Episode 3: The Best of Times

Episode 3: The Best of Times

As their rivalry carried on in the streetboxes week to week, dozens of young writers and editors cycled through the doors of SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly — some cognizant of the papers’ bitter history, others not so much. In this episode we hear from a number of writers who cut their first bylines at the papers, and how working the alt-weekly beat influenced their lives at the time.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Fish Griwkowsky, Bryan Birtles, Rollie Pemberton, Zoltan Varadi, Mari Sasano, Vikki Wiercinski, David Berry, Michael Hingston, Paul Matwychuk, Rich Cairney, and Scott Lingley.

In the trailer for Episode 4, you’ll hear Liz Nicholls, Murray Utas, Mel Priestley, Trevor Schmidt, Paul Matwychuk, and Darka Tarnawsky.

This series was made possible with support of the Edmonton Heritage Council.

Episode 2: Room with a Vue

Episode 2: Room with a Vue

As Ron Garth and his former SEE Magazine staff set up their fly-by-night operation in a basement office, they managed to get the first issue of Vue Weekly without skipping a beat. Great West assembled a team to stay on to produce SEE, and kept the weekly publication schedule, too. After the split of Garth and Great West, the early days of both papers were steeped in concerns over rival ad dollars, meagre pay for writers, and less than ideal working hours, but for some, it wasn’t about comfort or stability: It was about family.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Mike Garth, Gene Kosowan, Steven Sandor, Rich Cairney, Scott Lingley, and Ron Garth.

In the trailer for episode three, you’ll hear Paul Matwychuk, Fish Griwkowsky, Mari Sasano, and Bryan Birtles.

This series was made possible with support of the Edmonton Heritage Council.

Download the transcript of this episode.

Episode 1: In the Beginning

Episode 1: In the Beginning

On November 29, 2018, Vue Weekly published its last issue. As it hit the streets in Edmonton, Alberta, the community realized it was losing yet another voice in independent, local media. But it was a long time coming. It all started out in 1992 with SEE Magazine, which—after racking up a hefty print bill—abandoned its offices to start anew as Vue in 1995. The lore of how it all went down varies, depending on who you ask.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Ron Garth, Duff Jamison, Steven Sandor, Gene Kosowan, Scott Lingley, Eden Munro, Zoltan Varadi, Bryan Birtles, Gord Nielsen, Rich Cairney.

This series was made possible with support of the Edmonton Heritage Council.

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A Tale of Two Weeklies: Trailer

A Tale of Two Weeklies: Trailer

“It was a newspaper war. A good old fashion knock down, drag out newspaper war…”

– Rich Cairney, former editor at SEE Magazine

For 26 years, two alt-weekly newspapers battled it out in the streets of a mid-size Canadian prairie city. Hundreds of writers, editors and creatives cut their teeth at the papers as they covered thousands of stories in their communities. Today, both papers are gone. A Tale of Two Weeklies digs in to the rich history of Edmonton’s SEE Magazine and Vue Weekly — their rise, rivalry, glory days and decline. Listen to the trailer.

Full episodes coming soon…