MUSIC PREVIEW: Waxing Half Moon Run

MUSIC PREVIEW: Waxing Half Moon Run

One of the finest bands from the so-called “Montreal scene” is returning to Edmonton. Half Moon Run is the perfect group to take advantage of the subtle acoustics of the Winspear Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 14, being unconventional multi-instrumentalists with a special fondness for percussion. The “everybody gets a drum” rule is one of the […]

Double Lunch launches new Edmonton music

Double Lunch launches new Edmonton music

It’s inevitable that Craig Martell would eventually launch a record label to uncover new talent. The man’s had both hands and feet in the Edmonton music scene since he was lured here by the Alberta oil boom less than 10 years ago. He comes from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where he went to university and […]

PLAYBILL: The Nutcracker is nuts

PLAYBILL: The Nutcracker is nuts

How in God’s name did we ever wind up with a Christmas tradition called The Nutcracker? And what’s The Nutcracker all about, anyway? Cracking nuts? Nope – no nuts are harmed in this fever dreamy ballet that’s become such a crucial part of our Christmas entertainment appetite. Presented by the Alberta Ballet and the Edmonton […]

REVIEW: July Talk, he said, she said

REVIEW: July Talk, he said, she said

It’s clear the public prefers to hear both sides of the story when it comes to using music to talk about relationships. Just see how well the co-ed dual lead vocalist approach has worked for so many artists. They call this the “Beauty and the Beast Effect” – an especially apt description of July Talk, […]

Edmonton Journal arts section gutted

Edmonton Journal arts section gutted

Arts journalism in print form in this city has taken a terrible hit with the sudden departure of two of the Edmonton Journal’s veteran columnists. Theatre writer Liz Nicholls and music writer Sandra Sperounes and have both taken buyouts and will leave the paper on Dec. 2. The owners PostMedia announced in October it was […]

PLAYBILL: Be like Scrooge

PLAYBILL: Be like Scrooge

Life is so unfair. The central character in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol experiences an epiphany of goodness and a complete change of heart by the end of his harrowing ghost story – much like the Grinch whose heart grew three sizes that day – and becomes the most kind, generous, warm, “Christmasy” person you […]

A Tribe Called Red: We are the human beings

A Tribe Called Red: We are the human beings

Chances are this was the first time First Nations pow-wow dancing was seen at the Union Hall – a room for sloppy rock shows and big drunken blowouts, much better suited to its previous name, The Thunderdome, literally like in the Mad Max movie. There’s a first for everything. A Tribe Called Red was in […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Make Something Different

MUSIC PREVIEW: Make Something Different

Since the death of Steve Steffler from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning on Sunday, it’s become clear how important he was to Edmonton’s music scene – and how much he’s going to be missed. He was always looking for something different. He took risks when booked bands at Bohemia, a funky little club on 97th Street […]

PLAYBILL: Homosexual scandal rocks theatre scene

PLAYBILL: Homosexual scandal rocks theatre scene

Shocking news, everyone: There may be gay sex occurring right under our very noses inside Edmonton’s live theatre community – and not the “lighthearted and carefree” definition of the word gay, either, though it could be both. Won’t someone think of the children?! Concerned citizens must pay heed to this menace that threatens the moral […]

Rebuild/Repair at war with stupid

Rebuild/Repair at war with stupid

We can argue about the dumb things the City of Edmonton does until we’re blue in the face – but sometimes all it takes is a song to cut through the BS. Such a song is Suicide Fence by the band Rebuild/Repair, referring to the anti-suicide barriers installed on the High Level Bridge that screwed […]

WEEKLY PLAYBILL: Mobile homophobia

WEEKLY PLAYBILL: Mobile homophobia

You know you’re trailer trash when … … you own a home that’s mobile and five cars that aren’t. … your house doesn’t have curtains – but your truck does. … if anyone in your family has died right after saying, “Hey, watch this!” No, it’s not Jeff Foxworthy. Quite the opposite. These lines come […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

MUSIC PREVIEW: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

Maybe it’s time for a little distraction – and so we can look forward to a visit from one of weirdest and most wonderful artists in Canadian rock: Brad Roberts from the Crash Test Dummies. At the Almanac on Friday as a duo, with guitarist Stuart Cameron, Roberts and his old band reigned supreme for […]

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