LiveWire Calgary

LiveWire Calgary

Creating trusted, fact-based local news

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Testing the waters

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  •  Access to patron-only feed
  •  Signed up for our Daily Flip micronewspaper for the smartphone

Believer - BEST VALUE

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  • Believer care package: Water bottle and cell phone popper

  • Signed up for the Daily Flip micronewspaper for your smartphone 

  • Participate in content polls 

  • Access to tickets, contests and more. 

  • Buried Ledes short-form podcast

  • Access to exclusive content that's NOT on the website 

Community News Booster

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  • Access to all of the other tier rewards. 

  • LWC Booster Care Package - Branded water bottle, enviro-bag for groceries and handy cell-phone popper and LWC branded T-shirt!


  • Exclusive access to bonus content from our Ward Zero municipal politics and issues podcast.

  • Member exclusive Mayor and Me podcast. A monthly conversation on news, politics and life with Mayor Jyoti Gondek and LWC Editor Darren Krause.

  • A feeling that you are doing something amazing for local journalism!


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About LiveWire Calgary

When we launched LiveWire Calgary back in 2018, we wanted to solve 5 problems.

1. Actual local news, about YOUR community
We take pride in delivering niche stories about your neighbourhoods that no one else in the city does (despite having newsrooms much larger in size). Imagine that: A local news organization that's actually local.

2. Quality information
Information quality has degraded to the point where you just can't fully trust what you're reading. It either has a political slant, is incomplete, is incorrect or isn't accessible.  We take a little extra time to ensure a story is properly written.

3. Accessibility
We don't have a paywall. We never will. Our city thrives when everyone has easy access to all the important information. With that said, it's not free to report the information, so we rely on member support to help fund the critical work we do.

4. Trust
Readers need to trust the information. They need to trust the journalists delivering it. We've always maintained the highest standards in how we report, how we acquire information and how we interact with our city. We avoid sensationalizing just for clicks... with no substance.

5. De-politicizing the news
Some call it the weaponization of information. Not us. No way. There's no room for politics in the news (unless it's a political story). LWC readers are smart enough to gather information and make informed decisions. We don't need to tell them how to think on an issue. We just need to give them sound information.

Thankfully there's independent media like us to solve these problems. 

However, we cannot survive without members like you. The math doesn't work. We need you - and frankly, you need us.  If you're here, you're interested. If you're reading our stories regularly, we're asking for your support.  We're building a strong, devoted membership and working at providing more value to them everyday.

Our local news vision

If you want a city that's different, one that thinks different and one that acts different, you need your local media to BE different.

Your investment
supercharges our commitment to providing barrier-free, agenda-free and fact-based reporting - all with a community heart.  This is an investment in your city and your community.

How, you ask? More journalism. Every penny goes direct to creating content. It hires journalists. It funds Freedom of Information requests. It gets us into your community to tell the stories of your neighbours or to tackle the issues you care about.

We're there to tackle the big stories for you, but we fill the gaps where other media just don't look. Without strong, independent local media the small things are left unchecked.

We don't just do words. We do data, we do investigations, we do photos and video, podcasts and more.  The more members, the more content we can produce.

It's time for better local media.

Our members want to Know More Stuff.

If you can help us reach 500 subscribers at $10 per month, we'll hire 1 more journalist and guarantee we'll produce more and better local news coverage than other city media. We'll stand by it. You'll get that local news outlet you've always wanted.
Here's what else you get as a member:
1. Exclusive podcasts
2. Exclusive video content
3. Insider information
4. A daily micronewspaper
5. Direct line of feedback (we encourage it!)

Community is in our DNA

Delivering the news to you is 22-year veteran journalist, Darren Krause. He helped build the Metro Calgary newspaper (RIP) from scratch into Calgary's most-read newspaper (Mon-Fri) after beginning his newspaper career entrenched in the southern Alberta community of Vulcan.

Bringing you exclusive photos and data is multiple award-winning data/photojournalist Aryn Toombs. Aryn also has a deep history in community news delivery in his time reporting in both Canmore and Calgary.

When you become a member, you're hiring us to deliver the best daily news in Calgary. With your investment, we'll bring on new people with that same commitment to community.

We'll do it with a passion for redefining local news.

What do we believe in? 

We believe in trustworthy news.
We believe in the community being co-contributors.
We believe political agenda has no place in news.
We believe in delivering facts.
We believe in and open-door policy to provide feedback and direct where we're headed and how we get there. (Just email [email protected] and he'll answer!)

The time is now.

Become a member today!

$1,656.74 of $4,389.75 per month
We'll fund a new, full-time journalist in our newsroom. (High fives all around!) Right now at $2,200! Join us!

Greater breadth, greater depth and expanding our commitment to the community by adding a new, diverse perspective to the team.
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