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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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