Mystery, corruption, genocide, and hope propel the award-winning documentary SEED: The Untold Story

Seed: The Untold Story has all the ingredients of a classic tale: a beautiful, yet vulnerable protagonist, murder and devastation, corrupt villains, unsung heroes and an unshakable hope. Wrap it in beautiful cinematography and demonstrate the knowledge conveyed as essential for our survival and Collective Eye Films—’Unearthing Stories to Make a Difference’—has struck documentary gold. […]

Local authors discuss anthology exploring Edmonton’s place in Canada’s sesquicentennial

Edmonton literati plan to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with the means they know best— the printed word. A non-fiction anthology titled High Level Lit: Musings on YEG for Canada’s 150th birthday—featuring a dozen authors reflecting on Edmonton’s place within Canada’s history—will be published in Eighteen Bridges Magazine this October during the Edmonton International Literary Festival. In […]

Animated short Blind Vaysha earns the NFB more Academy Award accolades

In politics, the “special relationship” is found between the United States and the U.K. And in film—when February rolls around—the relationship between the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and America’s Academy Awards could be an easy equivalent. In its 78-year-history, the NFB has garnered 74 Oscar nominations (winning 12). In 1989, the Academy presented the NFB with […]

Rockies blessed by massive snow storms

Marmot enjoys the white stuff The nearby Rocky Mountain resorts all enjoyed plentiful snowfall over the last two weeks. At Marmot Basin nearly 40 cm blanketed the slopes, eclipsing the 100 cm base for the first time this year. Predicted mild temperatures over the next few weeks should make for ideal snow conditions. Hopefully the […]

Collection of contemporary graphic prints illustrates a place for peace in civil unrest

What does it mean to instigate political action? Can a philosopher be an instigator? Is thinking about life in general a privileged activity in this day and age? Where do calls to action come from? What forms the basis of people’s political beliefs? What causes someone to protest? Instigators, a collection of posters by print […]

Persian film turns classic play into a psychological horror story

Returning to his homeland for The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Past) again concocts a heady mix of dark Western tragedy—via echoes of a classic American drama here—and potent Persian culture. Once more, what could be Iranian melodrama becomes, instead, people caught up in near-desperate negotiations of an honour-and-shame society. Here, though, Farhadi walks […]

Bust a polished comedy that cuts to the heart of devotion and division in Alberta

Matthew MacKenzie’s Bust is a story of two households, led by sisters Carmell (Louise Lambert) and Laura (Lora Brovold), struggling with the aftermath of last year’s devastating Fort McMurray fire, built around a hilarious dime-store mystery plot involving a hockey mom gone bad and repurposed truck nuts. (Note: I am someone who would rather have never seen […]

Youth improvisation celebrates connections over competition

“Wildfire Teen Improv Festival is very strange,” says 17-year-old Darby Gynane. She’s heading into her fourth run at the festival alongside her teammates from Louis St. Laurent. The improv competition, running from Feb. 7 to 25 at the Citadel’s Ziedler Hall, pits teams of junior and senior high students from across Edmonton and Alberta against […]

Contemporary Cinderella sings the high notes of polished humour

Edmonton Opera’s rendition of Cinderella is a funny, modernized take on Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 masterpiece La Cenerentola that’s as much a display of great theatre as it is a demonstration of the beautiful limits of the human voice. Every acting performance in Cinderella is superb. Don Magnifico (Peter McGillivray) is great as a bumbling idiot […]

Edmonton Opera’s Cinderella pulls from fashion and gives back

The name Cinderella evokes all the nostalgic magic of old-school Disney—glass slippers, pumpkin carriages, and glittering gowns produced with a wave of a wand and a “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.” But Edmonton Opera’s production of Cinderella: La Cenerentola—Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 retelling of the much older Cendrillon fairy tale—is updating the look of the classic story with a distinctive 1950s […]