aud

‘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 Image Square

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

18378884_10155142414815450_2095005101_o

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

Audreycollage

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)

Audreyoption3

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)

WCFW | Lindsey Catherine Photo + Media 2017

Fashion Enters a New Era at Western Canada Fashion Week

by Maja Staka This season’s Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) sailed by in a frenzy of colors and shapes that rivaled any major runway in North America, an observance only amplified by WCFW’s new status as Canada’s largest fashion week after Toronto Fashion Week’s untimely cancellation. The theme for 2017 was Strength in Diversity. While the trends we saw were not earth shattering, this year … Continue reading Fashion Enters a New Era at Western Canada Fashion Week

AGASelf_RefineryMarch2520170568

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

AB Alice in Wonderland-2017-9861-Tea-party02

Reviewed: A Look into Wonderland

by Anna Yule Alberta Ballet’s production of Alice in Wonderland is a creative and magical twist on the already classic Lewis Carroll story. It was a creative delight with its non-traditional choreography  and beautiful set display. The performance included a full menagerie of characters from the original story, including my favourite, the whole mad tea party.  The dancers transport you into Wonderland with their variation … Continue reading Reviewed: A Look into Wonderland

Lindsey Catherine Photo + Media 2017

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