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Divas showing the fun side of opera at Casa

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Divas are making opera more accessible at Casa, March 14.Kathleen Morrison and Barbara King  bring Divas:A Night at the Opera to Casa, March 14. photo by Richard Amery
 When mezzo soprano Barbara King and soprano Kathleen Morrison met during a production of Mozart’s the Magic Flute they connected on a personal and professional level and decided to bring their new show Divas Opera to venues all over Alberta.

““It’s not just park and bark. So we’re not just standing there singing,” said Kathleen Morrison, who has performed all over the world after graduating from the University of Lethbridge in 2005. She connected with Barbara King, who has been singing for 20 years and singing professionally all over Canada for the past six years.

“We got along well together and our voices worked together seamlessly,” King said.
 They developed their Divas Opera: A Night At the Opera show over a year ago, performing their first show in May. They have performed 20 shows together since then and have several others planned around the Lethbridge show including High River the night after, Waterton Park and of course, Calgary.

 The show comes to Casa, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., which will feature accompanist Bente Hansen and special guests, Megan Wittig and Lisa Mulgrew of the Little Lethbridge Opera Company, who will be performing “Three Little Maids from the Mikado.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 March 2020 10:00 ) Read more...

Lots of Blues and Celtic music for March

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As usual, there is a lot happening in Lethbridge this week.The Real McKenzies return to Lethbridge, March 16. Photo by Richard Amery
 To start with, Keith Catfish Woodrow is back from Mexico and excited to host the March Slice of Blues jam at the Slice, March 10.
 The next night at the Slice, March 11, revamped Calgary roots band Red Hot Hayseeds return to play the March edition of the Windy City Opry. Tyler Allen has assembled almost an entirely new line up for the show.

 If you want to see something really special, Celtic Illusion  comes to the Enmax Centre, March 11. The show features live music, Celtic dancing, Illusion and much more. Tickets range from $63.50-$84.50. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Geomatic Attic goes blues this week with Juno award winning, Quebec born, Austin, Texas based bluesman Ray Bonneville performing at the Geomatic Attic, March 12. Tickets are $25  for members, $40 for non members. The show starts at 8 p.m. sharp.
 As usual there are a lot of open mics throughout the week.  Devin Gergel hosts the Beaches open mic oN Wednesday. Penelope Rose hosts the Slice’s Thursday open mic this week. The Lethbridge Folk Club’s open mic, on the second Friday of every month is this Friday at 7 p.m. at casa. There is a five dollar  suggested donation to cover room rental to attend.
 Kelly Klimchuk returns to host Honker’s Friday open mic.
 It will be a fun Friday the 13th.
 Alberta Music’s 35th anniversary tour features local country musician Trevor Panczak, Edmonton’s Fort Saskatchewan born musician Joe Nolan and Calgary country musician Amy Nelson playing a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
 Admission is $10 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.
 Local indie rock musician Fawns ,Calgary’s  Bretton lee John and Cold Water play the Slice, March 13. Admission is $10.

 The Bamboo Guppies rock Casino Lethbridge this weekend March 13 and 14. And if you want to laugh, Brian Dawydiuk and Cole Howg battle for roast king at Good Times, march 13. Vancouver comedian Chris Griffin will be telling the jokes, Saturday
 There are some cool shows out of town too. Lethbridge based rock/pop/country band Lawless Murphy (Vocalist  Cameron Clark, bassist Alex Thompson, guitarist Kevin Vezina and drummer Ryan Ebbinghoff) will be playing McLennans in Coaldale, March 13.
 Stage Fright: The Def Leppard Experience rock the Taber Oilman’s Club ’80s style beginning at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.
The Owl Acoustic lounge has a special Saturday scheduled.
Karen, Lewis and pam ( Gabe Thaine, Ashley Thomson and Jillian Bracken) will be singing children’s hits  of the likes of Raffi Fred Penner and of course Sharon , Lewis and Bram. They will be on stage at 3 p.m.
 That evening, Rae Spoon returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage with  Kim Barlow and Mohammed Sahraei. Admission is by donation.
 Get the blues with local blues band Zojo Black on March 14.
University of Lethbridge community radio station CKXU is psyched about their “It’s Alive” themed Fundrive 2020, which kicks off at the Boys and Girls Club, with The Rise of the Pastry, cupcake and live music extravaganza from 2-7 p.m. This year’s goal is to  raise money for a new computer system that will allow podcasting of your favourite programs.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2020 07:04 ) Read more...

