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Last call for weeklies: VUE folding at the end of November
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Stop the presses – for good. That may or may not be part of the last rites for VUE Weekly, the city’s venerable alternative newsweekly that lasted nearly a quarter-century. It drops its final issue on Nov. 29. In a city that used to support at least two rival publications until seven years ...
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Hannah Moscovitch birth control drama a wrenching reality show
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The title of What a Young Wife Ought to Know may read like one of those bogus pseudo-righteous early 20th Century self-help pamphlets given to prospective brides. In the hands of playwright Hannah Moscovitch, the latest Theatre Network play is anything but a tract against “unnatural means” (read:...
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MUSIC PREVIEW: USS starting to grow on us
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From humble origins as a two clever dudes from Toronto who were hated for daring to mix alternative rock with electronic dance music, USS is starting to grow on us. The signs are all there: Cool hits in high rotation on the radio, on Sonic 102.9 at any rate, and a show at the Ranch […]
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Captain Tractor sails into classic rock waters
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The lingering question of why on Earth an Edmonton band would channel sea-faring hootenannies 700 miles from the nearest ocean has a simple answer. “I’m probably mostly to blame for a lot of it,” admits Scott Peters, a charter member of Captain Tractor who was “born and raised” in Nova Scotia. He...
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PLAYBOT: Theatre Network tackles birth control in edgy new play
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It’s hard to believe that with the continuing struggles for women’s rights, there are still politicians who preach abstinence as the best form of birth control. Also Popes. Would they have us go back to the Stone Age? Or the 1920s, say, when women would have many unwanted babies; some mothers and...
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Fleetwood Mac cancels Edmonton concert due to illness
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There are a lot of concerned and disappointed Baby Boomers in Edmonton tonight: With just hours to go before they were to hit the stage at Rogers Place, Fleetwood Mac has canceled both of its Alberta shows, including Monday, Nov. 12 in Calgary. “Due to a band member illness,” the press release re...
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Take off, eh – to the Mayfield’s best, most Canadian jukebox musical!
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Be prepared for a warm bath in nostalgia – and Canadian nostalgia at that. The Mayfield Dinner Theatre has achieved notable success with its jukebox musicals – at least judging from its unending Niagara of tribute shows. Over the years they have mounted British Invasions, various appreciati...
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Backstreet Boys back in Edmonton, never really went away
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If music trends move in generational cycles, we’re back to the era of boy bands and girl groups again. In the wake of the Spice Girls reformation, the Backstreet Boys are back, though they never really went away long enough for us to miss them during the entirety of their remarkable 26 year caree...
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Why is Iron Maiden such a guy thing? Find out in Edmonton next year
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There is no band with a bigger testosterone cult following than Iron Maiden. Seriously, it’s almost all guys in black shirts at their concerts – the same expected when the legendary British metal band returns to Edmonton next summer. Tickets to their Rogers Place show on Friday, Aug, 30, 2019, ar...
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