Demi-chan wa Kataritai Ep.12 Review: Swimsuits, Muscles, and Comical Closure

Demi-chan wa Kataritai - 12 Mar 25, 2017, 7.37.18 PM

Several questions stand unanswered as Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls) comes to a fan service-filled close, but thankfully the anime goes out with much of the comedic charm and wonder it started with.

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Models of Diversity Western Canada Fashion Week preview for Vue Weekly

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Photo by JProcktor

I had the chance to dip my toe back into the fashion world with this week’s Vue Weekly cover story. Benveet Gill will join other models with disabilities and injuries on the Western Canada Fashion Week catwalk this season.

This spring’s Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) turns its focus towards a different kind of diversity than the one it has championed for 13 years.

WCFW Creative Director Sandra Sing Fernandes tried to orchestrate a fashion showcase for models with disabilities and injuries a year ago, and was disappointed when it ultimately fell through.

Then, two months ago, she received a serendipitous call from an old friend who previously worked as a WCFW makeup artist, Benveet “Bean” Gill. She had been struck by a virus-induced autoimmune disease in 2012, and the transverse myelitis in her spinal chord paralyzed her lower body.

“I’m in a wheelchair, but I’d love to model,” she told Fernandes over the phone. Read more

Gill and Fernandes reunited and materialized an important fashion showcase that challenges the stigma around people with disabilities. I’m glad I got the chance to tell a bit of their story.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.11 Review: A Cozy New Year’s Lull

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 11 Mar 23, 2017, 1.16.53 PM

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) keeps with the holiday theme this week, quietly revealing another cute side to its characters’ progression.

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Harman Quintet Swings John L. Haar Theatre in MacEwan Music Grad Recital

Leah Harman MacEwan University Senior Graduation Recital

Image design by Raine Radtke

I’ve never seen a bad senior graduation recital out of MacEwan University’s music program, but none has ever hit me quite like Leah Harman’s.

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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department Ep.11 Review: Gear Up

ACCA - 13-ku Kansatsu-ka - 11 Mar 21, 2017, 11.49.23 PM

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka) doesn’t quite put the pedal to the metal of the plot-mobile this week, but boy does it ever remind us how smooth its transmission is, helmed by Jean.

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai Ep.11 Review: A Swelling and Emotional Pseudo-Finale

Demi-chan wa Kataritai - 11 Mar 18, 2017, 12.39.19 PM

This week’s Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girls) takes a contemplative walk through the relationships of its characters, evaluating whether their actions resulted in the best emotional outcome. Though, you might not guess as much from the first moments of the episode.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.10 Review: All The World’s A Dragon Stage

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 10 Mar 16, 2017, 9.58.23 AM

This week on Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon), we get an ensemble episode in the truest sense of the term. The rendition of The Little Matchstick Girl that the cast puts on is as spectacularly peculiar as their fantasy natures.

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