Rock opera dares to suggest Jesus human

Rock opera dares to suggest Jesus human

When Jesus Christ Superstar was released in 1970, it was condemned by many Christian groups because it dared to suggest that Christ was human and Judas was a tragic figure. At the time, lyricist Tim Rice observed, “It happens that we don’t see Christ as God, but simply the right man at the right time […]

INTERVIEW: Weezer from 2 sides

INTERVIEW: Weezer from 2 sides

Scott Shriner is the perfect man to help us understand Weezer – an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a slowly unraveling sweater. While he’s not an original member, he’s the band’s longest serving bassist, since 2001. Shriner was a fan first: a bar band musician from Toledo, Ohio who came to Hollywood in […]

REVIEW: The Lumineers light up Edmonton

REVIEW: The Lumineers light up Edmonton

The Lumineers sure have matured since they came up with the big Ho Hey that launched their folk-popping star just five years ago. They’d have to – they’ve been working non-stop ever since. The proof was in their stomperific, strumtacular show at Rogers Place on Friday night. It was puzzling to see some 14,000 hip […]

April Fool’s Day cancelled

April Fool’s Day cancelled

Because we have reached a tipping point in society where there is more fake news than real news – and not only is the fake news more popular but it often reveals more truth than real news, fiction being less strange than truth – April Fool’s Day has been cancelled by Order of the Government. […]

Chris Stapleton shows his love in Edmonton

Chris Stapleton shows his love in Edmonton

In true country music fashion, many of Chris Stapleton’s songs are about drinking – which resonated with the crowd at Northlands Coliseum on Saturday night because everywhere you looked there was beer in hand. Except for the underage fans, of course. Being 17 years old and just 3 months away from the legal drinking age […]

Eric Church stages epic bender in Edmonton

Eric Church stages epic bender in Edmonton

It was rather fitting to have outlaw country artist Eric Church perform at Northlands Coliseum rather than Edmonton’s shiny new Rogers Place on Friday night. This self-proclaimed outsider has an affinity for the good ol’ boy Albertan stereotype of the hard-workin’, beer-swillin’, truck drivin’ bro rather than the slicked up executive suits of downtown. Operating […]

Colin James phones it in sick

Colin James phones it in sick

About four songs into Thursday night’s nearly sold out show at the Jubilee Auditorium, Colin James figured he’d acknowledge the giant elephant sitting in the corner – as the rasp in his voice and evident lack of energy made the score pretty clear. He was sick. “Winnipeg was brutal,” he said of the show there […]

Garth Brooks raises hell in Edmonton

Garth Brooks raises hell in Edmonton

The feeling at Rogers Place for Garth Brooks was electrifying on Friday night. “It’s a once in a lifetime concert!” said one couple among 20,000 fans; there was another older couple who drove all the way from Oregon for the first of an amazing NINE shows in Edmonton – and it truly was. After 21 […]

Garth Brooks moves to Edmonton

Garth Brooks moves to Edmonton

Garth Brooks loves to be on top. Just ask him. He’s moving to Edmonton – temporarily – taking up a nine-show residence in Rogers Place starting Friday, Feb. 17. Drinking game! Chug a beer for every Garth Brooks sighting around town. No one has ever done nine shows in a row at our hockey arena […]

Edmonton folk singer on a roll

Edmonton folk singer on a roll

Maria Dunn will use some of the $8,000 she won for the Edmonton Music Prize to travel to Ottawa in April for the Juno Awards – where her album Gathering is nominated for Traditional Roots Album of the Year. “It warms my heart,” Dunn says of the recent double honour, and this is no faint […]

Dinner party implodes in powerful Disgraced

Dinner party implodes in powerful Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced is a worthy member of a theatrical sub-genre that might be described as the “imploding dinner party.” A group of people gather in a living room for an evening of civil conversation, there are already tensions in the air when the evening starts and everything goes south from there. […]

REVIEW: We were so stupid back then

REVIEW: We were so stupid back then

Watching the checkered history of gay rights in the United States, which continues in headlines still today, it’s tempting to point a superior Canadian finger. But our record is not that distinguished, either. As recently as 1981, Toronto police raided a series of bathhouses rousting out and charging homosexuals with the resultant destruction of their […]

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