idway through my first semester of journalism at SAIT, my fellow students and I felt that there was an opportunity to create something that would be a benefit to not only our own development as journalists, but our community as well. This was the start of Local Drop.
We created Local Drop to celebrate and promote the local musicians, artists, businesses and events that make Calgaryâ€™s culture so vibrant and unique. We started from a room full of excited journalists eager to tell the stories important to us about our city. After some reality checks and hard work, the magazine started to take shape as advertisers came on board and with the help of marketing guru Mo Keshavjee. After hundreds of volunteer hours from our contributors, countless nights and days spent running around our city talking to the people and businesses that make Calgary a great city, Local Drop is finally hereâ€ŚEnjoy.
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TA B L E O F CO N T E N T S Cover photo by Kelsey Zeoli | Page 1 A letter from the editor | Page 2 Table of contents & Team members | Page 3
DISTRIBUTION Market Collective | Page 10
In my Digital Opinion | Page 15 Rachel Lamont | Page 20 SOCIAL MEDIA Dancing with Parkinsons | Page 27 Dami Fadipe| email@example.com Perogy Boyz | Page 35
Emilie Tatlock | Etatlock96@gmail.com
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YYC Graffiti tour | Page 18 Lady Macdonald | Page 24 Local Festivals | Page 29 CONTRIBUTERS YYC Skate Parks | Page 32
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Faith Howard Bailey Davis Maxine Tilbury Dan Sadr Emily McInnis-Wharton Zenna Wilberg Katrina Garvin Anthony Bewcyk Laurel Mclean Peter Shokeir Zoe Dupley Terri Huxley Mo Keshavjee Alex Nesdoly Marvs VC
Off The Record | Page 4 Noisy Neighbours | Page 9 I Am The Mountain | Page 12 Mann Ribero | Page 22
Courtney Johnston | Page 31
MUSIC Photo by WILLIAM GEIER
THE RECORD Off
Story by WILLIAM GEIER
hen you think of the Calgary music scene, hip-hop is not the first thing that comes to mind, but with the arrival of the internet DIY hip hop artist and a hardworking and passionate scene already in place, Calgary may be a hip-hop city sooner rather than later. “We used to have three or four hip-hop shows a year, now we’re doing nine or ten shows a month,” explains Juan Ramirez, AKA #IAMYYC. Ramirez and his friends in the scene have been building up an audience for years, and he feels that Calgary might finally be ready to embrace them. “There’s an industry for this now.” The community has taken time to grow, but Ramirez feels that the hard work has created something worthwhile with substance. “I’m proud of our scene, I’m really proud of what we’ve built here.” “It’s going to be all eyes on Calgary for a bit. It’s huge for us.” With musical events like the Juno Awards, Sled Island and installations like the National Music Centre being built, Calgarians seem to be embracing and relishing art of all forms. “We’re accepting hip-hop as a form of higher art,” says Ramirez. “It’s evolving, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s really what the city needs.” Ramirez has been busy preparing for a big year in the Calgary hip-hop scene. He is currently working on a self-produced album, after releasing another album last September that can be streamed for free on his website. He will also be joining the MC, WC on a tour across western Canada. “I don’t think it would have been possible for us six, seven, years ago.” “It’s a testament to the growth of the scene,” explains Ramirez. Hip-hop mainstays Dragon Fli Empire are just about to celebrate their 15th anniversary and have had front row seats to the growth of the hip-hop industry in Calgary. DFE consists of Adam Hicks (DJ Cosm), and Tarik Robinson (Teekay). “Hip-hop used to be back in a box. And then into the millennium, hip-hop became so many things to so many people and to watch that in Calgary is really cool,” says Hicks the mind behind the beats of DFE. “As long as people keep doing what their doing somebody’s going to recognize it,” assures Hicks. It hasn’t been easy to create an industry in Calgary without the backing and support from the industry that is in place in Toronto, and other American hiphop cities. “It’s an oil town with a western heritage,” laments Hicks. Hicks realizes that unlike cities like New York, Detroit and Atlanta, Calgary just doesn’t have the same rich history of successful hip-hop acts. “Hip-hop isn’t native to Calgary. When I look at our legacy in music, there’s nothing to really draw from in the
