Kelly and Company

Tune in weekdays at 2 p.m. Eastern for interviews and discussions about arts, entertainment, and the lifestyle issues that matter to you.

Kelly and Company

Tune in weekdays at 2 p.m. Eastern for interviews and discussions about arts, entertainment, and the lifestyle issues that matter to you.

Community Report - West

Listen to Kelly and Company weekdays 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern to find out what’s happening in your community! Tune in weekly to hear from our community reporters across the country bringing you information on events and happenings in the blind and partially sighted community across Canada. Click here for more reports in other regions: AtlanticCentral  and Pacific.


Anthony Hodgetts - Calgary 

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Anthony loves media and keeping up on the news. When he is not at home he's is involved in his church choir, a blind bowling league, an arts and crafts class and/or a yoga class depending on the day! Anthony helps out with a radio show dealing with blindness and vision impaired issues called Bumping into Walls on the local community radio station CJSW FM 90.9.

Recent Reports:

August 8 -  

Topic 1:   Calgary Francophone Festival

Franco Festival Calgary is a celebration many Francophone cultures, Africa to Europe, through Asia and the Americas, through music, dancing, cooking, crafts and other aspects that demonstrate the breadth and diversity of Canadian Heritage.​​ Franco Festival Calgary (FFC), Calgary's first multicultural francophone festival  was created in August 2011 and is an initiative of the Portail de l'Immigrant Association (PIA), a non-profit organization based in Calgary, Alberta . PIA launches a series of projects in different fields such as education; awareness and promotion of diversity, socio-cultural and economic integration.

 Local musicians and dancers representing different French countries. Artist such as Spanish French  Christian de la Luna from  Columbia. Many French speaking countries represented and they show case country and culture, Bennin (African country), The Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Mali, Jamaica, India, China, Algeria. Have 29 tents on site. Rouleauville is a street full of Canadian French culture as well as workshops, main street of the festival. Lost of food. There are a large number of community organizations and Francophone regional and / or provincial institutions that provide French-language services in various sectors in Calgary and in the southern region.


Date: Saturday August 17

Time:  11 am to 8 pm

Location: Olympic Plaza, 228 8th Ave S.E., Calgary

Contact: Michelle Mendez- Holmes

403- 668-0299 ext 2


Topic 2:   Columbia College Employment readiness program for the disabled

The Columbia College Community Support Services Department provides Community Access and Employment Services for adults with developmental disabilities to facilitate their inclusion in the community as valued, participating and contributing members.

Employment Services support each student in securing and maintaining competitive, independent employment as per his/her field of interest and capabilities.

Courses taught prepare students for the workforce.

Services offered include: employment preparation classes, work experience placements, job coaching and extensive long-term follow-up support.


Topic 3: Studio C Art Studio

Studio C is Prospect’s award-winning Collaborative Art Centre; a public studio and gallery that uses art to equip people who face barriers to employment. Through our services, participants gain skills and confidence for employment opportunities. Studio C promotes inclusion and empowers the community. There are many ways to experience Studio C - participate in a workshop, teach a class, exhibit your artwork, volunteer, sponsor. Whatever you choose, we welcome you and your collaboration.


Location: Studio C (cSpace King Edward Arts Hub), #235, 1721 29th Avenue SW Calgary, AB

Contact Prospect's main number: 403- 273-2822

Or Phone: 403-269-1838


Wade Brown - Edmonton 

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Wade Brown has been part of the AMI family since 2011. In that time, he has appeared on AMI-tv in interstitial segments, as a regular presenter and occasional host of AMI This Week, and even made a few appearances on AMI's Live From Studio 5. When Wade isn't lighting up the small screen, he's working hard to advance his career as a budding Edmonton area lawyer or singing with his favorite group of people, the Oran choir. Wade also enjoys reading a good book, solving the worlds problems over a cup of coffee or chai, and hitting the streets to see what's going on in Edmonton and around the world. 

Recent Reports: August 6

Topic 1:  The Musical “ Ring of fire”

It's an off Broadway musical based on the life and music of Johnny Cash. The show highlights 24 of Johnny Cash's tunes from chart Toppers to his lesser known works. It's a very fun show with some touching moments and dark times in his life as well.

Date: runs from July 20 until August 11

Location: the Citadel Theater, 9828 101 A Avenue, Edmonton ( in the Maclab Theatre at Citadel Theatre )

Cost: Tickets start at $30.

Contact Box Office: 780-425-1820


Topic 2: The 38th Annual Edmonton International Fringe™ Theatre Festival

Among 23 fringe Festival's in North America, the Edmonton Fringe Festival is the oldest and largest. There are approximately 200 fringe Festivals held annually around the world.  The Edmonton festival is an 11 day extravaganza, of unique and sometimes experimental live performances. Everything from plays to musicals to dancing and beyond.

Dates: from Aug 15 – 25

Locations: in the heart of Old Strathcona

Cost: Tickets for most shows are around $15.


Topic 3:  The Reyu Paralysis Recovery Center "rising from the ashes" evening of dinner and entertainment.

This center was first opened about 3 years ago by Benveet Gill, a young lady who became paralyzed due to a neurological virus. All of the clients have either physical or psychological disabilities or conditions which have resulted in some degree of paralysis, but of course many clients have multiple disabilities across all of the spectrum's, including me who uses their services for physiotherapy and to regain mobility after my spinal cord injury in addition to being visually impaired. They have several pieces of specialized equipment and trainers who focus exclusively on people recovering from paralysis. I'm mentioning this fundraiser on the schedule because I am a client of the center, and also because I will be performing at the event. I will be singing a few songs accompanied by piano. The center is  gaining clients faster than the founder ever imagined, and the more support they get from clients and the public, the more people they can help. It's a wonderful cause and the center is run by a wonderful and passionate group of people.

Contact: Benveet (Bean) Gill





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