Graphic Designer Aaron Draplin Speaks (DDC + Field Notes)

As part of the Elevator Speaker Series, The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Saskatchewan North Chapter, presents an evening with the indelible Aaron Draplin.



Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bona fide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple of tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design.

Just a regular guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, his talk is open to all comers brave enough to show up. If you are a youngster, you may find yourself inspired to attack your design future in a different way. If you are established, you may just leave feeling grateful you don’t have anything to do with him. Hard to say. Be there! Continue reading



The first day of Spring has come and gone but it still feels like we live in the Arctic!  Every year all everybody (especially myself) constantly complains about said weather but unless we all move away or get to vacation somewhere WARM, what are the other ways to shake these “winter blues”?!  I put together a list of things to help keep everyone distracted til the snow melts, sun starts shining and we can all hit the nearest patio for an ice cold beer! Continue reading

Oakley’s 24K Caveat Available Exclusively At Spareparts

Caveat: Exclusive until April 30!

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Big news from Oakley is the launch of the Caveat: an ultralight, feminine aviator with runway-ready appeal. Bigger news yet is the 24K Gold lens combo which is EXCLUSIVE to Spareparts until April 30. With a frame this pretty and a colourway that rich, you should be excited to be one of the first people in the world to own it. Let’s take a closer look at the stunning new Caveat and some of its pretty impressive specs.

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OOKAY and ETC! ETC! This Thursday at HiFi


This Thursday at Calgary’s legendary indie dance club we are proud to present a huge show.  We have Mad Decent artists Ookay and ETC! ETC! sharing the stage alongside Hai Karate residents Smalltown DJ’s and Ivan Rankic.  It is not a show to be missed!! We went a little big on this one. Mad Decent is killing it!! Continue reading

Off the Grid Jungle Life in Costa Rica

3 Days at Punta Mona’s Eco Farm Commune

The Peaks of Punta Mona

I look behind me and then forward again to the trail that has continued to diminish,  getting swallowed with each step into the lush green canopy. I stop in my tracks – not just because the loud growl of a gang of howler monkeys echoes overhead but beause I truly can’t decide to continue inland or backtrack and find a trail closer to the Caribbean Sea. Yup, I am alone and lost in the jungles of Costa Rica. I really should have looked at a map. Continue reading

Ray-Ban Introduces the NEW Opera Glass Collection

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Update: Happy April Fools! This was a lot of fun to write but there’s no way Ray-Ban would ever pitch this ridiculous idea. Big ups to Spareparts Creative Director, Ben Lamothe for his mad Photoshopping skillz. Lovesya, Ben! -Maygen

Since 1937, Ray-Ban has cemented its place in history as an iconic, classic, and current brand. With innovations like gradient lenses, Wayfarer style, and its recent lightweight carbon fiber construction, Ray-Ban is always moving forward and adapting with culture and trends. A few weeks ago, the New York Times heralded the monocle as the face of style to come but a) You’ve got two eyes, and b) Neither one wants a monocle. And with that said, I’m happy to introduce the real hero of quirky and unique eyewear for 2014: the new Opera Glass Collection from Ray-Ban. Featuring one arm but plenty of cool factor, these frames are already popping up on celebs and the fashion-forward from LA to NYC and now, they are available at Spareparts. Let’s take a closer look at these progressive pieces. Continue reading

Move Over Mr. Noodle


As an avid member of Calgary’s food scene, I am always excited when something new is opening up in the city. I had the pleasure of attending a tasting of a new Japenese Noodle Bar to hit the YYC culinary scene, GORO+GUN. Spealizing in Ramen, the concept of GORO+GUN is taking Japenese cuisine and introducing it to the modern foodie. I spole with managing partner Ken McDonald during my feast last Sunday, and I could tell that Kenny is a man who lives and breathes Ramen–he is passionate about the food coming out of GORO+GUN.

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YYC – Corkage


I think we can all agree there is no better place to drink a bottle of wine than your home.  Your chosen company, your comfort and best yet your favourite wines at liquor store prices. Unfortunately for myself my cooking is not up to par with Calgary’s latest, so if you are looking for more than the veggies, hummus, pickles, crackers and cheese plate- which the Reichert residence has to offer, you might have to look into wining and dining out.

But not to worry, all you penny pinchers and wine snobs can still find amazing places to eat in the city AND you can bring your favourite or cheapest bottle of wine with you for a small corkage fee.  Some restaurants are even offering free corkage on their slower nights to entice customers to dine at their fine establishments. I took the legwork out of it for you and have found some great Calgary restaurants that offer corkage for a small fee or FREE on select nights: Continue reading

Easy April Fools Pranks You Need To Try

Everybody loves a good sport! Time to see which of your friends fit that bill.

April Fools 2014 best prank practical joke ideas

April Fools Day is tomorrow which means you probably don’t have time to prepare an elaborate prank but not to worry, you’re not out of the game yet. I brainstormed some goodies with my family then topped that list up with Google to come up with plenty of last-minute April Fools Day jokes. From disrupting a morning ritual to getting a rise out of your co-workers, these are easy April Fools pranks you need to try.

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Juno Fest 2014 in Winnipeg


Canada’s music industry descended on Winnipeg this weekend for a series of events leading up to Sunday night for the Juno awards.  Spareparts sent some of the store staff and I out for a night of live Juno Fest music in Winnipeg. We decided to venture out and check out some of the venues that had live performances on Friday. We started at Le Garage Café and Pub located in the heart of the cities French quarter, St. Boniface. Continue reading