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Matilda Brings Nostalgia to the Citadel
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Matilda Brings Nostalgia to the Citadel
by Samia Rahman The Citadel Theatre’s rendition of Matilda is the perfect balance of the classic plot and music, with new twists of humor and audience engagement to make the show even more captivating. When I heard the Citadel Theatre would be performing Matilda I was both excited and nervous. Co...
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Edmonton Opera’s Hansel and Gretel – A Sweet Escape From the Cold
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Edmonton Opera’s Hansel and Gretel – A Sweet Escape From the Cold
by Joren Manz I was delighted to hear that the Edmonton Opera would be performing the Brothers Grimm classic of Hansel and Gretel by the German composer Engelbart Humperdinck. I had previously seen a lot of Italian opera but since I know a little bit of German myself, I was looking forward to see...
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Citadel’s A Christmas Carol Will Be Dearly Missed
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by Caitlin Hart Anyone who has lived in Edmonton over the past nineteen years knows that the Citadel’s A Christmas Carol is a holiday staple — akin to ice castles, West Edmonton Mall parking lot rage, and LRT trains that run twenty minutes behind schedule. But sadly, this is the final year for Sc...
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Community Profile: iHuman Youth Society
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Community Profile: iHuman Youth Society
by Nam Huynh In the heart of downtown Edmonton lies an inconspicuous white building with a simple exterior. If you look at it carefully, however, you’ll notice that one wall is covered in a mural filled with vibrant colours and symbols of hope, healing, and reconciliation. On the inside, this bui...
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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a Delightful Start to the Holiday Season
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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a Delightful Start to the Holiday Season
by Navneet Gidda It’s that time of year again…when we’re expected to drop everything to spend way too much time with our irritatingly successful cousins, unpleasant uncles, and self-centred siblings. The Citadel’s production of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at ...
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Titilope Sonuga’s Open is a Timely Meditation on Collective Healing
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Titilope Sonuga’s Open is a Timely Meditation on Collective Healing
by Navneet Gidda Titilope Sonuga, founder of Edmonton’s beloved Breath In Poetry collective, is taking her personal collection of poetry on the road again with a brand new tour. Titled Open, the show is “a meditation on surrender” that takes the audience into an unforgettable exploration of relat...
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Review: The Ghomeshi Effect
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by Caitlin Hart Drawing on real world experiences, The Ghomeshi Effect weaves movement and interviews together to capture the audience both intellectually and emotionally. Premiering in Ottawa in 2017, The Ghomeshi Effect is a documentary dance-theatre performance that blends a verbatim script wi...
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The Citadel’s Red Patch is an essential Remembrance Day narrative
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by Navneet Gidda Set during the First World War, Red Patch follows the story of Half-Blood (Raes Calvert), a soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island, who wrestles with his sense of self while serving. Not unlike other young men at the time, Half-Blood sets out with the hope tha...
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Sleeping Beauty’ by the Alberta Ballet: A Review
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by Ashley Reid For Christopher Anderson, bringing the well-loved ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to stage involved overcoming both new and familiar obstacles. This isn’t the first time that the associate artistic director has choreographed a classic fairy tale for Albertan audiences. Last March Anderson launch...
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Artist Profile: Nature Of
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by Navneet Gidda As crisp autumn nights meld into snowy obscurity, chances are that we’ll all need to update our playlists with some more fitting tunes. Nature Of’s delicate yet sharp medleys provide the perfect backdrop to these looming post-fall blues. Made up of long time Sherwood Park residen...
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Edmonton Opera’s La Traviata: An Opera Lover’s Opera
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Edmonton Opera’s La Traviata: An Opera Lover’s Opera
by Nicholas Siennicki Often regarded as one of the least accessible performing arts, the Opera has garnered a notorious reputation for being an acquired taste. Unlike ballet and theatre, the Opera asks the audience to sit back and listen as seemingly still figures sing unintelligibly in pretty ou...
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The Future of Ethically Applied Education
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The Future of Ethically Applied Education
by Monika Viktorova “Change doesn’t happen because we want it to happen or even because it’s fair for a just society. Change happens because people engage in the process. People like you who have been lucky enough to have been trained to be the ethical leaders of our future.” With that stirring l...
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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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