Thirty-five years ago, a future world-renowned poet was born in Yellowknife. After being bullied as a child in Penticton, Shane Koyczan emerged as an acclaimed spoken-word artist. He was the first Canadian to clinch the Individual Championship honour at the American National Poetry Slam. Since then, he has appeared at various book and writers’ festivals,… Continue reading Remembering how a little went a long way
When I got to the Palomino at 10 p.m. on the last Saturday night in March, I was immediately turned away at the door for showing a temporary driver’s license as identification. The bouncer turned out to be a sensitive guy — he was discussing his PhD with an equally biker-looking buddy while interrupting himself… Continue reading Concert review: The Wooden Sky
If you had only a thousand words left to say, would you use them wisely? According to Clark Duke, “The power of words is based in language, religion and politics. It’s everything and that’s what makes them very powerful.” After that profound answer, Duke reverts to his comedic roots to talk about his new movie… Continue reading A Thousand Words with Clark Duke
By Alex Solano
Brian Tavener might have the coolest, most bizarre job ever. Each night that he and two castmates are on stage, a lucky audience is dazzled by sights and sounds so completely unique you would be hard-pressed to find them anywhere else. There’s one catch — they are all performed by three bald men in black… Continue reading Blue Man Group connect through percussion and painted costume
March 21 marked the anniversary of a significant historical event — the 1960 Sharpeville massacre, where South African police killed protesters demonstrating against apartheid laws. The U.N. now recognizes the day as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. At the University of Calgary, the Stop Racism Committee has the same goal. Since… Continue reading Spoken word combats racism in commemoration of World Poetry Day
With Yukon Blonde’s second full-length album, Tiger Talk, the Vancouver-based band has created a fun, fast and uplifting set of tracks that are reminicent of ‘70s-era vintage rock with a modern 21st-century touch. Perfect for listening to on a warm spring day, this is the kind of album that will get you moving. The stylistic… Continue reading Spun: Yukon Blonde
I promised myself I wouldn’t call this album quirky. That is, beyond a doubt, how most people would describe Québécois artist Carole Facal, who performs under the stage name Caracol. She left her home in Sherbrooke, Quebec for snowboarding on the slopes of British Columbia. Somewhere along the way she picked up a guitar, and… Continue reading Spun: Caracol
Training a spotlight on the work of graduating dance student Nicole Pemberton, Dance@Night will be held April 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Its daytime counterpart, Dance@Noon, will demonstrate senior projects in performance and choreography. Tickets are $10 and under for students. For more information, visit dance.ucalgary.ca.
We’ve all done it. We’ve all played Rock Band at a party with just a little too much swag, picking up that shiny toy guitar with the coloured frets and imagining ourselves shredding under iridescent stage lights for a moshing crowd. Despite the fact that you knew you were just playing a game, you still… Continue reading Who are these Kasabian guys, anyway?
Canada’s 2012 Juno Awards went off without a hitch. Festivities have been popping up for months in anticipation of one final sparkly shebang in Ottawa, a city that’s impossible to hate even as it snowed Sunday like some sort of cruel April Fool’s gag. The Gauntlet, your favourite student-run weekly rag, somehow managed to scrounge… Continue reading If you don’t know, now Juno