Fast Forward Weekly, one of Calgary's most beloved publications, has announced it won't be running a print publication anymore.
The free alt-weekly announced Friday it would stop the presses after 19 years of covering Calgary news, arts and entertainment.
According to a statement on the FFWD website, the paper's owner, Great West Newspapers, has decided to shut the paper down. The future of the website, however, remains unclear.
“I hope you agree that Calgary is worse off for our closure, no matter if you agree with us or not,” said editor and publisher Drew Anderson in the statement. “At the very least, Calgary’s inner-city streets will be a bit more drab without our colourful covers.”
There was no shortage of love for the publication on Twitter Friday morning, as word spread about the closure. Mayor Naheed Nenshi sent his support, as well as trying to find a bit of humour in the sad situation:
I've just been reminded that, with the end of @FFWDWeekly, I won't be named Sexiest Man in Calgary again. So, small blessings.— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) February 20, 2015
For the most part, however, people were just gutted at the news:
Calgary just dealt a major blow with the closure of @FFWDWeekly - no reason a city this big shouldn't be able to sustain an arts weekly.— Sloth Records (@slothrecords) February 20, 2015
Lamenting about the @FFWDWeekly news, I did a shitty job of supporting it. They did a good job, I failed as a reader. Sorry.— Tony Charron (@manaboutcowtown) February 20, 2015
Thing about @FFWDWeekly was how ambitious it was with so little. Once sent me and three others to Ft Mac to do a series on the oilsands...— Adrian Morrow (@AdrianMorrow) February 20, 2015
Today in Total Bummer News, @FFWDWeekly is no more. Some legendary music writers, past and present, have pounded out some greatness there.— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) February 20, 2015
After a few moments to process, I'm dreaming of possibility for @FFWDWeekly. I hope you stay alive as an online. VIVA FFWD. Journalists FTW.— Alex Kingcott (@AlexKGT) February 20, 2015
Lots of great issues & articles in @FFWDWeekly over the past 19 yrs. Grabbing a copy every week was more than just a habit. Sad day for YYC.— Chad Saunders (@chadmsaunders) February 20, 2015
Sad to hear about the end of @FFWDWeekly. They brought a unique view of Calgary that was needed and appreciated.— Allison McNeely (@allisonmcneely) February 20, 2015
I am genuinely saddened that @FFWDWeekly is shutting it down.— Tony Charron (@manaboutcowtown) February 20, 2015