Julie McLaughlin

End of the line

It’s a news story that’s only slightly less popular than the rise of boutique coffee shops and the resurgence of vinyl. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM News 4 Comments


Alberta’s inconvenient truths

Albertans have grown accustomed to the periodic boom-and-bust bravado from our government — belt-tightening, living beyond our means, and getting our house in order. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Viewpoints

The Bench Project brings colour, and a place to sit, to Calgary’s streets.


A Retrospective on Public Life and Urban Design in Calgary

From the sanctioned to the unsanctioned, private, public or community-led, loved and hated, momentum is growing in Calgary when it comes to urban design and public art. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Living

Drew Anderson

It’s (not) just paper

It’s a strange fact that physical things are now a niche. Books, records, magazines and alt-weeklies are all just so much clutter given the convenience of digital. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Boxed Worlds

Be kind, please rewind (stolen from Jane McCullough)

Back in the fall of 1995 I was a recent university grad trolling the employment agencies downtown with my resumé, when I heard that the editor of Vox, Ian Chiclo, was going to be heading up a new “alternative weekly” paper here in Calgary. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Living

Lyle Grant

Another kick at the keister (part two)

Hey-hos & how’s-yr-fathers, dearest of readers, for me/myself/yrs trooly iz back in blecccch. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Living

FFWD Weekly Staff

Michelle Atwood, Tim Mercurio, Josiah Hughes, Maureen McNamee, Kari Watson, Drew Anderson, Melissa Vanderwoude, Emily Gray, James Wilt more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Your Face Here 5 Comments

Late Night at The Plaza sets the stage for creativity

It’s just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday night in Kensington and more than 100 people fill the seats at the iconic 80-year-old Plaza Theatre. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Living 2 Comments

Nicola Trolez (l) and staff at the Ship and Anchor, an authentic Calgary institution where the customers really do come first.

Josh Naud

Hanging out at the Ship

“I’m well steeped in the Ship,” says “Ship Girl” Nicola Trolez. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Urban Living 1 Comments

Michael Allemeier left commercial kitchens to work with new talent at SAIT.

Wil Andrushak

SAIT gets local food scene cooking

At one time in Calgary, it was easy to decide where to eat. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Food

Sourcing its meat from local ranchers, Modern Steak in Kensington is a more contemporary take on the classic steakhouse.

Wil Andrushak

Beef is back, baby

Calgary has been trying hard to shake its redneck, meat-and-potatoes image over the years, and our food and restaurant scene has definitely expanded to include many talented and innovative chefs. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Food 1 Comments

Chef collaborations raise city’s profile

If you follow any food enthusiasts on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve seen the photos. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Food

Acting the part

From grab-and-go eateries to proper, sit-down restaurants, the interiors of establishments in Calgary have a vibe all their own. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Food

Legitimately local restaurant food

These days, it’s nearly impossible to open a restaurant’s menu and not see the word “local” somewhere in regards to the ingredients being used. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Food

Serena Malyon

Cruisin' the Cosmos - Week of March 5, 2015

After 19-plus years of weekly forecasts, I’d like to thank all the wonderful readers over the past two decades who have made every single word spilled on these pages worth it. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Horoscopes 4 Comments

LaRae Lobdell

Brief of hearts

wife issues. lack of intimacy. cuckold, etc. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Savage Love

Drew Anderson

Goings On - Week of March 5, 2015

After four years and hundreds of entries (approximately 185 of which were written by me), the Goings On column is coming to an end. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Goings on

Yoshi Cooper

Pondering Willie Nelson and the meaning of life

In-store performances can be a regular part of an album promotion cycle, but it’s strange — very strange — to see Astral Swans perform in a record shop more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Music previews

Samuel Avant (l) and Simon Blitzer have made sweet music together for a while, first as Obey the Crooks and now as Beach Season.

Josiah Hughes

Beach Season’s winter camp

In the basement of Montreal’s PHI Centre, there’s a makeshift recording studio furnished with an iMac, some monitor speakers and a selection of keyboards. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Music previews

Wonderful rainbow

Though we won’t be there for the ride (at least not in this capacity), Calgary’s cultural year is just kicking off. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Music features

Arts Seen - Week of March 5, 2015

Flipping through the Fast Forward Weekly archives this week as we prepared to send the final paper to press, each issue holds memories — familiar bylines from the early days, like Lori Montgomery, Nikki Sheppy and Anne Severson more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Arts Seen

Animated objects on the loose

For the first time in the history of the International Festival of Animated Objects (IFAO), which debuted in 2002, the Old Trout Puppet Workshop is on the bill. And next year, one if its members will be running the entire show. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre

From Calgary with love

“I’ve been blessed with a bit of impatience,” says theatre artist Rebecca Northan. “I’ve never wanted to wait. I like to be busy.” more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre 1 Comments

King of the stage

Actor Benedict Campbell’s familial roots in theatre run deep. His grandmother was Dame Sybil Thorndike, a British stage actress for whom Bernard Shaw wrote his legendary Saint Joan. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre

Artist Austin Taylor opened a space for emerging artists in the basement of LESS 17.

Brendan Klem

Secret art

When The Source on 17th Avenue S.W. was transformed from a snowboard and skateboard shop into LESS 17, a trendy store still owned by The Source that sells menswear, a new art gallery took shape in its basement. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Visual Arts

Charles Burns wraps up graphic novel series with final piece of the puzzle

It was, for decades, an editorial rule of thumb in serialized comics publishing that every issue be treated like some reader’s first. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Books

Most movies are bad

It feels fitting that the last movie I’ll ever review is The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Film Reviews

Mountain Man

It’s a common misconception that length need always serve as a precondition for artistic excellence. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Film Reviews


Rewinding Fast Forward

This really is the best job I’ve ever had. more »

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Video Vulture

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