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Local filmmaker emphasizing Indigenous community

By Thomas Johnson, July 20 2018 — “I think often filmmaking only happens in these hubs — Hollywood, Vancouver, Toronto, New York. A lot of us native people, we’re rooted in our ancestral homelands. That’s where we draw our strength, our identity and ultimately our stories,” says Blackfoot filmmaker Trevor Solway. “It’s sending the wrong message…

New Music: Deafheaven

By Thomas Johnson, July 17 2018 — Deafheaven’s discography — as a radical outlier in a staunchly traditional metal scene and the larger conversation of independent rock — has taken an unpredictable trajectory, but a sensible one if considered chronologically. Roads To Judah (2011) was the experiment, Sunbather (2013) was the breakthrough mission statement and New Bermuda…

Steven Tyler actually killed it

By Thomas Johnson, July 13 2018 — The Calgary Stampede, to its credit, pumps metropolitan Calgary with so much life-blood that the incoming energy manifests itself in as eclectic a range in music as you’ll see anywhere in Canada on a weekday. On Wednesday, July 11, for example, Dickens hosted a number of death metal bands and…

New Music: Freddie Gibbs

By Thomas Johnson, June 27 2018 — Gary, Indiana sits about 15 minutes from Chicago’s dicey south side. About a third of its homes are vacant and its cultural exports can generally be grouped in three categories — headlines, The Jackson 5 and Freddie Gibbs. Gibbs has been living in Los Angeles for about a dozen years…

Sled Day 3 brings mesmerizing sets from Grouper, Deerhoof

By Thomas Johnson, June 23 2018 — If you haven’t been, the National Music Centre is designed like a Bond villain’s fever dream. From the main entrance, the walls branch out and wrap around the performance hall, which is perched in the middle of the great lobby. Friday’s Grouper show was a perfect marriage of…

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