Deranged politicians, get your act together

Many people find perverse enjoyment in the ridiculousness and melodrama of reality television. These shows represent a welcome break from the daily grind of everyday life — their bizarre nature makes them so enjoyable. But sensational personalities, events and appearances should not represent the public’s focal point in the political sphere. Back up the bus,… Continue reading Deranged politicians, get your act together

In a galaxy where story matters

Happily, no one was trampled or stabbed during last weekend’s Star Wars auditions in the United Kingdom, possibly because the local crazies had been lured away by Black Friday deals. The popular science fiction franchise will expand with a new trilogy, the first of which will hit theaters in 2015. George Lucas will be involved… Continue reading In a galaxy where story matters

Hajj: A pilgrim’s journey

Every year, millions of Muslims from all over the world gather in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the world’s largest gathering of people. They come in a show of humility and unity to perform the fifth pillar of Islam, a pilgrimage called Hajj. The five pillars of Islam are five basic tenets of faith, and according… Continue reading Hajj: A pilgrim’s journey

Spun: Magnolia

The band Magnolia — made up of Leanne Hoffman and Scott MacLean — made their musical debut on Nov. 5 with the release of their powerful and complex eponymous EP. The duo combines folk, jazz and blues music to a potent effect, creating an album that can be curiously erratic, but is nonetheless enjoyable to… Continue reading Spun: Magnolia

Spun: Tim Moxam

Toronto-based singer songwriter Tim Moxam is launching his solo career with the EP Blue Son. The title, Blue Son, reflects his personal style of music, which is smooth, somber and haunting, but hopeful. Each song on the EP avoids the folk-rock style of his previous band Great Bloomers in favour of a folk-Americana blend of… Continue reading Spun: Tim Moxam

Singing about Christmas and family

Susan Aglukark is a three-time Juno award-winning singer who sings songs in English and Inuktitut. Aglukark released her ninth album and second holiday album on Nov. 5. When searching for rehearsal space for her and her band before a concert in Saskatoon earlier this month, Aglukark came across Gallery House Concerts in Calgary. The Gauntlet… Continue reading Singing about Christmas and family