Two Italians Hunt for the Tastiest Bug

by Claudio La Rocca & Silvia Ronzani If you grow up in Italy, food is a central part of your life. For an Italian, food is almost a religious matter, every dish the revered sum of history, culture and tradition. So what made us, two Italian grad students, decide to put bugs on everyone’s plate? One day, one of our lab mates brought some dried … Continue reading Two Italians Hunt for the Tastiest Bug

Entrepreneurship: Not for Everyone, But for Anyone

by Makena Kigunda “Entrepreneurship is not for everyone,” you’ve likely heard from the mouths of successful business tycoons. It’s the startup archetype: high barrier to entry, low rate of success.This lofty, exclusive branding keeps post-secondary students at bay. While Edmonton has a strong startup culture, student exposure to this community is minimal. Whether it’s the fear of taking on a bulk of risk, or a … Continue reading Entrepreneurship: Not for Everyone, But for Anyone

And #YEG Said Let There Be GLAM!

by Aimee Parker and Gretzie Parth Empowering women through the power of makeup has been Glam Artistry’s mission since offering their inaugural Glam Class in 2016. After working as makeup artists for numerous years, co-owners Aimee Parker and Gretzie Parth wanted to answer the question clients most commonly ask: “How am I ever going to recreate this beautiful makeup on myself?”. With the overwhelming amount … Continue reading And #YEG Said Let There Be GLAM!

Evented: Taking the Planning Out Of Weddings

by Ramneek Purewal and Lisa Zhu If you’ve ever helped plan a wedding, you’ve probably witnessed some of the turmoil that comes with picking out color schemes, going to food tastings and trying to find the perfect cake on a budget. Some can spend a whole year going through the agonizing planning process, which is time consuming, stressful and expensive for the bride, groom and … Continue reading Evented: Taking the Planning Out Of Weddings

Mayday Dogs – Edmonton’s New Best Friend

by Monika Viktorova Hot dogs are the newest ‘lowbrow’ street food to get a gourmet makeover. And if hot dogs are a foodie’s Cinderella, then Justin Benson is the Edmonton food scene’s edgy, tattooed Fairy Godmother. And he’s here to deliver gourmet but accessible dogs to Edmonton’s downtown core with his newest project, Mayday Dogs. When asked why he wanted to make hot dogs, Justin … Continue reading Mayday Dogs – Edmonton’s New Best Friend

‘Sometimes I shoot from the hip!’ – In the Afterglow of Audrey Ochoa’s Explosively Entertaining Album Release Party

by Monika Viktorova Walking out to the eager applause of a sold-out crowd at the Yardbird Suite on Saturday night, Audrey Ochoa immediately charmed the audience of the release party for her new album Afterthought. Looking out at the audience members stuffed into every available seat, some lining up outside to try their luck at grabbing a spot over intermission, Ochoa joked, “Sign of the … Continue reading ‘Sometimes I shoot from the hip!’ – In the Afterglow of Audrey Ochoa’s Explosively Entertaining Album Release Party

Doing Her Own Thing – Audrey Ochoa on Jazz, Musicianship, and Her Upcoming ‘Selfish’ Second Album (Part 2/2)

by Monika Viktorova Audrey Ochoa is the first jazz musician I have had the pleasure of interviewing. She is also one of only a few female jazz musicians I have ever met, despite my longtime love of live jazz. I confessed to Ochoa that I jumped at the chance to interview her because I had so rarely seen women jazz musicians grace a stage. She … Continue reading Doing Her Own Thing – Audrey Ochoa on Jazz, Musicianship, and Her Upcoming ‘Selfish’ Second Album (Part 2/2)

Doing Her Own Thing – Audrey Ochoa on Jazz, Musicianship, and Her Upcoming ‘Selfish’ Second Album (Part 1/2)

by Monika Viktorova The following is Part 1 of the interview. Audrey Ochoa wears many hats: classically trained trombonist, jazz musician, music teacher at a Catholic elementary school. A lifelong musician and a ‘professional’ jazz musician for 13 years, Ochoa has toured, played in her own band as well as other ensembles, reached critical acclaim and has one album already under her belt. She’s also … Continue reading Doing Her Own Thing – Audrey Ochoa on Jazz, Musicianship, and Her Upcoming ‘Selfish’ Second Album (Part 1/2)

Nuances of Self-Refinery: Review of Art Gallery of Alberta Event

by Monika Viktorova On the evening of Saturday, March 25th, Edmonton’s art afficionados gathered at the Alberta Art Gallery (AGA) for the latest iteration of its “Refinery” evening party series. Last night’s theme was ‘selfie-culture’, focusing on the effects of social media and pop culture on portraiture. The AGA built excitement for the event in the weeks preceding it, allowing its guests to vote on … Continue reading Nuances of Self-Refinery: Review of Art Gallery of Alberta Event

Pomp and Circumstance: An Interview With Photographer Aaron Pedersen

by Monika Viktorova On Saturday, March 25th, the Alberta Art Gallery (AGA) will host the latest of its “Refinery” evening parties. A ‘narcissistic’ take on their usual event, “Self-Refinery” will blend ‘themes from current exhibitions of portraiture with social media and pop culture.” Among the artists exhibiting at  “Self-Refinery” is home-grown talent Aaron Pedersen. Born in Lethbridge and raised in the suburbs of St. Albert, Pedersen’s … Continue reading Pomp and Circumstance: An Interview With Photographer Aaron Pedersen