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Behind the Scenes of a Magazine Cover


Coming up with a magazine cover for each issue takes a few different steps. Where Calgary Art Director Veronica Cowan worked closely with our Contributing Photographer Jason Dziver for our stunning Where to Dine Awards cover for the January/February 2018 issue. She was kind enough to take some photos and give us a behind the scenes look of the process! (more…)

Take a look at the Canadian Rockies

Our first ever magazine cover contest was a smashing success! We received an incredible 239 submissions from 29 photographers. After we chose our cover (and our Last Look on the final page by Bryce Brown –see below), we reached out to everyone who submitted to the contest and asked if they would allow us to showcase some of their work. Read on to see a few of our favourite entries and you’ll understand just how hard our selection for the cover photo really was!

Bryce Brown



Kahli Hindmarsh




Pam Jenks



Elnaz Mansouri




Leslie Price




Brad Orr



Tyler Parker


Kyla Black




Mike Hopkins





Of course this list only scratches the surface of the work of these photographers and all of the incredible photography here in the Canadian Rockies. If you are dying to see more mountains, sunsets, skies and wildlife (who isn’t?) we’ve got you covered online (@whererockies)!

Thank you to everyone who submitted and keep an eye out for future contests!

Explore Photography at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival



At the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Sarah Anne Johnson’s Chillin’ at the Void is part of a series depicting outdoor music festivals as metaphors for Dionysian counterculture and the communal rejection of modern-day social norms.


MAY 1 TO 31 Toronto’s Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival draws attention to the creation and consumption of photo-based images and the challenging questions they pose—about the nature of memory, the formation of identity and much more. This year’s 20th-anniversary event promises to be as diverse and provocative as ever, with hundreds of exhibitions that, among other things, depict the industrial-scale accumulation of a newspaper photo archive (at the Globe and Mail headquarters), explore the scientific applications of photography (Edgar Leciejewski’s “scanographs” of birds at the North York Civic Centre) and use the banal to underscore the absurdity of superstardom (prints from the UofTDrizzy Instagram account, which photoshops Drake into mundane collegiate scenarios, will be installed throughout the city).

In all, the festival is both a snapshot of the state of contemporary photographic practice and a large-scale mediation on the act of truly seeing the world around us—for what it is (and isn’t), what it was and what it could be.


Edgar Leciejewski’s ornithological scanographs—on display at the North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.)—upend our expectations of scientific objectivity, favouring aesthetic concerns over strict representation.


Diane Arbus_A Young Man and his Pregnant Wife in Washington Square Park

Diane Arbus’s A Young Man and His Pregnant Wife in Washington Square Park is one of 300-plus images in “Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s,” a monumental Art Gallery of Ontario group show that captures the changing face of the U.S. during a period of social and political upheaval.


Get Creative in the Canadian Rockies

March 25, 2016
By Afton Aikens & Ashley Materi

Express your inner artist indoors and outdoors in the mountains this winter.

Silver Tree Studio, by Ashley Materi

Silver Tree Studio, by Ashley Materi

Community artsPlace
At Canmore’s new arts centre, all ages and skill levels get to be creative “in ways that will inspire and maybe surprise them,” says artsPlace director Jeremy Elbourne. One-day performing and visual arts workshops are tourist-friendly. Our glass-fusing workshop provided instruction, materials and space we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to access; and we made six pretty plates!


A Photographer’s Take on Jasper National Park

Where Canadian Rockies social media fan and Spruce Grove, Alberta based photographer Tegan Thompson (blownawayphoto.com) shares why she loves Jasper National Park.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag your experiences and photos with #whererockies for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Photo by Tegan Thompson

Photo by Tegan Thompson


Hot Art: Ryerson Image Centre Opens

SEPTEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 16 Ryerson University has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier nurturers of the “image arts,” with degree programs in film, photography, and even photographic preservation and collections management. It’s fitting, then, that the school’s newest marquee site should be the Ryerson Image Centre. Among other things, the downtown destination houses the nearly 300,000-print-strong Black Star collection of 20th-century photojournalism, as well as a 4,500-square-foot gallery for the display of contemporary visuals. The centre’s debut exhibition, titled Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, features new works interpreting that famous assemblage of imagery by such leading Canadian artists as David Rokeby, Vera Frenkel and Michael Snow.

