MC STAGE | FOLK FEST | INSIDE EAU CLAIRE

Folk Fest Music 2014

EVANGELOS TYPIST (sample from his duo project with Dan Solo)

AMY CARSON HUNTER

MARK MILLS

NATHAN M. GODFREY

RALEIGH

DOMINIC PIERCE

CHECK OUT SLEEPKIT AT:

http://sleepkitband.bandcamp.com/album/supermoon-sessions

LAURA LEIF

TOFU STRAVINSKY

 

 

 

 

 

YOGA AT THE MC FOR FOLK FEST!

Join us Sunday morning from 11am – 12pm for a $2 donation karma class!

Located at Eau Claire with the Market Collective X Calgary Folk Fest collaboration, join yoga Instructor Randelle from Blacksmith Yoga.  A perfect way to ease into the day!

Where : Market Collective at Eau Claire

When : Sunday 11am – 12pm

a $2 donation get you entered into a draw for a $50 MC Gift Certificate!

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PHOTO CREDIT: ASHLEY VINCENT

 

May 2014 Photobooth by Julia and Emily

Look at all of these beauties! Photobooth designed by Julia Gummo & Emily Beaudoin, and all photos taken by Elyse Bouvier!

Enjoy!

 

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DOWNLOAD PHOTOS HERE!

May 30-June 1, 2014 Photo Booth

Back Drop Creation by: Julia Gummo & Emily Beaudoin

Photos by: Elyse Bouvier

MARKET COLLECTIVE 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

We are so happy to announce that we will be celebrating our 6-Year Anniversary this September in East Village! Held in an amazing 11,000 square ft. tent, we are celebrating in true MC style! Food Trucks, DJs, live music, and your favourite local artists, artisans, designers, and musicians!

September 5 – 7
East Village RiverWalk
618 Confluence Way SE

Friday : 4pm – 9pm
Saturday : 10am – 6pm
Sunday : 10am – 6pm

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APPLICATION

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL WITH YOUR ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS BELOW AND INCLUDE 5-7 IMAGES OF YOUR WORK.
EMAIL: ARTIST@MARKETCOLLECTIVE.CA
SUBJECT LINE: MC 6-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

FOR TIPS ON APPLYING PLEASE VISIT: A GUIDE TO APPLYING TO THE MC3 TIPS FOR TAKING A GOOD PRODUCT PHOTO, 3 MORE TIPS FOR TAKING A GOOD PRODUCT PHOTO

♥ COMPANY NAME:
♥ CONTACT NAME:
♥ TELEPHONE:
♥ E-MAIL:
♥ WEBSITE/BLOG:
♥ PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR WORK AND HOW IT IS LOCAL:
♥ PLEASE GIVE APPROXIMATE PRICING OF YOUR PIECES:
♥ WHAT METHODS DO YOU USE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE MC?
♥ WHAT TABLE/BOOTH OPTION DO YOU PREFER? DETAILS AND PRICING BELOW.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: AUGUST 1st, 2014
FINAL NOTIFICATIONS: AUGUST 4th, 2014.

♥♥ THANK YOU FOR APPLYING! ♥♥

INFORMATION

DATES:

SEPTEMBER 5 – 7

HOURS OF OPERATION:

FRIDAY: 4:00PM-9:00PM
SATURDAY: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
SUNDAY: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

ARTIST FEE:

6′ X 3′ TABLE – $200 PLUS GST
10′ X 6′ BOOTH – $300 PLUS GST (*NOTE: THIS IS THE PERFECT OPTION FOR ARTISTS WHO NEED ROOM FOR RACKS)
10′ X 10′ BOOTH – $400 PLUS GST
10′ X 15′ CORNER BOOTH – $550 PLUS GST

ARTISTS ARE WELCOME TO SHARE THEIR SPACE WITH ANOTHER ARTIST (BOTH NEED TO APPLY).

THE FEE INCLUDES:
- ONE TABLE AND TWO CHAIRS
- 3 DAYS OF THE EVENT (FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
- THE ARTIST FEE SHOULD BE PAID WITHIN A WEEK OF ARTIST ACCEPTANCE. (PLEASE READ BELOW FOR PAYMENT OPTIONS)
- IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC REQUESTS, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE YOU.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

YOU CAN PAY FOR YOUR TABLE OR BOOTH IN FOUR WAYS:

1) EMAIL TRANSFER

2) CHEQUE

3) CREDIT CARD (VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMEX)

4) PAYPAL

RULES AND FAQ:

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION? WHAT TIME IS SET-UP?

