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.
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.”
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.
Sarah is a freelance writer and editor, as well as the marketing/sales coordinator for AG Silver, a locally owned independent jewellery boutique. In her spare time, she loves volunteering, film, cooking, and exploring Calgary.
Matt was born in Edmonton (try not to hold it against him) and raised briefly in Vancouver before moving to Calgary at the tender age of 8. After graduating from S.A.I.T with a journalism diploma Matt wandered the province writing about everything from politics to cars and fuzzy cats. Years as a journalist and aspiring writer have provided Matt with a wealth of experience drinking. What started as a simple way to keep warm through Calgary’s freezing winters, has turned into a love for wine and a desire to share that love.Community: Bridlewood
This past year Allison delved into community economic development in yyc and is inspired by the number of awesome initiatives taking place. With a developing love for writing and a new found appreciation for the power of positive story telling – she’s thrilled to be sharing these stories of social good.A born and raised Calgarian who studied in the UK, worked in India and traveled Southeast Asia, Allison is excited to rediscover this changing city. She currently works at a community economic development non-profit in Calgary, where she facilitates the Women’s Venture Programs. When Allison isn’t writing you can find her sipping a good cup of coffee, illustrating greeting cards, hosting dinner parties, taking off on a weekend Rocky Mountain adventure or enjoying a good old game of crib.
Social Good: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although Sam was born and raised in Edmonton, she believes that her choice to move to the incredible city of Calgary is what you should really judge her by. A student, traveller, reader, writer, self publisher, equestrian, and lover of all things chocolate, Sam loves exploring Calgary and all it has to offer to the wonderful people who inhabit it. Sam is former journalist for Grip, a self-published author thanks to NaNoWriMo 2013, and a poet and journal-keeper since a young age, but when she is not found pen to paper or nose in a book she is often riding her horse or looking up new things to do in the most awesome city in Canada!
Neighborhood: Hidden Valley