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Forever Plaid celebrates rock history that never was
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On the evening of February 9, 1964, after months rehearsing in their parents’ basements, the vocal quartet The Plaids set out for their first concert at the Airport Hilton’s Fusel Lounge. They never made it. A bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls ran full-tilt into their car and ended...
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Does Edmonton need The Station?
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Earlier this week it was announced that live music would finally be back on stage at the location of the former Needle Vinyl Tavern on Jasper Avenue, but under new owners – led by Greg Scott – and under a new brand – The Station on Jasper. Given the catastrophic and rapid demise of the […]
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This is not your father’s Hamlet
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Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play, over four hours in length. The play, in the Heritage Tent in Hawrelak Park as part of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival until July 15, has been slimmed down to a sharpened two and a half hours (with intermission). Fortunately for us, the company has fil...
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MUSIC PREVIEW: Steep Canyon Rangers ride on
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Saturday night the Steep Canyon Rangers are in town at the Jubilee Auditorium – but its most famous member Steve Martin won’t be with them. This North Carolina bluegrass band recorded and released an album with the legendary comedian (who also turns out to be a pretty fair bluegrass musician) bac...
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REVIEW: Comedy of Errors a masterclass of mayhem
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The Freewill Players launch their 35th outdoor season in Hawrelak Park this year with one of Shakespeare’s earliest and funniest plays, Comedy of Errors. It’s hard to imagine a better show for a spring evening than this venerable confection – an entertaining show as light as a breeze across...
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INTERVIEW: Eamon McGrath imagines ‘Maritime Gothic’
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It’s tempting to think that This Town Dies When Festival Season Ends is a song about Edmonton – seeing as songwriter Eamon McGrath was born and raised here. You probably think this song is about you, don’t you? But it’s not. We think we have it bad; take a trip to a typical town in […]
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Eamon McGrath imagines ‘Maritime Gothic’
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It’s tempting to think that This Town Dies When Festival Season Ends is a song about Edmonton – seeing as songwriter Eamon McGrath was born and raised here. You probably think this song is about you, don’t you? But it’s not. We think we have it bad; take a trip to a typical town in […]
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PLAYBOT: It’s Shakespeare time!
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One point in favour of teaching Shakespeare in schools and putting on Shakespeare festivals every summer – if we’re still arguing about this – is that almost everyone knows Shakespeare. Sure, he came from a distinctly white male European point of view, but his stories persist to this day because,...
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PLAYBOT: It’s Shakespeare time!
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One point in favour of teaching Shakespeare in schools and putting on Shakespeare festivals every summer – if we’re still arguing about this – is that almost everyone knows Shakespeare. Sure, he came from a distinctly white male European point of view, but his stories persist to this day because,...
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PLAYBOT: It’s Shakespeare time!
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One point in favour of teaching Shakespeare in schools and putting on Shakespeare festivals every summer – if we’re still arguing about this – is that almost everyone knows Shakespeare. Sure, he came from a distinctly white male European point of view, but his stories persist to this day because,...
Published at GIG CITY