Calgary Is Awesome, and we are dedicated to everything that makes it that way.
If you want to read ugly, bad news about this beautiful city of ours, you’re going to have to look to traditional media and other blogs; C.I.A. promotes everything that makes Calgary awesome, from old to new and everything in between. We’re like the human interest piece on the news… only different.
Learn more about the awesome people who write for Calgary is Awesome.
They say that good things come in small packages and Irene is no exception. What she lacks in stature, she more than makes up for in personality and laughter. A born-and-bred Calgarian, this Western girl takes the adage of “work hard, play hard” to heart, always on-the-go and finding the most awesome stories to share with C.I.A. readers. As Managing Editor, she acts as a jill-of-all-trades juggling a variety of responsibilities including writing, editing, social media and more. In her (little) spare time, you can find Irene stocking up on more shoes for her closet, enjoying a pint (or two) with friends and cycling around on her love, Minty the bicycle. If you give her mini donuts or kettle corn, she will be your friend for life.
Nick is a blogger, broadcaster and professional nerd, living in Calgary for the past 14 years, the longest he’s lived anywhere. A self-described nerd, he’s a radio broadcasting grad from SAIT and you can most likely find him clutching his Firefly box-set and cursing under his breath. He loves the Calgary Flames, so long as they aren’t playing the Montreal Canadiens.
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JTG has lived all over this country, continent, world, but keeps coming back to Calgary because she truly believes it might be the centre of the universe. She enjoys people watching and adventure finding, and you can usually find her taking to strangers and getting into trouble around town with her bearded companion Pete (face) and Carol (beard).
Vincci loves delicious food that nourishes. A registered dietitian by day, you may think that Vincci would stop talking about food at night, but in fact, it’s the opposite! Aside from being the food editor for Calgary is Awesome, Vincci shares recipes and reviews on her own blog as well. When she’s not cooking, eating, or in front of the computer, Vincci can often be found at the gym, training for her next Muay Thai fight.
Marc likes being outside. In fact, if he is currently sitting inside somewhere he is probably not too happy about it. But don’t worry about him. There is a very good chance he is outdoors right now as you read this because Calgary is an ideal place for Marc to bike, run, ski, swim, read and hike. While he’s doing any number of things outside there is also a high probability that Marc is scribbling something down in a notebook or shoving a voice recorder in someone’s face. He does this so that he can share is outdoor adventures with other people just like him here in the city of Calgary.Marc is currently the News Director at CJSW 90.9FM, Calgary’s non-commercial community radio station where he works with volunteers to create some of Canada’s most engaging and innovate radio. He got his start at CJSW as a volunteer as a co-creator of the station’s popular radio series/podcast Today in Canadian History.
Neighborhood: West Hillhurst
Wendy is a lover of all things Calgary. By day (and by night), she’s the Community Manager with Yelp.ca in Calgary. You’ll see her out at anything from comic expos to fashion shows, sipping and sampling her way through the city’s food and cocktail culture as she goes.Wendy’s made her home in Rundle, it’s the best of the small town feel she grew up in (Millet, AB) with the ideal proximity to downtown. Current addictions include: Ultimate Frisbee, the local music scene, delicious food, chocolate and cupcakes, incredibly curated cocktails and carefully crafted local brews.
Amanda has an insatiable appetite for all things that delight the senses, with food being one of her greatest joys. Originally from Saskatchewan, Amanda is one of the many transplants of the mid-2000s who took root in Calgary and is happy to call it home. By day, Amanda is a social worker in the non-profit sector of Calgary. Her social conscience extends to her love of food, driving her belief that good food and food culture should be accessible to everyone.
Angelo is a Communications graduate and wordsmith who has called #yyc home since 1993. With a passion for creative writing, he aims to explore Calgary’s AWESOME literary and spoken word community. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu nerd, he’s honed the deadly art of counterattacking with hi-fives and bear hugs. He might have an obsession with the interwebsand social media: Twitter, Facebook, Reddit , and Yelp, which everybody (especially Wendy) enables although generally, he prefers meeting (and ranting) with AWESOME people in person.
