Category Archives: Calgary

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Spareparts Community Member Profile: Taylor COCHRANE

The Spareparts Community is made up of people across Western Canada who are involved in their cities in positive ways. Like you (I hope), they wake up in the morning and strive to do something great, whether it’s honing their craft, leading people in their field, creating art, or by spreading the feeling of kindness with their smile. We’ll be profiling these #SPcmmnty folks here on The Rooster now and then so I hope you’ll follow along with us. Today, I’d like to introduce studio owner Taylor Cochrane, who’s also the front man and songwriter of the Calgary-based band, 36?. 


Dating in 2014 is Incredibly Weird

I will preface this article by saying I am the worst at dating – the absolute worst.  I think my track record (or lack there of) speaks for itself.  I could blame my work schedule or my tendency to drink a little too much with my pals but after many years of unsuccessful relationships and adventures I only have myself to blame.  A lot has to with apathy I think.  I really should care more but, you know – it takes a lot of work.  I also live in a funny day and age of romance where our addiction to technology has taken over any actual types of real courtship.


Obviously the Best Summer Romcom

Walking into romantic comedies, I’m prepared to suspend my disbelief – romcoms are my shit (I even did a TEDx talk about them). It’s like there’s a basket at the door of the theatre that says: “Leave all sense of reality and logic and maybe some of your feminist ideals here” and I eagerly toss ‘em in. The reason, however, I anticipated Obvious Child so much was that it demanded the exact opposite of me as a viewer. It demanded that I be right there in it – the messy, sweet, difficult, hilarious, and real of it all.


4th Annual East Village Street Fair and Show & Shine

If you live or are going to be in Calgary this Canada Day, and are looking for something to do for a few hours, why not check out the East Village Street Fair and Show & Shine? This will be the 4th year in a row that the East Village has hosted the event in collaboration with Fort Calgary, and will feature local vendors and artisans, a car show featuring “old & new”, craft tents with activities and cultural exhibits, and musical buskers.


Shakespeare By The Bow: The Comedy Of Errors

Shakespeare buffs, wherefore art thou? It’s that time of year again and this year Theatre Calgary and Mount Royal University are putting a new spin on their successful Shakespeare In The Park series with Shakespeare By The Bow, and they promise that while “the name may be different, the identity and spirit of the program remain the same.”

Shiki Menya lineup

Bowled Over: Review of Shiki Menya

To me, there is no more perfect a meal than a steaming bowl of noodle soup. It seems that every Asian country has their own variation of this magical culinary delight: from pho to wonton soup to udon to ho fun and everywhere in between, I love them all! Ramen is one of Japan’s offerings to the world of noodle soup and no, this is quite different to the packages of instant noodles that have become a staple of college student and drunk late-night diners the world over. Real ramen consists of noodles served in a meat or fish broth and topped with a variety of carefully selected toppings such as seaweed, pork, soft-boiled egg and green onion. Different regions in Japan have their own signature version of the soup, such as the pork bone broth ramen from Kyushu, or the miso ramen of Hokkaido.