Artist Spotlight: Primary

At the heart of any improvisational music is the desire to perform with creativity and freedom, to experiment independently and collaborate with like-minded artists at the same time. Such is the case for Primary, a three-piece jazz-inspired improv group that has been leaving its mark on stages around Vancouver since its debut at the Museum... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Canada Needs to Publicly Support LGBTQ+ Rights Everywhere, Not Just in Big Cities

In recent years, the installation of a rainbow crosswalk has become a popular way for cities such as Vancouver, New Westminster, and Coquitlam to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Even Abbotsford and Maple Ridge, two of the more rural towns in the Lower Mainland, installed rainbow crosswalks. Abbotsford installed one near the University of... Continue Reading

2019 Election Boogaloo

Brace yourselves. Election season is coming.  Pundits and political nerds are predicting that the upcoming campaign period could be pretty hectic compared to previous ones, and the fact that social media will be used more than ever before is likely to make it worse. Then consider the recent discovery that Canadians who rely on mainstream... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Kendra Dias

Kendra Dias hopes that her music will empower listeners to find self-assurance and overcome their hardships, but failing that, she’ll keep making it for her own peace of mind—just like she has since high school.  Dias grew up in a strictly religious household, surrounded by friends with difficult lives, and writing songs was the only... Continue Reading

Vancouver Is Awesome’s recent piece on the DTES is a fine example of journalistic irresponsibility in local media

So many articles have been written about media misrepresentation of the Downtown Eastside that it’s hard to believe we’re still talking about it. Yet here we are, still reading headlines like “We bought illegal cigarettes in the Downtown Eastside so you don’t have to” — written in August by the editor in chief of Vancouver... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Kylie V

Kylie V’s debut, Lotus Eater, was recorded entirely on their iPhone in their family home. Their dad played the drums on the tracks, and at most of their shows, you’ll see Kylie with their grandpa—also a drummer—close in tow. The high school student has only released one record so far under the eponymous project, but... Continue Reading

Going Global: The EU’s Neverending Brexit

It was only a few weeks ago that Boris Johnson was selected by the Conservative party of the U.K. to become the Prime Minister, something that has long been anticipated. But as far as the European Union is concerned, they’re likely to get what they’ve been expecting: a politician who sells himself as a hard... Continue Reading

From the Editor: The low-down on the KPU Experience from a Soon-to-Be Arts Grad

Sharpen your pencils and charge your laptops, kiddos, because the fall semester is almost here. Soon, we will all be thrust back into the world of constantly approaching deadlines, three-hour lectures, and learning! So, so much learning. Contain your excitement and hold your applause. Scooch back from the edge of your seats, please. I may... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: DACEY

Dacey Andrada started her musical career by singing along to VHS tapes of live concerts in her childhood home. Even then, she and her family knew she would go on to do something with her voice, and that didn’t change as she got older. Over a decade later, when she met her current bandmates at... Continue Reading

Editorial: Millennial Coming-of-Age is About Adapting to Oversaturation, Not Memes

With each generation comes a new large-scale disaster to fear, and with each generation comes a new way of coping. The Boomers felt constant tension caused by the civil rights movement, the Space Race, and the Cold War looming over their heads. Generation X lost their faith in government with Watergate, watched the Twin Towers... Continue Reading

Why CSIS Spying on Environmentalists Is Completely Unsurprising

After years of fighting to escape a gag order, the BC Civil Liberties Association published a huge collection of documents which they say reveal that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had been illegally spying on environmental advocates and Indigenous groups opposing the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. It’s reasonable to expect that CSIS would be... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Canada’s Brand New Political Ad Registry

Over the last five years or so, online platforms have introduced an inescapable, almost surreal level of uncertainty to political discussion. The advertising engines that drive Facebook’s and Google’s business models thrive on user engagement, and the more clicks an article receives or the more commenters a discussion involves, the more money is made through... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Get tested for safer, healthier sex

Asking a partner or potential partner about when they were last tested for sexually transmitted infections can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know each other well. People can get defensive when you pop the question, or grumpy when you interrupt them right when things are getting hot and heavy. Sometimes it feels like the... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: RAG

Echo-immersed screams, hard-hitting guitar leads, and stylistic nuance makes RAG one of the more interesting names to emerge from Vancouver’s underground this summer. Formed by guitarist Mila Krajina and drummer Nigel Young—recently joined by bassist Joshua Jiho Silickas—the project marks a creative departure for three of the city’s seasoned rock musicians, all of whom are... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Wage Against the Machine

It is illegal in this country for companies to decide to pay employees less money because of their age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or other identity-based grounds. This is enshrined in the Canadian Human Rights Act and is also addressed in the Canada Labour Code. Responsible companies take great pains to avoid violating these rules, ostensibly... Continue Reading