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Spun: Brasstronaut

By Laura Bardsley and Tristan Taylor

Close your eyes and imagine utopia. If there is a unicorn, a rainbow and 70 per cent chance of showers,¬†you are probably imagining the land Brasstronauts hails from. Their composed sound consists of keys, trumpets, drums, bass and flugelhorn — yes, a flugelhorn. Their unconventional instrumentation reinforces their identity as one of the most relaxing… Continue reading Spun: Brasstronaut

U of C student roars in budding group

By Laura Bardsley

Foonyap and the Roar are on fire. For their fourth show they opened for HEALTH, performed at this year’s High Performance Rodeo, have fantastic projection art for some of their shows — all that and they’ve only been playing together for four months. Vocalist/violinist Foon Yap started out, well, classically. Taking classical violin from age… Continue reading U of C student roars in budding group

Ten years of wearing art

By Laura Bardsley

Every year, the Alberta College of Art and Design hosts its very own wearable art performance/fashion show in its main mall. This year, the show’s 10th anniversary, promises to be the best ever. Georgia Lee, one of three ArtaWEARness coordinators, gives some insight into this year’s performance and the history of the great event. “ArtaWEARness… Continue reading Ten years of wearing art

Steam Engine don’t need any training

By Laura Bardsley

Calgary’s music scene gets a bad rap. We don’t have the sheer number of bands that Brooklyn, Toronto or Montreal have. Yet groups like Steam Engine will help put Calgary music on the map. With artists like Chad VanGaalen, Woodpigeon and the impressive Sled Island festival, there is a fierce concentration of talent producing a… Continue reading Steam Engine don’t need any training

First Nations University officials cleared of academic freedom violation allegations

By Laura Bardsley

Four years ago, at the First Nations University of Canada, officials of the Regina institution searched employee’s computers. The audit was recently ruled not to have violated the academic freedom of the employees, according to the CBC’s website. At the time, five grievances were filed pertaining to the searches, but were dismissed by a three-person… Continue reading First Nations University officials cleared of academic freedom violation allegations

Cold Souls delivers on its high-concept

By Laura Bardsley

Woody Allen once dreamed that his soul was the shape and size of a chickpea. Cold Souls isn’t as colorful a dream, but the basis is similar. The movie stars Paul Giamatti as himself, struggling with the role of the very passive Uncle Vanya in the titular Checkhov play. Giamatti then becomes overwhelmed by the… Continue reading Cold Souls delivers on its high-concept

Dalai Lama’s visit intended to inspire compassion, collaboration

By Laura Bardsley

One of the most influential voices in the world is being hosted by the University of Calgary starting Sept. 30. His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, will be speaking as part of the university’s event NOW. According to the U of C website, the two day event/conference was inspired by His Holiness, as it “draws… Continue reading Dalai Lama’s visit intended to inspire compassion, collaboration