• Art

    The Craftsman

    Robert Haag sits in his home workshop, four beautifully crafted violins hang from the wall, as he goes to work on another. That’s his day to day routine. Haag is a full-time violin and cello craftsman, operating out of his home workshop in NW Calgary, making new instruments on a regular basis. There are other people doing it here and there as a hobby or pastime, or doing repairs or refurbishments, but for him, it’s both his love and his life.

  • History

    Heritage Hall, SAIT

    Calgary is a city full of heritage sites and historical buildings. The local technical college, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, has one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Heritage Hall. SAIT’s inauguration was different than most educational institutions of the day. In 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan were created from what had been the Northwest Territories. In Saskatchewan, Regina was named the capital city and Saskatoon was awarded with the university. Local historian Harry Sanders writes in his book Historic Walks of Calgary, “Albertans expected the same model, and when Edmonton became the capital, Calgarians rightly expected the university. But in 1908, the government located the University of…

  • History

    Annie Gale, Canada’s First Female Alderman

    Annie Gale was a monumental figure in both Calgary and Canada’s history. But it seems as though her achievements and accomplishments are unknown to many people, even in the city where she did her work. Annie was born in 1879 in as Hannah Rolinson in Worcestshire England. In 1912, she moved with her husband William John Gale and two sons to Calgary. John was a civil engineer and worked for the city. Nancy Janovicek, an associate professor of history at the University of Calgary, said that Annie had little interest in politics before coming to Canada but her mind was drastically changed upon her arrival. “Annie wasn’t interested in politics…

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  • Entertainment

    Sentry Box, The World’s Largest Tabletop Game Store

    Tabletop gaming has been around for hundreds of years. Chess dating back to before the seventh century. But for Calgarian Gord Johansen it was just something that him and his friends did in high school. Now, he owns and operates the largest tabletop game store in the world, and it’s on the edge of the city’s core. “I liked history and historical games and my friends and I would just sit around and play. There were only two games a year or whatever,” recalled Johansen. Johansen used to buy games from Woodwards, a local department store that has long faded away. Tabletop gaming wasn’t a huge industry or a wildly…

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  • Travel

    Climbing Mount Doom

    A little over an hour from Taupo, on the Northern Island of New Zealand, lies the towering Mount Ngauruhoe (n-yar-a-ho-e). Some may see it as just another rocky volcano but others may know it as Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings. Either way, the adventure up the massive mountain is incredibly rewarding and worthwhile. Here’s a little guide for anyone who wants to achieve the tremendous feat of making it to the peak of Mount Doom. Ngauruhoe sits along the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is a 19.4 Kilometre walking trail, one of the most popular day hikes in the country. However, for anyone who wants to hike just…

  • Art

    The Missing Peace

    Foothills Alliance Church will host their seasonal Christmas theatre production once again this year. The church has been producing seasonal plays for Christmas and Easter for over sixteen years now. “We do it because we want to cast some input on the true story of Christmas that gets compromised pretty easily,” said Ian Trigg, lead pastor at Foothills Alliance. With how multicultural Canada is becoming, Christmas has turned into a controversial subject in recent years. The staff and volunteers at Foothills want to ensure that the story doesn’t get forgotten.