Back in the mix with Bobbie!

Hey everyone! As you might have noticed I took an extended break from this blog. I needed to focus my attention on some other projects I had on the go. I have finally wrapped up a few things and now have some free time to get this baby back in action! So with that, here’s a conversation I had with this lovely woman named Bobbie :).

I hope I spelled “Bobbie” right!

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1. Where are you from?
Redwood Meadows.

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Opportunity.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
I like the dynamic quality of people here, people are generally happy and able to move with life, and people in Calgary are active.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
We spend a lot of time in the mountains. 

Rob: Nice! Banff, Canmore and all that? 

Bobbie: Yes, Kananaskis.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
An energetic, entrepreneurial, young city.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes 🙂

* I doubt Bobbie will ever read this, because it was AGES ago that I interviewed her. If you do find this Bobbie, THANK YOU! And sorry for the delay haha ;).

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That Shaw TV Calgary Thing

Hey guys (& gals), here is that Shaw TV thing I mentioned in the last couple posts! It was produced by Shiva Jahanshah (@ShivaJahanshah). We filmed this at the Core shopping centre downtown in Calgary. For people who have never been here, it is just what it sounds like, the major shopping centre in the downtown core :). We started off with a little interview and then they had do my thing and talk to some strangers. I think I sound a little weird in the very beginning, but what are ya gonna do haha.

Thank you so much for putting that together Shiva! We gotta get you on here one of these days ;).

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Matthew – Loves Diverse Calgary

I met Matthew the same day I met the last guy, Joe. In fact I talked to 3 people that day :). When I approached Matthew he was with a friend. I had asked both of them if they wanted to be interviewd, but only Matthew was up for it. 1 is better than none! Here is what Matthew had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
Originally from Calgary. You want to know my ancestors?

Rob: Sure!

Matthew: My mom’s Romanian and my dads Italian, so we have that ethnic background which is why I love Calgary, a lot. And I speak Italian.

Rob: Cool! So are you the first born Canadian in your family? 

Matthew: Ya, my mom is from Romania and my dad is from Northern Italy, so ya it’s a cool mix. They love Calgary as well.

Rob: Ya it’s a good spot. So you’ve lived there all your life then? 

Matthew: Yes I have, well actually I lived in Florida for a bit, it’s totally different. I’m not gonna lie, I actually like it here a lot more. The people are a lot better, a lot more intuitive and I feel like they are a lot smarter and a lot more diverse.

Rob: So you like living in Calgary then.

Matthew: Ya I love Calgary.

Rob: So what is about living in Calgary that you like exactly, besides great people.

Matthew: I like the environment. I like the night life, it’s cool you get to meet a lot of new people. And also the air, it feels a lot healthier and a lot more fresh. I also like the views.

2. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to play instruments. The music scene here is pretty good.

Rob: Cool, what do you play?

Matthew: I play the guitar and piano, although I am trying to produce in my off time. I also like the bar and club scene.

3. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Defiantly not a hick town! It’s very different. There are so many different types of people here. You get a peace of everything, of every culture and every walk of life, so that’s what I love.

Rob: Great, me too! I’m with ya there.

4. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No I haven’t. (Laughter). People think it’s all about cowboys and it’s not haha.

5. Anything you’d like to add?
For people who don’t really know much about Calgary, it’s not really that isolated and it’s a modern city, so you’ll definitely like that aspect. Everything is here and you can try so many different things here and that’s why I would recommend Calgary.

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Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Matthew! 🙂

 

 

 

Joe – Checking Out Calgary

I was recently contacted by a lovely woman by the name of Shiva Jahanshah about about doing a little profile on me and this blog for her TV show (“Who’s Who”). Of course I said I would be up for such a thing and we made arrangements to meet. When we met we did a quick interview and then they filmed me doing my thing talking to Strangers. Joe was the first person I had asked and he agreed to do it! Right after I was done talking to Joe, Shiva did a quick wrap up with him for the show. Here is what Joe had to say :). 

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1. Where are you from?
Vancouver.
Rob: Hey me too!

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Well for school, for work, new opportunities and just for a change.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
It’s not bad, it’s ok.

4. What is it about Calgary that you do like or don’t like?
Well it’s one tax.
Rob: It’s one tax! Ya that’s good thing 🙂

Joe: And what I don’t like, it’s that they have pretty crapy restaurants here.
Rob: Is that right! haha. Oh that’s terrible haha.