Skiles Katharine Hornig is a writer living in Calgary. You will find her searching for hidden alpine lakes and sleeping in her MSR tent on weekends. Skiles is her real name but you can call her Sky.
Imagine a Chinese Quebecois kid with an insane love for all things pop culture, chivalry and political / economic theory. Make him a foodie, add a few espionage skills, and have him exposed to Monty Python from birth. Toss in a few useful computer skills, a dragon boat paddle, a flair for the dramatic and the unenviable knack of being in the strangest places in the strangest times. Put that together, and… hi, I’m Terry Lo.
I’m many things to a lot of people. Most people know me as the Spy Gadget Guy, an enthusiastic Yelper, or a local food fan. You may have seen me in the rare interview, my constant rants on Twitter over the best smoked meat places or even the rather embarrassing year I was a soap opera actor as a teen. If you’re ever around the Glenmore Reservoir during Dragon Boat season, you’ve definitely probably heard me growling from the water as I paddle with my Red Eyes team. But in the end, I like to think I’m a storyteller, and one who’s always been fascinated with the idea, “there’s a million people out there, and each and every one of them has a story.”
Originally hailing from Vancouver, Brendan has spent the last decade smiling his way across Canada and abroad, studying and working in community development. Knee-deep into his second stint in Calgary, he can tell ya that there is something special about yyc and its inhabitants.
You can catch Brendan proclaiming the awesomeness that is Cliff Bungalow-Mission (self-evident), slapping fives in yyc’s non-profit scene, and on his Nishiki with one headphone in (not advised) blasting Brazilian music (highly advised).
Brendan believes that a car will get you from A to B… but if you want to know what lies between, get on a bike.
Alyssa’s been in Calgary for the past 6 years. She came to take Radio, Television & Broadcast News at SAIT and hasn’t looked back. Wishing every weekend featured a big music festival, she’ll often scour event listings to create her own impromptu version of one. Some of her favourite things are: her fam jam, friends, biking around the city, floating down the river, beer, picnics, and sunglasses.
As the Pet Shop Boys said, “go west, where the skies are blue,” so did Kyla, a poor J-school grad, in search of some substantial employment — although, the vibrant skies were a welcomed plus. Born and raised in Guelph, Ont., where a church on a hill dictated the height of all highrises, she had no intention of leaving the southerly province that, to her, had a perfect balance of white winters and dreadfully hot summers. But, when a long-distance call came from Moose Jaw’s one and only broadsheet, Kyla answered with a heave-ho and giant moving truck. Now a graphic artist in Calgary — and freelancing her talents (“free” being the operative word) for friends and family — she enjoys exploring Cowtown, riding the C-Train, walking under shady trees, sifting through dusty records, searching for handwritten notes in old books, and eating cheese every once and a while.
Jason is a Calgary-based screenwriter and social-media hack who has written feature films and television and some sketch comedy and pretty much anything else that anyone would let him write. He has a movie filming this spring in Toronto, has served as story editor for the CTV show “Spun Out”, won an award for his web-series “Bunny Hug”, was chosen for the Canadian Film Centre’s ‘Features Comedy Lab’, and even got to write for Ridley Scott’s company. He also pretends to be a robot on Twitter as @SarcasticRover. Jason is very excited to share his love of local film and movie culture with the rest of Calgary, and only slightly less excited to be writing about himself in the third person.
Born and educated in Ontario, Scott moved to Calgary in 2001 and decided it was a pretty amazing place to live, eventually settling in Harvest Hills. He currently works as a Marketing Manager so to beat the office grind, Scott has spent 10 seasons as a receiver for the the Calgary Wolfpack. More recently, Scott coached U4 soccer, (a.k.a herding cats) and ran in the first ever ‘Zombie Survivor’ race. Having been involved in numerous team sports since the age of 5, Scott believes in the power of sport to promote positive social, mental and physical well-being, not to mention some of the amazing stories behind individual athletes.
Neighbourhood: Harvest Hills
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