Written by Jamie Maxwell
Our history as humans is filled with all kinds of mythologies and stories that we've always told each other. One of the most prevalent of these is the story of the rainbow, those colorful optical illusions made when the sun rays shine through water in the atmosphere. Beautiful to behold, the legends are full of people endlessly chasing down these hued arcs to find some rumored pot of gold that is said to reside at the end at the landing point of these rainbows. The irony in all of this is that there is no end of the rainbow. If you were to look at one from an airplane, you wouldn't see an arc with the ends touching down on the earth but a complete and never ending circle. Maybe the moral of this particular story is that we, as humankind, need to stop chasing that ever elusive happiness that always seems to be just out of reach and take a moment to look around us to see the joy that is all around us, right in front of our faces. With that being said, we'd like to take a moment to show you the wonderful things that are all around us at this beautiful moment in time.
Zara's Ungendered-TRF line
The lines of gender have become a little blurrier lately with the ideas surrounding socially acceptable gender-norms and expectations being continually expanded outside of the usual gender binary. Fashion, as a representation of culture is always shfting to match society's values and attitudes, so it was only a matter of time before clothing designers started to match this gradual foray into gender fluidity. Following suit from European department store Selfridge's unisex concept pop-up department, the aptly named Agender, Zara brings us a new unisex diffusion label called Ungendered-TRF filled with clothes that are designed with no particular sex in mind. Banishing the idea of women's jeans or boyfriend-cut jeans, they introduce a new way of thinking; just jeans. This matches a new attitude that seems to be sweeping through the fashion world, with even Jaden Smith recently appearing in an ad for Louis Vuitton's women's line. Next time you have a few moments to yourself and an internet connection, hop onto the Zara website and check out what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Glenbow Museum Free First Thursday
If you've been dying to get out of the house lately but your wallet is running on empty, we just have an idea that just might be of interest to you. Calgary is lucky enough to be home to The Glenbow Museum, which boasts impressive collections, both native to us and borrowed, and being the benevolent curators of culture that they are, they're willing to waive admission at the gate just for you. The first Thursday of every month is Free First Thursday and from 5pm to 9pm, you'll get that chance to glance at some amazing art or history without putting down a single cent. This month, lucky visitors will have a chance to experience the magic that is visionary Paul Hardy. You just may find that your next new favorite activity has been located under your nose this entire time.
Dandy Brewing Co.
Calgary is known for many things but craft beer is not usually one of them. With new regulations from the AGLC, the overlords controlling the rules around liquor sales and consumption in Alberta, new small batch microbrews are allowed to be smaller than ever before. Enter: Dandy Brewing Co., one of many new nano-breweries that have been popping up around town, with about 16 more slated for opening in the new future. Popping into their new taproom, you can sample any number of brews for any palate, including a joint effort with local brewers Tool Shed called 'Part Time Punks'. Craft beer has been quickly rising in popularity and is actually making a noticeable and even quantifiable dent in sales for some of the mainstream brewers. With quality ingredients and a versatile offering of flavors, it easily to see why beer drinkers are daring to drink on the wild side.
Written by Jamie Maxwell
We often take for granted our ability to travel. A hundred years ago, to even travel across the continent was a huge undertaking and even a big risk. Fast forward to modern day and we can hop on a plane and be taken around the world with all the comforts of home for a nominal fee, disembarking to be immediately surrounded by a new and exciting foreign culture. Every time we do so, we are grown and expanded, returning home a slightly different person. It really does show us that culture matters. Hair, fashion, music, art, food, television, and architecture are all things that simultaneously reflect us and change and shape us in strange, and wonderful ways. On that note, here's our list of what we'd like to share with you of things that are shaping and changing us at this moment.
The world of hair is always very exciting. It's a rapidly changing and evolving scene, a reflection of our rapidly changing culture. While 2015 was all about the ombre, there is speculation that 2016 may very well be the year of the bronde, a light brown/dark blonde that celebrates the best of both worlds. Hair color has typically been very polarized, divided into two camps; those that prefer a warm, rich brunette and those that prefer a sunny, flirty blonde. While there was always some traffic between the two camps, it was usually one or the other. The bronde is a little bit of a game changer as it falls somewhere in the middle. It's not quite as severe as a brown but slightly easier to upkeep than a blonde, making it an attractive option that many have not considered before. Even the celebrities have been at it, most notably the lovely Cara Delavigne. Next trip to the salon, perhaps consider asking if this shade might work for you. For bonus points, even consider rocking the bronde ombre - or brombre - for a fun twist on this season's trend.