Erin Ross hosting songwriters circle for International Women’s Day

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Erin Ross is excite to play a female powered songwriters in the round show at the Slice, March 6 in honour of International Women’s Day.

Though International  Women’s Day isn’t until March 8, Ross is excited to bring some of Lethbridge and Calgary’s favourite songwriters together for the show.Erin Ross hosts a songwriters in the round, March 6. Photo By Richard Amery

“We are celebrating International Women’s Day,” said Ross, who will be joined by fellow Calgarian Heather Blush plus local talent Shaela Miller and Ali Stuart.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 March 2020 20:39 ) Read more...

Music for International Women’s week and more this week

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Live music marks International Women’s Day this week.Hippodrome play the community cabaret, March 7. Photo by Richard Amery
The Lethbridge Community Band Society showcases female musicians and conductors  with special guest conductors Dr. Gillian Mackay, Cait Naighimura, LCI Gold Symphonie band, conductors Tanya Arnold, Karly Lewis, Karen van de Vendel at the College Drive Community Church, March 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $15, 12 and under get in for free.

 The night before, Calgary blues musician Erin Ross will be part of  a special songwriter’s circle at the Slice with fellow Calgarian Heather Blush and local musicians Shaela Miller and Ali Stuart.

 Theoretically BRewing has a special International Women’s Day matinee Show, March 8 from 1-5 p.m. featuring performances from Bailey Kate, Penelope Rose, makiisma, Blue and DJ Rabbyt.

 Admission is $10 kids under 10 get in for free.

The Slice features local rock band the Suit Jacket Society with Waterfront, March 7.
The Mark Hall band will be playing country and rock music at Casino Lethbridge this weekend, March 6 and 7.

 Tyler Bird hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday, March 5 as well.
 And Keith Woodrow hosts the Slice of blues jam on Tuesday, March 10.

 The Trippy Hippys host Honker’s Pub’s open mic on March 6 while Aaron Landry will host their afternoon open mic the next day.
Friends of the Galt Museum has a big  event, March 7 as they welcome the Great Canadian Barn Dance the the museum,7-11 p.m. There will be beef on the bun and a whole lot of down home fun. It is a fundraiser for community programming initiatives. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for Youth 11-17.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2020 17:58 ) Read more...

Lots more live music for Leap year weekend

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This year is a leap year this year, and with Feb. 29 falling on a Saturday, that means an extra night of live music and then some.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has a busy week ahead of them with an eclectic set of shows scheduled.

Boots and the hoots return to Lethbridge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 They have a rare Thursday night show, Feb. 27 with Red Deer roots /folk band Boots and The Hoots and Broken Brothers aka Eric Laroque and Ben Caldwell, performing after the Owl’s monthly poetry open mic hosted by Teri Petz at 7:30 p.m.
 They turn things up a notch, Feb. 28 with Calgary soul and funk band God Spilt the Milk plus local bands the Cayley and 21st Avenue. Admission is by donation.

Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s Broadway open mic returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 29 from 3-5 p.m. So come on out and belt out your favourite Broadway hits. Live piano accompaniment will be provided. Feel free to bring you own sheet music or choose from the music available.
 Later on, Jay Bowcott’s new band Rooks return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage at approximately 9:30 p.m.

 The Geomatic Attic brings back Calgary indie rock/ folk band Reuben and the Dark to Southminster United Church, Feb. 29. Local band Ghost Woman open the show at  at 8 p.m. sharp.  Tickets cost $36.50.

 That corner of downtown will be packed Feb. 29, with three big shows happening.
 Ammena Dance presents An Explosion of World Dance in the Yates Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Explosion of World Dance are $31 for adults,  $26 for children.

While right next door in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, the Quaint Quirky and Queer cabaret begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

 The Slice rocks as usual this week. On Feb. 28, Red Deer based power pop group The Pits Planet Earth plus local alternative rock band MTBC play the Slice beginning at around 9:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.

The next night, the Slice features local Led Zeppelin tribute Tangerine beginning at 9 p.m.

The Elim Village features a special  Leap of Faith Dessert Night, Feb. 29 at  the Grand Hall (275 Lettice Perry Road north) beginning at 7 p.m.
Deanna Storfie and Nathalie Snijder will be entertaining throughout the event, 7-9 p.m.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2020 14:34 ) Read more...
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