Depth, not breadth. Context, not clickbait. Constructive, not cynical.

The Sprawl is a made-in-Calgary reinvention of journalism in tough times. Instead of scolding Calgarians about paying for news, we take a positive approach. Nothing is behind a paywall. We go out and do the work—and then invite you to be part of it.

Everything we do is guided by the 11 principles of the Sprawl Manifesto. We seek solutions in our reporting rather than just gleefully pointing out mistakes. We ask: as a city, what can we learn from this situation? And how can our journalism contribute to a better, more connected Calgary?

If this sounds like your jam, we'd love to have you on board as a monthly member!

PLEASE NOTE: This system is in beta and isn't being publicly circulated yet. We are testing with a few members before we roll it out to everyone.

All payments are processed, in Canadian dollars, using Stripe. Your payment information is securely transmitted directly to Stripe and does not pass through our servers. Stripe is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry.

Support The Sprawl today!

Hey cool! Thanks for doing your part to support indie Calgary journalism.

You're making the Sprawl sustainable! This is the recommended level for supporting local journalism.

You’re really making the Sprawl a going concern in Calgary! You get:

  • A Sprawl t-shirt
  • A letterpress print

Wow! You’re a leader in supporting independent journalism in Calgary. You get:

  • Publicly recognized on our website (if you want; we'll check with you first)
  • A Sprawl t-shirt
  • A letterpress print

OK, you’re just plain awesome. You're investing in a made-in-Calgary solution to the plight of local media. You get all the previous rewards, plus:

  • Sprawl keynote. I'll come speak to your organization or group, whether in a formal or informal setting.

Why Calgarians support The Sprawl


Our new system, which uses Stripe, is all in Canadian dollars. That means when you support the Sprawl for $5 or $10 a month, you pay $5 or $10 a month, period.

When do I get charged each month on the new system?

You get charged immediately on the day you sign up, and monthly thereafter on that day of the month.

I already support The Sprawl on Patreon and don't want the hassle of switching over. Can I stay on Patreon?

Absolutely. Our Patreon account isn’t going anywhere. The new system is to give another option for those who prefer to support The Sprawl in Canadian dollars.

How do I change or cancel my monthly Sprawl membership after I’ve signed up on the new system?

Email us at and we’ll see it through.