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, …

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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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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 …

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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, …

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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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Burnt maps and big screens

Director Jordan Roberts brings his vision of Mongolia to Alberta Jordan Roberts, the director and writer of Burn Your Maps, filmed a  good portion of his movie in Calgary and surrounding areas. Roberts, who also co-wrote Big Hero 6, and the narration for March of the Penguins, came to Calgary …

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Book Review: The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer By Viet Thanh Nguyen Grove Press (2015) The Sympathizer, Viet Than Nguyen’s debut novel, originally published in April 2015, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and after reading the novel, it’s easy to see why. Starting off at the tail end of the Vietnam War, and the …

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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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A different point of view

World famous photographers showcase their work Two world-famous photographers are coming to Calgary to promote their new books at a WordFest event in the Glenbow Museum Theatre on Oct. 7. Wade Davis and Luis Fabini collaborated on Cowboys of the Americas, while Wade Davis: Photographs is a solo undertaking by …

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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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Album Review: We Move

James Vincent McMorrow We Move (2016) Dine Alone Records Irish singer-songwriter, James Vincent McMorrow, has released a third installment of striking lyrics, symphonic tones and exhilarating beats with his new album, We Move. The new album, released Sept. 2, contains 10 full, rich songs, which make up a story that …

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Coming to light

Illuminasia Lantern & Garden Festival Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival is currently taking place every Thursday to Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., until Oct. 16, at the Calgary Zoo. The basis of the festival is built around the four seasons, the zoo animals, as well as traditional Chinese …

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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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Rolling through town

Circle the Wagons hits Calgary’s University District

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Sleeper Hit comes to Calgary

Vertigo Theatre starts their season with The Big Sleep adaptation Vertigo Theatre starts off its 40th season with a play adaptation of The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler’s celebrated noir novel. The first production of this season’s BD&P Mystery Theatre Series, The Big Sleep, will be shown in The Playhouse at …

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CIFF must-see list

Top 10 movies at the Calgary International Film festival This year’s Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off Sept. 21, and runs for 12 days showcasing 210 films from around the world. To help plan your festival, here’s a list of the 10 most anticipated films screenings during the 17th …

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Legend of Zelda at CPO

Bringing the legendary music of the game to real life The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will soon be performing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a multimedia symphonic concert. The concert will take place at Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary, on Sept. 22. “The Zelda Symphony is a …

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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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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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