Arts & Culture

New Music: Armand Hammer

By Thomas Johnson, September 7 2018 — Rome, last year’s collaboration between Brooklyn-based underground stalwarts billy woods and Elucid, was the densest hip-hop record in recent memory. Under the Armand Hammer moniker, the duo has been responsible for some of the most caustic dismantling of modern elitism and status division since Karl Marx wrote his manifesto. Paraffin,…

Canadian singer, director announce film grant for emerging female and gender non-binary directors

By Thomas Johnson, September 6 2018 — The video for Toronto soulstress Charlotte Day Wilson’s “Work,” the staggering lead-single from her Polaris long-listed, Juno-nominated EP CDW (2016), sets a camera squarely facing a subway escalator, capturing hundreds of women on their daily commute. Despite the seemingly mundane premise, the visual is at once striking and hypnotic with the…

Gauntlet staff make their 2018 Polaris Prize picks

The Polaris Prize will be awarded to the best Canadian album of the last year on Sept. 17. Here’s the albums we think deserve to be recognized as the True North’s best. Alvaays — Antisocilites Antisocialites was conceived between 2014 and 2016, during Molly Rankin’s break from the huge success of Alvvays debut album. She…

Calgary frolics at 2018 Folk Fest

By Thomas Johnson, August 1 2018 — Ah, the Calgary Folk Fest: our city’s most magical weekend. A four-day sojourn into the intimate depths of Prince’s Island Park, a lush greenery sequestered in the heart of our city, a million kilometres from work though somehow only about 200 metres from civilization. Arriving at the onset of another…

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…

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