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THE FIST TO TENT RIDGE 15km 900m net elevation gain 6 hours car to car





he Fist is a prominent peak visible from the Smith-Dorrien Trail, a gravel highway that runs down past Spray lakes west of Canmore. A challenging scramble with a section of technical 4th class on the way to the summit offers up spectacular views of the Spray Lake valley and the surrounding peaks. This particular trail starts on an old forested road meandering below the east side of Tent Ridge and, turning west, slowly climbs near a stream to a beautiful valley housing a meadow and surrounded on three sides by magnificent peaks. Stark against the sky on the left, The Fist protrudes from the nearby terrain steep and at this time of year is snow-capped. Once in the meadow, the real ascent begins with a slog up an avalanche gully, quickly gaining most of the days elevation in a few hundred metres. Cresting this little pass the scramblers’ route up The Fist becomes clear; a slim notch in the imposing east face is the only reasonable access to the peak. Late season excursions come with the risk of unpredictable weather and interesting conditions so approaching days like these with caution is crucial. Trusting your feet and gritting your teeth, the peak is attainable but recommended as a mid season objective as the ice and snow make footing interesting at best and at worst downright dangerous. Two technical chimney sections in the


notch lead to some light scrambling, made harder over icy terrain, and finally the summit and the beautiful view of Spray Lake. After descending back to the pass below, a small trail through scree and around enormous boulders leads north over the pass and onto the far summit of Tent Ridge a little further on. Tent Ridge is a moderate hike starting a little ways up the road from the trailhead for The Fist; it ascends to a long ridge walk that at this time of year offers views into three different valleys loaded with brilliant yellow larch trees. A more popular outing Tent Ridge draws larger crowds and is more accessible while still maintaining some lovely views and great colours. Small pines cling to the top of the ridge weathering vicious winds and blowing snow as the weather changes without warning at this altitude. Away from the technical aspect of the day and any real danger, the wind brings new challenges as it tries to rip the air from your lungs and pelts your face with snow as the ridge stretches out before you. Pulling off the ridge and into the valley below the wind drops and the sun comes forth illuminating the yellow of the larches and warming cold fingers. Vibrant creek sides, snowy mountaintops, warm grassy meadows, and colourful larches, four seasons one day.


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What’s it like being an MC in Calgary? My experience is maybe different from another’s experience you ask. It all depends on how you are received, how are you not received and how much you do, or do not care. It’s like being an MC anywhere. Just somebody trying to express myself through a medium called music and beats. Calgary now has a very vibrant hip-hop scene, when I first moved here it was in a little bit of a quiet phase. How has One Love affected the scene in Calgary? I think the One Love Festival is definitely putting Calgary on an international map, as far as a city that holds good hip-hop events. But there was definitely a brewing underground scene before one love started. How does Calgary’s scene compare to Toronto’s? I like Toronto’s hustle…I feel like the more we go West the more hip-hop is taken out of the streets and put into peoples computers and living rooms. You don’t see the hustle on the streets. I walk [the] streets of Calgary with my fliers and my passes…. and I don’t see [many] other people doing


that. They might pay one guy to put posters on a bunch of blocks, but no one is hustling the art physically. When did you start Hip-hop for Humanity? I started Hip-hop for humanity in Vancouver in 2009. But I threw my first Hiphop for Humanity event in 2010. The purpose was to raise awareness for small grass roots organizations and non-profits that are doing big things. That people don’t really know about and aren’t really raising the money that the other huge non-profits are raising. I started Hip-Hop for Humanity to serve two purposes: to showcase underground hip-hop talent that is not being recognized because they’re not getting booked for shows, and raise awareness and money for these grass roots non-for profits. What’s Been the Response? Here it’s different. My experiences in Calgary are different because it’s not just musical, I have a lot of personal life attached to my Calgary experience, and it affects my music and how I am in the public eye. I’ve had great experiences here musically. There’s some talent in this city.





