Jasmine Atay is the owner of Jasmine Atay Design & Creative (her side hustle). During her 9-5 job you can find her sketching, designing, building brands or managing projects, all while drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not working, she’s generally out in the community. Whether it’s taking a class or collaborating on an art project with a friend, Jasmine loves taking on new challenges, meeting new people and learning new things.

1. What inspired you to take over the lifeincalgary Instagram account?

As an avid traveler, I believe that we live in one of the best cities on Earth. We have a phenomenal outdoor scene, great entrepreneurial spirit, and not to mention our somewhat underground art scene is continuing to evolve. Calgary is a city full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Whether it is the people, cool spaces, or events, I wanted to help showcase the best of #yyc.

2. Depending on if you are born and raised in Calgary or have moved to Calgary... Where did you come from and what attracted you to the city or what has kept you in the city?

I was born and raised in Calgary, and in 2015 I decided to leave to live abroad. I eventually came back to Calgary because my partner, family, and friends were here. At the time I didn't realize how much I had missed Calgary until I took my first step off the tarmac. The thing that has continued to keep me here are the people and the Rocky Mountains. In the years since 2015, I’ve become part of numerous communities that revolve around the many activities I participate in. As for the Rockies, the photos just speak for themselves. Altogether, Calgary will always be home.

3. What do you do in your spare time? Favourite Calgary past-time or activity?

When it comes to favourite pastimes it's a toss up between powerlifting and working on art/design projects.

I've been doing powerlifting consistently for close to a decade. Calgary has small but mighty powerlifting scene and it's a great way to challenge your limits both mentally and physically. Also, nothing says accomplishment like lifting two or three times your own body weight. Although I don't lift nearly that much anymore, it is still a great way to stay in shape.

As for working on art/design projects, that can mean many things. I freelance, so at the moment I am working on an exciting new project related to interface design and e-Learning. You can also find me either sketching, sewing, or working on prints. This month it’s working on prints at Alberta Printmakers.

4. Where is your favorite place to eat or visit in Calgary?

My husband and I enjoy eating breakfast at a small cafe called Cafe Le Matin on the weekends. Another great spot for awesome grub and great vibes is the East Village and Inglewood area. On a warm summer day, a friend and I will pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry from Sidewalk Citizen and walk down the Riverwalk. If we want to make a day of it, we will walk to Inglewood and check out Fair’s Fair Books and some of the other neat shops in the area like The Next Page, Espy, or Purr.

5. Where do you take friends and family when they visit?

I take them either to the Calgary Comic Expo or the Calgary Stampede. If time permits, we’ll take a raft down the Bow River. It sounds stereotypical, but I’ll also take them to places like Banff, Millarville, and Drumheller. There are a lot of interesting towns, which have that one weird thing that is...well...weird, but it makes for a good story! The Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington is an example.


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I love that Calgary is a city full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered, including the people, cool spaces, and events.

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