Pride, prejudice and poetry: Edmonton artist explores complexities through spoken word

Brandon Wint isn’t the type of artist to see barriers — instead, he breaks through them to build bridges. As a spoken word poet who also happens to be Black and physically disabled, Wint has experienced more than his fair share of categorization. But he doesn't let labels define his journey. When he takes his words from the page to … [Read more...]

Helping hands: Long-time Edmonton volunteer on his decades of giving back

Through helping others, Neil Kennedy found the strength to save himself. Staring at the faces of homeless folk he's known over the years, Kennedy laments that the portraits on his wall were bound for the garbage bin if he didn't intervene. Kennedy was volunteering at the Bissell Centre ahead of renovations when he stumbled upon the pictures … [Read more...]

‘We’re all humans:’ Photographer highlights stories from the street

After a decade and a half working in group homes, it was photography that put Jerry Cordeiro’s life in focus. For about four years, Cordeiro has been walking Edmonton’s inner city with a camera strapped to his neck and his heart worn on his sleeve. He’s the founder of Humans of Edmonton Experience, a blog that tells the stories of … [Read more...]

‘You don’t care if you live or die’: Near-death overdose leads teen to embark on nationwide tour

Leila Attar was unconscious on the floor of her Ottawa home when a loud knock at her door shook her from a drug-induced blackout at 2 a.m. “It was non-stop … I thought it was the cops because of how loud it was,” she recalled. It turned out to be a close friend coming to check on her because Attar, now 19, had stopped responding to … [Read more...]

Fort family falling through the cracks

Corrina Paul is seated in a lightly-lit living room crafting a bracelet. She is keenly focused, despite the trio of miniature hounds running in circles and yelping excitedly. As she binds the string into a black and yellow pattern, she explains how making bracelets provides her a sense of comfort, even as the strands of her own life are rapidly … [Read more...]

Fort man hopes for Christmas miracle

Matt Beaudet’s wedding day is a day he’ll never forget, but not for the same reason most couples remember their special ceremony. The Fort Saskatchewan 34-year-old father of three had the grim task of telling his friends and family that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of soft-tissue cancer in his foot two days before. “We had to cancel the … [Read more...]

Seeking spirits in Beaumont

Greg Pocha believes the truth is out there. He's just not sure where. The paranormal investigator, who teaches ballroom and Latin dance in Beaumont when he's not chasing spirits, has been searching Alberta's nooks and crannies for signs of paranormal activity for more than 15 years. Just don't call him a ghost hunter. Rather, he seeks to … [Read more...]

A Christmas wish

Richard Grayson still has the shoes his son was wearing on the day of his life-altering accident. The Grayson family moved to Beaumont in late June of this year. Six days later, on July 4, they had their lives changed forever when their 13-year-old son Lincoln got in a severe bike accident, severely damaging his neck and spinal cord after … [Read more...]

Local artist brings pirate ship out of the woodwork

It’s safe to say Grant Tolley is likely the only Beaumont resident with a life-sized pirate ship in his backyard. And he built it from scratch, with almost no help at all, for the sake of his grandchildren. Standing at the helm of ship, his grandkids (whom he refers to as pi-rats) scurrying about, Tolley recalls how he spent the better part of … [Read more...]

Beaumont man defies odds to celebrate life

When Beaumont resident Joe Spaziani was first diagnosed with brain cancer on Dec. 11, 2011, the doctor told his wife there was a good chance he would not make it through treatment. They later revised their prognosis to say he had roughly 12-14 months to live. In March, Spaziani celebrated his third birthday with brain cancer. Spaziani … [Read more...]