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Princess Rules brings back beloved characters

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Aaron Collier is excited to bring Heist’s new production “Princess Rules” to Club Didi for Lethbridge Pride Festival, tonight , June 16 and Sunday night , June 17 at  8 p.m..
 Princess Rules is the sequel to the award winning Princess show.

“We’ve toured Nova Scotia with it,but this will be the first time in Lethbridge. Which is nice because  the characters were created in Lethbridge  through Club Didi and Theatré Outré in 2916, said Collier from Halifax, who created the characters with Richie Wilcox.

Princess Rules is a new journey of Princess Edward where she takes her career to new heights no matter the cost. In Princess Rules this live action anime performance, Princess Edward reinvents her pop star persona and goes rogue to produce her new show. But when mysterious floating orbs threaten her career and even her life, she must learn how to listen to her true self before she loses everything.

“It’s a play, but it is entirely lip synched to live anime,” Collier said.
“Princess Edward is popular but wants to change her focus,” he continued.


Eclectic week features jazz and much more

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An eclectic  and busy week of music is dominated by Lethbridge jazz and blues Festival events happening throughout the week. But that is only some of all the great jazz and blues music happening this week.
The Sojourners’ Marcus Moseley hosts the Jazz and blues festival Sweet inspiration Gospel Concert at Southminster United Church on Wednesday, June 13. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic lounge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 It is competing with what is sure to be a great edition of the Windy City Opry at the Slice, where Eastern European influenced  folk/ roots band the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will be holding court at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $10.

 Thursday night is especially busy. there are suppertime Jazz and blues concerts with  Randy Epp and Don Robb performing  at the Telegraph and James Oldenburg at the Firestone. Both play from 5:30-8 p.m. Johnny Summers and the Calgary jazz Orchestra and special guest Mallory Chipman play the Enmax Centre lounge at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.

 And for the complete opposite to that, Average Joes hosts a great Canadian ’80s metal show featuring the Killer Dwarfs and Kick Axe beginning a t 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Friday, June 15 is just as busy, if not more so.
 The Geomatic Attic winds up their season with Vancouver based rockabilly trio Cousin Harley at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $37.50 in advance $40 at the door. They are touring in support of their new CD “Blue Smoke: A Tribute to Merle Travis.

 Most Lethbridge Jazz and blues festival events are at the Enmax Centre.
 Local jazz musicians will be performing at the food Truck Frenzy beginning with HBO3 at noon and the Steve Keenan band winding things up at 5 p.m..
If you aren’t full, Papa King plays the Suppertime blues series at Coulee Brew while Dale  Ketcheson plays the Mocha Cabana. Anna McBryan and Cal Toth play for supper at the Firestone.
 Later that night, Saskatoon blues/ roots musician B.C. Read plays the Slice at 9:30 tickets are $20.

 Then the Mallory Chipman quartet plays the Enmax Centre Lounge at 7:30.
and completely different from that, Gabriele Thaine hosts a CD release party for his new CD “Alone In this World” at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.


Boomshack expands on jazz to get people dancing

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While it isn’t officially part  of the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festivals., Nanaimo based jazz/ dance band Boomshack plan to get your  feet moving at the Slice Saturday, June 16.Boomshack make their Lethbridge debut this week. Photo submitted
 “This will be our first tour off the Vancouver island experience. We’re just playing four shows in Alberta and four in B.C.,” said trumpet/ trombone player Dave Bamford from his living room in Nanaimo, where he is hanging out with drummer Graham Villette.

 The band formed after meeting and making music together through the jazz program at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

“We were really influenced by two local bands playing a lot. And we enjoyed playing together and making music together,” Villette added.
“I actually joined the band six months, a year after the other guys because their original drummer was away for the summer, so I filled in and joined the band playing auxiliary percussion. I enjoyed it so much, I got some stuff like bongos and joined,” he continued, adding the band expands on their jazz roots by incorporating a variety of musical styles including Latin, funk, rock and pop.
“And a lot of reggae,” Bamford added.


Holly Cole exploring hypnosis and new music

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Halifax born, Toronto based crooner Holly Cole makes her first visit to Lethbridge to headline the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival, Saturday, June 16 at the Enmax Centre.
 She just released her first CD in six years called “Holly ” with  her “unbelievable” band  including long time pianist Aaron Davis, bassist George Koller, drummer Davide DiRenzo and horn player Johnny Johnson.

 She has taken a few years away from the music scene to work on other projects and spend time with her mother who passed away.
So what has Cole, who scored a hit cover of “I Can See Clearly Now,” with her beloved trio of David Piltch and Aaron Davis, back in 1993, been doing since her last album.
“Nobody’s asked me that quite so bluntly. But mostly I was spending some time with my mom.

“We knew she  was dying and I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible. But she understood, if I wasn’t out on tour, she suggested I study something. So I became a registered hypnotist. Mom always said I have a very hypnotic voice, ” Cole said, from the coast of Nova Scotia, raving about an old 1845 house she and her business partner bought and are renovating to rent out.

“I love it. It’s a huge project. It used to be a post office and a barrel factory. it has a greenhouse,” she said.
“When I think about it, I’m approaching it the same way I approach music. I think about and care about the history of it. I think of the people who lived in the house, who they were, how they lived. When i look a a song from the ’30s or 40s, I think about the people who were listening to it, wrote it and then I just put a modern twist  to it,” she said.

 She noted she focuses on paediatric hypnotherapy, so she could help children.
“It’s not stage hypnotism. That entertainment. But kids today are so stressed out and anxious. I never heard of those words until I was an adult,” she continued.
“I also learned a lot about self-hypnosis. You can hypnotize yourself to do anything. But you have to really want to. I hypnotized myself to stop smoking and  haven’t for quite a few years now. I can also hypnotize myself to go to sleep in about 45 seconds. So now I can  fall asleep anywhere, on, busses or on planes. I never used to be able to do that,” she said.


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