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Platform Crocs and the commodification of irony

By Scott Christensen, October 10 2017 —  High fashion has always been a place to push the boundaries of what is considered fashionable. But it’s also a place where trends reign supreme. During Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, Balenciaga revealed its Spring 2018 collection. Among its assortment of fanny packs and work wear, Balenciaga…

Calgary Film 2017: Wall

By Scott Christensen, October 3 2017 — Wall adapts David Hare’s monologue of the same name about the Israeli West Bank barrier, a large wall built by the State of Israel to separate the country from Palestinian territories. Directed by Cam Christiansen, the film ambitiously portrays Hare’s writings as an animated documentary. Wall screened during…

Calgary Film opening gala selection celebrates Indigenous music

By Scott Christensen, September 22 2017 — The Calgary International Film Festival kicked off with a premiere of When They Awake at the opening gala on Sept. 20. When They Awake is a documentary about Indigenous Canadian musicians with a focus on contemporary music spanning from hip-hop to blues to electro-pop. Though mainstream genres are…

New Music: Tyler, the Creator

By Scott Christensen, August 17 2017 — Two years after releasing his last album, Cherry Bomb, Tyler, the Creator comes full force with Flower Boy, his best project yet. Having improved his rapping and production since his 2011 debut, Goblin, Flower Boy blossoms as a well-structured and original project. The album opens with Tyler’s signature…

One Love hip-hop festival returns to Calgary at new venue

By Scott Christensen, August 2 2017 — Now in its third year, Calgary’s annual hip-hop and R&B music festival is facing some changes. One Love Music Festival will now be a one-day event on Aug. 4, instead of its previous two-day stretch on labour day weekend. They’ve also moved from Elliston Park to the larger…

Early days of Sled Island rich with local talent

By Scott Christensen, June 28 2017 — Sled Island kicked off on June 20 at Commonwealth Bar and Stage with an array of grunge, pop, punk and experimental rock. With bands playing on both the main floor and downstairs, the club was buzzing with the tunes all night. Calgary’s Melted Mirror brought an immense amount…

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 Giordano began the label…

Bodega puts a spin on Mexican-Carribean classics

By Scott Christensen, June 9, 2017 — Bodega is a Mexican-Caribbean fusion restaurant on 10th St. in Kensington. Only a block from the Sunnyside LRT station, it’s an ideal stop for students looking to try new food in the city.  Those on a budget can find relief in Bodega’s student-friendly prices. With generous portions, each…

New Music: Lil Yachty

By Scott Christensen, June 01, 2017 — Lil’ Yachty is following up the success of his two mixtapes with the release of a 21-track album, Teenage Emotions. Though the teenage rapper is notably divisive, his debut full-length represents the evolving landscape of R&B and hip-hop. Lil’ Yachty’s self-described “bubblegum trap” style — using auto-tune while…

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