MUSIC PREVIEW: Mission to Mars

MUSIC PREVIEW: Mission to Mars

The incredible Bruno Mars is in town this weekend for a pair of shows, Sunday and Monday nights at Rogers Place. With a wide range of musical talents, from writing to singing to playing guitars and the keyboards, he is currently touring to support his 2016 album 24K Magic, although it’s his debut from 2010, […]

Ed Sheeran hits Edmonton right in the feels

Ed Sheeran hits Edmonton right in the feels

Ed Sheeran is a force to be reckoned with. Opener, James Blunt, referred to him as the biggest male artist in the world which isn’t an exaggeration. All you have to do is take a look at the music charts and see Sheeran’s name everywhere. Sheeran is no stranger to Edmonton having played here multiple […]

PLAYBILL: Phantom on our mind

PLAYBILL: Phantom on our mind

“In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came … ” Now you see: Right there your interest is piqued, isn’t it? Andrew Lloyd Webber is a genius. “… and now I find the Phantom of the Opera is THERE” – and there’s that dramatic dominant major seventh note we all know and love […]

End of the Earth

End of the Earth

Interstellar Rodeo a civilized festival

Interstellar Rodeo a civilized festival

There were no complaints overheard at Interstellar Rodeo. That’s because I was too busy not complaining myself, sitting there in the front row (the “obstructed view” seats were usually open) with a bowl of delicious coconut curry chicken with sesame cranberry cabbage salad from Filistix, and a (plastic) glass of the finest Medici Ermete Concerto […]

REVIEW: Bob Dylan blowin’ in the wind

REVIEW: Bob Dylan blowin’ in the wind

Aside from the cool duds the band wore, nothing was dressed up for the Bob Dylan show at Rogers Place Wednesday night. The stage had a candlelit ballroom type of look, and there were no coloured lights. Just varying intensities of white. Of course, that was all that was required. Dylan is his own gimmick […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: 3 festival hacks you must try

MUSIC PREVIEW: 3 festival hacks you must try

1. Stay hydrated. Don’t forget that most alcoholic beverages contain water. 2. Choose wisely. Festivals are piled on top of each other at this time of year in Edmonton. There are three major ones this weekend alone: Interstellar Rodeo, K-Days and Taste of Edmonton. If you’re looking for a more “rural” festival experience, i.e., bush […]

PLAYBILL: Cirque du Soleil a new paradigm

PLAYBILL: Cirque du Soleil a new paradigm

No more performing elephants, no more bags of peanuts to feed the elephants, no more tigers jumping through flaming hoops, no more clowns whose job it is to shovel horse poop, no more picketing by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – the conquest of circus entertainment is complete. As the Ringling Bros […]

INTERVIEW: Suzanne Vega in the alternative heart

INTERVIEW: Suzanne Vega in the alternative heart

The name of Suzanne Vega’s baby was part of an interesting coincidence that leads to some of the greatest alternative music albums ever made – including her own. Vega is one of the headliners of the Interstellar Rodeo in Hawrelak Park July 21-23. When she was married to the legendary producer Mitchell Froom, she had […]

End of the Earth

End of the Earth

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows meet in the middle

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows meet in the middle

“Wow, I got totally out of control at the Matchbox Twenty concert last night!” is probably not something you want to admit today. This is not a band – like White Zombie or Insane Clown Posse or something – whose music you’d think would incite uncontrollable behaviour. Unless you count 40-year-old guys dancing in the […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: A different kind of ’90s love

MUSIC PREVIEW: A different kind of ’90s love

Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows were at the very pinnacle of the music scene in the 1990s, and the latter were particularly popular in Canada, with three songs reaching the top 3 during that time – Mr. Jones, A Long December, and Hanginaround. Round Here was another popular anthem that received significant airplay during that […]

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