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The Pigeon Lake Summer Showcase

July 2024: Mark Morris report from the Pigeon Lake Summer Showcase, a weekend-long music festival with Tom Cochrane and Red Rider the star act.


Wagner’s Ring arrives in Edmonton: review

June 2023: Mark Morris reviews Edmonton Opera’s cut-down production of Das Rheingold, a month after Calgary’s version.

Classical music

ESO new music concert: review

May 2023: Conductor Alexander Prior returned to the Winspear on April 25 to conduct a concert of contemporary Canadian works. Review by Mark Morris


Wagner’s Ring arrives in Alberta: review

April 2023: Mark Morris travels down to Calgary to see Calgary Opera’s production of Das Rheingold, a month ahead of Edmonton’s version.


Disney at the EXPO Centre review!

March 2024: Lauren Kalinowski takes her children to the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience show at the EXPO Centre, and they all enjoy themselves emormously.

Music and Story-telling

Rubaboo at the MacLab

March 2024: Métis music and storytelling captivate Lauren Kalinowski at the MacLab Theatre.

Classical Music

A concert for Women’s Day

March 2024: Mark Morris reviews the Edmonton Recital Society’s celebratory concert of work by women, played by Edmontonian women musicians.


Review: Banksyland International Tour
December 2023: The Banksyland Inernational Tour claims to bring Banksy to the general public, but Iman Qureshi comes away disappointed.


BE Coffee café
December 2023: BE Coffee is a student-friendly café opposite the Century Park tranist centre. Iman Qureshi interviews Debra Hoover, the owner.


Review: Edmonton Opera’s Don Giovanni
February 2024: Mark Morris reviews Joel Ivany’s considerable reworking of Mozart’s opera. 

Popular Music

Review: Scott Helman
December 2023: The Canadian singer-songwriter is touring Canada, and Rennie Hannah, an ardent fan, went along to the Starlight Room to hear him.


An interview with Dale the Preacher
December 2023: Dale the street-corner preacher is a familiar figure in Edmonton’s downtown, infuriating some, amusing others, striking a religious chord in yet others. Milton Friesen interviewed him to find the man behind the placard.


Quizzing riders on the LRT
December 2023: Knowsy Fest 2023 is a project that aims to discover how people who use the LRT are doing. Ani Hislop talks to two of the local ‘Listeners’ who are gathering that information.


La French Taste: Edmonton’s new bakery
December 2023: A new French bakery-café has opened on 95th St., next door to Otto’s Restaurant, and Amy Stein talks to the owners and samples the baking.


Foraging in Edmonton
December 2023: J. Kaur goes to a talk on foraging in Edmonton, and not only learns about berries, but meets a new community.


Celebrating Oneness and Love for All
December 2023: Arsh Kaur is persuaded by her mother to join the Sikh celebrations of Guru Purab, and she reconnects with her roots.


Review: Hadestown on its North American tour 2

December 2023: Hanna Rennie sees political allegory in Hadestown, the Grammy and Tony award-winning Broadway musical.


Edmonton Christmas Market review
December 2023: Caitlin Stratton and her mother go on a Christmas spending spree at Fort Edmonton Park, enjoying the multiple delights of the Edmonton Christmas Market, which runs through Dec 17.


An interview with Edmonton Vedic Astrologer Shivaji
December 2023: Arsh Kaur is not quite sure whether she believes in astrology, so she visits a Vedic astrology Master.

Food and Dining

A zesty mediterranean night: restaurant review

November 2023: Brooklyn Hollinger samples the fare at Zula, Glenaora’s up-market restaurant.


Review: Hadestown on its North American tour 1
December 2023: Brooklyn Hollinger goes to the Jubilee for a successful trip to Hadestown, the Grammy and Tony award-winning Broadway musical.

Chamber Music

A Review: Vaughan and Vertex String Quartets
December 7, 2023: In the last of the Vaughan String Quartet’s concerts celebrating their tenth anniversary, they joined forces with Edmonton’s Vertex String Quartet.


Just Another Party or A Mock Wedding?

November 2023: Udesi’s mock Indian wedding sounds lie a great idea, but the event is less than Arsh Kaur anticipated.


A conversation with Edmonton MLA Janis Irwin
November 2023: Edmonton NDP MLA Janis Irwin and Hannah Rennie talk about the future of 2SLGBTQ+ students in Alberta.

Food and drink

Review: A Weekend at the Cabin
November 2023: Ani Heslop has a local pub she regularly frequents, but this time she decided to spend an evening there with her reviwer’s hat on.

Books and Bookshops

A treasured gem for Edmonton book lovers

November 2023: Caitlin Stratton talks to Brandi Morpurgo, the founder and owner of the Daisy Chain Book Co..

Country Music

Paul Brandt and Terri Clark’s Homecoming Tour

November 2023: Country legends Paul Brand and Terri Clark return to the Jubilee. Milton Friesen is not so impressed, but his wife Chynna loves it.


An Interfaith Multicultural Celebration

November 2023: J. Kaur reports on an Interfaith Multicultural Celebration event at the Shaama Centre.


Clue: A Burlesque Murder Mystery review

October 2023: Amy Stein goes to Burlesque for the first time at the Varscona Theatre.

Books & Zines

If Food Could Talk

November 2023: Brooklyn Hollinger visits the Harvest Books Fair, discovers zines, and talks to two creators.


Halloe’en in the Dark at Fort Edmonton Park

November 2023: Iman Qureshi reviews the haunted offerings at Fort Edmonton Park.


Where Science Meets Cocktails

October 2023: Caitlin Stratton goes to the TELUS World of Science to taste the cocktails, taste the food, and do the science at the World’s new adults only event.


This is How You Start to Disappear

October 2023: J. Kaur talks with Edmonton writer Astrid Blodgett about her new collection of short stories.


Crisis on the Streets: Edmonton’s homeless

October 2023: Milton Friesen talks to the homeless on Edmonton’s streets, and suggests homelessness reflects society.


Pumpkins After Dark review 

October 2023: Pumpkins will never seem quite the same afteer this Borden Park Hallowe’en extravaganza. Review by Brooklyn Hollinger.


The three best plant shops in Edmonton

October 2023: Hannah Rennie surveys her favourite places to buy plants in Edmonton.


37th Edmonton Film Festival review

October 2023: Caitlin Stratton surveys her favourite three movies in this year’s festival.


2023 Kaleido Festival review 2

October 2023: Arsh Kaur enjoys the multiplicity of hands-on events at Kaleido.


2023 Kaleido Festival review 1

October 2023: Ani Vanderploeg goes to the community extravaganza that is Kaleido.


The Engagement Letters of Sam Steele and Marie Harwood
October 2023: J Kaur visits the book launch for the letters of the famed RCMP officer and his fiancée.


Edmonton Coin Show

September 2023: Milton Friesen visits the 2023 Edmonton Coin Show. He didn’t find the 1936 Dot Cent, but did find much that was fascinating.


Three antique stores

October 2023: Iman Quersi, an avid knick-knack hunter, reports on three of her regular shopping spots close to Whyte Avenue.

Dinner Theatre

Musicians Gone Wild: Rock the Canyon

October 2023: Amy Stein goes with her grandfather to the dinner theatre nostalgia show Musicians Gone Wild: Rock the Canyon.