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March 23, 2006
  Spun: Machinemade GodPDF files may take a moment to load

Machinemade God isn't a band to listen to for new ideas. Though this isn't to say they make terrible music. In fact, something about their extremely typical music is appealing. The group demonstrates a lot of skill and the screaming vocals sound great--the only thing the music lacks is creativity.

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March 23, 2006
  Spun: MorningwoodPDF files may take a moment to load

When a band names themselves after boners, you'd imagine they have a sense of humour about themselves. Luckily enough, Morningwood also has a good deal of talent. Their self-titled debut album explodes onto the scene with a good selection of­­--wait for it--fun songs. There's no artificially manufactured angst here, kids.

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March 23, 2006
  Dance Preview: Relative Notions of contemparary dancePDF files may take a moment to load

Everyone knows Calgary is growing, and it's growing fast too. There are a lot of opportunities to make money in our city, but Calgarians need to unwind. After all, all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy. One of Calgary's leading contemporary dance companies, eko Dance Projects is putting on a fantastic way to insert some play into the equation with a Relative Notions The show presents a series of pieces connecting with audiences through personal experience, representation of catastrophic world events and even humour.

March 23, 2006
  Theatre Preview: Not Far Away from grandPDF files may take a moment to load

Isn't life Grand?

The folks at Theatre Junction certainly believe so. Corny jokes aside, the theatre companies' newly renovated $12 million playhouse, the Grand, has reopened its doors and is set to stage its debut production. March 21 was the opening of Far Away, the first artistic performance at the Grand in more than 50 years. Director Kevin McKendrick knows there are a lot of eyes set on his new playhouse.

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March 23, 2006
  Musicc Interview: Classified hip hopPDF files may take a moment to load

For most people, mention of the Maritimes conjures up ideas of quaint kitchen parties, idyllic fishing villages and perhaps Anne of Green Gables, but certainly not hip hop. However, Halflife/Urbnet recording artist Classified--a.k.a. Luke Boyd--hopes to change this perception. For a little over a decade now, Boyd has been making a name for himself and putting Halifax on the hip hop radar screen.

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March 23, 2006
  Film Interview: Movies matter too, you knowPDF files may take a moment to load

In 2002, Michael Moore's Academy Award winning documentary Bowling for Columbine became an icon of pop-culture. For arguably the first time, a documentary managed to transcend the yawn-factor traditionally associated with such films. The public has since come to embrace the art of documentary filmmaking, a fortunate transformation considering many under appreciated gems deserving accolades. Movies that Matter co-founder and film programmer Andrew Eyck seeks to expose such oft overlooked films.

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March 23, 2006
  Music Interview: Carrie Hryniw arrives in piecesPDF files may take a moment to load

Benjamin Franklin once said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Well, Ben, how about stress, something stuff like death and taxes certainly cause? The quote-spewing American Founding Father and inventor just might change his perspective if he could witness the technology-obsessed, impersonal, tension-filled environment of the 21st century where we run around like decapitated chickens trying our best to accomplish every task in measly 24-hour cycles.

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March 23, 2006
  Music Interview: Wintersleep don't sleep through winterPDF files may take a moment to load

The earth spins along at 1,669 kilometers an hour, making it impossible for any of us to truly stand still. Even if we were to somehow stop the earth in its tracks, the atoms we're made of vibrate incessantly. While most of us fools are still trying to find some way of slowing down, the members of Wintersleep have embraced the hoopla.

"We toured for nine months of last year," says bassist Jud Haynes. "Mostly we tour in the dead of winter. I wouldn't say it's because of our name, but maybe just because we're in Canada."

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March 23, 2006
  Music Interview: City and ColourPDF files may take a moment to load

Acting as an outlet for excess creative sparks, side projects can also be a good indication of whether an artist could set the charts ablaze on their own. In many instances, solo success leads to the dissolution of the original band. Some go the way of Genesis' Phil Collins--infinitely more successful on his own--while others wind up co-starring in sex tapes with Kid Rock (read: Creed's Scott Stapp).

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