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Zombies in Edmonton!

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The River Valley? Fort Edmonton Park? The Transit? Where would you go if #yeg was overrun by zombies?!

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

THE probability of Edmonton being devoured by a zombie apocalypse is about equal to the likelihood of our humble hometown being entirely devoid of those pesky potholes. It just isn't going to happen! But, as morbid as it most likely will sound, it's kind of fun to think about, no?!


I'm not talking about the potholes, of course, because that's just too far out there; nope, I mean the takeover of the insatiable living dead. What would we do? Who would survive and who would parish? Where would we go to escape from having our flesh eaten alive by reanimated corpses? I bet you haven't spent much time going over these questions in your head, have you?! 

Well, that's okay, because I have, and I am more than happy to share my advice on how to survive just such a scenario. In fact, my buddy--let's call him 'Stupid'--and I have debated this ver…

E/view: kissing keeps us afloat

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#yeg alumni Laurie MacFayden explores virtually all aspects of daily life in her sophomore anthology of poetry
BY PAULA E. KIRMAN

Kissing keeps us afloat is the second collection of poetry from Edmonton writer Laurie MacFayden. With subtle shades of humour, vivid imagery, and often playful language, MacFayden explores themes of love, sexuality, growing up, broken hearts, and life in general. Many of the poems have a very personal feel to them, but are written with universal resonance. 

MacFayden uses a variety of poetic forms. Rhyme, rhythms, line lengths, and stanza structures are interchanged between poems almost seamlessly. Divided into three sections (“tides,” “echoes,” and “graces”), I came away from kissing keeps us afloat believing I knew more about MacFayden as a writer and person – and more about myself, as I laughed along with playful descriptions of love, empathized with the messiness of failing romance, and nodded in recognition with not fitting the expectations of …

E/view: Blind Spot

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If Holden Caulfield was a 30-something Canuck in the 21st century, he may very well be the embodiment of newcomer Laurence Miall's Blind Spot debut

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

LUKE has failed to make it as an actor in Vancouver. He's alienated his own family, and seems to be going through the motions of a relationship with his girlfriend. He's lost and only begins to examine just how lost he's become when his parents are suddenly killed in a car accident back home. 




When he returns to his hometown Edmonton, Luke sees his current state from a whole new perspective, almost like he's outside looking in, at just how distant he's become from the life he had left behind when he up and left for the west coast years ago. But this is his chance to start over, to reunite with a past life he'd all but abandoned. 

Edmonton-born, Montreal-based Laurence Miall gets everything right with his premiere novel, Blind Spot, which is set almost entirely in Edmonton. Miall proves that he does…

Songs and Letters of WW1: 1914-2014

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Local talent brings to life the fascinating stories and experiences of Edmontonians in the First World War

TO acknowledge the centenary of the First World War, baritone Clint Hagel, actor Faye Stollery, and pianist Emily Grieve will present 'Songs and Letters of WW1: 1914-2014,' a  recital of classical art-song, poetry, and prose from and about the war. The performance will take place Saturday, November 8 at 7:30PM in Muttart Hall at MacEwan University, Alberta College Campus (10050 MacDonald Drive). Tickets are available at Tix on the Square or by calling 780.420.1757, as well as at the door. 



Works of art create a record of an individual's experiences, thoughts, and emotions. This concert will share the stories of people who witnessed WW1 first-hand. Alongside works by well-known artists, like Wilfred Owen and George Butterworth, materials from the City of Edmonton archives and the University of Alberta archives will be presented to explore the role of average Edmontonian…

Creative Edmonton Presents Brewfest

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Pop-up market phenomenon Creative Edmonton focuses on locally-made goods and homemade brew for upcoming Brewfest

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

Since 2013 the people of Creative Edmonton have been proudly focusing on high quality, handmade products from local vendors, assembling dozens of #yeg entrepreneurs for pop-up markets around the city.



This upcoming Friday is no exception to the rule, though you can expect a change in theme if you're accustomed to these quarterly events. Brewfest, which will take over the Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110-108 Street) on October 10 (6:30PM-Midnight), will also share the spotlight with some of the breweries that call Edmonton home, including Big Rock and Steam Whistle. 

But there are plenty of other things to see and do at Brewfest, including live music, silent auction, raffle, door prizes, photo booth, and an array of locally-made gift ideas from nearly 30 different Edmonton businesses. For a full list of the vendors that will appear at Brewfest click here.

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E/view: Santa Rosa and North East

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Edmonton writer Wendy McGrath invites us into the home of a struggling marriage, as seen through the eyes of their young daughter in her companion novels


SANTA Rosa is an unremarkable neighbourhood in 1960s North Edmonton, home to young Christine, her baby sister, and her stalemate parents. Santa Rosa is the fly on the wall of this young working class family that seems to be on the brink of falling apart, as Christine's parents struggle to sustain household civility.

Christine, despite her young age, is not oblivious to their subtle and scattered contempt, and it begins to affect her in ways she's still too young to understand or comprehend.

Wendy McGrath, who is originally from Saskatchewan, has this poetic proficiency for illustrating the seemingly insignificant details of childhood, in the underwhelming idiosyncrasies of youth and how they fathom the world around them.

The reader easily becomes intimately involved in the routine affairs of this numbed family, almost like we are…