Read about my adventures
Posted 15 August 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
Growing up in the Yukon, I didn't meet my first cowboy until I moved to Grande Prairie to attend college. Since then, I've learned how to two-step, attended a Garth Brooks concert, bought my first pair of REAL cowboy boots, ridden a mechanical bull, and went to the Calgary Stampede for the first time last year. Because cowboy hats, belt buckles, chuckwagon races, farm animals, the midway, and authentic barbecue are topics one would associate with the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", it probably wouldn't be a place you would expect to find an esteemed collection of local artists. Surprisingly enough ... it most CERTAINLY is!
Posted 25 July 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
Growing up the youngest of four girls in a small northern town, my life consisted of (what seemed to be) an endless supply of poorly coordinated "hand-me-downs". As creative as I tried to be there was only so much I could do with access to a handful of stores with name brand fashions and a limited teenage budget. With the nearest high end department store a three hour flight south, my fashion craving was satisfied by the Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazines on the shelf at Shopper's Drug Mart.
Amplifying a Love, Sharing & Understanding of Music - Studio Bell (Home of the National Music Centre)
Posted 4 July 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
One year ago I spent Canada's 148th birthday getting to know my new neighbourhood ... the East Village. With childlike curiosity, I wandered through the annual East Village Street Fair and Show n' Shine, amidst all of the construction, cranes, and fenced off areas, as the East Village was slowly coming to life. Similar to last year the vendors were in fine form, the classic cars and hot rods were polished and pristine, the Simmons Building was bursting at the seams with hungry Calgarians (Sidewalk Citizen Bakery was out of food before 6pm rolled around and the rooftop was open for drinks), and thousands of people strolled down the RiverWalk taking in the sights and the sounds along the Bow River. One year later, St. Patrick's Island Park is open to visitors for family fun and BBQ-ing, the Rooftop Bar @ Simmons is serving up drinks and a delicious menu of its own (different from charbar), and Studio Bell (the home of the National Music Centre) opened its doors to the world!
Posted 17 May 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
For all of you homeowners out there, this sound may be your very worst nightmare! Whether you have a 400 square foot studio or million dollar estate home in Altadore, water can cause thousands of dollars in damage in a matter of minutes. When I bought my brand new Walden townhouse (by Homes by Avi) in 2014, I did not expect to hear this horrible sound for at least another three or four years ... but it became a reality just a few days ago.
Posted 8 April 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
The last nine months have been an unbelievable journey, sparked by one clear thought ... the JUNO Awards are coming to Calgary and I want to be a part of it! Like most of you, music has always been a part of my life. Music can't be seen or touched but it moves the soul, energizes the spirit, and inspires us. Regardless of where we come from or what language we speak, it connects us beyond words and brings nations together. It is transformational. It wasn't until I left Canada to live abroad that I began to appreciate Canadian music and the long list of talented artists that represent us.
Posted 8 February 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
I openly admit it ... I can't live without my Internet. Being a digital marketing strategist, published author and podcaster, you can only imagine how much time I spend researching, writing, editing, recording, posting and designing content that gets published online. So, when I moved back to Calgary in 2014 (after being in the US for eight years prior) one of the first orders of business was to get Internet and cable services installed in my apartment.
Posted 6 January 2016 by The Six Foot Canasian
In my four decades on this earth, there are only a handful of women I have come to hold in the highest regard ... women who have changed the lives of many through their words, actions and contributions to their community and beyond. They have each had a direct impact on my life, shown me how to be a better version of myself, and given me a glimpse of the kind of woman I want to become. This shortlist includes my mother, my University Coach, mentors in my field and ... Bonnie MacRae-Kilb. I recently got a chance to sit down with this amazing woman to learn more and share her story.
Posted 11 December 2015 by The Six Foot Canasian
When I first wandered into the East Village Market Collective, conveniently located under a 12,000 sq ft tent beside the historic Simmons Building, I experienced it from the other side of the artist's table. After spending the last ten years exhibiting at hundreds of trade shows and events around the world, Market Collective was like nothing I had EVER experienced before! I got to wander up and down the aisles as local artists showcased their handmade goods, live bands performed on stage, DJs played their fresh beats, mixologists concocted fresh libations, and local food trucks served up fresh food made with love. I was already impressed with the level of comfort and community I witnessed that first weekend ... but I had no idea how much more was in store for me to uncover!