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In celebration of 100 years, we're sharing stories about the people who have shaped SAIT throughout our first century.
 What’s your #SAITstory? If you have a special memory or connection to SAIT, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.
10 Jan
I was there when KISS came to SAIT

I was there when KISS came to SAIT

“It was fun working for The Weal and on various assignments. Sports and feature photography was always my passion. The band KISS came into Calgary during what I think was their first Canadian tour. What I remember most is there was a double booking at a local venue, the Jubilee , I think. Of course, this upstart, face-painted band from the states got the punt. Next thing you know, they were playing in the SAIT gym. I have no idea of how I got around to covering it, but being with The Weal, I probably thought I better go and check it out.

At the time, the gym was right by my office, so I just had to go around the corner and take a few snaps. Well, they were different ― they were loud. They all had six-inch, platform shoes and face paint. People were kind of like, ‘Woah, what are these guys?’ 

I had played in a top 40s rock band for about five years as well, so I was just quite interested. Their music, I thought, was pretty good. But the SAIT gym at that time, the reverberation around walls, and being heavy metal, the bricks were just bulging from the sound (laughs). And then the dried ice and the fog would come on and Gene Simmons would lick his eyebrows almost.”

Frank Shufletoski, Journalism Arts ’74 | Former SAIT instructor for 34 years

Editor’s note: Frank Shufletoski’s influence spans across the globe. The former instructor is credited with creating the photo major portion of SAIT’s Journalism program. The photos he took at the 1974 KISS concert were later published in the 2013 KISS biography ‘Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS’ by Ken Sharp, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons.


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