calgaryisawesome.com community-based, multi-author blog “dedicated to the celebration, promotion and preservation of the Calgary spirit, with a positive spin”. Since 2008, Calgary Is Awesome, and the editors and contributors are “dedicated to everything that makes it that way”. If you want to read ugly, bad news about Calgary they caution that “you’re going to have to look to traditional media and other blogs; C.I.A. promotes everything that makes our city awesome, from old to new and everything in between. We’re like the human interest piece on the news… only different.” Runner up for best local blog by FFWD Magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and member of the Canada is Awesome network of websites with sister publications in Vancouver (where the network was founded and is managed), Whistler and Toronto.
Irene Seto, Managing editor, formerly the fashion editor for the past three years, is a born and bred Calgarian with a communication degree from the University of Calgary who works during the day in marketing and communications and in the evenings, weekends and every spare second she can find editing and working with the blog’s contributors.
Wendy Peters, Happy Hour columnist, when she’s not managing her own blog, “Spirit of the Wench: How the Drink was Won” working her day job as the community manager for yelp.ca in Calgary.
Vincci Tsui, Food columnist and longest serving blogger at CIA, just ahead of Irene Seto, the managing editor for the past year, is a registered dietitian by day and the food columnist by night and weekends. Vincci shares recipes and reviews on her own blog as well at www.cecinestpasunfoodblog.com.
Sarah Pynoo, Film columnist, is a Calgary based writer, wanna-be illustrator, and volunteer. Currently she is studying communications at the University of Calgary and Journalism at SAIT. She is the Opinions Editor for the Weal, Chief Live Twitter Operation for Awesome Foundation Calgary, and the Social Media Coordinator for Light Up the World.
Peter Vetsch, Wine columnist, is a local lawyer by day and wine writer by night, pursuing his vinous passion by writing for Calgary food and beverage magazine Culinaire and maintaining his own wine blog at popandpour.ca. He has earned his formal wine accreditation through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), where he recently obtained his Intermediate and Advanced Certificates in Wine and Spirits (both with Distinction),
Nicholas Taylor, Nerd Life columnist, Nick is a blogger, broadcaster who has lived in Calgary for the past 14 years. A self-described nerd, he’s a radio broadcasting grad from SAIT.
Katie Murray, Lifestyle columnist, works in communications, social media and event coordination when she is not volunteering for Calgary and Area United Way and the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or researching, writing or posting her lifestyle articles to CIA.
Jennifer Thompson Goldberg, The Scene columnist, was likely roped into writing for calgaryisawesome.com by her daytime work colleague and managing editor Irene Seto. She seems to have found a good fit for her passions.
Angela Tulio, City Sustainability columnist, arrived in Calgary via Winnipeg and then Ottawa where she published a culture blog. During the day she works at an environmental sustainability company in Calgary.
Andrea Grant, Culture columnist, was born in Calgary and has been immersed in the cultural scene in Calgary ever since.
Amy Jo Espetveidt, Arts columnist, photojournalist, writer, gardener, reader and painter, is a graduate of SAIT’s Photojournalism program in 2005.
All the editors, writers and contributors at CIA are volunteers and seem only to happy to volunteer their time and talents.