Arts & Culture

New Music: Sam Smith

By Rachel Woodward, November 8 2017 — Known for crooning ballads of heartbreak and sadness, Sam Smith returns after a three-year hiatus with his sophomore album, The Thrill of It All. The 10-track album is reminiscent of his debut, In the Lonely Hour, with familiar odes to heartache and loneliness. The album provides listeners with…

New Music: Big K.R.I.T.

By Thomas Johnson, November 3 2017 — Prior to 2013’s Cadillactica, Big K.R.I.T. released a blistering mission statement called “Mt. Olympus.” It was advertised as a response to Kendrick Lamar’s infamous diss verse on “Control” from earlier that year. But just as Kendrick didn’t really diss K.R.I.T. on “Control,” “Mt. Olympus” wasn’t really a rebuttal….

New Music: Wu-Tang Clan

By Thomas Johnson, November 2 2017 — One of the most shudder-inducing phrases in the modern lexicon is “new Wu.” Despite achieving mythic status after emerging from the depths of Shaolin, the fabled Wu-Tang Clan have struggled to produce a truly great album since 2007’s 8 Diagrams. The eight remaining original swordsmen are no longer…

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…

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