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FILM REVIEW: Midnight in Paris: Unsatisfied lives

FILM REVIEW: Midnight in Paris: Unsatisfied lives

Troy Media – By Glenn R. Wilkinson

Woody Allen’s latest film – Midnight in Paris – is a wonderfully thoughtful movie, moving the director even further beyond his trademarked Manhattan-neurotic style which usually characterizes his work.

It is a story about life, and the choices we made not only in our past, but also those we make in our present. Continue Reading

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W.I.F.T.A. martini mixer turned Banff into Hollywood

W.I.F.T.A. martini mixer turned Banff into Hollywood

Monika Ille (left) Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Manager of Programming, Eastern Region, Actor Adam Beach (centre), and Kerry Sugiyama (right) APTN Manager of Programming Western Region

By Dave Blaine, Photographer

Saltlik Steakhouse, Banff, Alberta

The 2011 Banff World Media Festival wrapped on the 15th and even now energetic tweeting continues.  This year’s event drew filmmakers and celebrities from across Canada and around the globe.  In The midst of the excitement was the Women in Film and Television – Alberta’s Marini Madness mixer at the Saltlik in the heart of Banff.

Women in Film and Television is a non-profit organization that promotes the equitable treatment, professional development and recognition of women in the film, television and multimedia industries at the local, national and international levels.

The 8th annual Martini Madness was an instant draw to the many delegates attending the Banff Media Festival attracting the support (and membership) of men and women alike.

Accomplished Canadian screenwriters, producers, directors and actors at the event embodied the heart of Canada’s multicultural character including representatives of L’Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada which promotes the development of french films across Canada particularly in official language minority communities; as well as the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, focusing on the diversity of Canada’s indigenous peoples.

Natalie McNeil (left) Executive Director of the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada and Marie-Pierre Gariepy (right) of SLALOM Productions and Secretary-Treasurer of APFC

Stacey Perlin, founder of Alberta Screen Industries Inc, and Martini Madness’s coordinator, remarked that the turnout was a huge success and set “a new standard for Hollywood in Alberta.”  With the likes of Golden Globe nominated actor Adam Beach; Gemini nominated writer of film and television Trevor Cameron; Arwen Hunter of Gamut Productions, one of Canada’s foremost full-service production and post-production facilities in attendance, that new standard is just the beginning.

 

Dave Blaine is the owner and operator of Calgary-based Voyager Photography, specializing in commercial product, process and event photography .  Visit his website at www.voyagerphoto.com All images provided by Dave Blaine unless otherwise stated.

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Yelping at CHARCUT: Perfect pork in cow-town

Yelping at CHARCUT: Perfect pork in cow-town

Yelp Calgary’s May Elite Event at CHARCUT

By Dave Blaine, photographer

I had been hearing things about CHARCUT for a while (mostly talk of Chef and Co-Owner Connie DeSousa’s ongoing competition on Top Chef Canada), but living way out in the burbs as I do, I hadn’t had the chance to make my way downtown for one of those notorious Alley Burgers.  I was delighted when the invitation came to photograph Yelp’s May Elite Event, and to sample one of Calgary’s newest flavours.

CHARCUT Roast House

Named one of Canada’s top 10 best new restaurants by enRoutemagazine, CHARCUT turned out to be as pleasing to the eye as it was to the palate (particularly if you have an appreciation for meat).  Look to the back for a view of their open kitchen; their rotisserie and their windowed walk-in fridge; unapologetically stocked with primal cuts of pork and beef just waiting for the charcuterie.  And indeed, while the many samples of food and drink that we were treated to were divine; be it the Tuna Sashimi, the Chocolate and Bacon Fudgesicle, the mini Pork Pie, or the Dark and Stormy (a sort of milky caramelized rum drink); it was the taste of their house-made Mortadella that had me sold.

Hog’s Head Mortadella

I’m truly a sucker for cured meats, so when I was waved over to a large meat slicer by one of the hostesses I was intrigued.  “This is an awesome picture for you”, I was told, and indeed it was!  Here was an entire hog’s head (a casing as I found out), filled with pork, pistachios and truffles.

I was immediately regaled with the story of this spectacular salumi; how DeSousa could debone the head in four minutes flat, how the pork was hand mixed, how the meat slicer was hand cranked so as to keep the blade cool, preserving the flavour of the sausage.  My enthusiastic and knowledgeable hostess then expertly shaved several slices of the meat onto a plate and served it to me with their very own Brassica Mustard.

Hand Mixed Pork Mortadella with Pistachios and Truffles

Adventurous pork-dishes in the heart of Cow-Town –  I love it.  I didn’t get my Alley Burger that day, I’m sorry to say, but after this first sampling I intend to return soon, hungry for more.

Dave Blaine is the owner and operator of Voyager Photography, specializing in commercial product and process photography .  Visit his website at www.voyagerphoto.com All images provided by Dave Blaine unless otherwise stated.

Originally published on http://voyagerphoto.org/

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Slow cooker makes bean preparation easy

Slow cooker makes bean preparation easy

Troy Media – By Susan Palmquist

One of my favourite budget foods are beans . . . and they’re good for you too. Beans contain no fat, lots of protein and are high in fibre, which experts say most of us don’t get enough of these days. Plus, with so many varieties available, you might never get bored. Continue Reading

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Coming out in Canada

Coming out in Canada

Troy Media – by Richard Ryder

I always knew I was gay. Well, not “GAY.” I didn’t know there was a name for it, but I knew I was different. Continue Reading

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Coming out in America

Coming out in America

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My family and I had joined the Mormon Church in 1995, two years after we immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong. Continue Reading

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Don’t navigate winter without a good set of snow tires

Don’t navigate winter without a good set of snow tires

Calgary may be famous for its chinooks, but it’s still a winter city.  That means plenty of snow and, sometimes, awful roads that are a real challenge to navigate.  David Waldron of Braeside Insurance says installing snow tires just makes good sense. Continue Reading

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THE BEST FOOD, LIVE MUSIC, AND SPORTS IN SOUTH CALGARY

THE BEST FOOD, LIVE MUSIC, AND SPORTS IN SOUTH CALGARY

Calgary is a city with a vibrant night life.  Great local bands and amazing food are always in demand.  At The King’s Head Pub in South Calgary, the best of both are available. Continue Reading

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DON’T SPEND YOUR LIFE PAYING FOR AN ACCIDENT

DON’T SPEND YOUR LIFE PAYING FOR AN ACCIDENT

You have raised your kids to be self-sufficient and responsible.  You’ve given them the tools they need to succeed and now the time has come for them to go out on their own.  Regardless of their age when they leave home, do your young adults know the importance of a tenant’s policy? Do you? Continue Reading

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IS THE MARKET ON THE RISE?

IS THE MARKET ON THE RISE?

Calgary’s real estate market over the past several years has been a guessing game for buyers and sellers alike.  Will listings go up or down? Will prices go up or down? Do I wait to list or buy? Is now the right time? Doug Hayden of Kim and Doug Royal Lepage says that now is the time for the indecisive buyer to hop off the fence and get serious. Continue Reading

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