COMMENT: Nickelback, the Talus Dome and some basic civility

It’s funny how a small shift in perspective can change how we view things and influence human behaviour, particularly in the arts, where the debate between art, popularity and finance rages eternal. We all benefit from considering others’ perspectives sometimes, whether it’s on Nickelback being publically shunned or a public art installation. One man’s interpretation [...]

Bohemia Cafe reopens with big Noise

The Bohemia Cafe is probably the only place in Edmonton you can hear “Noise.” Not noise, but Noise – a peculiar and tiny genre of music more free than free jazz, crazier than thrash metal. Some call it “experimental sound art,” because “music” doesn’t quite fit. Someone even made a documentary about Noise, featuring the [...]

ART: EBC peddles some of its best work

Big events are usually held annually, but the last art auction Edmonton Bicycle Commuters held in February was so popular they’ve decided to have another one just seven months later. The last time around, EBC was celebrating its 30th birthday with a bash at a community hall, and a portion of the proceeds from the [...]

AGA contest wants your wildest wild life

We’ve all got a story about being cold. You can’t live in Canada for any length of time and NOT have a story about being cold. Let’s face it, “the north” is a culture unto itself; and the Art Gallery of Alberta is working with the theme in its latest contest. The AGA wants to [...]

The remarkable Louis O’Coffey provides inspiration on canvas

At 74, Louis O’Coffey would be remarkable even if he’d never become an artist who’s had his work displayed at numerous galleries. When he was born in Fort McMurray in 1937, the average person with Down syndrome didn’t survive into their 20s. Even nowadays they typically reach what is considered old age in their 50s. [...]

FISHEYE: Life in transit

I imagine this LRT post in some museum 2,000 years from now, or maybe just rusting in the ground. Our regular photo of the day (potd) feature from Fish Griwkowsky is a visual diary and memoir of his life in and out of the city. More Fisheye photos here.

Pressure-wash graffiti gets a free pass

Fans of street art in Edmonton are accusing the city of hypocrisy over a decision to allow Octane Motorsports to promote the Indy with graffiti-style stencils on city sidewalks. The stencils aren’t made with paint. Rather, they were done with a pressure washer which blasts hot water over the stencils, effectively cleaning the message into [...]

FISHEYE: Wood that he could

GET OFF MY LAND. Our regular photo of the day (potd) feature from Fish Griwkowsky is a visual diary and memoir of his life in and out of the city. More Fisheye photos here.

Food Bank donations imitate art

Attendees of the ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) are reminded that while soup can be art, it is also food – so bring along some cans for the Edmonton Food Bank. Other non-perishable food items are also accepted, of course. One may also buy oversized novelty Campbell’s Soup tins [...]

Fisheye: A visual diary of life in and around Edmonton (and parts previously unknown)

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ART: Auction helps promote pedal power

A number of years ago, a fire broke out at a storage garage where many Edmontonians who owned high-end sports cars or other vintage automobiles kept them for the winter. The blaze destroyed some very expensive vehicles, and as you can imagine, their owners were terribly upset. But the car that Edmontonians cared most about [...]

Art ala carte: Edmonton restaurants provide captivated audience

It’s a more common complaint than you might realize. You love food because it tastes good and feeds your body, but you crave art for the way it nourishes your soul. Some restaurants, with the way they cover their walls with mass-produced stuff? It’s enough to make you lose your appetite. But then you go [...]

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