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

#Girlbossyeg: An invitation to Edmontonians to be Bold for Change

by Maja Staka When Nasra Adem performs, you can’t help but stop and listen. The 22 year old Edmonton Youth Poet Laureate isn’t just a passionate artist, she’s also relatable to a fault – bringing up issues that directly affect the people she loves and the neighborhoods that raised her.  Once Nasra gets going, her eyes become wide, her feet get loud and her hands … Continue reading #Girlbossyeg: An invitation to Edmontonians to be Bold for Change

Edmonton Opera’s ‘Elektra’: Mostly Electrifying

by Nicholas Siennicki If there’s nothing else to be taken away from this review, it’s that if you, dear reader, even have a passing fancy in the arts, go see Elektra. The performance may not be the absolute pinnacle of the form, but it is relentlessly entertaining, investing, short, and intelligible. In other words, a performance that is both pleasing to the connoisseur, and the … Continue reading Edmonton Opera’s ‘Elektra’: Mostly Electrifying

From Pop Culture to High Culture

by Chris Berger A cottage industry of sorts has been made out of deploring the effects of large-scale entertainment on the modern psyche and its tastes and judgment, on its alleged tendency to drain artistic and philosophic depth. This has in turn been sparring with a counter-industry that attacks such considerations and objections as reactionary, antiquarian, and nostalgic, not to mention cranky and stuffy. I … Continue reading From Pop Culture to High Culture

The Changing Image of the “Self” in the Digital Era (Interview with Marilène Oliver & Daniel Laforest)

by Zosia Czarnecka On February 25th, TEDxUAlberta hosted its second annual conference. We had the opportunity to interview two of the conference’s speakers, Marilène Oliver and Daniel Laforest, about the crossroads of their work. In particular, we were interested in delineating how they each defined the difference between the “self” and the physical body, their thoughts on the implications of the digital era on our … Continue reading The Changing Image of the “Self” in the Digital Era (Interview with Marilène Oliver & Daniel Laforest)

The Outliner: A Beginner’s Guide to Abstraction (Review)

by Monika Viktorova Mascall Dance’s The Outliner, a performance comprising eight movements, transports us on an immersive, ethereal and, at times, incongruous journey. The dancers, sets, music and costume-prop hybrids combine to tell stories of metamorphosis, of change, of temporality, and of legacy. The first disclaimer for this review is that dance is evocative in a way that is incompletely captured by language. The second … Continue reading The Outliner: A Beginner’s Guide to Abstraction (Review)

Struggling for Recognition

by Neil Van Horne Finding meaningful work in Canada is especially challenging for refugees As of 2013, more than four in five Canadians believed multiculturalism was a collectively shared value, according to Statistics Canada. It is seen as part of the fabric of our Canadian identity. But it is all too familiar to meet an immigrant who is working well below what their capabilities are … Continue reading Struggling for Recognition

Rossini’s Cinderella: Appearance is everything… Or is it? (Review)

by Jacqueline Withers What comes to mind when you think of the opera? If you are like me, you are probably picturing a Viking-helmeted, rotund woman singing in a foreign language at a pitch that could shatter glass. You may also have imagined an audience full of elitist individuals, decked out in fancy clothes and clutching their opera glasses as they sneer at their social … Continue reading Rossini’s Cinderella: Appearance is everything… Or is it? (Review)

Is Math Detrimental to Self-Esteem? Or Has Social Activism Gone Too Far?

by Keaton Peterson As any child fluent in rudimentary arithmetic will tell you, some numbers are bigger than others. Three pennies is less than four pennies, five pennies is more than four pennies – case closed, right? The answer is not so simple for a primary school teacher and “Feelings Over Fractions” activist Stephanie Buchanan who is stirring up controversy in an Edmonton elementary school. Buchanan … Continue reading Is Math Detrimental to Self-Esteem? Or Has Social Activism Gone Too Far?