A Spotlight on Calgary's Cultural Ambassadors:
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign, an initiative spearheaded by Fashion Calgary founders, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel, was developed to enhance the recognition of Calgary's burgeoning cultural scene and to bring appreciation to arts and culture in Calgary.
Fashion Calgary collaborates with many different Calgarians in various fields to determine what culture means to them and why Calgary is such a cultural city. Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2013 discovered many exceptional Calgarians and leaders within the community and have selected them to be this year's ambassadors.
One of those ambassadors is Chef Michael Noble, owner of Calgary's NOtaBLE restaurant. Michael was born in Calgary, but spent most of his life in Vancouver where he began his culinary journey at the Pacific Vocational Institute. He worked for many hotels and restaurants, including Earls Restaurants Ltd. where he acted as the Director of Culinary. Michael has represented Canada in three international culinary positions, including an appearance on the ever popular Iron Chef television show competing against Chef Masaharu Morimoto. He has also been named Canada's Chef of the Year and was inducted into the CCFCC Honour Society.
In 2001, Michael returned to Calgary to launch Catch Restaurant and has not looked back since. Currently, Michael owns and operates the restaurant NOtaBLE, which opened in 2010. When Michael describes NOtaBLE, he describes it as a community. Although the restaurant and its meals are high quality, they are not pretentious. He wants customers to be able to walk into the restaurant on the busiest night and be able to have a seat, experience the simple yet exquisite meals made from scratch and want to come back for more.
View Michael's thoughts on arts and culture in Calgary in the video below.
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign is an initiative spearheaded by Fashion Calgary founders, Ania Basak and Rafal Wegiel. Basak and Wegiel are devoted to diligently raising the profile of arts and fashion in Calgary though innovative measures and grass roots methods.
In 2012, the campaign featured "the ambassadors" who represented various fields related to culture by presenting their portraits together with their own expressions about the meaning of culture in their life. The completion of Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign 2012 was the Gala event, created to celebrate its success in establishing Calgary as a cultural centre.
In creating this campaign, Basak and Wegiel hope to enhance Calgary's image in the country while encouraging Calgarians to take part in the many arts activities our city has to offer. In the long-term, Fashion Calgary has a strong desire to spread the idea of highlighting the appreciation of art & culture throughout the country of Canada.