Posted tagged ‘the arts’

In the Heart of the City

2013/01/18

In case you didn’t  notice, it’s 2013. This means 2 things:

1)   The film 2012, starring John Cusack, WAS NOT A DOCUMENTARY. 

2)  This year will be the 10th Anniversary of Edmonton’s Heart of the City Festival.

This 2nd item is so important, they didn’t even wait until this year to start the celebration. Last December, the Heart of the City Festival Society held the first of several open mics to get folks excited about 2013’s festival. The event was a hit, and featured a diverse section of the Edmonton music scene – the Big Sky Gliders, Erasmo Coco, Locution Revolution, Sebastian Barrera, and Patrick Marchand-Smith all performed. As organizer David Prodan attested: “it was a fantastic evening that sets a standard for our community.”

HOTCThe next open mic will be this Saturday, January 26th. The shows are in partnership with E4C McCauley Apartments, and held in the city’s urban core, at Pacific Cafe, 10876 97st NW. The show will feature Paula Kirman, and you, if you’re interested.

To sign up for the open mic please call 780 424 2870. Find all the details on the Facebook event page here.

And, just like Cusack’s film kept going, that’s not all!

The Heart of the City Festival Society is also partnering with CJSR to put together a 10th anniversary compilation album. It’s set to be released on the 1st day of the festival, which will be held June 1 and 2, 2013!

If you’re interested in submitting a song, the deadline is the last day in February of this non-leap year, also known as the 28th. All the info you need can be found here.

Heart of the City

…and so here’s an unbiased article on Nextfest, the best festival around

2011/06/04

Pop quiz hotshot!

Take the word “revitalization.”
Do you use it when:

A) Talking about using taxpayer money to help build a new ice hockey arena for a billionaire and other fatcats that don’t want to leave downtown.

B) Talking about an arts festival that’s accessible to everyday folk, and showcases talent from within the community.

C) You can’t think about revitalization right now, thanks to the ridiculous Speed reference.

If you answered “A“- quick, stop reading now! Unfortunately, this article won’t lead to you making more money, so you’ll consider it a waste of your time. Go check your stocks!

If you answered “C” – fair enough. Next question: What are your top 5 favourite Keanu Reeves’ films?

If you answered “B” – well then, you’re in luck, because at this very moment an arts festival is on in Edmonton with that exact purpose!

It’s called Nextfest.  Here’s a bit about it.

(The people interviewed in this article had no notice of the above multiple choice pop quiz, and may not share the opinions expressed within the answer options “A” and “C.” …ESPECIALLY “C.“)

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tonight’s the night

2011/04/25

25 April 2011. Tonight’s the night that theatre and politics intertwine all across Canada. There’s a federal election afoot, and the arts community is banding together to put on a political show. In Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, and Edmonton too – cabaret performances will be taking place in tandem, all with music, art, spoken-word…and politicians.

Edmonton’s event will be at Avenue Theatre. 9030 118 Avenue NW. Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00 pm. Click below for more info.

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debunk an academic myth

2010/12/21

Want the honor of putting the letters “d” and “r” in front of your name without having to go to medical school?

Well, if so you should probably read this article in the Economist first:

The Disposable Academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time

A Faustian Bargain is Never a Good Deal

2010/11/23

The president of SUNY Albany recently cut funding to the university’s arts and humanities programmes. Gergory Petsko has written a scathing open letter to the president for this decision. For those that might think Petsko is just an angry drama teacher who is mad he’s lost his job – he isn’t. He’s a real life scientist. I’m guessing he has beakers and a lab coat and everything.  

“A Faustian Bargain: An open letter to George M Philip, President of the State University of New York At Albany,” by Gregory A Petsko:

http://genomebiology.com/2010/11/10/138

Universities are down at the crossroads

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F&M wear their hearts on their album sleeve

2010/11/16

When people finish graduate work in history, they usually get a job at a university…or a library…or heck,  they could just write a blog. But every so often, or at least this once – a history graduate will use the topic of their thesis to help inform their own songwriting and performing. It helps, of course, when the subject of your thesis was a Soviet rockstar.

It’s New Album Release Day again, and F&M are back with a new album today called Sincerely, F&M. I know what you’re wondering and yes – it comes with its very own winelist.

I sat down in Internetland with F&M frontlady (and history graduate) Rebecca Anderson to ask her about the new album, touring across Canada, and a guy that she learned about back in the USSR.

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