Every month we feature a designer from SideNote Theatre and a local community member or organization to highlight the work that they do for our city. This month we have a third, bonus feature! Check out local author- Jena Rhydderch!

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Mitch Tukkimaki


SideNote Designer of the Month

Mitch Tukkimaki is a jack of all trades and a self proclaimed master of none. He has grown up in Calgary and attended ACAD getting his BFA in drawing. His art is driven by narrative and the story that is being told beyond the image depicted. He sees his art as fragments fractured from the whole, often giving you a piece at a time but never the full bite. He is eager to try new things and continues to add to his Swiss Army knife of visual skills.

Mitch is the technical designer and artist for SideNote's upcoming production, SCATTERED.

Follow Mitch on Instagram @verwar


Jana Keirstead

Community Designer of the Month

Jana Keirstead is the Owner of Loop Consulting. Loop is a social media consulting company that helps start-ups and small businesses stay consistent on Instagram by creating customized content schedules designed to authentically build an online community. We understand how important it is to have an active marketing effort, but dedicating the time and energy to it, as a small business, can sometimes feel impossible. At Loop we want to cut the stress, get your business seen online, and let you get back to growing your business.


Jana worked for 9 years at a large organization in Calgary holding several different positions including; Strategic Development, Internal Communications, Content Editor and Manager. While working, she found herself wanting to pursue her passion for helping other departments within the company grow their presence through internal communications, however; the pressures of corporate success and company culture simply didn't align with her values. At the end of 2019 she was given the opportunity to leave the organization and live her dream of starting her own small business. Loop Consulting is the alignment of her passion for helping people and her communications and marketing experience. She started Loop Consulting in January of 2020 and hasn't looked back.


Jana is proud to be a born and raised Calgarian, having attended Western Canada High School and the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business for her undergraduate degree. She met her husband at the UofC and they have a spunky little two year old daughter. She and her husband enjoy attending many different theatre performances (mysteries are one of their favourites) for date nights and can't wait to share this passion with their daughter.

Jena Rhydderch


Special Feature

We have the privilege this month of sharing about the literary talents of local Calgarian children's author, Jena Rhydderch! 

Jena is a mom, publisher, writer, and had generously donated her book, "Faraway Families", to our third Read Along with SideNote series!

 Faraway Families is a story about two best friends learning to stay close to their families who live far away. This year, the story resonates more than ever for families who may not live far away but may now feel far away, whether across the street or across the world. 

To support her work and share about her story, follow Jena on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. @farawayfamilies #farawayfamilies 


You can contact her and her partner, Jocelyn Tochor, at Tellwell Talent Inc. 


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