Pride, prejudice and poetry: Edmonton artist explores complexities through spoken word

Brandon Wint isn’t the type of artist to see barriers — instead, he breaks through them to build bridges. As a spoken word poet who also happens to be Black and physically disabled, Wint has experienced more than his fair share of categorization. But he doesn't let labels define his journey. When he takes his words from the page to … [Read more...]

‘We’re all humans:’ Photographer highlights stories from the street

After a decade and a half working in group homes, it was photography that put Jerry Cordeiro’s life in focus. For about four years, Cordeiro has been walking Edmonton’s inner city with a camera strapped to his neck and his heart worn on his sleeve. He’s the founder of Humans of Edmonton Experience, a blog that tells the stories of … [Read more...]

Music power couple rise as Moon Vs Sun

For a band made up of two of Canada’s biggest stars, the duo behind Moon Vs Sun is surprisingly down to Earth. Solo artist Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida will be performing as Moon Vs Sun at the Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival on Sunday night. The Juno award-winning artists, who are married, have performed in … [Read more...]

Doc Walker bringing ‘heartland’ sound to Beaumont

Doc Walker lead singer Chris Thorsteinson just finished a three-hour ride on his bobcat and is now ready to talk country. Seated at his cabin on the lake after doing some landscaping (he said it helps him clear his mind), Thorsteinson said growing up in small towns on the prairies has always been central to the band’s identity. “I grew up in … [Read more...]

Wu-Tang touches down in Edmonton

"I be tossin', enforcin', my style is awesome I'm causin' more Family Feuds than Richard Dawson, And the survey said -- ya dead Fatal Flying Guillotine chops off your fuckin' head!"                                                                                                                                       -The … [Read more...]

Playing with history

Jowi Taylor spent 11 years, drove and flew hundreds of thousands of kilometres, and spent an immeasurable amount of money to build a guitar that he can’t play. And he doesn’t regret it one bit, but this is no ordinary guitar. Six String Nation, which goes by the nickname Voyageur, contains historically-significant materials from all of Canada’s … [Read more...]

Twin Talents Take The Stage

Local filmmaker Jesse Ramshaw was driving back from work, smoking a cigarette, when he was struck by the idea for a movie focused on the drug trade shot in Meadow Lake. And suddenly the perfect line came to his head. “The first line that came to my head, is this man coming down some stairs, and he looks at these four men and says: ‘You’re not … [Read more...]

Festival to Hit the Right Notes

When the Meadow Lake & District Music Festival started back in the 1970s, adjudicators arriving in town received an unusual welcome gift: a pair of rubber boots. “Until 1985, Meadow Lake in the spring was mud and water,” recalled piano teacher Janet Caldwell. “The only paved street was Centre Street, so getting around meant owning and using … [Read more...]

Dorintosh Winter Fest Dazzles

The Dorintosh Winter Festival  featured a parade, street shinny, dancing, egg-tossing event and more. Photos by Omar Mosleh for the Meadow Lake Progress. … [Read more...]

A Journey into the Heart of ‘Cree’ation

When musician Jason Chamakese plays his flute at venues across the country, he’s often asked if he has a musical background. It’s a question he never really knew how to answer. Until now. “I’d say no, but it was a discredit to my culture,” Chamakese said. “Because yeah, I do have a musical background, and it goes back thousands of … [Read more...]