met Mason Graff at his studio in Calgary’s north east on a sunny day in September. Graff, a Strathmore native, moved to Calgary to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). An experience he describes as fun and an important part of his growth as an artist. Ever since he could remember Graff has been drawing or painting. “My parents would never buy me video games, they’d either tell me to go outside or go do some drawing,” remembers Graff. Graff mentions drawing inspiration from Frank Stella and Donald Judd. Both noted for their association with minimalism. Which is no surprise since Graff considers himself a minimalist. Most recently Graff signed on with DaDe LOFT, an interior design firm and gallery located in Inglewood. This opportunity has opened his work up to an entirely new audience, and it has been a good way to receive more private commissions. Some of his work has also been featured in some of the houses DaDe LOFT has helped design. A minimalist at heart, he prefers to work with geometric stacked shapes. His goal being to make minimal changes to the shapes that create a large yet subtle effect. “My work started off with this kind of stack shape originally and I kind of just stuck to that shape to see if I could make that shape change… So, they’re all this stacked shape, all behaving differently in space.”





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Calgary EVENTS

EXPLORE Men’s Winterstart World Cup & Lake Louise Alpine World Cup When: Nov. 26 to Dec. 6, 2016 Where: Lake Louise Ski Resort, Lake Louise, AB Info: Dashing Through the Glow When: Dec. 9, 2016 Where: Spruce Meadows Run Series, Calgary, AB Info:

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LOCAL Once Upon a Christmas When: Nov. 19 to Dec. 18, 2016 Where: Heritage Park, Calgary, AB Info: Legacy Christmas Light Parade When: Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016 Where: Legacy, Calgary, AB Info:

SnowDays When: Jan. 13 to Feb. 5, 2017 Where: Downtown Banff, AB Info:

Adults Only Night | Greatest Hits When: Dec. 8, 2016 Where: TELUS Spark, Calgary, AB Info:

Ice Magic Festival When: Jan. 19 to Jan. 29, 2017 Where: Lake Louise, AB Info:

High Performance Rodeo When: Jan. 5 to Feb. 2, 2017 Where: Downtown Calgary, AB Info:

The Big Bear When: Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2017 Where: Downtown Banff, AB Info:

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest When: February, 2017 Where: Multiple Vendors, Calgary, AB Info:



MUSIC Disney’s Beauty & the Beast When: Nov. 25 to Dec. 23, 2016 Where: StoryBook Theatre, Calgary, AB Info: TheatreManager/159/tmEvent/tmEvent1087.html New Year’s Eve Celebrations When: Dec. 31, 2016 Where: Downtown Calgary, AB Info: New-years-eve.aspx Ocean’s 17 NYE Celebration When: Dec. 31, 2016 Where: Downtown Calgary, AB Info: 6 Guitars When: Jan. 9 to Jan. 28, 2017 Where: Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary, AB Info: Block Heater When: Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, 2017 Where: Inglewood, Calgary, AB Info:

ART Spirit of Christmas Art Show and Sale When: Nov. 18 to Dec. 23, 2016 Where: Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks, AB Info: Wildflower Art Salon & Sale When: Dec. 4, 2016 Where: Wildflower Arts Centre, Calgary, AB Info: Tear Down and Rebuild / Tear Down: Exhibition Tour When: Dec. 8, 2016 Where: Inglewood, Calgary, AB Info: Fragments Multi-Arts Gala When: Jan. 5, 2017 Where: The Plaza Theatre, Calgary, AB Info: Portraits In Motion: Volker Gerling When: Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, 2017 Where: Theatre Junction Grand, Calgary, AB Info:

