Albertans had an excellent yr within the leisure world

Albertans had an excellent yr within the leisure world

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From newbies to veterans, plenty of Calgary and space artists had an important yr and/or contributed to town’s arts scene. Listed below are only a few who made a distinction this yr.

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Organizers Marnie Bondar, left, and Dahlia Libin with their photography exhibition featuring both living and deceased Holocaust survivors with a connection to Calgary. It was shown at the Glenbow at the Edison in May. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia
Organizers Marnie Bondar, left, and Dahlia Libin with their pictures exhibition that includes each dwelling and deceased Holocaust survivors with a connection to Calgary. It was proven on the Glenbow on the Edison in Could. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Photograph by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

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Marnie Bondar / Dahlia Libin – Organizers of Right here to Inform: Faces of Holocaust Survivors

Volunteer co-chairs of the Holocaust and People Rights: Remembrance and Training Division of the Calgary Jewish Federation, Bondar and Libin organized the highly effective pictures exhibition, Right here to Inform: Faces of Holocaust Survivors this yr for Glenbow on the Edison.

Each are granddaughters of Holocaust survivors whose paternal and maternal grandparents have been among the many 122 photographs. Their photographs are pictured within the fingers of their descendants and sat alongside 39 portraits of dwelling survivors. All have connections to Calgary.

“There’s been heaps shared concerning the Holocaust however not as a lot about life after the Holocaust,” Bondar mentioned. “We needed to share tales about resistance, resilience, and thriving after hope. That actually is the legacy. All of our survivors, for probably the most half, went on to have very extraordinary, blessed lives in Canada.”

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Filmmaker Berkley Brady. Photo by Josh Boak
Filmmaker Berkley Brady. Photograph by Josh Boak Photograph by Josh Boak /jpg

Berkley Brady – filmmaker

Born close to Edmonton and raised in Calgary, Berkley acquired her Grasp of Fantastic Arts at Columbia’s movie program in New York Metropolis earlier than returning residence to shoot her function debut. Darkish Nature, a psychological horror/monster flick was a success on the Calgary Worldwide Movie Pageant this yr, the place it screened after showings at Montreal’s Fantasia and the Cannes Marche du Movie.

The movie centres on a bunch of ladies who set off into the wilderness as a part of a restoration program for trauma solely to have a mysterious predator looking them. The movie was shot in Kananaskis, amongst different distant spots, and presents a thought-provoking and menacing style movie full of fascinating characters.

Lunchbox Theatre’s Home for the Holidays was written by Cayley Wreggitt, left, and Alixandra Cowman.
Lunchbox Theatre’s House for the Holidays was written by Cayley Wreggitt, left, and Alixandra Cowman. jpg

Alixandra Cowman and Cayley Wreggitt – created House for the Holidays for Lunchbox Theatre

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Destiny introduced Calgary artists Alixandra Cowman and Cayley Wreggitt collectively three years in the past once they have been working as elves on the Market Mall Santaland. Wreggitt had a one-act play referred to as House for the Holidays about 4 strangers stranded in an airport departure lounge on Christmas Eve who create not solely an impromptu vacation celebration however lasting friendships. Cowman had a not-so-secret urge to put in writing a musical. She’d been writing songs since she was a teen however her dream was to put in writing a musical.

With a substantial amount of assist and encouragement from the workers at Lunchbox Theatre, the younger artists reworked House for the Holidays into an enthralling vacation musical that can doubtless be completed by different theatre firms for years to come back with a made-in-Calgary model stamped on it. They haven’t introduced a subsequent joint venture however each Cowman and Wreggitt are already engaged on different initiatives of their very own. – Louis Hobson.

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Siksika Nation trio Double Rider. Photo by Brandynn Leigh
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Double Rider – band

Siksika Nation trio Double Rider started taking part in music at a younger age, following within the footsteps of older family members. However the band – made up of Hannah and Lennon Owl Little one and cousin Erin Manyheads – discovered the most important supply of inspiration from their late grandfather Matthew Manyheads, a singer-songwriter whose music profession stretched again to the Nineteen Seventies.

He ended up introducing his younger proteges to a treasure trove of authentic songs, together with three that made it onto Double Rider’s glorious self-titled debut EP. A residential faculty survivor, Manyheads died in 2020 however left behind a number of gems corresponding to Double Rider’s first single Echoes of the Previous, an anthem of defiance that traces the historical past of the Blackfoot.

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Danny Gullekson is co-starring in Stage West’s One Hit Wonders. Photo courtesy, Lee Siegel
Danny Gullekson is co-starring in Stage West’s One Hit Wonders. Photograph courtesy, Lee Siegel jpg

Danny Gullekson – theatre performer

Like so many younger triple-threat artists in Calgary, Danny Gullekson obtained his begin at StoryBook Theatre the place he starred in such reveals as Mary Poppins and Joseph and the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat. After starring in Cappuccino Theatre’s Subsequent to Regular, Gullekson was off to Edmonton for a stint within the Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s manufacturing of Cabaret.

Gullekson was one of many fortunate Canadian artists to snag a job in Annerin Productions’ North American tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You which ones introduced the corporate to Madison Sq. Gardens.

He’s presently starring in Stage West’s vacation musical revue One Hit Wonders which is essential for 2 causes. It places Gullekson’s appearing, singing and dancing abilities on show the place they should be but it surely additionally provides hope to different younger artists within the metropolis who’ve been taught they’ve to maneuver to Toronto to get a job in Calgary. – Louis Hobson

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Bruce Horak as Hemmer of the Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Photo, Marni Grossman/Paramount+
Bruce Horak as Hemmer of the Paramount+ authentic sequence Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds. Photograph, Marni Grossman/Paramount+ Photograph by Marni Grossman /Marni Grossman/Paramount+

Bruce Horak – actor

Calgary native Bruce Horak had already established himself as a musician, painter and actor in Calgary’s theatre group when he landed the position of a lifetime. In Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds, he performed no-nonsense Chief Engineer Hemmer of the Starship Enterprise.

