Sontag brings punk, feminism and cassettes to Sled Island

With influences such as Sonic Youth, Unwound and the riot grrrl movement, it’s fitting that Vancouver band Sontag played the Kathleen Hanna curated showcase at Sled Island this year. Between raucous guitars and commanding lyrics, Sontag is a band who wears their influences on their sleeves. “We’re named after Susan Sontag. She’s a feminist philosopher,… Continue reading Sontag brings punk, feminism and cassettes to Sled Island

Dan Deacon makes you part of the show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFlBJ1xZK10 Dan Deacon went on stage as I walked through the Legion’s artist entrance. While hopping over instrument bags and disassembled drums, a Sled Island volunteer stopped to tell me that this was the artist entrance and I shouldn’t use it. My friends sauntered by, nodding in passive agreement. I said, “It’s cool. I’m an… Continue reading Dan Deacon makes you part of the show

What is Sled Island? It’s nothing you think and everything you need

What is Sled Island? The easiest, most convenient definition is that it’s a music and arts festival. While this description is technically correct, it’s by no means final. Sure, there is music and there is art. But there’s more to it than that. To say that Sled is just a festival is to say that… Continue reading What is Sled Island? It’s nothing you think and everything you need

Changing up Transformers

While Michael Bay previously said that the third Transformers movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, would be his last one, he’s back and giving the franchise an overhaul. Transformers: Age of Extinction introduces the Dinobots to the series, while swapping out the main cast for a new family of characters played by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola… Continue reading Changing up Transformers

Hitmen prospects join U–17 Canada Hockey development camp

Calgary Hitmen players Beck Malenstyn and Jake Bean have been selected to join Canada’s national under-17 development camp. “It’s terrific when your players get recognized, and having Beck and Jake invited to the camp is a testament to their ability and the work of the Hitmen scouting staff,” said Hitmen general manager and vice-president of… Continue reading Hitmen prospects join U–17 Canada Hockey development camp

2022 World Cup ripe with controversy

Unplayably hot temperatures. Bribery scandals hovering over the heads of politicians and FIFA officials. And now, emerging allegations of massive human-rights abuses against migrant workers building infrastructure for the event. Welcome to the most controversial World Cup in soccer’s history. No, not this year’s contentious bash in Brazil. While the 2014 World Cup has generated… Continue reading 2022 World Cup ripe with controversy

Ellen Doty

Ellen Doty’s debut album Gold is jazz in the most classic sense. Unashamed and frank, Doty embraces a sound that brushes aside modern studio gimmicks. When it works, Gold stands out as a homegrown and warmhearted listen meant for easy summer days. When it doesn’t, the lyricism falls flat, forcing songs to drag out and… Continue reading Ellen Doty

Glenbow abuzz with glassworks

Defying expectations that glass art is delicate, Calgary- based art collective Bee Kingdom’s works are robust, satirical and amusing. The group’s new exhibition, Bee Kingdom: Iconoclasts in Glass, reflects artistic activity in Calgary. Mary-Beth Laviolette, curator of the exhibit, thinks the pieces show a unique approach to glass art. “[Bee Kingdom] has a lot of… Continue reading Glenbow abuzz with glassworks