same sense.” “Young kids having to work harder, but with new tools there is more opportunity.” Without an established sound, the door is left open for the hip-hop artists to develop their own sounds and styles. “Calgary has no style, but that’s okay,” explains Robinson. “In Calgary so many guys are replicating the sound of what’s popular in the media,” comments Ramirez. “Right now they’re not taking the time to cultivate the art and the sound that is unique here. Cause if we did that we would have our own product.” “We wouldn’t have to emulate anything it would be from the ground up, says Ramirez. “It’s better when it’s organic anyways.” While both Ramirez and DFE acknowledge the lack of a particular sound coming out of Calgary they both recognize Calgary’s history of DJs and ‘bedroom beat makers’ that have created a devoted following and scene. “I think the hip-hop scene can learn tons from them,” admits Ramirez. “We don’t realize that bringing those two together is going to be the future sound of hip-hop. It’s going to be the future sound of dance music.” “Calgary has a history of beat makers,” says Hicks who has scene both scenes grow in the city. “In the next five years we are going to be either biggest city for hip-hop in Canada or one of the biggest I can almost guarantee that,” says Ramirez with a determined voice. It’s a big guarantee, but when you have devoted and creative artists, an increasingly expanding fan base, and a supportive scene, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. “I carry a very Albertan work ethic when I come into it, nothing is ever handed to us here, you gotta make it happen and I think that’s a testament to the Calgary rap scene,” admits Ramirez. “Its gotta be hip-hop from the moment you wake up to the moment you sleep.” The devotion of the people responsible for creating, consuming, hustling, promoting everything hip-hop in Calgary have made an industry for hip-hop commercially and creatively. It’s an important step for the industry according to Ramirez and something that the scene in Calgary has been building towards. “Taking the current events of your life, taking the current feelings you have as the person you are, the zeitgeist of the times, turning them into art and making a movement.” “And that’s what we’ve always been about. And that’s what’s happening right now in Calgary.“
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NOISYNEIGHBOURS Story and photo by EMILIE TATLOCK
oisy Neighbours is a Calgary based band formed in June 2015. The band was created by Theo, a friend of Jon Glynn, the drummer of the band, and Dan Grosse and Johnny Chaulk, the vocalists and guitarists of the band. “Theo showed up to one jam and then bailed, “We joke around about re-naming the band ‘Theo’s Wake’,” laughs Glynn. Glynn explains that Theo had another band on the side at the time of forming Noisy Neighbours. Theo’s band was signed to a contract stating that he could not play with other music groups, leading to “bailing” on Noisy Neighbours. “He did form us so we can give him credit for that,” smiles Grosse. Rocket Rob Wallace joined shortly after the band was originally formed. Wallace heard through “the grape vine” that the band needed a bass player and came to their first few jam sessions to see if he could be a good fit. After playing with the band for a couple of months, Wallace stayed as the permanent bass player. Each band member has past experience in the music industry and has been playing musical instruments for over a decade. Noisy Neighbours plays for small venues in Calgary such as the Dog & Duck Public House and Restaurant. “They tell us that we should charge cover, but we never do, music should be free,” states Glynn. Glynn explains that it is important to keep the audience involved with their music because it makes their show “more enjoyable.” “We make them feel like they are part of the band.” “We take them on a journey with us,” Glynn smiles. The Noisy Neighbours will be playing at the Dog & Duck Pub & Restaurant on July 15, 2016,
MARKET C O L L E CT IV E
Story by DAMMY FADIPE Photos by MICHAEL TAN
