My time spent heading the arts section of The Reflector forced me to expand my interests beyond just music, and to dig deeper in order to uncover hidden treasures within the limited scope of Mount Royal University’s arts scene. These are some samples of what I encountered.
FairyTales Film Festival – Not only did I jump at the opportunity to make a LGBT film festival appealing to a wider demographic, I successfully fought to make it the cover story.
Mother Mother – After failing to get anywhere in my interview with the leader of this indie rock group, I explored an abstract way of writing the story that allowed me to engage with my audience directly.
Brighton Beach Memoirs – The chance to connect with students in Mount Royal’s theatre program resulted in multiple articles highlighting their struggles while putting on various shows throughout the school year. This one focuses on the actors in one show who open up about their process.
CJSW – This radio station has been a staple of Calgary’s independent music community for decades, and although based at a “competing” university, I felt it important to spotlight for my own audience upon its twenty-fifth anniversary.
Tyler Hornby – Upon discovering a music professor at MRU was also a member of a prominent smooth jazz group, I immediately wanted to learn how one balances two sides of the same coin.aa