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Episode 7: Fin.

Episode 7: Fin.

In bringing this tale to a close, we step inside Vue Weekly‘s office during its final years. Editorial morale had plummeted, ad targets were crucial, and readership wondered if the paper was in its final throes. The last issue of Vue ran in November 2018; in the year since it’s been absent from Edmonton streetboxes, we consider what’s been lost, and what may one day take its place.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Andy Cookson, Mel Priestley, James Jarvis, Eden Munro, Trent Wilkie, Trevor Schmidt, Joshua Semchuk, Jose Teodoro, Stephan Boissoneault, Scott McKeen, Samantha Power, David Berry, Darka Tarnawsky, Paul Matwychuk, Ron Garth.

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

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Episode 6: The Worst of Times

Episode 6: The Worst of Times

While readership and advertisers continued to shift away from print media, in the early months of 2011 Vue Weekly and SEE Magazine finally saw their longstanding rivalry reach a conclusion. In the end there would be just one paper left standing—but surviving in the new media landscape didn’t feel like much of a victory.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Mike Siek, Ron Garth, Jeff Holubitsky, Craig Janzen, Andy Cookson, Curtis Wright, Chelsea Boos, and Samantha Power.

The ruling from the Alberta Court of Appeal in Ron Garth’s last claim against SEE Magazine, Hollinger Inc., et al, can be viewed here.

In the trailer for Episode 7, you’ll hear Paul Blinov, Ron Garth, Samantha Power, Trevor Schmidt, Mel Priestley, Trent Wilkie, Eden Munro

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

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Episode 5: We Came in at the End

Episode 5: We Came in at the End

While both papers were struggling with the new world order of the Internet and social media, SEE Magazine took this challenge in a different direction than Vue Weekly. It meant shrinking its page counts and swift personnel changes—a lot of them. In this episode, we focus on what was happening in the office during SEE‘s final years.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Eamon McGrath, Michael Nunweiler, Duff Jamison, Jeff Holubitsky, Paul Matwychuk, Gord Nielsen, Murray Utas, Darka Tarnawsky, and Michael Hingston,

In the trailer for Episode 6, you’ll hear Jeff Holubitsky, Curtis Wright, Andy Cookson, Craig Janzen, Ron Garth, Mike Siek

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

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Episode 4: Dramatown

Episode 4: Dramatown

Though many alt-weeklies had a music-heavy focus, Edmonton’s theatre scene required some special treatment. From hosting the world’s second largest Fringe Festival to boasting a season with the most theatre per capita in North America, there was—and continues to be—a lot of drama in YEG. And it spilled over the pages of Vue Weekly and SEE Magazine all too easily.

Click here to read more on the 2010 Fringe incident involving a local blogger’s review of Teatro la Quindicina.

Thanks to those whose voices are heard in this episode: Liz Nicholls, Darka Tarnawsky, Josh Semchuk, Vern Thiessen, Trevor Schmidt, Murray Utas, Mel Priestley, and Paul Matwychuk.

In the trailer for Episode 5, you’ll hear Duff Jamison, Michael Nunweiler, Paul Matwychuk, Jeff Holubitsky, Eamon McGrath, Gord Nielsen. 

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

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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.

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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.

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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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*CORRECTION: Gene Kosowan was Vue Weekly‘s managing editor, not production manager as stated in this episode.

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…