5. And how about the weather? You like the weather? Because I’m from Vancouver too, I know how it is.
I think I prefer the weather here, because it’s cold, but it doesn’t rain so I think it’s better.
Rob: REALLY! Wow, I’m amazed by that.
Joe: That’s a first right.
Rob: Ya for sure! (1st from a Vancouver Person)

6. So what do you like to do for fun?
I don’t know, everything!
Rob: Everything! haha. Nice, do you ever get out to the mountains?
Joe: Sometimes.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
I don’t know? A lot of oil and gas money. Rich in natural resources.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
I don’t know, it’s not a bad city.
Rob: I agree. Thank you Joe 🙂

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Onces the show airs I’ll post a link for you guys to check out ;).

Thanks again for talking to me Joe.

And thank you so much for reaching out to me Shiva! I had a wonderful time doing the show.

Lara Presber – Calgary Fashion Designer

Last week I was kicking around twitter looking for Calgary fashion designers and I came across Lara’s profile. I followed her and we exchanged a few messages regarding her work and my photography. It wasn’t long before the idea to have her on this blog entered my mind. I told her about the project as best I could in 140 characters and she liked the idea and agreed to participate.

I met Lara at her studio downtown the following day. She’s got a great spot in an old row of buildings in a rather central location. When I arrived we hung out and chatted for a bit about Calgary and a few other random things. The conversation was easy and natural, so much in fact I had to interrupt the conversation to get the interview going before I had all the answers to my questions before I had the chance to ask them. Here is what she had to say.

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1. Where are you from ?
I am from a lot of places haha.

2. What would you concider your home ? Is Calgary home ?
I’ve spent the most time in Calgary than any where else that I have lived.

3. Where else have you lived ?
Well I was born in Saskatchuwan, but I grew up in Calgary and then since I’ve lived in Pakistan, Boston, Milan and I studied in Paris for a little while.

Rob: Nice! So your well traveled.

Lara: I like to travel, ya.

4. So Pakistan, how did you end up in Pakistan from Calgary ?
It was with my family when I was in high school. My father took a job with CITA, the Canadian International Development Agency. So our whole family moved, it was supposed to be for a year and then we were evacuated due to the Gulf War.

Rob: WHAT! “Evacuated”!?

Lara: Ya, but it was good. It was when I was 17 and I think that’s such a pivotal time in life to do something so. . . crazy.

Rob: Wow.

Lara: It was like, you know they talk about those moments which change your life? Like that was just, I don’t know, just flipped the switch of what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.

Rob: That’s crazy! Really cool.

5. Then you were off to Boston ? How did you end up there and what were you doing in Boston ?
I went to school in Boston and I studied architecture there. I was there for a total of 10 years. I just wanted to stay and pay off all my student loans while I was in the US and get my architect licence, because you know everything in the US is in feet and inches and if I took the test there it was in feet an inches, where as if I took it in Canada it was in metric. I know the metric system, but designing buildings in metric is very different as in imperial. So ya, I spent 10 years there.

6. You go there (Boston), then you do some more studying in Milan and Paris, so why did you move back to Calgary ?
Well I was gone for about a dozen years and I think you just reach the point where you just can’t rent anymore apartments, lease anymore cars and have temporary work visas and I just really wanted to come back to Canada. I wasn’t sure where in Canada, but I was ready to come back. I think you gain so much perspective and such a greater appreciation for your country when you spend so much time from the outside looking in.

7. I probably should have mentioned this earlier, your a fashion designer, how did you get into that ?
It was something that I always wanted to do and growing up in Calgary becoming a fashion designer seemed really unattainable, it seemed impractical and there really wasn’t anybody here to act as a mentor. So I thought I would be practical and just become and architect, because I was interested in both. So after practicing architecture in Boston for 10 years I kind of reached a pivital point where I thought, “I don’t think I like this anymore, I want to try something else,” and I wanted to try fashion and just either do it or not do it and kind of put it to bed. So I took a one year spabatical from architecture to study fashion and it felt really good. So I came back to Canada and launched my own line and continued to practice architecture and now I kind of do them both at the same time.

