Who doesn't want to start out their Monday with a little Karate, revenge and music? Fortunately the winner of the audience choice award at this year's $100 Film Festival, Goodbye Moment, combines all three.
Written and directed by Cameron McGowan, with music by Mark Mills, this Super 8 film takes us back to the '80s, when life was simpler and Karate tournaments could solve all your problems.Read More
Contemporary Calgary, the new organization formed from the amalgamation of the Art Gallery of Calgary, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Insitute of Modern and Contemporary Art, is one step closer to taking over the old planetarium building in west downtown.
It's a major development towards achieving a dream that has been decades in the making. Various groups, including IMCA, have been trying to establish a proper, collecting contemporary arts museum since the '90s, but efforts to create and maintain public contemporary arts spaces dates back to the early part of last century.
Contemporary Calgary was the top contender in the city's expression of interest contest to repurpose the buidling left vacant with the … Read More
Alberta Theatre Projects revealed its 2014-15 season lineup on March 5, the same day it launched the final edition of the playRites Festival. That event will be replaced with the Enbridge playRites Series of New Canadian Plays, fulfilling the company's promise to continue premièring new work during its regular season.
One of those new works will be The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by David van Belle and Eric Rose, marking their second première on the ATP stage — the first was The Highest Step In the World at the 2010 festival (pictured) — and the company's second collaboration with Ghost River Theatre. (The play will also be the duo's second première in 2014-15, with Liberation Days in the lineup at Theatre Calgary.)
The plays in the … Read More
They've already promised us the venerable Kathleen Hanna as guest curator, and now the organizers at Sled Island have revealed their first batch of headliners.
This year's fest will feature appearances from space rock masters Spiritualized, beloved indie folk songstress Neko Case, rock 'n' roll legends Rocket From the Crypt, experimental art rocker St. Vincent, post-hardcore troupe Touché Amoré, punk icon Bob Mould, Canrock mainstays the Joel Plaskett Emergency, modern R&B outfit Rhye, rap music monster Killer Mike, psych outfit Earthless, outsider folk artist Chelsea Wolfe and an appearance from Kathleen Hanna's own band the Julie Ruin.
Sled Island's 2014 edition will run from June 18 to 22 at various venues across the city … Read More
The Red Bull Music Academy has built a sterling reputation as one of the more impressive hubs of electronic, dance and hip-hop production. Celebrating its 15th anniversary last year, the annual gathering has helped launch some of today's best music producers. The camp, which takes place in Tokyo this year, pairs a small group of up-and-coming artists from around the world with famed producers and studio engineers. They live and breathe music together over a five-week period, collaborating in state-of-the-art recordings studios, learning new techniques and exploring a city together.
Outside of the main event, however, the RBMA has started holding "Bass Camps," a smaller incarnation of the festival that brings together … Read More
Attendees of this year's Schmancy, The Glenbow's annual fundraiser, were not only treated to an evening of fun, food and art this past Saturday, but also to an informal Q&A with this year's guest, Bryan Adams. Adams is currently performing his Bare Bones Tour throughout North America, and is heading to Europe in the spring.
Adams is best known as a musician and a celebrity. What may be surprising to some is that he's also a talented photographer. A sample of his work is currently on display at The Glenbow in an exhibition that opened February 23.
Bryan Adams - Exposed is a fantastic selection of portraits taken over the years, mostly of celebrities and friends. From Morrissey to Helena Bonham Carter to Sir Ben Kingsley (not to mention my … Read More
Theatre Calgary has announced the lineup for its 2014 season, which includes a world première by Calgary playwright David van Belle, a collaboration with the Shaw Festival, and a co-production of King Lear, among others.
The company has also confirmed that Shakespeare in the Park will be back at Prince's Island Park this summer — it was relocated following the June 2013 flood (pictured). A company of up-and-coming Alberta actors will present The Comedy of Errors in July and August 2013.
In September 2014, the new season starts with a Canadian première of the British comedy One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, which is based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldini.
The second show in the lineup is van Belle's Liberation Days … Read More
Those who weren’t fast enough to secure a free ticket to see bestselling novelist and comic book legend Neil Gaiman read at the University of Calgary on Monday, February 24 can still watch the event as it happens. The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program has announced that it live stream the evening at ucalgary.ca/cdwp/gaiman starting at 7 p.m., and people can join the conversation on Twitter using #gaimanyyc.
The award-winning author, who is the U of C's 2014 Distinguished Visiting Writer, came to attention in the 1980s for The Sandman, a comic book that was credited with taking the genre to a new level. He has also written bestselling novels including Neverwhere, Stardust, Anansi Boys and American Gods, and numerous book for … Read More
Stride Gallery has finally returned to the Bell Block on Macleod Trail S.E. following the June flood, but in a new exhibition space that will allow for expanded programming.
“We had the opportunity with what happened to the building in the flood to take over a dual unit, so we have essentially managed to double our space,” says director Larissa Tiggelers, adding that the side-by-side street level units are just south of the previous unit and still have high ceilings and lots of character.
After having to cancel shows due to the flood and pare back programming at the temporary space offered by Truck Gallery, Tiggelers says it’s nice to be back doing what Stride was doing before — and possibly even more. “We have a lot more flexibility … Read More
Local artists and arts organizations were honoured February 20 at the second annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. The sold-out event featured a panel discussion with Mayor Naheed Nenshi, theatre artist Rebecca Northan and Calgary Stampede CEO Vern Kimball on the role of the arts in a vital city, followed by the presentations of this year’s six Cultural Leaders Legacy Awards.
The winners are: Dean Bareham, co-founder and co-artistic director of Green Fools (ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award); visual artist Roberto Roza (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award); visual artist Chris Cran (Doug & Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award); Paul Welch, actor and founding artistic … Read More