Jam in Jubilee 2017: Week One

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by Valerie Franklin This year’s incarnation of the Jam opens with the smooth, feel-good Motown vibes of the Aerophonics, featuring Kyler Pierce, James Stobbe, Brandon Clark, Dylan Weightman, Coal Shultis, and Kayden Gorden. Despite their Detroit-inspired sound, they’re as local as it gets. So, what is it that draws you to Motown music? Kyler Pierce: [...]

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 […]

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 […]

FRESH Art: Rebekah Brackett

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Rebekah Brackett was born in Calgary, Alberta and belongs to the Piikani Nation. She was adopted by her loving parents, Margaret and Dennis. She moved with her family from Kelowna, British Columbia to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. It was there that Rebekah fully developed her love for the arts. Her mother was very passionate for […]

The new brew: Hathi brings new flavour to local craft beer culture

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A new craft brewery in Abbotsford is emerging. Hathi Brewing (“elephant” in Hindi, pronounced hah-tee) currently has three varieties of beer, with more styles and flavours in the works. Founders Aman and Paul Sidhu are taking cultural cues from Abbotsford’s South Asian population to create an infusion of Indian tastes, craft beer, and community. Hathi […]