A song for Alberta’s centennial

When Alberta blows out 100 candles on its cake in 2005, Albertans won’t be singing “Happy Birthday,” they will be singing the new Alberta official song. In order to find the perfect tune, the Alberta Official Song Contest is currently soliciting entries. The winning entry will become the official song and the winning composer will… Continue reading A song for Alberta’s centennial

Canadian TV is at a crossroads

There is no doubt television plays a role in Canadian lifestyle as a major source of entertainment and information. However, in terms of Canadian television, the message is the American medium. "Two of the biggest [problems] are the continuing flood of American programming onto Canadian channels and the problem of new technologies," commented Dr. Bart… Continue reading Canadian TV is at a crossroads

Freak out Zappa style

Frank Zappa once said, "rock and roll journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read." Bearing this in mind, let’s be brief. Dec. 4, 2003 marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of the most innovative, experimental and technically brilliant musician of the 20th century—Francis Vincent Zappa.… Continue reading Freak out Zappa style

Yo Quiero Candy

Buenos días mis amigos, mi llamo Bitey the magical tapeworm. I’m well travelled, so to speak, and I’ve seen places you’ll probably only dream about-cavernous, hidden environs no God-fearing man dares to speak about. When the Gauntlet’s Sports Editor, Dale Miller, brought me back from my home sweet home in sunny Mexico, I thought I’d… Continue reading Yo Quiero Candy

Modern illusions

When Jacek Malek became director of the Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts in 1997, the outdated artspace suffered from financial difficulties, questionable presentation, fluorescent lighting and cheap carpeting. Today, the Gallery has a first-rate appearance, a renowned reputation and international allure. It has a clear focus at its core: the presentation of contemporary Canadian visual… Continue reading Modern illusions

Blinker the Star

Formulas are great for calculating standard deviations and figuring out all there is to know about our good friend the triangle. The formula doesn’t hold up as well when it comes to rock music though. It’s true that thousands of great songs have been made using the standard verse-chorus-verse formula, but contrary to what far… Continue reading Blinker the Star