Doing Her Own Thing – Audrey Ochoa on Jazz, Musicianship, and Her Upcoming ‘Selfish’ Second Album (Part 2/2)

by Monika Viktorova Audrey Ochoa is the first jazz musician I have had the pleasure of interviewing. She is also one of only a few female jazz musicians I have ever met, despite my longtime love of live jazz. I confessed to Ochoa that I jumped at the chance to interview her because I had so rarely seen women jazz musicians grace a stage. She … Continue reading Doing Her Own Thing – Audrey Ochoa on Jazz, Musicianship, and Her Upcoming ‘Selfish’ Second Album (Part 2/2)

Science: It’s For Everyone

by Emily Quecke This Earth Day, hundreds of Edmontonians braved the wind and sleet to march with the thousands of others in over 600 locations across the globe in the name of science. All ages and backgrounds banded together in support. From the school-aged children with their families and homemade signs to the “Edmonton Raging Grannies” singing their protest, the rally was electric and warm … Continue reading Science: It’s For Everyone

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

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

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)