Album Review: Retribution

Tanya Tagaq Retribution Six Shooter Records (2016) Retribution, Tanya Tagaq’s follow-up to her Polaris Prize-winning album, Animism, packs a bigger punch than its predecessor on all fronts, from its message, to its visceral, compelling sound. Tagaq, an Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has assembled a diverse and talented …


A change of pace

Calgarians swoon over The Zolas Vancouver-based indie rock band, The Zolas, have had a long running history with our city, and the new  line-up of the band will be making a return to MacEwan Hall on Oct. 19. The Zolas have embarked on a joint venture tour with The Strumbellas …

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The sweet life

Get your golden ticket to Fortune Falls Fortune Falls, a quirky, modern fable with a Willy Wonka twist, will be having its world premiere during Alberta Theatre Project’s (ATP) 2016-17 season. The musical, presented in conjunction with Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre, is the creation of Jonathan Christenson, a triple threat, who …

The Dudes gear up for their annual Halloween Party at The Gateway on Saturday, Oct. 29. (Photo courtesy of The Dudes)

The Dudes abide

The Dudes prepare to hit The Gateway stage for their annual Halloween gig Calgary music scene veterans, The Dudes, will play their annual Halloween show on Saturday Oct. 29, at The Gateway with brand new songs off their upcoming album. The Dudes have been carrying on their Halloween tradition for …

Calgarians join together for a Welcome Back Pow Wow held at SAIT in Calgary on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. This was the 10th year the annual pow wow was held. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Welcome back Powwow

SAIT’s Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Centre hosted its 10th annual Welcome Back Powwow on Oct. 1, 2016. Featuring local dancers and drummers, the event highlighted the Aboriginal culture and tradition at SAIT. Viewers were treated to the pageantry and visual spectacle of the handmade traditional regalia, musical performances and drum circles, …

Burlesque performers take the stage at Backwards Stage on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (Photo by Amanda Richter/The Weal)

The big reveal

Calgary burlesque community comes together for international festival Much like the art of the tease, Calgary’s burlesque scene, while thriving, has been one of the city’s most tantalizing secrets. This year, however, performers at the Calgary International Burlesque Festival (CIBF) are getting set to reveal a little more after the …

Still from the film Burn Your Maps, which was filmed in Alberta.

Movie Review: Burn Your Maps

Burn Your Maps is about a mother who absconds to Mongolia with her son so she can indulge his psychotic delusions about being a goat herder. Of course, that’s not what the official synopsis says. That’s just what I got out of it. The movie is more literally about a …


Album Review: Scenic Route to Alaska

Scenic Route to Alaska Long Walk Home Independent (2016) Scenic Route to Alaska’s newest album, Long Walk Home, is a polished indie-rock album that shows how much the band has grown since their last release. The Edmonton band’s sound has switched from the grungier guitars of their 2014 release, Warrington, …

WHOANDWHAT in Calgary on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. WHYANDMORE. (Photo by Kelsey Zeoli/The Press)


WordFest pushes the boundaries of a traditional literary festival There’s a reason WordFest calls itself a “reader’s festival,” rather than a writer’s festival – because it is unequivocally and unabashedly for the readers. Whether you’re a fan of young adult fantasies, gripping murder mysteries, scathing social commentary or engrossing historical …

Jordan Roberts, the director of "Burn Your Maps" is sitting at the Ramada in downtown Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Roberts has been working in the movie industry for 23 years. (Photo by Peter Shokeir/The Weal)

Burnt maps and big screens

Director Jordan Roberts brings his vision of Mongolia to Alberta Jordan Roberts, the director and writer of Burn Your Maps, filmed a  good portion of his movie in Calgary and surrounding areas. Roberts, who also co-wrote Big Hero 6, and the narration for March of the Penguins, came to Calgary …

Author Viet Than Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer. The book won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Book Review: The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer By Viet Thanh Nguyen Grove Press (2015) The Sympathizer, Viet Than Nguyen’s debut novel, originally published in April 2015, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and after reading the novel, it’s easy to see why. Starting off at the tail end of the Vietnam War, and the …

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Album Review: Tokyo Police Club

  Tokyo Police Club Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Parts One & Two Dine Alone Records (2016) Divided geographically, Canadian pop-rockers, Tokyo Police Club, decided to forgo the lengthy recording process required to produce a full-length album, and instead opted to release two new five-song EPs in 2016. Melon …

Anthropologist and photographer, Wade Davis, will be presenting a collection of his work at a WordFest event on Oct. 7 at the Glenbow Museum. (Photo by Ryan Hill)

A different point of view

World famous photographers showcase their work Two world-famous photographers are coming to Calgary to promote their new books at a WordFest event in the Glenbow Museum Theatre on Oct. 7. Wade Davis and Luis Fabini collaborated on Cowboys of the Americas, while Wade Davis: Photographs is a solo undertaking by …


What are you laughing at?

YYComedy Festival returns with a star-studded line-up If the news is any indication of the state of the world right now, it doesn’t seem like there is much to laugh about these days. Conversely, a good laugh might be exactly what we need. Unbeknownst to many, Calgary has a hidden …

Eva Janke-Furman, second-year ACAD design student, works on a sketchbook assignment in the Aldred Centre at SAIT on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (Photo by Nikolai Cuthill/SAIT)

CAMPing out for creatives

CAMP Festival brings arts and industry game-changers to Calgary Calgary is no stranger to innovators and game-changers, but for creative types, the opportunity to network with both local and international industry experts, and refine their craft, isn’t always available here. Enter the CAMP Festival, a two-day media arts and technology …


Album Review: We Move

James Vincent McMorrow We Move (2016) Dine Alone Records Irish singer-songwriter, James Vincent McMorrow, has released a third installment of striking lyrics, symphonic tones and exhilarating beats with his new album, We Move. The new album, released Sept. 2, contains 10 full, rich songs, which make up a story that …

A contortionist performs at the Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival at the Calgary Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016.  (Photo by Amanda Richter/The Weal)

Coming to light

Illuminasia Lantern & Garden Festival Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival is currently taking place every Thursday to Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., until Oct. 16, at the Calgary Zoo. The basis of the festival is built around the four seasons, the zoo animals, as well as traditional Chinese …

Caroline Green poses for a portrait in the beer hall at Wurst in Calgary on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Wurst is a German restaurant and bar and is well known for its exciting Octoberfest celebrations. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/ SAIT)

Time to tap the casks

Say pröst to October, and raise a stein at Calgary Oktoberfest Break out your beer steins, your lederhosen and your dirndls; Calgary Oktoberfest is back, returning to the Big Four Building on Sept. 23 and 24. The beer sampling event, now in its fourth year, offers both newbies to the …

Jenna Lencucha performs at Circle the Wagons in Calgary on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. The event consisted of foodtrucks, beer, a wiener dog race, acrobatics and activities for children. (Photo by Parker Crook/SAIT Polytechnic)

Rolling through town

Circle the Wagons hits Calgary’s University District


Sleeper Hit comes to Calgary

Vertigo Theatre starts their season with The Big Sleep adaptation Vertigo Theatre starts off its 40th season with a play adaptation of The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler’s celebrated noir novel. The first production of this season’s BD&P Mystery Theatre Series, The Big Sleep, will be shown in The Playhouse at …