HOURS OF OPERATION:
FRIDAY: 4:00PM-9:00PM
SATURDAY: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
SUNDAY: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

SET UP:
FRIDAY: 12:00PM – 3:30PM
SATURDAY : 9:00AM – 9:45AM
SUNDAY : 9:00AM – 9:45AM

WE ASK THAT ARTISTS SET UP BETWEEN 1:00PM-3:30PM ON THE FRIDAY OF THE EVENT DATE. DOORS OPEN ON FRIDAY AT 4:00PM, AND AT THAT POINT EVERY SPACE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY READY. REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE MANY OTHER ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS SETTING UP, SO IT’S NECESSARY TO ARRIVE ON TIME.

LEAVING EARLY:

WE HAVE A POLICY THAT ARTISTS SHOULD NOT LEAVE BEFORE THE END OF THE EVENT.  IF THERE IS A PRESSING CONCERN, OR EMERGENCY, PLEASE INFORM US AT THE EVENT BEFORE PACKING UP.  IF THERE IS NO VALID REASON, THIS WILL AFFECT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE MC IN THE FUTURE.

WHERE IS THE VENUE LOCATED?

THE EVENT IS LOCATED AT EAST VILLAGE, 618 CONFLUENCE WAY SE.

SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING ELSE FOR MY TABLE?

YES! WE ENCOURAGE ALL ARTISTS TO BRING ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DECORATE YOUR SPACE, TABLE CLOTHS, SHELVES, ANYTHING!

WHAT TIME DOES THE MARKET COLLECTIVE END?

THE MARKET COLLECTIVE RUNS UNTIL 6PM ON SUNDAY, AT WHICH TIME WE WILL START TAKE DOWN.

WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT IS THERE AT THE MARKET COLLECTIVE?

BECAUSE ARTISTS KEEP 100% OF THEIR COMMISSION, ARTISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN PAYMENTS.  PLEASE BRING ANY SYSTEMS THAT YOU USE AND YOUR OWN FLOAT! THERE WILL BE AN ATM AVAILABLE ON-SITE FOR PEOPLE TO WITHDRAW MONEY.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN USING SQUARE, PLEASE VISIT OUR MC SQUARE BLOG POST AND RESERVE YOUR SQUARE THROUGH US.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TABLE?

TO OBTAIN A FULL REFUND, ARTIST MUST CANCEL NO LATER THAN 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT DATE.

HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT TABLE IS OURS?

WE WILL HAVE A FLOORPLAN SET UP, AND COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE SPACE. FIND YOUR NAME, AND YOU WILL FIND YOUR CORRESPONDING NUMBER.  EVERY TABLE IS NUMBERED, AND THERE’S ALSO A FLOOR PLAN THAT SHOWS THE TABLES AND THEIR NUMBERS.

IS MY WORK SAFE TO LEAVE OVERNIGHT?

YES, THE BUILDING IS A SECURE AND SAFE SPACE TO CONFIDENTLY LEAVE YOUR WORK OVERNIGHT. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT MARKET COLLECTIVE IS NOT LIABLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH THE MARKET COLLECTIVE!

Artist Spotlight // SEED Yoga

Blake Ward makes beautiful clothes, and owns the local label Seed Yoga. Blake joined MC last summer at the same time that we got hit with the YYC Flood and were forced to cancel 2 events. Since that time, we have watched his business continually grow and we are proud to have him as part of the MC.

SEED YOGA is designed and made in YYC! All of their clothing is made from bamboo, hemp and merino wool, and they take pride in the fact that they source the best fabrics on the planet for ecology and comfort. They believe that these materials offer impressive benefits, not just for us wearing the clothing, but for the ecology of our planet. By using these impeccable fabrics, the result is comfort, brilliance and a nice big smile from mother earth!

We sat down with Blake Ward to chat about Seed Yoga and his goals for the future!

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How did Seed Yoga come about?

I was frustrated there was no cool yoga clothing for men so I bought a sewing machine. I set up at my kitchen table and taught myself how to sew.

What were some of your initial draws to the yoga industry?

