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Tyson Ray Borsboom excited to release new CD with band

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Lethbridge based singer songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom was excited to release his first full length  CD “Will” and is looking forward to a tour once the Covid 19 panic blows over.Tyson Ray Borsboom playing his CD release party at teh Owl Acoustic lounge, Feb. 22. photo by Richard Amery

“It’s my first full length CD,” said Borsboom, who officially released “Will” at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 22.
 He recorded the 10 track CD last  July with Matthew Rederburg at the Farm outside of Lethbridge with band mates Kevin Giron, Eric West and Brock Boot.
“I’m just super excited to release this CD. It’s my first full length band CD. The other was more of a singer songwriter CD (Sinner in 2018)and I also  released a CD of covers,” he observed, adding he took a few  guitar lessons as a teen, then gave up the guitar for a while before picking it up again and starting to write songs.

“This CD is about self help and about some of the things I’ve experienced over the past two years,” he said, adding he had been playing most of the songs live before recording them. He has been a prominent face at local venues like Owl Acoustic Lounge and The Slice.

“Steve at the Owl and Derek at the Slice have been really kind to me. I’ve played a lot of open mics. I called them a lot, more than most bands. They’ve let me open for a lot of acts and have given me a couple headlining shows,” he said, adding it is important to maintain positive relationships with fans, club owners and everybody else.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:55 ) Read more...

Coronavirus fears lead to cancellations and closures though smaller shows continue

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This week is  not so much about what is going on, but what has been cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Megan Brown  plays with the Junkman’s Quire this week and hosts the Slice's open mic. Photo by Richard Amery
 The provincial government has prohibited any gathering with more than 250 people, which has lead to a lot of fallout in the community.
 The Galt Museum, Casa, Lethbridge Public Library, SAAG, Multicultural Centre, Helen Schuler Nature Centre, all arenas, Cor Van Ray YMCA and ATB Centre and  Fritz Sick, Stan Siwik and Nicholas Sheran swimming pools have all been temporarily closed.

The Lethbridge And District Music and Speech arts festival , which was to take place March 23-April 4 all over the city, has been cancelled.
 So have all events at  the Enmax Centre and Exhibition park including the Home and Garden show.
All CKXU Fundrive events, from March 13-21 have been cancelled including the Shiverettes show that was to be at the Lethbridge Rugby Club, March 21 to  wind up the University of Lethbridge based community radio station’s annual fundraiser.
The Glorious Sons’ March 17 concert at the Enmax Centre has also been postponed as has Matthew Good’s upcoming April 4 concert. It has been rescheduled to a date to be determined. Tickets  for the shows will still be honoured.

Smaller shows have also been affected. Vancouver Celtic punks the Real McKenzies show  which was to take place, march 16 has been postponed. Advance tickets will be refunded.
 Blues harp master Carlos Del Junco has also cancelled his tour including his  March 21  Lethbridge Folk Club show at The Lethbridge College Cave. The Folk Cub  will honour tickets to this show at  their future  performances.
The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has also cancelled their “Striking Rhythms” concert at Southminster united Church, March 16.
 For theatre, the last four shows of New West Theatre’s production of Ken Cameron’s Dear Johnny Deere were cancelled last week.
 Theatre Outre is also postponing their  March 26-29 production of the Sissy Duckling, They hope to remount it when the  situation settles.
The University of Lethbridge is also exploring options for their  production of In Tongues. They may stream it or postpone it until the Fall.

Comedy  club Good Times has also closed for two weeks.
 So what’s left? Music is a beautiful way to escape the news and pandemic panic. It should be common sense, but  don’t go out if you are feeling sick and remember to wash your hands throughly and regularly with soap and water.

Quite a few things are happening, though smaller venues are taking shows day by day, there are still a few shows happening.
 The Lethbridge Firefighters Pipes and Drums annual St Patrick Day Pub Crawl begins at 3 p.m. at  Backstreet West, followed by  visits to the Kingsman  Alehouse, Mojos West, Backstreet South, Spectrum Ale Works, Hudson’s Pub and ending at Average Joes at 9 p.m.. Unfortunately that event was cancelled late Monday.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:13 ) Read more...

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...
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