Altameda continues to authentically grow after new album and international touring

Edmonton-based band Altameda plays at The Gateway on Friday Nov. 29th. I spoke with frontman Troy Snaterse about their album Time Hasn’t Changed You and how the four-piece folk-rock group has found success after two studio albums.   Altameda has opened for, and toured with, bands such as The Trews, The …

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Fifth instalment of Femme Wave keeps resisting

Femme Wave, the non-profit feminist arts festival, had underground arts and politics lovers crawling from one venue to the next in Downtown Calgary all weekend long.   On Nov. 8, Friday night kicked off with a comedy shop. It featured stand-up comedians Adora Nwofor, Jayme Tucker, Emily Bilton, and Issa …

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Disney+: Everything you need to know

Disney+ is here, bringing everyone all the Disney shows you could ever think of. No more thinking about if you should stay up late to watch the oddly scheduled Simpsons episode at 3 a.m. on a school night.   They’ve brought all the shows to us under one streaming service. …

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The Performance as Protest: Exhibition Tour with Elizabeth Diggon

The Performance as Protest: Exhibition Tour with Elizabeth Diggon at the Esker Foundation opened the conversation about performance and performative gestures in art as a form of protest.   Diggon is an author and used to work at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. She is the current Assistant Curator at …

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Insatiable Season 2

Spoiler alert:this article contains spoilers about the Netflix series Insatiable. Even after its controversial season one release, Insatiable season two is now on Netflix, as of Oct.11.   Its initial release was met with controversy because of Debby Ryan’s character, Patty Bladell, who loses 70 pounds due to an accident that …

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Beakerhead 2019

Beakerhead held its seventh annual, five-day festival on Sept.18-Sept.21. When you arrive into the spectacle, the first thing you notice is the gigantic octopus and polar bear installation, which are breath taking. The moment you enter the park, greetings of a live street band welcome you in, you then make …

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The Game Changers Movie Review

As more research and evidence is unearthed showing that reducing your meat and dairy intake and shifting towards a plant-based diet can make you healthier and reduce your carbon footprint, a star-studded documentary showcasing those benefits was released. Making its one-night-only debut on Sept. 16, The Game Changers is a …

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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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