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Galt Museum welcomes powerful travelling exhibition about Japanese displacement in Second World War

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A new  travelling exhibit at the Galt Museum puts a human face on one of the more lamentable moments of Canadian history — the displacement of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

Tyler Stewart examines  the Broken Promises exhibit at the Galt Museum. Photo by Richard Amery


 The travelling exhibit Broken Promises, co-curated by the Nikkei National Museum and the Royal British Columbia Museum in partnership with Landscapes of Injustice, is at the Galt Museum until Sept. 3.

“ It’s been at some of the major museums in Canada over the past three years so it’s very cool we get to have it here,” said curator Tyler Stewart.


 The exhibit complements The Galt Museum’s existing permanent exhibit about the displacement, with artifacts and interactive displays featuring first hand accounts and old correspondence from some of the displaced and their families.

“ It’s a very powerful exhibit. It’s very detailed and well researched so it has allowed a deep dive into  some  of the individual stories of the people involved rather than an abstract concept,” Stewart said, adding Japanese Canadians  made a long standing contributions to the country before the Second World War.


“ Japanese Canadians are an important part of Southern Alberta history,” he continued, noting their property was confiscated  and either sent back to Japan or sent west, where many of them were driving force in agriculture production, particularly on sugar beet farms.

“These interactive exhibits tell the stories and experiences of the Japanese people,” he said.

“ There are a lot of different ways to engage with this exhibit,” he continued.


Farmers’ market expected to grow at Exhibition Park this season

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If you’ve been missing your fix of fresh, locally grown produce, homemade bread and pierogis and locally sourced meat, or maybe even Homer donuts, then you’re in luck because the farmers market returns to Exhibition park this Saturday, June 10.


The first Farmers' market of the season is Saturday, June 10 at Exhibition Park. Photo by Richard Amery

“ We’re excited to welcome the farmers’ market back. it’s our most long standing connection to the community,” said Lethbridge Exhibition park  CEO Mike Warkentin.


 The farmers market has been a fixture at Exhibition Park since 1962. It is  Lethbridge’s only Alberta  Approved Farmers’ market  which certifies  at least 80 per cent of the goods sold at the market are made, baked or grown in Alberta.

“ We had 57,000 people at the Farmer’s Market at Exhibition Park and the downtown farmer’s market last year It was a record year,” Warkentin said.


 He noted the farmer’s market will be in the north and south pavilions to start then move to the new agri-hub building.

“ We don’t have an ETA for that because construction is still ongoing,” he said.


New West Theatre holding open auditions for eclectic new season

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As cliche as it sounds, New West Theatre really does have something  for everyone this season. After a successful fundraising campaign last year, the long standing local theatre group is on more stable financial footing so they can focus on what they do best — making people happy.

 There are open auditions for the upcoming season.

New West theatre is excited about their new season. Photo by Richard Amery


 Artistic director Kelly Reay is looking forward to the  slightly tweaked season.

“There really is something for everyone. There is definitely a range of emotions for audiences,” Reay said.

In the past, New West has put on music comedy revues in July as well as August.

“ Not since I’ve been here,” Reay said.


“ We decided to focus on quality rather than quantity this season” he said.

 The summer music comedy revue will be “ Wonderstruck,” running Aug. 9-26 in the Yates Theatre.

 This summer, popular children’s program “Hootenanny,” will be under the New West mantle.


“ We thought it  needed a more official producing  body,” he said.


“It is a non ticketed event running in the Galt Gardens,” he said.


This year’s Hootenanny is an original play “ There’s a Turtle In my Tub”  about curious and creative kid Mabel, who discovers the turtle Seymour in her bathtub and he needs some help crossing the vast ocean to go home.

The show, directed by Nicola Elson,  runs  July. 5-29 at 10:30 a.m.  every Wednesday through Saturdays.


Get ready to rock this week

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There is more that one way to rock this week as the  week is non-stop rock  from classic to metal. Canadian classic rock icon Burton Cummings returns to Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre, Sunday  June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now $75 and $95. As expected the show is almost sold out.


 But before that, Smithers B.C born B.C based multi instrumentalist Scalawag opens the week tonight , Tuesday, June  6 at the Slice with Wendy Colby.

 Scalawag aka Teo  Saefkow  plays  trumpet, saxophone, percussion, bass, piano, ukulele  and guitar , but will have a full band for the show in support of his new album Sehnsucht. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic is also tonight, Tuesday, June 6.


Jazz trio LoveCats featuring Sheena Lawson perform at the Watertower Grill on Wednesday, June 7.

The Rainbow Patrol play the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Hell Diablo, July 9. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Owl Acoustic lounge hosts Soulful Vibes Afrobeat on  Thursday, June 8.


 And then things start to get loud down the street as the Slice has a big metal show, June 8 with Winnipeg female fronted metal band Indigo, and local thrash metal band Drearius and  local death metal band Putrid Stain. The show begins at 9 p.m.  There is a $10 cover.


The Slice hosts local alternative rock/punk band Switched off and the Suit Jacket Society on Friday, June 9. 


Festival Square lights up for the summer on Friday June 9 with a variety of events running Friday through Sunday.

The SAAG summer market is 4-8 p.m., June 9 with the Highway 3 Ale Trail Beer Gardens from 5-9 p.m.

  Decadent Phase will bring you back to the ’70s at 5 p.m. and get your country on with the Cody Hall band at 8 p.m.

 Saturday is all about families  with the SAAG Summer market and a kid’s carnival  with bouncy castles and face painting from 11-4 p.m.

 Magician Trent Tinnery performs at 1 p.m. and there will be a ticketed long table dinner at 6 p.m.

 A pancake breakfast winds w up Festival square festivities  from 10- noon on Sunday June 11.


 The rest of the week is all about loud noises and music.

 Fractures of Etalon (F.O.E) host Honkers Pub’s open mic on Friday, June 9.


 The Rainbow Patrol an and Hell Diablo rock the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, June 9.


 Steel Cut rock Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.

 There will be head-banging good times at the place, Friday June 9 as local metal band put on their Judas Priest hats for    Their Judas Priest Tribute  Tyrants Priest and Calgary based Iron Maiden Tribute Prowler.


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