SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION: GigCity wins arts Yeggie

SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION: GigCity wins arts Yeggie

GigCity is honoured to have been named “Best in Arts and Culture” at the first annual Yeggies – the Edmonton New Media Awards. The prizes were handed out on May 5 at the Shaw Conference Centre for a crowd of savvy social media enthusiasts, who enjoyed a multi-media show produced and emceed by Trent Wilke [...]

THEATRE: Century old labour dispute more relevant than ever in Strike!

THEATRE: Century old labour dispute more relevant than ever in Strike!

Just to save Ezra Levant the trouble of looking into this, the show Strike! – a musical about the bloody 1919 general strike in Winnipeg – is all union. Equity actor’s union, stage tech union, you name it, no scabs here. The only dodgy bit is the show’s co-creator, producer, promoter, chief cook and bottle [...]

Overlooked classical composer only Edmonton Juno winner

Overlooked classical composer only Edmonton Juno winner

If you don’t count k.d. lang’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Vivian Fung is the sole Edmonton winner at the 2013 Juno Awards. “I feel so honoured to be recognized and acknowledged by the Canadian recording industry,” she says. “It’s a wonderful feeling.” If you have no idea who Vivian Fung is, [...]

LEDUC RADIO: New country station declares undeclared war on CISN

LEDUC RADIO: New country station declares undeclared war on CISN

There hasn’t been a serious challenger to CISN radio’s hot country hegemony in decades of Edmonton Radio. That’s all about to change with Tuesday’s launch of “93.1 FM The One” in Leduc. This is war – and the funny thing is that neither opponent will ever declare it openly, because that’s just the way radio [...]

Hollywood dreams on hold for Edmonton comic

Hollywood dreams on hold for Edmonton comic

In order for Canadian comedians to get an immigration visa to work in Hollywood, they have to be established – and in order to get established, they have to work in Hollywood. “That’s the whole catch-22,” says Edmonton comic Kathleen McGee, whose dreams of breaking into American show business are on hold after being denied [...]

April Fool’s prank goes awry! Dozens outraged!

April Fool’s prank goes awry! Dozens outraged!

Baby boomers born and raised in Edmonton still talk about an epic April Fool’s joke played by 630 CHED, which in the early ‘70s was the only station everyone listened to: Ed-Tel will blow all the dust out of the phone lines at precisely 7:30 am on April 1, so the public is warned to [...]

Mike Plume performs tribute at Stompin’ Tom memorial

Mike Plume performs tribute at Stompin’ Tom memorial

Last Wednesday, Canada lost the great Stompin’ Tom Connors, King of Canadiana, everyman chronicler of Canadian history and life, the Johnny Cash of his country. A nation mourns. On Thursday morning down in Nashville, former Edmontonian Mike Plume was lamenting the loss of what he called a “father” figure when he was struck by a [...]

TV: Sperm brings Even More Modern Family together in Seed

TV: Sperm brings Even More Modern Family together in Seed

The war on maturity continues to rage hard on all fronts – and “Seed” is just the latest surge. This isn’t just some amusing Canadian sitcom about a charming slacker who sells his sperm and winds up meeting children he thought he’d never see after his sperm bank donor data gets hacked. No, it’s even [...]

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 [...]

Questions unasked and unanswered by Oprah Winfrey

Questions unasked and unanswered by Oprah Winfrey

Some attendees at Oprah Winfrey’s “inspirational evening event” at Rexall Place on Monday night were under the impression that select members of the audience would get that special chance to ask a question of the Queen of Talk. Wrong. Turns out that only George Strombolopolous got to talk to her on stage, after a 70-minute [...]

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 [...]

The 10 Commandments of Oprahism

The 10 Commandments of Oprahism

Millions, perhaps billions of people hang on Oprah Winfrey’s every word. OK, hundreds of millions. Celebrities line-up at her television confessional. She’s presides over a global media empire. She can make us laugh, cry, get mad or say “Aha!” Her generosity has touched millions. She attends to the poor. One word from Oprah can bestow [...]