Edmonton’s Chinook Series: An Exploration of Community, Collaboration, and Warmth

by Erica Osko When I first heard of the Chinook Series Kickoff, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. The event is advertised as a curated international art series that is an exciting and innovative collaboration between five Edmonton production companies: Azimuth Theatre, Fringe Theatre, Workshop West Playwrites’ Theatre, SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival, and Black Arts Matter. The Kickoff’s press release … Continue reading Edmonton’s Chinook Series: An Exploration of Community, Collaboration, and Warmth

Like a Moth to a Flame; How an Edmonton Family’s Vegan Cafe is Lighting up Their Community

by Enessa Habib With its arched doorway and bright pattern and textile clad appearance; Edmonton’s newest vegan eatery The Moth Cafe is turning heads, not unlike a Moth drawn to a flame. Although situated in a high traffic area where nothing typically stands out, The Moth has curious Edmontonians wondering: what exactly is going on in there? Granted, I could start by boasting about The … Continue reading Like a Moth to a Flame; How an Edmonton Family’s Vegan Cafe is Lighting up Their Community

The New Freedom – An Interview with Troy Dezwart of Freedom Cannabis

by Rita Maria Neyer It’s only a few months until the legalization of cannabis will hit Canada in July. The Wanderer recently got together with Troy Dezwart from Freedom Cannabis to get some first-hand information. With over 25 years of experience in planning and marketing, Troy and his team aim to make Freedom Cannabis one of Canada’s biggest research and production companies for cannabis products. … Continue reading The New Freedom – An Interview with Troy Dezwart of Freedom Cannabis

Kenney’s Alternative Facts: When Party Leaders use Populist Tactics to Mobilize Voters

by Victoria de Jong On December 29, Jason Kenney, newly-minted leader of the United Conservative Party, composed a tweet that captured the attention of supporters, opponents, and #ableg spectators alike. In the tweet, he claimed that Alberta’s population is on the decline and that 10,000 businesses have gone bankrupt in the past two years. As of press time, this tweet has garnered 610 likes, 459 … Continue reading Kenney’s Alternative Facts: When Party Leaders use Populist Tactics to Mobilize Voters

The Woman With The Moon on a Leash: Maria Schneider Wows Edmonton with Witchy Energy

by Monika Viktorova On a day that started under the soft illumination of a super blue-blood moon suspended in crisp, clear and death-rattle cold, Maria Schneider’s expansive, warm jazz was the perfect Druid for our frostbitten ears. Schneider stepped out onto the densely packed stage to a palpable hush of anticipation, the audience stirring with welcoming energy drawn forth by CKUA’s Tony King. His short … Continue reading The Woman With The Moon on a Leash: Maria Schneider Wows Edmonton with Witchy Energy

Colouring Outside the Lines: A Life Lesson by a 4-Year-Old Boy

By Neha Vashist   It took a 4-year-old boy and a box of crayons to make me realize an important truth. I was volunteering with a children’s camp the summer when I met him. Black hair framed his chubby cheeks and brought out the hazel tinges along the rims of his eyes.  Alex. He forgot his bathing suit at home so we both sat by … Continue reading Colouring Outside the Lines: A Life Lesson by a 4-Year-Old Boy

For Enthusiasts and Newcomers Alike: Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore

By Gabrielle Johnson   Edmonton Opera’s presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore is, overall, a thoroughly entertaining way to spend an evening. The costuming, with full credit to Deanna Finnman, is stunning. The flapper dresses, with their bright solid colours, and the classic sailor suits all beautifully compliment the lighting design, which is well timed to the dramatic (and sometimes comical) shifts in mood. … Continue reading For Enthusiasts and Newcomers Alike: Edmonton Opera’s HMS Pinafore

Returning to the Nest

by Elisabeth Hill Sydney Lancaster’s 21st Century Nesting Practices is an ongoing body of work initiated during the artist’s 2012 residency at the Harcourt House Artist-Run Centre, which itself concluded with a solo show entitled NEST. The exhibition currently on view at the McMullen Gallery in the UofA Hospital is described on the artist’s website as a “more intimate, personal” exploration of the themes initially … Continue reading Returning to the Nest

Balancing Higher Education: An Interview with Farha Shariff

by Samia Rahman Farha Shariff manages to do in one life what most people struggle to accomplish in four. Shariff balances academics (University Professor with research specializing in anti-racist pedagogy and cultural identity), community (working with pre-service teachers’ understanding of culture and curriculum), and mothering three girls, all while maintaining an incredible six-pack. She is also a founding trainer at Champs Boxing studio. It begs … Continue reading Balancing Higher Education: An Interview with Farha Shariff