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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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March Political Redux
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by Victoria deJong Catch up on some of the big news stories of the month with this month’s Political Redux. Alberta The Alberta Legislature is back in session. UCP Leader Jason Kenney has taken his seat in the Legislature, and has already proven to be a sharp critic of Premier Rachel Notley’s pol...
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A Balanced and Nuanced Production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni
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by Gabrielle Johnson Mozart’s Don Giovanni is a tragicomedy. Not quite tragedy, because of the outlandish comical situations and not quite comedy, because of the seriousness of the suffering of certain characters. Don Giovanni blends the elements of both genres marvelously. Neither genre outshine...
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Review: The Alberta Ballet’s Cinderella
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Review: The Alberta Ballet’s Cinderella
by Ashley Reid The roots of Cinderella stretch back centuries, with modern versions originating in European folklore. Christopher Anderson pays homage to these roots in the Alberta Ballet production, with a humorous plot that departs from the widely-known Disney interpretation.  There aren’t any ...
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Edmonton Downtown Dining Week Showcases the City’s Culinary Evolution
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by Maja Staka In a way, Edmonton’s dining scene sort of snuck up on the world. Sure, we always had our fine-dining classics like Characters and Hardware Grill and our beloved family dives like Route 99 and Royal Pizza, but most of our city’s dining establishments were never revered on...
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On our duty as women to support other women
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by Maja Staka International Women’s Day is a day of recognition meant to support women and their contributions to society, history and global culture.  After all, the moment which began as a simple garment worker’s strike in New York where women protested working conditions in 1908 ended up both ...
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February Political Redux
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by Victoria deJong Alberta You can’t talk about Alberta politics without talking about the Alberta Party leadership race. Surprising no one, the Alberta Party membership chose Stephen Mandel to take their party into 2019, dominating on the first ballot with 66% of the vote. Mandel will be an asse...
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Justice for Tina Fontaine
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by Mariam Hosseiny  Tina Fontaine’s body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014. Fontaine was just 15 when she was killed. 55-year-old Raymond Cormier was charged with second-degree murder, the trial commencing earlier this month. Cormier was found not guilty by a jury on February 23. While re...
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Love and Information: A powerful adventure into the human psyche
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by Kristin Breitkreutz What do we do when we have so much love for information that remains unknown to us? Love and Information, a play from the mind of acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill, explores the two greatest human pursuits: love and information, with immense freedom and artistry, leaving...
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Buried Treasure: Block 1912’s Napkin Notes
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by Katherine Abbass The first time I set foot in Edmonton’s Block 1912, I was playing hooky. My cousin, on leave from the University of Toronto and desperate to fill her days, picked me up from the HUB bus loop and drove us to the café. We nestled into the mismatched armchairs and talked about fe...
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