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Farewell, Artery!

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I Heart Edmonton just wanted to take a moment to say farewell to one of Edmonton's most prolific, humble and memorable music venues, The Artery. It's been a pleasure! Cheers.

Northern Lands Festival 2015

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Looking for that next lost weekend?! Northern Lands invites you to taste some of the finest wines, craft beers and foods from across Canada!

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

When you think about wine regions you think about France, Italy, Spain, or perhaps California, right?


Most people most likely do, but most true enthusiasts know better. Plenty of vino fanatics are aware that there are plenty of regions around the world that produce world class wine, including right here in climate-crazy Canada!

Over the last few decades, Canadian wine has transformed from a mere curiosity into what some would classify a healthy addiction!

Us Canucks no longer have to scour the European or South American aisles of our local wine shops! Nope, now we can grab a bottle (or six) of wine produced anywhere from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia, and plenty of spots in between!

And to celebrate our ever-expanding daily ritual of sipping on reds and whites, the Shaw Conference Centre (9797 Jasper Avenue) is hosting the Northe…

rEview/ Human on the Inside

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Local author and poet Gary Garrison goes inside the walls of the Edmonton Institution to listen to the often unheard voices of maximum security prisoners

BY PAULA E. KIRMAN

Gary Garrison's Human On the Inside is as much about some of what goes on behind locked doors as it is an exploration of human nature. 


Garrison, a local author and poet who is the former editor of the Alberta Legislature's Hansard, took part in a volunteer program where he would visit with inmates at the maximum security Edmonton Institution. He talked to convicted murderers and sex offenders, particularly those who would not normally get any visitors. Through deeply personal discussions about his own life, Garrison strives to show how getting to know those who are different than us can expand our own insights into our lives. 


Or are they really that different? Garrison shows how particular sets of circumstances and choices led the inmates to be where they are, while he could have ended up like them …

El Cortez - the coolest bar in Edmonton? Umm, yes!

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El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen brings a lil' Mexico, a lil' Cali, and a lil' Bukowski to Edmonton!

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

THERE'S a bright red neon sign on one of the rustic brick walls of Old Strathcona's El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen that reads, "Find what you love and let it kill you." It's a quote from the late German-born, L.A.-based poet Charles Bukowski, who Time magazine once called "the laureate of American lowlife."


His words of drudgery and toil have influenced countless writers and artists since, including El Cortez co-owner Melanie Swerdan, who may not take those words literally, but certainly retains the sort of passion Bukowski was alluding to. That passion is evident on every wall, in every corner, and within every aspect of El Cortez, perhaps the most unique bar in all of Edmonton, and certainly the city's only one that specializes in tequila. 

"I remember this space, I remember partying here when it was Wooly Bul…

#yeg Video of the Month/ March

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White Lightning's "One Last Time" (2015)

Oh Boy, Buddy Holly!

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Jubilations gives new meaning to 'a dinner & a show' with this comical musical centered around the timeless tunes of Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers!

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

In his signature hit "American Pie," Don McLean sings about "the day the music died." He was, of course, referring to the 1959 plane crash that killed Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and a 22-year-old Buddy Holly. And although Holly's life ended far too soon that day, his music and legacy refuses to fade away.


Jubilations Dinner Theatre's production of 'Oh Boy, Buddy Holly!' reminds mature audiences of Holly's enduring influence, and introduces newer generations to the music that has inspired everyone from Bob Dylan to The Beatles, and indirectly countless other musicians around the world.

Scripted by Mat Andre and the show's director Randy Apostle, 'Oh Boy' breathes fresh life into not just Holly's catalogue of classics, but also sheds new light on the…