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November 09, 2006
  Swick has quick upward mobilityPDF files may take a moment to load

Tomi Swick isn't a name that turns heads, and yet, he's opening for heavy-hitters like the Goo Goo Dolls. So he's got to have something to show for it. He's a Canadian born singer/songwriter that sings honest tales of love and reality. When he departed from the Hamilton band where he began a solo career, that's when heads began to turn.

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November 09, 2006
  Soulful forces of k-osPDF files may take a moment to load

As much as success is a wonderful thing for any artist, it brings the pressure for further success. No one understands this more than Canadian hip-hopper k-os. k-os' second full-length, 2004's Joyful Rebellion, peaked at number seven on the Billboard Canadian Album charts, received three Junos and the singles "Crabbuckitt" and "B-Boy Stance" got wicked spins on the radio. Following up Rebellion was going to be a task, and so far k-os has been up to it.

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October 19, 2006
  Singing with the larynxPDF files may take a moment to load

These days, the requisite for a rock band is learning four power chords and having long hair. Anyone who wants to get into the field of Tuvan throat singing, though, would need some bizzare wonder-twin power to make themselves a human didgeridoo, or maybe some other musical instrument that's hard to pronounce. Even the Mongolian-derived word for throat-singing, khöömeior khoomii, is a throat-full.

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September 21, 2006
  Your religion is stupidPDF files may take a moment to load

Most bands don't last much longer than their proverbial 15 minutes. Whether it's the pressures of success, exploding egos or the vagaries of the drug- and booze-fuelled music industry, most are lucky to still be speaking to each other by their third or fourth album. It's no small feat, then, for any group to pass the quarter-century mark--and to do so from within the confines of a genre as potentially limiting as punk rock is even more impressive.

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September 14, 2006
  Fighting a war with a penPDF files may take a moment to load

One critic called his writing an "exciting collision--like poetry and technology smashing into each other." Another called the drama that unfurled over the pages "raw and savage."

They're talking about 17 Tomatoes, a thin little book that helped land Jaspreet Singh this years' University of Calgary Markin-Flanagan residency. The writer will bring something very unique to this program.

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September 14, 2006
  Cowboy culture shockPDF files may take a moment to load

Back in the good ol' days, men in leather chaps with husky voices were cause for admiration, every child would emulate them, playing with plastic guns just like their idols,' and willingly dress in fringed vests. Nowadays, even in Calgary, cowboys have lost the once-inherent respect of the populace: university students are more likely to think of the nightclub than the rodeo-goers, and parents are skittish about giving toy guns to children who might grow up to shoot a classmate.

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September 07, 2006
  Uncommon PsalmsPDF files may take a moment to load

Straight out of Chicago comes Psalm One, chemist turned rapper, emcee extraordinaire, and now the only woman with a Rhyme Sayers contract. What's most refreshing is that she's raged out of the windy city and onto the international scene without relying on backstage producers or enacting nymphomaniac teen-jerkoff fantasies.

"It should be about the music," she says. "I mean, we all know I'm a sexy bitch. And there's nothing wrong with wanting to look good. But it shouldn't center around that."

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September 07, 2006
  Nitrogen not includedPDF files may take a moment to load

As emcee for much-loved indie hip-hop sensation Atmosphere, Sean "Slug" Daley has spent the past decade on the ride of a lifetime, happily raging through inventive anti-gangsterism and pumping out genre-defining beats. Atmosphere's latest album, You Can't Believe How Much Fun We're Having, arrived in a flurry of popularity, briefly hitting number one as Top Independent Album on Billboard.com. In spite of his grueling touring schedule and lyrics that are occasionally on the dystopic side of things, Slug does sound like he's having fun.

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September 07, 2006
  Propositioning Guy PearcePDF files may take a moment to load

From his show stopping performance in LA Confidential to the mind-blowing Memento to the less awesome Time Machine, Guy Pearce has had one of the most diverse and distinguished careers of any popular young actor. Appearing most recently in John Hillcoat and Nick Cave's The Proposition as the rugged bushman Charlie Burns, Pearce impressed critics once again with his portrayal of the unscrupulous protagonist.

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