It was a job that required him to endure three-and-a-half hours within the make-up chair every single day, the place he was reworked into an Aenar, an ice-dwelling subspecies of the Andorians who’re blind however have enhanced skills corresponding to telepathy. Horak misplaced most of his eyesight to most cancers as a toddler. He grew to become the primary legally blind actor to star in a Star Trek sequence.

Kodi Hutchinson created Canada’s first jazz orchestra in Calgary in 2022. Photo, James May.
Kodi Hutchinson created Canada’s first jazz orchestra in Calgary in 2022. Photograph, James Could. jpg

Kodi Hutchinson – Calgary jazz musician and promoter

A jazz bassist and inventive director of JazzYYC, Kodi Hutchinson helped make historical past and additional Calgary’s fame within the jazz world by fulfilling the dream of his mentor Hugh Fraser, a Juno-winning trombonist and trainer, by creating the nation’s first nationwide jazz orchestra.

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Made up of a who’s-who of achieved younger jazz gamers from across the nation, together with Calgary jazz trumpeter Andre Wickenheiser, the 18-piece Canadian Nationwide Jazz Orchestra made its debut in April on the Jack Singer Live performance Corridor.

Suzette Mayr, winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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Suzette Mayr – writer

Creator and College of Calgary professor Suzette Mayr had already written 5 novels and been short-listed for the Giller Prize by the point she printed Sleeping Automotive Porter, a deeply researched novel a couple of Black, queer porter attending to white prepare passengers in 1929. It ended up profitable the $100,000 Giller in 2022, Canada’s prime literary prize and propelling Mayr to CanLit royalty.

“I feel right now I’m formally completed with my emotions of imposter syndrome as a author,” mentioned Mayr when accepting the prize in Toronto on Nov. 7.

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Project WILD winner Shaela Miller at the King Eddy. Photo, Jarrett Edmund
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Shaela Miller – Singer-songwriter

Lethbridge nation artist Shaela Miller has been blazing her path as a rustic artist who sounds nothing like a lot of the music performed on mainstream nation radio, leaning as a substitute in direction of basic singers corresponding to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn or fellow “outlaw” traditionalists corresponding to Lindi Ortega and Whitney Rose.

Nonetheless, she picked up this yr’s prime prize at Venture WILD, a improvement program named after mainstream nation station WILD 95.3. The win got here with a $100,953 cheque for use to additional her profession. 

Tara Beagan (Marmee), Heidi Damayo (Amy), Rebbekah Ogden (Beth), and Vanessa Leticia Jetté (Meg) in Theatre Calgary’s Little Women. Photo, Trudie Lee
Tara Beagan (Marmee), Heidi Damayo (Amy), Rebbekah Ogden (Beth), and Vanessa Leticia Jetté (Meg) in Theatre Calgary’s Little Girls. Photograph, Trudie Lee jpg

Rebbekah Ogden – Theatre performer

When Rebbekah Ogden arrived in Rosebud 5 years in the past it was to hone her abilities as a visible artist. She had by no means considered pursuing appearing as a profession till she began engaged on collectives with the opposite college students. 4 years later, Ogden was often called a lot for her appearing as her work.

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At Rosebud, she starred in such reveals as The Kite, and A Christmas Story. After shifting to Calgary she grew to become an inventive affiliate at Lunchbox Theatre, assistant directing All I Need for Christmas and Heaven after which starred in Alberta Theatre Tasks’ Cowgirl Up after which in Theatre Calgary’s Little Girls and Comedy of Errors.

Her work graced the foyer of Vertigo Theatre in the course of the firm’s 2020/2021 season, giving her the uncommon distinction of being in all 4 of town’s main theatres in simply two years.  – Louis Hobson

Actress Marika Sila in a scene from the film Ditched. Courtesy, Mark Sommer
Actress Marika Sila in a scene from the movie Ditched. Courtesy, Mark Sommer jpg

Marika Sila – Inuit actress, producer, influencer

Canmore actress Marika Sila earned her horror bonafides again in 2019 when she starred in an episode of Jordan Peele’s reimagining of The Twilight Zone, taking part in an Inuit police officer in Alaska reverse Greg Kinnear and Steven Yeun. However she landed her first feature-film starring position in 2022’s Ditched, a gory horror flick concerning the mayhem that ensues after a jail switch of sufferers is ambushed on the highway. She performs Melina, an Inuit paramedic who should depend on her survival abilities and resilience to outwit a bunch of menacing and mysterious weirdos who appear set on wreaking havoc on these stranded.

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Sila can also be a preferred influencer on TikTok and hosts a podcast. She can also be the co-founder of RedPath Expertise, an Indigenous leisure firm. She is presently engaged on a documentary as producer and director about Canada’s path to reconciliation.

Artist Nicole Wolf works on Journeys Home, a mural at the Calgary Dream Centre. Courtesy, Nicole Wolf
Artist Nicole Wolf works on Journeys House, a mural on the Calgary Dream Centre. Courtesy, Nicole Wolf jpg

Nicole Wolf – artist

Nicole Wolf collaborated with residents of the Calgary Dream Centre, a restoration group that gives programming and housing for individuals transitioning from homelessness and dependancy, for a 5,000-square-foot mural.

Wolf’s previous work has included documenting the plight of Syrian refugees and Ukrainian immigrants, by way of portraits. The Calgary mural, referred to as Journeys House, now displayed on the outside partitions of the centre, was impressed by poetry, prose and visible artwork she acquired from the residents after consultations with them.

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