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July 21, 2011
  Sled Island Comedy Showcase reviewPDF files may take a moment to load

Sled Island festival's biggest attraction is undoubtedly its music. Though the festival has waded into other artistic territories and media over the course of its five-year run, the music remains the nucleus. With that in mind, I weighed my decision about attending this year's comedy showcase heavily. It landed smack-dab in the middle of Friday night, one of the most jam-packed days of Sled Island, and above all, the day the mainstage shows at Olympic Plaza kick off. Still, on Friday night at 7 p.m.

July 21, 2011
  The Cost of GraffitiPDF files may take a moment to load

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 humans. In modern times, however, the act of marking a wall with symbols and designs that is viewable by the public is considered a crime.

July 21, 2011
  The story of Freezer BurnPDF files may take a moment to load

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 of being within a reasonable driving distance several wonderful outdoor festivals such as Motion Notion, Shambhala, Mukwah, Inshalah, Tree Frog Fest and many more.

July 21, 2011
  Online Exclusive: The NanceesPDF files may take a moment to load

Between sorting cotton blend T-shirts and opening for the Dum Dum Girls, Jordan Kierstead, Alex Judge, Tyler Arndt and Marcel Vollet have come far. Since their respective stints in American Apparel's stockroom, the four formed The Nancees on a chassis of simple influences: drinking, garage music, and most of all, girls.

Or, as Kierstead and Judge so eloquently put it, "getting drunk and listening to noisy stuff."

July 21, 2011
  Online Exclusive: Silly indie kids, Sled Island is for country bandsPDF files may take a moment to load

Little did Cody Swinkels and Ryan Mueller know that when they formed a country cover band with a few friends, it would become something real instead of just a hilarious gimmick. Since their beginning early this year, No River (formerly known as The Bow River) have been rafting the rapids of Calgary's local music scene. Every show I've gone to has been packed with friends and strangers alike, all swaying to wonderfully-written country originals and covers that appeal to all types of fans, not just country ones.

July 21, 2011
  The Gauntlet guide to sore feet, celebrities and geeking outPDF files may take a moment to load

Convention season can be a scary time of the year for the first-time comic exposition attendee. But, if you're willing to face the massive crowds, long lines and terrifying costumes, letting your inner geek out for a weekend can be a great and fun experience. Of course, having a beginner's guide can't hurt. To get my own first-hand convention experience and to lend a hand to future expo newbies, I attended the 2011 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo from June 17 to 19.

July 21, 2011
  Royal visit puts campus in spotlightPDF files may take a moment to load

All eyes were on the University of Calgary earlier this month when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Ward of the 21st Century Research and Innovation Centre as part of their royal tour of Canada.

On July 7, the Duke and Duchess, also known as Prince William and Catherine Middleton, were greeted by a crowd of admirers at the university's Foothills campus before receiving a 45-minute demonstration of cutting-edge medical technology.

July 21, 2011
  U of C says no to copyright collectivePDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary will soon be ending their partnership with Access Copyright.

For the past 15 years the U of C has had a license with Access Copyright-- a copyright collective that ensures universities have licenses to use and distribute copyrighted works while giving the authors and publishers fair compensation for their works.

The current agreement between the U of C and the copyright collective has been called "intrusive" by U of C's copyright officer Wendy Stephens.

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