Sound of Edmonton like one hand clapping

Sound of Edmonton like one hand clapping

The problem with calling your music documentary Sound of Edmonton is that there isn’t one. No one sticks around long enough. Is there hope in the next generation? Most of the subjects in Evan van Ramshorst’s low budget short film are in their 20s: The oldest is probably Wunderbar owner Craig Martellica, and he’s over [...]

FRINGE: Revenge of the Reviewed!

FRINGE: Revenge of the Reviewed!

Fringe artists have had a tempestuous relationship with their critics since there was Fringe. It’s symbiotic. Artists need critics. Critics need things to criticize. As local theatre guru Kenneth Brown says, “Intelligent criticism is a vital part of theatrical culture.” Artists court the media’s favour to drum up ticket sales. They depend on favourable reviews [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Beverly to party like it’s 1929

MUSIC PREVIEW: Beverly to party like it’s 1929

Pull up a stump, children, grandpa’s got a story for you! Why, I remember back in Olde Towne Beverly on summer weekends, when after a hard week of lubricating coal seams, me and the boys would treat ourselves to a Carling Black Lung Label at the local speakeasy. The women could shop for frilly niceties [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: One Fringe to rule them all

MUSIC PREVIEW: One Fringe to rule them all

There is a condition unique to Edmonton – or any other winter city, for that matter – called Seasonal Hyperactive Festival Exhaustion Disorder, or SHAFED, that results in such a manic rush of summer fun that events that would normally merit full attention get shafted. Such is the case with the Fringe – the biggest [...]

Which Tom Petty song are you?

Which Tom Petty song are you?

If you’re a chronic midnight toker considering teetotalment due to dementia or emphysema, or maybe dementia, Mary Jane’s Last Dance could be your anthem. Tom Petty’s 1993 hit starts by sketching the purported titular character as an independent, wanderlust-ridden woman who grew up tall and straight among Indiana boys and nights despite being effectively motherless, [...]

No shame in One Hit Wonderland

No shame in One Hit Wonderland

Hey, rock and roll fans: Coming to Edmonton soon is INSERT NAME OF ONE HIT WONDER HERE, known chiefly for THAT ONE SONG. (Suggested insertions: Kongos, Soul Asylum, Gotye, the Stray Cats, refer to WIKIPEDIA for more.) I didn’t have the heart to even attempt to request an interview with said artist to explore the [...]

Edmonton animator scores dream deal

Edmonton animator scores dream deal

Fans of Riley Beach’s award-winning cartoons on the Superchannel series Tiny Plastic Men will be seeing a lot more subversive hilarity where that came from thanks to his new deal with the creators of Adventure Time. It’s his favourite show. “It’s almost as if a grown-up has harnessed a kid’s way of telling a story, [...]

NO RAIN: Interstellar Rodeo ropes in Monday line-up

NO RAIN: Interstellar Rodeo ropes in Monday line-up

The show must go on – even a day late, and hopefully not a dollar short. The Interstellar Rodeo, Edmonton’s newest mini folk fest for the younger generation happening this weekend at the Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre, was rained out on Friday night, but organizers have assembled a stellar make-up line-up for Monday, July 28, [...]

(RERUN): What do homeless people think of public art?

(RERUN): What do homeless people think of public art?

Homeless people might have more important things to worry about than what they think of public art in Edmonton, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have opinions about it, or that their opinions aren’t as valid someone who isn’t homeless. Besides, they see it every day. They live here. During three days in the summer [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: K stands for koncerts

MUSIC PREVIEW: K stands for koncerts

Edmonton’s premiere summer exhibition gets underway on Thursday. Whether they call it K-Days, or Klondike Days, or Capital Ex, or whatever, it doesn’t really matter when you consider so much great music to be had throughout the city as part of the celebration, in particular on the K-Days grounds, and at Winston Churchill Square for [...]

TALES OF THE WEED RUNNER: Snoop needs high grade Canadian (RERUN)

TALES OF THE WEED RUNNER: Snoop needs high grade Canadian (RERUN)

Better call the Weed Runner – Snopp Dogg is coming to Edmonton. Recently reggaefied and re-sanctified as “Snoop Lion,” the laid-back rap legend is said to be a bigger pothead than ever. He claims he smokes “81 blunts a day.” He plays two sold-out nights at Union Hall, Monday and Tuesday, so assuming one gram [...]

Rock camp releases new blood on local scene

Rock camp releases new blood on local scene

Rita McDade is churning out rock musicians in dozens as the rock ‘n’ roll counselor of Garage Band, wrapping up the second annual round of intensive weeklong bootcamps with a show Friday night at Festival Place. Admission is free. Selections will include tunes by Pink Floyd, the Doors, Def Leppard, the Arctic Monkeys and a rendition [...]

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