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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: 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…

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…

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…

Calgary Film kicks off with gala and red carpet

By Thomas Johnson, September 20 2018 — Calgary Film kicked off on Sept. 19 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The 12-day festival’s opening gala and red carpet were held at the venue, accompanied by the premiere of The Sisters Brothers. The Sisters Brothers follows brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, respectively)…

Gotta Minute Films to make winter commute more bearable

By Thomas Johnson, September 21 2018 — It’s -30 C. You’re bundled in four layers of prickly-wool and kicking yourself for not bringing a fifth. The wind claws at your face like a territorial street cat. Until the next iron horse stops by, the C-Train station you find yourself waiting at is a veritable polar vortex made…

The MASHING aims to keep beer-tasting from going flat

By Thomas Johnson, September 17 2018 — “The term ‘mashing’ is a common process in cider-making, spirit-making and beer-making,” says Bill Robinson, president of The MASHING Calgary. “Those are the three types of alcohol we’re focusing on.” The MASHING, the beer-tasting event hosted by Alberta Beer Festivals formerly known as Oktoberfest, looks to expand on Calgary’s already…

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