Girls. And soon I was realizing the spiritual, physical, and mental benefits of going to class. But ya, now it’s back to mostly about the girls. Ha ha jk.

What are some of the obstacles that you have faced in your entrepreneurial journey?

Money and time. I work two full time jobs with this and my other job and the streak I’m on right now is close to 40 days without a day off.

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What are you looking forward to in the future of Seed Yoga?

Our first storefront on 17th Ave. This will be our flagship store to sell our freshest gear.  We’re going to offer community sewing classes and have a yoga studio running too. Then duplicate all that in Maui, Hawaii.

How are you going to use Kickstarter to help you with your new endeavors?

We need to raise $15,000 to get our next great collection produced.  Right now we’re selling out of our stuff too fast at this scale and we need to produce bigger orders. It will cost over $15,000 for our next collection! We appreciate everybody’s support who shares our video too, and if you’d like to pledge for some wicked perks you can right here: http://kck.st/1oBr87t

Where’s your favourite place to practice?

In Cochrane. The Amaryllis Yoga Studio has a good vibe in town. There’s so many good ones in the city too, a couple I really like are Bodhi Tree in Kensington and the brand new Body Centre that just opened down south.

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How can people contact you?

You can either email blake@seedyoga.ca or message me on the Kickstarter page

MARKET COLLECTIVE + CALGARY FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE MARKET COLLECTIVE HAS BEEN INVITED TO BE A PART OF CALGARY FOLK MUSICAL FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER! We will be located AT EAU CLAIRE MARKET, so COME AND VISIT US THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AS WE SHOWCASE 40+ ARTISTS, OUR VERY OWN  STAGE, AND MUCH MUCH MORE! This is a free event and open to the public.

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING, PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL WITH YOUR ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS BELOW AND INCLUDE 5-7 IMAGES OF YOUR WORK.
EMAIL: ARTIST@MARKETCOLLECTIVE.CA
SUBJECT LINE: CALGARY FOLK FEST

NOTE: IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THE MARKET COLLECTIVE SLED ISLAND BLOCK PARTY AS WELL, PLEASE SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH EVENT.

FOR TIPS ON APPLYING PLEASE VISIT: A GUIDE TO APPLYING TO THE MC3 TIPS FOR TAKING A GOOD PRODUCT PHOTO, 3 MORE TIPS FOR TAKING A GOOD PRODUCT PHOTO

♥ COMPANY NAME:
♥ CONTACT NAME:
♥ ADDRESS:
♥ TELEPHONE:
♥ E-MAIL:
♥ WEBSITE/BLOG:
♥ PLEASE GIVE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR WORK AND HOW IT IS LOCAL:
♥ PLEASE GIVE APPROXIMATE PRICING OF YOUR PIECES:
♥ WHAT METHODS DO YOU USE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE MC?

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: JUNE 26TH, 2014
ALL NOTIFICATIONS GOING OUT ON JUNE 30TH, 2014.

♥♥ THANK YOU FOR APPLYING! ♥♥

INFORMATION

DATES:

JULY 26 – 27

HOURS OF OPERATION:

SATURDAY: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
SUNDAY: 11:00AM – 5:00PM

ARTIST FEE:

10′ X 6′ BOOTH – $250 PLUS GST

ARTISTS ARE WELCOME TO SHARE THEIR SPACE WITH ANOTHER ARTIST (BOTH NEED TO APPLY).

THE FEE INCLUDES:
- ONE TABLE AND TWO CHAIRS
- 2 DAYS OF THE EVENT (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
- THE ARTIST FEE SHOULD BE PAID WITHIN A WEEK OF ARTIST ACCEPTANCE. (PLEASE READ BELOW FOR PAYMENT OPTIONS)
- IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC REQUESTS, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO ACCOMMODATE YOU.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

YOU CAN PAY FOR YOUR TABLE OR BOOTH IN FOUR WAYS:

1) EMAIL TRANSFER

2) CHEQUE

3) CREDIT CARD (VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AMEX)

4) PAYPAL

RULES AND FAQ:

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION? WHAT TIME IS SET-UP?

