INTERVIEW: Dan Savage makes punditry cool

INTERVIEW: Dan Savage makes punditry cool

On Christians and the whole gay marriage thing, Dan Savage says, “Jesus Christ Himself condemned divorce, yet we’re not amending state constitutions to prohibit people getting divorced. It’s hypocritical of these people to say that they cannot come around on the gay issue because of the Bible when they ignore so many other parts of […]

Plagiarism fracas erupts in Ward 6 race

Plagiarism fracas erupts in Ward 6 race

Accusations of plagiarism against Ward 6 candidate Melinda Hollis have prompted calls for her to drop out of the election – but the candidate denies she’s done anything wrong. Leading the charge is her accuser Kathleen Smith, aka social media personality KikkiPlanet, who says she discovered an essay about urban sprawl that was posted on […]

TV PERSONALITY: Lynda Steele is gonna make it after all!

TV PERSONALITY: Lynda Steele is gonna make it after all!

It sure didn’t take long for Lynda Steele to become a media rock star in Vancouver. Barely two and a half years since she left a 16 year stint anchoring the evening news on Global Edmonton, she’s been given her own show on CTV Vancouver: Steele On Your Side. The half-hour consumer program premieres Oct. […]

TV PERSONALITY: Ryan Jespersen and the Lake of Fire

TV PERSONALITY: Ryan Jespersen and the Lake of Fire

Talk turns to gay rights within the first two minutes of a recent interview with Ryan Jespersen. Raised Christian in Calgary, the chatty Breakfast Television host got his journalism training at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., a Christian college that required its students to sign abstinence pledges that included a specific clause pertaining to […]

Garage sale a big story during Country Music Week

Garage sale a big story during Country Music Week

What a load of crap. Edmonton is hosting the biggest Canadian country music event of the decade and all the cool kids can talk about is Corb Lund’s garage sale. See, he’s moving to Calgary, so he has a bunch of odds and ends to unload, T-shirts, promotional hockey pucks, custom comic books, you name […]

Fringe festival stuck with star system

Fringe festival stuck with star system

Fringe artists hate the star rating system – and they love the star rating system. Is it time to get rid of it? Fringe artists recently replied, “Yes … but no!” Rest assured that any thespian bestowed a four or five-star review from one of the area print publications will be out there at the […]

426-5050, whatever happened to the Lydo?

426-5050, whatever happened to the Lydo?

Four-two-six, five-oh, five-oh, if you’re hungry, call the Lydo! Never had such crappy Chinese food gained such a huge local reputation – thanks to the little jingle written to go with their phone number that remains an Edmontonian brainworm 10 years after the place went bankrupt. A lot of people who ordered Lydo vowed never […]

Comic, sportscaster to fill Rutherford spot in CHED shuffle

Comic, sportscaster to fill Rutherford spot in CHED shuffle

Just a few weeks before 630 CHED’s Dave Rutherford was due to retire, he bit the hand that fed him: criticizing his Corus Radio bosses for what he felt was poor coverage of the Southern Alberta floods. He even suggested that listeners could go elsewhere for their information. Radio bosses tend to frown on that […]

Mark Meer tops list of Canadian Comedy Awards nominations

Mark Meer tops list of Canadian Comedy Awards nominations

With so many Canadians being funny in America, that must make Canada the funniest country in the world, and with so many Edmontonians being funny across Canada, that must make Edmonton the funniest city in the world. Ha-ha funny, not “funny” funny. Proof is in the pudding, whatever that means, as the nominations for the […]

EDMONTON RADIO: Hot 107 factors in local talent

EDMONTON RADIO: Hot 107 factors in local talent

Six local recording artists are getting a boost from Hot 107 FM radio – to the tune of $10,000 cash each on top of recording time and on-air promotion. It of course falls under the “Canadian Content Development” that all Canadian commercial radio stations are required to do by law, but the HOTfactor contest has […]

Jerry Seinfeld returns to Edmonton in August

Jerry Seinfeld returns to Edmonton in August

What’s the deal with Jerry Seinfeld? The guy was a huge TV star. He’s multimillionaire. He doesn’t need to work. And now he’s back humping his jokes around on the road like some Yuk Yuk’s comic, playing places like Edmonton. Must be something about stand-up comedy that keeps people coming back. Seinfeld performs at the […]

Surviving punters assemble first and last Joe Bird album

Surviving punters assemble first and last Joe Bird album

If you believe in life after death, you could imagine Joe Bird in heaven laughing at his friends left to deal with all the recordings he made before he died suddenly in 2009 – music that was never released. His good friend Jason Kodie knows what he’d say: “I think Joe’s laughing. He’s pissing himself […]