Hot Art: Guy Laliberté Depicts Earth from Above

Guy Laliberté’s photograph Algérie, au sud de Alger, Sidi Bakhti

AUGUST 2 TO SEPTEMBER 3  See the world from a new perspective this month as Thompson Landry Gallery presents photographs of the earth from far, far above. In September 2009, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté became Canada’s first private space tourist, spending 11 days in the International Space Station. The result of his trip is an indoor-outdoor exhibition, titled Gaia, featuring 90 arresting images of natural and man-made landscapes shot from orbit. Through Laliberté’s wide-angle viewpoint it’s easy to see how climate change has affected the environment, and to envision in particular how the decline in water resources will impact us in the future.

Get a Sneak Peek at Toronto’s 2012 CONTACT Photography Festival


"Arirang" 2006 (Philippe Chancel)

Toronto’s annual CONTACT Photography Festival opens next Tuesday, May 1. The month-long festival brings the work of more than 100 photographers to more than 200 galleries, museums and public spaces around the city. The theme this year is “Public”. To see what’s on when, check out this handy festival map. (more…)

Hot Art: Portraits of Inner Strength

"The Believer" by Gavin Murphy is one of the photographs on display for "Transitions."

Local photographer Gavin Murphy is using his art to support a good cause. Until April 6, proceeds from his latest fundraising exhibition will go to the organization Breast Cancer Action Ottawa. Entitled “Transitions presented by Meridian,” the show features portraits of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, races, and backgrounds. These inspiring photos are an apt celebration of women, while also raising money to support survivors of a disease that targets people from all walks of life. On view at Gallery Farina, 216 Elgin St., and Meridian Credit Union, 99 Bank St., 613-741-4029.

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for March 2 to 4

This photo shows actors from Orpheus Musical Theatre Society rehearsing for "Rent."

Friday, March 2
Orpheus Musical Theatre brings its rendition of the Tony Award-winning Rent to the stage. Based on Puccini’s La Bohème, this rock opera follows a group of young, struggling artists trying to make it in New York City. Gritty and modern, the friends face challenges that range from relationships to money to the health threat of HIV and AIDS. See why the musical lasted 12 years on Broadway when this local theatre group takes on the show. (And don’t be surprised if you start humming songs like “La Vie Bohème B” and “Seasons of Love” and dreaming of running away to the Big Apple.) Opening tonight and running until March 11.

In 1971, Pink Floyd played two shows in Quebec, one in Montreal and one in Quebec city, for the first time ever. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of these legendary concerts with the 2011 travelling show Eclipse – The Pink Floyd Story, on at Casino du Lac-Leamy. This commemorative performance demonstrates the band’s evolution, with a live band performing the best of Pink Floyd from the early days to the later years. Moving lights, spectacular lasers, and video projections make this a complete sensory experience.

Enter the musical universe of Kyssi Wète this Friday at the National Arts Centre. Wète mixes the sounds and rhythms of blues, reggae, rumba, soul, raga, and pop to transport his audiences somewhere between France, Jamaica, and the Congo. Using human diversity and relationships as his inspiration, he relays messages of interracial harmony with his unique voice.

Saturday, March 3
Celebrate International Women’s Week on the opening day of the Celebrate HER Charity Music and Art Festival. The festival celebrates outstanding women in the Ottawa community with a week full of art, music, dance, theatre, and spoken word poetry. Check out this year’s centrepiece: the “Amazing Women-Femmes d’exception” photo installation at Alpha Soul Café, which includes women such as University of Ottawa professor Constance Backhouse and children’s author Naomi Guzman Poole. (more…)

Hot Art: A Photo Anthology at the University of Toronto

Robert Frank's Chattanooga, Tennessee

JANUARY 24 TO MARCH 10 The timeless art of assemblage earns attention this season as the University of Toronto Art Centre showcases more than 200 images from the collection of Harry and Ann Malcolmson. One of Canada’s most impressive private stocks of vintage photography, this archive represents a trove of documentary and artistic works that exemplify the medium’s historical development and its major creative movements. Featuring diverse images by the likes of Robert Frank, André Kertész, Man Ray and photographic pioneer Henry Fox Talbot, the display reminds us how collections are at once composed of individual pieces, but gain consequence through their “being together.”

Hot Art: Fusing Painting and Photography

"Lunch @ Times Square" by Claudia Salguero.

Photo editing has become a popular way to beautify, correct, or enhance photos, but Claudia Salguero’s “Urbano Beats” uses the technique for a completely different purpose: she digitally paints over a photo and manipulates it to add artistic touches that did not exist before. In this exhibit, combining the realism of a photograph with the fantasy of a painting puts an intriguing postmodern twist on her subjects. Her distinct pieces will be on display at Trinity Art Gallery from Dec. 1 to Jan. 10 (the vernissage takes place Dec. 4 from 1 to 3pm).