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reative Nobility is a boutique graphic design studio in the hip and trendy Stephen Avenue. As a full service agency, Creative Nobility targets its efforts towards working with new start-up companies or businesses that are looking for a fresh new look. Birthed from the mind of Rebecca Frederick, Creative Nobility’s owner, during an arduous time in her life. Back when Frederick was at her previous position she was met with an unfortunate event, which left her severely concussed. While tending to rest and recovery, Frederick found she began feeling aspirations for something greater. Creative Nobility was created, after Frederick fully recovered from her injury, at where almost all good ideas get their start, her kitchen table. Frederick saw a need for a place where companies of any size could go to build a lasting relationship with a team responsible for its branding and design. “We work to bring your company’s vision, idea and dreams to life,” says Frederick. Currently, Creative Nobility consists of four employees, Frederick, two other designers, Dani Massee and Amy Kornelson, and me, Kathleen Smiley, the marketing and communications manager. “It’s a beautiful thing witnessing ideas and dreams coming into fruition and seeing the hustle brought to life,” says Frederick.



Each project is guided by their vision to ensure that Creative Nobility travels that extra mile to help clients reach their target audience through cohesive branding and beautiful design strategies, in both print and digital formats. “We take immense pride in the quality of work we provide. I love being able to work with innovative and inventive companies whose ideas are creative and dynamic and to then have the ability to communicate that to the public,” says Frederick. Creative Nobility also specializes in building and developing Wordpress websites. Along with website production, Frederick and her team work to provide full branding or rebranding packages. Full branding packages include logos, style guides full with typefaces and colour schemes, along with any print and marketing materials a company would require. Similar to any small business or startup, evolution is always anticipated and expected. Frederick has been working hard to establish an industry and online presence within the Calgary graphic design marketplace. “We want to be able to act as full service agency and take our clients on a branding and marketing journey,” says Frederick. Creative Nobility’s workspace is stationed in the heart of Calgary’s downtown core at Work Nicer. Work Nicer is a pro-


gressive and innovative co-working space that works to establish community, and support the entrepreneurial spirit of Calgary’s small business owners. “We’ve been apart of the Work Nicer community since March,” states Frederick. “Work Nicer co-working is very collaboration oriented and is looking to change how business is conducted in YYC.” Work Nicer is swapping the small talk around the water cooler for conversations of collaboration and talks about how businesses can involve everyone within the space. “Work Nicer is a resource we are strongly utilizing for big future projects, especially for pop-ups and events we are planning for the fall and winter seasons,” adds Frederick. Work Nicer functions as a hub for untapped business and endless networking possibilities, as new entrepreneurs and businesses continue to walk through the elevators and set up shop. Work Nicer is progressive, it’s collaborative and it’s about working nicer. “We are always looking for ways to collaborate, ways to get involved and ways for other companies to get involved with us,” says Frederick. It’s definitely something to be said as a small business to be consistently giving and sharing our wealth of resources, you never know who or what is going to come back around asking for help.






ometimes there are some bands that when you hear their songs you think to yourself, how has no one heard of these guys before? Ten Minute Detour (TMD) is one of these bands. Their last release Lay It Down (2015) shows great signs of the chemistry that the band has built over the years, and it’s easy to see big things coming from Andrew Shier (vocals, guitar), Jordan MacNeil (guitar), Mike Stokes (bass) and Shane Hogg (drums). Soon the band will head down south to Nashville to record with ex-Cage the Elephant guitarist, Lincoln Parish. “[I] met with him at his home studio in Nashville and took us through all the songs we had,” explained Shier. “We had a good vibe with him.” Parish has been in the industry since he was 14 and recently left the band, Cage the Elephant, after the release of their third album, Melophobia in 2013 in order to pursue producing. “It seemed like a good fit for us and he’s a new producer,” said Shier. TMD will head down in January for a week to record their newest songs and are hard at work preparing them and refining the sound that they are looking for on their newest record. “I think it’s a little less raw,” admitted Shier. “We’re focusing a lot on production, preproduction and what instruments we are going to use on each song.” “A little less garage rock, a little more sophisticated with the progressions and tones were going after,” agrees MacNeil. Although don’t worry about them losing their edge. “It’s still rock,” assures Macneil. Refining their sound into a well-oiled

