Posts By: Karl Low

Jessica Young

Jessica is a mom of two from Calgary, Alberta. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations at Athabasca University, although she is hoping to eventually pursue her dreams of becoming a psychologist. In her spare time Jessica can usually be found writing or curled up with a book and a cup of coffee.

Music Review—Shout it Out Loud

Artist: The Cocktail Slippers Album: Shout It Out Loud The Cocktail Slippers, the raucous five-piece all-woman rock band from Oslo, Norway, released their fifth full length album Shout It Out Loud on September 17th, 2021. The band is comprised of Hope on lead vocals, Vega on guitar, Rocket Queen on guitar, Sugar on bass, and… Read more »

Music Review—Painkiller Twighlight

Artist: Elko Album: PAINKILLER TWILIGHT Egyptian/Canadian nonbinary artist, Elko, has released their new EP, PAINKILLER TWILIGHT.  The album was written during quarantine, reflected in the overall theme of disillusionment that permeates through PAINKILLER TWILIGHT.  The lead single “Dishonest” is accompanied by a music video shot by Cincinnati media outlet, Soul Serum. Growing up in a… Read more »

Local Shout Out—Calgary and Area, Part II

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially right now,… Read more »

Local Shoutout—Calgary and Area

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially right now,… Read more »

Music Review—RaceCar Phenomenon

Artist: Miles to Nowhere Album: RaceCar Phenomenon Pop-punk trio Miles To Nowhere are set to bring their self-described “galaxy punk” to the world with the release of their new album The RaceCar Phenomenon. The band is comprised of Kristen Taylor on lead vocals and guitar, Katie Grenert on base and vocals, and Richard Duran on… Read more »

How to Survive Studying with Children

Distance learning is hard.  Studying from home takes enormous amounts of self-discipline, motivation, and perseverance—even more so for those of us who have children.  As an AU graduate with two children, I discovered some tips and tricks along the way to manage the chaos of studying at home with kids. Plan Ahead This is probably… Read more »

Music Review—The Dandelion Child

Artist: Franklin Zoo Album: The Dandelion Child On October 1, 2021, progressive rock quintet Franklin Zoo will be releasing their third full-length album, The Dandelion Child. According to Franklin Zoo, The Dandelion Child offers a fresh and uncompromising sound, emotion of life lessons, and existential noise. “The album consists of six long, progressive songs,” reads… Read more »

Local Shoutout—Supporting Small Businesses

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves.  That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses.  The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers. While most of us are struggling financially… Read more »

Music Review—Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble

Artist: Fences Album: Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble American indie rock singer Christopher Mansfield, aka Fences, has released a new album—Wide Eyed Elk Ensemble.  “While singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield has made a name for himself via a steady string of critically acclaimed solo releases and collaborations with the likes of Tegan and Sara, Macklemore, Death Cab for… Read more »

Surviving a Road Trip with Young Children

Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing throughout Canada, many of us are making plans to travel again—at least within the country.  Traveling with young children can be intimidating, especially if you’re preparing for a long car ride.  My kids and I frequently drive over six hours away to visit family, so I’ve had plenty of… Read more »