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The Gauntlet staff’s best of 2018

There was too much of 2018 to remember, let alone summarize in an intro. It felt like a century crammed into 365 days. Kanye ranted, weed was legalized, Lebron went Hollywood, every A-lister you can think of released an album and somewhere in there Canada won a few gold medals at the Olympics, which happened. …

U of C student hosts first abstract art exhibit

By Troy Hasselman, December 2 2018 — Fluid Me, the first solo exhibition by Calgary-based artist and University of Calgary masters student Mao Kun Chen, showcases of her abstract artwork currently showing at The Bridge Gallery in downtown Calgary. The exhibit explores themes of identity and cultural diversity with an emphasis on an aesthetic hybrid…

Femme Wave continues to expand

By Zacc Schlegel, December 1 2018 — Femme Wave, an annual festival hosted in Calgary featuring exclusively female and non-binary artists in music, film, comedy and other arts, ran its fourth iteration from Nov. 15–18. Event founders Hayley Muir and Kaely Cormack were inspired by their experiences as members of the Calgary punk act The…

New Music: Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist

By Troy Hasselman, November 29 2018 — There was no way this project wasn’t going to be good. In Freddie Gibbs and Curren$y, you have two veteran MC’s who have made and maintained a name for themselves with both their hard-hitting subject matter and virtuosic technique. The pairing is anchored by beats courtesy of the Alchemist,…

Triple U of C graduate releases second book of poetry

By Kristy Koehler, November 23 2018 – Thomas Gannon Hamilton is a poet, artist and musician. A triple graduate of the University of Calgary, Hamilton studied anthropology and archaeology in his undergraduate degree, going on to earn an MA and PhD while incorporating the study of poetry into all of his degrees. Hamilton was awarded…

New Music: Julia Holter

By Jason Herring, November 22 2018 — Julia Holter is this decade’s greatest artist. Though the California art-pop songwriter had already released four spectacular records since 2010, it’s her new album, Aviary, that cements her as a visionary artist hell-bent on shattering musical convention in the most beautiful manner conceivable. Aviary is tough to classify….

New Music: Robyn

By Gurman Sahota, November 21, 2018 — Robyn’s new album, Honey — her first in eight years — has been hotly anticipated. Robyn reintroduces herself with “Missing U,” which feels like an homage to her song “Be Mine!” from her self-titled fourth album in its wealth of synths, although it fails to carry the same power…

Campus-curated beats: an interview with Noca Project

By Zacc Schlegel, November 21 2018 — Folk, indie and electro are all cherished genres within Calgary’s music scene. They are also what characterize Noca Project’s debut album, Spectator. Norika Yue, a University of Calgary masters student, sole composer and instrumentalist behind Noca Project, released the album on Oct. 17. Featuring over a dozen instruments…

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