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  • Still raising a little hell

    Canadian rockers Trooper celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary They’re here for a good time, and for a long time too as it turns out. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the Canadian rock band Trooper has stood the test of time and emerged as a mai...
  • Channeling your inner cyclist

    Strength in numbers leads to better biking Three years ago, when I moved from Vancouver to Calgary, the cyclist in me died a little. I had been spoiled by Vancouver’s extensive cycling network, so adjusting to biking in Calgary was a challenge. ...
  • To bike or not to bike

    Cycling in Calgary can leave a lot to be desired Whether it was worse than her bite, I can’t really say. But her bark, peppered with obscenities and the screech of hysteria, was plenty bad. “I know the bylaw and this is an off-leash dog park, you @#...
  • The art of tinkering

    Giving new value to bicycles tossed to the wayside Scotti Macklam, 34, owns 14 bikes: everything from early ‘80s BMXs to a custom-built low-rider and a restored ‘60s Falcon Cruiser. He says he periodically rummages at flea markets, garage sales and ...
  • Get a little greasy

    Community bike shops have space, tools and know-how to help you maintain your ride Spring is here, and you decide this is the year to get out in the sun, enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise on a bicycle. Digging through the garage, you wrestle a r...
  • Riding simply: A growing fixation on fixed-gear bikes

    Two wheels. One gear. Often no brakes. Uncannily basic and almost naked-looking, fixed-gear bicycles are deceptively simple, and more and more of them are popping up in the downtown core. “It’s the bike stripped down to its bare bones,” says Matt ...
  • Biking with a destination

    Commuters on two wheels cite need for better infrastructure, city plans new strategy For some, it saves money. For others, it’s about reducing their environmental footprint. For many, it is a convenient way to squeeze exercise into a busy schedule. ...
  • Riding trails, wagging tails

    Mountain biking with man’s best friend Though he’s been into mountain biking for eight years, Erik Farrell added a new element to riding last fall: his 11-month old Catahoula puppy, Kona. “I take him out to ride for the same reason most other ride...
  • Calgarians turn to biodegradable bags for dog waste

    Environmental effects of plastic bags prompts city to consider a switch On a nice day, going for a walk with the dog is seemingly innocent, until you realize that the plastic bag used to pick up after the puppy will be sitting in a landfill for centuries...
  • Eco-friendly option coming closer to reality for Calgary Transit

    City considering purchasing first hybrid bus this year Calgary Transit is considering taking a step towards environmentally friendly public transit. Just five months after signing a contract for up to five years with Nova Bus, a North American leader in...
  • More than just a bike ride

    The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a grueling undertaking even before the journey begins The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is gearing up for its second year, but the event’s organizers and volunteers aren’t the only ones stressing about getting ready in...
  • Springbank votes against proposed mall

    Having a successful business in a rural community takes more than a brand name Residents of Springbank have rejected another revised proposal for a new shopping complex to be located in the Bingham Crossing area. During a public meeting last month, memb...
  • No free rides for Calgary Parking Authority

    Mayoral candidate questions rising revenues, calls for internal and external audit A former alderman is calling for an internal and external audit of the Calgary Parking Authority’s financial reports after discovering an increase in the city’s revenu...
  • A smashing good time on wheels

    Hardcourt bike polo crashes into town Invented over a century ago, bicycle polo is not exactly a new sport.   It’s basically the same as traditional polo, only with the horse swapped out for a bike. In recent years, though, the game has moved off th...
  • Jumps, hops and tricks -- all on one wheel

    The addictive fun of sport unicycling Downtown along the Bow River, unicyclists slide down stair rails and jump from rock to rock. Onlookers often stop to watch, but it’s not part of a performance. Equipped with helmets, shin pads and gloves, the art ...
  • Ignatieff spars with U of C students

    The Liberal leader holds town hall meeting on Canada’s future at the University of Calgary Michael Ignatieff faced a massive number of articulate questions from Calgary students on Thursday. He responded candidly to concerns raised over voter apathy, t...
  • Studio C is building a community in the arts

    Calgary gallery and studio is a place for people with (and without) disabilities to come together Downtown, in the basement of Art Central, is a gallery trying to bring people together with art by removing barriers in the community. Studio C brings peop...
  • How to build a professional ballet dancer

    Fourteen tips for going pro in the world of dance With more than 100 students enrolled in pre-professional ballet classes across Calgary, it is evident that Calgarians possess a healthy interest in training to become professional dancers. “Most little...
  • Producer helps artists gain exposure

    The music industry isn’t easy, but for Tom Corea it’s worth the struggle Tom (Tom-E) Corea is a Calgary-based artist, producer and talent scout. He said that when he discovers talent, he helps them reach different levels in their career. As a produce...
  • Surfers catch waves on Kananaskis River

    Albertans find substitute for ocean swells in their backyard Describing river surfing to a landlocked Albertan is a difficult task.  Traditionally, surfing has been an activity reserved for places nestled by the ocean. With the sport of river surfing g...
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