Hello. I’m Peter Hemminger, a writer, editor, cultural worker and arts advocate currently based in Calgary, Alberta. My primary interest is contributing to a more open, collaborative and idiosyncratic culture. Sometimes that’s meant sharing art with wider audiences, engaging in conversations around arts and cultural policy, and creating spaces and situations where people are able to learn, connect and express themselves. If you have any projects that you think might spark a good collaboration, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

My main gig at the moment is working as the executive director of the Quickdraw Animation Society, an award-winning charitable organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of animation, and I co-program the society’s annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival each November.

Before Quickdraw, I was the Music and Film Editor at Fast Forward Weekly, an alternative weekly paper in Calgary, and have contributed pieces to a number of other publications. I’ve been actively involved in Calgary’s arts and culture community for over a decade. Among other roles, I host a weekly radio show on campus and community station CJSW 90.9FM, serve as Vice President of the Calgary Underground Film Festival, and occasionally contribute to the advisory committee for Creative Calgary.

Feel free to peek at my professional resume for more on any of that, or better still, reach out and contact me. These sorts of self-summaries are strange, and conversations are always more interesting.


General email: peterhemminger@gmail.com

Alternative email: peterhemminger@protonmail.com

Twitter: @peterhemminger

Some recent work that I am proud of:

A (mostly) weekly blog series on (mostly) contemporary independent animated shorts

An analysis of Calgary Arts Development’s accountability report, from the perspective of a smaller arts organization

Quickdraw Animation Society and the GIRAF animation festival

The A.M. (weekly music program, on CJSW 90.9FM in Calgary, and podcast)

And less recently:

A history of CJSW 90.9FM, one of North America’s most successful campus & community radio stations

A piece on creativity and collaboration for the Calgary Folk Music Festival

An animated tribute to Calgary artist Chris Reimer

MA thesis on copyright, creativity and Canadian songwriting

“Don’t Support the Arts,” a well-discussed blog post about choosing words carefully