HOURS OF OPERATION:
SATURDAY : 11:00AM – 5:00PM
SUNDAY : 11:00AM – 5:00PM

SET UP:
SATURDAY : TBA
SUNDAY: TBA

LEAVING EARLY:

WE HAVE A POLICY THAT ARTISTS SHOULD NOT LEAVE BEFORE THE END OF THE EVENT.  IF THERE IS A PRESSING CONCERN, OR EMERGENCY, PLEASE INFORM US AT THE EVENT BEFORE PACKING UP.  IF THERE IS NO VALID REASON, THIS WILL AFFECT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE MC IN THE FUTURE.

WHERE IS THE VENUE LOCATED?

THE EVENT IS HELD AT EAU CLAIRE MARKET, LOCATED AT 200 BARCLAY PARADE SW.

SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING ELSE FOR MY TABLE?

YES! WE ENCOURAGE ALL ARTISTS TO BRING ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DECORATE YOUR SPACE, TABLE CLOTHS, SHELVES, ANYTHING!

WHAT TIME DOES THE MARKET COLLECTIVE END?

THE MARKET COLLECTIVE RUNS UNTIL 5PM ON SUNDAY, AT WHICH TIME WE WILL START TAKE DOWN.

WHAT FORM OF PAYMENT IS THERE AT THE MARKET COLLECTIVE?

BECAUSE ARTISTS KEEP 100% OF THEIR COMMISSION, ARTISTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN PAYMENTS.  PLEASE BRING ANY SYSTEMS THAT YOU USE AND YOUR OWN FLOAT! THERE WILL BE AN ATM AVAILABLE ON-SITE FOR PEOPLE TO WITHDRAW MONEY.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN USING SQUARE, PLEASE VISIT OUR MC SQUARE BLOG POST AND RESERVE YOUR SQUARE THROUGH US.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TABLE?

TO OBTAIN A FULL REFUND, ARTIST MUST CANCEL NO LATER THAN 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT DATE.

HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT TABLE IS OURS?

WE WILL HAVE A FLOORPLAN SET UP, AND COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF EAU CLAIRE MARKET. FIND YOUR NAME, AND YOU WILL FIND YOUR CORRESPONDING NUMBER.  EVERY TABLE IS NUMBERED, AND THERE’S ALSO A FLOOR PLAN THAT SHOWS THE TABLES AND THEIR NUMBERS.

IS MY WORK SAFE TO LEAVE OVERNIGHT?

ALTHOUGH THERE IS SECURITY IN THE BUILDING, WE WOULD PREFER IF ARTISTS TAKE THEIR WORK HOME FOR THE  EVENING, AND SET-UP AGAIN ON SUNDAY MORNING. PLEASE NOTE THAT MARKET COLLECTIVE IS NOT LIABLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH THE MARKET COLLECTIVE!

MC Post Event Report – Waste Diversion

Thank you Calgary! Once again you impressed us with your dedication to helping us make Market Collective a socially conscious green event! Here is the report that shares the 85% diversion! Special thanks to Colin Smith at Green Event Services for all his hard work xo.

Post Event Report - Market Collective - June 1

MC FAMILY // BRENDAN KANE

A man of the mountains, a boy of the streams,  Brendan Kane is a get ‘er done kinda guy. From starting up Welcome to the West in 2009, to simultaneously working as Music Curator for the Market Collective, he has single-handedly incorporated his love and support of music into every facet of his life. Whether it is representing new Western music culture through candid performance videos, to organizing and connecting with musicians through the MC, Brendan has transformed the face of music in Calgary. Make him laugh, make him smile with a memory , or simply make this man an open-faced sandwich. He deserves it all.

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Tell us about Welcome to the West, and some of your other projects on the go right now

We’re a group of music enthusiasts with a penchant for concert production and filmed session recordings. This is our fifth year; which I’m told is a sticktoitiveness benchmark. To celebrate, we’ll make some fun videos, get appropriately swept by festival season, and cap off the summer with an event on September 13 in Inglewood. Save that date.

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Calgary has a burgeoning arts scene, and is quickly growing in reputation.  Can the same be said for the music in this city?

I like to measure these things based on visibility. There are certainly distinct similarities to the visual art community’s reinvention 5-6 years ago and what is happening in music right now. From my vantage point back then, institutions and individual artists found clever ways to set up their practices as public art became more of a civic trend.