8. So back to Calgary, what is it about Calgary that you like?
(laughter) That’s a hard question. I think the one thing I really enjoy about this city is the potential. I mean how often do you live in a city with a critical mass of over a million people where the design market isn’t fully saturated. So I think up until this time it’s been really frustrating that everything has just been kind of mediocre, but now that we have so many people from different countries and from different parts of Canada, the expectations of what good design should be, or a good restaurant or good fashion is so elevated that’s its opened the doors for so many people like my self to really grow and expand and experiment.

9. What do you like to do for fun?
Haha I don’t have any extra time for fun. (laughter) No, in the summer I like to ride my bicycle, I like to be outside. We were just talking about winter, in winter I hibernate, I’m not much into winter sports. Ya probably just kind of be outside and enjoy nature.

10. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Oh that’s a really hard. (pause) I don’t even know. . . (pause). I have no idea.

Rob: No idea! ?

Lara: I don’t know it’s like what I was saying earlier. It’s always just kind of been this very business focused city and now it’s kind of exploding with people wanting to put greater value on experiencing culture. The culture here has exploded recently too and again it all comes back to enjoying life, I think. The City is for example, has re-done a lot of the paths and implemented all of these bike lanes and 10 years ago no one would have ridden, other than couriers no one would have ridden a bicycle in downtown Calgary. So it’s nice to see it (Calgary) kind of growing up into a bigger city.

11. How can people find your work ?
Well they can come by the studio. That’s one way. We have a beautiful store front right on the street. A lot of the time people stop and peer in while we are working and wonder what we are doing. But also I have a website for both architecture and fashion, so people can find me online. (www.LaraPresber.com & www.StudioPresber.com)

Rob: And I know you’re on twitter, because that’s how I found you.

Lara: Yes I’m on twitter and facebook.

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Rob: So where can people find you on twitter ?

Lara: Easy, it’s @LaraPresber and same with facebook it’s Lara Presber Clothing.

12. Ok great, so that’s about it. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have.

13. Anything you’d like to add?
No (laughter).

Rob: Alright that’s it.

Lara: Come on, everyones ridden a horse in Alberta.

Rob: I have NOT ridden a horse.

Lara: Well you have only been here for a year and half.

– Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Lara, it was fun! 🙂

DJ Jimmi Riggz – Calgary Turntablist

I met Greg (aka Jimmi Riggz) at the 10@10 hip hop night I went to last month. After Greg’s set was over he made is way over to the bar and my table wasn’t far off. So I jumped up started to chat with him and told him about this blog, to my surprise he said he had heard of it! I asked him if he would be up for a quick interview and he was down. My conversation with Greg had a lot of laughs which made it one of the most fun interviews to date :). Here’s what Greg AKA Jimmi Riggz had to say.

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*Note: I could have put the iso down for this particular shot, but I was shooting in many different lighting situations quickly due to the stage lighting and other lighting in the venue, so I just left it at 10000 to ensure sharp photos.

1. Alright so what’s your name ?
My real name is Greg and my stage name is “Jimmi Riggz”.

2. So where are you from ?
Originally I’m from Dundas, Ontario and I moved out here 6 years ago and I’ve been in Calgary pretty much ever since.

3. Why did you move to Calgary of all places ?
Well originally I moved to Jasper and then it was like, your not going any where, your having fun but your going any where. (laughter)

4. Do you like living in Calgary ?
Ya, I like it for lots of reasons. You know obviously works good and then the (hip hop) scene’s pretty good for the most part. And I like it because it’s close to mountains and all that jazz. So like if you wanna get away for the weekend your just an hour or 2 away from dope spots.

5. So what do you like to do for fun ?
I like skateboarding, I like DJ’ing, I like just getting out camping, whatever, exploring seeing new things and chill’n.

6. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say ?
I would say it’s a good spot. If you want to get away from your whereabouts and want to meet likeminded people it’s the perfect spot to go because 90% of the people you meet are not from Calgary and at some point in their life, in all our lives we have the same thought of “Hey I need to get out of here”. So in that way when you meet someone you almost have something in common with them right away. So you meet a lot of nice people who at one point in their life where in the same mentality as you, which I like.

Rob: Hey that’s so true, awesome! I love it, I love it.

