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Album Review: Everything Is Love
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by Navneet Gidda Released unannounced last month, EVERYTHING IS LOVE has precipitated an unexpected state of harmony between Beyonce and Jay-Z fans. With Jay-Z haters brandishing their copies of Lemonade and his defenders clapping back with 4:44, there’s been no shortage of bickering between both...
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Nostalgia With Every Note: the Johnny O’Neal Trio at EIJF
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Nostalgia With Every Note: the Johnny O’Neal Trio at EIJF
by Monika Viktorova Considered a master by musicians and audiences, Johnny O’Neal is a largely self-taught pianist, vocalist and jazz stalwart who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, opening for Oscar Peterson, and was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998. In his decades-long car...
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Moon Hooch’s Musical Battle Royale at EIJF
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Moon Hooch’s Musical Battle Royale at EIJF
by Monika Viktorova What does the Pokémon Say? was probably far from the minds of the bespectacled 20-something hipsters and decidedly older jazz aficionados milling about the Starlite room, waiting for the evening show to kick off around 8 pm. With Squirtle on trombone and Charizard on guitar, o...
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Audrey Ochoa Shreds at Jazz Fest 2018
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Audrey Ochoa Shreds at Jazz Fest 2018
by Monika Viktorova Audrey Ochoa needs no introduction: a staple of the Edmonton Jazz scene and well-loved trombonist and band leader, she’s been playing in Edmonton and abroad for 14 years and her last album hit #20 on the Jazz Week chart. I interviewed Ochoa a year ago before her second album’s...
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Featured Listening: The Real Canadian Podcast
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by Caitlin Hart On The Real Canadian Podcast, longtime friends Stephen and Andrew discuss the top headlines and provide their own takes on what’s going on in the world. Their first episode premiered less than a year ago, and since then, the two friends have amassed a following, shooting the shit ...
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Snarky Puppy Delivers Jazz Riot at the Winspear
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by Monika Viktorova Triple-Grammy winner and hard-to-categorize music mavericks Snarky Puppy walked out to much fanfare at the Winspear Center, playing the Jazz Fest and Edmonton for the first time ever. Originally from Texas, and now based in New York, the quasi-collective consists of as many as...
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With Love from Havana: Hilario Duran “Contumbao” and Co Woo at Jazz Fest
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by Monika Viktorova A frenzy of fingers on keys, Hilario Duran “Contumbao” starts off his first show at the Yardbird Suite with an infectious improvisation, bringing smiles to his bandmates and the audience. The congo drums kick off and everyone around me starts bobbing along, the beat transporti...
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Kate Blechinger Quintet – Edmonton Jazz Fest 2018
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by Monika Viktorova Under a protean summer sky, whose blistering sunshine is muted by variable patchwork of clouds that decided to stay convivial instead of thundering, the Kate Blechinger quintet kicks off Edmonton’s 2018 Jazz Festival. Perched on the Capital Plaza overlooking the Alberta Legisl...
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Introducing: Posh
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by Kassidy Auld No, not the Spice Girl. No, not the new minimalist fashion outlet on Whyte Ave. Posh is a four-piece Edmonton-based alternative indie rock group. The band’s name is cheekily at odds with their look and sound. It teases a smile to the lips as you say it, and that smile reaches all ...
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A City for Lynch/An Essay for Edmonton
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by Kyler Chittick There’s a back alley in North Edmonton, a few blocks from Kensington School. With the first whispers of fall, the evening sky turns the color of wild salmon, if only for a moment. It provides an austere yet picturesque backdrop for power lines and garages that look like tiny hom...
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Reflections on Fleet Foxes / The Philosophy of Longing (Part Two)
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by Kevin Holowack          Fleet Foxes not only had a huge impact on my adolescence, I also aged with them. Cliché as it sounds, I’ve often said Helplessness Blues, released in 2011, feels like the soundtrack to my adult life thus far.          I’m not alone in thinking this. It’s an album that, ...
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Reflections on Fleet Foxes / The Philosophy of Longing (Part One)
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by Kevin Holowack          The music of Fleet Foxes came into my life when I was sixteen years old. I was riding in backseat of a car in a woody subset of the north Edmonton suburbs when someone in the passenger seat put in their 2008 debut album Fleet Foxes.          The album begins with a hazy...
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April Political Redux
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by Victoria deJong Alberta Yes, of course I’m going to talk about pipelines I’ve realized that every political redux I’ve written so far has mentioned pipelines in some capacity. Although things haven’t changed dramatically in the past few months, I can’t tear my eyes away from the political disc...
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Dear Principal Hauptmann || Winner of the Creative Writing Contest
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by Ashley Shayne Earlier this year The Wanderer collaborated with cafe Block 1912 to host a creative writing contest. This piece and “In Everyday” by Aakankshya Kharel are the two winners of the contest. Dear Principal Hautmann, I understand that the CALM course is part of the curricu...
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In Everyday || Winner of the Creative Writing Contest
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by Aakankshya Kharel Earlier this year The Wanderer collaborated with cafe Block 1912 to host a creative writing contest. This piece and “Dear Principal Hauptmann” by Ashley Reid are the two winners of the contest. Imagine a four year old girl walking down an endless river of tarmac, ...
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