End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

REVIEW: The smalls go big at Sonic Boom

REVIEW: The smalls go big at Sonic Boom

Fears that the smalls were going to be out of place – and out of their league – for their reunion show at Sonic Boom 2014 were banished soon enough. Greatness shines through. Performing a suppertime set at Northlands on Sunday, the smalls are different, no doubt about it. Next to a weekend sparkling with [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Sonic Boom blows up real good

MUSIC PREVIEW: Sonic Boom blows up real good

The last of the city’s big music festivals takes over Edmonton this weekend, with the ever-expanding Sonic Boom spanning Friday to Sunday at Northlands. Friday the music gets underway at 5 pm with the Mounties (you may remember them from the hit Headphones in 2013). The beloved New Pornographers, who have a new album ready [...]

Sound of Edmonton like one hand clapping

Sound of Edmonton like one hand clapping

The problem with calling your music documentary Sound of Edmonton is that there isn’t one. No one sticks around long enough. Is there hope in the next generation? Most of the subjects in Evan van Ramshorst’s low budget short film are in their 20s: The oldest is probably Wunderbar owner Craig Martellica, and he’s over [...]

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

End of the Earth, by Chad Huculak

FRINGE: Revenge of the Reviewed!

FRINGE: Revenge of the Reviewed!

Fringe artists have had a tempestuous relationship with their critics since there was Fringe. It’s symbiotic. Artists need critics. Critics need things to criticize. As local theatre guru Kenneth Brown says, “Intelligent criticism is a vital part of theatrical culture.” Artists court the media’s favour to drum up ticket sales. They depend on favourable reviews [...]

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, [...]

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