Arts & Culture

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

New Music: Lorde

By Gurman Sahota, June 16, 2017 — After bursting onto the music scene in meteoric fashion in 2013 with her debut, Pure Heroine, Lorde returns with Melodrama. Embracing a downcast pop aesthetic akin to her first album, Lorde takes the tattered remains of a lovelorn relationship and turns heartsickness on its head. The album starts…

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