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When Words Collide weekend festival a smashing success

When Words Collide weekend festival a smashing success

Author Robert Sawyer, right, signs his book for Todd Bartsch. All photos by Kevin Olenick.

By Kevin Olenick, citizen reporter

Science fiction, fantasy and mystery writers from across North American converged on Calgary this weekend for the first annual When Words Collide festival. Plans are already underway for next year’s event. Continue Reading

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Famed fantasy writer Rachel Caine in town this weekend

Famed fantasy writer Rachel Caine in town this weekend

By Kevin Olenick, citizen reporter

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine will be in town this weekend as a guest of honour and panellist at the When Words Collide festival.

Caine, best known for the popular book series, The Weather Warden, Morganville Vampires and Outcast Season, was recently awarded the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Career Achievement Award in the Urban Fantasy category.

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When Words Collide Festival explodes into Calgary this weekend

When Words Collide Festival explodes into Calgary this weekend

By Christopher Walsh, editor

Sparks are expected this weekend as the first annual When Words Collide Festival hits the city. Organizers are expecting a large turnout of book lovers, writers and industry experts for the festival that starts Saturday at the Best Western, Village Park Inn in northwest Calgary.

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Calgary’s theatre scene recognized for outstanding work

Calgary’s theatre scene recognized for outstanding work

L-r: Grant Linneberg, Eugene Stickland, Christopher Hunt

By Eugene Stickland, Grand Poohbah of Arts and  Culture

The Betty Mitchell Awards moved back to their favourite home at the revamped Stage West and as things go, there is something about stuffing yourself with shrimp and crab and roast beef and having a couple of drinks that makes any awards show all the more pleasant.

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Alberta Ballet’s Jean Grand-Maître named among 50 most influential in Alberta business

Alberta Ballet’s Jean Grand-Maître named among 50 most influential in Alberta business

Ballet might not be top of the mind when business people gather to discuss rising Alberta enterprises, but Jean Grand-Maître has changed that since his inclusion on a list of 50 influential list of business people.

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Versus the Nothing brings new EP “Black Gloves” to Viper Room Thursday

Versus the Nothing brings new EP “Black Gloves” to Viper Room Thursday

Vancouver band plays Viper Room Thursday

By Carl Wood

Versus the Nothing is a young, five-piece hard-hitting rock band out of Vancouver gaining a promising audience across the country. Continue Reading

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Alberta Ballet announces ticket pre-sale – available only to social media followers

Alberta Ballet announces ticket pre-sale – available only to social media followers

Alberta Ballet is offering its social media followers pre-sale tickets for the upcoming season. Using a promo-code, followers can pick seats for all productions, including the company’s ballet tribute to Sir Elton John – Love Lies Bleeding.

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Popular Badlands Passion Play hits milestone with 100th performance

Popular Badlands Passion Play hits milestone with 100th performance

By Kevin Olenick, citizen reporter

On July 15 the Canadian Badlands Passion Play in Drumheller celebrated it’s 100th performance. Continue Reading

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TD sponsoring free H20 stations at Calgary Folk Music Festival

TD sponsoring free H20 stations at Calgary Folk Music Festival

Calgary Folk Music Festival organizers announced recently that vendors will not be selling bottled water at Prince’s Island Park during the four-day music event from July 21 to 24. TD Bank is filling the gap.

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“Entourage” star Adrian Grenier screens engaging paparazzi documentary in Calgary

“Entourage” star Adrian Grenier screens engaging paparazzi documentary in Calgary

Adrian Grenier, left on stage, gets the Calgary paparazzi experience Saturday at the Glenbow Museum. Photo: Cole Grey, Compass Studios

By Chloe Jones, reporter

At first encounter, Adrian Grenier, star of the HBO TV series Entourage, thought 13-year-old Austin Visschedyk was just a fan. Continue Reading

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