Local record label owner talks activism through music

By Scott Christensen, June 23, 2017 — Inner Ocean Records is a Calgary record label that mainly releases lo-fi and experimental hip-hop music. The label, which began in 2012, recently released Bless Vol. 1 — the proceeds of which will be donated to help Syrian civilians during the ongoing civil war. Cory Zaradur began the…

Common Holly takes an uncommon approach at Sled Island

By Jason Herring, June 23, 2017 — Montreal singer-songwriter Common Holly will play her first Calgary show at this year’s Sled Island festival. The band is the project of Brigitte Naggar, who will bring her self-described “dark folk” to the recently reopened King Eddy hotel on June 24. Naggar released her debut album, Playing House,…

SLC appoints two student representatives to fill vacancies

By Sean Willett, June 22 2017 — Two appointments were approved to fill vacant Students’ Union positions during the June 20 meeting of the Students Legislative Council. Anayat Sidhu was appointed as senate representative and Megan Tak Sum Leung was appointed as Werklund School of Education representative. Both appointees were selected by the SU’s Nominations…

U of C professor’s fifth book set in halls of haunted university

By Nikayla Goddard, June 22, 2017 — “I’m so deeply afraid of the supernatural that I’m pretty sure ghosts just stay away from me,” University of Calgary creative writing professor Suzette Mayr joked. “I’ve never had the luck of running into anything supernatural.” Despite this, Mayr’s fifth book, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of…

Hamilton Tiger-Cats top draft pick reflects on time with Dinos

By Christie Melhorn, June 22 2017 —  Nine Dinos football players were drafted into the Canadian Football League this spring — a record for the most players selected from the U of C. Defensive end Connor McGough was taken fourth overall as the top pick of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. McGough stood out during his time…

SLC passes amendment to conflict of interest bylaw, among other policy changes

By Sean Willett, June 21 2017 — Multiple amendments to union policy, procedure and bylaws were tabled and approved over the last two sessions of Students’ Legislative Council. The most important change was the amendment to the conflict of interest policy in the Students’ Union’s bylaws. The modified section used to read: “Elected and appointed…

New Music: Ride

By Jason Herring, June 21 2017 — Ride are the latest in a string of ‘90s shoegaze pioneers to release a 21st century reunion album. Weather Diaries is the British band’s latest effort and their first album since 1996. It flirts with both the future and the past, but rarely attains the moments of catharsis…

Embrace silence to hear your inner voice

By Christie Melhorn, June 21 2017 — Most of us have experienced awkward silence — those painful pauses in conversations where you endlessly untangle words in your head without actually saying anything. But there are also enjoyable moments of silence when time loses relevance and your surroundings seem to melt away. In the bustle of…

Province announces $25.8-million post-secondary mental health fund

By Sean Willett, June 20 2017 — The Alberta NDP is investing $25.8 million into post-secondary mental health initiatives over the next three years. Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt made the announcement Tuesday morning during the 2017 Wellness Summit, a mental health-themed event hosted at the University of Calgary. This funding will be implemented…

McHugh House aims to inspire all-age music scene

By Gurman Sahota, June 16, 2017 — After Councillor Evan Wooley fought to save the McHugh House — Calgary’s sixth oldest home — from demolition, CJSW 90.9 FM and the Beltline Neighbourhood Association (BNA) partnered together to refurbish the historic building into an all-ages venue. CJSW community development coordinator Kendra Scanlon says there’s a lack of all-ages…

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