Artist Spotlight: The Sylvia Platters

Not quite shoegaze, not quite pop, and worlds away from the valley’s acoustic and metal communities, The Sylvia Platters have been standing out in the Abbotsford music scene since 2013. Their next record, a split 12-inch with Stephen Carl O’Shea from You Say Party, will be streaming online on Oct. 19. Side A belongs to... Continue Reading

KDocs Cancels Next Year’s Documentary Film Festival

The 2019 iteration of KPU’s annual documentary film festival has been cancelled. The founder and primary organizer of KDocs, Janice Morris, regrets that she didn’t have the time to properly plan the 2019 festival due to personal circumstances, but reassures fans that it will be back in 2020. Other facets of KDocs, including its outreach... Continue Reading

Meet the Candidates in this Year’s KSA By-Election

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE (Two Positions Available) Vanshi Kapoor Why are you running for this position? I believe that there are issues I would like to solve. Firstly, alerting the students about the policies that KPU has. Also, I would like to bridge the gap between students and the administration of the university because not every student... Continue Reading

From the Editor: MyWellness Isn’t up to snuff for suffering KPU students

Seeking help when your mental health is faltering is hard enough. Once you take that step, being met with insufficient resources can be a huge setback, one that potentially determines whether your well-being will be on the upswing or downswing. The MyWellness app adopted by the Kwantlen Student Association and offered through its health and... Continue Reading

Local Limelight: Dante’s Paradise

The jazz program at CapU is home to a community of young and talented creatives, many of whom have started their own projects in the Vancouver music scene. Some are bands previously featured in this column (formerly titled “Artist Spotlight”), such as Club Sofa, Wind-Up Birds, and Wax Cowboy. Another is Dante’s Paradise, a four-piece... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza’s Fifth Poetry Team Prepares for a Year of Slamming

This year’s Slamapalooza team has officially been determined, and four of its members are hoping to attend the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Guelph this October. The lineup for KPU’s slam poetry team was finalized after the season-ending championship slam was held on the evening of Sept. 21 in Birch 250. The 2018-19 team... Continue Reading

Local Talent Hits the Runway at Vancouver Fashion Week

Twice per year, emerging and established designers from across Canada come together to present their best work at Vancouver Fashion Week. The seven-day event has welcomed talent from home and abroad since it was conceived in 2001, and has historically seen collections from Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and alumni. Last year, KPU’s own Sam Stringer... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Stevie’s Revenge

Musical fusion defines Stevie’s Revenge, a local four-piece most commonly described as “dreamy” but just as easily deemed indie rock or psych pop. Listen to their eponymous EP and you’ll be in for roughly 15 minutes of funky, easy listening music that was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the members themselves last year. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Hot tips for surviving on a plant-based diet at KPU Surrey

When I first stopped eating meat I was living on Commercial Drive and had all the options a vegetarian could dream of right on my doorstep. Within a couple blocks of my house, I could find delicious plant-based fare from burritos to curries without once having to check Yelp. That all changed when I came... Continue Reading

Let’s Talk About Sex Toys, Baby

Girls are expected to talk about boys—in particular, the sex they have with boys—but very rarely do our coming-of-age stories include sharing the intimate relationships we have with our own bodies. Growing from kids into women, we’re very seldom encouraged by those around us to discuss the details of our sexuality unless they revolve around... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Smithy Ramone

As much a nod to Joey Ramone as it is a means of self-discovery for Vancouver musician Lauren Smith, the debut of Smithy Ramone promises to deliver an energizing burst of bop-along punk. The EP, Cursed, will come in a zine that follows the ill-fated life of Smithy Ramone, a leather-clad bassist who learns from... Continue Reading

From the Editor: It’s tuition time again; here’s who your money goes to

The birds are chirping, the province is on fire, and it’s time for a brand new semester at KPU. This year our student body is bigger than ever, which means tuition dollars are rolling in. Yet very few of us truly know how our money is used or who exactly spends it. The university accepts... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Little Sprout

Little Sprout’s eponymous EP is plucky, sweet, and just lyrically dark enough to be hotly sardonic. The band places themselves under the “fuzzy pop rocks” genre, a label that—whether through an explosive chorus or a punchy line about vomit on the carpet—makes plenty of sense for their sugary but shocking sound. The band has three... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Tone deaf coverage of the DTES does nothing to help the community

The impoverishment that has come to define the Downtown Eastside is ever-prevalent in local news, but often this coverage does little more than exploit those who live there to capture public attention. Anyone with access to the internet can read about the misfortune that’s rampant in the area which surrounds Main and Hastings, and they... Continue Reading

The Art of Loving Offers Sex Smarts to Vancouver

Sex positivity is the socio-philosophical movement towards accepting safe and consensual sexual expression. The concept has waxed and waned in popularity throughout history, albeit under different names and guises. In the 1920s, Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich called it sexual liberation. In the 1960s, it reappeared as free and open love. Now, in the 21st... Continue Reading