ounded in 2008, Market Collective (MC) has been a part of Calgary’s alternative scene for eight years now. The creators Angela Dione and Angel Guerra on their site state that, “it exists to promote local arts and culture, and to engage and empower our community towards positive growth.” It’s steadily grown over the years, to the point where they now have thousands of attendees showing up to view and purchase stellar art. Dave Rutherford and Hillary Beney sell head-wear and apparel under their clothing brand, Even Odds Apparel. It’s geared towards people that are in action, sports and music scenes. Their hash-tag is “all in, all the time”, which is how they encourage people to live their lives. The clothing is meant for urban wear, but has elements inspired by nature. This was their first time visiting the Market, let alone showcasing their wares at MC. They had tried once before but they had missed the deadline, and even when they re-applied, they weren’t sure that their type of clothing would mesh well with the kinds of clothing other vendors were selling at MC. But they received a positive response from many demographics. Rutherford described the experience at MC as “a group of local businesses that have put in a lot of hard work, and gone through a lot of hard times.” “It’s nice to see everyone come out and support one another. It’s a great community vibe. We’ve gotten a lot of love from the other clothing brands here, and usually when you come to something like this, there’s a lot of competition involved. It’s a great atmosphere and a really good environment.” Andy Nguyen, founder of the fashion brand 6street, was there to showcase his spring 2016 collection. The 2016 collection consisted of sweaters, printed pocket tees, and head-wear. He collaborated with a graphic designer from Vancouver to create the slogan “Collective Individuals”. It wasn’t Nguyen’s first rodeo when it came to MC. “We began operating for about three years ago now, and over that period of time we’ve been to MC about six times.” “The thing about MC is that it’s so community driven. It’s about Calgary artists and local businesses getting together and showcasing handmade goods or people’s creativity in general,” said Nguyen. “When we first applied for MC, we weren’t sure whether it was the right fit or not, because we have a specific demographic that we envisioned selling to.” “But other people that come to MC love the stuff regardless of where they fit into that niche.” “They would actually reject you as an applicant, if you have nothing to do with the community. You just have to represent local.”
THE M O U N T A I N Story and photos by LAUREL MCLEAN
algary’s I Am The Mountain (IATM) has been progressively evolving ever since Colton O’Reilly (lead vocals, guitar) first began writing music under the name in 2012. O’Reilly came together with Jesse Shire (vocals, bass), Keath Mueller (trumpet, keys), and Robin Cillo (vocals, drums) just over a year ago, to form what O’Reilly refers to as a “four-piece ornate, semi-classically trained, indie rock band.” IATM has created a unique sound that layers strings and brass with the beautifully delivered lyrics of O’Reilly. “I like to think that we’re beach-campfirefolk music, but we’re not anymore,” says O’Reilly. “We’re transitioning genres.” O’Reilly explains that the early inspirations of IATM came from alternative rock bands like Calgary’s Reuben and the Dark, but more recently, their music has been influenced by hip-hop and R&B, he shared a favourite song by the Internet and rapping some Drake lyrics to demonstrate his point. “I think I was influenced indirectly by Drake’s new album,” comments O’Reilly. “Some of his lyrics inspired me to write songs of my own.” While on the topic of inspiration, O’Reilly mentions that his family is an abundant source,
with many of their songs including stories of his grandparents and brothers. IATM’s first EP, While Off Adventuring, released June 2015, even features old photographs of his grandparents as album artwork. Recorded in his basement with the help of Zach Schultz from Boreal Sons, While Off Adventuring encapsulates O’Reilly’s creativity and passion while showcasing four songs that are poetic in lyricism and articulate in composition. Calgary’s well-developed music scene boasts a wide array of talented up-and-coming bands and solo artists, which O’Reilly is thrilled to be a part of. “You try to make friends with all the musicians in the scene just to build it and grow even faster. There are definitely some bands we love playing with,” says O’Reilly, giving nods to artists like The Ashley Hundred; Tanner James; and Chin Up, White Leaf. Hoping to become a more established name in Calgary’s music scene, IATM is dedicated to perfecting their craft, writing new songs, and playing more intimate shows over the summer. Keep an eye out for a two-song, 7-inch vinyl that IATM plans to release in August.
