Garden Gossip: Secret Worlds and Private Stories

by Elisabeth Hill Walking into Garden Gossip, a recently opened exhibition at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, I am slightly self-conscious. I must have arrived not long after the artist’s talk because there are still a few groups of people gathered in the gallery and just outside the entrance. I hope that I look like I belong and know what I’m doing, with my … Continue reading Garden Gossip: Secret Worlds and Private Stories

Celebration of the Spoken Word: Slam Poetry Event Review

by Rita Neyer It’s a mild Wednesday evening in October. The heaters on most restaurant patios are already on. Around forty people have gathered at Kasbar, the downstairs Lounge at Yiannis on Whyte on an evening dedicated to the spoken (or sung) word. The sign on the door upstairs says ‘poetry.’ For the performers, it is the second slam event in two days. Their goal … Continue reading Celebration of the Spoken Word: Slam Poetry Event Review

Starlight Dash

by Hersharon Sandhu Amidst a small crowd of cheering supporters and cameras, an excited 10 year old waits hand in hand with her sister to start her toy shopping spree. Sadie Martin was one of the few children chosen across Canada for Starlight Children Foundation’s 3-minute shopping dash at the Toys-R-Us today. Accompanied by mascot ‘Captain Starlight’, Sadie and her sister Kendrie got the chance … Continue reading Starlight Dash

Monument: Quality Coffee Without the Wait

by Zosia Czarnecka Whyte Avenue’s 27 year old Block 1912 is everything you would expect from a cozy, romantic coffee shop.  Brick interior, soft lighting, live music, and mismatched furniture: its romantic eccentricity is now conventional.  Last year, owner Jorel Pepin set aside everything he knew about coffee bar branding and started fresh. From that blank canvas rose Monument Coffee Bar – Block 1912’s hip … Continue reading Monument: Quality Coffee Without the Wait

BeastModeArt – Painting an Easier Life for MS Patients

by Angela Marino After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009, my mother’s body and mental health deteriorated rapidly. The person who raised me was altered; she was growing into someone who was less confident in her abilities and saw her disease as a defeat.  As an outsider I couldn’t understand how someone who I looked to as a role model could let a disease … Continue reading BeastModeArt – Painting an Easier Life for MS Patients

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

To Infinity and Beyond: TWOS presents The Science Behind Pixar

by Zosia Czarnecka As you enter The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition, you pass the life size cut outs of Sully and Mike and are welcomed by a short film introducing the general creation process at Pixar Studios. The exhibit, now open at Edmonton’s Telus World of Science, showcases the tremendous time, precision, and attention to detail that goes into creating Pixar’s fan-favorite films. The short … Continue reading To Infinity and Beyond: TWOS presents The Science Behind Pixar

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