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, the socio-philosophical movement towards accepting safe and consensual sexual expression, has waxed and waned in popularity throughout history. 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 century, sex positivity is a regular part of Western... Continue Reading
Abubakar Khan is the face of The Chosen Khan, a collective of community members and advocates from Metro Vancouver. (Alyssa Laube)

The Chosen Khan Advocates for Empathy in Surrey

Abubakar Khan, known more famously on social media as The Chosen Khan, grew up surrounded by empaths, immigrants, and activists. His great uncle built the first mosque in B.C. His grandfather pulled together the multicultural community in Greater Vancouver and witnessed the Komagata Maru incident. And when it came for Khan’s time to get involved... Continue Reading

From the Editor: If you really want to represent LGBTQ+ folks, you’ve got to cast queer

Erasure dominates the history of queer cinema, from the infamously white Stonewall movie to the recent announcement of Scarlett Johansson’s role as a trans man and sex worker named Dante “Tex” Gill. The movie about Gill’s life is already set to be a gross misrepresentation. Rather than being accurately portrayed as a businessman who was... Continue Reading
KPIRG Director Simon Massey takes the mic to adjourn the special general meeting. (Alyssa Laube)
KPIRG Director Simon Massey takes the mic to adjourn the special general meeting. (Alyssa Laube)

KPIRG Unable to Update Bylaws at SGM on July 24

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group was unable to meet the 50-member quorum needed to proceed with its special general meeting on July 24. As a result, KPIRG could not adopt proposed changes to its bylaws that would allow the group to function more efficiently following the Kwantlen Student Association’s decision to withhold its funding.... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Emma Citrine

Emma Citrine’s first album was chaotically diverse, opening with a honky-tonk guitar riff before barrelling into just under a half-hour of alternative rock, blues, and folk. The record, Sad Surprise, was more of a collaboration between her and her friends than a true solo album. Now, Citrine is preparing to release the first album written... Continue Reading