Centennial Issue


Centennial 2004

Anyone Opposed?

by Jackie Flanagan


The appearance of consensus in Alberta’s political culture masks our diversity. Adapted from the inaugural issue of AlbertaViews magazine, published in December 1997.

One Hundred Years Of Pulchritude

by Fred Stenson, illustration by Steve Attoe

Wit, humour, satire, Alberta inauguration

Challenging the notion that the only thing beautiful about Alberta is its scenery.

I Am Albertan

A centennial photo essay.

by Tim Van Horn and Kristen Wagner.

photo essay, centennial images

This provocative photo essay takes us on a quest to capture Alberta on the cusp of the centennial. Each image in the nine-page spread captures ordinary Albertans caught in the act of being – well – Albertan.

Going Down The Road

Five trips along Highway 2: From trade route to main street to memory cage.

by Curtis Gillespie, Doug Owram, Susan Thompson, Tanya Riga and Rudy Wiebe. Photography by Pieter de Vos, illustrations by Michael Blyth.

Calgary-Edmonton corridor, corridor culture

Same highway, different stories. From the seductive depth of the prairie to the economic magnetism of the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, Highway 2 connects more than a series of dots on a map.

Alberta Politics: The First 100 Years

An illustrated history.

by Dan Rubinstein and James Grasdal

graphic novel, history, political history

Sometimes inveterate, occasionally subversive, certainly insightful, this graphic novel gleefully skewers the Albertan Century – and serves up a history lesson demi-glace.

Edmonton In Our Own Words

Excerpt from a new book on the capital at its centennial.

by Linda Goyette and Carolina Jakeway Roemmich

Charles Mathers, Alberta’s capital

Breathing new life into Edmonton’s history, this excerpt juxtaposes the hope and humour of Edmonton’s newcomers against the racism and corruption that laid the track for their arrival.

What They Say About Alberta

Quotations by and about Albertans.

Alberta quotations, Alberta’s public figures

If I had a quotation… Like gold in a nickel mine, public figures and literati give the Calgary Public Library a carat or two to dig up and put on display.


Innovation requires curiosity, imagination and knowledge – but what about connections?

by Sophie Lees

Robert Kroetsch, innovation, Alberta art

At the junction of connection and regionalism, to whom does Innovation yeld? Lees ponders the contributions of John Snow and Maxwell Bates to Alberta’s arts scene.

Making A Scene

Will the Alberta Scene arts festival in Ottawa overturn stereotypes – or simply reinforce them?

by Amber Bowerman

establishment art, National Arts Centre, Tommy Banks, Ian Tyson

A festival in Ottawa to celebrate Alberta’s centennial is meant to breakdown stereotypes about this region and show the rest of Canada what Alberta culture is really all about.

Alberta’s Centennial Projects Guide

by the editorial staff

Supplement, listing

An overview of projects funded through the three phases of the Centennial Legacies grant program.