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 [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Country is as country does

MUSIC PREVIEW: Country is as country does

It would be an excellent weekend to dust off that cowboy hat in the back of your closet. You do have a cowboy hat in the back of your closet, don’t you? If not, check your head. Big names in the gig calendar make this a real country weekend. Blue Rodeo is in town for [...]

Say Yes to art rock giants coming to Edmonton

Say Yes to art rock giants coming to Edmonton

Who’s coming?! No, not the Who, Yes! Yes? Yes, Yes. And so on in an endless rock ‘n’ roll Abbott and Costello routine. Meanwhile, one of the greatest “art rock” bands of yore is coming back to Edmonton. Yes will perform on Monday, March 24 in the Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets from $40 to $90 go [...]

CONCERTS: Kings of Leon, Goo Goo Dolls, ZZ Top, R5

CONCERTS: Kings of Leon, Goo Goo Dolls, ZZ Top, R5

A big wad of concerts announced Monday offers something for every generation – from ZZ Top to Kings of Leon, not necessarily in alphabetical order. Getting to the big one, Kings of Leon, the award-winning band whose music can best be described as “alternative Southern rock” will return to Rexall Place on Wednesday April 2 [...]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Aoki dokey to eclectic weekend

MUSIC PREVIEW: Aoki dokey to eclectic weekend

While all eyes are on Rexall Place for Sunday night’s performance by the renowned Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails, the rest of the weekend promises a little something for everyone. From top electronic with Steve Aoki, to folk-rock with The Stanfields and Chris Carrabba’s new project, Twin Forks, all the way to country and [...]

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