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Sky, rock, river, medicine: an interview with Joshua Whitehead

By Thomas Johnson, October 28 2018 — Publishing poetry or prose often means baring your soul. It’s an experience Joshua Whitehead, a University of Calgary PhD student, is intimately familiar with. “I think there’s a different approach with poetry and prose. In prose, you can hide behind your characters more, they’re more fully-fleshed, whereas with poetry…

Calgary welcomes new Central Public Library

By Thomas Johnson, October 27 2018 — On Nov. 1, the Calgary Central Library will open its doors after 14 years of planning, funding and construction. The highly anticipated four-storey, 240,000-square-foot facility, which will replace the existing downtown Calgary Library branch, has gained international recognition, including being featured as one Architectural Digest’s 12 most-anticipated buildings of…

CJSW making a splash with 2018 funding drive

By Thomas Johnson, October 18 2018 — This Friday, CJSW 90.9 FM is kicking off its annual funding drive, looking to the local community to support its on-campus broadcasting. Between Oct. 19–26, the station will be looking for pledges as they try to reach their goal of $200,000, which will be put to use to improve…

Oddisee brings his means of production to Commonwealth

By Thomas Johnson, October 15 2018 — This past Thursday at Commonwealth Bar & Stage, rapper/producer/all-around-good-guy Oddisee brought the same workmanlike attitude to his live show that has defined his career. Though the first handful of songs he had to work through some sound issues, Oddisee, who introduced himself by his birth name Amir Mohamed el…

WordFest brings the Imaginarium to Calgary

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2018 — While Calgary’s home for all things literary can be experienced year-round, WordFest’s week-long sojourn kicked off on Monday, Oct. 8, bringing to YYC a brief wonderland of imagination. The festival, now in its 23rd season, has expanded its typically impressive roster to host over 120 artists, filling out 180…

Beer and loathing at the Calgary Stampede

By Thomas Johnson, August 25 2018 — The Street It’s 11 a.m. and I’ve got a can of cheap beer in hand. I’m in a queue encompassing the entire block, waiting for a breakfast along The Street. It’s one of over a hundred Stampede Breakfasts providing on-the-house carbs to sop up the liquor in the pit…

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…

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