Arts & Culture

Calgary welcomes new Central Public Library

By Thomas Johnson, October 27 2018 — On Nov. 1, the Calgary Central Library will open its doors after 14 years of planning, funding and construction. The highly anticipated four-storey, 240,000-square-foot facility, which will replace the existing downtown Calgary Library branch, has gained international recognition, including being featured as one Architectural Digest’s 12 most-anticipated buildings of…

Exploring the Imaginarium: WordFest 2018 Recap

By Frankie Hart, October 26 2018 — I’ve started to look forward to October every year for the past six years for WordFest, where my dad and I hang out and bond over books. Over the years I’ve seen changes in author’s, audience size, venue, events and theme. Though the festival is always evolving, it always…

Realizing the vision: An interview with The Sylvia Platters

By David Stewart, October 19 2018 — On Oct. 19 the shoegazing, power-pop band The Sylvia Platters will release their new split 12-inch LP with Stephen Carl O’Shea of You Say Party. Shadow Steps, their collaboration, furthers the artistic endeavors of Abbotsford-based musicians through promotion and release by the city’s community radio station, CIVL-FM. “The most…

CJSW making a splash with 2018 funding drive

By Thomas Johnson, October 18 2018 — This Friday, CJSW 90.9 FM is kicking off its annual funding drive, looking to the local community to support its on-campus broadcasting. Between Oct. 19–26, the station will be looking for pledges as they try to reach their goal of $200,000, which will be put to use to improve…

“I Love It” censure indicative of unfair genre criticism

By Zacc Schlegel, October 17 2018 — Kanye West and Lil Pump released “I Love It” to great commercial success on Sept. 6, earning over 50 million YouTube views and counting. The song itself is characterized by a minimalist beat and explicit lyrics, while the music video features Kanye and Pump dressed as Roblox-like figures….

Oddisee brings his means of production to Commonwealth

By Thomas Johnson, October 15 2018 — This past Thursday at Commonwealth Bar & Stage, rapper/producer/all-around-good-guy Oddisee brought the same workmanlike attitude to his live show that has defined his career. Though the first handful of songs he had to work through some sound issues, Oddisee, who introduced himself by his birth name Amir Mohamed el…

New Music: Low

By Troy Hasselman, October 12 2018 — Low has always dealt with the adverse. From the band’s often melancholic subject matter to their slow-moving arrangements, negativity is central to Low’s music. Based around the decades-long partnership between founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, Low has been releasing sedate albums for nearly 25 years. The band’s…

WordFest brings the Imaginarium to Calgary

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2018 — While Calgary’s home for all things literary can be experienced year-round, WordFest’s week-long sojourn kicked off on Monday, Oct. 8, bringing to YYC a brief wonderland of imagination. The festival, now in its 23rd season, has expanded its typically impressive roster to host over 120 artists, filling out 180…

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