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New comedy venue opens in Edmonton
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Long an underground improv favourite, The Grindstone has surfaced with a freshly renovated, 75-seat theatre, located on the city’s south side in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Ritchie. Since the new venue (10019 81 Ave.) opened in April, Girl Brain is just one of many local sketch, ...
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Not your average string quartet
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“We always wanted to end up playing some kind of fiddle music. It was always in our hearts.” - Eric Wright, The Fretless
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Hellfire Heroes profiles Alberta firefighters in blazing new reality series
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Edson firefighter front and centre in new reality TV series on Discovery channel
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Grindstone Theatre opens new laugh-a-minute space in Ritchie
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New sketch comedy, improv and stand-up space hopes to boost comic community
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Review: Spellbinding performance as symphony conductor combines Russian music and ballet
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The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor, Alexander Prior, has a deep grounding in Russian music. Despite having a Scottish twang to his accent, his mother is Russian and he studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, graduating with distinction at the age of 17. In his first season in h...
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David Byrne and his amazing brain moving ever forward
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Whether or not you know Talking Heads as the best band ever (well, they are) — singer David Byrne had an almost freakishly creative output, even before the group disbanded 27 years ago. Over the years, his musical collaborations with Brian Eno, St. Vincent and especially a score for Twyla Th...
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Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers hold jam session
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The Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Association hold one of their weekly jam sessions recently at the Pleasantview Community Hall near 109 Street and 57 Avenue. The association exists to encourage, foster and develop an appreciation of Old Tyme Fiddle Music in a spirit of friendship, and to preserve ...
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Blues harp star goes back to Bollywood for blues inspiration
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“I was alone humming this Indian song I grew up listening to and I realized this song had a blues progression to it that I could sing with a Jimmy Reed kind of feel. I recorded it on my first album just to test the waters and a lot of people liked the feel of it. The blues feel made it accessible...
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Bent River Records takes Nature Of under its wing to make studio magic
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Nature Of is feeling extremely lucky. Not only is the Edmonton four-piece having their album recorded, mixed and manufactured for free — it’s being co-produced by Marcus Paquin, engineer on Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, with an even greater role on the National’s Trouble Will Find Me, where he was e...
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Cancer Bats playing deep cuts from classic album along with new material on latest tour
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For Liam Cormier, it’s all about the relationship between band and fan. “It’s amazing when something I write that has such personal meaning to me can mean something completely different to someone else,” the lead vocalist for Cancer Bats muses over the phone from Brighton,...
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Wildlife: Wayne Gretzky's aura summoned to Nuit Blanche outdoor art night Sept. 29
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Nuit Blanche Sept. 29 is off to a “Great” start — its first announced artist will be summoning the aura of onetime bedrock Edmontonian Wayne Gretzky. The interactive art exhibition, which is free all over downtown at numerous locations through the fall night, first came to Edmont...
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10 things to do in Edmonton this week: Muttart plant sale, Shooting Guns and Russ
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Exit the King The University of Alberta Department of Drama’s Studio Theatre season closes out this week with a production of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist drama Exit the King. The deluded King Berenger, who believes himself to be immortal, rules over a crumbling empire. When he finds ou...
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Paula Simons: Downtown Edmonton quiet as Winnipeg throws our playoff party
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"Playoffs would have been a nice little support for the Edmonton economy."
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Interstellar Rodeo's Interludes lineup celebrates northern Indigenous music
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We know the bricks — now it’s time to examine the mortar: the July 20-22 Interstellar Rodeo Interludes. Always innovative, this year’s sixth annual festival has a loose theme for many of its between-act performers, highlighting the music scenes of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut north ...
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The Eagles bring seamless, easy-listening soft rock to Edmonton
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It’s a miracle that The Eagles are even together at this point. Lawsuits, break ups, and band fist fights are now lore for the California country-rock pioneers, and they’re back on the road minus founding member Glenn Frey, who passed away back in 2016.    The absence of Fre...
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