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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, …


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 …

(Photos by Tim Tronckoe)

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …


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 …

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 …


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, …


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 …

(Photo by Kenneth Locke)

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, …