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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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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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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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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,” …

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Beam down for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo launched in 2006, playing host to 3,400 attendees. In it’s 12 years the Calgary Expo has taken flight. In 2016 the event attracted over 105,000 attendees. On Thursday, April 27 at Stampede Park, the …

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