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Jade Ansley | Project A Pop Up

Jade Ansley tells us how she got the idea for an innovative artisan gift store while she was developing as an artist herself. Jade was born and raised in Canmore; we talk about how Canmore has changed and ultimately what brought her home. Project A has moved to a permanent location on Main Street. Find this wonderful and unique store at:

710 Main Street
Canmore, Alberta
@project.a.shop

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Jade was born and raised in Canmore. Her parents moved here in the ‘80s,
fell in love with the place and stayed forever.

Jade discovered her love for art as a kid. In search of life in a bigger
city, she chose to go to art school in New Brunswick College of Craft
and Design, where she studied jewellery and later did a self-directed
business program.

She lived in Toronto for a couple of years and toyed with the idea of
settling in the East but decided to come back home.

Project A is a gallery and gift shop, selling and promoting work by
emerging artists. Jade felt inspired to create a place that gives
artists the opportunity to make a living from their creativity.

Unlike mass-produced products, with hand-made craft, each piece is
unique. Jade loves to watch people spend time picking the perfect item.

Project A opened on June 1st, 2017. Jade is currently on a short-term
lease but looks forward to staying on Main Street permanently.*

Her dream for Project A is to run workshops and events. An opportunity
for vendors and makers to come pop up in her space, creating a community
of different people, different businesses, different products.

Jade is no longer making jewellery simply because she doesn’t have the
time to make it while running Project A. Helping other artists is her
priority.

In the summer she loves swimming and camping. In the winter, she is a
skier.

Her favourite spot for swimming is the Quarry, but she is yet to explore
a new place somewhere on the way to Lake Louise.

Jade encourages aspiring artists to contact her. Just be brave and
introduce yourself to whatever gallery you’re interested in.

*Update: The shop is no longer a pop up but a permanent fixture at 710 Main Street

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Places, people and events mentioned:

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Project A Facebook Page
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New Brunswick Collage of Art and Design

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Zach Marton | Piloting the Canadian Skies

This episode features Zach Marton who has lived all over Canada and decided to make Canmore his home. We nerd about about air travel, technology, and how things planes have changed over the years. Zach is someone who is always hacking life and has a curiosity that inquires.

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Zach has lived all over Canada, but at some point, he fell in love with
the mountains and has never turned back.

He loves the social interaction of the town size and living in a
community where so many people are involved in nature, regardless of the
season.

He read the book Happy City and was inspired to move from Dead Man’s
Flats to downtown Canmore, to have easier access to places.

Zach is captain of a 100-seat airplane for one of Canada’s major
airlines, predominantly flying in Western Canada.

He does three or four flights a day, nothing over three-hours long. His
flights connect people to major hubs, from where they can fly around the
world.

Typically, he is away from home three or four days at a time, about 19
days a month.

When he is not working, Zach enjoys rock climbing at the Elevation
Place. He likes the atmosphere and the helpful instructors.

His advice for anyone considering the sport: it’s essential to have
proper rock-climbing shoes. You can rent a pair at the Elevation Place to get started.

You can simply show up, and you will find staff to show you how to do
the different rock climbing activities.

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Places, people and events mentioned:

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Elevation Place
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Happy City by Charles Montgomery
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Sunshine Chen | Storytelling Through Video

Sunshine Chen talks about his conversion to the mountains and outdoor lifestyle after doing a residency at the Banff Centre. Sunshine’s zest for life, appreciation for beauty, and being present is infectious and really comes through in this episode.

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Sunshine was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and his family migrated to Canada where he grew up in Kitchener, Waterloo. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, he once believed he would be a lifelong resident of Waterloo.

He attended the Getting to Maybe Social Innovation Residency at the Banff Centre in 2016 with his partner, Linda. It was there that he had a conversion experience and it seemed the mountains literally called out to him.

Three months later, they decided to move out of Waterloo.

For Sunshine and Linda, the move to Canmore was for their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Sunshine trained as an architect and started his career as a government employee in Waterloo, working on the large-scale urban redevelopment of the city centre.

In 2000, he began to imagine a centre for digital arts in Waterloo. He made videos to explain the concept to tech executives and won their support, and this was his first experience in using videos to explain things.

Inspired by the power of documentary and film as a medium of communication, he began a career change towards media; telling stories through video.

He built a practice for himself, with most of his clients drawn from the West of the country, from places like Fort McMurray, Calgary and Vancouver.

A critical factor in choosing to settle in Canmore was access to an airport for business trips. The connection between Banff and Calgary International Airport makes life very easy.

His clients include Suncor Energy Foundation and Reconciliation Canada in Vancouver, and he is eyeing more business opportunities in the Vancouver, Whitehorse and Calgary areas.

Sunshine and Linda made a deliberate choice to downsize their house to a one-bedroom home with the idea that they would spend more time outdoors.

They enjoy skiing, biking, hiking and just taking walks. Sunshine believes that riding the Legacy Trail must be one of the most exceptional experiences in the country.

They signed up as search-and-rescue volunteers and just love the search-and-rescue community.
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Getting to Maybe
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Chris McCorrister | LOV Media

Chris hails from Winnipeg Manitoba and has been coming to the Bow Valley to snowboard and mountain bike. Chris builds niche websites and platforms for various lifestyle-oriented businesses.

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When he got married, Chris and his wife Candace settled in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. Together, they visited the Bow Valley many times, sometimes
staying for months.

Last year, they decided to make Canmore their home. They were drawn by
nature and the beauty of the mountains, as well as the convenience of
having everything within reach in a small town.

They have two young boys, aged nine and six years, who are
home-schooled.

Given the importance of sports in Canmore culture, the boys have an
opportunity to excel in this space.

Chris and his wife have always had their own business. They started out
with a traditional office set up and then shifted the business online to
have location flexibility.

LOV Media offers a platform similar to Shopify or Squarespace, and they
build websites for companies and professionals. Their niche is
publishers and lifestyle-oriented businesses.

Chris does the web development and drives the company vision and
strategy. Candace is responsible for marketing and content.

The husband and wife team find it easy working together because they
have the same purpose and goals for business and family.

LOV Media is working on a new version of their content management system
(CMS). Anybody that’s pushing content in portfolio-style websites will
love it.

Chris is disciplined when it comes to working and can easily work all
day. He sometimes has to work at not working!

Away from work, he enjoys playing with the kids. During winter, they
love snowboarding; in the summer they go mountain biking, skateboarding,
hiking, and camping.

His favourite spot for mountain biking is the Nordic Centre. Being new
to the Valley, the family is still discovering mountain trails.

Chris also plays basketball and looks forward to someday canoeing with
the family.

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Places, people and events mentioned:

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LOV Media
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