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Dean Selena excited about new CD

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The Richard Doerksen Band unveils their new CD and their new name — Dean Selena— at a  CD release party, Jan. 23.
Dean  Selena ( and  ) is named after the first names of Doerksen’s great grandma and great grandpa, Doerksen decided to change the band  name to something shorter and something that couldn’t be mis-pronounced. The new CD is called ‘ What is Unchanged.’ Dean Selena
“It’s all my music.  They (the band, bassist Daniel Ens and drummer  Daniel Puurveen) just helped me perform it,” Doerksen said adding the music isn’t quite as ambient and laid back as his previous CD.
“There’s definitely more of a rock feel to it, well more Pink Floyd style rock, except less ambient and less weird,” he said  adding he wrote some of the new during  work on the last CD, and have been performing several of the songs live ever since. Already  songs like ‘I’ve Been Accused’ is getting radio play on CKUA and local radio station CKXU has just added it to their playlist. Dean Selena will also be featured on CTV in the coming weeks.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 January 2010 08:21 ) Read more...

Blue Rodeo brings it all to their Lethbridge show

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On the Lethbridge stop on their “The Things We Left Behind” tour, Blue Rodeo left nothing behind and delivered their all.

This Canadian icons have decades of history and dozens of albums. Now with the latest release, they brought their fans a career of hits and have fine tuned their greatest two assets - lyrical genius and their perfected garage band qualities.

For everyone in the house at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge last night, Jan. 14, the entire band delivered an unforgettable evening of entertainment while bringing a seemingly down home feeling of a casual experience to to the stage as if they were jamming in your parent’s basement.

Blue RodeoIt is an accomplishment in itself for originals Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor to successfully still light up the stage night after night on tour and make it unique and enjoyable to all in the house. But it is magical to watch them do it with their personal touch, camaraderie and sharing of musical minds while still looking like they are having a blast entertaining their fans.

These two musicians and friends are aging beautifully along with all their fans but to their credit they bring a youthful timeless energy with their performance which in turn brings them a venue full of fans new and old from every generation. Parents brought their children and grandparents brought their kids and grandkids. Multi generations of Canadians have grown up, fallen in and out of love, struggled, lived and laughed to Blue Rodeo music so this multi-identity for all ages and walks of life is what brought an enthusiastic energy to a family-full audience.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 January 2010 17:40 ) Read more...

Blue Rodeo to play Enmax tonight

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Blue Rodeo fans worldwide have nothing on the Canadian fans whose undying support honoured their favourite band with a star on the
Canada's Walk of Fame this past fall. These home-grown heroes of Canadian music are truly a national treasure who play the Enmax Centre tonight at 7:30 p.m. with Cuff the Duke.
For well over 20 years and more than a dozen albums and counting, the distinctive music of /Blue Rodeo/ has had quite the music journey. Blue Rodeo. Photo by Dustin Rabin
For /Blue Rodeo/ originals Jim Cuddy, who wanted to be like Roy Rogers, and Greg Keelor who claims a consummated relationship with fire, it all started in Toronto in 1978 as part of the Hi-Fi's. Releasing one single ‘I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)’ in 1980 they were off to a noticable start but by early 1981 the group had fallen flat and Cuddy and Keelor headed to New York.
The pair, still the backbone of Blue Rodeo decades later, spent the next few years putting together a band, Fly To France, playing only a few gigs but cementing their song writing and performing partnership still strong today. Returning to Toronto by 1984 they hired band members, including long time bass player Bazil Donovan and their keyboard wizard Bob Wiseman, and the new group began a vibrant hectic schedule playing almost nightly in Toronto's Queen Street West scene. The early chic of alt rock colliding with the country edge was a perfect time for the birth of Blue Rodeo influenced both in sound and name by Elvis Costello's ‘Almost Blue’ album.
Originally turned down in 1985 by Warner within a year their Toronto live show fame landed them their Warner major deal and their first album, ‘Outskirts’ which included their big break-out song, ‘Try’ with both the song and the album hitting gold by January of 1988. The rest, as they say, is history.‘Diamond Mine’ followed in 1989 leading to a coveted Juno Award for Group of the Year. The 1990's brought a stream of constant classic Blue Rodeo albums but only after a tightening of their melodic tunes known for their keyboard rants and famous guitar solos. Their singles had to be reigned in under the five-minute mark to be considered for American radio play and the efforts were worth it with the success of hits off their third album, ‘Casino.’
By the fourth album, ‘Lost Together’, changes were underway including the addition of pedal steel player Kim Deschamps from the Cowboy

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 January 2010 20:49 ) Read more...

SonReal’s positive rap

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Up and coming Vancouver rapper SonReal’s positive energy  helps him stand out from the crowd. That and the fact that he not only sings as well as raps, but he also produces and engineers his own music.
“I guess I don’t really fit in. I guess I’m unique,” said SonReal from a busy restaurant in Victoria, where he was getting ready for a Jan. 10 show.
“It’s not deliberSonRealate. It just comes out. I’m not from the hood and I don’t really have anything really negative in my life. My life is going pretty good right now,” he enthused, adding his latest CD ‘The Stroll,’  which dropped Nov. 13, is getting great response from audiences, who are embracing Son Real’s positive  and inspirational message. And he even has a couple sponsors, DV Shoes and Matix  clothing which he is excited about.
“I’d say my music definitely represents me as a person. I rap about everyday things and I rap about things  rappers don’t really  cover like hockey,” he said adding the previous CD, ‘Good Morning‘ set the platform for the current CD.
Last Updated ( Monday, 18 January 2010 20:49 ) Read more...

Olympic torch to cap off a busy week

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This week is another busy one culminating with Lethbridge welcoming the Olympic torch, Jan. 17 to the main stage at Henderson Lake.

The torch is scheduled to arrive at 5:55 p.m. The Lighting of the celebration cauldron takes place at  6 p.m.. Hippodrome plays the Olympic torch celebration in Hederson park, Jan. 17.There will be  Vancouver 2010 Entertainment at 6;05 and local funk/rock/disco band Hippodrome will play a brief set at 6:20 p.m. and there will be fireworks and closing remarks at 6:50 p.m.

But first, Paul Kype and Texas Flood  host a blues jam at the slice tonight. Ashlee Jonesmith hosts the open mic at Henotic on Wednesday. Greg Gomola and friends host another open mic Thursday at Beaches Pub and Grill.

The Slice has a cool show on Monday, Jan. 18 with Saskatoon’s Kamila Martel and the Ne’Er Dowells. The band includes members of  the Cracker Cats and some of Saskatoon’s best musicians.

Henotic is trying a comedy night, Jan. 15 with Roman Danylo and  Dean Haglund. Danylo is a member of   sketch comedy  show Comedy Inc. and Haglund is best known as “The Lone Gunman” from the X-Files. Tickets cost $15. That same night  Henotic is also featuring  the David Harmon Experience.

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 January 2010 20:50 ) Read more...
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