A !Pleasant Afternoon: Public Workshops at the Esker Foundation

Story by Christina Wong. What do a park bench, a bathroom stall, and a retaining wall have in common? To most people, not too much, aside from the fact that these are common structures that allow us to go about our day to day lives. But what if these structures had an ulterior motive, one that allows us to use these objects for their intended purpose, while also restricting our ability to do anything else with them?

Chloë Sando, creator of the 2017 Telus Storyhive round one finalist web series “It’s My Anxiety,” on film and mental illness

Interview by Holly Maller. It’s My Anxiety is a web series that has created a world in which mental illnesses manifest into living beings. The series was selected by the Telus Storyhive 2017 Web Series Competition to receive funding for its pilot episode. Local Drop reporter Holly Maller had a chance to interview It’s My Anxiety creator Chloe Santos.

Local Laundry

Story and photos by Will Geier. Connor Curran and Dustin Paisley, co-owners and creators of Local Laundry, spent a freezing cold evening on Dec. 21 donating 200 toques and 20 other pieces of clothing to the Calgary Drop-In Centre. It’s a night that makes you thankful if you have a roof over your head – and life threatening if you don’t. 

Mackenzie Burge

Story by Laurel McLean. “Boxing gives you that insane confidence that you need for the rest of your life.” While talking to Calgarian boxer Mackenzie Burge, her sentiment rings true as it is immediately apparent that the 23-year-old athlete possesses a great deal of confidence – in the best sense of the word. In fact, Burge exudes confidence in a warm, down-to-earth manner as she talks knowledgeably and passionately about the sport, sharing insight into fitness, nutrition, the trend of boutique boxing studios, her own personal journey as an athlete, and being a female in the sport. 

Bad Animal

Story by Kendall Bistretzan. Photo by Will Geier. When local rock band Bad Animal had their first gig in the basement of Commonwealth, they weren’t expecting much. After all, it was their first live performance; would there even be more than eight people in the room? According to the band, that first show had an astounding turnout, and as the group began to gain momentum and play larger venues, they’ve realized what makes a good show and the sacrifices that come along with it.