Bill Maher brings political comedy to Edmonton

Bill Maher brings political comedy to Edmonton

Why one of America’s greatest political comedians would spent even a moment away from his home country in the run-up to one of the most important elections in history is a mystery. But we’re still glad Bill Maher is finding the time for a short Canadian tour next summer. Maybe it’s his vacation. The outspoken […]

REVIEW: Chris De Burgh King of Easy Listening

REVIEW: Chris De Burgh King of Easy Listening

Chris De Burgh fans got high on emotion at the Shaw Conference Centre Thursday night, witnessing a gifted yet largely critically neglected artist who blew the dust off a staggering back catalogue of music. He is the King of Easy Listening. A long time ago in a galaxy now since nuked into oblivion by Darth […]

George Thorogood Badder Than Ever in Edmonton

George Thorogood Badder Than Ever in Edmonton

Talk about dependable. There is no one in rock ‘n’ roll who sticks to his guns better than George Thorogood, except maybe AC/DC, so that’s good … er, bad company. We can also count on the so-called “Delaware Destroyer” to come to Edmonton as predictably as migratory birds, assuming some kind of special geese migrate […]

Corb Lund to play Jube in Winter Campaign

Corb Lund to play Jube in Winter Campaign

A Prodigal Son – one who goes away and gets up to no good before coming home again to unconditional love and forgiveness, or something like that – is coming back to Alberta. Corb Lund is staging the Winter Campaign 2016 tour that brings him to Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 6. Tickets from […]

Slash to stick to guns in Edmonton

Slash to stick to guns in Edmonton

The man as famous for the hair in his eyes and the outrageous hat atop as his furious guitar shredding is making a triumphant return to Edmonton. Slash – no last name needed – and his new band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will play the Jubilee Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 10 as part of […]

REVIEW: The Book of Mormon a sacrilegious joy

REVIEW: The Book of Mormon a sacrilegious joy

In a world of the ridiculous, satire is king. The Book of Mormon proves it. There are a million ways to describe this big production musical, playing at the Jubilee Auditorium through March 29. You could call it a lampooning of a religion. You could call it a story on the power of metaphorical belief. You […]

Ask a Mormon about The Book of Mormon

Ask a Mormon about The Book of Mormon

Ask a Mormon about The Book of Mormon and you’ll discover they’re not exactly falling all over themselves to see the satirical musical by the creators of South Park, playing a sold-out run at the Jubilee Auditorium March 24-29. They say it makes a mockery of their religion. They say it’s disrespectful. They say it […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Singing Christmas Tree a BIG deal

MUSIC PREVIEW: Singing Christmas Tree a BIG deal

So it’s a set of risers shaped like a gargantuan Christmas tree with people dressed like Christmas tree ornaments standing on it, singing Christmas carols, this “Singing Christmas Tree”? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Oh, but so much more! A venerable and uniquely Edmonton holiday spectacle, as far as we know, the Singing Christmas Tree […]

Sam Roberts on the Cult of Montreal

Sam Roberts on the Cult of Montreal

Montreal has become such a fount for all that is cool in Canadian rock that it’s hard to imagine it ever wasn’t. Westerners imagine this ancient, exotic city teeming with culture and sophistication, a place where Leonard Cohen hang outs at the bilingual open-mic poetry night, and where every original band that draws more than […]

Barber of Seville: Where’s the wabbit?

Barber of Seville: Where’s the wabbit?

If Bugs Bunny could use Gioachino Rossini music without permission, then any opera company doing The Barber of Seville should be able to use Bugs Bunny to help sell tickets. Right? It’s only fair, to heck with public domain. Opening Saturday at the Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville ought to […]

REVIEW: Boz a mixed bag

REVIEW: Boz a mixed bag

Full disclosure – we were all brought in by the promise of Silk Degrees. Okay, that might be making too much of an assumption on behalf of the audience who came out to see Boz Scaggs at the Jubilee Auditorium Monday night, but not by much. Silk Degrees, after all, was a monster hit, an […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Pixies return, done Deal

MUSIC PREVIEW: Pixies return, done Deal

The busy fall touring season continues, with notable gigs from Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe, Trust (TR/ST) and Swedish death metal act Amon Amarth on tap this weekend, revving up towards the fall’s big music festival, Up + Downtown, which takes place over the Thanksgiving weekend. Pixies are back for a show at the Shaw Conference Centre […]

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