Ethiopia Skate

The images that most people outside of Africa have of it are of its tragedies. When one happens, it eclipses the continent and leads to rehashed, cookie-cutter solutions, while grouping it all as an “African problem”. For many, the picture they have of Ethiopia in particular is that of Birhan Woldu, the malnourished child that…

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Reggie Watts

It’s a couple hours before Reggie Watts opens for Nick Cave at Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium, and there’s a lot going on backstage. Gear and chords everywhere with crew guys yelling up and down the halls trying to get everything in place for the big show. Watts seems a bit tired, only arriving in Edmonton shortly…

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Charles Bradley

When Charles Bradley walks onto a stage, he is a solid throwback to the great singers of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Raw. Gut wrenching. Unapologetic. It’s hard to believe that he’s only been performing professionally for two years, starting his career at the tender age of 62. That’s part of the intrigue that surrounds Mr.…

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Cody ChesnuTT

Cody ChesnuTT’s music and live shows are filled with deeply personal stories of struggle, heartache and redemption. ChesnuTT took a ten-year hiatus between his critically acclaimed debut album, The Headphone Masterpiece, and most recent record, Landing on a Hundred (an album he chose to crowd fund on Kickstarter) to focus on family life; reconciling with…

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Canada’s Declining Press Freedom

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” –       Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights   When it comes to Canada’s current state of press freedom, well,…

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Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman has never been one to lean on the side of convention. While he has been performing rock ‘n roll on stages across the world for years, the Juno Award winner has been busy with his latest project, The God That Comes; a one-man musical reimagining of the ancient story of Bacchus, the God…

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Shawn Baldwin

It’s pretty easy to take for granted the abundance of information we’re exposed to in a single day. For photojournalists, especially those who document war and conflict, they devote and risk their lives not only for the love of their job, but to give us an immediate understanding of what’s going on in the world.…

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Up + Downtown Festival

When Jason Flammia and his business partner, Allen Harding, volunteered at a downtown block party back in 2011, they threw around the idea of starting a festival of their own. While it’s not uncommon for friends to sit around and come up with grand scenarios that would just be so awesome if they actually pulled…

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Shannon and the Clams

There are many articles that try to define what Shannon and the Clams sound like, merging movie references and bands from the past to create a quirky concoction of something we can hopefully agree on: John Waters meets The Supremes meets The Cramps meets this meets that… In the end, however, Shannon and the Clams…

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