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Alternative literary magazine holds authors’ reading

By Rachel Woodward, May 14 2015 — Created in 1993 by University of Calgary students seeking editorial independence from the university, filling Station is an alternative literary and arts magazine. It is published three times a year by volunteer staff and highlights the work of emerging artists. The magazine includes poetry, fiction and visual art….

Glenbow opens a cabinet of curiosities in new show

By Diltaj Atwal, March 19 2015 — Museum exhibits usually organize information in a linear and straightforward way. But the Glenbow Museum’s newest exhibit,  Cabinets of Curiosity, takes this experience to bizarre and strange places. The exhibit is a collection of flamboyant and eye-catching oddities from the prairies of Alberta to the coasts of Australia….

The truth is out there, north of Edmonton

By Alexander Kim, February 26 2015 — There’s a UFO landing pad in St. Paul, a town of 6,000 about two hours north-east of Edmonton. The landing pad and its historical context are the subject of Space Fictions & the Archives, an exhibition at The New Gallery by Canadian artist Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen. Nguyen contrasts…

Oh, Canada brings Canadian art to Calgary galleries

By Rachel Woodward, February 5 2015 — To showcase and celebrate the diverse art that defines this country, American curator Denise Markonish spent three years travelling Canada collecting art that embodies our national identity. Over 100 of these pieces are on display in Calgary until April 26, showing there’s more to being Canadian than acting…

Damaged instruments make beautiful music

By Liv Ingram, January 15 2015 — When floods swept Calgary in 2013, countless homes and businesses suffered catastrophic damage. Among the destruction was the National Music Centre’s (NMC) collection of rare instruments, kept in their basement on 11 Ave. S.E. The flooding damaged 200 artifacts, totaling millions of dollars in damage. Following a one-week…

Guerilla art exhibition takes over streets of Calgary

By Liv Ingram, December 4 2014 — There’s a new art exhibition in Calgary, but you won’t find it in a gallery. In fact, you might walk right past and not even realize it. The Calgary Biennial is a contemporary guerrilla art exhibition that features public art pieces on billboards, bus stops, cellphones, telephone poles,…

Uptown 7th adds a scrawl of fun to mundane downtown

By Jason Herring, December 4 2014 — If you take the train through downtown, you probably know the building across from the 1st Street SW LRT station. The building has chalkboards lining the front featuring quirky quotations. At times, the building’s speakers play music that can be heard from the train platform across the road….

GIRAF animation festival celebrates 10 years

By Jason Herring, November 20 2014 — Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Calgary’s Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) aims to showcase the versatility of animation and exhibit a selection of local and international animated films. Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit centre in downtown Calgary that promotes animation through screenings and workshops, hosts the…

Old planetarium to become art gallery

By Jason Herring, November 6 2014 — Local art organization Contemporary Calgary is working on creating a new public art gallery in the Calgary Centennial Planetarium. The planetarium, in the west end of downtown, has been vacant since the Telus World of Science moved in June 2011. Built in 1967 by Calgary architect Jack Long, the…

Local artists publish surreal graphic novel series

By Connor Sadler, November 6 2014 — Local artists Emily Chu and Christian Frederiksen are challenging the conventions of graphic novels with their new series HYMN. As graduates of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Chu and Frederiksen are trained artists who were disappointed in the disconnect they saw between the visual and text-based…

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