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“Mia Regina!” – A Review of Edmonton Opera’s “Mary Stuart” | By Antony Ta

“Regina!” Starting April 16, elegant voices will loft their humble pleas to the “Regina,” but they will be referring to the Italian word for ‘queen’ – not the capital of neighbouring Saskatchewan – as the tale about the fiery entanglement of two historical queens in the opera Mary Stuart (Maria Stuarda) makes its anticipated Alberta debut. The Edmonton Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti’s stunning bel canto (beautiful singing) … Continue reading “Mia Regina!” – A Review of Edmonton Opera’s “Mary Stuart” | By Antony Ta

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She Will Rock You: A Review of Jessica Hopper’s Collection of Critiques | By Blair Wade

The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic is the sort of reading that will suck you into a fascinating literary void forcing you to miss your stop (and the next three) on your transit commute while simultaneously compelling you to jump atop your seat on the train and pontificate with recited lines from your favorite chapter. It is required reading for … Continue reading She Will Rock You: A Review of Jessica Hopper’s Collection of Critiques | By Blair Wade

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Of Beer and Bettman: A ‘Home’ for Hockey | By Antony Ta

My nostrils soak up all the fumes of pre-packaged Hawaiian personal-sized pizzas, baking in tiny ovens outfitted with personal-sized conveyor belts. It would be just a regular Wednesday, except it’s not. On this particular Wednesday, it is the last time I will be drenching my thirst with cold (read: lukewarm) and potent Rexall Beer, whose fungal reputation has certainly outgrown the galling purchase price. On … Continue reading Of Beer and Bettman: A ‘Home’ for Hockey | By Antony Ta

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One Last Curtain Call | By Josh Connauton

April 6th, 2016 – the day the final home game for the Edmonton Oilers was played at Rexall Place; a day that should live in infamy, but few will remember. For the time being we do not know the fate of the place colloquially known as “Rexall,” whether it will stay standing or be demolished as most former sports arenas are. However, it still feels like a funeral … Continue reading One Last Curtain Call | By Josh Connauton

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A Window into the Dance Scene: Reflections with Chan Hon Goh | By Shrida Sahadevan

On February 11-12th, young artists (aged 10-18) from the Edmonton ballet community were treated to a workshop series hosted by former Prima Ballerina of the National Ballet of Canada, Mrs. Chan Hon Goh. Now the Director of Goh Ballet Academy, Goh visited Edmonton as her fourth stop on a two week tour, providing young dancers a unique and unforgettable opportunity of working with one of Canada’s most prolific and gifted artists. As … Continue reading A Window into the Dance Scene: Reflections with Chan Hon Goh | By Shrida Sahadevan

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Alberta Ballet presents “Dynamic Directions”: A Review | By William Parker

The Alberta Ballet staged an enrapturing show on February 19, Dynamic Directions, which brought together a mixed bill triad of local choreographic talent and featured the work of three of Canada’s most famous dance makers. Wen Wei Wang’s “Futureland” served as a powerful opening performance. According to Wang, his choreography draws inspiration from video-game culture and “evokes the universal human search for the unattainable, in other words the life … Continue reading Alberta Ballet presents “Dynamic Directions”: A Review | By William Parker

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Review: MacEwan University Presents ‘Curtains’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

Music and murder and romance, oh my!  MacEwan University’s production of Curtains is a thoroughly entertaining whodunit, skillfully blending the worlds of drama and comedy.  Written by Tony Award-winning duo John Kander and Frank Ebb of Cabaret and Chicago fame, Curtains depicts the chaos ensuing the murder of a stage production’s leading lady in 1959 Boston. The production begins with the ensemble rehearsing their performance … Continue reading Review: MacEwan University Presents ‘Curtains’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

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Not your Grandparents’ Opera – A Review of Edmonton Opera’s “Carmen” | by Keaton Peterson

Opening Saturday, January 30th at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Carmen is the most popular work from late French composer Georges Bizet. Director Maria Lamont’s commitment to capturing the soul and breadth of Bizet’s source material is as evident as soldier Don José’s (Jeffrey Gwaltney) desire to win the heart of Carmen (Geraldine Chauvet) – the sultry gypsy and original femme fatale. Perhaps the reason … Continue reading Not your Grandparents’ Opera – A Review of Edmonton Opera’s “Carmen” | by Keaton Peterson

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Review: Alberta Ballet presents Shaping Sound | By Zosia Prus-Czarnecka

“If we give in and allow our dreams to take over, only then can we delve into our innermost thoughts and confront our demons” (Shaping Sound Playbook). Every few years, a dance show appears that electrifies audiences and restructures the face of dance in Edmonton. Shaping Sound is this decade’s rare gem, and Edmonton is incredibly lucky to be one host of their premiere world tour. Shaping Sound … Continue reading Review: Alberta Ballet presents Shaping Sound | By Zosia Prus-Czarnecka

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2016 Resolutions for the City of Edmonton | The Wanderer Online

It’s the time of year for one of our annual traditions at The Wanderer – resolutions for the City of Edmonton!  A few of our outstanding leaders in Edmonton have kindly shared their hopes, goals, and wishes for our vibrant city in the upcoming year.  Happy New Year, Edmonton – best wishes for a happy, healthy, and memorable 2016. My resolution for the City of … Continue reading 2016 Resolutions for the City of Edmonton | The Wanderer Online