Starfleet at TELUS Spark

Tour the Starship enterprise Star Trek fans across Calgary are beaming as TELUS Spark is giving them the opportunity to boldly go and experience 50 years of the show’s history in Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience. The interactive touring exhibit is presented by Martin ‘Mr. Star Trek’ Netter, and …

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Major Minor opens the doors to all-ages opportunities

Newcomers to Calgary often undergo an enormous amount of adjustments, leaving little time to actually get to know their new home, get engaged in their community or share in their city’s arts and cultural events. The Calgary Immigrant Education Society (C.I.E.S.), a non-profit organization that offers language, job and life …

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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 …

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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, …

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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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SAIT gives back

Adopt-a-Student Family program provides a helping hand The season of giving is upon us, and SAIT is doing its part to give back to those among us who could use a little extra support during the holiday season. SAITSA is bringing back its annual Adopt-a-Student Family program to benefit SAIT …

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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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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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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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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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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 …

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Bookmarked

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 …

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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 …

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Come together

Welcome Back Powwow highlights SAIT’s culture and community SAIT’s Chinook Lodge Aboriginal Resource Centre is hosting its annual Welcome Back Powwow on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture and tradition. The grand entry will begin …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Lights, camera, Calgary!

Calgary International Film Festival goes behind the scenes This year marks the 17th year of the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), and organizers are expecting this to be its most engaging year yet. With over 200 short and feature-length films from over 40 countries playing from Sept. 21 to Oct. …

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Sticks and Stones

Why is a band’s name enough to offend us? Femme Wave, a Calgary feminist music and arts festival, issued a statement on Aug. 17, announcing they would be withdrawing all shows booked at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club, due to the establishment’s booking of a band named Black Pussy. …

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Music, arts and Canadian culture, amplified

Calgary’s National Music Centre offers a one-of-a-kind experience If you happened to be cruising around the East Village this past Canada Day, you would have noticed a lengthy line-up of people queuing around the block, just outside of the stunning new building across the street from the King Eddy, Calgary’s …

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