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Local artists explore everything from graffiti to nature in new exhibits at Casa

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Seven art new exhibitions open at Casa this weekend, all featuring southern Alberta and Lethbridge based artists.

 While there will be an opening  reception at Casa from 7-9 p.m. for the new exhibits, due to covid, there won’t be food and drinks served.


Jason Trotter presents his new exhibit “The Existencilist” at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery

“ Lethbridge has such a strong art community, I’m just proud to be part of it,” said Jason Trotter, taking a break from setting up his exhibition “The Existencilist,” in the Casa main Gallery.


“ Lethbridge has got to be  the  biggest art community per capita in the province if not the country, he said, adding, he, like  many Lethbridge artists spent the pandemic creating.

He has been part of the local art community since 2011 when he was part of the Potemkin collective.


Trotter is a popular local  stencil artist, inspired by street artists like Banksy, who works in stencils on metal.


 His work is usually on display at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, often of local musicians Shaela Miller, Ryland Moranz and Owl Acoustic lounge owner Steven Foord.


Graffiti on rail cars inspired  “The Existencilist,” which features an array of Alberta historical  themes  and images stencilled on images of grain cars.

Subjects include everything from the Fort Macleod buffalo, an owl, which has a personal connection for Trotter, a hobo coin,  Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon and Rocky and Bullwinkle villain Boris Badenov. 

“ He was always tying damsels to train tracks,” Trotter observed.


Local folk musician John Wort Hannam adorns another piece.

“Maybe he’ll be inspired to write a song,” Trotter said.


A couple of the pieces are a little meta as they feature images of spray painters, including one exploring a western theme with two spray painters dressed as cowboys in the midst of a pitched gunfight.

“Kudos to places like Casa and The Trianon and the Owl  for supporting local artists,” he said adding he hopes local artists will inspire younger artists.

Casa curator Darcy Logan is excited to open a new set of local exhibits.


Superb shows this week despite Covid cancellations

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There’s always something happening in Lethbridge, Covid be damned.

 Though Covid has cancelled  Two Geomatic Attic shows this week including Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on Jan. 29, who cancelled their tour, and the Sadies on Feb. 2.

The Steve Keenan band plays Honkers Pub, Friday, Jan. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

 The Glorious Sons‘s Feb. 3 show  with JJ Wilde at the Enmax centre has been postponed to June 18.


 As usual, the Owl Acoustic Lounge has an open mic on Tuesdays.


Standard time play jazz night at the Watertower, Jan. 26 and the Slice has on open mic on Thursday.


 Due to Covid, the Ukrainian New Year Celebration is  a take out affair.

Pick up your   delicious Ukrainian meal  between 5-6:30 p.m. from the MultiCultural Centre, Friday Jan. 28. Of course, you have to order in advance

Or call 403-320-1577 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


If you are in the mood for some blues, the Eric Braun Band plays Casino Lethbridge this weekend.


Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival returns to live performances for 2022

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The Lethbridge and District Music and Speech arts  festival is back live this year, March 28- April 9.

“2020 was supposed to be our ninetieth year, but we couldn’t do it because of Covid,” said Lethbridge And District Music and Speech Festival general manager Megan Wittig.


The event was cancelled in 2020 as Covid started taking over and they decided on a completely virtual online event last year.

“A lot of really big decisions had to be made. So we’re all really excited that it will be live again,” Wittig said.


Megan Wittig, Lethbridge And Distict Music and Speech Arts  General manager. Photo by Richard Amery

“It might get cancelled because of  government restrictions, but we’re hopeful we’ll be able to push forward,” she continued.

“Performers, and volunteers are really looking forward to it,” she continued.

 Submissions opened Dec. 1 and they have extended the deadline to enter to Feb

. 18. While it is mostly  youth who perform at the festival, entry is open to any non-professional  performer.


 Most events will be taking place at the Yates Theatre, which will be open to the public. A program will cost $15  which allows admission to all events and individual events cost three dollars.


“ That’s where our headquarters is. Bands and choirs will be performing from their own rehearsal spaces, so that frees up some space. Participants 17 and under won’t have to be vaccinated though audiences, volunteers and adjudicators will have to be,” she said.


Shaela Miller hosting youth songwriting camp this weekend

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Shaela Miller is giving back to the community by hosting  a two-day youth songwriting workshop at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 22 and 23.


 The workshop has a capacity of 20 and was half full as of  Jan. 17.


Shaela Miller hosts a youth songwriting camp this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

The camp is for youth aged 12-18.


 Numerous local business sponsored the event so admission is pay what you can.

 Long and McQuade is providing  complimentary instrument rentals for the camp's duration.


“Students need to have an interest in  songwriting and music,” said Miller’s manager Jessica Marsh, noting ideally they should have   familiarity with a musical instrument and  or their voice.


Shaela Miller, Amelie Patterson, Biloxi Parish’s Zach Passey and Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp’s Silvana Campus will be mentoring the students.


 Amelie Patterson has taught songwriting workshops at the Banff Centre.


The other mentors are familiar faces on the Lethbridge music scene including Starpainter’s Joel Stretch, Mercedes Fawns, Makiisma’s Megan Brown, Steven Foord, Taylor Ackerman and Bailey Kate.


 The morning sessions feature the mentors playing their songs and explaining the stories behind them and  the techniques they used to create the melodies and the moods of the songs.



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