MUSIC PREVIEW: Last dance for The Artery

MUSIC PREVIEW: Last dance for The Artery

Barring a last-minute stay of execution, The Artery is scheduled to close permanently at midnight on Tuesday, March 31, its 100-year-old building to be torn down to make way for the March of Progress. LRT, anyway. But not before one last EPIC bash. It starts at noon this Saturday and features a who’s who of […]

St. Vincent to headline Interstellar Rodeo

St. Vincent to headline Interstellar Rodeo

The baby folk fest – better known as Interstellar Rodeo – has opened the gate on another ferocious line-up, a mix of young, old, known and who the hell is St. Vincent? If you just don’t know, or don’t care, may we may kindly direct you to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival proper. Meanwhile, coming […]

Ask a Mormon about The Book of Mormon

Ask a Mormon about The Book of Mormon

Ask a Mormon about The Book of Mormon and you’ll discover they’re not exactly falling all over themselves to see the satirical musical by the creators of South Park, playing a sold-out run at the Jubilee Auditorium March 24-29. They say it makes a mockery of their religion. They say it’s disrespectful. They say it […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Is Rosanne Cash a folkie?

MUSIC PREVIEW: Is Rosanne Cash a folkie?

If you don’t believe the music business is divided by gender, look at the charts. Look at the concert grosses. Country, rock ‘n’ roll and rap are sausage parties, while the sisters rule mainstream pop – and increasingly, folk music. For instance, can one now properly call Rosanne Cash a folk artist instead of a […]

Kids in the Hall return to Edmonton

Kids in the Hall return to Edmonton

The Kids in the Hall are no longer kids, nor are they in the hall. They live in nice Hollywood homes – as legends of Canadian comedy should. Yet Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson are among entertainers known as “the working famous” – to maintain the lifestyles to which […]

Nicki Minaj concert adds to Year of Girl Power

Nicki Minaj concert adds to Year of Girl Power

With the announcement of Nicki Minaj coming to Edmonton this summer, it’s clear that this year’s concert scene will be ruled by the women of pop. Minaj plays Rexall Place on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $29-$95 and go ON SALE Saturday, March 21. The pre-sale starts Wednesday, March 18. A posse of acts including […]

Kelly Clarkson comes to Edmonton in October

Kelly Clarkson comes to Edmonton in October

The year 2015 shall now be known as La Vida La Diva – when some of the world’s most powerful female pop artists are coming to town. The latest to announce a big tour is Kelly Clarkson, playing Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Rexall Place. Tickets ($38 to $107) to ON SALE Friday, March 20. The […]

Casualties in Edmonton Radio Wars!

Casualties in Edmonton Radio Wars!

Pepper and Dylan are fragged, their lieutenants missing in action; Lochlin Cross and his beloved Loc’r Room are history. These are just some of the recent casualties in the Radio Wars of Edmonton. There may be more. It sucks to get fired, to get escorted out of the building, to be told you don’t fit […]

5 reasons to see Madonna’s second show in Edmonton

5 reasons to see Madonna’s second show in Edmonton

It is due to “overwhelming” demand that a second Madonna show has been added to her first ever appearance in Edmonton: Monday, Oct. 12 at Rexall Place. The Sunday, Oct. 11 show is SOLD OUT. The Queen of Pop tours upon her 13th studio record, Rebel Heart, a free online copy of which comes with […]

Alexisonfire to reform at Sonic Boom

Alexisonfire to reform at Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom is getting to be such a thing that they expect to sell tickets without even announcing the full line-up. Who do they think they are, the Big Valley Jamboree? There’s only one act announced so far for the festival, happening Sept. 5-6 at Northlands, and it’s sure to cause excitement among area alternative […]

Put it where the Sun don’t shine

Put it where the Sun don’t shine

They came to mock, not to bury – but then The Sun News Network suddenly went off the air, leaving a group of local performance artists intent on venting their feelings towards Ezra Levant’s soapbox with a wake instead of a roast. The first – and probably last – presentation of The Scum News Network […]

Alberta punks gone country in Pal Joey

Alberta punks gone country in Pal Joey

Trent Buhler has fond memories of playing bars in the crumbling 100-year-old downtown building that houses The Artery – soon to be torn down for the LRT – and it is at The Artery where his band Pal Joey stages its stealth comeback with a CD release show Saturday night. For the record: This popular […]

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