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FRESH Art: Rebekah Brackett

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

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…

Opinion: A lack of plaques makes public artists anonymous

Over the years, the Fraser Valley has blossomed into an area full of public art and culture. Statues have risen, murals added, and cultural difference welcomed with open arms. With growth comes new businesses, families, and artistic opportunities which should be given proper credit. Abbotsford in particular stands at the forefront of public artistic expressionism. Although…

Kristin Witko takes us through the creation of debut Union

A new pop-flavoured player has emerged from the folk, punk, prog-rock melting pot that is the Fraser Valley’s music scene. On February 17, Kristin Witko released her debut record, Union, through Simon Bridgefoot’s record label, Raccoon Moon Records. The record reflects sundry influences that Witko herself admits are wide-ranging. “I tend to create stuff that…

Strong bonds make strong brews

As Darin Graham of Boardwalk Café once said, describing his business’ relationship with local board game stores: “A rising tide lifts all ships.” For the last few years, the number of craft breweries in the Fraser Valley has been growing exponentially. We’ve become very familiar with names like Old Abby Ales, Dead Frog, Field House,…

Local Harvest: Pedal by Chelsea Rooney

It’s not often that you find a truly nervy novel, but Pedal is just that — so full of guts and so tightly strung that you somehow can’t look at directly or for very long, that it seems to vibrate on the shelf, that it seems to threaten the other books when you try to…

Fresh Art: Janelle Fitz

Janelle Fitz is a visual artist and graphic designer located in the Fraser Valley. Janelle grew up with a love for art and pursued this throughout her high school and university years. In 2014, Janelle graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Since then, she has continued…

With Special Guests by Seamus Heffernan

It had been about six weeks since she moved out, and it was time I found something new to do other than sitting around watching the laundry not do itself. I was thumbing through a week-old issue of Q or NME I had found on the tube and saw this ad in the back: Punk…

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