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Hicks Weekly Dish: Biera, a most satisfying meal BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST POSTED EDMONTON SUN: TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017

Biera Ritchie Market, 9570-76 Ave. 587-525-8589 biera.ca Wednesday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Sunday to Tuesday Dinner for two, excluding tip and beverages: basic, $40; loaded, $80 Food: 4 of 5 Suns Ambience: 4 of 5 Suns Service: 4 of 5 Suns    A pile of chefs talk the talk. Beer is as sophisticated as wine, they say. Beer can be as carefully paired with food as wine, they say. Beer this, beer that … Few, however, walk the walk. Very few chefs actually create foods that discernibly, in the mouth, are truly enhanced by the addition of beer and its bubbles. Even fewer chefs make dishes that go well with one style of beer, and not so well with another. In fact, I was convinced (other than a cold lager with a hot curry) that the whole fine beer/fine food thing was just another millennial trend, featuring nothing but fashionable pretense. Then I went to Biera – the recently-opened gastro-pub/bistro/neighbourhood eatery in the new ul ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks on Biz: Canada’s tax system is needlessly complicated BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST POSTED Edmonton Sun: MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017

Will no one rid us of this crazy, illogical, overwhelmingly difficult Canadian tax system? Our income tax calculations have reached absurd levels of complexity. The cost of compliance – i.e. accountant fees – has become almost as big a burden on small business as taxes themselves. Canada’s Minister of Finance Bill Morneau is oblivious to the problem; Justin Trudeau’s government has shown no interest in reviewing, overhauling and simplifying Canadian taxation rules. The problem, at its heart, is quite simple: Band-Aid upon Band-Aid upon Band-Aid. There has been no major review and reform of the Canadian tax system since 1971. Successive governments have expanded, modified, and changed the rules of the game by adding amendments, more regulations, closing loopholes, adding incentives and so on. It’s mind-boggling, but can be succinctly illustrated. The original income tax legislation, the 1917 “Income War Tax Act” was 10 pages long. Today’s 2017 I ... Read the rest of entry »

Citadel Theatre's Shakespeare in Love worthy of the highest praise: Review by GRAHAM HICKS

Shakespeare in Love Citadel Theatre, Shoctor Stage, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada September 16, 2017 to October 8, 2017 Tickets Review by GRAHAM HICKS,  Hicksbiz.com Rest easy, the Citadel Theatre is in good hands. Daryl Cloran has had a year now as the new artistic director of the Citadel Theatre, but the 2016/17 season was still picked and planned by his predecessor Bob Baker, who retired in the spring of 2016 after a long and rich tenure at the helm of the largest theatre in Canada west of Toronto. This season’s opener Shakespeare in Love is the first show of the first season that Cloran has fully overseen. Plus he decided to direct the show as well – which must have involved many 18-hour days leading up to opening night on Thursday, September 22, 2017. Big challenge! Shakespeare in Love is a sprawling, BIG play in all aspects, over two hours long, 20 actors, jam-packed with action and meaning. You may remember it began life as a movie, a major hit that earned seven Academy ... Read the rest of entry »

Soul Sistas an explosion of talent and energy: Mayfield Dinner Theatre review by GRAHAM HICKS

Soul Sistas Mayfield Dinner Theatre (DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton) Sept. 5 to Oct. 29, 2017 Hicksbiz.com review by GRAHAM HICKS Hang on! Taking in Soul Sistas at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre is like hopping into a musical Lamborghini on a race track with no speed limit. Breathless!  Exhilarating!  Exciting, and, dare one say it, probably as close to the originals (Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin) as is humanly possible. Tiffany Deriveau as Tina Turner and Tara Jackson as Aretha Franklin are far more than impersonators – they get inside their characters. In song, dance and spirit they channel these two super-stars of American soul, rhythm & blues, and, in Tina’s case, rock ‘n’ roll. Older patrons of the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, be not afraid. While the show is full of energy and enthusiasm and celebrates familiar music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s, it is presented within reasonable decibel levels. Soul Sistas is not so much a musical as two separ ... Read the rest of entry »
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