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 …


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 …

The  legendary Stan Lee speaks with Todd McFarlane at the Calgary Expo on  Sunday, April 30, 2017. The candid conversation was watched by 1000's of attendees. The Calgary Expo marks Lee's last Canadian convention, for real this time. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Comicbook Legends Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane unite at the Calgary Expo

Legendary comicbook creators Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane joined forces to the delight of fans at the Calgary Expo Comic and Entertainment Expo. “Stan Lee is a guy who tells it like it is,” said McFarlane during the introduction to the legendary comic creator Lee at the Calgary Expo. McFarlane, …

The Sons of Fenrir battle at the Coke Stage in the Stampede Grounds at Calgary Expo on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. The group of re-enactors recreate ninth century Scandinavian culture and preform demonstrations for expo attendees. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

History is going to the Vikings

Calgary Vikings, the Sons of Fenrir, have taken over the Calgary Expo to bring the raiding, fighting and pillaging way of life to attendees. The Vikings have been bringing the fight to the Expo for the last six years. More than 30 warriors represent the group for the raid this …

The 501 Garrison poses for pictures with a little Star Wars fan in the BMO centre at Stampede Park in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017.  The 501 Garrison works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money for the charity. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

May the force make your wish

The 501 Garrison is using the dark side of the force to help Calgary Expo fans raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. “The people who attend the Calgary Expo are some of the most generous and genuine people,” says April Cote the fearless leader of Make-A-Wish foundation at the Calgary …

Kayla Marceniuk, right, gets inked at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary on  Thursday, April 27, 2017. Marceniuk chose to get a tattoo at the Calgary Expo to memorialize her great grandmother who recently passed away at the age of 110. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Geeks with Ink

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo leaves a lasting mark on attendees, but nothing last longer than a tattoo. Shades of Grey Tattoo offers attendees the chance to make their convention experience permanent by getting a tattoo during the Calgary Expo. “Geek culture and tattoo culture have a lot of similarities …

James Marster speaks at the Corral Centre  in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017. This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Masters hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

James Marsters reflects on 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

No one can twirl an evil mustache quite like James Marsters, star of the upcoming Marvel television show Runaways. “It’s a group of teenagers who find out that their parents are supervillians. “I’m not playing a teenager,” jokes Marsters at his Calgary Expo Panel. The art of embracing villainy is …

Lindsay Thomas showcases the 2017 Calgary Expo Artbook: Fairy Tales and Classic Monsters in the Boyce Theatre Lobby at Stampede Park in Calgary on  Friday, April 28, 2017. All proceeds from the book go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The book features pieces from over 50 artists who are attending the event. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

The Art of Charity

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will be channeling fan’s love of the magical convention experience to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. “Artists are pretty happy about it. We’ve been doing [the auction] for a lot of years so they are familiar with it and know what to expect,” …


Rainy day funding

Campaign seeks to improve financial literacy A new campaign is raising awareness about the importance of having a rainy day fund in support of Alberta’s financial literacy month. Unexpected Expenses, based in Calgary and Edmonton, gives participants a chance to win $500 during November for sharing their stories about unplanned …

Yann Martel after finishing his live Q and A and book signing at Wordfest, which was held at the Calgary Public Library on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Martel is the author of Life of Pi and The High Mountains of Portugal. Photo by Amanda Richter/The Weal

Yann Martel vists Calgary

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, recently visited Calgary and discussed his newest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, and why he likes putting animals in his stories.Associate Professor Harry Vandervlist, from the University of Calgary, interviewed Martel on stage at the Calgary Public Library’s John Dutton Theatre. Associate …

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Meet the candidates

With the SAITSA elections getting into high gear, 19 student candidates spoke at a panel on March 8, 2016, at the SAITSA run Odyssey Coffeehouse. The room was packed with over 50 audience members watching as the candidates answered questions from moderator Jennifer Dotchin, CRO for SAITSA’s Political Committee. Vice …

SAIT automotive service technician students compete in the finals for the Battle of the Techs engine building competition during World of Wheels at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park in Calgary on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. The teams raced to assemble about 192 parts into a working 305 Chevy small block engine. The winning team set a compassion record with a time of eight minutes and 28 seconds. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

Calgary’s World of Wheels Battle of the Tech Video

News clip by Weal photo editor Andy Maxwell Mawji.   Calgary’s World of Wheels Battle of the Tech from Andy Mawji on Vimeo.

Police SAIT

Gallery: Police search campus

Calgary Police were on campus on Feb. 10 around noon to conduct a search for an individual who made threats to a SAIT employee and was said to be armed. Officers conducted a search of Heritage Hall, but shortly left after they determined the man was no longer on campus. …


From dumpster to dinner plate

Urban foragers feed off of Canadian’s food waste The amount of food that Canadians waste is alarming.  These high-rates of waste have lead to a new trend: dumpster diving. It sounds disgusting. But then again, so do the facts on food waste in Canada. According to the Value Chain Management …


Local Collective Brings Safe, Inclusive Environment with DIY Festival

With Calgary’s first ever S.L.O.B. Island, its curators hope to make the festival as accessible as possible. Short for Super Loved Organized Best, the event, held on August 22-23 at the National Music Centre, is run by Tiny Beast Collective, a local arts and music collective that seeks to emphasize …

Mitch McCaw celebrates the 3-1 goal during the Foothills F.C. vs Lane United at Hellard Field in Calgary on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The final score was 3-2 for the Foothills. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Foothills finish strong

Even though the Foothills F.C. didn’t make the playoffs in their first season at the professional level, the Calgary team walked off the field proud. In the last game of the season the team, who struggled all season to hold a lead, came out with a 3-2 win by surviving …

Jean-Pierre Rodrigues-Lemos defends the goal during the Foothills F.C. vs. Seattle Sounders U23 at Hellard Field in Calgary on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The final score was 4-0 for Seattle. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Focusing on the future for Foothills F.C.

Despite a real kick in the pants on Sunday, the Foothills F.C. have nothing to be ashamed of in their first season in the Premier Development League (PDL). The 4-0 loss came at the hands of the Seattle Sounders U-23 team, who sit above them comfortably now in the third …

Miguel Romero is hauled down during the Foothills F.C. vs. Washington Crossfire at Hellard Field in Calgary on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Different team, same result for Foothills F.C.

With head coach, Tommy Wheeldon Jr., behind the bench after serving his one game suspension the Foothills F.C. produced yet another draw. The result came in the form of a 2-2 match against the Washington Crossfire, who sits behind the Foothills F.C. in the table at Hellard Field on Sunday, …

Young players show their support before the Foothills F.C. soccer clubÕs first game at Hellard Field in Calgary, Alta on Sunday, May 17, 2015. This was Calgary's first regular reason Premier Development League (PDL) game. (Photo by Kyle Meller)

Foothills FC wins its first official game 2-1

After years of hard work getting Calgary Foothills F.C. to a professional level, the club hosted its inaugural Premier Development League (PDL) game on Sunday, May 17, against the Puget Sound Gunners F.C. Everything came together at Hellard Field, from fans to the weather and even the score; the first …