Kyra Steel, second year RTBN student. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Legacy 103 broadcasts 50th

Radio Television and Broadcast radio station undergoes rebranding SAIT’s Radio Television and Broadcast News program turns 50 this year, and students are as invested in the program as they’ve ever been.  Legacy 103, previously known as Revolution 103, is the campus radio station run by the radio major students in …

A media call was held at the Star Trek exhibit at the Telus Spark Science centre in Calgary on Feb 3,2017.(Photo by Ashley Speirs)

Starfleet at TELUS Spark

Tour the Starship enterprise Star Trek fans across Calgary are beaming as TELUS Spark is giving them the opportunity to boldly go and experience 50 years of the show’s history in Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience. The interactive touring exhibit is presented by Martin ‘Mr. Star Trek’ Netter, and …

Christine Nelson and Don Wilhelm, owners of Little Shop of Pleasures, help people explore sexuality in a fun, safe environment. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/SAIT)

Little Shop of Pleasures

Opportunities for SAIT students to continue their sexual education Little Shop of Pleasures isn’t just your typical, seedy sex shop. Instead, it has a warm ambient feeling that makes even the most nervous shopper feel comfortable. Through a series of workshops, the store hopes to expand the horizons of curious …

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Gracie takes the stage

ATP presents play on polygamous Mormon life Gracie offers audience members a chance to walk in the shoes of a young woman living in a polygamous Mormon community and experience her dilemmas. Presented by Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP), the play will run from Feb. 28 to March 18 in the …

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A tricky tale

Eden Robinson’s new novel, Son of a Trickster, is a dark tale of magic that manages to capture the awkwardness of young adulthood in a vulnerable community.  Robinson is a member of the Haisla First Nation and her story is set in the town of Kitimat, B.C., where she lives. …

Colin Van Es loves to play with fire, which made him perfect for me when I wanted to create this picture on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 in Carstairs, Alberta.  (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/The Press)

Getting a GLOW on

GLOW is Calgary’s first interactive light festival An interactive light festival is about to brighten up the long winter nights, which have only added to the stress caused in these trying times. GLOW will take place in multiple downtown locations in Calgary between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. nightly from …


Exposing Calgary’s best photography

Exposure is an Alberta-wide photography festival that runs throughout February, exhibiting the work of professional, amateur and famous photographers from Alberta and across Canada.  “Kids, professionals and the most prolific alike will be there,” said George Webber, a Calgary photographer and instructor of the black and white darkroom techniques course …

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Calgary hardcore homecoming

Local metalcore acts, Shark Infested Daughters and From The Wolves, are heading out on the Van Flip And Die tour this February, culminating in an all-ages show on Feb. 19 at Broken City in Calgary. Van Flip And Die is the name that Chris Thoresen, lead singer of Shark Infested …

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Album Review: Making Matters Worse

Le Trouble Making Matters Worse Indica Records (2017) Le Trouble, a Montreal-based indie band, makes music that feels like it came straight out of a ‘90s teen movie in their debut full-length album. Making Matters Worse starts off as upbeat with lively guitar playing and dreamy singing, the type of …

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Major Minor opens the doors to all-ages opportunities

Newcomers to Calgary often undergo an enormous amount of adjustments, leaving little time to actually get to know their new home, get engaged in their community or share in their city’s arts and cultural events. The Calgary Immigrant Education Society (C.I.E.S.), a non-profit organization that offers language, job and life …

The Festival Hall office in Inglewood in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. 2017's Block Heater marks the second anniversary for the festival. (Photo by Ruwald de Fortier /SAIT)

A midwinter warmup

Block Heater 2.0 returns to break up the February blues This February, the Calgary Folk Festival is back for their sophomore year of the annual Block Heater music festival.  Block Heater 2.0 takes place from Feb. 10 to 12, and aims to bring the chilly streets of Inglewood to life. …


Exploring the deep

Anthropologist to speak on underwater cave diving Cave diving can be a dangerous world where you become disconnected from everything.  It’s a place where there are no phones, no electricity and no social media. A world where truly anything can happen. “You realize when you’re in something as vast as …

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Left in the dark

Vertigo Theatre adapts a classic mystery for the stage Darkness proves to be an ally against evil in the renowned play Wait Until Dark, a part of the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series, which runs from Jan. 21 to Feb. 19 at Vertigo Mystery Theatre in Calgary. “The show will really …

Dr. Derek Beaulieu, instructor of critical and creative studies at ACAD, takes a break in the graffiti stairwell at ACAD in Calgary on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Beaulieu was the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary and author of 16 books. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/SAIT)

Building a bestseller

The Weal’s guide to getting published Getting a book published is hard. Making it successful is even harder. Literary agents often get 5,000 query letters each year. As well, around 50 per cent of published books fail. Those are the same odds as a coin toss. Fortunately, there are ways …

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Album Review: Pink Seasons

Pink Guy  Pink Season Pink Records (2017) Pink Guy pushes the envelope with enough force to plaster somebody’s brains against the ceiling while still maintaining enough momentum to push their new album into the top of iTunes charts.  Pink Season, released Jan 4, 2017, is the second album from Pink …


Arkelling it

Band returns with a bigger, better show JUNO Award-winning, indie-rock band, Arkells, is set to play the BMO Centre on Feb. 4, with supporting act Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.  The Calgary stop on their Morning Report tour will be to promote their latest album of the same name, …

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Faith healing

Local author Irene Bryant writes about overcoming cancer A local author describes her struggle with cancer in her recently released memoir, Finding Hope in the Midst of Adversity. The book launch will take place at Owl’s Nest Books on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. “The book is for anyone curious …

Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet whose work is still celebrated around the world. (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/SAIT)

Highland fling

Calgarians celebrate Robbie Burns Day Quickly gaining in mainstream popularity, you might have heard of Robbie (or Rabbie, depending on who you ask) Burns Day.  This is perhaps less so from the lasting influence the man’s poems and songs have had on lovers of literature around the world, and more …

Dezjuan Tomas (left) and Sabrina Comanescy (right) are two feature dancers in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks production of Juliet & Romeo
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A classic love story, retold

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks reinvents Shakespeare Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) has reimagined William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an accessible and modernized production with jazz dance and pick-up lines. The production, Juliet & Romeo, will run from Jan. 18 to 28 at the DJD Dance Centre in Calgary as part of …

Autumn Fox overcomes her fear of reading naked in Calgary on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Photo by Ashley Orzel)

Stripped down stories

Uncovering the tale of one Weal editor’s quest to expose herself It all started with a photo shoot, or rather, a text message about a photo shoot. Our intrepid news editor, Ashley Orzel, is also an incredibly talented photographer and was intending to organize a photo shoot involving Keely Kamikaze, …