Shannon McClennan
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Shannon McClennan is a Calgary writer, poet and arts-and-culture junkie. She has a Master of Arts in International Journalism from the University of Leeds, UK, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Calgary. Shannon has done time as a communications specialist in big business and not-for-profit; she currently works in provincial politics and is director of communications for The People’s Poetry Festival. When not writing, ranting about politics or planning festivals, you’ll find her doing yoga, sleeping, and taking in the local arts and culture scene—but rarely at the same time. You can read about her exploits here; follow her on Twitter; or check out her occasionally-updated personal blog for more.

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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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