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E-Clip/ December 2013

Christian Hansen's "Please Don't Do That" (2013)

From his album C'mon Arizona, here's the clip for Edmonton's own Christian Hansen's "Please Don't Do That." Directed by Mike McLaughlin.

E/view: The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate

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Edmonton author Marty Chan explores an alternate New York in which illusionist Harry Houdini sets upon historic adventures in search of his lost brother in the first book of The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles.
BY PAULA E. KIRMAN
A strange portal that leads to an alternate New York. A cast of characters from different dimensions and parts of history. A young Harry Houdini at the centre of the story.

These are three major elements of Marty Chan's new novel, The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate (Fitzhenry & Whiteside). Ehrich Weisz is the aforementioned future illusionist Harry Houdini as a teenager, who follows his brother, Dash, through a mysterious portal. The version of New York where he ends up is full of immigrants from different dimensions in addition to being from different parts of the world. They include Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison, amongst others. 
Ehrich's main goal is to find his brother. Instead, he finds a medallion leading to a woman wrapped up in inter-dimension…

A Few Minutes With...Michael Phair

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There aren't many more folks in Alberta who have been as active in almost every aspect of our province than Michael Phair, one of the first openly gay politicians in Canada, which is why we needed much more than just a few minutes with him...

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

IT was only a few seconds after Michael Phair walked into the Roast Coffeehouse in downtown Edmonton that he had spotted someone he knew. A few people actually, including Ward 6 Councillor Scott McKeen. I certainly wasn't surprised, knowing Phair is a well-connected Edmontonian who's involved or has been involved in countless groups and organizations throughout the city, and for many years now.

But most folks around here know Michael Phair most as an advocate for the LGBTQ community, a hat he's been wearing since the '80s, when being openly gay in Alberta and in the public eye wasn't exactly a walk in the park.

"I used to get a lot of people saying some pretty nasty things to me," remembered Phair…

Deserted Island Collection/ Carole Anne Devaney

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What would Global News anchor Carole Anne Devaney want to read, listen to, or watch if she were stranded on a deserted island? 

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

When Lynda Steele announced that she was leaving Global Edmonton in 2010 to move to Vancouver, we were devastated. Okay, maybe we weren't devastated, but there was no doubt whoever was to take her place had some big shoes to fill. But, by the end of 2011, Ottawa's Carole Anne Devaney took over as Gord Steinke's co-anchor of Global's News Hour, and it was as though she had always been there.

"This is such a perfect fit for me," Devaney said when she accepted the job. "The position really plays to my strengths and skills." Devaney--who speaks three languages btw--graduated from Ottawa's Carleton University School of Journalism, and is the winner of an RTNDA Canada Award for her work on an undercover investigation series.

Devaney is also active in giving back to Edmontonians, serving as a committee member o…

Edmonton's LRT Expansion, Part I

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Together, the existing and proposed LRT lines will connect Edmonton on all sides, establishing a public transit system other cities will be envious of

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN


AS the city grows, so must our public transit system. That's just obvious. But even with that in mind, I'm still in awe of what City Council has in store for Edmonton when it comes to our low-floor, community-integrated LRT expansion plan

The long-term LRT Network Plan was initiated by the city in June 2009, spearheaded by our new Mayor (and then City Councillor) Don Iveson. Since then we've seen five brand new stations on the LRT line: Health Sciences/ Jubilee, McKernan/ Belgravia, South Campus/ Fort Edmonton Park, Southgate, and Century Park, all of which were completed by 2010. 

In addition to those and the pre-existing 10 stations (Clareview to University), there are three other LRT stations currently under construction, including stops at NAIT and the downtown branch of Grant MacEwan

Then there's th…

Edmonton's Lynn Coady Captures Giller

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Edmonton resident Lynn Coady's Hellgoing becomes only the fourth short story collection to receive the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious award for fiction

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

THE Scotiabank Giller Prize is Canada's most sought-after and prestigious honour in literary fiction, with a cash prize of $50,000 for the year's top entry. Last week (Nov. 5), Edmonton's own Lynn Coady, 43, joined the ranks of Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood by capturing the 2013 Giller for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing (published by House of Anansi).

"I think probably the only way for me to keep it together is just to read from this page," an excited and nervous Coady said in her acceptance speech at Toronto's Ritz-Carlton. "So I'm gonna hold on to these papers for dear life.

