WICKED: Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

WICKED: Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Which witch is which? Which witch is wicked? And which wicked witch switched with which witch’s wicked sister? Say that five times fast. These are difficult questions posed in the Broadway musical Wicked, the touring show coming to the Jubilee Auditorium July 2-20. This is the story behind the story in The Wizard of Oz. [...]

Melissa Etheridge to test ‘This Is Me’ in Edmonton

Melissa Etheridge to test ‘This Is Me’ in Edmonton

Just a little late for the folk fest, a Melissa Etheridge “solo” show would’ve been perfect – and it still is expected to be a breath of fresh air when the 53-year-old rock icon takes it intimate and unplugged for a tour she calls “This is ME Solo,” coming to Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium on Wednesday, [...]

REVIEW: George Thorogood b-b-b-boring

REVIEW: George Thorogood b-b-b-boring

Vigorously played classic rock sends some people into fits of screaming, shouting, foot stomping, rampant high fiving and lots of odd yelping, but for others, like me, it can send them deep into a catatonic state that lasts several hours and ends up in the middle of a field wondering where everyone went and just [...]

Jann Arden brings Everything Almost to Edmonton

Jann Arden brings Everything Almost to Edmonton

Now here’s someone we haven’t seen for a while: Jann Arden! The Calgary pop chanteuse who artfully combines humour and sadness returns to play the Jubilee Auditorium on Monday, September 8. Tickets are $49.50, $69.50, $99.50 and go on sale Friday, May 2 at TICKETMASTER. She’s on the road again with new material from a [...]

INTERVIEW: Il Divo no boy band!

INTERVIEW: Il Divo no boy band!

Il Divo does not know the meaning of the words “novelty act” – literally. There seems to be no comparable idiom in Western European languages for the concept of entertainment whose style outshines its apparent substance and seems to survive on irony. A three-quarters European group of four guys in Armani suits crooning “Memory” or [...]

Madama Butterfly goes Back to the Future

Madama Butterfly goes Back to the Future

A team from Edmonton Opera saw a time-travelling version of Madama Butterfly in England and liked it so much they decided to stage it in Edmonton for the company’s 50th anniversary. It opens Saturday, April 5 at the Jubilee Auditorium (also running April 8 and 10). That’s right, there’s a time machine. Time machines weren’t [...]

REVIEW: Great concert? Yes!

REVIEW: Great concert? Yes!

About 2,000 Edmontonians took a trip to a parallel rock ‘n’ roll universe for the duration of the Yes concert Monday night at the Jubilee Auditorium. Lucky for fans of the band – now spanning six decades since its inception in 1968 – this is exactly what they came for. How many bands in 2014 [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Attack of The Pack!

MUSIC PREVIEW: Attack of The Pack!

Vancouver noise duo The Pack a.d. doesn’t need any introduction to local music fans. The grinding guitars of Becky Black, and the barely-reigned-in-chaos drumming of Maya Miller have caught the attention of media and public alike throughout the nation, with songs like “Sirens” and in particular “Haunt You”, which was a radio behemoth. The duo [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day! Yanni’s coming, hint, hint

Happy Valentine’s Day! Yanni’s coming, hint, hint

Hey Ladies! Who loves you? That’s right, Yanni loves you. Do you know who loves you even more? The man who buys you tickets to Yanni, who returns to the Jubilee Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Tickets go on sale Friday – Valentine’s Day. Hint, hint. And this should really be directed at the men [...]

Heart returns to Edmonton in a mighty second wind

Heart returns to Edmonton in a mighty second wind

It is so gratifying to see a once-forgotten classic rock band enjoy a new life. Hey, it happens, from time to time. This time, it couldn’t have happened to a more worthy band than Heart. With the first rate soul sista rock chicks Nancy and Ann Wilson in fine form into their 60s, the band [...]

Heavy metal tenor finds passion in opera

Heavy metal tenor finds passion in opera

Opera is doing a good job staying “hip” – that is, relevant to a younger generation who unanimously reject the “hipster” label that allegedly applies to anyone 35 or younger. Heavy metal is hip, isn’t it? Opera has a lot in common with heavy metal: Drama, pageantry, passion. At some point the two genres meet [...]

The Book of Mormon comes to Edmonton

The Book of Mormon comes to Edmonton

The Book of Mormon – the musical  – is coming to Edmonton, but fans of the popular Broadway show written and produced by the creators of South Park will have to wait more than year to see it. Part of Broadway Across Canada’s next touring season announced this week, the Book of Mormon will play [...]

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