From the brilliant mind of Eugene Levy and his son Dan Levy, there's a hilarious series that has been popping up on everyone's radar. Airing on Canada's own network, The CBC, this series centers around a rich and powerful family who have hit a little snag in their luck and thanks to the IRS must live in a town that they purchased as a joke. The result is a roaringly funny fish out of water story set in a backwater podunk rural town in the middle of nowhere, populated by quirky and colorful characters. The big names don't end with the Levys, with the assistance of such comedy legends as Catherine O'Hara and funnyman Chris Elliot as the mayor. With season two just winding up, there's still ample time to catch up on Netflix or online on the CBC website.
National Music Centre
The skyline in Calgary is constantly shifting but one of the most notable is almost fully erected. On the grounds of the old King Edward Hotel, a new building is going up that promises to be the gem of the rapidly developing East Village; that building, of course, is the new National Music Center. Operating for years in a modest former location, the NMC has been a highly touted project by our amazing mayor, the honorable Naheed Nenshi as part of an ongoing plan to support a local thriving art and music scene in our city. According to preliminary material from the East Village, the goal of the NMC is to "link Calgary’s musical past with its entertainment future, amplifying the love, sharing and understanding of music as it goes" which it does splendidly by boasting an impressive and one-of-a-kind instrument collection, housing for important coalitions seeking to provide and improve funding and resources for musicians and aspirings and providing a new and improved performance spaces. Now 90% complete, the building is scheduled to soft open during a crowning night for Calgary, our hosting of this year's Junos. This certainly is one local gem to have on your "must see" list in the near future.
Written by Jamie Maxwell
Valentines Day is recently behind us. For weeks before that particular calendar date, we're practically bombarded with reminders of our hearts. Paper representations of hearts, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, and paper valentines in the shape of hearts or emblazoned with hearts across the front line the store shelves for us to purchase for our special sweethearts. The heart is such a peculiar thing though. We know much about them on a biological and scientific level but what do we really know about them on emotional level? We know that they love, that sometimes they break, and that they beat faster when someone we like is around. There are countless books, poems, and movies devoted to trying to figure out the workings of the heart but it's nearly impossible. It's partly due to the fact that our hearts are never the same twice. They're always growing, changing, ever evolving. Here's just a little glimpse of what makes our hearts race and glow lately.
Looking for something new and slightly unusual for your next date night? Consider heading down to Buttermilk Fine Waffles on 17th ave for Buttermilk Cinema, their weekly movie night. Every Monday night, they showcase a different film, showing such classic films as Die Hard, Say Anything, or The Grand Budapest Hote. Odds are they're showing something that you love or a classic you've always wanted to see. Cash flow a little tight right now? No problem! There's no charge at the door, so you'll have plenty of funds for waffles. Whether you have a sweet tooth or savoury is the name of your game, the Buttermilk folks have you covered with offerings such as a sumptuous lemon curd and goat cheese waffle or ham and asiago. One thing is for sure, this will be one Monday that you'll definitely be talking about around the watercooler on Tuesday morning.
MA1 Bomber Jacket
Legend has it that these highly identifiable jackets were first developed to replace the B2 Bomber Jackets for use in the United States Air Force. Newer jets required a lighter weight jacket with more maneuverability so we started to see these nylon beauties transition into use, then later popping up amongst civilians in the 70s and 80s. Thirty years later, these iconic pieces are making a re-emergence, though this time with a slightly slimmer cut though often keeping the military markings and colours. If drab olive or khaki isn't your thing, you have options. You can dress up this classic jacket by getting it in a flashy pink or sleek black or get it in a satin instead of the standard throwback nylon. If you're searching for one of these bombers to call your very own, you can scour our very own local army surplus store, Crown Army Surplus, or second hand at a vintage shop like Kensington's Peacock Boutique. If you're looking for something a little flashier, you can find one at one of the many fine local boutiques such as Gravity Pope or the gents can easily find a version by canadian-made brand Reigning Champ at Understudy. If you're looking to rock this retro chic look, be sure to act fast. Local clothing merchants tell us this look has been hard to keep in stock, often selling out in a single day.
Nap Eyes - Thought Rock Fish Scale
Hailing from Halifax, these rockers just released their new album on February the 5th. Previously self-recording and releasing their own work, they've recently started working with record labels You've Changed and Paradise of Bachelors allowing for more exposure across Canada and into the US. Click above for an official audio track for "Mixer" from the new album.