DIGITAL O P I N I O N I
Story by DAMI FADIPE Photo by KELSEY ZEOLI
was having a conversation with a friend about how my phone ran my social life, when we got on the topic of freedom vs. security (naturally). What she said could be boiled down to “it’s important to have insight from others, but unless it’s positive, or at the very least constructive, then it’s just a window to judge and attack others.” Not going to lie, it was a pleasant discussion, probably because it was unexpectedly real. It got me thinking about what I posted online, and if I was the kind of person who built others up or brought them down. As it turns out, I’m the kind of person who posts memes on Facebook posts, but I also tend to chime in on some pretty controversial shit. Maybe it’s because I need to stay relevant, maybe it’s genuinely funny to me, maybe, maybe, maybe all I know is that a lot of people can get a pretty good idea of who I am from what I write in the comments section. “Digital words are sober thoughts” should be the new motto, because I rarely meet people who are as savage in real life as they are behind the keyboard. You don’t have to see that person, there’s an emotional detachment leading many to become trolls, but when does it become bad for us? I don’t know about you, but I learned a long time ago that you have to know how to justify what you want. Free speech has been handed to us on a silver platter in this part of the world, and we now have front row seats to Internet wars across Reddit and Tumblr. Are we conscious of what we say anymore? Do we pick our battles? Write, “Trump is the best” anywhere online and grab some popcorn, because on the Internet, you are apparently only allowed to be two things: angry about a thing, or an expert on that thing. Whether we like it or not, the Internet is vast, amazing, toxic, and here to stay. But what kind of Internet are we aiming for? Do we want the chaotic rants that frequent social media sites and message boards (people still use message boards, right?) or do we need order and structure to our topics of conversation? And are we going to make the call, or is the government going to do it for us?
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Story by CHRISTINA FREUDENTHALER Photos by AMANDA RICHTER
achel Lamont is a 32-year old medical esthetician from Walkerton, Ont., who found a niche within the skincare industry and built a business around her idea. Moving from Ontario to Calgary wasn’t an easy change, but Lamont did it. She began in the medical skincare industry before transitioning to natural skincare products and services. She started working for herself six years ago via a room rental at a local spa, which quickly turned into two rooms, then two and a half with retail, which got her planning. “I wanted a spa that delivered clean, natural, healthy products and solutions to my clients,” declared Lamont. So, in October 2012 Lamont opened The Natural Art of Skin Care (NASC). It has evolved since then because Lamont continues to find new ways to incorporate and experiment with other natural practitioners and modalities. For example, the NASC is home to a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, a holistic nutritionist, and the spa also hosts a restorative yoga class on Thursday evenings. “I wanted to be a symbol of how you can help your skin naturally, effectively and long-term.” Lamont considers herself to be a “skin therapist”, but when she can see that a client’s particular issue or reaction is coming from the inside out, she recognizes that she isn’t able to help, so that is why collaboration with a nutritionist is important. “I’m here as a reference, and I’ll help you fix your skin, but it is a detox organ.” What ignited the spark to start a new business? “I didn’t feel like anyone was doing it well enough, and I didn’t feel like they were doing it for the right reasons,” answers Lamont, as gently as she can. Lamont sought out as much education as she could as a medical esthetician and when she felt like she reached the top, she wasn’t satisfied with her findings and understandings, so she looked to naturopaths and holistic practitioners. “For me to practice the way I felt like I wanted to, I had to get away, because every spa has their product lines, their boundaries, and treatment protocols.” “…I wasn’t fitting in. I wanted to see what I could do.” Lamont is known within the industry for being particular. Noting that being particular with finding people to collaborate with, or hire on, as an employee is crucial to the success of her small business. This trait has helped Lamont find and hire estheticians that genuinely care about their clients and the spa. “I do have a high standard, it is my name out there, and it is a small business.” Lamont’s advice to students who want to become an entrepreneur is to be assertive. “Build a solid business plan that includes projections, costs, and longevity, be realistic.” “Honestly you have to love what you do, because you’re either going to work 60 plus hours for yourself, or 40 some hours for somebody else,” expresses Lamont, explaining that passion plays a big part in motivating oneself. After almost four years in business, Lamont is just starting to create a flexible schedule for herself, going from 60 hours a week down to 40 hours. She has more time to do the things she loves after her social sacrifices over the last six years. “I wouldn’t change a thing about my journey,” states Lamont.
