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ImageThe mysterious and sultry Abel Tesfaye AKA The Weeknd played the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary this past Thursday and I must say I was impressed. Amidst the screaming girls and women, the showmanship and stunning vocals of The Weeknd gave me flashbacks of Michael Jackson. While The Weeknd might never be able to touch the success the King of Pop, I must say that Tesfaye is trying his hardest.

The show was equal parts an audio and visual experience. Projections and synchronized lights added a lot to the hyper modern RnB sound that the Weeknd is best known for. One part art show, one part rap video, the performance was surprisingly sexy AND artistic in a way that was just enough of both to make it great.

Not to be outdone by the visuals, the band that backed up the Weeknd was on point. Two backup singers, a guitarist, DJ/Keyboards and a drummer supported the internet sensation in a way that affirmed he’s more than just Drake’s BFF.

Speaking of Drake, this is the first time I’ve been to a concert with legit screaming girls. The show was all ages, so throngs of under-age suburban teens flocked to the venue and promptly began shrieking at every possible opportunity.

That being said, the presence of teeny-boppers didn’t detract from the show at all. We had floor seats and most of the desperate shrieking was coming from the balcony above. The sound was great, the light show was killer and it was all over before 11pm. Not a bad night for a show at the Jube.

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I had the privilege of being invited to a prescreening of Roller Town, a new movie from the hilarious folks over at Picnicface. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you may be familiar with their television programme or their famous internet viral videos. Yes, the masterminds behind ‘POWERTHIRST‘ have made the jump to the big screen, and at the risk of sounding cliché I’d have to say they made a splash.

Comedically, this 70s era roller disco romance is everything you’d expect from a good viral video. It’s over the top, gross, nonsensical and damn funny. They were able to pack so many jokes in to the movie WITH a great story. Top all that off with a great soundtrack featuring original music from fellow Halifaxian Rich Aucoin, and you’ve got quite the Canadian indie film.

Seriously folks, skip the high budget american comedies this Friday night, keep them loonies in Canada and send a message that disco is forever!!!

Watch the Roller Town trailer