There are so many businesses in town factoring live music into their core values now. Everyone seems tuned to the idea that song is a great social equalizer and the dynamics a truly great show can create in your space. I envision a near future that sees more establishments moving toward nightly, weekly, or monthly programming – which done correctly, ought to open the showbiz flood gates.

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How would you like to see Calgary improve on the music front?

Affordable creative space and venues. I have high hopes for projects in progress like Folk Festival Hall, National Music Centre, and King Edward School.

What are some ways that you like to contribute to the growth of our city?

Connecting people and their ideas; it’s my all-time favourite activity. When we started Welcome to the West, that’s what it was all about. The project has allowed us to showcase local music alongside international talent and strengthen ties to new markets. Whether it’s a live show or session, we’re always dreaming up new ways to custom-tailor performance.

What are some of your favourite new bands coming out of Calgary right now? Favourite new projects developing our community?

Look no further than this upcoming Market: All Hands on Jane, Northern Beauties, Serious Clouds, Windigo and 36?.

If you were a cooked egg, what would you be?

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Ways people can be in touch:

Write me a letter!

http://www.welcometothewest.ca/contact

Check out some of Welcome to the West magic below:

Volunteer Highlight // Alyse Stach

Alyse is one of a kind! She is an absolute pleasure to have around the MC. She’s been involved selling her work, taking workshops and volunteering…and definitely makes each weekend a little more amazing with her presence!

Josh Sison, the MC volunteer coordinator, interviewed Alyse about her time at MC! Here’s what she had to say…

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How did you get started volunteering with Market Collective?
I was originally introduced to Market Collective by a friend and I had a booth a couple of times selling some crochet scarves with my company Nellie’s Knots back when MC was still in the old ant hill building. MC’s popularity was constantly growing, attracting higher caliber artists and Nellie’s Knots was more of a hobby for me and I was no longer interested in selling my products. I loved the MC community and I still wanted to be apart of the market each month so I decided I would volunteer, a decision I am very thankful for. I look forward to signing up each market and usually try to volunteer twice over the 3 days.
What is the most memorable thing that’s happened to you at Market Collective?
My most memorable Market Collective moment was when I took Dave Carlton’s worm composting class. Dave’s passion is infectious and you can’t help but feel super enthused walking out of there. I highly recommend the class to anyone that is cool with having worms in their kitchen.
What makes you keep coming back?
The people 100% is what keeps me coming back. Market Collective is the perfect blend of all the coolest people in the Calgary area that I wouldn’t otherwise get the opportunity to meet.
Tell us something that you’re passionate about.
I have recently become very passionate about health & nutrition. In the past year after doing some research I made the decision to change to a vegan diet and in September I will be attending the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. It is a 10 month program and I will hopefully be graduation with my diploma making me a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
What are you looking forward to this summer?
I am looking forward to hopefully some great weather so I can bike/rollerblade by the river, as well as some of the street festivals Calgary offers; particularly Lilac and Sun & Salsa. My family also has a cabin on Rosen Lake in BC that I love heading to over a long weekend.
How would you spend the day in the city?
My ideal day would be to go for a bike ride along the river and stop for some lunch and coffee at one of my favourite vegan friendly restaurants (Higher Ground, Dairy Lane, Blue Star Diner or the Coup) sit outside enjoy the beautiful weather, read a book or listen to some music.
What would you say to anyone who is interested in joining the volunteer team?
Do It! Volunteering at Market Collective is so much fun and never ever feels like a chore. You will meet so many amazing people willing to share their talents and knowledge with you, you will also make some great friends along the way. It is such an inspiring community, and there is no way you could walk out of there with anything but a positive experience

Community Spotlight – Studio North

Studio North is a design and build practice based in Calgary, established by Matthew Kennedy and Mark Erickson. Matthew and Mark have been collaborating on design and architecture work for the past 7 years, and have been featured in numerous publications such as Canadian Architect Magazine and ArchDaily.

Matthew and Mark believe that the dialogue between design and construction is necessary, and that the skills of each practice are important and interconnected. It is their philosophy that small scale and well-crafted works can stimulate big changes in thought and ways of being.

We sat down with Mark Erickson to ask him about some of the projects that they have been involved with, their views on laneway housing, and how they see building and architectural design work as an art practice.

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It’s always nice to start off by getting a sense of the people involved in the project! So…how did you both meet, and what are some of the unique things that each of you brings to Studio North?

