Urban Portraits Photographer

picture1Kerri Singh, of Irish and Danish ancestry, was born and raised in southern Alberta. Married and with an eight year old son, she is the Founder and Photographer behind 2Create Photography, a childhood passion which she turned into a professional practise.  Her clientele and commissions are global and with many noteworthy corporations and individuals, including Indian Royalty.

At her core Kerri Singh is truly a multifaceted artist. She uses the medium of photography to manifest her artistic expression. Early experimentations with the use of mixed media, watercolor, pastels, charcoals & drawing taught her that art has many detailed layers.  She uses this knowledge with her photographic skills to create art, using the camera  as her brush and the world as her inspiration.

In her quest to capture the beauty that she envisions in people, places and nature she has extensively travelled across Europe, Indian subcontinent and North America. The energy of a person or place and its emotional and spiritual vibrations are always important to her. Her work consists of balancing environmental portraiture and personal perspective. She captures the essence of her vision in documentary, theatrical or editorial styles then applies the metaphorical lens to create a spectacular memory, a moment in time.

She is currently working on art projects illustrating Women & Children of the streets in India, ‘Life in a Shopping Cart’ ( A documentary of homelessness in Canada)  and Exotic Tastes of India.

She lives and works from Calgary, Canada. You can read more about her on her blog at www.kerrisingh.ca.

Book Launch: Halfway Home: 50 Years in 50 Chapters


“Halfway Home: 50 Years in 50 Chapters”

Approaching middle age can be a rattling and unnerving time of life. But it can also be a wonderful opportunity to laugh, remember and reflect. In Halfway Home, author and commentator Todd Hirsch reflects on each of his 50 years so far—one chapter for each year—sharing details of his childhood, growing through adolescence, and finding his way from job, to career, to calling.

Todd is launching the book at St. Stephen’s on Friday, September 9th, at 7:00pm. He will be doing a few readings from the book, which will be followed by a short moderated conversation on ageing, celebrating and living in gratitude. Everyone from the church is encouraged to come. And, it’s free!

A Day of Musical Exploration with the Instrumental Society of Calgary


A Day of Musical Exploration with the Instrumental Society of Calgary Sunday, May 29, 2016
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church

1:00 – 7:00 p.m. (including pauses, food and beverage) Tickets available at www.instrumentalsociety.ca or at the door on the day.

$75 Adult for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$60  ISC Subscribers for Full Day

$50  Musicians and Students with valid I.D. for Full Day

$20  Concert Only

The Art of Letting Go 1 – 3 p.m.
Workshop with Kevin Komisaruk, concert musician and member of The Music and Health Research Collaboratory (Toronto)  http://uoftmusicmahrc.ca Exploring performance practice, rhetoric, ‘flow’ and improvisation, and how these impact the spiritual, emotional and physical health of artists and listeners. With special participation by ISC musicians.

Intersect 3:30 -5 p.m.
A panel discussion with prominent members of Calgary’s musical, medical and spiritual communities exploring
Health and Wellness Through Ancient and Modern-day Practices of Music

Interplay 6 – 7 p.m.
ISC musicians perform Olivier Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time. Here is a little window into this profound work… Written with materials and priviledges granted to a prisoner by a guard, Messaien completed the Quartet for the End of Time for a unique combination of dilapidated instruments available to his prisoner friends. In 1941, shivering in the cold at the Stalag VIIIA POW camp, prisoners and guards shared sounds that weaved a story, in their odd metrical way, reaching into the depths of human pathos and emotions.  The story danced with violence, tender longing and serene hope looking forward to sacred texts where time is no more.  As they shivered and participated together in the waves of sound that frigid night, perhaps the line where enemies are separated was blurred.
Featuring Special Guest Speakers

Kevin Komisaruk is an Associate Professor in the performance area of the University of Toronto and a core faculty member with the Music and Health Research Collaboratory.  His work explores intersections between performance practice, rhetoric, flow theory, and improvisation, and how together these impact the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of artists and listeners. In practice, his research develops applications for re-purposing professional stage performance in a variety of medical contexts, especially palliative care and stroke rehabilitation, with a view towards enhancing existing therapies and developing new ones. As a concert musician, he has performed throughout Europe, the UK, and North America; his recordings on the ATMA label have received several international citations.

Janet Youngdahl is active as a soprano, academic and choral conductor. She has toured with the ensemble for medieval music Sequentia throughout Europe and North America. She appears as a soloist on many recordings on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi / BMG label. In concert, she has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, the Proms in London, and the Melbourne Festival. Recent recordings include several discs of 17th-century Italian music by Kapsberger and Castaldi for Toccata Classics, cantatas by Elizabet Jacquet de la Guerre for Centaur Records and a new recording of arias by Barbara Strozzi with beloved UK soprano Catherine Bott.  Dr. Youngdahl is an Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge, her work as a specialist in the chant of Hildegard von Bingen has fostered invitations to offer lectures and workshops at the University of Toronto, California State University and the American Academy in Rome.

Brian Pearson is an Anglican priest—the Rector of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary. He is a published author (two works of fiction and one of autobiographical essays) and a singer/songwriter. As the evocative power of the Christian story wainsin the modern age, Pearson is curious about human spirituality, and the many and diverse ways the divine breaks through into consciousness. The arts have always served us as such a medium, reaching beneath the differences of particular religious traditions to create pathways for the life that flows through us all.

