Listeners react to CKUA changes: OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

Listeners react to CKUA changes: OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

CKUA’s decision to axe its local news programming is troubling enough – but the cancellation of Folk Routes has caused a storm of outrage. Tom Coxworth, host of the popular weekly roots program and fixture of Alberta’s folk music scene, is in limbo. Social media erupted with protests following Monday’s announcement. Some listeners have even [...]

Comely maidens tease, Mary Walsh rages at Canoe Theatre Festival

Comely maidens tease, Mary Walsh rages at Canoe Theatre Festival

Burlesque has undergone an interesting renaissance. Once a form of theatrical entertainment that invited randy gentle-men to peep at comely lasses cavorting unbesleeved and naked ankles akimbo, the girly show eventually “evolved” into full nudity, away from the eyes of the up-standing citizenry and disconcerted clergy, and into the seedy domain of the strip club. [...]

EDMONTON RADIO: Hotter AC fuels Fresh 92.5 FM launch

EDMONTON RADIO: Hotter AC fuels Fresh 92.5 FM launch

You can launch like a mighty rocket roaring into the sky, and everybody says “Wow!” Or you can do it like a balloon full of hot gas, until someone notices, “Hey, how’d that get up there?” In Radioland, this is the difference between a “hard” launch and a “soft” launch. The perfect example of the [...]

INTERVIEW: Nelly Furtado goes everywhere, finds herself

INTERVIEW: Nelly Furtado goes everywhere, finds herself

There’s a good reason why Nelly Furtado isn’t a bigger star than she ought to be. It’s because this has all been just a “hobby” for her. The singer admits as much during a recent interview to pump up interest for her show at the Jubilee Auditorium on Tuesday, part of a big round of [...]

DEEP FREEZE: Frozen Fringe Festival fantastic fun for frosty folk

DEEP FREEZE: Frozen Fringe Festival fantastic fun for frosty folk

If you’re going to put on a winter festival in Edmonton, it is imperative that you have a place for people to get away from the winter – and that’s one of the reasons why it’s so challenging to put on a winter festival in Edmonton. Winter sucks, not to put too fine a point [...]

2013 CONCERT PREDICTIONS: Year of Young Women ahead

2013 CONCERT PREDICTIONS: Year of Young Women ahead

Hari Seldon – central character in Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi masterpiece “Foundation” – was onto something there, but he didn’t need to make such a big deal about it. It’s easy to predict the future by analysing the events of the past. At least it seems to work for the near future of major concerts expected [...]

MUSIC: Top 10 Edmonton albums of 2012

MUSIC: Top 10 Edmonton albums of 2012

This was quite the year for music in Edmonton. Not only did we play host to some major touring acts, capped off by two nights with the legend Paul McCartney, but a large number of local acts put out some sensational albums. While the city may be best known in music circles for its folk [...]

MAIMANN DOWN UNDER: Cross Turbonegro off bucket list

MAIMANN DOWN UNDER: Cross Turbonegro off bucket list

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – I waddled into the Hi-Fi club feeling the ground sway relentlessly back and forth, reeling from a three-day boat trip through the Great Barrier Reef. The hangover and ensuing plane ride that day probably didn’t help. But it was fitting that when I arrived to see Norwegian rock ’n’ roll cult heroes [...]

Bigfoot tales make big impression on impressionable readers

Bigfoot tales make big impression on impressionable readers

Move over, vampires, or fly away, or whatever. “Sasquatch Chic” may be the next big trend in pop culture. A Pixar animated 3-D blockbuster would be a just reward for Edmonton writer Marty Chan, who releases “A Hairy Tangle,” the second rollicking adventure in his Barnabas Bigfoot series of young adult novels, this weekend. He’ll [...]

COMICS: Gritty ’60s, lousy ’80s fuel super-powered noir

COMICS: Gritty ’60s, lousy ’80s fuel super-powered noir

If the ’80s hadn’t sucked so very, very much, it’s quite possible Bob Prodor wouldn’t have drawn his dark, expressive noir crime comic Road To Ruin. The Edmontonian’s 128-page graphic novel, featuring a gang of Rat Pack-style crooks in the 60s with “limited” superpowers, is on sale now, published by Rosencrantz Comics. There will be [...]

YEAR IN LIT: The bad, the good, and the wickedly sweet

YEAR IN LIT: The bad, the good, and the wickedly sweet

The world is supposed to end in 2012 – and for a moment in late September, the world seemed like it was ending for Edmonton’s literary community. After 30 years of selling books and generously supporting local writers, Greenwood’s Books shut down. It was a devastating loss to the local community from an Edmonton institution [...]

TV: Tiny Plastic Men a kids’ show for grown-ups

TV: Tiny Plastic Men a kids’ show for grown-ups

Tiny Plastic Men isn’t just another little TV comedy – it’s an important signpost to a modern world where grown-ups have refused to grow up. The Edmonton-produced sitcom-sketch comedy series – premiering Monday at 8 p.m. on Superchannel – stars the local writer-creators Mark Meer, Chris Craddock and Matt Alden as a trio of numbskulls [...]

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