It’s funny, Matt and I went to the same high school and lived 5 minutes away from each other in Calgary, but didn’t know each other. We first met in a multimedia class at the University of Calgary back in 2007, but our friendship began during our first year of architecture school in Halifax.  It turned out that we lived right across Barrington street from each other.  Matt called me to go for beers the first night we both moved there and we’ve been best buds ever since.

Matt and I both have a background in building.  As kids we both spent a lot of time in the garage learning how to use tools to build the things we dreamt up. Matt apprenticed as a carpenter and also owned his own concrete business prior to going into architecture school.  He has an eye for detail and has accumulated valuable knowledge and skill in the making of things. I really enjoy the conceptual side of things, and am good at putting ideas on to paper.  While in art school, I enjoyed making kinetic sculptural pieces and furniture, which has influenced my practice today.

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What is your educational background?

Matt studied urban studies at the University of Calgary and I studied Fine arts at the University of Calgary. Following this, we both went to Dalhousie University in Halifax and achieved our Bachelor of Environmental design and Masters of Architecture.

Many times in building projects, the builders and the architects work quite separately. Why do you think that it is important for the design and build to be interconnected?

Well, there are many reasons, and I’ll name a few. Ultimately, the design and build processes are woven together so that one can inform the other. It ensures that our designs are rooted in reality, but can also foster and promote innovation and creative problem solving.

As both designer and builder, we are able to connect to the technical and social outcomes of our work. From a social viewpoint, we can form relationships with both the client AND the community in which our projects are being built by having a presence on site.  In this way, we can directly understand the impact that our work is having, and understand how it is and isn’t working within the very specific context of the site.

It allows us to inhabit the spaces that we design as they take shape, which gives us the opportunity to make design moves and tweaks that make the space more comfortable and better suited for habitation.

From a technical perspective, the design build process holds us responsible for the quality and warranty issues after handing over our built projects to our clients.  This obligation gives us invaluable insight into how our buildings age and wear over time. We take direct responsibility for our designed and built work, which gives our clients assurance that they’re receiving a product that stands up to its design and the tests of time.  It allows us to really understand and learn from the things that we design and then have to build.

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What are some projects that you have completed from the ground up?

We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to design and build a kids camp in PEI while we were living in Halifax.  This project was designed and built by Matthew, 3 other colleagues and myself.  We also designed and built a dining hall in Ross Creek Nova Scotia.  We’ve also done numerous art installations from the ground up.

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How does practicing art contribute to Studio North?

We see public art as a means to explore architectural concepts and ideas, uninhibited by any constraints that come with doing conventional architectural projects.  We explore ideas about light, space, human perception and sensation.  What we learn from these explorations finds its way back into and informs our architectural practice.  So practicing art is a valuable tool and is a great outlet for our creative process.

Can you tell us a little about laneway housing, and how this can help to contribute to density in the core and create more available affordable housing?

Laneway housing is a great way to add another layer to the urban fabric without uprooting what already exists in our communities.  Our communities are a fine tapestry of things old and new, and laneway housing is a sensitive way to integrate efficient living spaces using pre existing infrastructure (back alleys) ideal for pedestrian scale, urban living.  It not only adds density, but also offers an opportunity to enhance diversity in communities.  Alleys may seem like drab, dirty places, but if activated by laneway housing, they can become very active, vibrant micro communities.  Such dense, pedestrian friendly back alley thoroughfares have proven to be very successful in urban areas around the world.

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What are you most looking forward to regarding future projects?

We really want laneway housing to take off in Calgary, because small compact living spaces are really exciting to design!

We also love how diverse our practice is.  We like doing experimental things in both the art and architectural realms because it keeps our minds constantly turning.

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How do you hope to influence the landscape in Calgary in the coming years?

We hope to usher in the laneway housing movement in Calgary.  We believe that it will promote and foster existing communities in neighbourhoods such as Sunnyside and Hillhurst where there is so much established character, history, and colourful people, all of which define place.  We don’t want to see this community turn into a landscape of condo developments!

We also hope to capture the minds of Calgary’s youth in offering them an alternative way of living, which is small, human scale, well designed and crafted living spaces.  We believe that living simply is a virtue and frees us of the need to collect material things to fill superfluous spaces.  It makes us want to live closer to each other, which inevitably enriches our personal connections, and fosters our sense of community.

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