Edmonton Music Awards: A Step in the Right Direction

by Sibel Yesilkaya It’s no secret that the Edmonton community proudly supports local art and culture. The Fringe, Taste of Edmonton, Folk Fest, Heritage Days – whichever events you frequent over our short, event-packed prairie summer, you’re sure to feel the creative energy that permeates through the veins of our city. When Edmontonians gathered at the prestigious Winspear Centre on Thursday, June 29th to honour … Continue reading Edmonton Music Awards: A Step in the Right Direction

Who put that there? – A Look Into Edmonton’s Public Art Commissioning

by Juanita Gnanapragasam Edmonton’s public art scene is thriving. While some artwork like Mural Alley has been influential in beautifying Edmonton’s landscape, other artwork, such as the Talus Dome or “balls”, have become infamous leaving citizens to wonder who decides what is public art in the first place. In this article, we outline what is public art and the steps taken to get public art … Continue reading Who put that there? – A Look Into Edmonton’s Public Art Commissioning

Debating Canada – A Reading List for Canada’s 150th

by Chris Berger This year, 2017, marks the sesquicentennial of Canada’s founding. With Canada Day upon us, you’re probably busy planning weekend camping trips and backyard barbecues. Me being me, however, I’m using the occasion to fill any time not spent prepping for the aforementioned parties with my nose buried in books about the birth of Canada and its continuing trials and debates. Perhaps now … Continue reading Debating Canada – A Reading List for Canada’s 150th

An Ambitious & Messy Homage to Life: Alberta’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

by Maja Staka Looking up at the cream-colored blanket hanging from a few simple threads, you see lights flickering through the diamond-shaped holes which decorate the woven fabric and can’t help but get lost in its shape: a kind of hypnotic sacred symmetry that resonates with power. Called “Akohp: A Blanket”, the work designed by Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, an Oskâpêwis storyteller, multi-media artist, and activist, … Continue reading An Ambitious & Messy Homage to Life: Alberta’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

A dialogue about the 32nd annual The Works Art & Design Festival

by Jacqueline Withers While Edmonton’s festival scene operates year-round, the ‘Festival City’ moniker is most fitting in the summer. The 32nd annual The Works Art & Design Festival, regarded by many Edmontonians as the unofficial start of the summer festival season, runs from June 22 until July 4, 2017 at Sir Winston Churchill Square and at smaller satellite locations across downtown. North America’s largest outdoor art … Continue reading A dialogue about the 32nd annual The Works Art & Design Festival

‘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

Our Canada: Alberta Ballet offers a glimpse into the Canadian soul

by Maja Staka Nostalgia is a powerful thing. In Alberta Ballet’s newest offering: Our Canada, featuring the music of Gordon Lightfoot, images of past events in Canadian history are combined with spectacular choreography and the sounds of classic folk to show facets of Canadiana.  Spanning several decades, the program portrays loss, love, respect and freedom of movement and expression in an unquestionably Canadian way – … Continue reading Our Canada: Alberta Ballet offers a glimpse into the Canadian soul

HundredMillionThousand’s Release Performance Reveals Beauty in Hybridity

by Maja Staka If you listen to even one of the songs on HundredMillionThousand’s LP on Spotify, you’ll understand why an album release performance was so overdue. The Edmonton-based electronic artist’s music is so heart-felt and nuanced he deserves a whole damn concert to himself. Luckily, 9910 was able to host the event last Thursday along with bands Nehiyawakband and Softcure, who each preceded the … Continue reading HundredMillionThousand’s Release Performance Reveals Beauty in Hybridity

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)