INTERVIEW: Don’t cross David Cross

INTERVIEW: Don’t cross David Cross

If you’ve come to the point where you trust comedians more than you trust journalists to deliver the truth, you’re not alone. David Cross feels the same way – and he’s in the thick of it. “It’s kind of a symbiotic relationship,” the 52-year-old comedian observes. “I look to Wolf Blitzer as a source of […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jazz fest a MacEwan affair

MUSIC PREVIEW: Jazz fest a MacEwan affair

Did you know that Edmonton is crawling with monster jazz musicians on par with any in the world? It’s true. Why this is so is no mystery. Most of the heaviest local jazz cats in town make their living by teaching others to follow in their path, most at the famed MacEwan University music program […]

Meat Loaf recovers from stage collapse in Edmonton

Meat Loaf recovers from stage collapse in Edmonton

The audience thought it was part of the act – a theatrical rock legend laying on his back to perform his big encore – but it soon became horribly real. Meat Loaf had collapsed on stage at the Jubilee Auditorium Thursday night. UPDATE: He’s going to be OK. A statement released Friday morning said the […]

Justin Bieber a mannish boy

Justin Bieber a mannish boy

Justin Bieber has matured – yet the boy inside the man still likes to play. At the show on Tuesday night in Edmonton, there was a slide, swings, monkey bars, a trampoline and a water park! Justin even appeared to be dressed in play clothes. His fans have matured, too. The 13,000 women who turned […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: City and Colour going for the soul

MUSIC PREVIEW: City and Colour going for the soul

There’s this idea that City and Colour is the evil twin of singer Dallas Green (first name city, last name colour) – who was once known for rocking out with one of Canada’s hardest rocking out-est bands, Alexisonfire. So when solo material came out that revealed serious adult contemporary hit potential, a penchant for balladry […]

James Taylor’s got a friend in Edmonton

James Taylor’s got a friend in Edmonton

If an artist can ruin his music by acting like an ass – we’re looking at you, Kanye – would it follow that good conduct could actually improve an artist’s music? It’s all very subjective and personal, of course, but it’s worth thinking about. Think about the easy listening legend James Taylor, who donated proceeds […]

Music fest dips toe in comedy

Music fest dips toe in comedy

The original Drunk Young Punk is coming back to the stompin’ grounds from whence he came – to perform at Edmonton’s biggest club-hopping music festival this fall. Kids in the Hall’s Bruce McCulloch, who went to Scona High in Edmonton (he says he doesn’t remember much), will return as one of the headliners at the […]

REVIEW: One drummer down, show must go on

REVIEW: One drummer down, show must go on

The Lamb of God concert in Edmonton was a classic demonstration of how the show must go on – even with one drummer short. Shortly before opening band Corrosion of Conformity was set to take the stage at the Shaw Conference Centre Sunday night, drummer Reed Mullin reportedly suffered a seizure after “prolonged, extreme and […]

End of the Earth

End of the Earth

MUSIC PREVIEW: Pride, in the name of love

MUSIC PREVIEW: Pride, in the name of love

“Pride” has come to mean so many different things since it was shortened from “Gay Pride.” It’s pride for your own sexual identity, be you gay, bi, trans, somewhat curious or simply straight and supportive of the rights of all of the above in a lengthening cluster of LGBTQQIP2SAA consonants become so unwieldy that only […]

Wickham gives the skinny on 64 folk fest acts

Wickham gives the skinny on 64 folk fest acts

Every year the entire media of Edmonton assemble for a spring ritual – to hear Edmonton Folk Music Festival producer Terry Wickham talk about who’s coming to the festival this year, and to show us why we should care. He cares. That makes a big difference. Every year, he educates the press on another crop […]

Prince still Sexy MF in musician’s memory

Prince still Sexy MF in musician’s memory

Local soulman Jeff Hendrick has picked an interesting tune to pay homage to Prince at the tribute show on Friday. It’s one of the late great artist’s best songs (from among many), from one of his best albums (among many): the 1992 release whose title was the symbol Prince once changed his name to (long […]

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