Spun: Morgan Geist

Morgan Geist’s latest solo effort Double Night Time offers up an eclectic mix of imaginative electronic downbeats, experimental melodies and the intermittent, yet sweet and simple vocal workings of Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan. The album also marks Geist’s first solo effort in over 10 years, in between his projects with Darshan Jesrani in Metro Area.… Continue reading Spun: Morgan Geist

Spun: Divine Brown

Divine Brown has an amazingly powerful voice. It is no wonder that she has made it onto the music scene with a bang while singing types of songs that are not considered main stream styles. It is not too bold to assume that with her style, which includes ballads and upbeat rhythms, she will be… Continue reading Spun: Divine Brown

Spun: Kaley Bird

It’s not surprising to learn that Kaley Bird’s self-titled CD is her first attempt at recording an album. Bird’s awesome lyrics and brilliant guitar licks are lost in the mediocre recording quality and loose beats. The very first note of the piece was out of tune, which really set a bad tone for the rest… Continue reading Spun: Kaley Bird

Celebrated playwright takes the reigns of U of C drama

There’s nothing that mimics life as graphically, or as realistically as theatre,” says new head of University of Calgary drama department, Clem Martini. An award-winning playwright, screenwriter and writer of short fiction, he’s been a professor at the University of Calgary for a number of years, prior to his new position. With this experience, he’s… Continue reading Celebrated playwright takes the reigns of U of C drama

Songstress Laura Barrett’s kalimba is excellent

The kalimba is a simple African instrument. In essence, it’s a tiny finger piano with a music box sound. Songstress Laura Barrett pairs this with her own light, sing-songy voice, beckoning images of a child singing nursery rhymes, a sound she features on her first full-length record, Victory Garden. Barrett got her first Kalimba the… Continue reading Songstress Laura Barrett’s kalimba is excellent

Vancouver genre benders know how to get noticed

The latest album from Hey Ocean! is good enough to make you rethink what makes musicians good. These three guys and one gal have got it figured out with a refreshing diversity in their music and are not afraid to break the rules that are so blindly followed by bands in the music industry today.… Continue reading Vancouver genre benders know how to get noticed

Internet and political sensation expands her horizons

September is almost over and in less than two weeks, the 40th Canadian general election will be held to determine the next prime minister. The preparation for this election, however, has not been publicized nearly as much as the Presidential election of our neighbours to the south. With the increasing popularity of YouTube as a… Continue reading Internet and political sensation expands her horizons

SSR introduces non-indigenous species to the wild

Thanks to Seven Story Redhead’s lead singer, guitarist and chief songwriter Kelly Sutherland, there is a sasquatch in Banff that wasn’t there before. “We lived in this band house in Banff and they’re not very clear on how this band house works,” bassist Frank Gallant recalls. “So you go in, and the main floor is… Continue reading SSR introduces non-indigenous species to the wild

Weighing in on the Calgary International Film Festival

CIFF is still in full swing and the Gauntlet is here to give you the down-low on the what the festival has to offer with more reviews! The Seven Deadly Sins A vast array of characters introduces us to the perilous indiscretions such as envy, with the exploits of a director whose career fails before… Continue reading Weighing in on the Calgary International Film Festival