machine ready to tour and record with the best of them shows the maturity that TMD is bringing into the next stage of their careers with the promising studio sessions. However, it is not an easy road and it takes time. “When you start out you try to feel each other out and it always starts out raw and organically matures as you go,” explained Shier. “We’re still learning how we tick.” It seems like a quick learning curve as TMD ran through three songs while being photographed for Local Drop each one sounding better than most indie rock on the radio. Not only will TMD be shipping off to Nashville to record their new songs they are also developing their sound at home as well, by playing a few acoustic gigs. “Branch out to an audience that otherwise probably wouldn’t hear us,” explains MacNeil when talking about the decision to test out some of the songs. “It’s a totally different thing to hear your songs stripped down where you can hear everything,” said Shier. TMD recognizes the importance of the music scene and while they recognize the Calgary scene may be taking some hits with some classic venues shutting down, there is still no lack of passion for music in Calgary. “There’s a focus on making music relative,” argued Shier. “And making it bigger than what it is.” Luckily Calgary has help when TMD comes out with their newest release to keep the Calgary music scene strong and promising before they get too big for this small mountain city. TMD will be looking to tour in April and May 2017. STORY William Geier PHOTOS Kelsey Zeoli





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ow did two best friends turn their passion for the great outdoors into an outof-the-box coffee company? Jamie Parker, 26, and Mike Wenzlawe, 27, the co-founders of Calgary Heritage Roasting Company (CHRC) wanted to create something that is true to the city of Calgary, true to the province of Alberta and true to Western Canada. So, what’s so special about CHRC? What sets them apart from other local coffee companies in Calgary? Parker and Wenzlawe’s take on coffee comes from the experience of roasting their own cup o’ joe as wildland firefighters. It was a ritual that brought their crew of mentally and physically exhausted men together in camaraderie, everyday for an hour on top of a mountain. So naturally, the idea for their venture evolved into a unique approach to business and to Calgary’s coffee culture, or lack-thereof. “We’re really trying to change the coffee persona in Calgary,” explains Wenzlawe. “In specialty coffee already there’s this perceived level of pretentiousness that exists, and coffee doesn’t need to be that way. You can be comfortable, inviting, simple and grass roots. Like our company, we really want to make that the driving force.” Three differentiating factors that separate the CHRC boys from other coffee companies in Calgary are their roast to order program. Valuing freshness above all when it comes to coffee, Parker and Wenzlawe really strive to get their product to their customers just days after the beans have been roasted. Being described in the market as “your dad’s meat and potato cup of coffee.” Their

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brew is bold, but not bitter. It’s creamy, savoury, smoky and nutty with notes of dark chocolate. The green bean movement is all about getting crafty in the community by selling green, unroasted coffee beans and teaching people how to roast their own coffee at home. Ingenuity at its finest, this business idea is a true testament to Parker and Wenzlawe’s entrepreneurial spirit. “Owning your own company allows you the right to be infinitely creative,” proclaims Wenzlawe. Wenzlawe explains that regardless of creating a legacy or building something up that you can be proud of, it is an opportunity to put your spin, love, passion, sweat, blood and tears into it, and you don’t have to answer to anybody. It has been a year since CHRC was incorporated and a lot has changed, but Parker and Wenzlawe’s core values and business goals haven’t. Since CHRC is a reflection of what Parker and Wenzlawe want out of life, their company values reflect that: fun, community, collaboration and transparency. Always checking themselves throughout this process, ultimately, Parker and Wenzlawe keep perspective and look at the bigger picture. “If we’re not having fun, then why are we doing it?” questions Parker. Collaboration has always played a part in the CHRC boys’ lives. It started at Mount Royal University where Parker and Wenzlawe first met. As their respective university club presidents, they planned a ton of events that brought students together as a community. 29

