Jayeson Andel & Finding His Sound in Electronic Music

by Nam Huynh As someone who listens to a lot of electronic music, I often have a hard time finding very unique tracks. When I heard ‘Follow The Firefly Lights’ for the first time, I immediately knew this artist was truly different from the rest. An even bigger surprise was when I discovered he was from my hometown, Edmonton. Trance, Future Bass, Glitch-Hop: no single genre … Continue reading Jayeson Andel & Finding His Sound in Electronic Music

Shaping Sound: A Masterpiece of the Ages

by Nicholas Siennicki Shaping Sound, written by and starring Travis Wall, is the best performance by Alberta Ballet that I have seen in my four years as a seasonal attendee. As a relatively rough critique of Alberta Ballet in the past, this performance was such a breath of fresh air, such a resounding success, that I can’t help but recommend that everyone who reads this … Continue reading Shaping Sound: A Masterpiece of the Ages

Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

by Erica Osko In a season where I prefer to stray from my cozy armchair as little as possible, the Ice Castle in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park reminded me that rather than being a painful inconvenience, winter can create astonishing magic. The castle is a truly breathtaking creation that I would not have believed possible outside of Narnia or Frozen. Though it may be difficult to … Continue reading Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

Nutcracker Review: An unfortunate faux pas (de deux)

by Nicholas Siennicki The Nutcracker is undoubtedly an iconic ballet. For many, it is the only ballet they see, and for others, it is a yearly tradition that captures all the beauty and grace of an ephemeral art form that people might consider somewhat above them. It is vital, then, for The Nutcracker to be as accessible as possible for all viewers. After all, for … Continue reading Nutcracker Review: An unfortunate faux pas (de deux)

Edmonton’s best hidden dessert spots: Southside Edition

by Maja Staka Are you tired of being bombarded with images of chocolate truffles, peppermint squares and pumpkin spiced everything on social media? Do you go through your day thinking: Office colleagues, I IMPLORE YOU, stop bringing freshly basked croissants and donuts to work. Your weekly sugar tirades are a burden on my life and health and I can’t take a moment more of it! … Continue reading Edmonton’s best hidden dessert spots: Southside Edition

Avila Arepa: Like walking into your mother’s kitchen

by Elisabeth Hill At two pm on a Sunday, Avila Arepa on Whyte Ave remains lively, with several handmade wooden tables populated by customers. Latin pop music and colourful décor paying homage to the owners’ hometown of Caracas, Venezuela add to the energy. Luckily for me, owners Rolando and Samantha are friendly and excited to talk about their restaurant and Venezuelan food and culture – … Continue reading Avila Arepa: Like walking into your mother’s kitchen

The Transformative Power of a Sick Playlist: A Reading of Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck

by Erica Osko Of the novels on the Giller Prize shortlist, I Am a Truck certainly has the most catching title.  With a bit of research, I learned it’s the debut novel by New Brunswick-based Michelle Winters, who wrote it entirely in the evenings while working a full-time job. Inspired that a first-time novelist using an independent publisher made the prestigious shortlist, I had to … Continue reading The Transformative Power of a Sick Playlist: A Reading of Michelle Winters’ I Am a Truck