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Calgary’s Warhol athlete exhibit, Impaired driving in Saskatchewan, Edmonton’s art café, and Winnipeg bylaw for cat owners.

hi-cgy-warhol-852_11-8colAndy Warhol’s Portrait of Gretzky

As Canadian rock singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman so eloquently puts it: “Warhol’s portrait of Gretzky, pretty freaking sexy.”  You can take in this sexy portrait along with many others at the Andy Warhol Athlete Series presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Calgary. The series will run from January 12th to the 30th.

You can RSVP to the opening reception, which will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on January 12 and all are welcome to the free-of-charge event and will be complimented by Great Moments in Pop. Works of other respected Calgary artists along with Calgary private collections that showcase the athletes during different phases of their career will also be displayed.

MOCA has prided itself on showing all types of exhibits for the past 24 years and maintaining a standing representation of Calgary with the art that stems from it. Some of Warhol’s other athlete portraits will include Muhammed Ali, O.J. Simpson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and many more.

Hawksley Workman: Warhol’s Portrait of Gretzky Live:



imagesImpaired driving record high in Saskatchewan

In most cases, setting a record might be something to cheers about, but setting the bar for provincial impaired driving might be a little hard to swallow. According to information recently released by Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan has set the worst record for impaired driving of any province.

In a release on Thursday, it was shared along with visuals that for every 100,000 people in the province, there are 683 incidents of being behind the wheel drunk. This works out to be more than double the national rate.

The only area of Canada that has a grimmer statistic is the Northwest Territories.



7802257.bin Quirky Café owner Cathy McMillan

“I’ll take a cappuccino and a caricature to go.”  This may seem like an odd request, but just the kind that Cathy McMillan, artist and owner of the Quirky Café likes to make good on. Along with this café serving up a selection of gluten-free goodies and caffeine by the cupful, McMillan will draw up caricatures of customers in a 10-minute time frame.

McMillan can also do up a digital image from an artist tablet computer she has located near the coffee bar.  With mere strokes of her marker you will see the similarities of yourself appear. To walk away with this in black & white will cost you $15 while in color will cost you $25. McMillan offers different art classes for adults and workshops for kids on Sundays her colorful creations line the walls of her quaint café. The McEwan grad recalls being selected to help out a caricaturist at the West Edmonton Mall after being recommended by staff at the school.

“When I got there he handed me a Sharpie and said, ‘draw me, ”said McMillan. “I loved it instantly. I loved it better than anything I think I’d ever done. That’s what’s so fascinating about caricature. What makes one person so different from another and how can you capture that in as few lines as possible?”


images-1New bylaw for cat owners proposed in Winnipeg

Calling all cat owners if your kitty likes to hit the streets, you may soon be looking at paying an annual fee for your feline to run free according to a new bylaw proposed by the City of Winnipeg. This proposed plan would see that owners of spayed and neutered cats would pay an annual fee of $15 while those that aren’t would be asked to pay $50.

“Cat licensing will protect more cats with a license tag and provide a revenue stream for enhanced spay/neuter programs,” said Animal Services COO Leland Gordon.

According to city officials funds raised from the new fees will go to support the Winnipeg Humane Society with their spay and neuter programs. Much like with the positive effects of dog licensing this new system will also see that long lost cats and their owners are reunited. Some feel that this bylaw may be difficult to enforce and that this new plan comes with holes in it.

“Right now, it is mandatory to spay or neuter cats under the age of six months. That has been dropped from the proposed bylaw so you have to wonder what the incentive is,” said Carla Martinelli from the Winnipeg Rescue Shelter.



Chadd Cawson is an intern at Spectator Tribune. Follow him at: @ChaddCawson

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