“Collaboration has been really valuable for us, because as Calgary is growing, and as Calgary loves local business and entrepreneurs, it just allows everyone to elevate each other’s game,” comments Wenzlawe. “It takes a village to raise a company, that’s why if you work together, opportunities will happen a lot faster,” adds Parker. Collaboration goes hand in hand with community. CHRC hope to create a comfortable and inviting brand for people to identify and affiliate with. Bubbas Buds is a brand ambassador program where CHRC trades coffee for stories. They want to create a community around their brand by connecting followers to their ambassadors’ stories: stories about urban and rural adventures in Alberta. With brand ambassadors like Olympians Haley Daniels, solo water canoeist, and Cassie Hawrysh, skeleton, why not be apart of the CHRC community? “We’re trying to help people achieve their dreams just as much as they are trying to help us achieve ours,” proclaims Parker. The last core value: transparency, has only done incredible things for Parker and Wenzlawe, both personally and in business. Wenzlawe mentioned that they took away a piece of advice from one of their business mentors that’s proven successful: “stab each other in the front.” “That’s really important for us, because we work so closely together. It is really valuable for us to be able to level with each other on a constant basis,” Wenzlawe shares. “Not only as business partners, but as best friends,” adds Parker. VOLUME TWO


met my last girlfriend on Tinder. Although things were good for the most part, I never actually deleted my Tinder account. I’m not even sure I know if there’s a real reason why. Don’t get me wrong, I deleted the app, but didn’t delete my account. I never really thought about what that meant, until a conversation at work drifted towards the dating app and that’s when I decided I would read too much into the subject of deleting the app versus deleting your account. DELETING THE APP I’ve deleted my Tinder app on several occasions. Sometimes because I was bored of the experience, sometimes because I wanted to try dating the ‘traditional’ way (which, if you didn’t know, involves going outside and trying to get a complete stranger to touch you, sometimes more than once) and other times, because I was in a relationship. When I deleted the app, I felt like I was releasing a tainted power from the confines of my phone. But before long, I would hear the siren’s call and drag myself back to the Play Store and re-install.


DELETING YOUR ACCOUNT This has always felt more personal. I feel like by deleting your Tinder account, you’re making it real. You’re taking the time to wipe your existence off of what arguably was going to get you the most results. I mean there’s nothing stopping you from recreating your account, but chances are that you’re actually planning on leaving that part of your life behind you. You’re on to bigger and better things (whatever the hell that might possibly be). Anyone can delete an app. It takes a real boss to wipe your identity off of that app. It’s not a task for the faint of heart, and if don’t believe that, go delete whatever dating app(s) you’re using right now and tell me that you feel like nothing’s changed. At the end of the day I’m rambling about Tinder, while relating it to how serious your relationship with your significant other, and yourself, is. I’m no relationship expert, if you came here looking for advice on romance there are bigger problems that we have to walk you through fast. That last sentence sounded mean, that wasn’t mean, was it? @LOCALDROPMAG


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t’s a sunny day and sitting on the folk fest main stage weeks after the actual festival is Amelie Patterson, the folk songwriter and musician from Banff. Early in the summer this stage was facing a packed full audience and sported big name folk acts such as Jose Gonzalez and Lord Huron and among them an ambitious and hardworking girl from the Rockies. “One of the highlights of my life to date, praises Patterson. “It was so fun and so welcoming.” It was a large stage for Patterson who was used to the smaller Canmore Folk Festival. “I rarely ever get nervous for performance stuff. I got nervous once when I sang the national anthem in front of my hometown, the first time I did live radio and this.” As well as playing her own show, Patterson was given the opportunity to play a few showcases that involved performing collaborative songs with other artists, including Calgary’s own Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. “The showcases really take on a life of their own they’re super special.” The showcases allowed Patterson to not only be on the same stage as a lot of her own favourite folk acts, but also let her collaborate on stage with them. “It was the biggest trio of shows that I’ve done.” It’s a long way from the mountain town of Banff to performing alongside MDB in Folk Fest and one that Patterson has worked towards from a young age. “Writing melody to songs came pretty quickly to me. I was never a strong enough guitar player to learn other people’s songs, so I pretty much immediately started writing my own and I was super shy about it. I felt like it was a laughable goal in high school.” “As loud as people were saying that to my face now it was a thousand times louder in my head in high school,” admits Patterson. “I thought it was impossible.” Patterson continued to work at developing her craft throughout high school, but later decided to apply to veterinary school, while keeping music on the side. During conversations with her father and friends, when asked what she would like to do if money was no option there was only ever one answer. “If it was a perfect world what would I do, it was always music.” 33

