Feature A & E Stories

Rock band White Cowbell Oklahoma returns to Canada for 15th anniversary tour

White Cowbell Oklahoma comes home in support of their re-released album

thumb White-Cowbell-Oklahoma-2EDITEDOn Wednesday, Nov. 19, downtown Calgary was filled with the sounds of pure rock and roll, as White Cowbell Oklahoma rolled through town to tear up Dickens Pub. Having originated in Toronto, Ontario in 1999, White Cowbell Oklahoma has since developed into what their lead singer, Clem Clemson calls "a six pointed star of rock and roll."

Clemson recently shared some humorous insights about White Cowbell Oklahoma with the Calgary Journal discussing the start of their 15th anniversary tour across Canada.

CJ: You guys seem to be touring addicts, and have made appearances in numerous countries. What do you find is different about touring in Canada compared to the shows you've played in other parts of the world?


Local artists find unique venue at Blue Door

Art show mixes oils for the eye and the mouth

thumb Oil 2Native Calgarian Rachelle Brady has been a professional oil painter for almost a decade. She focuses mostly on landscapes, and has shown off her work at galleries around the city.

For her latest show, however, Brady and her friend and fellow painter Lois Griffiths decided to try something a little different.

They approached the Blue Door, a small store in southwest Calgary that specializes in gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and asked to host what they called the Infusion Art Show and Sale there on Oct. 24 and 25.

Brady said they wanted a venue that was more intimate and personal than a large gallery because it makes visitors feel more comfortable.

"I think that guests feel less intimidated, especially when they know us," Brady said.


Eric Francis’ Pizza Pigout Event enjoys 12 years of success

The annual event gives hungry participants a chance to try a wide variety of pizzas while raising funds to help children play sports

thumb  MG 9498PizzaEDITEDWhether you are a meat eater, a cheese fanatic, or a dessert connoisseur, Pizza Pigout has something for everyone. The annual event allows hungry participants to try a wide variety of pizzas while raising funds to help children play sports.

Local sports media personality Eric Francis started the Pizza Pigout 17 years ago because he wanted to create an environment where people could meet for a light-hearted pizza-tasting competition and raise money for KidSport Calgary, The Big Give Project, and the Youth Can Play Project.

"I just thought, 'is there anyone in the world that doesn't love pizza?' Everyone loves pizza, so why isn't there a contest out there celebrating pizza? And that's what the Pigout is kind of about," said Francis.

After a five-year hiatus the Pigout returned in 2013. The 12th annual Pizza Pigout occurred Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Cowboys Casino in Calgary.


New collection of short horror films to premiere at Globe Cinema

'ABCs of Death 2' to give fans another round of raucous killings

thumb 3ABCsofDeath2EDITFans who are expecting to see anything groundbreaking from the Calgary premiere of ABCs of Death 2 are in for a surprise. The film, a second collection of 26 short horror films that follows its 2012 predecessor, delivers on all fronts but originality. It follows the same blueprint and contains scenes that you would expect Drafthouse Films, who built the ABCS franchise on a foundation of shock and awe.

But being unique isn't entirely what makes a good horror film. It never was.

Horror, as a genre, should be something that takes society's taboos and manifests them into a visually compelling nightmare. If the effect should make you cringe, gasp, or even burst out into uncontrollable, morbid laughter, then the film has done what it was supposed to do.