MANN R I B E R O Story and photo by WILLIAM GEIER
n old farmhouse sits among the trees forty minutes Northeast of Red Deer, Alberta. A broken down bright orange Fierro sits in the field next to a picturesque old barn.
It is an appropriate setting for the recording and writing of songs for the folk rocker by night, lawyer by day, Dan Jackson, AKA Mann Ribero. “Being able to record music in an isolated rural setting is an amazing experience,” admits Jackson. “Solitude is an important creative force for me.” This seclusion will mean good things for those waiting on his next song, after his first song debuted in the form of an online video premier for Local Drop. “Although I haven’t been in this current space for very long, I’ve really enjoyed the results I’ve gotten so far,” comments Jackson. “My hope is to have a handful of songs recorded by the end of the summer.” There is no shortage of solo folk acts, but Jackson’s skill stands out with his seamlessly beautiful and technical finger picking, which becomes a sonic background for his crooning vocals. “I’ve never set out to sound the way I do, it has just been a slow transition from when I began writing songs to where I am now.” Jackson has recorded songs in many different styles and under many different names over the years. His music has ranged from indie rock, to electronic house, to folk, with each embodiment sounding uniquely different. His versatility as a musician is apparent in his songwriting and can be heard throughout the intricate melodies that are complex and rich. Mann Ribero and his new material will be stripped down sonically, since Jackson has chosen to keep his sound focused on the basics of folk music. “Guitar and vocals, primarily, with some additional percussion scattered throughout. The aim here being that I can recreate these songs in a live setting with relative accuracy,” explains Jackson. “I don’t have a ton of equipment at my current recording space, so the opportunity to create more elaborate arrangements just hasn’t been there.” “So far, though, I’ve liked the constraints.”
Mann Ribero’s tracks along with a filmed performance, can be viewed online at localdropmag.com.
he city of Canmore has a multitude of majestic mountains that are accessible within a half hour from town and within an hourâ€™s drive from Calgary. Mount Lady MacDonald sits on the north side of the Bow Valley right above Canmore, just west of Banff National Park, which means any eager hikers would not require a park pass to access this peak. Although a short hike distance, at only three kilometers, the mountain boasts a steep vertical gain of 1200 meters, making it a good challenge for hikers of any ability. Fantastic views of the valley below and the city of Canmore are available the whole way up so it is worth an attempt regardless of how high hikers make it up the trail. Take the Trans-Canada Highway to the second exit onto Palliser Trail, then take a right at the lights onto Benchlands Trail. Follow the road until it splits then take a right onto Elk Run Blvd. The parking lot can be seen immediately on the left side of the road. The trail starts below the treeline to the left side of Cougar Creek before quickly ascending the lower slopes of the mountain on the right hand ridge. As you hike through the trees you can glimpse the valley far below, traversing left onto the southface and into a field of boulders. On a clear
day, Canmore should be visible behind you. Just beyond the over half way point you crest a ridgeline and hike to an old heli-pad and a small weather station with amazing views of the valley below, it is even worth just making it to this point if you do not plan on going higher. For those continuing above the treeline and into the scree field above, expect a steep and sometimes slippery ascent onward as you travel over on loose rock and a tricky trail winding to the first summit. This first summit is a prime destination for a picnic lunch. Many hikers choose to begin their descent after reaching this point of the trail. For the bold and experienced hikers there is a ridge traverse that continues left once you reach the first peak. For people who brave the last section, only about 150 meters farther, and frequently through thick cloud, the true summit awaits. Prepare for a thin ridge less than a meter across in some places and expect some full hand and feet scrambles as well. After this cautious little traverse, enjoy the reward of the majestic views up the Bow Valley to the west and the town of Canmore more than a kilometer below.