After Patterson decided that music was the choice for her moving forward, her father made her promise that she would invest just as much energy into making her music successful as she did throughout her veterinary application. “I know how to dive head first into something and commit to it without necessarily knowing if it is going to work out for me.” Years later and many shows later Patterson should rest a little easier knowing that there definitely is a place for her in the music industry. Patterson recently embarked on a tour through British Colombia alongside Didi Roberts, a professional violinist. “It was really cool to write with Didi because she has way more music theory than I have,” reveals Patterson. “She spent her whole life in music.” “And that’s something I think I struggle with the most. I know what I want in the big picture but I get stuck in the same rhythms with the same chords.” The tour itself was a nice change of pace from previous tours Patterson has experienced. “It wasn’t go, go, go. It’s really exhausting; it can be hard on your voice. To be tired and driving day and show up and play for two hours and give your heart to the crowd.” “It was super vacation orientated. I picked places I wanted to go to play music,” explains Patterson. Despite the tour being intertwined with a vacation, there was a layer of added responsibility as Patterson was the main act and focal point. “[It was a] huge learning experience in terms of leadership and efficiency,” admits Patterson. Now that the summer is over Patterson is already looking forward to a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity through September to October. “My intention is to have a subscription based video channel every month where I drop a video, and the videos are songs that I’ve worked on either [as] remixes of my songs or songs that I’ve worked with local Calgary and Banff artists.” It seems that Patterson has kept her promise to her father and to herself as she moves full steam ahead in her musical career. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come in a short period of time.” VOLUME TWO


s a child, Zach Prevost could often be found drawing his favourite cartoon characters while his peers were playing sports. Not much has changed for Prevost, except now he’s more likely drawing tattoo designs instead of Pokemon characters. “I’ve always been interested in art,” says the 21-year-old artist and tattoo apprentice. “It’s always been a big part of my life.” Unsure of what he wanted to do for a career, Prevost took a year off after high school. “I worked during that year and it sucked,” laughs Prevost. “I found that making art helped a lot. It made the time go by a lot faster and gave me something to look forward to.” During this time, Prevost discovered a passion for tattoo art. He put together a portfolio and began searching for a tattoo apprenticeship in Calgary. “I got turned down every place I went,” admits Prevost. However, Prevost wasn’t discouraged and eventually landed an apprenticeship at Jokers Tattoo & Body F/X, located on 16th Avenue N.E. Prevost has been apprenticing at Jokers for about a year, currently working one day a week. “No two days are exactly the same,” describes Prevost. Although apprenticeships vary from shop to shop, says Prevost, his involves a lot of cleaning, drawing, and observing. “There’s a level of expectation for you to


actively watch other artists do what they’re doing,” explains Prevost. “That’s the best way to learn. Somebody will be tattooing and you’re standing over their shoulder watching how they’re doing it.” As an apprentice at Jokers, there is an unwritten policy that before you can tattoo anybody else you must tattoo yourself. “I’d been there 18 days when they said it was time for me to tattoo myself.” Fortunately for Prevost, one of his mentors, Boeden Alfonso, sat beside him and coached him through the process. “So, as daunting as an experience tattooing anyone – especially yourself – for the first time is, it was a pretty smooth process knowing I had Boeden there for guidance,” recalls Prevost. This resulted in Prevost adding a cockfighting talon to his own growing, personal tattoo collection. Sporting ink on both of his feet, foot knuckles, ribs, most of his left leg, torso, and upper arm, Prevost estimates that his body is about 30 per cent covered. Although Prevost is still developing his style as a tattoo artist, he describes it as an “illustrative new-school with Japanese influence.” Inspiration comes in many forms for Prevost, including the natural world and the work of other artists. “You’re exposed to so many other artists through social media these days that I’ll see one of the ways my inspirations has created a piece, and that’ll change the way I see this or that, and I’ll try to replicate the same kind of vibe.”


