Fire Red skate down Sharks

Kelly Stanford in action for Calgary Fire Red in their Alberta Female Hockey Elite Midget game against St. Albert Sharks at Joseph Kryczka Arena, Calgary on January 13, 2019.
© J. Ashley Nixon


January 13, 2019

Calgary Fire Red strengthened their position in the southern division of the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite on Sunday with a 3-2 win over northern league leaders, St. Albert Sharks. Kaitlyn Severson opened the scoring for Fire Red in the first period at Joseph Kryczka Arena with a nicely executed backhander over the glove of Sharks goalie, Layla Hood.

St. Albert equalized three minutes into the second period with a goal scored by Sierra Whillans then took the lead in a five on three power play, scored by Kirsten Legge.

Fire Red capitalized on their own power play in their first forward movement of the final period with a goal scored by Julia McEwen. The fiercely contested game stayed even until six minutes to go when Kelly Stanford skated down the left wing and quickly released a blaster that surprised the Sharks goalie. It was a tense final minute as the Sharks pulled their goalie and went on a power play but the Fire Red defence held the line.

Final score: Calgary Fire Red MAA 3-2 St. Albert Sharks

Song of the match

Not the greatest of sound systems at Joe Kryczka but DJ Kitch played a nice one from one of my favourite bands, Foster the People. Song of the Match goes to their hit single from 2010, Pumped Up Kicks.

Up next: There is a pause in the program next week as the young hockey players get immersed into end of semester exams at high school. The Calgary Fire Red MAA return to action on Saturday January 26 against Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs at Rose Kohn Arena (18:00).

More action from the game

For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and St. Albert Sharks, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.


For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.



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Fire Red win at the Canada Games Centre

Jennifer Nixon happy with action from her team, Calgary Fire Red playing against Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Red Deer on January 12, 2019.
© J. Ashley Nixon

January 12, 2019

A rearranged venue in Red Deer turned out to be a good thing for Calgary Fire Red on their road trip on Saturday. Not only did they come away with a win over the Chiefs but the team and associates got the chance to enjoy an afternoon inside the impressive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Gary W. Harris. This state-of-the-art facility was opened in August 2018 in time to host the Canada Winter Games that take place from February 15 to March 3, 2019. Located on the campus of Red Deer College, and superbly designed for teaching and learning as well as recreation, it will surely help in that institution’s bid for university status in the future.

Red Deer opened the scoring in the first period when Emma Meraw connected with a rebound from Fire Red goalie Rebecca Boswell’s pads. Fire Red evened things up three minutes later when defender Megan Dean made a nice move down the right wing, passing on to Kelly Stanford who fired the puck in stick side of Chiefs goalie, Madison McLaren.

In the second period, Fire Red hit the net twice in 25 seconds. The first was from a power play scored by Teah Workman, followed by an even-strength goal by Isobel Pettem-Shand. The Chiefs put the puck in the net in a power play six minutes later after the referee had blown his whistle. Some deep and meaningful conversation ensued amongst the officials; the decision was reversed and the goal was awarded.

Fire Red moved further ahead with their own power play goal after a shot fired in from the blue line by Jennifer Nixon was picked up on the rebound by Pettem-Shand (note: the goal was awarded to Adria Lubert). Red Deer came back again before the end of the second period with another power play goal to make it 4-3. Teah Workman got her second goal of the game in the final period, earning the Fire Red Player of the Game award.

Final score: Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 3-5 Calgary Fire Red MAA

Song of the match

Some good tunes at the Canada Games Centre, none better than a ditty from Sweden just to prove there’s more to that country than Abba, Absolute, and Volvos. Here is some fine post-punk revival from 2000 by The Hives and Hate To Say I Told You So.

Up next: Calgary Fire Red MAA are back in Calgary for a game against St. Albert Sharks at Joseph Kryczka Arena, Southland Leisure Centre on Sunday, January 13, 2019 (13:00).

More action from the game

For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.


For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.