LADY MACDONALD Story and photo by GRYPHON BLACK-WALLIS
DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S
Story and photos by MYLES MATERI
ilot project turned full fledged weekly program, Dancing With Parkinson’s YYC is bringing a new groove to the studio with it’s innovative and upbeat community program centered on helping people reconnect with their body’s rhythm. Since the program’s beginning in 2013, Dancing With Parkinson’s has had great response from the Parkinson’s community, and class instructor Vicki Adams Willis says that participants, “are not afraid of their bodies anymore.” Willis has been with the program from the start, after being approached by the faculty of kinesiology at the University Of Calgary, with the opportunity to host a class at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Willis loved the idea stating, “We believe that dance should be accessible to all, and this program couldn’t fit any better.” “People leave feeling uplifted, and inspired to keep coming back to improve and grow with us.” She describes the class as a productive means for people affected with Parkinson’s to help regain control of their lives, and to break out of “freezing,” helping people regain confidence with their ability. With specially trained instructors, and researchers at the U of C, the program is fully fitted to handle the special care needed to get attendees on their seats. Norma Male, a regular dancer for the past three years has come to love the program, even though she was reluctant at the start. “At first I thought, who would ever want to come to this?” Male having Parkinson’s and hailing from a Mennonite background, never saw herself dancing until her first day. “I couldn’t believe the turnout during my first day, and all the support that came out of the group and it’s instructors,” Male admitted, “after that I was hooked.” Since then Male and her husband have made the class a focal point of their week, describing the strong support from peers and instructors, “there is no shame here, everyone understands and supports one another.” Male talked about how she looks to these classes as a way to keep in touch with activities and events, making it more effective in her eyes than any other group program. “We grow together, and we always look forward to coming back and seeing everyone have a great time.” The program has seen a lot of growth, and DJD is planning on moving to a brand new location on 12 Avenue Southeast, which will be a fully realized space for all of DJD’s programs to flourish. Willis is extremely excited, and can’t wait for the growth of programs like Dancing With Parkinson’s that allow more people to get into contact with this upbeat community.
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onfident in her abilities and articulate in her creative process, Courtney Johnston creates uniquely abstract acrylic on canvas artwork that she commissions and sells at local art shows. Johnston grew up with an interest in art, but started to take it more seriously in high school when people began to approach her and request original pieces. It was then that Johnston pursued commissioning original artwork. This 25-year-old SAIT alumna graduated from the Graphic Communications and Print Technology Diploma in 2011. During that time, Johnston started building up a client list as she subtly commissioned her art on the side and participated in art shows in Calgary, like Art Spot and Local Love. “Brightening peoples days, that is huge for me,” gushed Johnston. “Knowing I can create happiness with something that I’ve made.” With no strict designs or structure from clients to do commissioned pieces, Johnston ends up having greater creative freedom with her work. Clients only request a colour palette or size of canvass, but trust Johnston’s creative mind and capable hands to create what they envisioned. “When the inspiration strikes, I just go with it, especially with abstract art. I don’t always know what [the finished product] is going to end up as.” Vulnerable and kind, Johnston mentions the most important reason she practices art is because “it’s a big release of emotion, whether they are positive or negative.” And that is what motivates her to create every day, from doodles, to drawing up mandala’s, to sketching a colouring book, to painting with her acrylics. With no formal education in the arts, Johnston comes out of left field, hidden behind some abstracts you’ve seen in a friend’s house, casually smiling at you from her stand at a local art show, or behind her Instagram account modestly showing her newest piece to her followers.
