Colin Gallant



Colin is a reporter for Taproot Edmonton. He studied journalism at Mount Royal University and has been an editor for publications including Avenue Calgary, BeatRoute Magazine and The Calgary Journal.

Colin is also the co-founder of a QTBIPOC advocacy group called Pink Flamingo. Each year, he writes and/or edits more than 200 band bios for Sled Island Music & Arts Festival. He has two dogs and loves riding his bicycle.

Recent work by Colin

A painted bike lane alongside a road in winter.
city council health

Edmonton's slow progress on $100M bike infrastructure commitment scrutinized

Edmonton has announced the first 10 projects as part of its $100 million investment in active transportation infrastructure. But while this news is positive, the overall project's slow progress deserves scrutiny, hosts said in Episode 252 of Speaking Municipally.

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A crowd of people on stage at a convention.
business region

Explainer: Edmonton's complex regional cooperation landscape

Several of the five municipalities that have voted to leave Edmonton Global say they remain committed to regional economic development — but will do so through other organizations.

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Three wrestlers in colourful costumes face off in the ring.
arts history

Filmmaker gets bruised to explore indie wrestling culture

Omar Mouallem says few know that what became Stampede Wrestling held its first-ever event in Edmonton in 1948.

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People gather in a public square at night during winter.
city council public space

Public space bylaws can't fix what community can, advocates say

As council sends the proposed public spaces bylaw back to the drawing board, the city as a whole needs more patience with community-based solutions that don't require enforcement to change social disorder, advocates said on Episode 251 of Speaking Municipally.

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A person wearing a suit and glasses stands inside a campus building.
business technology

NAIT set to grow from four schools to seven

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is shaking up its academic structure to respond to industry needs as it looks towards 2050, a senior leader said.

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An aerial view of a multifamily housing development next to a single-family home.
business technology

Neighbours who developed multifamily 'gem' look to replicate success

A group of North Glenora neighbours who collaborated to build multifamily housing in their own backyards have already netted an Urban Design Award and are now looking to repeat their climate-focused success in another mature neighbourhood, just with a smaller footprint.

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A photo of Jasper Avenue when it was opened for people and closed for vehicles during an event in 2019. People walk where usually cars and speed dominate
podcast city council

Walkability optimists meet critical podcasters

Two advocates pushing council to better pedestrianize Edmonton's downtown offered optimism on "mushy middle" achievements, despite pessimism from the hosts of Episode 250 of Speaking Municipally.

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A person stands behind a podium on stage surrounded by greenery. The podium includes a crest and text that includes, "St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce" and "City of St. Albert."
region business

Edmonton Global hopes to listen its way to harmony

Edmonton Global is hiring two consultants as it embarks on a roughly six-month "listening tour" to gather concerns from its 14 member municipalities and consider how it might convince those who want to leave to change their minds.

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A marquee for Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre reads, "Where Community Meets Cinema."
arts community

How Metro Cinema puts community on the screen

As Metro Cinema opens its annual call for community programming applications, the non-profit society expects to review roughly 70 proposals and commission up to 15 community-produced series and events — all to reach more people.

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