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 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

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

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

An Ambitious & Messy Homage to Life: Alberta’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

by Maja Staka Looking up at the cream-colored blanket which hangs from a few simple threads, you can’t help but  notice the light flickering through the diamond-shaped holes which decorate the woven fabric. For reasons beyond your comprehension, you get lost in its shape: a kind of hypnotic sacred symmetry that just resonates with power. Called “Akohp: A Blanket”, the art piece designed by Tamara … Continue reading An Ambitious & Messy Homage to Life: Alberta’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

Making Do With Mere Civility

by Chris Berger Think of the word politics. And then, think of a typical conversation about politics: on the LRT, in the kitchen at home, at the bar, on TV, or (gods give us strength) online. Does the word “civility” come to mind? I’d sincerely hope it does, but I also understand and sympathize if it does not.  It’s something frequently talked about, but the … Continue reading Making Do With Mere Civility

Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ | By Collins Maina

It’s not truly Christmas season until the Sugar Plum Fairy’s graceful twirls, or a re-telling of Scrooge’s mistakes, arrest an audience’s attention somewhere. This year’s production of The Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet, as choreographed by Edmund Stripe, successfully captured the magical highs and lows of the popular holiday adventure. On opening night (December 10th) the audience was drawn into a telling of Klara and … Continue reading Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ | By Collins Maina

Review: MacEwan University Presents ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

For decades, composer Stephen Sondheim has entertained audiences with an impressive repertoire which includes West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods.  MacEwan University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications celebrates his work in the production of Sondheim on Sondheim, a revue combining the art of storytelling with captivating music. The show begins on a strong note as the entire cast takes part … Continue reading Review: MacEwan University Presents ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

In The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas suggests that “The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.”  There is no better way to ascribe the tremendous achievement of the Alberta Ballet in producing Dumas’ beloved classic.  Tasked with the challenge of transforming an adventure-filled story into a ballet, choreographer David Nixon explores every seemingly possible facet of powerful performance.  What could have easily become an … Continue reading Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh