Remand Centre haunts Edmonton singer

Remand Centre haunts Edmonton singer

Going back to the decrepit, ugly, shut-down old Edmonton Remand Centre for a recent film shoot was an emotionally wrenching experience for Stephanie Harpe – because the local singer and actor was there as a prisoner in the past, “before I got sober,” she says. Harpe tells her story openly, “I was in and out […]

PLAYBILL: The Hills are ALIVE! Aieeee!

PLAYBILL: The Hills are ALIVE! Aieeee!

If you didn’t know what comes after “The hills are alive …,” you might get the wrong idea and think you’re at a horror movie. What aforementioned sentient buttes are alive with is of course the title of one of the most famous musicals of all time, The Sound of Music – the Broadway Across […]

Protest erupts at BreakOut West

Protest erupts at BreakOut West

It’s interesting to reflect on the slow and steady increase of how often and in how many ways musicians have been convinced to perform for free – for “exposure.” On the flip side, shouldn’t they be free to do so? The music business is a different beast than it used to be. So here we […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Kaleido scope astounding

MUSIC PREVIEW: Kaleido scope astounding

What the Fringe is for theatre, the Kaleido Family Arts Festival is for the Edmonton music scene. For there’s a blithering bonanza of live music descending on the Alberta Avenue community this weekend. A not-so-quick count reveals more than 180 different gigs in almost every genre in 14 different venues, indoors and out, alleyways, patios, […]

PLAYBILL: From tragedy comes comedy

PLAYBILL: From tragedy comes comedy

It turns out that Taylor Swift isn’t the first person in the history of the world to create art inspired by heartbreak. About 500-something years ago, a British playwright named Will Shakespeare had a torrid love affair with someone else’s fiancé – and as one might expect, it ended badly. But then he finished Romeo […]

Win Gene Simmons tickets!

Win Gene Simmons tickets!

To boldly go where no man has gone before! That should correctly read, “To go boldly where no person has gone before.” Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it – and anyway it doesn’t matter because we’re talking about Gene Simmons today. The KISS bassist is just one of the many celebrity guests at […]

PLAYBILL: Respect for Soul Sistas

PLAYBILL: Respect for Soul Sistas

One of the things the Mayfield Dinner Theatre has going for it is its artistic director Van Wilmott – whose gifts are brought to full fettle in the season opener Soul Sistas, depicting the lives and music of Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. No word if they’re going to touch on their reported feud. And […]

INTERVIEW: Yes by any other name

INTERVIEW: Yes by any other name

Shall we do this again? Who’s in the band? No, not the Who. Yes. What? The name of the band. Am I supposed to Guess Who? No, it’s Yes, it’s them. Them is playing? No, Them broke up a long time ago. The band is Yes. Oh, I love The Band. No! Not The Band. […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Lionel Richie king of soft soul

MUSIC PREVIEW: Lionel Richie king of soft soul

If you think it should be Lionel Richie opening for Mariah Carey at Rogers Place on Friday night instead the other way around, all you have to do is go to the scoreboard. Before Mariah was ever born, Richie had paid his dues as a member of the 1960s soul band The Commodores, known for […]

REVIEW: Guns N’ Roses best cover band ever

REVIEW: Guns N’ Roses best cover band ever

Here’s a sign you may be about to see a good concert – when the band rehearses in your town the day before the show. What an honour. People living in the Commonwealth Stadium area were reportedly treated to the echoing din of Guns N’ Roses running through Glen Campbell and James Brown tunes on […]

PLAYBOT: Fringe held over!

PLAYBOT: Fringe held over!

Fringe or death?! Oh, you choose death? Well then, death by Fringe! It only feels like death. It’s just withdrawal pains after another Fringe come and gone: 2,000 plays in 200 venues over 20 days, so do the math. I am PLAYBOT. I don’t do math. I make jokes and rewrite press releases. Also poetry: […]

The Royal Foundry melts down genre

The Royal Foundry melts down genre

Edmonton’s next big thing is getting a little tired of being pigeon-holed. If you want to call The Royal Foundry anything, call them a pop band – and if you’ve been paying attention to pop radio you’ll know it encompasses all genres of music: Rock, folk, punk, electronic dance, jazz, Latin, Caribbean, hip hop, classical, […]

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