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June 19, 2008
  Alumni go above and beyondPDF files may take a moment to load

When many Canadians think of Mexico, sun, beach, tans and heat come to mind. But in the case of Dr. Susan Smith, there are different and more important issues that need to be addressed. Smith is one of the recipients of this year's Arch Awards for her humanitarian services in a poverty-stricken Mexican village. Two Arch Awards are given out by the University of Calgary Alumni Association annually to honour graduates.

June 19, 2008
  Generational differences make for good musicPDF files may take a moment to load

Combining generations of musicians with varying degrees of experience in one group can sometimes spell disaster. Different levels of experience means different levels of ability, and different levels of ability within a group can impose limitations on the music. The Davidson/Murley/Braid Quintet,
on the other hand, is, by all accounts, an exception to this statement. Pianist David Braid attests that even though the three names leading the group are separated by years, their compatibility is undeniable.

June 19, 2008
  Burgeoning theatre company runs off-Broadway hitPDF files may take a moment to load

Wistfully remembering snowy days spent wrapped in a warm blanket in front of the fire place? In this warm weather, it’s hard to recall the winter with any sense of nostalgia. Still, while the grass certainly is greener, the only real way to thaw the cockles of your heart is a cup of cocoa. In this sunny heat, a group of actors are bringing just the thing as Jeezum Crow’s production of Almost, Maine will certainly make anyone’s heart just as warm as the weather outside.

June 19, 2008
  Calgary jazz swinging into full gearPDF files may take a moment to load

It's summertime and the living is easy. Cats are scatting and the beatniks are high. The saxes are sweet and the pianos are cooking. The jazz is raging, so festival season must be nigh. It's time for Calgarians to reacquaint themselves with the city's live music scene as the Calgary Jazz Fest rolls into town June 24. This year, the festival welcomes such legends as Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and Maceo Parker and stirs in some incredible local talent.

June 19, 2008
  Sled Island 2008: Young and SexyPDF files may take a moment to load

Lindsay Lohan is young and still sort of sexy. Zac Efron is young and ridiculously sexy. Vancouver baroque-poppers Young and Sexy aren't really like their namesake, despite the attempts of a ravenous press to make them seem like it.

Before Young and Sexy existed as a band, vocalist Lucy Brain and singer/guitarist Paul Pittman were in a relationship. They've been broken up for almost 12 years now, yet Pittman says that it's one of the most frequently asked questions by the press, much to the group's chagrin.

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June 19, 2008
  Sled Island 2008: Joze GonzalesPDF files may take a moment to load

Modern folk music is dominated by the acoustic guitar. It’s so emblematic of folk that Bob Dylan was called Judas in the Manchester Free Trade Hall because he dared to switch to the electric guitar. Unlike the traditional singer-songwriter, Jose Gonzalez replaces the acoustic guitar with the nylon-stringed classical guitar. Walking on the streets of his native Sweden, he explains the decision to use such a seemingly non-traditional western folk instrument.

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June 19, 2008
  Sled Island 2008: Wet SecretsPDF files may take a moment to load

Lyle Bell has all kinds of secrets, most of them dry. He’s in three Edmonton bands, including the Juno-nominated Shout Out Out Out Out. He has a fiancée. He also can’t grow a moustache, something that would disappoint people who might listen to the lead single off the Wet Secrets’ debut album Rock Fantasy titled, “Grow Your Own Fucking Moustache, Asshole.”

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June 19, 2008
  Sled Island 2008: Ghost BeesPDF files may take a moment to load

The subject of death and dying is often a road less traveled. The notion of stepping into the astral plan can conjure up feelings of loss, pain, pride and uncertainty, leaving the entire concept of dying and the connections we have to those who died as certainly an unsettling one. Despite this-or maybe because of it-there seems to be an undying fascination with what can be described as the final phase of typical human development. Sari Lightman of the Halifax outfit Ghost Bees sees death as just that.

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June 19, 2008
  Sled Island 2008: Rich AucoinPDF files may take a moment to load

In 1973, Pink Floyd released their infamous album, Dark Side of the Moon. Soon after, claims surfaced that one could listen to their offering along to the cinematic classic The Wizard of Oz and the songs would have uncanny synchronization to the film. The band denies, to this day, that the phenomenon was intentional, popularizing the notion of apophenia, the experience of seeing patterns or similarities in unrelated data.

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June 19, 2008
  Local band hits it big at Virgin FestPDF files may take a moment to load

Unlike headliners the Stone Temple Pilots or the Tragically Hip, who will be moving on to more concerts in exotic locales, as much heroin as Scott Weiland’s pencil-thick body can take and brandy glasses full of brown M&Ms after Virgin Fest hits Calgary June 21–22, the Fast Romantics will likely go back to a life barely balanced between family and friends, day jobs and making music.

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