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Arts Days keep on growing five years later

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Lethbridge celebrates the arts , Sept. 21-27 with the fifth annual Arts Days happening all over the city, primarily downtown and mostly at CASA.The Allied Arts Council's Ashley markus is excited for the fifth annual Arts Days this year. Photo by Richard Amery


“It just keeps grows bigger every year,” said Ashley Markus, Allied Arts Council communications coordinator.
“ We’re incorporating more different artistic mediums. it’s more than just visual artists. There is art, theatre and music.


“ We want to include all artistic people even those who aren’t familiar with art,” she said.
 ArtsDays begins with Word On the Street on Sunday, Sept. 21 outside the Lethbridge Public Library.


 It will feature live entertainment and lots of authors including Diana Davidson, young adult fantasy author Erin Bow, teen author Carrie Mac,  gardening guru Lyndon Penner, poet Derek Beaulieu , cook book author Julia Van Rosendaal and local musician/ author/ artist Herb Hicks plus many more.
“ A lot of the activities are happening over at CASA,” Markus observed.


The cornerstone event is the eleventh annual Artwalk which pairs artists with local businesses downtown. It takes place Sept. 26 and Sept. 27.
“This year Artwalk has 40 different stops,  all mostly downtown,” she continued.
 Chinook High school students will be creating chalk art on the sidewalks as well.
 There will also be an artisans market featuring 20 different artists and organizations ranging from photographers to painters and handicrafts artisans who create glassware, pottery and carvings at CASA Sept. 27 and 28.


There is also a film component this year with Prairie Tales 16 on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the CASA community room. And outside on the screen outside of CASA The Silent Treatment: A Festival of Shorts.
 Erin Watson is directing a piece at the U of L Penny building, Sept. 25-28 which looks at the transformative nature of theatre through voice, movement and mask.


 There will even be performance artists featuring M:ST all over downtown.
“ They will be doing a bunch of different performances,” she said.
Of course there will be buskers and street performers throughout downtown as well.
 The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra kicks off their season with their first  Chamber Music series of the season with Musaeus and mezzo soprano Sandra Stringer. That happens at the CASA community room on Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35.


In conjunction with Arts Days, new exhibitions run at CASA,  the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Trianon.
 The Southern Alberta Art Gallery officially opens “ The Summit Meeting,”  a new exhibit from Montreal born artist  Raphaëlle de Groot  with the opening reception on Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

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Things settle down after crazy couple of weeks

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With the Windy City Tattoo Weekend and Love and Records, Freshfest and the Lethbridge Music Festival all happening Papa King and Scott Mezei play Sept. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryover the past couple weeks, are you as burned out as I am on live music and big events? Of course not. You can never have too much live music.


 Fortunately this week features a lot of really cool, laid back shows.
Blues lovers will not want to miss Edmonton born Vancouver based blues harpist Harpdog Brown. He comes to the Slice to sing the blues on Sept. 18. There is a $10 cover for the show.
 For something a little more intimate, Kingston songwriter Tom Savage makes a long awaited return to the Slice on Sept. 17.


It has been a couple of years since he rocked the house with his big, loud, dirty alt country/ rock trio, but this time he is playing a more intimate acoustic solo set in support of his new album “History of a Common Man.” The Nix Dicksons’ Tanner James also returns to Lethbridge this week, to play the Slice on Sept. 19.

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Young Running have wonderful summer touring for new CD

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Toronto based indie folk quartet Young Running are coming to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 19.
They have enjoyed a busy summer of shows and are excited to come to Alberta.Young Running play Lethbridge, Sept. 19. Photo submitted


“We’re on the shores of Lake Superior now and it’s gorgeous,” said Liam Kearney from Sault Ste Marie, where they spend some time visiting the family of band mate James Moss. Spencer Irvine and Kevin Braun complete the band's lineup.


He added the tour in support of their brand new CD “ Small Town City,”  has  gone well.


“We’ve had a wonderful reception,” he added.

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Glorious Sons working hard and making some noise with Airbourne

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 While Kingston, Ontario is widely known as  the home of a maximum security prison and a little band called the The Glorious Sons play with Airbourne and Flash Lightnin', Sept. 23. Photo SubmittedTragically Hip, it may also be known as the home of  the Glorious Sons, who skyrocketed to prominence with their hit singles  “Mama” ” and “ White Noise,” after winning the 2013 HTZ-FM Rocksearch competition.


“Everything happened really, really fast. We just decided to enter this contest and everything happened. We’ve had a lot of luck, but we’ve also worked really hard,” said lead singer Brett Emmons, just waking up and getting ready to do their fourth Cross Canada tour this time with Flash Lightnin’ and  Airbourne, which comes to Average Joes, Sept. 23.


They released their new album “Union” on Sept. 16, which features “Mama” and “White” Noise” and the new single “Heavy.”


“ We just wanted to put our 10 favourite songs on the album and people wanted hard copies of ‘White Noise’ and ‘Mama.’ So it wasn’t really a big deal to put them on it,” he said adding they didn’t change anything on those songs for the album versions.
“ And ‘Mama’  goes well with ‘Union,’” he said.


They are excited about playing with Airbourne.
“ We‘re just trying to keep rocking. We just like to play with anyone. We’re playing a lot of bigger rooms this time. But we all just love playing live. There is nothing better than getting in front of a hundred people and rocking and knowing we’re rewarded with their smiling faces and cheers,” he said.
He noted the band doesn’t have a set songwriting process.

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