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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….

Gain strength and make new friends at Barre Body Studio

By Jesse Stilwell, October 3, 2017  After being a member of Barre Body Studio (BBS) for almost a year, my addiction to their workouts remains strong. I look forward to entering the welcoming environment, joking with my favourite instructors and leaving feeling strong, beautiful and like I have Beyonce’s butt. The studio was voted the…

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…

Calgary Film 2017: Call Me By Your Name

By Jocelyn Illing, October 3 2017 — Before the beginning of Call Me by Your Name, a programmer for the 2017 Calgary International Film Festival came to the front of the theatre to warn us that the movie we were about to watch might leave us in tears. I can justify his prediction — Luca…

Giant toy claw and fiery snake stand out at Beakerhead

By Derrius Ivy, September 28 2017 — Life-sized rainbow bunnies, a 168-foot firey serpent, a giant toy claw and musical see-saws were just four of 14 attractions at the 2017 Beakerhead festival in Calgary from Sept. 13–17. The city-wide creations integrated art, science, engineering and entertainment to promote ingenuity and creativity. This year’s theme, “Snakes…

New Music: The National

By Thomas Johnson, September 15 2017 — Since their days as a middling quintet amid the New York garage rock boom that blossomed with The Strokes and Interpol, The National have been steadfast in their consistency. They’re like comfort food — chicken soup for the iPod. A progression exists with each album, but you generally…

New Music: Linkin Park

By Nikayla Goddard, May 23, 2017 — Linkin Park’s previous albums tend to fall into a heavier alternative rock genre. But their new record, One More Light, strays into pop territory while experimenting with electronic beats. “Nobody Can Save Me” starts off the album in a surprisingly upbeat manner. From the title, I was expecting…

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