Prevost enjoys working with many art mediums, although recently the bulk of the art he’s been creating is tattoo related. “It’s so cool to think that in my free time I can come up with an image that I like and that somebody likes so much that they want me to put it on their body permanently,” enthuses Prevost. “It’s super flattering.” Regardless of his confidence in his art and his abilities, Prevost says that it’s nerve-racking every time he tattoos someone. “I want these people to have a piece of art that they can be happy with and that I can be happy with,” explains Prevost. “That’s a lot of stress.” Even as the popularity of tattoos increases, there is no shortage of tattoo artists to meet the demand in Calgary. “Calgary is huge for the tattoo industry,” says Prevost. “It’s thriving. We have so many talented artists.” Prevost believes that on one hand this is great because Calgarians can find an incredible artist anywhere in the city, but as an up-and-coming tattoo artist hoping to remain in Calgary, it’s a little bit daunting knowing there’s so much competition. Fears aside, Prevost says that he appreciates being able to learn from and grow alongside other tattoo artists on the scene right now. “I love tattooing. It’s an art form that I’m really passionate about and I hope it’s a big part of my future.”


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âkikê Fit is not just a clothing company; it’s a fitness brand. Founder and CEO Henry Bellerose knew something of this calibre could prove to have potential. Bellerose grew up in High Prairie, North from Grande Prairie; he has a Diploma in Fitness and Nutrition and has had a background in fitness since he was 15. “Back in Jr. High, around Grade 8 or 9, I started drawing my own designs and sewing my own clothes,” reminisces Bellerose, the idea of a brand started here. The word “Kâkikê” (Ka-ke-ke) could be traced to one of the oldest words in the Cree language, meaning “forever”. “The language didn’t have words that would ‘end’, because we believed nothing ever did ‘end’,” explains Bellerose. When one looks at the logo, the two arrows are represented as an ancient Aboriginal symbol called “Thunder Tracks”, which means “bright prospects on your active journey.” The arches underneath the symbol are again an ancient Aboriginal symbol that represents people. Bellerose explains when put together, it means “Together Active People”, which he believes is the goal of his company; to bring together people of all races and help one another stay active. Earlier in August, Bellerose recruited family to help him set up a booth at Poundmaker’s Lodge annual pow wow, North of Edmonton, bringing with him the brand’s product. He brought with him over 300 articles

of clothing, only to bring back home seven items, nearly selling out that weekend. Bellerose would like to do the “pop-up” setting again, in a setting similar to the Pow Wow or a health and fitness conference. “I’m 100 per cent sure we’ll get the same response.” Since Kâkikê Fit’s launch in mid-April, the feedback of the online store has been “unreal,” admits Bellerose. He plans to keep in contact with surrounding communities, which may have interest in the brand but may not feel comfortable ordering online. To solve this, Bellerose plans to set up a bulk order for the community. “With big orders such as this,” says Bellerose, “the company will give money back through various donations such as diabetes and health and fitness organizations.” The brand currently sells T-shirts, hoodies, leggings and more – which are produced here in Calgary – in its online store. Clothing is only the start of this venture for the 39-year-old entrepreneur. “I wanted to lay it out in sections: start with clothing, then within two years time, get into selling shoes,” explains Bellerose. “I want to work with other people that specialize in health and fitness or produce training videos to help the company grow.” “By the beginning of next year, I hope to have the product available in other countries in addition to Canada,” states Bellerose. “To have it overseas is the goal.” With the online store being the starting point of the brand, Bellerose plans to have exclusive items and contests placed on the 37

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