Crowdfunded. Ad-free. Made in Calgary.

The Sprawl is Calgary pop-up journalism. Instead of scolding Calgarians about paying for news, we take a positive approach. Nothing is behind a paywall. We go out and tell local stories—and then invite you to be part of it. Join our community of 450+ monthly patrons who support The Sprawl on Patreon because they value independent local journalism!

Everything we do is guided by the 11 principles of the Sprawl Manifesto. We do depth, not breadth. Context, not clickbait. And we are constructive, not cynical.

We'd love to have you on board! (Please note: Patreon is all in USD. There is no comparable platform in Canada.)

Why Calgarians support The Sprawl

Support Tiers

Hey cool! You're supporting indie Calgary journalism, plus you get (coming later this summer):

  • A letterpress print designed by Sprawl art director Chris Pecora.

You're making the Sprawl sustainable! As a thank you for your support, you get:

  • A Sprawl t-shirt
  • A letterpress print

You’re really making the Sprawl a going concern in Calgary! You get (all rewards coming later this summer):

  • A Sprawl coffee mug
  • A Sprawl t-shirt
  • A letterpress print

Wow! You’re a leader in supporting independent journalism in Calgary. You get (swag rewards coming later this summer):

  • Publicly recognized on our website (if you want; we'll check with you first)
  • A Sprawl coffee mug
  • 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.