Lindsay, a Respiratory Therapy and Emergency Medical Technology instructor at SAIT, has written and self-published a trilogy of zombie-horror novels in his spare-time. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle)

Dawn of the dead

Blair Lindsay, veteran firefighter and paramedic-turned-SAIT instructor of paramedic and respiratory therapy, recently completed his self-published sci-fi horror trilogy with the release of his third novel, Armageddon Machine. The series has been the object of Lindsay’s attention in his spare time since he began writing in 2010. “I write horror …

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Phil Simpson (left) and Chris Alliston (right) of NorthWind Knights Cosplay, at Edmonton Expo.
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Creating the perfect costume

Edmonton Expo may be over, but the amazing convention cosplayers can serve as inspiration for creating the perfect Halloween costume. The Expo played host to some of the most popular cosplayers including Garnet Runestar, J. Hart Designs and JediManda, who shared some of their favourite tips for creating the perfect …

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The Globe Cinema in downtown Calgary on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The Globe is one of multiple venues playing host to the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). CIFF will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 this year. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Calgary leading the way in international film

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) ended on Sunday, Oct. 1 with a record-breaking estimated attendance of 40,000 people. Though the CIFF has come to an end, it isn’t the end to the filming being done in Calgary. “[Calgary has evolved] more and more, lots of international films come to …

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The Gateway's 16th anniversary at the Gateway on SAIT Campus in Calgary on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

The Gateway turns 16

The Gateway turned 16 years old in its current iteration with a party on Wednesday, Sept. 27 celebrating its place in both the hearts of SAIT students and modern day Canadian music. July Talk, Arkells, Sticky Fingers, Illy, Anti-Flag, Shred Kelly, X- Ambassadors, The Darcys, Paper Lions, The Strumbellas and …

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Edmonton Expo recap

  Since 2012, the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo has been a place for people from all walks of life to gather and celebrate comics, movies and television. For three days attendees got non-stop shopping, saw amazing cosplayers, and got to meet fantastic guests from the and from the film, …

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After the successful comedy show, headliners posed with Executive Producer James Moore.  (Photo by Jennifer Gorrie/The Press)

A newbie, a veteran and Zach Galifianakis walk into a bar

The city of Calgary is being spoken of in the same regard as some of North America’s stand-up comedy hot-spots, and it might be due to a bar downtown that serves up fresh stand-up every Monday night. “We have something here in Calgary that’s pretty cool and pretty unique,” said …

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Indie all-stars

Calgary band Windigo is coming back to The Gateway with a party to celebrate the release of their EP. Magic alongside fellow indie bands 36?, The Ashley Hundred and Ivory Hours. The band is, “very excited [to be] coming back to The Gateway,” said Anthony Kameka, lead singer and guitarist …

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The wordiest of fests

International literary festival, Wordfest, returns to Calgary running from Oct. 9 to 15 for another year of celebrating the written word. According to the website, Calgary is where “wordy goodness” has been baked for 22 years. The event offers authors the opportunity to interact with audiences live, and feed everyone’s …

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Reflections from local photographer

With immeasurable landscapes throughout Western Canada, Alberta based photographers Mike Drew and Chris Malloy illuminate the natural treasures of the prairies. Originally born in Ontario, Malloy currently resides in Calgary and has been exploring Canada for more than 11 years. “We’re really lucky to be here, not many people have …

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Stephen King’s IT praised by horror fans

  IT, the theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s novel and spiritual successor to the 1990 two-part TV mini-series was recently released. The horror movie set numerous box office records including highest September opening, highest horror movie opening and highest grossing horror movie. The film will be compared to the TV …

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A most disturbing collection

Dark and well crafted, dripping with atmosphere that makes it hard to go to bed immediately after reading, Darkest Hours by Mike Thorn is a triumph of the horror genre. Mike Thorn’s collection of short stories is relentless and fast paced; each story tackles a new character, setting or monster. …

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A storytelling medium of the future

A storytelling medium of the future  Documentary-film, Made in Vietnam, set to take circuit by storm after premiere at The Calgary International Film Fest  Everyone has a story to tell. We’re able to share whatever story we want with others through a variety of mediums, and one popular medium that’s …

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Author Mike Thorn poses for a portrait in Starbucks in MacEwan Hall at the University of Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Thorn's collection of short stories, Darkest Hours, will be released in November. The University of Calgary graduate completed his Master of Arts in English Literature. (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Are you afraid of the dark?

  A Calgary author is hoping to make his mark on the horror genre with the release of a book of scary short stories. Author Mike Thorn will be releasing, Darkest Hours, a collection of short horror stories in November.  Writing in his spare time and currently working at the …

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Fandoms unite

Set your phasers for fun and blast off to Edmonton for the city’s Comic and Entertainment Expo.  “The big thing is that it’s always such a creative process and we’re always looking to do new, exciting and different things,” said Lindsay Thomas, Emily Expo, spokesperson for Edmonton Expo.  The Expo …

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Fans say their final goodbyes at the Calgary Expo at the Stampede Grounds on Sunday, April 30, 2017. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Calgary Expo brings magic to fans

Attendance was down at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, but the fans still embraced their collective fandoms making up for the low attendance with intense passion. The Calgary Expo attracted over 95,000 fans down from the 105,000 last years. The lower attendance count was largely due to the struggling …

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Dune Rats kick up a dust storm

Bassist Brett Jansch strums the break down to the song “Dalai Lama.” Singer Danny Beausa smiles eagerly at the crowd waiting for chaos to unfold. Drummer BC Micheals hits the crash cymbals, igniting the final chorus. Under the red lights of Calgary’s Nite Owl, the band rhythmically shouts “marijuana” repeatedly …

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