Shannon McClennan
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Shannon McClennan-Taylor is a Calgary writer, blogger, poet, communications specialist, and arts/culture junkie. She has a Bachelor or Arts in English Literature from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in International Journalism from Leeds University, UK. Shannon has done time as a communications specialist in big business and not-for-profit, and currently works in provincial politics. Her graduate thesis, Advertisements, gender and violence: Examining violence against women in contemporary western advertising (2006) explored graphic depictions of violence, abuse and sexual assault used in western print advertising to sell products, typically to women. She continues to take an active interest in gender relations and the gendered politics of violence.

When not writing or ranting about something (politics, gender (in)equality, etc.) you’ll find her reading, sewing, doing yoga, sleeping, and taking in the local arts and culture scene—but rarely at the same time. You can follow her on Twitter and check out her rarely-updated personal blog for more.

Entries by Shannon McClennan

'April and the Extraordinary World' Is Strange and Wonderful at CIFF 2015

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 2:22 PM

I love animated films. I'm a particular sucker for anime for it's genre-skirting, -bending, and -breaking tendencies, blending hyper-realism and/or adult themes in beautifully artistic ways. Hayao Miyazaki's work over the past several decades, largely as co-founder of Studio Ghibli, are my favorites: deeply meaningful, often...

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"Funny Bunny" is Quirky, Thoughtful Film at 2015 Calgary International Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 2:08 PM

When three lives -- each complex and troubled in their own, unique way -- become inadvertently intertwined in director Alison Bagnall's 2015 Funny Bunny, the result is a beautifully quirky piece of art that is as accessible as it is genuine. Gene (Kentucker Audley, Ain't Them Bodies Saints)...

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'My Internship In Canada' is a CIFF 2015 Must-See

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 11:33 AM

The brief description in the Calgary International Film Festival program guide was enough to entice me, so I trekked off to the September 29, 9:45 p.m. showing of My Internship in Canada (Guibord s'en va-t-en guerre) or Guibord Goes To War (2015, Canada) with hopes the...

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Standout Performances Make Opera in the Village's 'The Mikado' Entertaining For All

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 5:07 PM

It was an uncharacteristically warm August evening last night as W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's The Mikado premiered in Calgary's East Village, marking Calgary Opera's third annual Opera in the Village. Opening to an all-but-full house, I admit I was surprised to see the smattering of empty seats...

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Premiers, Pumpkins, and a Bonus Soup Recipe

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 2:58 PM

It's October ─ a chill hangs in the air and the last leaves of summer have turned shades of gold and red, dropping in great piles along the streets. And, like Jack Frost, four provincial by-elections nip bitterly at our noses.

Many, if not most Albertans, are likely...

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Why You Need To Visit The Calgary Underground Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:27 PM

There's so much to enjoy in Calgary, with more than 50 festivals taking place throughout the year--several of which are either devoted to, or in some way incorporate film, including the International Festival of Animated Objects, the $100 Film Festival, the Japan Film Festival, the Hidden...

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Systemic Misogyny and the Downfall Of Alison Redford

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 1:50 PM

It's been an eventful few weeks in the world of Alberta politics. Since the second session's first question period on March 4, Premier Alison Redford has faced stiff criticism for the $45,000.00 price tag of her November 2013 South African trip to honor the passing of...

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What's In Store At The 2013 Calgary International Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:49 PM

It's film festival season once again! Hot on the heels of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kick-off, the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) announced their complete 2013 lineup of films, galas and events on September 3. My love of film is no secret, and...

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(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 4:34 PM

Yesterday--Thursday, September 5--marked the kick-off of the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)--a festival I lament I've thus far been unable to attend. As the days begin to shorten and Canadians are already preoccupied by thoughts of impending winter, it's that time of year again--Film Festival season....

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The Attack: A Film Well Worth Seeing

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 3:07 PM

I love film. Foreign and documentary, quirky and Indie; I even enjoy the occasional Hollywood Box Office buster or blunder. But my favorite films are the ones you don't see coming; the ones you have to pay attention to; the ones that force you outside of a black-and-white comfort zone...

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Consensual Rape and the Culture of Victim Blaming

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 4:13 PM

This isn't the blog post I intended to write as my first contribution to Huffington Post Alberta. A lover of the arts, I wanted to be lightness and color, attempting--in my own way--to bring more much deserved attention to Calgary's burgeoning arts and culture scene. But then, things happen that...

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