Fandoms unite at the 12 annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/SAIT)

Beam down for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo launched in 2006, playing host to 3,400 attendees. In it’s 12 years the Calgary Expo has taken flight. In 2016 the event attracted over 105,000 attendees. On Thursday, April 27 at Stampede Park, the …

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The neon icon of rap music

RiFF RAFF plays Calgary April 19 For the city wide music and art festivals happening in Calgary this summer, iconic rapper and Internet persona RiFF RAFF says that there’s only one way to go about them. “There needs to be a certain level of carefree-ness,” said RiFF RAFF. He said …

Chris Stills performs during the Prophets of Music Gala at The Palace Theatre in Calgary on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. For the Weal's Prophets of Music story. (Photo by Quinten Hauck/SAIT)

Rising from the ashes

Father of Brentwood Five victim forms non-profit It’s not often that something so good comes out of something so tragic, but when Barclay Hunter lost his son Josh, within a matter of days that The Prophets of Music were born. Joshua Hunter, 23, was stabbed to death nearly three years …

Art show curator Lorenzo Fusi at ACAD's Illingworth Kurr gallery Friday, March 24, 2017. The gallery has a strong focus on public art and mental health. (Photo by Brady Bateman/SAIT)

Optimizing a vote to public art

The City of Calgary welcomes citizens to vote which public piece will be brought to full scale. Bus pieces, greenhouse frameworks and dice introduce the future of public art to ACAD and the City of Calgary. From March 23 to April 22, ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG) invites the public …

Bobbi Bazini and band perform songs from his album Summer Is Gone on Friday, March 24, 2017 at The Gateway. 
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Go Bobby go!

Singer-songwriter Bobby Bazini gives a post-Gateway interview on Chuck Berry and his own music. Chuck Berry died of cardiac arrest at the age of 90, leaving a legacy in rock ‘n’ roll that’s hard to comprehend. Berry pioneered the “rebellious” style of song writing and performance present in music today, …

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Trailer Park Boys coming to The Gateway

Randy and Mr. Lahey are coming back to The Gateway on May 5, to grab Calgary by the scruff with two hours full of liquor, hijinks and greasiness. The dynamic duo that are the characters Jim Lahey and Randy Bobandy from the award-winning Canadian cult comedy series Trailer Park Boys, …

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Journalism prevalent career in comic books

Comic creators love reporters for truth-seeking superheroes Since the Golden age of comic books, writers have drawn on the incorruptible journalist as their hero to get to the bottom of the truth. There is a parallel between journalism and the fictional world of comic books. “With the power of the …

Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) student Mabel Tan poses with her exhibition, Playtime in the Clayground, in the Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space at ACAD in Calgary on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Tan's gallery explores the human body's relationship with materials, raising the question: how well do we really know our own bodies? (Photo by Quin Hauck/SAIT)

Earth, clay and fire

Minds of graduating artists inspired by natural elements ACAD’s Marion Nicoll Gallery (MNG) displays clay and glass earthy pieces of art that come to life, as two artists with common viewpoints share their different styles of expression. Before they graduate, ACAD students and artists, Ariel Hill and Mabel Tan are …


Album Review: The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit

Dune Rats The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit Ratbag Records (2016) The Dune Rats’ new sophomore album, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, sounds exactly what one would imagine a scorching Australian sun to sound like. Bright and heavy, but not to the point of excess. The band hails from …

Alexander Tarrant poses in front of The Odyssey Coffeehouse at SAIT in Calgary on Monday, March 20, 2017. Tarrant, a barista at the student-run eatery, organizes the local open mic night held there..  (Photo by Brady Bateman/SAIT)

Brighter lights, bigger goals

Odyssey coffee house has big plans for open mic night next year Alexander Tarrant currently hosts the open mic night at The Odyssey coffeehouse but he thinks that by moving it to The Gateway he can increase students involved in campus culture. After sitting down for an interview, Tarrant talked …


Returning to the stage

Belle Game opens for Yukon Blonde and is headed to SAIT A show that features some of the most hyped up indie-rock and crash-pop coming straight out of the Vancouver music scene is coming to Calgary in April. Indie-rock band, Yukon Blonde will return to the Gateway on April 1, …


A record for the books

100 books to be donated to Children’s Hospital SAIT has collected 100 books from staff and students in celebration of its centennial and will be donating them to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Karen Graham and Sandra Lee, both academic chairs for the School of Information and Communications Technologies, were the …


You can’t stop a mammoth

Royal Tusk and guests rock The Gateway Edmonton’s Royal Tusk, Saskatoon’s The Pistolwhips and Calgary bands Double Fuzz and Ten Minute Detour rocked The Gateway on March 2. The Calgary stop of their tour with The Pistolwhips was the Buzzfeed Artists-to-Watch-listed band’s last Alberta concert before their appearance on March …

Teddy Ivanov (left) and Pete Balkwill (right) hold their creations at the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The Old Trout Workshop was founded 17 years ago. (Photo by Peter Shokeir/The Weal)

Lights, camera, showtime!

Festival showcases the magical world of puppet shows The Festival of Animated Objects is preparing to flood Calgary with puppets, some of which are anatomically correct, from March 16 to 19. The Old Trout Puppet Workshop is one of the contributors for the festival and has been working with puppets …


Reading dangerously

Reading marathon draws crowd with banned books The Reg Erhardt Library managed to attract a substantial audience of daring readers for their Freedom to Read Week event on Feb. 28. Freedom to Read Week lasted from Feb. 26 to March 4. “Last year, it was more of a reading circle,” …


A ride through Havana

Decades old story still delightfully relevant A classic novel’s play adaptation is hitting the stage in Calgary at Vertigo Theatre from March 11 to April 9.  Directed by Mark Bellamy, Our Man in Havana promises to be “a great rollercoaster ride for audiences.” Our Man in Havana is the story …

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Bat praising the Sabbath

Cancer Bats play their take on Black Sabbath Canadian Black Sabbath cover band, Bat Sabbath, will be playing Dickens Pub on March 18, with Calgary band Chron Goblin before embarking on a tour across The United Kingdom.  “We see a lot of people come out of head-banger retirement when we …


World premiere of a cult classic

Noir comic book stories brought to life on stage In the world premiere of one of the most critically acclaimed comic book stories from the age of noir American fiction, comes the tale of Crime Does Not Pay. Authors Kris Demeanor and David Rhymer have taken the task of turning …


Get up and go

Tips for getting ready and out of the door fast One of the greatest feelings is finding yourself tucked in warm and cozy. But after realizing that you’re an hour late for class, that feeling is instantly terminated. Trying to maximize time can be quite hard for non-early birds. Packing …