Wundi and the Track: It’s not the bar, it’s the booker

Wundi and the Track: It’s not the bar, it’s the booker

With the love Edmonton music people have for Wunderbar – officially known as Wunderbar Hofbrauhaus, or “Wundi” to regulars – it’s easy to compare it to the Sidetrack Café. If you’re old enough. Ah, good times. So sad. Old-timers rue the day the beloved ‘Track was bulldozed for condos. Others – Wundi regulars, for instance [...]

Mike MacDonald and the Burden of Truth

Mike MacDonald and the Burden of Truth

There are two kinds of comedians, says Mike MacDonald, “diagnosed and undiagnosed.” That’s in the routine the Ottawa comedian will be doing at the Edmonton Comedy Festival this weekend – part of the act he put together six months after undergoing a liver transplant because when he woke up he couldn’t remember a damned thing [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Once a college band, always a college band

MUSIC PREVIEW: Once a college band, always a college band

Sloan has to be one of the strangest yet most wonderful rock bands in Canada. From early campus success, “back in the day,” they’ve been compared to the Beatles for their sultry popcraft – epitomized by such masterpieces of heartbreak as The Other Man – and the fact there are four of them, each basically [...]

INTERVIEW: The Unstoppable Shawn Bernard

INTERVIEW: The Unstoppable Shawn Bernard

Shawn Bernard survived losing both of his parents and his sister to drug overdoses. He survived poverty, living on streets, becoming a drug dealer, gang leader and drug addict himself. He survived jail. In an inspirational story he’s told to youngsters across Canada countless times since, he prevailed over all these trials to break the [...]

Better Alf an Oo than no Oo At All

Better Alf an Oo than no Oo At All

Area classic rock fans are rejoicing that The Who is coming to Edmonton as part of their 50th anniversary tour. Man, has it been that long? Sure has. So a year of anticipation won’t be much more compared to half a Century of rocking! Featuring originals Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend – the only originals [...]

Tragically Hip to encore Fully Completely in Edmonton

Tragically Hip to encore Fully Completely in Edmonton

In case you didn’t get your fill of Fully Completely the first time around, the Tragically Hip is bringing it back for an encore. The reissue of the band’s third album will coincide with the “Fully and Completely tour” across Canada in 2015. The Hip plays Rexall Place Thursday, Feb. 12. Tickets go ON SALE [...]

EIFF REVIEW: Gone Doggy Gone a howl

EIFF REVIEW: Gone Doggy Gone a howl

The most sympathetic character in Gone Doggy Gone is the dog. Ooh, but Laila is such a sweet little crumbcake! With her wee sweaters and booties and her adorable little baby puppy carriage, and her humans wipe her butt with baby wipes because she sleeps in their bed, literally coming between man and wife, and [...]

Kirby leaves Edmonton music scene a better place

Kirby leaves Edmonton music scene a better place

The final story Kirby wrote for GigCity was an obituary on Doug Jenson. You can add “journalist” to the long list of things Kirby was good at. She did it because I asked her to, because she was the first person I thought of who would be able write a fitting tribute to such a [...]

The Tea Party returns in December

The Tea Party returns in December

The Tea Party is back. No, not the American political movement, which never left, but the Canadian power trio, which cut a swath through the Canadian rock fields in the mid-1990s, broke up, reformed and have since stuck to their guns and did NOT sell their Internet domain teaparty.com despite rumour of a giant offer [...]

Neil Diamond in Edmonton in May

Neil Diamond in Edmonton in May

Say what you want about Neil Diamond. Better yet, don’t. Unless it’s nice – lest his fell legion of female fandom descend upon you and give you what for! Diamond, 73, has announced a slew of dates behind his upcoming album, Melody Road, including Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Rexall Place in Edmonton. No ticket [...]

INTERVIEW: Shannon Tweed on Hollywood

INTERVIEW: Shannon Tweed on Hollywood

“Conquered Hollywood? It might have conquered me,” says the delightful Shannon Tweed on how she and countless other Canadians found success in American show business. The reality show star is just one subject in the new documentary Gone South: How Canada Invented Hollywood, along with people like Neve Campbell, Tommy Chong, Howie Mandel, Alan Thicke [...]

Who needs Hollywood? Mark Meer on game fame

Who needs Hollywood? Mark Meer on game fame

In his wildest geek dreams, Edmonton actor Mark Meer never imagined he’d grow up to be a video game action hero. “I’m pretty pleased things worked out,” he says. The voice of Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect video game series is one of stars at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo in the Edmonton [...]

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