Colouring Outside the Lines: A Life Lesson by a 4-Year-Old Boy

By Neha Vashist   It took a 4-year-old boy and a box of crayons to make me realize an important truth. I was volunteering with a children’s camp the summer when I met him. Black hair framed his chubby cheeks and brought out the hazel tinges along the rims of his eyes.  Alex. He forgot his bathing suit at home so we both sat by … Continue reading Colouring Outside the Lines: A Life Lesson by a 4-Year-Old Boy

For Enthusiasts and Newcomers Alike: Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore

By Gabrielle Johnson   Edmonton Opera’s presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore is, overall, a thoroughly entertaining way to spend an evening. The costuming, with full credit to Deanna Finnman, is stunning. The flapper dresses, with their bright solid colours, and the classic sailor suits all beautifully compliment the lighting design, which is well timed to the dramatic (and sometimes comical) shifts in mood. … Continue reading For Enthusiasts and Newcomers Alike: Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore

Returning to the Nest

by Elisabeth Hill Sydney Lancaster’s 21st Century Nesting Practices is an ongoing body of work initiated during the artist’s 2012 residency at the Harcourt House Artist-Run Centre, which itself concluded with a solo show entitled NEST. The exhibition currently on view at the McMullen Gallery in the UofA Hospital is described on the artist’s website as a “more intimate, personal” exploration of the themes initially … Continue reading Returning to the Nest

Balancing Higher Education: An Interview with Farha Shariff

by Samia Rahman Farha Shariff manages to do in one life what most people struggle to accomplish in four. Shariff balances academics (University Professor with research specializing in anti-racist pedagogy and cultural identity), community (working with pre-service teachers’ understanding of culture and curriculum), and mothering three girls, all while maintaining an incredible six-pack. She is also a founding trainer at Champs Boxing studio. It begs … Continue reading Balancing Higher Education: An Interview with Farha Shariff

Jayeson Andel & Finding His Sound in Electronic Music

by Nam Huynh As someone who listens to a lot of electronic music, I often have a hard time finding very unique tracks. When I heard ‘Follow The Firefly Lights’ for the first time, I immediately knew this artist was truly different from the rest. An even bigger surprise was when I discovered he was from my hometown, Edmonton. Trance, Future Bass, Glitch-Hop: no single genre … Continue reading Jayeson Andel & Finding His Sound in Electronic Music

Shaping Sound: A Masterpiece of the Ages

by Nicholas Siennicki Shaping Sound, written by and starring Travis Wall, is the best performance by Alberta Ballet that I have seen in my four years as a seasonal attendee. As a relatively rough critique of Alberta Ballet in the past, this performance was such a breath of fresh air, such a resounding success, that I can’t help but recommend that everyone who reads this … Continue reading Shaping Sound: A Masterpiece of the Ages

Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

by Erica Osko In a season where I prefer to stray from my cozy armchair as little as possible, the Ice Castle in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park reminded me that rather than being a painful inconvenience, winter can create astonishing magic. The castle is a truly breathtaking creation that I would not have believed possible outside of Narnia or Frozen. Though it may be difficult to … Continue reading Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

Nutcracker Review: An unfortunate faux pas (de deux)

by Nicholas Siennicki The Nutcracker is undoubtedly an iconic ballet. For many, it is the only ballet they see, and for others, it is a yearly tradition that captures all the beauty and grace of an ephemeral art form that people might consider somewhat above them. It is vital, then, for The Nutcracker to be as accessible as possible for all viewers. After all, for … Continue reading Nutcracker Review: An unfortunate faux pas (de deux)