The book The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray which goes over the history of Canada on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. The Promise of Canada looks back on 150 years of Canadian history and asks What does it mean to be Canadian? (Photo by Chelsey Harms/SAIT)

Nation builders

Author Charlotte Gray presents new book on Canadian visionaries Charlotte Gray has recently written The Promise of Canada, a book about the unsung heroes of Canada, in light of the country’s 150th anniversary. Gray will be appearing at a WordFest-hosted event in the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Library …

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A novel idea

SAIT Creative Writing Club seeks to inspire SAIT has a new Creative Writing Club founded by Jesse Dickinson, an engineering design and drafting technology student.  “We are a small group that meets in Stan Grad, Wednesday nights in room MB 214 from 4:30 to 6:30,” Dickinson said.  “In our group, …

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Movie Review: Violent

Violent is about how living in the city kind of sucks. It’s also about how young women should immediately run away when a guy says he’s had a dream about them. Dagny Backer Johnsen plays a young Norwegian woman who, wanting companionship and bigger things, decides to move into the …

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Stills from the film Violent. (Photos courtesy of Amazing Factory Productions Inc.)

Ultraviolence

Canadian film transcends language barriers Amazing Factory Productions Inc., a group of up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, made an award-winning film in a language they don’t even speak. Andrew Huculiak, the director of Violent, said the language barrier between him and his Norwegian actors proved to be challenging. “It was a lot …

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Jefferson Turner, left, and Daniel Clarkson, right, originally created Potted Potter as a five-minute improv piece. It has since evolved into a 90-minute play. (Photos by Tony Kinlan)

Magical mystery tour

Potted Potter dazzles audiences worldwide If you’re looking for an escape from the muggle world, or are impatiently awaiting the movie release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, then Potted Potter might be just the thing to tide you over. Potted Potter is a two-man comedy play created …

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Album Review: Meet the Seams

The Seams  Meet The Seams  Hand Drawn Dracula Records (2016) The Seams are putting out straight to the point, guitar-centered music that could come right out of the ‘70s. Consisting of former members of WISH, Fake Palms, Elsa and U.S. Girls, main songwriters Kyle Connolly and Jonathan Rogers intended The …

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The rebound record

Break-up sparks new sound They say work relationships are a bad idea, so what’s the best cure for a broken heart? For Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara and Dan Kurtz, it was getting back to work on a new album—together. The electro-pop band’s new album, Royal Blues, was three years in the …

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Album Review: Wild

Streets of Laredo Wild Dine Alone Records (2016) The New Zealand folk group, based in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighbourhood, have released their awe-inspiring and groove-packed second studio album, Wild.  Founded in 2012 by brothers David and Daniel Gibson, Streets of Laredo has been rising steadily in success after releasing their critically …

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Brave New World

Westworld and Stranger Things explore new frontiers of television TV shows like Westworld and Stranger Things have managed to attract cult audiences through the power of nostalgia, while also giving viewers something new and novel. Westworld is an HBO show about a theme park populated by robot cowboys. Stranger Things, …

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Album Review: Isolation Culture

His Clancyness Isolation Culture Hand Drawn Dracula/Maple Death Records (2016) Isolation Culture, the newest album from the Italian-Canadian band, His Clancyness, is a masterful blend of both acoustic and synthesized sound.  His Clancyness was originally formed by Canadian musician Johnathan Clancy as a solo project, but has since evolved into …

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Get ready, it’s going to be Epic-a

Dutch symphonic rockers promoise an energetic show Get ready to rock, because Dutch symphonic metal band, Epica, will be here to light up the stage. Epica formed in 2002 in the Netherlands, and has since gained a worldwide following, with seven studio albums released. Their latest, The Holographic Principle, was …

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Photo of Quinsin Nachoff, the first artist-in-residence at the National Music Centre in Calgary. (Photo by Aly Khan/SAIT)

Once in a lifetime

NMC Artist in Residence program provides a golden opportunity Studio Bell, home to the National Music Centre (NMC), has set up a unique, creative exploration experience with its inaugural Artist in Residence program.  The five pioneering artists for the 2016 fall and winter session include: Quinsin Nachoff, a jazz saxophonist …

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Benjamin Ross Hayden, a graduate of SAIT's Film program, is promoting his first feature film, The Northlander to sold-out audiences across the country.  (Photo by Andras Schram)

SAIT grad box office success

Alberta-made film selling out theatres on national tour Benjamin Ross Hayden, a 2012 graduate of SAIT’s Film program, is a rising star in the film industry. At 25-years-old, Hayden became the youngest person to join the Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program in all roles, which helped launch his latest box office …

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Album Review: Summerland

Coleman Hell Summerland 604 Records (2016) Thunder Bay native Coleman Hell’s full-length debut album tells of an afterlife where everyone gets a second chance, “where the sinners and the saints go to the heaven of second chances, where everyone can start again.” Hell broke out onto the EDM scene last …

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Maxwell Theodore Lebeuf at Stage West Theatre Oct. 20, 2016. Lebeuf is performing in the ongoing production of Million Dollar Quartet as Johnny Cash. (Photo by /SAIT Polytechnic)

Million dollar moment

Actor walks the line into Johnny Cash role Maxwell Theodore Lebeuf hits the stage as musical icon, Johnny Cash, in Stage West’s current production of Million Dollar Quartet. The musical follows the real events of a jam session held at Sun Records on Dec. 4, 1956, that brought together Elvis …

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Members of the Improv Guild are gearing up for their off-the-cuff performance of Psycho: An Improvisation. (Photo by Jess Lindal)

Taking a stab at a classic

Calgary’s Improv Guild presents Psycho: An Improvisation The classic horror movie, Psycho, is getting a new spin with director Rick Hilton’s improvised, live-action, stage adaptation being presented by Calgary’s Improv Guild and Arts Commons. Showing in the Engineered Air Theatre from Nov. 3 to 5, Psycho looks to be a …

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Members of the Green Fools Theatre perform during the circus freaks themed Halloween Howl of 2015, at the West Village Theatre. (Photo provided by Green Fools Theatre)

Beaches, babes and brains

Zombies take over Green Fools’ annual Halloween Howl Green Fools, a Calgary-based theatre group, is hosting its infamous annual Halloween Howl. This year, the party starts when the doors of the West Village Theatre open at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Known as one of Calgary’s best Halloween parties, …

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Album Review: Let The Silence Stay Where It Was

Sparrows Let The Silence Stay Where It Was New Damage Records (2016) Sparrows, a Toronto-based rock band, self-described as “spacey, punk post-whatever,” released their latest album, Let The Silence Stay Where It Was, earlier this month. They don’t seem to put much effort into being included or excluded from any …

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The Gresham Block, built in 1912 in Calgary's Inglewood neighbourhood, is said to be one of the city's most haunted buildings. (Photo by Lucas Lyons)

Haunted Calgary

The city with an otherwordly past It’s no secret that Calgary has been home to some fascinating and notorious people over the years, but it appears that Heaven can wait for those who have decided to stick around Cowtown just a little longer. With Halloween around the corner, there are …

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Album Review: WRONG

We Are Wolves WRONG Fantôme Records (2016) Montreal’s multilingual dance punk, indie-rock trio, We Are Wolves, has unleashed to the world their fifth studio album, WRONG, and it amounts to a 40-minute hit-and-miss ride through 1980s nostalgia. We Are Wolves’ sound has always been defined by heavy use of synthesizers, …

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