7. What else do you think the city has to offer for someone just coming to the city for the first time ?
Well theres great opportunities, I mean if your looking for work there is plenty of that. There’s good schools, there’s U of C, there’s SAIT . . . (pause), Ummm, I don’t even know the rest, I didn’t even go to school here man (laughter).

8. So how did you hear about this night and how did you get involved with it ?
Well I heard about it awhile back and I don’t know, I got at Beni cuz I seen videos on youtube and whatever and just heard it was a good place to meet people, network and I don’t know, some real (hip hop)heads that are into music here so I thought why not check this place out. Then I was talking with Beni and they don’t get very many turntablists through here so he was on board to have me out, so here I am.

Random Guy: Yo! You put on a good show buddy!

Greg: Thanks man, thank you.

9. Alright that’s cool, so is there anything else you’d like to add ? Like do you have a website or anything like that people can find you at ?
Naw.

Rob: Twitter ?
Greg: Naw haha.

Rob: Anything ?
Greg: Naw.

Rob: Nothing! ?
Greg: Haha naw I don’t, I’m old school. (laughter)

10. Well have you ever ridden a horse ?
No.

Rob: That’s it!
Greg: Alright. . . I almost did! can I put that?

Rob: Haha ya, how did you almost ride a horse ?
Greg: Well I was supposed too, but then it just never happen. We were up at the ranch and then it just never happen.

Rob: Haha why ? Why didn’t it happen ? You got scared ?
Greg: I dont know, I think we got drunk. (laughter)

Rob: Haha ok, well that’s good. You don’t want to ride a horse drunk. (laughter)

Greg: You don’t have to put that in haha.

Rob: No I’m definitely gonna put that in! (laughter).

Thanks taking the time to talk to me Greg! And that guy who interrupted the interview was right, you put on a good show! 😉

Ryan – 10@10 Hip Hop in Calgary

A DJ friend of mine (Mista Wilson) set up an introduction to Ryan through his friend Marie. I met Marie and Ryan in front of the Ubu Lounge a little before people starting showing up for a hip hop night that Ryan and his friends put on. Ryan told me a little bit about the night and showed me around the venue quickly. After a quick look around Ryan and I went back to the street to conduct our interview. Here is what he had say!
* A few more photos from the night follow the interview.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 50L – Settings: 1/320th // f1.2 // ISO 400

1. Where are you from?
I’m from Calgary

2. Have you lived here all your life?
I was born in Calgary

3. Nice.  Do you like living in Calgary?
Yeah, I enjoy living in Calgary.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
Well, like, even with a lot of other Canadians too who are like born and raised somewhere else, like, there’s a lot of nostalgic feeling for the place where you were born, and the place where you are familiar with , like most of my friends.  For me that’s Calgary.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to listen to music, watch sports, chill with the hommies.

6. So you are putting on this night.  Why don’t you tell me a bit about the night that we are at? How did it start?
It started as an idea from my boy Rock Media about creating a night where we invite 10 local hip hop acts down to do quick sets and kinda like a sign up and open mic format.  And it started with that and the way it grew from that point which is just kinda natural within itself.

7. How long have you guys been doing this night?
I believe this is our 24th month or 22nd month? I’m off on that one so I don’t know

Rob: Around there!

Around there, if that (Laughter)

8. So has it always been done here?
Yeah,  it’s always been done here at the Ubu Lounge here in Theatre Grand.

9. How long do you plan to do this night?  Is it gonna be a long standing thing?
Um, you know at this point…It’s not even the foresight, you know.  We never even thought it’d be this long. At the same time, it’s hard to envision local hip hop without it.

10. So what else is happening in the City as far as the hip hop community goes?
I don’t know, but from 10 @ 10 being a hub, it’s kinda nice to see like, as you invite more artists down to perform, it’s different artists meeting other artists, and different visual artists meeting other visual artists or photographers meeting artists as well, ya know. And then seeing the collaborations even from the events.  Seeing, you know, an act from one month, with an act from a different month doing a song together and your seeing kinda like those kinda fruitations of the culture. It’s showing more growth and you know than whats within the realm of my reach.  Cause there could still be great stuff being created anywhere, but if I’m not hearing it is it my hip hop or no?

11. So how do you get the acts?
People who attend kinda see what we’re doing and how it’s being done.  And they send us an e-mail at 10at10showcase@gmail.com or they hit us up on twitter @10at10calgary.  And then we ask them to send us a set list some links to their media and they we just kinda go through the email list.  And we do try to give everyone an opportunity to perform, so at all levels we encourage people to send music in.

