Artist Spotlight: Winona Forever

Meet Vancouver’s teenage dad rock band “It’s actually really rare that we’re all together this early,” says Ben Roberston, guitarist and vocalist for Winona Forever. The band’s three other members—Rowan Webster-Shaw, Alexander Bingham, and Cole Frizell—have gathered over coffee at Vancouver’s Helen’s Grill on Main Street, despite the fact that only Robertson lives nearby. Frizell... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Statistics

Brothers “capture the soul of old music” country-wide Darby and Erin Yule grew up in Prince George, BC, where they discovered their love of playing music together. Since then, their success with The Statistics has snowballed from writing EPs to recording with celebrities, playing national festivals, and touring the country. They describe their music as... Continue Reading

Going Global: National Defence

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says that Canada is playing its part in collective security In the last few months some NATO countries—Canada included—have been criticized for not sufficiently funding their militaries. NATO recommends that signatory states spend at least two per cent of their GDP on their armies. However, only five of them actually meet... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Nagorno-Karabakh Region

Conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh Region Early last month, fighting broke out again in the Nagorno-Karabakh region for the first time in years, when about 30 soldiers lost their lives in a violent skirmish. This is a reminder that the break-up of the Soviet Union can still be felt in former client states of Russia. Armenia... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Angelmaker

Vancouver’s most “brutiful” band This melodic deathcore band has an enormous sound and an equally sizeable member count. Between bassist Cole Rideout, lead guitarist Matt Perrin, rhythm guitarist Colton Bennett, drummer Jesse Price, and vocalists Mike Greenwood and Casey Tyson Pierce, the group boasts a resounding six members. With the exception of Perrin and Greenwood,... Continue Reading
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Taking Back History

Women in Defiance Recent transphobic debate in the United States has brought out once again the poignant reminder that transgender individuals face discrimination in many different ways. The debates currently surround “bathroom bills,” which require, by law, that people use restrooms that conform to the sex listed on their birth certificates. A protester’s sign circulating... Continue Reading

Going Global: EU referendum

Britain to hold EU referendum As a holder of a British passport, imagine my immediate anxiety upon hearing that a date had been set for a referendum on European Union membership. Being someone who hopes to go to Scandinavia or German-speaking Europe upon completion of my degree, an exit from the EU could make finding... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: One and the Same

An interview with One and the Same “You put us all together and somehow we manage without killing each other,” says One and the Same drummer, Corey Buchan. The band consists of a noise rock guitarist, a pop punk frontman, an alternative metalhead drummer, and a jazz funk bassist. Guitarist Josh MacDonald adds, “We’re capable... Continue Reading

Science Explained: The Zika Virus

The Zika Virus Earlier this month, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global health threat, stating that microcephaly and neurological disorder incidence in newborns in Brazil “constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” When considered against other prominent mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue and West Nile, the Zika virus has been... Continue Reading

Fighting for Space: Women in Activism

Women in Activism Feminism as it stands in 2016 is under fire—and from a wide range of opponents. You’ve got people who hate women in general, you’ve got people who think that gender equality has already been achieved, and you’ve got the crown jewel of it all, the internet. Feminism, now more than ever, has... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Hawking

An interview with Hawking frontman Tom Vanderkam Until last year, the members of Hawking cringed at the term “radio-friendly.” With two feet planted firmly in their math rock origins, they refused to enter the mainstream of music for the sake of artistic integrity. This year’s creation of their self-titled EP seems to have changed that... Continue Reading

Going Global: South Korea and Japan

South Korea reconciles with Japan on Comfort Women At the end of December, Japan and South Korea made a historic deal on the matter of comfort women. Japan agreed to pay one billion yen ($12-million CAD) to victims and their families, and to offer an apology. In exchange, South Korea will agree to stop criticizing... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Failing Street

An Interview with Nik Pang of Failing Street You wouldn’t guess that geography would play much of a role in a pop punk band. However, Failing Street frontman Nik Pang has a fascination with maps and, “likes knowing where [he is], both literally and figuratively.” Since he began bussing around the city as a child... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: What it means to make it

An interview with singer-songwriter Tamara Seeley Solo artist Tamara Seeley is a recent addition to Vancouver’s music scene. She left her hometown in Australia to play shows in Los Angeles, Calgary and New York, ending her journey here, where she’s now working and residing. Back in Australia, Seeley performed the songs off of her five-track... Continue Reading

Going Global: Saudi Arabia and Iran

The falling out of Saudi Arabia and Iran The recall of Iranian and Saudi diplomats was not a question of how or why, but when. In this case, it was the execution of a Shi’a cleric in Saudi Arabia that broke the camel’s back. It was the death of Nimr al-Nimr, a Shiite cleric who... Continue Reading