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@yego.death: Reclaiming good old self-deprecation and turning it into fine art in a flurry of influencer emojis, @yego.death on Instagram is ripping a satirical hole in the side of Edmonton self-confidence issues — and it’s entirely hilarious. These acid-fuelled meme squares are shooting out at a wrist-breaking pace, taking on some aspect of our municipal insecurity, mixing the hyper-local with the generally human. Examples include “my life is epic river valley adventure,” “WEM food court brings me peace” and “my one night stand will not serve me at Next Act tonight.” Other bulls-eyes include “Attending Victoria School of the Arts shaped my great personality” and “Edmonton is the Montreal of Alberta” — and the colour pallet is perfectly offensive. Who made these? Why, we all did, every time someone new calls us a “world class city” in front of an audience!
Details: Any time at @yego.death on Instagram, no charge
The Quitter’s Club: Thanks to the pandemic, the whole Take This Job and Shove It vibe from the ‘70s is back, and you’ve probably read that quitting is actually trending. In case you’re stuck in such a rut, Candace Wolfe has a great podcast called The Quitter’s Club, including an episodic chat with Edmonton PR powerhouse Janis Galloway, inspired in part by Henry Cloud’s book, Necessary Endings. “I think it’s great,” Galloway says of letting something go. “Quitting something is not a failure if your instincts are telling you loud and clear that you need to move on.” Definitely worth a listen — but you and I are cool, right? You’re not leaving me are you? Hello?
Details: The Quitters Club wherever you find your podcasts, no charge
No Ordinary Man (2021): For decades, the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt’s new film, Tipton’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero. Co-presented with Rainbow Visions Film festival, 83 mins.