MUSIC PREVIEW: Die Antwoord heel vreemd!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Die Antwoord heel vreemd!

Now that the showman of showmen Beck has departed the city, there’s a bit of a let-up in the gig schedule for the weekend as the city steels itself for its next big show, next Wednesday’s Guns N’ Roses gig at Commonwealth Stadium. Tickets still available. There are a handful of interesting gigs around our […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Forever Rock

MUSIC PREVIEW: Forever Rock

Classic rock is on its way to becoming the new classical music. Think about it: Life is a Highway will be remembered long after it’s been forgotten as “that cool Rascal Flatts song.” Melodies will become more famous than their composers. Quick: Who wrote Raise a Little Hell? Took you a second, didn’t it? In […]

Interstellar Rodeo a civilized festival

Interstellar Rodeo a civilized festival

There were no complaints overheard at Interstellar Rodeo. That’s because I was too busy not complaining myself, sitting there in the front row (the “obstructed view” seats were usually open) with a bowl of delicious coconut curry chicken with sesame cranberry cabbage salad from Filistix, and a (plastic) glass of the finest Medici Ermete Concerto […]

Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ play gets powerful reading

Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ play gets powerful reading

When Shakespeare penned The Merchant of Venice somewhere during the 1590s, there were few Jews in England – they had been thrown out by the King in the late 13th century. But the hatreds and prejudices that these unfortunate people faced were still fresh enough for the Bard to write what has been termed his […]

REVIEW: Shakespeare comedy goes disco

REVIEW: Shakespeare comedy goes disco

The Merry Wives of Windsor, one of two Shakespearian plays featured this summer by Edmonton’s Freewill Shakespeare Festival, was a commissioned work – by a patron no less than Queen Elizabeth I. Her Majesty loved the portly, sack-quaffing knight that Shakespeare created for his Henry IV, Part 1 and further developed in Henry 1V, Part […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: No bad blues

MUSIC PREVIEW: No bad blues

One of the great things about the blues is that it can be played by musicians who’ve never met or who don’t even know the same songs. One of the bad things about the blues is that it can be played by musicians who’ve never met or who don’t even know the same songs. That’s […]

Rockers rock Edmonton Rock Festival

Rockers rock Edmonton Rock Festival

People like Kim Mitchell and Randy Bachman have played here so much that we take them for granted. These guys are world-class artists who’ve put a lot of rock standards on the scoreboard, but around here they’re just part of the landscape, ignored, sometimes even scorned by younger generations. If you miss them now, hey, […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Rock must go on

MUSIC PREVIEW: The Rock must go on

The letdown for all the folkies from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is indeed palpable. There are a number of well-heeled mavens in the city who believe, and it’s quite possibly true, that the vast majority of folkies don’t go to many shows the rest of the year. It makes sense. After all, 100,000 people […]

Women rule at Interstellar Rodeo

Women rule at Interstellar Rodeo

The theme for the whole weekend at Interstellar Rodeo has been about broken hearts – or maybe that’s just what indie folk is all about. To paraphrase Donovan Wood during his musical interlude: All the best songs are about a couple mad at each other while coming home from a party. “I ain’t nothin’ but […]

REVIEW: Whitehorse divine at Interstellar Rodeo

REVIEW: Whitehorse divine at Interstellar Rodeo

Interstellar Rodeo is a deliciously Edmonton festival. A warm Saturday in Hawrelak Park boasted everything you could want from a music festival: Kids played football, people lounged on blankets; a woman gyrated to the music with an iridescent hula hoop, another lady rocked a tutu and a cowboy hat; babies were wearing Led Zeppelin T-shirts. […]

Romeo and Juliet jazzed up in the park

Romeo and Juliet jazzed up in the park

Those two lovestruck teenagers are at it again out there under the moon – which is this time hung over Hawrelak Park for a zesty, stripped-down production of Romeo and Juliet. It’s part of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival until July 16. We are told that this is the third most popular of Shakespeare’s plays and […]

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 […]

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