Skate Parks Of Calgary Story and photos by ALEX NESDOLY
outhwood Skate Park is the second to open of the three new parks in Calgary, located at 11 Sackville Dr. S.W. Southwood Skate Park was designed be New Line Skate Parks, a prestigious company who started over twenty years ago to build D.I.Y parks but is now used by municipalities in cities all across Canada. Southwood has a very street oriented design with a small bowl for the vert lovers. The best features in the park include a six-stair set with a handrail, a mellow hip, a vert wall and a few slight down rails varying in size located on the banks. Southwood uses an incredible flow style layout where you can start at one end of the park and work your way though hitting obstacles for your skill level with ease and then loop back around hitting something entirely new for the whole run. The park has the best concrete of all the three parks, the locals don’t know how they mixed it but it’s not too slippery and just as smooth as it should be.
.K.E or ‘Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove and Eagle Ridge’ is a flow style park located on 1015 73rd Ave S.W. Chinook Park was also designed by New Line Skate Parks and according to the locals, debately has the best concrete with the perfect traction compared to Southwood. This park is by far the smallest in size but it makes up for it with relentlessly fun features and it was the first of the three new parks of Calgary to open. The features at C.K.E are a straight flow designed in an ‘L’ shape where you can skate from one end to the other without losing interest. Many of the features include a vert wall, a box with a joined slanted tabletop, a lengthy handrail, a few ledges and a quarter-pipe. Locals of the Okanagan believe it’s a tweaked version of the newly built flow park in Peachland, which was also designed by New Line. Locals of Calgary beg to differ; the locals who have skated the Peachland Skate Park argue that the obstacles are entirely different and they’re not wrong although the parks are substantially similar in size.
he Huntington Hills Skate Park is a split vert and street park and is the only park in the North and it’s located on the corner of Centre St. and 64 Ave. N.W. New Line designed this park as well thus completing their new trilogy in Calgary. The features at Huntington Hills Skate Park include a split down the middle of bowl and street skating with easy flowing on either side. The bowl section features a shallow and deep section all conjoined with a large vert wall for the more skilled riders. The street side of the park has many intermediate and beginner features with small boxes and ledges with a mellow quarter-pipe to a quite large ‘A’ frame. The other features on the street side include a small rail, a six-stair with a rail and a two-stair step-up beside the stair set.
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Story by EMILIE TATLOCK Photos by KELSEY ZEOLI
erogy Boyz is one of Calgary’s top five mobile food trucks, which serves Eastern European-inspired street food “with an Urban Flair.” “Wherever we are, there is always a line-up,” declares 52-year-old Deborah Lawton, one of the owners of the food truck. Lawton and her husband Jim Nikiforuk, a 67-year-old engineer, are the official owners of the food truck. In Nov. 2012, Lawton and Nikiforuk, bought Perogy Boyz from Curtis Berry, Dean Greenwood and Bendon Bankowfki, the original creators. Berry, Greenwood, and Bankowfki started the pilot program for the food truck in Aug. 2011, which lasted until Oct. 2012. “All three of the original owners had full time jobs because they didn’t know if the food truck would work.” “It’s a risky business to get into,” explains Lawton. After Lawton and Nikiforuk had officially bought the company, they kept it running the same way Berry did, but soon realized, “things had to shift and change.” “We realized we we’re a very popular truck, and wanted to offer the best quality food,” states Nikiforuk. Perogy Boyz now serves only Alberta local food, without fillers or additives. “It’s real meat, and it’s real food,” declares Nikiforuk. He explains the preparation they must do for big events has become extremely busy over the three years of ownership and has dramatically increased since the start. “I cut 150lbs of onion for one event. “The best part is, I’ve never cried from onions,” laughs Nikiforuk.