Arts & Culture

Calgary Film 2018: Under the Silver Lake

By Thomas Johnson, October 7 2018 — Under the Silver Lake, a Calgary Film entry by director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), takes place in a version of Los Angeles that seems surreal through outsider eyes. Sam, an easily distracted, chain-smoking somnambulist played by Andrew Garfield, wanders the city’s hills, valleys and bomb-shelters on a bleary-eyed quest…

Calgary Film 2018: Shoplifters

By Jocelyn Illing, October 6 2018 — Walking into the ice-box theatre, I wondered to myself if the film I was about to watch was going to be worth the bitter cold. A few friends had seen it the previous night and had nothing but praise for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters (2018). Eventually, I found my…

Calgary Film 2018: Pity

By Thomas Johnson, October 3 2018 — The premise of Babis Makridis’s Pity, at its shallowest depth, is one of an otherwise successful man, known as The Lawyer, coping with a wife-shaped hole in his life that’s newly depressed every morning when he wakes up feeling as empty as his bed. However, the deeper you fall into…

Death Never Dies: A case for death metal in Calgary

By Matty Hume, October 4 2018 — Even in the dead of night, when pleasant dreams fill the minds of sleeping souls from Sundance to Hidden Valley, Ninth Avenue remains a restless stretch of dimly lit pavement. It’s the gateway to downtown for much of Calgary’s northwest. It’s the home of the National Music Centre,…

New Music: IDLES

By Jason Herring, October 3 2018 — Through two albums, Bristol punk quartet IDLES have proven they’re not scared to tackle tough subjects. Their 2017 debut, Brutalism, occupied itself with death and addiction. Their sophomore release, Joy as an Act of Resistance, universalizes the band’s energy, dealing instead with political issues like Brexit, income inequality and…

New Music: Roc Marciano

By Thomas Johnson, October 2 2018 — Is Long Island scribbler Roc Marciano the best rapper alive? If not, he’s certainly one of the most influential. His undertone voice — cold and sharp like a well-oiled guillotine — can be heard in the deliveries of any New York MC over the past eight years. The sparse loops…

Calgary Farmers’ Market to open new northern location

By Thomas Johnson, October 2 2018 — The Calgary Farmers’ Market has announced plans to develop its long-awaited secondary location.  “We’ve long dreamt of opening a second location,” says Calgary Farmers’ marketing coordinator Leilani Olynik. “The opportunity arose to build a new space from the ground up to suit the unique needs of our vendors in a…

Koi keeps afloat with community fundraiser

By Thomas Johnson, September 26 2018 — On Sept. 3, the Keep Koi Afloat fundraiser was held at Inglewood’s Festival Hall to support Koi’s invaluable presence in Calgary’s musical community. Koi, formerly known as Café Koi, is an integral venue for amateur Calgary musicians to play in in open mics, spin wax network with other members of…

Animal Planet premieres Scaled, a reptile-themed show filmed in Calgary

By Alena Martin, October 2 2018 — Scaled, a Calgary-filmed show that makes reptiles the centre of attention, will premiere in Canada Oct. 8 on Animal Planet. Each episode of the show will showcase intricate custom-made reptile terrariums, with an emphasis on the animals calling these enclosures home. Greg West, owner of Calgary’s Cornels World Terrariums, is…

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