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Since officially releasing my new “baby” L.A. Beat to the world last week. I have been overwhelmed by all of the support I‘ve received from everybody. I thank you all for that.

It is really quite touching. And it goes to show that no matter what people say, Lethbridge's music, art, drama and cultural scene is definitely big enough to support an “alternative” newspaper. Except this one is completely online for now and it will focus on the arts in Lethbridge— all of the arts. Not just music, though that is my specialty.

In nutshell, L.A. Beat is a one-stop shop for all things cultural going on in the city and the surrounding area. L.A. Beat is the one stop answer to anybody who asks/complains that there is nothing to do in Lethbridge. You’ll find through listings including the date, time, location and a brief description of the event and usually a web link about the performer if it is available. And if you don‘t know where to go, click on the little footprint icon and it will open up a map to the venue.

There will also be CD reviews, concert reviews and previews. And the same goes for art, drama, poetry—anything cultural. But I need to know about it before I can publish it. Contact me by e-mail or my brand new Facebook group with your listings and events at least until L.A. Beat e-mail is set up.

To answer a couple questions which have been cropping up. My listings are not designed to replace those in other media outlets but to enhance them. Same with coverage. I'm not trying to compete against other media, but to enhance their coverage — to fill a void which I feel is crying to be filled in a more comprehensive manner.

As I‘ve always said in my 17-some years of covering the arts for numerous media outlets including the Meliorist at the U of L back in the day — it’s all about supporting the cats who are out there doing it. It always has been. Not only by writing and photographing them, but getting out there and supporting them. This city oozes talent from every pore, it is a shame not to support it. There is a whole wide world of culture — music, drama , art — just waiting to be discovered by you in your own back yard.

Also, as soon as L.A. Beat really starts to grow, I will be seeking other writers but as it stands, I‘m doing it all myself. I‘ll be needing more submissions as the site and expansion plans grow. Look for a letters page, a musician/ artists directory, links to other arts supporters and a lot of other fun stuff.

So thanks for reading. L.A.Beat is my baby — I can‘t wait to watch her grow.

—Richard Amery, L.A. Beat editor/publisher

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