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DJ Yung Nino lights up Commonwealth

By Hayden McBennett, March 21 2017 — If line-dancing in plaid sends you into anaphylactic shock or you’re looking to escape the knowing gaze of the bouncer you cried and vomited on last weekend at Knoxville’s, Calgary nightlife is full of hidden gems and local heavyweights. DJ Yung Nino offers a fresh antidote to the…

Deck the Walls with art for sale at Newzones

By Hayden McBennett, November 29 2016 — With the holiday season fast approaching, the Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art is bringing back the beloved Calgary tradition of Deck the Walls, a culmination of art that will cover the walls. This season’s installment will include returning favourites and exciting fresh faces in a gathering of styles…

Femme Wave makes waves in Calgary culture scene

By Hayden McBennett, November 15 2016 — Femme Wave is back for its second five-day run of feminist-fueled performances, workshops, art installations, comedy acts and films. This year, the festival will feature artists and performers from across Canada and the United States. The festivities begin Wednesday, Nov. 16 and continue through Sunday, Nov. 20. Since…

Five un-problematic spooky costume ideas

By Hayden McBennett, October 25 2016 — With Oct. 31 just days away, one can almost hear the shrill demands for confections by tiny strangers looming in doorways. Though it may be an arbitrary excuse for Hershey’s to unload millions of pounds of candy to a population riddled with alarming rates of child obesity, Halloween…

Factory Party to feature local bands

By Hayden McBennett, October 18 2016 — On Oct. 22, veterans and virgins of Calgary’s music and arts scene will partake in the ninth installment of their take on Andy Warhol’s Factory Party. Organized by Randy Gibson and Aaron Ellard, the event will take place at the Centennial Planetarium. It will feature Calgary bands from…

Canadian artistry celebrated on annual Polaris Music Prize short list

July 26, 2016 — The Polaris Music Prize released its 2016 short list on July 14. The annual award, along with $50,000, is given to the Canadian artist whose album is considered to have the most artistic merit, without taking into consideration factors like genre or sales. This year’s 10 shortlisted nominees range from Vancouver…

Artists to catch at Sled Island 2016

June 16 2016 — Sled Island kicks off its 10th year as one of Calgary’s most beloved summer festivals from June 21–26. This year’s lineup is packed to the brim with musical acts of all genres. The festival is curated by Peaches — an eclectic Canadian electronic musician who performs her art as passionately as…

Pass Through Portal at Calgary’s EMMEDIA Gallery

By Hayden McBennett, May 12 2016 — Two-time Governor General Visual and Media Arts award nominee Sandra Vida will bring her interactive installment Portal to EMMEDIA Gallery from May 19 until June 18, with an artist talk on May 28. Vida has created multimedia video installations for over 30 years, mastering the seamless integration of…

Crosstown rivalry spills off the ice at Crowchild Classic

By Queenie Cagulada, January 26 2016 — The rivalry between the University of Calgary Dinos and Mount Royal University Cougars was hard to miss at the fourth annual Crowchild Classic on Jan. 21. Fans from both institutions decked themselves out in team colours and packed the Saddledome. With a record-breaking turnout of 12,859, there was…

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