Arts & Culture

A eulogy for the iPod

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2017 — The thought of you no longer singing me to work everyday and sleep every night, never crossed my mind. The happiness you gave burned greater than the laws of nature — eternal, above the concept of a lifespan. Yet still, I have to accept your death. My dear…

New Music: Open Mike Eagle

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2017 — Los Angeles artist Open Mike Eagle once coined the genre ‘art rap,’ a loose term used to classify the avant-garde, often challenging brand of hip-hop stemming from fringe beat scenes. The music generally revolves around eclectic and unorthodox production and dense lyricism. Eagle’s fifth effort, Brick Body Kids Still…

New Music: Valiska

By Miriam Johnston, October 9 2017 —  Calgary-based Polish musician Valiska has called his new album, On Pause, his most personal work. Valiska describes the eight-track ambient album as “charting a journey of loss and upheaval.” This album appears to be easy listening at first, but unlike some ambient music, each song demands your attention….

New Music: Metz

By Matt Hume, October 9 2017 —  Very few Canadian artists are able to claim a spot on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist with their debut album. In 2012, Toronto-based post-hardcore trio Metz became one of those few. While their 2015 follow-up, II, didn’t collect accolades in the same capacity, it solidified their place as…

Remembering Tom Petty, 1950-2017

By Thomas Johnson, October 5 2017 — Tom Petty may have been the most casual of America’s rock icons. His career was mellow in comparison to his contemporaries. Next to Dylan’s generational tides and Springsteen’s Americana heroism, Petty’s suburban narratives seemed almost quaint. While the former two dealt in highways and badlands, Petty concerned himself…

New Music: Lights

By Hurmut Humayun, October 3 2017 —  Lights is an established force in alt-pop music circles. Moving away from her niche alt-pop sound, Skin&Earth is Lights’ attempt to reach a more mainstream audience. Though it’s her most commercially friendly work, the album remains true to her synth-pop origins. Each of the album’s tracks fit perfectly…

Calgary Film 2017: Wall

By Scott Christensen, October 3 2017 — Wall adapts David Hare’s monologue of the same name about the Israeli West Bank barrier, a large wall built by the State of Israel to separate the country from Palestinian territories. Directed by Cam Christiansen, the film ambitiously portrays Hare’s writings as an animated documentary. Wall screened during…

Calgary Film 2017: Happy End

By Adriana Maria Cueva, October 3 2017 — Director Michael Haneke delivers a healthy dose of life’s worst struggles with a detached and almost humorous simplicity in his latest drama. Happy End feels like the tired ghost of his previous film, Amour, wandering long enough to find satire in its own sadness. Haneke embraces taboo…

Calgary Film 2017: Mary Shelley

By Joie Atejira, October 3 2017 — Almost 200 years after Frankenstein was published, Haifaa al-Mansour presents Mary Shelley, a biopic about the renowned author’s teenage years leading up to the completion of her most famous novel. The film screened at the Calgary International Film Festival. Mary Shelley prioritizes the love affair of young Mary…

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