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Writing about Images: 18 pics from ’18

Peter Morris jumps above Waterton Lake, Alberta, Canada on August 6, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon


People, Places, and Performance

My year of image making in 2018 was dominated by people, places, and performance. With just one international trip, to England and Scotland, the majority of my 18 photos selected from the year come from Canada. Here are some of the highlights, taken from writing about images in my blogs in 2018.


On New Year’s Day, I was photographing the final of the Macs Midget AAA hockey tournament between the Regina Pat Canadians and Red Deer Optimist Chiefs at the Scotiabank Saddledome. One series of images featured two young men who tragically lost their lives just a few weeks later. Ryan McBeath died in a car crash on March 13; Adam Herold was one of the 16 killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6.

In August, my university friends, Peter and Dave came over from England for a visit with their wives, Suzanne and Nancy. It was a smashing reunion, involving a road trip over the Rockies to Osoyoos, a journey down to Waterton, a birthday party to remember out on our back deck, and the retake of a photograph I took decades ago when we were students living in the same house in Coventry.


In February, Jennifer and I made a flying visit to see my Mum for her 90th birthday and our family in England and Scotland. A pub near Leeds provided the setting for some fun testing out my newly acquired 50 mm lens in the dark as we got fish and chips to eat with our pints.

That same month we headed north to Fort McMurray for Jennifer to play hockey in the Alberta Winter Games, which included a great opening ceremony in the freezing cold, and a range of sports to photograph, the most impressive of which was wrestling.

After another hockey road trip north to Grande Prairie in March, the Calgary Fire White Bantam Elite team came back home with the winner’s banner for the Alberta Provincial Championship.

At the beginning of June, I had an appetite for landscape photography and came back home with some delightful shots from the Plain of Six Glaciers, high up above Lake Louise in Banff National Park.


In May, I was photographing Eva Ayllón, the iconic singer from Peru during her Calgary stop on her North American tour. Another hectic and fun weekend shooting many bands at the Sled Island Festival in June included a nice gig beside the grill at Tubby Dog and an entertaining industrial post-punk performance at Palomino’s by DRI HIEV.

In July, I participated in the Calgary Stampede Parade, embedded with Raíces del Peru, who once again won the Best Cultural Entry. As well as stills photography, I shot a short film that was entered in the Røde Reel international short film competition, which you can see in my Video selection using this link.

In August, a visit to the Canmore Folk Festival revealed some great new acts to me, non better that Steve Poltz who’s playing was finely matched by his banter and genuine interaction with his audience. There was also Expo Latino, which featured some nice dancing, including Brazilian Capoeira, Luis Enrique, the Prince of Salsa, and Paula Zuleta, playing a great, diverse repertoire of Latin rhythms.

The gig of the year for me came in November, when I was able to capture Steven Wilson performing at the Palace Theatre, Calgary as part of his world tour of his To the Bone album plus quite a few songs from his very own back catalogue from Porcupine Tree.

It was another year filled with rugby including the Canada versus Scotland international in Edmonton, Prairie Wolf Pack at the Canadian Rugby Championship and a special year for the Calgary Canucks celebrating 50 years of playing the sport. William Nixon got his inaugural try for the Canucks 1st XV and I was there in Cochrane to capture it. Stay tuned for a book to be published about the history of the Canucks, coming out in 2019!

Gallery of 18 pics from ’18

Here is the link to my photo gallery with my 18 selections from 2018.

Thank you for reading my blog articles in 2018 and a very happy New Year in 2019.



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Patrimonio cultural intangible, sostenibilidad y una danza del Perú: la Huaconada de Mito

Un huacone enmascarado bailando la Huaconada de Mito. Esta danza tradicional del Perú se realizó por Raices del Perú en Calgary, Alberta, Canadá, el 8 de agosto de 2018. © J. Ashley Nixon

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Algunos podrían pensar y decir que esto es solo un oscuro baile local. La Huaconada se realiza en Mito, ubicada a 3,286 m de altura en los Andes del Perú los tres primeros días de enero. Mito (español para el mito) es un pequeño pueblo de aproximadamente 1,500 habitantes, a 22 km al noroeste de la ciudad de Huancayo en la región de Junín.Pero factor en su inclusión en la lista por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) como Patrimonio Cultural Intangible (o inmaterial) (PCI) y el valor y el interés comienza a aumentar.

