PUP ‘Morbid Stuff’ Album Review

Something is afoot with the already excellent Canadian punk band PUP. Fresh off playing a European tour, the Canadian punk band is riding a wave of buzz that has seen them performing all over the world, and returning to Cow Town in the fall to headline the much bigger venue …

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Ruwald Defortier

The end of a die-hard Wealie’s era: Ruwald de Fortier says farewell

Well friends, it’s the end of an era for me. It’s been a blast taking the reins of this grand magazine this past year, and steering it in a direction for a bright future. I entered the SAIT Journalism program with the intent on one day working as a music …

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Calgary Comic Expo returns.

The Calgary Entertainment and Comic Expo returns to Calgary, attracting artists, cosplayers, and collectors from all over the province. Thursday night was the first day of the 4-day event, that brought guest celebrities from many favourite movies, television and web series. It was Calgarian Jennah Amin’s first time at the …

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Iconic AUA Graffiti Stairwell Whitewashed

A piece of history has disappeared from Calgary’s art and design university after a coat of whitewash erased years’ worth of artwork in the institution’s iconic graffiti stairwell. For years, students of the Alberta University of the Arts (AUA), formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), have been …

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Naked Girls Reading YYC

Naked Girls Reading YYC: From titillation to inspiration

Local show journeys from sensationalized nudity to empowerment and inclusivity Calgary may not be the first city that comes to mind when you hear the words “nude literary salon,” but the local chapter of international show sensation Naked Girls Reading has quickly gone from titillation to inspiration for the women …

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Amanda Siebert

Amanda Siebert, Weal Alumn, returns to SAIT and talks about her new book on Cannabis

SAIT graduate returns to talk about her new book and the benefits of Cannabis One of North America’s first cannabis editors talks about a social movement in progress On Feb. 1, the Odyssey Coffeehouse hosted a reading from one of Canada’s foremost writers on cannabis, author and SAIT graduate Amanda …

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super smash cafe

Super Smash Cafe: Time to smash!

New cafe brings back memories The familial sounds of a childhood Saturday afternoon are about to grace SAIT campus, with the opening of Super Smash Café across the street on 16th Ave. Sporting a similar vibe to cafés such as Hexagon in Kensington, Super Smash Café is set to have …

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Whitehorse

Whitehorse’s The Northern South Vol. 2: Whitehorse sings the post-holiday blues

January has barely passed, but it’s already been a busy year for Canada’s favourite Americana-obsessed band Whitehorse. In mid-January they released an EP titled The Northern South Vol. 2, and in late January their Christmas album, A Whitehorse Christmas Classic, was nominated for a Juno Award. While A Whitehorse Christmas …

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Chai, Calgary, Chai boardgame

Steeping in fun

Calgary couple launch tea-based board game after chai-ing time with Kickstarter After roughly nine months running a popular crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign in Canada, Dan and Connie Kazmaier are preparing to launch “Chai,” their new hit board game.  “Games are always something you can do as a family, and that’s kind …

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Journey 103, SAIT RTBN,

Journey 103: SAIT student radio station returns to airwaves

Not your average radio station SAIT’s Radio, Television and Broadcast News (RTBN) students are at it again, populating the airwaves with music, ideas, conversations, and comedy of the youth.  RTBN News students relaunched their yearly radio station, rechristening the station as Journey 103. The relaunched station plans on differing themselves …

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Big Winter Classic

Go BIG or go home Calgary’s Big Winter Classic festival prepares to heat up the town

Summer festivals compete to stand out, but for Adrian Urlacher, director of BIG, the winter festival was a much needed event. “We realized that there’s a massive hole,” said Urlacher.  “Every major market in Canada has a winter festival, and Calgary had none.” Urlacher’s motive for starting this festival was …

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Skiitour

West coast veterans Skiitour smash The Gateway to close out SAITSA’s Polar Jam

With the recent icy relations between Whistler and Calgary, DJ duo Skiitour came to the rescue at The Gateway on Jan. 12, bringing good vibes to thaw things out. The show, free for SAIT students, was the closing event for SAITSA’s Polar Jam, a week-long back-to-school events sponsored by Monster …

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Comedy duo Ali Hassan and Dave Merheje tackle life their own way

Comedy duo Ali Hassan and Dave Merheje have been as close as brothers for a long time. The comedians, both of whom have made it as individual acts, now come together in a duo, We Ain’t Terrorists, to tackle issues close to their hearts, and dispel bias.  “The show is …

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Canadian folk music awards

Canadian folk talent shines at the Gateway for Canadian folk music awards

On Nov. 30, 2018 and Dec. 1, 2018, Canada’s best folk talent converged on the Gateway for the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs). The two-night event, which is part musical showcase and part awards ceremony, was the 14th annual event for the only award show dedicated to recognizing Canada’s …

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video games

Game smarter, not harder Set limits on the time and money you devote to video games

It’s no secret that many adults enjoy playing video games. Whether a person games on a console, computer, or phone, video games can provide a welcome distraction from the real world. Furthermore, they have value beyond simply being fun: they can relax, and build teamwork and problem-solving skills. They can …

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the palamino

The Palomino helps those in need with its annual Christmas fundraiser

A local establishment, The Palomino Smoke House and Social Club, known for its raucous concerts, rowdy evenings, and rustic nature, is also known for something else: its charitable spirit and involvement in the community. The Palomino is home to the Annual Toy Drive for the Women’s Centre of Calgary. Hosted …

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Working under pressure, Royal Tusk returns to rock the gateway

Hard rock returned to the Gateway on Dec. 2 as Edmonton band Royal Tusk debuted their beefed-up new album “Tusk II,” supporting veteran Michigan rockers Pop Evil. “Playing these songs has been so much fun. When you wait for a year and you’re really proud of this stuff, it’s really …

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Ellen Doty does her province proud with the Alberta Spotlight Showcase

Alberta musician Ellen Doty will give Calgarians a show to remember tonight at the National Music Centre as part of the Alberta Spotlight Series showcase.  The showcase puts on display the best talent Alberta has to offer. Started in 2018, the program is meant to showcase Alberta talent from various …

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Whitehorse: a new twist on the classics. Whitehorse releases an instant classic with their new Christmas album

Now that the snow has begun falling and the temperature has begun plunging, it is time to dust off those Christmas albums, update your Spotify or Apple music, and listen to your favourite guilty pleasure Christmas song – except this year, you may have to add another album to your …

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Using film to create action Thirteenth annual Marda Loop Justice Film Festival kicks off important conversation

On November 13 at the new Central Library, the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival celebrated the opening night of its 13th year with a screening of the documentary “Bird of Prey” followed by a discussion with local naturalist Brian Keating. “When you look at a film like this, it shows …

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