Sarah Van Peteghen is an Accredited Music Therapist based in Calgary, Alberta.  At the Alberta Children’s Hospital, she works with children aged 0-18 on goals involving everything from developmental play with infants to processing trauma through song-writing with school-aged children and teens.  She specializes in neonatal intensive care work with premature infants to increase tolerance to a hospital environment through the use of rhythm, breathand lullaby. Sarah created the first music therapy internship program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in 2013 which has just graduated its 3rd music therapy intern.  In the community she is employed by JB Music Therapy, an award-winning company who designs treatment plans for people of all ages and abilities to foster change.  There Sarah works with seniors, adults with mental health issues and developmental delays as well as preschoolers coming from trauma-based environments.  When not playing with children or running her wedding music agency RSVP Weddings, she can be found puttering in her garden or cooking with gluten and sugar.

Pandit Dabral, PhD. was born near Dehradun, India, into a family of Sanskrit scholars.  He holds a doctorate in Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit from Varanasi, India.  A disciple of H. H. Swami Rama of the Himalayas, he trained extensively with Swami Veda Bharati, travelling with him for many years teaching Meditation and Yoga Philosophy in Asia, Europe and North America. Panditji is an experienced teacher in the Himalayan Tradition who is capable of bringing the authentic teachings of the yoga masters to all types of students. People of all ages enjoy his accessibility and humor. His knowledge of Sanskrit and the yoga scriptures is vast and comprehensive yet he is able to explain complex ideas in ways that are easy to understand and apply to daily life. He brings the experiences and knowledge of the Himalayan sages to life.  He is the Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Yoga Meditation Center Calgary and Shri Rama Yoga Meditation.
Hal Eagletail is from the Athabasca speaking Tsuu T’ina Nation.  Many teachers have contributed to Hal’s knowledge in traditional ways of knowing, herbology, healing, traditional arts and craftmanship and ceremonial leadership.  Hal’s late grandfather, Frank Onespot, a member of the Blackfoot Prairie Chicken Society, transferred the rights of the Eagle Whistle, Whip and Rattle to Hal.  Hal provides leadership in times of celebration, healing and spiritual growth at various events throughout Indigenous contry and is sure to leave a trail of laughs behind.  Hal is a Traditional Wellness Counsellor with the Aboriginal Health

For Tickets see Eventbrite at the bottom of this page or contact us at [email protected]

$75  Regular for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$60  ISC Subscribers for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$50  Musicians and Students with valid I.D. for Full Day (including food and beverage)

$20  Concert Only (no food and beverage


024Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 Time:  3:30pm

The King’s Own Calgary Regiment Band, under the leadership of Captain Natasha Mellish, is coming to St. Stephen’s on Saturday, April 9th.  You have enjoyed their music as the King’s Own Regiment marches to St. Stephen’s for St. George’s Day. Come and support this 35 member military band who will entertain you with band music new and old. Entrance to this excellent concert is by donation to the Veteran’s Food Bank or the Military Family support Services

The Metro Alliance for the Common Good: THE LISTENING CAMPAIGN

The Metro Alliance for the Common Good (MACG)

invites us to:


Facing the Challenges of Our Time:

listening to Real People,

about Real Issues,

acting for Real Change.

This community-based initiative

will identify the most pressing issues and challenges of our city

and harness our shared interest and power

to make a difference.

1st Session

April 4th 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Christ Church Anglican

3602 8 St. SW

2nd Session

May 2nd  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Beth Tzedec Synagogue

1325 Glenmore Trail SW

3rd Session

June 6th 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Bethany Care Centre

916 18 a St NW

Link Auditorium (5th Floor)

Our conversation will focus on the following questions:

What are the challenges and issues that we are facing?

What are possible responses?

How can we come together and act together to make a difference?

RSVP to:

Abbas Mancey [email protected] or

Danielle Webber [email protected]

WISDOM GATHERING: Learning to Listen to God

You are invited to join us for a consideration of spiritual direction in its many forms. Our special guest will be Susan Cooper, Spiritual Director on staff at Hillhurst United Church. Susan is a contemplative who offers spiritual companionship and life coaching to groups and to individuals. She is also a writer and an editor. Come and learn about the many ways of listening to God in our midst.

Sunday, January 24, from 7:30 to 9 pm

Contemplative Prayer Evening

11249479_1091925574172101_1063289637446085506_nSt. Stephen’s Anglican is hosting a community prayer evening Tuesday, 29 September. This will be a night of contemplative prayer to pray for the refugees of the world, especially the Syrian refugees. There will be docents available to guide you through several contemplative prayers: walking the labyrinth, silent meditation, journaling, mandala colouring, praying the rosary, and more. September 29th is an evening of prayer for the community in the community and all are welcome. The doors open at 7pm. An introduction of the space and the modes of prayer will run from 7:00-7:15, yet you are welcome to drop in and leave as you like.

Midtown Mosaic Artist Profile: Minghang Li

Li03 Ming was born in China and came to Canada in 2000. He attended Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) to study the art of drawing the Nan Thibert. Later he attended the Doug Swinton studio where he had the opportunity to study with Nany-lynee Hughes, Doug Swinton, Jerry Markham and Chris Jordan.

His work is influenced by those he has worked with but also two American oil painters, Richard Schmind and Clyde Aspevig. His expressive style of his work has evolved between realism and impressionism.Li01

Ming’s creations are inspired by the great western Canadian culture and landscape. His paintings speak the beauty of nature, animal and human that he has lovingly and spiritually represented through his own experience and passion. His work adorns many private homes and companies across North America, and breathes life into any room they reside in.Li04

Midtown Mosaic Artist Profile: Mary Ann Wiegert

Mary Ann Wiegert Photo“I have been making jewelry for over 15 years. I started using crystals and semi precious stones but for the last 8 years I have been making my own glass beads, also known as lampworking. Using glass rods of many colours, I melt these using a torch. I then combine my glass beads with stones, crystals, metal, leather and pearls to make into unique wearable art. I really enjoy playing with colour, texture and form to create jewelry that can spark up others lives!”