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)

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

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

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

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)