The Festival Hall office in Inglewood in Calgary on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. 2017's Block Heater marks the second anniversary for the festival. (Photo by Ruwald de Fortier /SAIT)

A midwinter warmup

Block Heater 2.0 returns to break up the February blues This February, the Calgary Folk Festival is back for their sophomore year of the annual Block Heater music festival.  Block Heater 2.0 takes place from Feb. 10 to 12, and aims to bring the chilly streets of Inglewood to life. …


Exploring the deep

Anthropologist to speak on underwater cave diving Cave diving can be a dangerous world where you become disconnected from everything.  It’s a place where there are no phones, no electricity and no social media. A world where truly anything can happen. “You realize when you’re in something as vast as …

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Left in the dark

Vertigo Theatre adapts a classic mystery for the stage Darkness proves to be an ally against evil in the renowned play Wait Until Dark, a part of the BD&P Mystery Theatre Series, which runs from Jan. 21 to Feb. 19 at Vertigo Mystery Theatre in Calgary. “The show will really …

Dr. Derek Beaulieu, instructor of critical and creative studies at ACAD, takes a break in the graffiti stairwell at ACAD in Calgary on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Beaulieu was the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary and author of 16 books. (Photo by Ashley Orzel/SAIT)

Building a bestseller

The Weal’s guide to getting published Getting a book published is hard. Making it successful is even harder. Literary agents often get 5,000 query letters each year. As well, around 50 per cent of published books fail. Those are the same odds as a coin toss. Fortunately, there are ways …

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Album Review: Pink Seasons

Pink Guy  Pink Season Pink Records (2017) Pink Guy pushes the envelope with enough force to plaster somebody’s brains against the ceiling while still maintaining enough momentum to push their new album into the top of iTunes charts.  Pink Season, released Jan 4, 2017, is the second album from Pink …


Arkelling it

Band returns with a bigger, better show JUNO Award-winning, indie-rock band, Arkells, is set to play the BMO Centre on Feb. 4, with supporting act Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls.  The Calgary stop on their Morning Report tour will be to promote their latest album of the same name, …

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Faith healing

Local author Irene Bryant writes about overcoming cancer A local author describes her struggle with cancer in her recently released memoir, Finding Hope in the Midst of Adversity. The book launch will take place at Owl’s Nest Books on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. “The book is for anyone curious …

Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet whose work is still celebrated around the world. (Photo by Victoria Cockriell/SAIT)

Highland fling

Calgarians celebrate Robbie Burns Day Quickly gaining in mainstream popularity, you might have heard of Robbie (or Rabbie, depending on who you ask) Burns Day.  This is perhaps less so from the lasting influence the man’s poems and songs have had on lovers of literature around the world, and more …

Dezjuan Tomas (left) and Sabrina Comanescy (right) are two feature dancers in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks production of Juliet & Romeo
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A classic love story, retold

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks reinvents Shakespeare Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) has reimagined William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an accessible and modernized production with jazz dance and pick-up lines. The production, Juliet & Romeo, will run from Jan. 18 to 28 at the DJD Dance Centre in Calgary as part of …

Autumn Fox overcomes her fear of reading naked in Calgary on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. (Photo by Ashley Orzel)

Stripped down stories

Uncovering the tale of one Weal editor’s quest to expose herself It all started with a photo shoot, or rather, a text message about a photo shoot. Our intrepid news editor, Ashley Orzel, is also an incredibly talented photographer and was intending to organize a photo shoot involving Keely Kamikaze, …


Building a wall around Hollywood

With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration closing in, there is little doubt that Hollywood is preparing to unleash a barrage of satire. However, people shouldn’t be surprised if some punches are pulled. Trump is no stranger to the entertainment business. He is well known for hosting The Apprentice and has made …


Dub Kartel sets the mood

Dub Kartel is an unconventional group, and their debut album of the same name only reinforces their image. The Halifax-based reggae, hip-hop and dancehall music group consists of seven tightly knit friends who have spent the last five years touring Canadian music festivals perfecting their vibrant and energetic sound. The …

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The Holiday To-Do List

12 days of giving back After the doozy of a year 2016 has been, we’re all in need of some glad tidings in our lives again. And the best way to do that? By spreading a little cheer of your own. On the 1st day of Christmas… Create a reverse …

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Best & worst holiday films

Full-feature flicks to ring in the season For many SAIT students, there’s not much to do over the holidays other than curl up on a couch and switch on the idiot box. The least you could do is treat yourself to a holiday movie of high quality. Here’s a list …

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Out of thin air

The Paper Kites to appear at The Gateway The Paper Kites, an indie folk-rock band from Melbourne, Australia, will be making a stop in Calgary on their North American tour. The Gateway will be hosting the band on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with Horse Thief opening.  “Ever since we’ve been over …


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 …


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 …

Agatha Christie's The Hollow runs until Sunday, Dec. 11 at Vertigo Theatre. For tickets, visit:

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, …