Capturing commonality, one conversation at a time.

Move past stereotypes through genuine conversations.

Welcome to Unlikely Friends, a video storytelling series to cultivate empathy, and understanding for one another.

Our mission is to create intentional spaces that gently remove societal stigmas. Our mandate is to celebrate representation and voices of all perspectives, by embracing differences and consciously inviting similarities to build up our communities.

2 Skateboarders

Our first episode launched on February 14, 2022 and features Kyle Young Pine, Fancy Feather dancer, and a professional skateboarder sponsored by vanS. He is currently working towards bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Kyle has a conversation with Adrian Foy, a third-generation Calgarian. Adrian is passionate about skateboarding and is currently contributing to the community as a graphic designer.

Episode 2, "4 Founders", premiered on March 8, 2022 in celebration of International Women's Day. It features each of the Unlikely Friends founders' stories of breaking bias, and their collective vision for bringing more empathy into the world through this project.


Meet the Team

Trailer - "Where I am From"

What started as a serendipitous encounter blossomed into a like-minded mission for Gayathri, Shannon, Anshu, and Gillian (pictured here from left to right). We met through our individual projects building empathy. Gayathri was hosting Fireside Chats on her platform, Campfire Kinship, where she met Shannon. As Shannon ran her campaigns, ‘When You Pass By,’ and ‘Swipe your Stereotype,’ at Beyond Our Image, she connected with Anshu. Gillian and Shannon were photographing and filming together for a food blogger, but their conversations always went back to belonging and creating something for the world.

As these connections formed, it became obvious the collective strengths we have through our lived experiences in multiple, intersectional identities, including culturally diverse, 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or immigrant communities. We are now proudly leveraging our skills in entrepreneurship, storytelling, community building, videography, photography, and trauma-informed coaching.


Conversations

We believe in the power of stories to unlock empathy, vulnerability, authenticity, and empowerment. In each video episode, strangers meet over a shared experience to have an open dialog, learn how to connect meaningfully with people outside their bubbles...and bravely explore how to take those first steps from unlikely, to likely friends.

We are grateful to Calgary Arts Development for funding this project.


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