WEEKEND MUSIC PREVIEW: Forecast calls for Snow Patrol

Amongst a myriad of Halloween parties to the tune of Canadian rock, the biggest names to hit the city this weekend are from the UK: Snow Patrol and Noel Gallagher’s new band, the High Flying Birds. Snow Patrol is best known for the hit “Chasing Cars” from the band’s 2006 album Eyes Open, which was […]

SCARY TIMES: 13 Halloween events for grown-ups who don’t want to grow up

SCARY TIMES: 13 Halloween events for grown-ups who don’t want to grow up

It’s no mystery why Halloween has been completely co-opted and dominated by grown-ups – it’s because many modern grown-ups have failed to grow up. Joe Flaherty – SCTV’s Count Floyd, so he ought to know about this sort of thing – complained that many of the adult students in his improv classes back East were […]

Party Under the Dome: you paid for it, you might as well enjoy it

In some of the more mature – meaning “old” – countries, celebrating the 100th anniversary of a building would seem rather gauche. Maybe 150 years, certainly 200, but a mere Century? Please. But this is Alberta, where we have a different concept of what constitutes old. Here, the centennial of a building is reason to […]


It’s Metallica weekend in Edmonton! The near-mythological metal band from California plays two sold-out shows at Rexall, Friday and Saturday nights. Everything else musical this weekend plays second fiddle, like it or not. The only major competition is the Edmonton Rock Music Festival at Hawrelak Park, with headliners like Prism, Blue Oyster Cult and April […]

ANNOUNCING: Marianas Trench and Maya Angelou in October

Pop quiz: What modern pop-rock band sort of sounds like Nickelback and is named for the deepest point of the Earth’s oceans? If you answered Marianas Trench, you’re probably already hip to the Vancouver band’s impending tour, coming to Rexall Place Monday, Oct. 29. With Down With Webster in support, tickets go on sale Friday. […]

WHO NAMED THE BAND: Shout Out Out Out Out a spacey echo

Edmonton’s Shout Out Out Out Out is another band that displays the rare phenomenon known as “rockonomatopoeia.” The band sounds like its name. Shout Out Out Out Out member Whitey Houston, aka Lyle Bell, asks us to imagine using a Space Echo – one of several pieces of vintage musical equipment this band uses (and […]

WEEKEND MUSIC PREVIEW: Sizzle your nizzle, f’shizzle

You might be tempted to think that the best music in town this weekend will be taking place in the venue with the best air conditioning, but sadly, there’s no real evidence to back that up. It’s fair to say, though, that any of these indoor venues are likely a better bet than the outdoors. […]

Live at the Winspear announces worldly line-up

They don’t call it “World at Winspear” anymore, but they might as well. The annual winter concert series – now named Live at the Winspear – is all over the map in more ways than one. It starts with on Wednesday, October 10, at the Winspear Centre, naturally, with Angelique Kidjo, the outspoken African singer […]

Dog Whisperer to share canine secrets at the Jube in November

Come on, Lassie, come on girl, time for walkies! Time for your bath! Ow, stop it, Lassie. No, Lassie, no! Put Timmy down! Oh, God … If this harrowing scene sounds familiar, then your beloved hound may need a session with …. the Dog Whisperer. Yes, the dog people of Edmonton will be out in […]

COMMENT: Eskimos Ladies Night a flop even before it happens

The Edmonton Eskimos have 10 chances a year to lure as many as 60,000 people at a time to Commonwealth Stadium. In a league that lives and dies on gate revenue, they can’t afford to blow their chances to get bums in seats – and yet, somehow, they do. The Edmonton Oilers need only to […]

CLASSICAL MUSIC: 17-year-old concert pianist an ‘old soul’

Asked what kind of music he likes outside of classical, piano wunderkind Jan Lisiecki doesn’t hesitate, “I love Pink Floyd.” Good answer, kid. He says it “takes him back.” So what’s more amazing – that a teenager loves Pink Floyd, or that a teenager has reached international fame as a master concert pianist? On stage […]

Skrillex gig finds a home at the Shaw Conference Centre

Electronic dance music fans can stand down from red alert – the Skrillex gig has been saved. Bumped from the St. Albert Kinsmen Park venue after being denied a permit, the show will now take place on Friday, July 20 at the Shaw Conference Centre. All previously held tickets will be honoured, no need to […]

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