Crack open a cold one at a picnic: Allow open liquor in Calgary public parks

February 15, 2019 — The City of Calgary recently surveyed residents on whether or not liquor should be allowed in public parks. A positive response would see a pilot project begin this summer to allow park users to consume liquor at picnic sites as per Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC) regulations. Section 89 of the current…

New Music: Jessica Pratt

By Troy Hasselman, February 14 2019 Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt operates on a small scale. From her stripped down arrangements to her voice that rarely sounds above a whisper, her composition style recalls the work of golden-era folkies such as Judee Sill, Karen Dalton and Joni Mitchell. Her third album, Quiet Signs, is characteristic…

The five stages of grief when your ex messages you

By Beejal Parekh, February 14 2019 — Denial: Your phone buzzes. It’s probably Mom. Or maybe it’s a useless group project member with a thinly veiled excuse for why they haven’t completed their portion of the assignment. Oh shit, it’s your ex. You changed their name to something like “REGRET IN THE SHAPE OF A…

Canadian filmmaker’s documentary set for Calgary première

By Troy Hasselman, February 14, 2019 What Walaa Wants, a documentary produced by Canadian filmmaker Christy Garland, is set to screen in Calgary on Feb. 16 at the Globe Cinema as part of the Justice Film Festival. The film follows the story of the titular Walaa, a Palestinian girl who grew up in the Balata…

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra conducts Soul Legends concert

By Troy Hasselman, Feburary 14, 2019 As conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser pointed out towards the end of the performance of Soul Legends: From Isaac Hayes to Marvin Gaye with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestral arrangements have always been a part of soul music. From the wall-of-sound-style production flourishes of Motown Records, the soaring strings of Isaac…

2019 Canada Winter Games open in Alberta this weekend

By Kristy Koehler, February 14 2019 — For those still disappointed that Calgary missed out on an Olympic bid, the next two weeks offer a chance to support amateur athletics in a big way. The 2019 Canada Winter Games open on Friday, Feb. 15. Red Deer is the official host city for the games but…

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