What’s in the News?

by Christopher Berger Like it or not, we’re faced with the need to curate our sources of information. In one sense, we are blessed with innumerable, easily accessed media for news. But as anyone who has spent any time online will know, an overwhelming majority of it is, frankly, garbage. We are therefore compelled to be selective. Twitter and Facebook are good cases in point … Continue reading What’s in the News?

Experience Turbulent Landings – Edmonton’s Very Own National Art Showcase

by Erica Osko Turbulent Landings showcases some of the latest Canadian and international art, born right from some of the world’s most pressing issues. Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, says that curating contemporary art is all about being part of current conversations. “You’re always trying to keep on top of the newest news. We really think about … Continue reading Experience Turbulent Landings – Edmonton’s Very Own National Art Showcase

Alberta Ballet Presents Dangerous Liaisons – Human ego in a dance of shadows

by Zosia Czarnecka Ballet is an incredible art form because of its ability to push boundaries and showcase hidden sides of human consciousness and values. In Dangerous Liaisons, Alberta Ballet’s second performance of the season, Jean Grand-Maitre beautifully conveys how “ego can drive people to become truly evil.” The entire production plays with contrasts and ignores classical rules of ballet to showcase the egotistical, greedy, … Continue reading Alberta Ballet Presents Dangerous Liaisons – Human ego in a dance of shadows

Creativity within Restrictions – A review of Les Feluettes (Edmonton Opera)

by Gabrielle Johnson The idea of a modern opera is a cause for some trepidation. Unlike reproductions of classical operas, more modern works have yet to stand the test of time, and a scrutinizing audience whose members span generations. However, Les Feluettes holds up fairly well. The opera, performed by many of the original Montréalais cast, is sung in French with English surtitles. Certain quirks … Continue reading Creativity within Restrictions – A review of Les Feluettes (Edmonton Opera)

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