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The Weal Does Christmas

Confession time: I love Christmas music. I have multiple Christmas playlists on my iPod. If a Christmas song pops up on shuffle in July, I rarely change it. And I don’t even like Christmas all that much. But whatever Christmas is to me, or you, or anyone else, it is …

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It’s a wonderful life

Radio-play puts a new spin on a holiday classic A classic story is reimagined in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which will be performed at Lunchbox Theatre this holiday season. Joe Landry’s adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, runs until Dec. 21, and is a unique production …

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If the shoe fits

Director adapts Cinderella for Calgary Slipper is a typical Cinderella story, except it takes place in modern Calgary and has Cinderella trying to win the Stampede talent show. The family-friendly holiday show is presented by Alberta Theatre Projects and will be running at the Martha Cohen Theatre between Nov. 22 …

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Album Review: Beatitudes

Rykka  Beatitudes Cordova Bay Records (2016) Beatitudes is the sophomore studio effort from Swiss-Canadian, Vancouver-based musician Rykka.  Beatitudes departs from the alt-rock sound of Rykka’s previous album, Kodiak, to a more Euro-pop flavour.  The album’s opening song, “Movies,” does the job of easing listeners into the ‘80s pop and ‘90s …

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Agatha Christie's The Hollow runs until Sunday, Dec. 11 at Vertigo Theatre. For tickets, visit: http://www.vertigotheatre.com/the-hollow/

Mystery theatre thrills audience

A performance for the inner detective in everyone If you enjoy drama and thrills, then The Hollow by Agatha Christie is the play for you. The Hollow is a murder mystery presented by Vertigo Theatre that is set to run until Dec. 11.  Kevin Corey, who plays Detective Sergeant Penny, …

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Album Review: New Occupation

Duotang  New Occupation  Stomp Records (2016) Hopping on the nostalgia bandwagon, Winnipeg mod-rockers, Duotang, are readying for their first cross-Canada tour in years in support of their latest record, New Occupation, a catchy, energetic album 15 years in the making. The duo, as legend has it, were discovered at a …

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Globetrotters

Paper Lions go where the music takes them Music has taken Prince Edward Island indie-rockers, Paper Lions, all over the globe. Their latest album, Full Colour, is keeping them a little closer to home. The band, currently on a coast-to-coast tour across Canada, is making a stopover at The Gateway …

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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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