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June 19, 2008
  Virgin Fest Calgary goes on its maiden voyagePDF files may take a moment to load

Over the years, Calgary has grown from a fort at the junction of two rivers into a thriving metropolis. During the same period, it has also developed from a culturally-limited place to a city chock full of unique instalments and acts to discover. The latest feather in Calgary’s musical cap is the arrival of the Virgin Music Festival, quite fittingly located at Fort Calgary.

June 19, 2008
  Student named Top 20 Under 20PDF files may take a moment to load

Most students fight through high school and university aiming for decent marks and an inkling of a social life, but a few aim much higher.

University of Calgary third-year business student Mark Blackwell won the Top 20 Under 20 award from Youth in Motion which rewards young students from across Canada every year. Each recipient receives $2,000 towards their education, a mentorship from a member of the Order of Canada and a trip to Toronto for the award ceremony.

June 19, 2008
  Beloved prof off to better thingsPDF files may take a moment to load

One of Calgary's finest professors and benefactors will be leaving for Kamloops. University of Calgary faculty of communication and culture dean Dr. Kathleen Scherf has been offered a position as president of Thompson Rivers University and will be starting in September. After over nine years as a dean at the U of C, Scherf finds the move bittersweet.

June 19, 2008
  Musical takes a look at battling an enemy you can't escapePDF files may take a moment to load

Try to envision an epic battle with an adversary so invasive and inescapable, they can often take complete control of your mind and movements. Every attempt to fight them is met with marked resistance and even the tools that are meant to help in the war can turn against you at a moment's notice. This is the plight of someone diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a brain ailment seen as a mortal enemy by many who are afflicted by it, one that slowly degrades the ability to move, communicate and lead a normal life.

June 19, 2008
  You like when he's angryPDF files may take a moment to load

Back in 2003, director Ang Lee brought Marvel Comics' Hulk to the big screen. The film benefited from a big budget and big name actors like Eric Bana and Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly, but was criticized by critics and fans alike for completely missing the point of the character. Created in 1962, the Hulk became famous as Marvel's version of the timeless Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a cautionary tale about science run amok and the rage lurking inside everyone.

June 19, 2008
  Spun: Clinton St. JohnPDF files may take a moment to load

There's a certain level of timelessness to folk music and Calgarian Clinton St. John's displays this with ease. Solo debut Black Forest Levitation is both evocative of Bob Dylan and has a freshness that isn't always evident in a singer-songwriter's first solo effort.

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June 19, 2008
  Calgary's Clinton St. John explores his personal sidePDF files may take a moment to load

In Calgary's ever-growing music scene, the Cape May stands out as a group that has been pumping out good down-home tunes for years. Clinton St. John and the boys have received critical acclaim with their two offerings, Central City May Rise Again and Glass Mountain Roads, providing the city's answer to the indie folk-rock genre explosion.

June 19, 2008
  Spun: WomenPDF files may take a moment to load

Unlike a lot of albums, Women's self-titled debut isn't a collection of tracks culled from the studio, but a full-fledged experience. Like the great records of old, it's meant to be put on a record player with the lights down low and a pair of comfortable headphones, not cut up into tracks for the internet generation.

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June 19, 2008
  Behold the bearded WomenPDF files may take a moment to load

Like some of the best bands coming out of Calgary, you can't really classify Women's sound. They're like an indie version of Donny and Marie Osmond: a little bit rock-and-roll, a little bit shoegaze. For their self-titled debut album dropping into record stores July 8, the group turned to Calgary's own friendly giant, Chad VanGaalen, to help them find the perfect sound.

June 19, 2008
  Co-founder tells tales of wild theatrePDF files may take a moment to load

Blake Brooker has seen many things over his long theatre career: singing Nazis, Scottish skinheads high on acid and a giant yellow rabbit. Inspired by the need to encourage experimental drama in Alberta, Brooker, his compatriot Michael Green and some other close friends founded the One Yellow Rabbit ensemble in 1982.

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