Buitre y cultura
La Huaconada de Mito es bailada por hombres enmascarados conocidos como “huacones” que representan al antiguo consejo de ancianos en el pueblo. La máscara tallada que usa cada huacone tiene una nariz sorprendentemente grande que representa el pico del cóndor andino, Vultur gryphus, el enorme buitre en alza que los incas creían que era el mensajero del dios sol y sigue siendo visto como un símbolo de poder y la salud en muchas culturas andinas. Hay dos tipos de huacones pasando por la plaza del pueblo en Mito. En medio del desfile están los ancianos que bailan improvisados, a veces pasos acrobáticos (“escaramuza”) rodeados por bailarines más modernos, vestidos con túnicas rojas, azules o amarillas debajo de pesadas capas tejidas que se mueven como las alas del cóndor. Los huacones llevan un látigo (“tronador”) para transmitir su autoridad. El baile, la ropa y las máscaras se transmiten tradicionalmente de padres a hijos. La orquesta que acompaña a los bailarines incluye saxofón, clarinete, violín y arpa andina, además de un percusionista que toca una “tinya”, un pequeño tambor de origen precolombino.

Patrimonio cultural
El patrimonio cultural a menudo se considera como objetos tangibles: monumentos y artefactos antiguos que pertenecen a los incas o sus predecesores, como Chimu, Moche y las muchas otras culturas que conforman la larga historia de la civilización del país. Pero es mucho más que eso, incluyendo rituales, actuaciones artísticas, conocimientos tradicionales y artesanías. Estas “tradiciones o expresiones vivas heredadas de nuestros antepasados ​​y transmitidas a nuestros descendientes” fueron reconocidas por la Convención para la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Cultural Intangible (Inmaterial) (PCI), adoptada por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO en 2003.

Patrimonio Cultural Intangible en el Perú
PCI contribuye a mantener la diversidad cultural, algo que el Perú, con sus entornos costeros, montañosos y selváticos enormemente variables, posee de manera tan espléndida y lo convierte en un país tan atractivo para explorar. Además de la Huaconada de Mito, la Lista Representativa de la UNESCO del Patrimonio Cultural Intangible de la Humanidad tiene otros diez ejemplos de Perú, incluida la danza de tijeras, realizada en varias comunidades en los Andes del centro-sur. También se incluye en la lista de la UNESCO el sistema tradicional de los jueces de agua de Corongo. Esto reconoce un sistema de gestión del agua en el distrito de Corongo, en el norte del Perú, que se remonta a los tiempos preincaicos. Hay otros ejemplos de ICH que podrían incluirse en la lista de la UNESCO en el futuro, como la fabricación de botes de caña y su uso en la pesca tradicional en Huanchaco, que presenté en un artículo anterior.

Intangible y sostenible
El texto de apertura de la convención de la UNESCO considera “la importancia del patrimonio cultural inmaterial como una fuente de la diversidad cultural y una garantía de desarrollo sostenible”.

La protección de la PCI es fundamental para el desarrollo sostenible y la implementación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) por muchas razones. Una comprensión ambiental y social más profunda y el intercambio de conocimientos adquiridos y tradicionales a través de generaciones se traduce en sistemas sostenibles de alimentos y agua. PCI puede apoyar la atención médica y social, y ayudar a mantener el respeto (paz) dentro y entre las comunidades. Se pueden establecer conexiones entre salvaguardar la PCI y la conservación de la biodiversidad, la resiliencia para enfrentar los desastres naturales y la provisión de ingresos locales y trabajo decente, particularmente en relación con el turismo. Si bien la protección del patrimonio cultural intangible es oficialmente responsabilidad de los partidos estados en la Convención de la UNESCO, en realidad, esto debe ser una responsabilidad compartida. Una donde las condiciones locales son lo suficientemente buenas para educar a los jóvenes y animarlos a mantener o recrear las prácticas transmitidas de generación en generación; donde las empresas de la industria del turismo tratan el patrimonio cultural con sensibilidad, sin una comercialización excesiva; y donde las empresas de recursos naturales y otros actores económicos planifican y llevan a cabo sus operaciones sin conflicto para su supervivencia saludable.

