Alberta Ballet Presents Dangerous Liaisons – Human ego in a dance of shadows

by Zosia Czarnecka Ballet is an incredible art form because of its ability to push boundaries and showcase hidden sides of human consciousness and values. In Dangerous Liaisons, Alberta Ballet’s second performance of the season, Jean Grand-Maitre beautifully conveys how “ego can drive people to become truly evil.” The entire production plays with contrasts and ignores classical rules of ballet to showcase the egotistical, greedy, … Continue reading Alberta Ballet Presents Dangerous Liaisons – Human ego in a dance of shadows

Creativity within Restrictions – A review of Les Feluettes (Edmonton Opera)

by Gabrielle Johnson The idea of a modern opera is a cause for some trepidation. Unlike reproductions of classical operas, more modern works have yet to stand the test of time, and a scrutinizing audience whose members span generations. However, Les Feluettes holds up fairly well. The opera, performed by many of the original Montréalais cast, is sung in French with English surtitles. Certain quirks … Continue reading Creativity within Restrictions – A review of Les Feluettes (Edmonton Opera)

The Body Fantastic: A conversation with Edmonton artist Brittney Roy

by Monika Viktorova From painting to sculpting to using neural impulse-based technology, Brittney Roy’s emerging body of work spans an impressive breadth of mediums and sources of inspiration. A classically trained artist who continues to defy expectations and push creative boundaries, Roy’s constant remains her boundless and mercurial curiosity. When she started her studies at MacEwan University, her focus was on the fundamentals, and her … Continue reading The Body Fantastic: A conversation with Edmonton artist Brittney Roy

Garden Gossip: Secret Worlds and Private Stories

by Elisabeth Hill Walking into Garden Gossip, a recently opened exhibition at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, I am slightly self-conscious. I must have arrived not long after the artist’s talk because there are still a few groups of people gathered in the gallery and just outside the entrance. I hope that I look like I belong and know what I’m doing, with my … Continue reading Garden Gossip: Secret Worlds and Private Stories

Celebration of the Spoken Word: Slam Poetry Event Review

by Rita Neyer It’s a mild Wednesday evening in October. The heaters on most restaurant patios are already on. Around forty people have gathered at Kasbar, the downstairs Lounge at Yiannis on Whyte on an evening dedicated to the spoken (or sung) word. The sign on the door upstairs says ‘poetry.’ For the performers, it is the second slam event in two days. Their goal … Continue reading Celebration of the Spoken Word: Slam Poetry Event Review

Starlight Dash

by Hersharon Sandhu Amidst a small crowd of cheering supporters and cameras, an excited 10 year old waits hand in hand with her sister to start her toy shopping spree. Sadie Martin was one of the few children chosen across Canada for Starlight Children Foundation’s 3-minute shopping dash at the Toys-R-Us today. Accompanied by mascot ‘Captain Starlight’, Sadie and her sister Kendrie got the chance … Continue reading Starlight Dash

“A Place for Everyone” – Edmonton Expo Preview Media Launch

by Hiranyaa Sahadevan Did you know that Gimli from The Lord of the Rings or the writer for GI Joe, Wolverine, and The Death of Captain America will be coming to Edmonton this weekend? Where you ask? They will be attending the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, taking place on Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24.  The Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, a three … Continue reading “A Place for Everyone” – Edmonton Expo Preview Media Launch

The New Brown America (Playing Your Cards and Taking Your Seat)

by Srosh Hassan Hasan Minhaj had me struggling to find the right words. The Daily Show’s iconic comic tells an incredibly well-woven story about being a Muslim in America in his newest Netflix Comedy Special, Homecoming King. With unbelievable humor, he walks us through his childhood, growing up in a South Asian home, cleverly integrating the subject of racism, and what it means to play … Continue reading The New Brown America (Playing Your Cards and Taking Your Seat)

Monument: Quality Coffee Without the Wait

by Zosia Czarnecka Whyte Avenue’s 27 year old Block 1912 is everything you would expect from a cozy, romantic coffee shop.  Brick interior, soft lighting, live music, and mismatched furniture: its romantic eccentricity is now conventional.  Last year, owner Jorel Pepin set aside everything he knew about coffee bar branding and started fresh. From that blank canvas rose Monument Coffee Bar – Block 1912’s hip … Continue reading Monument: Quality Coffee Without the Wait