The silver lining in Layton’s ‘stache

By Gauntlet Editorial Board

During eight years as party leader, Jack Layton has seen the NDP grow from a mere 13 seats to official opposition status. With this kind of reputation, people view Layton as resilient, determined and as the “Canadian Chuck Norris.” Layton revealed on July 25 that, due to health problems, he is stepping down temporarily as… Continue reading The silver lining in Layton’s ‘stache

Indie-folk duo Tasseomancy shift name and tea leaves

By Andréa Rojas

Borrowing their name from their great-great-grandmother’s practice of tea leaf reading, Tasseomancy sews together musical divinations out of soft note bends and lightly-plucked guitar. Formerly performing under the name Ghost Bees, Tasseomancy began in Halifax and is comprised of sisters Romy and Sari Lightman. Three years after their first appearance at Sled Island, the duo… Continue reading Indie-folk duo Tasseomancy shift name and tea leaves

Summer conversations with women in Canadian indie rock

By Andréa Rojas

How many 20-year-olds do you know who have had the gumption to tour completely by themselves, save for a few Greyhound bus tickets, a guitar and a pair of bespectacled eyes full of promise? Think of a Canadian version of Amelie Poulain; that is, if she was a little deeper, a little wiser and happened… Continue reading Summer conversations with women in Canadian indie rock

The story of Freezer Burn

By Remi Watts

June 24,25 and 26. Where were you? Lemme’ guess: Sled Island, shelling out shit-loads of coin just to bear witness to the throngs of young suburbanites struggling to out-cool and one-up one another. So where should you have been instead? Alberta Regional Burning Man’s 4th annual Freezer Burn festival. As Calgarians, we have the luck… Continue reading The story of Freezer Burn

The Cost of Graffiti

By Gauntlet Editorial Board

Graffiti is something that has been around for millennia, ever since prehistoric humans first picked up their sticks and smeared some pigment on the wall of their cave. The appeal of marking an area with something that represents you and asserts your dominance over the territory is an animal instinct that is not restricted to… Continue reading The Cost of Graffiti