Edmonton’s best hidden dessert spots: Southside Edition

by Maja Staka Are you tired of being bombarded with images of chocolate truffles, peppermint squares and pumpkin spiced everything on social media? Do you go through your day thinking: Office colleagues, I IMPLORE YOU, stop bringing freshly basked croissants and donuts to work. Your weekly sugar tirades are a burden on my life and health and I can’t take a moment more of it! … Continue reading Edmonton’s best hidden dessert spots: Southside Edition

Avila Arepa: Like walking into your mother’s kitchen

by Elisabeth Hill At two pm on a Sunday, Avila Arepa on Whyte Ave remains lively, with several handmade wooden tables populated by customers. Latin pop music and colourful décor paying homage to the owners’ hometown of Caracas, Venezuela add to the energy. Luckily for me, owners Rolando and Samantha are friendly and excited to talk about their restaurant and Venezuelan food and culture – … Continue reading Avila Arepa: Like walking into your mother’s kitchen

A Man, A Plan, A Vacuum Cleaner, Havana: a review of the absurdly wonderful Our Man in Havana

by Monika Viktorova Looking to escape the drab, grey cold outside? Step into the colourful and absurd world of Our Man in Havana, the Varscona Theater Ensemble and Bright Young Things’ production of the novel by Graham Greene, adapted by Clive Francis. Peppered with bawdy humor and more winks to the audience than I can count, the story follows bumbling, ineffective Wormold, a vacuum salesman … Continue reading A Man, A Plan, A Vacuum Cleaner, Havana: a review of the absurdly wonderful Our Man in Havana

(Not) Unpacking My Library

by Kevin Holowack In the past couple years, I’ve packed and unpacked all my belongings four times. It’s not an egregious amount of moving, true, but it’s enough to make you reconsider what inanimate things you’ve chosen to share in your private life and how they affect you. As an urban-dweller, I’m part of a large category of people who idealize a simple existence, a … Continue reading (Not) Unpacking My Library

The Guns of August (A Book Review)

by Nathan Pinkoski Centennials of the battles of the Great War continue to fill the calendars of states with sombre commemorations. Despite these commemorations, however, fatalistic assertions about the origins and causes of the Great War dominate, even in learned circles. In these learned circles, 1914-1918 is a logical deduction from the study of 1871, 1789, or even 1648. It is subject to self-evident laws … Continue reading The Guns of August (A Book Review)

Experience Turbulent Landings – Edmonton’s Very Own National Art Showcase

by Erica Osko Turbulent Landings showcases some of the latest Canadian and international art, born right from some of the world’s most pressing issues. Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, says that curating contemporary art is all about being part of current conversations. “You’re always trying to keep on top of the newest news. We really think about … Continue reading Experience Turbulent Landings – Edmonton’s Very Own National Art Showcase

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