Track Premiere: “Sean” – Casinos

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Casinos are hard not to like. Whether you go for the big melodies or the fuzz-dripping guitars, the rich character studies or the muscular musical chops, there’s something for everyone. Since releasing their self-titled EP in 2014, the Abbotsford pop-rock favourites have kept a low profile, playing a smattering of shows and quietly developing a […]

Getting to the Core of the Lower Mainland’s Growing Cider Industry

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When non-cider drinkers think of cider, they picture smuggling Growers into the basement at family dinners to indulge in the may-as-well-be-juice, entry-level alcohol. But cider has been growing in popularity as a bright, sweet, summer drink and alternative to beer. The first annual Fraser Valley Cider Fest turned skeptics into apple appreciators with its stellar […]

New restaurant to fill spaces in Abbotsford’s class gaps: Abby Eats Café will allow patrons to “pay what they can”

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It’s an old trope: a bumbling restaurant patron discovers they can’t afford their meal, and, after a big commotion, they work off their debt by washing dishes and serving customers. In the real, less comedic world where everyone needs food but not everyone has the means to get it, this sort of system would have […]

Canadaland’s Aliya Pabani visits Abbotsford to host new podcast

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What do feminism, art, and Chad Kroeger have in common? What’s the bridge between Canadian art and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger? Apparently, Abbotsford. On March 18 Aliyah Pabani, host of Canadaland’s new Wednesday podcast, The Imposter, took the stage at UFV’s main lecture hall for the show. The event featured a mix of pre-recorded material, […]

Art on the Wing

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“I want to create discomfort in a viewer, to make them look a little harder,” said Christina Billingham, describing her preferred style of art, as well as the theme she had chosen for this month’s Art on Demand 3.2. Fragmented Self features the talents of Andrew Booth, Paige Caldwell, and Amanda Vergara. Featureless and smothered […]

Night in the Woods’ exploration of small-town life is #tooreal

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It appears to be a simple two-dimensional platformer with linear gameplay, but the aesthetics merely shield a complex, deep, and at times painfully sorrowful narrative. Released in late February, Night in the Woods walks into uncomfortable yet familiar territory few games dare to tread. But you see, that’s just the thing about Night in the […]