MUSIC PREVIEW: Beverly to party like it’s 1929

MUSIC PREVIEW: Beverly to party like it’s 1929

Pull up a stump, children, grandpa’s got a story for you! Why, I remember back in Olde Towne Beverly on summer weekends, when after a hard week of lubricating coal seams, me and the boys would treat ourselves to a Carling Black Lung Label at the local speakeasy. The women could shop for frilly niceties [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

MUSIC PREVIEW: One Fringe to rule them all

MUSIC PREVIEW: One Fringe to rule them all

There is a condition unique to Edmonton – or any other winter city, for that matter – called Seasonal Hyperactive Festival Exhaustion Disorder, or SHAFED, that results in such a manic rush of summer fun that events that would normally merit full attention get shafted. Such is the case with the Fringe – the biggest [...]

Doug Jenson one of the good ones

Doug Jenson one of the good ones

Doug Jenson: To know him was to love him – unequivocally. The longtime Edmonton singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and frontman of local rock legends Jenson Interceptor died on Aug. 6 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 59 years old. Doug touched a lot of people in his time, not just with his [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

Which Tom Petty song are you?

Which Tom Petty song are you?

If you’re a chronic midnight toker considering teetotalment due to dementia or emphysema, or maybe dementia, Mary Jane’s Last Dance could be your anthem. Tom Petty’s 1993 hit starts by sketching the purported titular character as an independent, wanderlust-ridden woman who grew up tall and straight among Indiana boys and nights despite being effectively motherless, [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: All hail the folk fest!

MUSIC PREVIEW: All hail the folk fest!

This weekend’s live music lineup is of course dominated by the biggest and baddest of all of the city’s music festivals. Well, OK, the biggest at any rate. It’s Folk Fest Weekend in Edmonton, and while some may lament the “old-school” direction the lineup’s gone the last few years, there is certainly no debate that [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

No shame in One Hit Wonderland

No shame in One Hit Wonderland

Hey, rock and roll fans: Coming to Edmonton soon is INSERT NAME OF ONE HIT WONDER HERE, known chiefly for THAT ONE SONG. (Suggested insertions: Kongos, Soul Asylum, Gotye, the Stray Cats, refer to WIKIPEDIA for more.) I didn’t have the heart to even attempt to request an interview with said artist to explore the [...]

Edmonton animator scores dream deal

Edmonton animator scores dream deal

Fans of Riley Beach’s award-winning cartoons on the Superchannel series Tiny Plastic Men will be seeing a lot more subversive hilarity where that came from thanks to his new deal with the creators of Adventure Time. It’s his favourite show. “It’s almost as if a grown-up has harnessed a kid’s way of telling a story, [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Feast of fests in the West

MUSIC PREVIEW: Feast of fests in the West

Music festival season continues this weekend around the Capital Region, as we stroll right into Bermudafest, after last weekend’s great Interstellar Rodeo, Taste Of Edmonton, and K-Days’ lineups. The multi-venue Bermudafest gets underway Thursday with a pair of gigs. Rich Aucoin headlines at The Pawn Shop, while Wunderbar hosts a trio of local bands – [...]

AW, SHUCKS: Corb Lund seizes his Day

AW, SHUCKS: Corb Lund seizes his Day

Fitting for a day named in his honour in the City of Edmonton, Corb Lund laid down a righteous old school country shitkicking at Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park Monday night, as part of the re-scheduled Interstellar Rodeo Festival itinerary. Starting with set-opener Hurtin’ Albertan, Lund played with the spirit of a reincarnated Wilf Carter, [...]

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