12. Alright cool. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
It’s hard to describe, because I’m not even a travelled guy too much.  I travelled a little bit and it really opened up my eyes about what the world is like.  But Calgary’s just like, Midwest, big city with small town hospitality and that’s pretty much it.

13. Is there anything else you can think of that you’d like to add, that people might want to know about your night?
Since the conception of this, we’ve actually ran this free of charge for almost over a year and a half now.  So it’s just here to develop the hip hop community of Calgary.  We’re just creating a place where people can practice their craft, promote their craft, and diversify their collaborations coming out of their own art.  So come on down.  Tell your friends who are talented, we don’t have to all be bedroom rappers and producers and not you know, create something as a city.

14. Cool, last question. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes I have ridden a horse.

Alright, that’s it!

* Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Ryan! I’ll see you next month 😉 Also, thanks to DJ Mista Wilson & Marie for the introduction to Ryan. I would also like to add that I stuck around for a couple hours to check out the night and it was super good and had a lot of cool people attending. 10@10 is definitely worth checking out!

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Dwyane – Ontario Guy Turned Fresh Air Loving Cyclist

It doesn’t get any easier finding people for this blog than it did today. I just closed my car door and turned to the sidewalk and saw Dwyane hopping on his bike to go for a little cruise. I politely stopped him and explained to him what I was up to. At first Dwyane was a little reluctant to have his picture taken, but I showed him the website and told him a bit more about it and he gave me an enthusiastic “Lets do it”. This of course made my day 🙂 Here is what Dwyane had to say.

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Camera: Canon 5Diii & 135L – Setting: 1/250th // f2 // ISO 100

1. Where are you from Dwayne?
Ontario. 

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Work related.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Yes and no. I like living here, it’s just a little expensive. 

4. What do you like about Calgary?
Fresh Air! And the mountains. Ya you can’t beat that man.

5. And what do you like to do for fun? Other than ride your bike?
I like to go up to the mountains, get away from the city. Ya know, just be with nature. You can’t beat that man, it’s beautiful. 

6. If you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say?
A happening city, a growing city, a new city with potential.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No, YES YES! I have. Not successfully, but I have (laughter).

* One of the coolest things about Dwyane was that after the interview was over he had a few questions for me and we continued our conversation. I kind of wished I was still recording, but either way it was a nice conversation with a nice guy. Thanks Dwyane!

Laetiti – A Nice Girl at Uptown 17th

I went for coffee with a friend of mine today and we hit a couple art galleries. While we were on our way to the coffee shop I saw this girl I thought would be good for the blog, however we had just got downtown and it was not the time, so I didn’t bother asking her. After coffee and checking out a few good galleries, inspiration hit me to find some one for the blog. At first we took a stroll down Stephen Avenue and I asked one girl who looked cool, but she nicely infromed me that she wasn’t from Calgary, nor did she currently live in Calgary, DARN! Our parking was up, so we decided to head across town to Uptown 17th Ave to try our luck.

17th was great! We did a Pepsi taste test and won a couple Pepsi’s :). So with Pepsi’s in hand we started wandering down the street. I asked a couple girls sitting on a bench, but either they didn’t understand english or did not live in Calgary. When asked if they lived here they looked confused and just shook their heads no haha. So we cross the street and who do I see? The first girl I thought to ask all the way across town in the beginning of our outing! So I walk up and tell her what I’m doing and she’s into it! Here is what Laetiti had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
I’m from here, Calgary.

2. Have you lived here all of your life?
I have, yes.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ah ya in general.

4. What is it about Calgary that you like?
I like how it’s close to the Rockies, it’s got a lot of nature. People aren’t as nice here as other places, but in general their pretty nice. It’s got some cool neighbourhoods.

5. What do you like to do for fun?
I like hiking a lot, I like running, I like calculus & cooking.

Rob: Calculus! Nice 🙂

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Umm, does it have to be good or?

Rob: No it could be whatever, whatever you think, whatever you would say to somebody.

Laetiti: I think it’s a trending city with a lot of things happening. Probably in the next 10 years it’ll be an even better city than it is.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have not.

Thank you for talking to me Laetiti! 😉