Pasos de baile manteniendo vivo el patrimonio cultural
Según lo declarado por la UNESCO, “Para mantenerse vivo, el patrimonio cultural intangible debe ser relevante para la comunidad, debe recrearse y transmitirse continuamente de una generación a otra”. La ICH no solo puede conservarse o protegerse, ya que no se adapta a su progreso creativo y comunicación relevante y oportuno. PCI tiene que ser salvaguardado.La Huaconada de Mito es, por un lado, solo un baile: una serie de pasos físicos representados en una colorida y entretenida actuación que acaba de evolucionar en una pequeña aldea peruana. Pero si vemos esa danza como parte de nuestro sistema humano profundamente conectado, como parte de un proceso de adquisición y transmisión de conocimiento a través de las generaciones, podemos apreciar mejor el valor que el patrimonio cultural intangible tiene para ofrecer a todas nuestras vidas en todas nuestras comunidades.

Mas imágenes
Por favor, visite la Fotografía de J. Ashley Nixon para obtener más imágenes sobre Perú, el rendimiento y la sostenibilidad.

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All Fired Up in Calgary

The referee signals “no goal” in the final shootout shot of the game and Calgary Fire White win 5-4 over Calgary Fire Red at Henry Viney Arena on December 16, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon


December 16, 2018

It took a shootout to decide the third Fire derby on Sunday at Henry Viney Arena. In another fast-paced game between the Calgary sister teams, Fire White was steaming ahead and looking out of reach by the time the second period got underway. They scored twice in the first period, with goals by Emily Baldwin and Emma Dousett. Then within three minutes of the second starting, Mila Preville made it 3-0. It was looking like lights out for the Reds but then they found the switch and hit it back on. Hard.

With three minutes on the clock, Kaitlyn Severson skated down the right wing and passed across the front of the net to Jennifer Nixon who tapped in past White goalie Cienna Kinghorn’s blocker. Sixteen seconds later, the defenders were attacking again. Katie Maloney blasted the puck from the right-hand face-off circle to beat Kinghorn glove-side. The game was heading into contention but in another setback for the Red’s, Preville got her second goal from a power play three minutes into the final period.

With great character, the Red girls kept at their game plan and pushed hard again on what must have felt like up-hill ice. Isobel Pettem-Shand got in front of the net and delivered the puck back to Jayna Barnden who struck it hard under Kinghorn’s glove hand. With just over three minutes to go, Pettem-Shand got on the scoresheet again, this time with her own shot, fired blocker side, assisted by Severson, her second point of the game. That tied it up 4-4. With no resolution in extra time, the game went to a shootout.

Preville made good with the first shot for White giving her a hat trick for the game. Severson was up first for the Reds but was checked out by a nice pad save by Kinghorn. Dousett was denied by Red goalie, Rebecca Boswell with a glove save and Teah Workman’s attempted five-hole didn’t fool Kinghorn. Jessica Younker was up next for White and hit the crossbar. The game was down to one shot from Kelly Stanford. She went blocker side but the puck dipped out wide of the net. The referee signalled “no goal” and that was it, another league game win for White over Red.

