Arts & Culture

Top European comedian looks to earn laughs in MacHall

By Miriam Johnston, November 1 2017 — France’s most popular comedian, Gad Elmaleh, risked it all to come to North America and to challenge himself to sell his popular French comedy to western audiences. Elmaleh will perform in Calgary on Thursday, Nov. 2 at MacEwan Hall, a venue he has never performed in before and…

New Music: Gord Downie

By Taylor Benn, October 31 2017 — Most of us are familiar with Gord Downie’s story. However, it wasn’t until the release of Introduce Yerself that we could truly feel it. After the announcement of his terminal cancer and the conclusion of the Tragically Hip’s final tour, Downie dedicated his remaining time to family, his…

New music: King Krule

By Thomas Johnson, October 31, 2017 — Your mind can be a dangerous place to be lost in. Too much time trapped between your thoughts can render even the hardest men to tapioca. The notion that the darkest path snakes inward sits at the gloomy centre of The OOZ, the first album from King Krule…

New music: Tough Age

By Matt Hume, October 31 2017 —  Tough Age, a Vancouver duo turned Toronto trio, are an unmissable staple of Canadian garage punk. Their fuzzy, bubblegum and nonchalant sounds have graced the internet since 2013. Their Bandcamp bio states that they make “music for us and for you if you want it.” Despite a ‘whatever’ attitude…

New music: Destroyer

By Jason Herring, October 31 2017 — Dan Bejar’s music has never sounded at ease. Whether through instrumentation or subject matter, every one of his songs carries an anxious undercurrent. Even during his best work from the 2011 smooth jazz/indie rock hybrid Kaputt, Bejar struggles through dense, cryptic lyrics atop the most lush, dreamy instrumentals this…

November is a great month to have a date night that’s all fun-and-games

By Nikayla Goddard, October 30 2017 — Don’t let the drop in temperature bring down your mood — these fun-and-games date nights are bound to keep you and your partner entertained on even the dreariest of nights. Head to The Rec Room located at Deerfoot City to spend your evening with a drink in one…

CJSW listeners keep community radio strong during Funding Drive

By Scott Christensen, October 30 2017 — Broadcasting out of MacEwan Hall, CJSW 90.9 F.M. is Calgary’s only campus and community radio station. On Oct. 20, it kicked-off its annual Funding Drive. With only seven paid staff members at the station, CJSW relies on Funding Drive and the volunteer efforts of over 300 people to operate. “We…

SCPA’s The Double Hook is an opera with a cause

By Sidrah Anees, October 26 2017 — Sheila Watson’s 1959 novel The Double Hook stands out as a masterpiece of drama and prose in Canadian literature. Set in a small B.C. town in the 1930s, it tackles themes of family, redemption and Canadian tradition in the aftermath of a murder. Fifty-eight years after its initial…

Calgary’s Raleigh dives into new sonic territory with Powerhouse Bloom

By Matt Hume, October 26 2017 —  A sound exists within the wave of psychedelic indie rock, somewhere in between Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala, personified by Calgary quartet Raleigh. On Sept. 29, the group released their third full-length record, Powerhouse Bloom — an album developed during the band’s residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and…

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