"This is shocking and overwhelming," she continued. "I don't even like to cry in private, so this is very odd to me." This was the second time Coa…

Remembrance Day 2013 in Edmonton

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In honour of brave soldiers throughout Canada and around the world, Edmontonians will take the time to remember their sacrifices for our future

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

EDMONTON'S always had a prolific military history, and even today remains an important branch of the Canadian military, as headquarters of the 3rd Canadian Division. 

Part of that Division is Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), one of the three Regular Force Infantry regiments of the Canadian Army. Next August it will celebrate 100 years since The Charter of the Regiment was signed and recruiting began. 

Earlier this year, on June 7, Edmonton's CFB (Canadian Forces base) became the first Canadian military base to raise a rainbow flag in support of Edmonton Pride. The move was groundbreaking and represented the CFB's acceptance of all its soldiers. 

So, to pay our respect to those soldiers past and present, below we've listed all the Remembrance Day events going on in and around Edmonton on Mond…

Being Gay in Edmonton

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Unlike other urban regions in Canada, Edmonton lacks a gay district that could allow our city to truly take pride in acceptance and equality

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN


"WHAT if they stabbed me?" asked Chevi Rabbit after he was attacked in public by a group of men last year near the U of A campus, on his way to the local grocery store. "What if they had a knife or something?"

The University student was targeted simply because he's gay, apparent when the young men began yelling homophobic slurs at Rabbit, who has since become somewhat of a voice for the rights and equality of Edmonton's LGBTQ+ community.


Fortunately, Rabbit was not seriously injured during the July 2012 incident, though it certainly affected how safe he feels in his own neighbourhood. How could you blame him!

This is not the first time - and likely not the last - that an incident of this kind took place in Edmonton, and it's not unique to our city, of course. However, homophobia is too common in Edmont…

The Edmontonian Redefines the City Skyline

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Although we're far off from competing with the intimidating skylines of Toronto and New York, Edmonton's own cityscape is seeking a new look, thanks much in part to a proposed high rise that would dominate the downtown

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN


IF you take the spires and flagpoles into account, the 2-year-old Epcor Tower (10180-101 Street) is currently the tallest building in Edmonton, rising 149.3 metres (490 feet) above the city streets. That's only three metres (11 feet) higher than Manulife Place, which reigned supreme since it was completed in 1983. 

The 28-floor Epcor Tower is also Edmonton's first downtown high rise in 22 years! I recently went atop the Tower to snap some photos of Edmonton's downtown skyline, and was impressed with the unique vantage point. 

But, if all goes as planned, the view will be peanuts compared to what's on the way. And we don't have to wait another 22 years!

The newly proposed, 71-storey Edmontonian tower would dominate our city's …

E-Clip/ November 2013

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Colleen Brown's "Happy Love Song" (2011)

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

IT just happened to be a coincidence that I should stumble upon this music video featuring Mayor Don Iveson, just days after he won the October 21st election. Of course, he was still a City Councillor when the video for Edmonton-based Colleen Brown's "Happy Love Song" was made (August 2011). 



"I had a lot of fun playing a bit role in the collaboration between ETS and Colleen Brown," Iveson wrote in his personal blog. "That bus was literally bouncing, and the acoustics were surprisingly good. Wonderful Edmonton talent on display."

The video was also produced to help promote the new-&-improved ETS Trip Planner, and was filmed almost entirely aboard a moving city bus.  

"Happy Love Song" was featured on Brown's third album, 2011's Dirt. Watch the video below; and we've also posted the "Behind the Scenes" clip showing how the video was made. 


Colleen Bro…

Edmonton 2.0

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Imagine an Edmonton where tramways take you across the North Saskatchewan, and a giant Ferris wheel defines a new Whyte Avenue, or where homelessness is a thing of the past. With the right visionaries behind the helm, these things could be a reality someday!

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

IT'S been more than four years since the last time I saw my cousin Amy. She had just turned 30 then, so we and about a half dozen of her friends spent the whole weekend drinking far too many hazy shots of tequila and Jagermeister at an endless thread of Vancouver nightclubs.

But now she was on my turf, and those nights of overindulging in overpriced Cuevo and Bacardi were behind us. Well, sort of.

It wasn't even noon yet when I picked Amy up from the Edmonton International Airport. She had barely changed at all from when I shared a carpet with her during one of our drunken swoons back in B.C. "Neither have you," she lied.

Amy was "starving," and even though our next stop was lunch, she in…