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.

Irene-53 Irene Seto
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.

Neighbourhood: Haysboro
Twitter: @heyseto
Managing Editor:

Nick Taylor
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.

Neighbourhood: Bridlewood
Twitter: @nickandhisvoice
Nerd Life:

Amy Jo Espetveidt
I’m a fan, not a critic, has become a personal motto for Amy Jo since starting to write for C.I.A. in 2012 where her love for Calgary and art collided. A photojournalist by trade, her work has appeared in The Labradorian, the St. John’s Telegram, the Calgary Herald, the Calgary Sun, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Sun (UK), Exposure Photo Festival, the CBC and C-ing Magazine. She owns her own photography company, Quadrophonic Image, and is also the Director of Photography for Calgary Reads. When not taking pictures or out basking in Calgary’s amazing art, she can be found in her garden or with her nose in a book.

Neighbourhood: Bowness
Twitter: @QuadroImage

Angelo 150 v2 Angelo Tembreza
Angelo has called Calgary home for over 20 years. A Communications graduate with an obsession for writing and its creative process, he aims to explore and connect with Calgary’s diverse literary community. His poetry has been featured in People’s Poetry Festival, at filling Station readings, and the Wax Poetry weekly poem. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu nerd, he’s honed the deadly art of counterattacking with hi-fives and bear hugs. Fragments of his evolving work can be found on his website, along with his recipes, at the least the scattered toy box that is his life.

Neighborhood: Kingsland
Twitter: @mungryghost
Local Lit/Spoken Word:

Blaine Wiseman
Blaine is a proud Calgarian with a soft spot for our unique western history. He’s travelled the world and knows there’s nowhere quite like this great city. By day, he holds a steady job as a copywriter at a creative firm in Inglewood, Calgary’s first neighbourhood. By night, he’s the author of children’s educational books, covering topics ranging from the Winter Olympics to Canada’s national symbol—the majestic beaver. In his spare time, Blaine’s a master of the unfinished writing project, whether starting a novel, penning a one-verse song for his non-existent band, crafting a single-stanza poem or adding to his to-do-later list of ideas. It’s all a part of the plan.

Neighborhood: Victoria Park
Twitter: @wisemanbrewing

Skiles Hornig
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.

Neighborhood: Kensington
Twitter: @skileskatherine

Terry Lo

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.”

Neighborhood: Kingsland
Twitter: @terrylo_Calgary
Stories from our Streets:

Kyla Sergejew
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.

Neighbourhood: Connaught
Twitter: @thanksKYLA


Jason main Jason Filiatrault

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.

Neighbourhood: Kensington


Scott 150 Scott Sargent
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 spent 10 seasons as a receiver for the Calgary Wolfpack Football Club. 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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