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PLAYBOT’s final FRINGE fantasy
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Shortly after this story was first published in August 2018, the experimental A.I. program known as ‘PlayBot’ turned evil and had to be powered down permanently. This is its last report: *** FRINGE 2018 – By PLAYBOT Speaking as a computer algorithm developed to rewrite press ...
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MUSIC PREVIEW: Edmonton Rocks
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This weekend is punctuated by the 2019 edition of the Edmonton Rock Music Festival, which traditionally falls on the weekend after folk fest. The organizers are known for bringing in some of the best classic rock artists of all time, particularly in the Canadian vein, and often those who don’t to...
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Edmonton Rock Fest Producer Values Odd Career Path, Held Hostage by Rock ‘n’ Roll
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Before Todd Crawshaw became the producer of the Edmonton Rock Music Festival, he worked at the Edmonton Maximum Security Prison as a violence cessation counselor. “I’d work with guys doing time for abuse of spouses and children in their lives, in a bid to help them develop easier ways to deal wit...
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Bob the Angry Flower
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Now there’s your problem. NEXT COMIC: Check out The Danielle Smith Story, a new Fringe musical in End of the Earth:       NEXT: Bill Benson also has a new Fringe show called Jason Kenney Sucks:
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SOCIAL MEDIA HAPPENINGS
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The takeaway? Jason Kenney sucks. NEXT COMIC: You know what else sucks? Not getting what you want – in Bob the Angry Flower:       NEXT: Recent Alberta political history in musical form at the Fringe, in End of the Earth:
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End of the Earth
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Please somebody do this as a real Fringe play! NEXT COMIC: Bill Benson has a new Fringe play, too!       NEXT: Bob the Angry Flower nails the whole negotiation thing:
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Can’t Stand the Rain – Folk Fest 40 a wrap!
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The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is one of those pivotal summer events that signal a forthcoming change in season. First comes the Folk Fest, shortly followed by the Fringe, and then the coming of First Winter. While the temperatures were definitely below average for August, the music in Gallaghe...
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FOLK FEST REVIEW: Hozier gets hosed, hardy fans party to Church in the rain
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At the first night of the 2019 Edmonton Folk Music Festival on Thursday, almost everyone had one thing on their mind: the weather. Organizers especially had their eyes on the weekend’s forecast – and they weren’t happy. Fortunately, the heavens held their gates closed (mostly) on Nigh...
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7 Must-See Folk Fest Sessions
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Hidden in the Edmonton Folk Music Festival’s massive weekend schedule are some real gems – mini-concerts you’d never see anywhere else, on six side stages strewn across the Gallagher Park site. The best might be overlooked if you’re not in the right place at the right time. They used to call them...
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Bob the Angry Flower
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Americans sure love their guns! NEXT COMIC: Do summer things before it’s too late in End of the Earth:       Next: Can you guess what event Bill Benson will be at this weekend?
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SOCIAL MEDIA HAPPENINGS
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Good fences make good neighbours! NEXT COMIC: Gun owners are tackled in Bob the Angry Flower:       Next: Make the most of your summer in End of the Earth:
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End of the Earth
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Wait, is it raining again? NEXT COMIC: Bill Benson is all fenced in:       Next: Bob the Angry Flower is so angry, he’s not even in his own comic:
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EDMONTON THEATRE DOGGOS!
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They’re natural performers who crave attention. They have great instincts. They can improvise at the drop of a ball. They hardly ever poop, pee, puke, or bark on stage. And they work cheap. Yes, Theatre Dogs are a breed apart – and there’s a surprising number of good bois who have graced Edmonton...
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REVIEW: Carmen gets a gritty makeover in Mercury Opera production
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The last time I was at Chez Pierre, about 25 years ago, I covered a mud wrestling match between two female behemoths. The venerable Edmonton institution was founded by a gentle, cultured Belgian fellow named Pierre Couchard. The club was the first in Edmonton to go topless (and then bottomless), ...
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WEEKEND MUSIC: Storm before the storm
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This weekend, the city finds itself in the relatively calm eye of a musical summer hurricane – after being buffeted with both the esteemed Interstellar Rodeo and the rampaging frenzy of Chaos AB last weekend. Then of course the world-renowned Folk Music Festival is coming up, then the Fringe. Bef...
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