Hicks Biz

Graham Hicks is a freelance Edmonton Sun journalist, an entrepreneur, family man and commentator. His journalism career with the Edmonton Sun, from 1981 to 2010, was spent thinking, talking and dreaming about the city in which he has lived and worked for 34 years, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Hadestown at the Citadel Theatre: All that is good and right ... with a few problems: Review by GRAHAM HICKS, Hicksbiz.com
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Hadestown Citadel Theatre Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Nov. 11 to Dec. 3, 2017 Tickets start at $30. Review by Graham Hicks, Hicksbiz.com Hadestown is a beautiful, rich mix of all that is good and right in American performance art. That said, it has its problems. No report on Hadestown can take plac...
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Hicks' Weekly Dish: Parkallen Restaurant retools for the next 35 years By GRAHAM HICKS, FIRST PUBLISHED EDMONTON SUN, November 15, 2017
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Parkallen Restaurant 7018-109 St. Parkallen.com 587-520-6401 Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight Closed Sunday Dinner for two, excluding tip and beverages: basic, $45; loaded, $90 FOOD: 4 OF 5 SUNS AMBIENCE: 4 OF 5 SUNS SERVICE: 4 OF 5 SUNS All the successful “classi...
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Hicks on Biz: Is Edmonton headed for an economic rebound? By GRAHAM HICKS, FIRST PUBLISHED EDMONTON SUN November 10, 2017
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One really shouldn’t be so foolish as to predict Edmonton’s economy. It’s like predicting how the Oilers will do. Who, six months ago, would have predicted our hockey team’s current dire straits? This column has been all gloom and doom on the future of Edmonton and Alberta’s economy. I’ve been ar...
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The Joy of Music - Jersey Boys at the Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium - review by GRAHAM HICKS, hicksbiz.com
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Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA Nov. 10 to 12, 2017 – matinees Saturday and Sunday Review by GRAHAM HICKS,  Hicksbiz.com Jersey Boys, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for a far-too-short run of f...
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Hicks' Weekly Dish: Ramen all over the city By GRAHAM HICKS, FIRST PUBLISHED EDMONTON SUN: November 7, 2017
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Once upon a time, a good chicken soup was the ticket to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Today, it’s ramen. The Japanese soup/broth – long-brewed pork bones in which all the fat and marrow etc. cooks into cloudy white creamy liquid – has exploded in popularity. Since the Prairie Noodle Shop ...
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Hicks on Biz: Save the downtown, the oilpatch and save us from city council BY GRAHAM HICKS, FIRST PUBLISHED EDMONTON SUN: November 2, 2017
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Little stories that deserve to be bigger … save the downtown, the oil patch and clean coal, but  save us from city council and misleading marketing! DISPOSABLE DOWNTOWN? Do buildings now depreciate as fast as cars? In 1982, city council signed the death warrant on yet another historic Edmonton ...
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Hicks' Weekly Dish: Revel Bistro is a winner BY GRAHAM HICKS First Published EDMONTON SUN: October 31, 2017
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WEEKLY DISH FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – REVEL BISTRO & BAR Revel Bistro & Bar 9802 Jasper Avenue 587-524-3333 Reveledmonton.com Tuesday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight Closed Sunday and Monday Dinner for two, excluding tip and beverages: basic,...
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Hicks on Biz: One last Rodeo for Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST PUBLISHED EDMONTON SUN, Oct. 26, 2017
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Well this is a real interesting kettle of horse dung, this dance between the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Professional Bull Riders, Northlands, the City of Edmonton and the Oilers Entertainment Group. All that really counts, however, is ensuring Edmonton remains the destination of choice for rural Wes...
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Hicks' Weekly Dish: London Local offers jolly good food: GRAHAM HICKS, first published EDMONTON SUN: October 24, 2017
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London Local 2307 Ellwood Dr. SW (South of Henday Drive, off 91 Street.) 780-752-2244 London-local.ca @LondonLocalYEG Tuesday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to late Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays Dinner for two, excluding tip and beverages: basic, $50;...
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Hicks on Biz: Red October hasn’t happened…yet BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST POSTED EDMONTON SUN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
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Happily, I’m on the hook to pay for a fancy dinner with my former boss John Caputo, now the Sun/Postmedia’s head of advertising for Western Canada. In June, Hicks on Biz predicted a serious financial downturn in Edmonton by the end of October, i.e. this month. Financial blood would be running o...
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