Sometimes Fast Forward scribe Andrew Torry has a play about healing fractured relationships and it's showing right now in Calgary.
Badger, produced by Theatre BSMT, is about Hester, who had a loving relationship with her family until a secret was revealed, leaving her estranged. When her sister calls on her in a time of need, Hester has to decide whether to cut ties with her family, or sacrifice herself for her sister.
Theatre BSMT's goal is to produce thought-provoking works by emerging artists, who are aided by mentors from the professional theatre community.
Changes are on the horizon for Calgary’s only artist relief society. After seven years and multiple hours of grunt work put in by its founders, the folks behind Elephant Artist Relief (EAR) are looking for new recruits.
EAR — a local advocacy group and charitable organization that provides artists with financial assistance during times of medical and dental emergencies — has put out a call for action in an attempt to recruit fresh-faced members who are ready to stand at the helm of the charitable organization as new board members. Four board positions will be up for grabs as the organization’s founders prepare to step down and pass the proverbial torch.
“The founders have been on board for a while, and they’re tired,” says EAR … Read More
The Alberta College of Art and Design has reinstated Gord Ferguson after firing him last week following a controversial performance in the school's cafeteria.
The college released a statement this afternoon that reads: "While the College’s decision to terminate Mr. Ferguson was never intended to be about academic or artistic freedom, the College acknowledges the perception this action may have created. Mr. Ferguson acknowledges that he wishes he could have had a greater opportunity to advise and support his student before he undertook his performance on April 18, 2013. Both Mr. Ferguson and the College regret that the incident happened." (Read the full statement below).
On April 18, an ACAD student slaughtered a chicken … Read More
I'm going to get right to it - there is no excuse for boredom this summer! Get to these shows!
Chasing Summer Festival - touted as 'The Largest Outdoor Electronic Dance Music Festival in Western Canada' happens at Fort Calgary on August 9 & 10, featuring Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Wolfgang Gartner, Morgan Page, Tommy Trash, Mat Zo, Myon & Shane 54, Tritonal, Seven Lions, Candyland, Andrew Rayel, Topher Jones... the list goes on! Tickets $119-$139 plus s/c here.
Iron & Wine! Good old bearded Sam Beam, who doesn't love 'im? Your chance to love 'im is on September 21 when he plays at MacEwan Hall, tickets $35 plus s/c on sale Friday at 10am here.
Pinback will hit the Republik on August 29, with tickets running you $25 plus s/c, on sale Saturday at 10am here.
Gogol … Read More
Unfun, the Vancouver-based pop-punk band that also includes two Calgarians, were involved in a fatal accident on May 9. While all members of the band escaped with their lives, the driver of the car who hit them passed away.
Currently on tour through the United States (a trip that brought them to Calgary’s Wonder Emporium on May 1), their van was hit and totaled in Indiana. One member was on a respirator for seven hours, while two others were hospitalized for upwards of 30 hours.
Frontman Leonardo Bones shared the following statement as to what happened:
We played in Hammond that nite and after the show 4 people jumped Declan and Bee in the bar and beat them up pretty badly. When we confronted them, we realized they had more friends … Read More
“I’m not allowed to swear, ‘cause this is a church,” remarked British consul-general Tony Kay at the start of Revv 52’s British Rhapsody Thursday evening.
“But this show is f....antastic!”
Kay was definitely correct In the sense of “fantastic” being unrestrainedly extravagant, and mostly right about it being wonderful and remarkable. Performing the best of British pop from the 60s through today, Revv 52 was clearly having a ball, and it couldn’t help but rub off on an almost-full house at River Park United Church.
Although the 50-voice ensemble can sing quite well, their sheer gusto was the standout quality. In the concert’s first half, the choir was competent on “There’s a Kind of Hush”, “Yesterday” and “A Whiter Shade of Pale” but they fared much … Read More
I was out of town for one day. One day. And what happened in that time? Apparently the Alberta College of Art and Design caught the provincial government's latest illness — the main side-effect of which is a belief that post-secondaries are no longer a place for ideas and experimentation, for freedom of expression or thought. No, our schools are now simply job creation factories where dissent and provocation is actively discouraged or supressed.
For those who don't yet know, ACAD fired the head of its sculpture department, Gord Ferguson. Obviously Ferguson must have done something terrible. Surely he molested a student, or defrauded the institution, or threatened to kill somebody? Oh God, maybe he did kill somebody!
I don't know if you know this, but we've got our Best of Calgary poll up and running. You can vote for everything from Best New Trend to Best Local Beer to Best Burger. Of course, you can also vote for Calgary's Sexiest Man. And who have you voted for two years in a row? Nenshi. Yeah, the mayor.
Have a look at this video, giving an inside tour of the mayor's office. At 2:19, he brags about his Fast Forward Weekly plaques prominently displayed on the wall just outside his office, highlighting his wins as sexiest man (last year he also won for Most Beloved Calgarian and Best Twitter Personality).
Truck Gallery is moving from its location in the basement of the Grain Exchange building to a larger street-level gallery in Sunalta. Director Renato Vitic says the new space will be in an industrial bay that’s about 3,300 square feet, more than double the existing gallery’s square footage, and just blocks away from the West LRT Sunalta station.
The artist-run gallery will launch the new space and mark its 30th anniversary on September 6 with a massive group exhibition featuring works from two local collectives: Avalanche! and The Bakery. Truck also has plans to re-launch The Parkade project space as a black box new media/installation gallery. Vitic says it will be similar to a program the gallery had several years ago that … Read More
Donna Livingstone, interim president and CEO at Glenbow since November of last year, is officially in charge of the downtown museum.
Livingstone left the University of Calgary, where she was working as the director of cultural and community programs and director of the U of C press, and took the interim position during a difficult time for the Glenbow — an exodus of staff, troubling deficits and an aura of mistrust. She replaced Kirstin Evenden.
According to a press release, Livingstone was offered the position after an international search as well as stakeholder and community consultation.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to refresh Glenbow as a place of significance in the arts and culture community,” says Livingstone … Read More