Final score: Calgary Fire White MAA 5-4 Calgary Fire Red MAA

Song of the match

DJ Dale was smacking the waves with hard stuff, like a double dose of seasonal Baileys in your Tim Hortons coffee. No better than a classic single from English heavies, Iron Maiden’s third studio album The Number of the Beast. Here’s the link to the song of the match for all you metal fans. Get the tom toms rumbling, sychronize your voice and guitar, and run for your life. Here it is: Run to the Hills

Up next: That’s a wrap for 2018. The next game is on January 5 versus Rocky Mountain Raiders at Scott Seaman Sports Arena. Happy New Year hockey fans!

More action from the game

For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Calgary Fire White, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.


For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.



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Fire Red strike out Lightning

Kelly Stanford, Calgary Fire Red (in white) shows some surprise as she is penalized for a face-off infringement during their Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game against Airdrie Lightning at Genesis Place Arena, Airdrie on December 15, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

December 15, 2018

It took a Saturday night shoot out to strike out the Lightning. After regular time, the Calgary and Airdrie Midget Elite teams were even with a Kelly Stanford goal for Calgary scored after five minutes of the game, and Airdrie’s reply two minutes into the third period.

The four on four play changed nothing after five minutes of extra time, so it was down to the sharp shooters. Up first was Isobel Pettem-Shand who deked the Airdrie goalie and squeezed the puck in under her glove. At the other end, Fire Red goalie Cassidy Brown pad saved Airdrie’s first shot from captain #4. Bex Alloway was stopped in Calgary’s second shot by Aidrie’s goalie #1 then Airdrie’s second shot hit the post. It was down to Kelly Stanford to close things out. The right hander didn’t disappoint with a perfectly timed shot that glided the puck underneath the goalie’s glove.

Final score: Airdrie Lightning 1-2 Calgary Fire Red MAA

Song of the match

Lots of country tunes on offer from the Airdrie sound crew at Genesis Place Arena. I’m going with Canadian Girls by Dean Brody for its jolly nice hockey lyrics: She grew up watching hockey with her Daddy on Saturday nights. He taught her to tie her skates, her brothers taught her how to fight. It’s a great country song with a splendid video to accompany. Given our pre-game chat over pints and pancakes at Smitties, check out the singer’s attire that includes a Peaky Blinder hat plus a #22 Wickenheiser Canada jersey and Brody’s beautiful chorus lyric: Irresistible, loveable, trouble though sometimes girls.

Up next: Calgary Fire Red MAA return to face up to their sisters in White on Sunday, December 16 at Henry Viney Arena, Calgary. Puck drop is at 16:45.

More action from the game

For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Airdrie Lightning, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.


For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.

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White Win Second Fire Derby

Fire White’s Chyenne Risling (in red) and Fire Red’s Jayna Barnden (in white) in action during their Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game at East Calgary Twin Arenas on December 9, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

December 9, 2018

Fast and furious it was. Female hockey at its high octane best. The Fire Derby ended with a Fire White win over their Fire Red sisters on Sunday at East Calgary Twin Arenas. For two periods there was no score, hardly a pause for breath except for the taking of eight penalties which showed how hard this game was fought. Fire White broke the deadlock five minutes into the final period after Emily Baldwin got free and skated to the net. Fire White’s goalie, Rebecca Boswell pad saved but the puck spun up, Baldwin got a handle on it and before the Red defence could recover, scored from behind the goalie’s back.

Red retaliated rapidly with a goal scored five-hole by Isobel Pettem-Shand. Fire White’s goalie, Cienna Kinghorn stood up to several pressure waves from the Reds and with six minutes to go White took the lead with a goal from their captain, Brooke McCool. Carys Ursell got an insurance goal with three minutes to go.

Final score: Calgary Fire White MAA 3-1 Calgary Fire Red MAA

Song of the match

The top song comes from the car park today where a jolly tailgate party brought the Fire Red and White parents together for a bevvie and a burger before the game. And there was a bit of disco dancing in the snow: Do the Hustle!

Up next

Calgary Fire Red MAA sally north on Saturday, December 15 to play against Airdrie Lightning at Genesis Place Arena. Puck drop is at 19:30.

More action from the game

For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Calgary Fire White, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.


For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.

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