The HotStuff Calendar began in 1987. It was created as a fundraiser to raise awareness for the Calgary Firefighters cherished charity, the Calgary Burn Treatment Centre. Larry, a firefighter and photographer organized and produced the early years of the calendar.
The firefighters who modeled for the calendar were originally selected as part of the Ladies Night Out event. They would do runway work and entice the female audience for their vote. Now the selections are made from volunteers. When there are more than 13 good-looking guys, we increase the number of months in the calendar and add bonus poster pages as an extra for our supporters buying the calendar.
The calendar has changed its look and size over the years; we had one edition that was black and white, and there was even a ‘shirts on’ calendar year. Our photographers and graphic designers have worked hard to give the calendar a strong look that goes beyond your standard calendar page.
The Firefighters Museum of Calgary is instrumental in providing vintage fire trucks and props used in the backgrounds. Along with the Calgary Firefighters Antique Brigade who’s truck has been featured for many years in the calendar. In addition, the modern fire trucks utilized in the calendar are generously supplied by Rocky Mountain Phoenix.
The Hotstuff calendar has won many awards for its design and photography. It is considered one of the best firefighter calendars available and is hotly anticipated each year.
It takes a team of volunteers
The calendar work begins months ahead of the photo shoot itself held each spring. CFBTS volunteers begin by creating concept sketches for each year and discussing them with the photographer. Each year we try to find new exciting locales and scenarios for the shots. A photo shoot team is then pulled together, usually the same faces from previous years, consisting of a photographer, photographer assistants, and a makeup artist.
Locations must be scouted for the shots and arrangements made for the use of all the props in each shot. The Firefighters Museum of Calgary, Calgary Firefighters Antique Brigade, Rocky Mountain Phoenix and STARS Air Ambulance have all been involved over the years.
The firefighters receive minimal makeup, often with just charcoal and oil on their bodies to bring out definition and give some mood to the look.
Numerous different images are taken of each firefighter with smoke and coloured gels added as needed. In some years, we have created controlled fires to enhance the shot. CFBTS member, the production crew and a select group of volunteers then help select the best image of each firefighter to be used in the calendar.
Then at long last, the calendars are available to the eager hands of people who have supported this cause for so long!
We’ll come out and support your event
The Hotstuff Calendar has a longstanding tradition in the fundraising efforts of the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society. The firefighters who appear in the calendar do so knowing that their participation helps raise funds and awareness for the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Centre.
By appearing in the calendar these individuals also commit to donating numerous hours of their time to various promotional events throughout the year. The “Hotstuff Calendar Guys”, as they have become known, make many appearances at Hotstuff events as well as other CFBTS fundraisers.
If you have an event that would benefit the CFBTS and you would like to have a few Hotstuff calendar guys make an appearance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call 403.701-BURN (2876).
Hotstuff Calendar News & Events
New Action Packs Available The Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society is pleased to announce the new Media Scene “Little Black Book” Action Packs are now available! […]
2017 Calendars Available The brand new 2017 Hotstuff Calendars are now available for purchase! You may purchase them online and have them shipped right to your door, or visit us at one of our events. [...]
Canadian PGA Golfer Riley Fleming Supports The CFBTS Canadian PGA Tour Golfer Riley Fleming is in his second year supporting the CFBTS. Riley is one of the up-and-coming golfers on the tour, and is participating [...]
2nd Annual YYC Lobsterfest Join Billingsgate’s Market & Restaurant on Macleod for the 2nd annual YYC Lobsterfest! On Father’s day weekend June 18-19 take a jaunt up to Market on Macleod for live music, a [...]
Last Best Brewing 2016 Charity Beer Festival The Charity Beer Festival is back on this year and will be bigger and better than ever! We’re taking over Last Best’s full venue on June 4 from [...]
Ladies Night Out Cancelled It is with great regret we announce that we are cancelling our Ladies Night Out event scheduled for spring 2016 & 2017 due to a lower number of responses than expected. [...]
Ranked #1 We are extraordinarily proud to announce the 2016 Hotstuff Calendar has been ranked #1 in the world for 2016 firefighter calendars! Check out the rankings at the Fire Critic. […]