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.