Shatnerd vote sewn up at Edmonton Expo

Shatnerd vote sewn up at Edmonton Expo

There is something unique about the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo. It is a place where shy teens wearing homemade body armor can have their picture taken by a woman with three breasts; a place where a mother and daughter, both dressed as Power Girl(s), discuss in utter disbelief the fact that the knives sold […]

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 […]

Shakespeare in Love a hit! A most palpable hit!

Shakespeare in Love a hit! A most palpable hit!

Despite its origins as an Oscar-winning movie, the stage version of Shakespeare in Love is a smart love story as well as a witty love letter to the collaborative nature of theatre. At the Citadel Theatre through Oct. 8, it’s set in the dynamic, productive theatre scene of Elizabethan London. Even the Queen is a […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Peak Coldplay

MUSIC PREVIEW: Peak Coldplay

This weekend features a lot of awesome talent playing our local music venues, but let’s face it, most music fans are holding their breath and waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Coldplay next week for a pair of shows – Tuesday and Wednesday at Rogers Place. Ever since their start in the mid-1990s, the […]

REVIEW: The Sound of Music fresh like alpine stream

REVIEW: The Sound of Music fresh like alpine stream

Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music may not be a sound that’s been sung for a thousand years, but it certainly has been around for a long time. It debuted on Broadway almost 60 years ago and, overcoming charges of saccharine sweetness. For years Christopher Plummer referred to the 1965 movie he starred in […]

Sharp Dwarvish Axe hews Expo media

Sharp Dwarvish Axe hews Expo media

Sam Maggs had the toughest job in Edmonton on Tuesday night: moderating a question period with John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli in The Lord of the Rings. At a media preview for the sixth annual Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo running Friday through Sunday at the Edmonton Expo Centre, the English actor talked for an […]

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 […]

End of the Earth

End of the Earth

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 […]

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