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.
Have you looked out the window lately? The weather has been drastically changing every five minutes, a sure sign that the seasons are in flux on the prairies. Warm and sunny one moment, snow and fog the next, the outdoors is rapidly shifting and evolving, never staying static. I think in that way, the weather is a lot like us; constantly shifting, changing, and never staying in one place.
That’s why we post Swizz ♥s; to show you all the newest and greatest things that are changing our world right now. With no further ado, here’s our roadmap of our heads and hearts lately.
Kiesza - Hideaway
Hailing originally from our fair city of Calgary, Kiesza has been making big waves around the world, as of late. Topping the charts in North America and Europe, her catchy brand of electro dance-pop brings to mind 90s legend Cathy Dennis. Classically trained in tap, jazz and ballet dancing, Kiesza performs all of her own stunts as she shows the world choreography that is genuinely rare amongst pop tarts day and age, evoking memories of Janet Jackson or Madonna but adding a flair that shows where she's been, adding a taste of authenticity in a music sphere that seems to be ever overrun with manufactured pop stars who are renown for flashy packaging over substance.
Pussy Bow Blouses
You don't need to be Margaret Thatcher to pull off this throwback look. Instead of pairing this with the traditional pencil shirt, this is a more flamboyant look, as reimagined by fashion powerhouse Gucci. Instead, leave the tweed alone and opt for a wide-legged trouser or femme up those jeans. If you fancy yourself a fashion maven, go for the extra points and make it a trend two-for with a pleated skirt, the longer the better! Think Helena Bonham Carter in an Edwardian daydream.
Meet Baddiewinkle. She's 87, she's outrageous, and she's here to steal your man. After Helen Van Winkle lost both her husband and son, she started turning to her alter-ego Baddie Winkle for comfort. Baddie Winkle could do things that Helen Van Winkle couldn't do. She's fearless, ageless and fun. Known for her daring fashion-forward urban attire and a genuine zest for life, she's been challenging people's perception of what's age appropriate and just what an octogenarian can do. With her Instagram garnering such famous fans as Rhianna, Nicole Ritchie and Mylie Cyrus, Baddiewinkle has been catapulted from internet phenomenon to real life fashion maven, garnering a spokesmodel deal with clothing company Dimepiece and even hosting the VMAs. Who knows what this wacky granny will do next? Whatever it is, the world is watching now.