Folk Fest: Winnipeg inspiration

The Wailin’ Jennys are the quintessential folk-group–their vocal talents blend in beautiful three-part harmonies without overshadowing one another. Accompanied by acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin and banjo, the Wailin’ Jennys comprises soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta and alto Annabelle Chvostek, perfectly showcasing classically trained voices in a blend of country-folk at home on any Calgary… Continue reading Folk Fest: Winnipeg inspiration

Folk Fest Journals: Tired at the folk fest, not tired of the folk fest

Few things are as great as a folk festival. When you get to attend these folk festivals for free it just sweetens the already saccharine-laced deal. After a hectic week of trying to arrange our media passes for the Gauntlet after they were already supposed to be in. I showed up at Prince’s Island Park… Continue reading Folk Fest Journals: Tired at the folk fest, not tired of the folk fest

Folk Fest Journals: Friday nights, hippie drugs and folk music

Arriving at the Friday portion of this year’s Calgary Folk Fest, I immediately realized the festival was already ten times better than the Tim McGraw concert a week earlier. The overall mood was quietly exuberant, if not somewhat laidback, but the atmosphere shifted the minute Australian Xavier Rudd took the stage. His multiple didgeridoos sent… Continue reading Folk Fest Journals: Friday nights, hippie drugs and folk music

Theatre Preview: Bringing the bard outdoors

Many years ago, along the misty river banks of England, the words of Shakespeare would resonate across the water. Once again it is possible to hear those classic lines in iambic pentameter from a distance, yet this time the distance is from our own Prince’s Island Park. Though flooding earlier this summer caused the annual… Continue reading Theatre Preview: Bringing the bard outdoors

Art Preview: A poster named Sue

The invention of the poster dates back to the 15th century, where it introduced a new method of providing news, government proclamations and other information to the public. As time progressed, they were used to advertise events, like productions of Shakespeare plays. Soon they became an essential tool of advertisers, protestors and propagandists. In the… Continue reading Art Preview: A poster named Sue