Sting and Peter Gabriel: Rexall Place on July 24, 2016

The Archaics releases sophomore album, Soft Focus

The Archaics gathered in December 2015 (“a real Christmas album,” they joke), at Riverdale Recorders to record their second full-length, Soft Focus, with ex-pat Renny Wilson at the helm. After tracking some basic demos together in Montreal during a cross-Canada tour, it became apparent that working with Wilson as producer would allow the band to […]

Challenging musical score to end Walterdale Theatre’s 57th season

Director Kristen Finlay displayed some chutzpah in her selection of Chess for the Walterdale Theatre’s final play of the season. With veteran lyricist Tim Rice and memorable musicians Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus behind the music and lyrics of Chess, the play may seem a feat for any off-Broadway production. (Having auditioned for the play […]

Remembering Kiarostami: Reflecting on the filmmaker’s art-house genius

“Words cannot describe my feelings about them … When Satyajit Ray passed on, I was very depressed. But after seeing Kiarostami’s films, I thanked God for giving us just the right person to take his place.”— Akira Kurosawa Not just Kurosawa but Scorsese, Haneke, Godard and many other surnames of cinema, maestros all, have sung […]

Some history and backstory on the team that builds Edmonton’s annual light show

Pancake breakfasts. Free concerts. Maple leaf temporary tattoos. Classic car show-and-shines. There are countless Canada Day traditions, but none are quite so spectacular as firework shows. Every night on July 1, millions of people across the country will be staring up, oohing and aahing as they watching firework artists paint pictures in the sky. Brad Dezotell […]

Yes We Mystic talks new album, Forgiver

What have you been unable to forgive? That’s the question Winnipeg’s Yes We Mystic asked its fans ahead of its recently released debut album, Forgiver. Appearing with the question was the “Forgiver” heading, a telephone number for text messages, and the cryptic message “No harm will come to you.” “[It] was a campaign we did […]

Sled Island Day Five: Just barely awake for the pig roast

On the last day we all just wanted to nap and nurse our five day hangovers, but instead we went to the Palomino. Genders, straight out of Portland, kicked off the post pig roast festivities. Nothing overly technical or dramatic, Genders created some nice soundscapes which were contrasted by messy and powerful vocals. The Shiverettes […]

Sled Island 2016: Saturday, June 25

Sled Island 2016: Friday, June 24

Sled Island Day Four: Peaches and Pears and peculiar breakfast choices

Days one can wake up and eat a hot dog and punk rock for breakfast are the days to live for. Tubby Dog kicked off our Saturday with Victoria’s Fountain. Making punk rock sound unique is no easy task these days, but they pulled it off with a fun, late ’70s Clash vibe. The afternoon […]