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$100 Film Fest

Calgary’s oldest film festival gears up to celebrate 25 years of celluloid and you are invited to take part—submit now to be part of this landmark year.

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Kris Hans

Kris Hans

When you think of digital innovation hubs, most folks still don’t think of Calgary, and Kris Hans is working to change that perspective.

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An open sketch book featuring people standing on a train platform with watercolours near by

#yycLCL July 2016

Stephanie Fowler uses urban sketching to live a creative life. She created this piece sitting on the CTrain platform on Parade Day.

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Inouk Touzin

Inouk Touzin

Living in Calgary allows Inouk Touzin to be creative all the time—making him happy and fulfilled—and he believes everyone should do the same.

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Artstrek 2016

Artstrek 2016

Alabanza, alabanza. Sung strong and proud, those few powerful words echoed the end of a life changing experience for a group of Alberta teens this week.

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Ernesto, Tori & Sir Duncan✨
hand painted by yours truly
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TWO WEEKS UNTIL OPENING NIGHT.

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Choreography sylviemoquin ⠀
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We should never lose sight of the fact that doodling as creative expression is a worthy goal. And even me as artists, doodling can be an underused tool.

I struggled on and off with feelings of creative block and artistic inadequacy I have been doing art fro the past 3 years but just 1-year full-time art as my profession. Time to time I just start doodling and something triggers in my brain and my whole mood changes. While doodling, I reflect on so many things happening in my life.

When I paint I get that same “high” I remember from painting and drawing back in school. I think doodling unlocks a new avenue for my artistic expression.
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Doodling can help us focus and makes it easier to listen. It can relieve stress and improve productivity. It can also help in memory retention; doodle a number or word or image that involves what’s being addressed and it’s more likely to stay with you.

Doodles fill gaps, possibly by activating the brain’s “time travel machine,” allowing it to find lost puzzle pieces of memories, bringing them to the present, and making the picture of our lives more whole again. With this greater sense of self and meaning, we may be able to feel more relaxed and concentrate more.

If you’re struggling to concentrate, find yourself stuck or feeling “incomplete,” a time-limited doodle expedition could be just the thing you need for. It will likely activate your brain’s “unfocus” circuits, give your “focus” circuits a break, and allow you to more creatively and tirelessly solve a problem at hand.
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