Shelby Mahler is excited that Foo Fighters have released their first new studio album since 2017, but reckons that, though it still retains the classic Foo Fighters aura, it falls short of being as innovative, memorable or inspirational as their earlier work.
Sarah El-Ezaby takes her friend to Edmonton Opera’s answer to the pandemic – a drive-in song recital at the back of the Jubilee Auditorium. But it’s opera and love songs, and Sarah discovers perhaps the friend is more than just a friend.
Jocelyn Ash wonders whether there are any exciting TikTok creators from Alberta, and discovers that, indeed, there are, from a make-up lip-sync creative artist to an 87-year old grandmother.
Bree Meiklejohn doesn’t identify as a Wiccan, but she does browse metaphysical stores to pick up supplies for her own practice. Here she tells us about four of Edmonton’s best.
Zachary Mann reviews the “heart-wrenchinig combination of dance, music and poetry” that was the on-line installation Body of Words, at the 2021 SkirtsAfire’s Festival.
Trista Peterson and her parents were impressed that the spectacular outdoors Flying Canoë Volant festival was so effective, given all the constraints of Covid-19.
The International Festival of Winter Cinema remains in-person this year, with 51 movies to watch. Ivet Koleva looks at the Festival, and selects three must-watch offerings.
Sarah El-Ezaby watches the third episode in Edmonton Opera’s Opera 101 series, that compares a well-known opera with a similar well-known movie. Here the works are Puccini’s La Bohème and Norman Jewison’s movie Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage.
Ohi Ahimie attempts to create a new video game in two days flat in the Edmonton section of the Global Game Jam, and is reminded of an old saying that “shooting a target isn’t about hitting the bullseye, but rather that you took aim in the first place.”
Chinatown’s restaurants aren’t confined to Chinese food. Mariana Gutierrez-Serna takes away from three very different restaurants during Chinatown Dinign Week, with happy results.
Brie Meiklejohn looks at two antique malls and two antique stores, all close to eachother in the Strathcona area, and delights in what they have to offer.
Writing just before Morgan Wallen was widely banned after using a racial slur, Chynna Hamm found him mixing die-hard country with country-pop on his phenomenally successful new release, Dangerous, the Double Album.