I am filing this roundup from New York City, which still sounds crazy to me. Wherever I go, though, I’m still thinking about Edmonton, so here are some things I noticed that you might want to notice, too:
Let’s begin with music:
- The wonderful Rev Recluse has launched the Vintage Edmonton Music Podcast, a monthly listen to treasures in his music collection.
- Emil Tiedemann posted the winners of the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards, and the Sonic 102.9 blog has the video tribute to Kirby.
- Jaron Williams looks back to when Louis Armstrong played Edmonton in the 1950s.
- Gillian Thomson’s chat with Daelan Wood alerted me to The Northern Sessions, a delightful showcase of Edmonton music that I’ll be visiting a lot.
On to books and reading:
- Laura Frey argues it’s great to love reading, but there’s no need to get all snobby about it.
- Kristin Finlay announces a double-barrelled #yegbook club, on books by Thomas Wharton and Jennifer Quist.
- Alexis Marie Chute offers tips for writing a book proposal.
- Donna McKinnon previews 40 Below Volume 2: Alberta’s Winter Anthology, which now has a UAlberta-made book trailer.
- A couple of 124th Street gems: Vivian Binnema features The Tea Girl, and Cindy Nguyen visits the new Barking Buffalo Cafe at the Salgado Fenwick store.
- Oilogosphere news: Sunil Agnihotri of The SuperFan is joining The Copper and Blue.
- Todd Babiak poeticizes a truck-bro-vs-bike-bard encounter.
- Food revolutionary and Creative Mornings speaker Carley-Jane Stanton inspires Jody Bailey to take some beautiful photos.
- Dustin Bajer wonders whether Edmonton could get its own bat bridge.
And one more thing.
- Zoe Todd reflects on the reaction to her manifesto for the Edmonton arts scene, and says goodbye. I am sad to see her go. Her manifesto, prompted by the marginalization of indigenous artists, made me think harder than anything I’ve read for a long time. The ensuing debate has been raw and painful and sometimes ill-considered, but ultimately, it forced some of us to think about something that would have been easier to ignore. That’s important work.
When I get back, I’ll be a guest on The Unknown Studio’s live show on June 29 at the Citadel. It would be great to see you in real life, so come if you can.