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Los of live music to be thankful for for Thanksgiving weekend

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There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend and a lot  to think the best for. Unfortunately Beatles drummer Ringo Starr just cancelled several shows on his tour with the All Starrs including his Lethbridge show on Thursday, Oct. 6 after contracting covid, but there is still a lot happening in Lethbridge this week, especially on Thursday.


Jon Martin returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Oct. 8. Photo by Richard Amery

 Things start tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 4 as the University of Lethbridge opens their first main-stage production of the year. Harold Pinter penned comedy The Dumb Waiter runs Oct. 4- Saturday, Oct. 8 in the David Spinks theatre at 7:30 p.m. each night.

 Director Gabriel Houle describes the The Dumb Waiter “ A truly immersive experience.” 


“Gus and Ben are in a decrepit basement waiting for orders regarding an assignment. They’re there as a team, but what happens when the channels of communication start to break down? The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter, immerses audiences into an intimate yet absurd world.”


Also on the comedic front,  Ladies night returns to Good Times on Thursday with Michaela Chung and Sara Stupar plus host Megan Windle. Tickets are $15 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.


 Andrew Grose is providing the laughs at Good Times this weekend at 8 p.m. each night.


 Kick off the week by getting on stage as the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is tonight, Oct. 4.


Bros. Landreth find a place for old songs on new album

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While Winnipeg guitar whiz Joey Landreth likes to melt faces in solo shows and CDs, he holds back, just a little when recording with his brother Dave.


 The Bros. Lethbridge make a long awaited return to Lethbridge when they play the Geomatic Attic, Monday, Oct. 24.

The Bros Landreth play the Geomatic Attic, Monday, Oct. 24. Both by BNB Studios


They just released their third CD  “Come Morning” as Bros. Landreth.


“ So far nobody hates it, so that’s a good thing,” Joey Landreth chuckled from Winnipeg, noting he has recorded eight CDs including EPs, solo CDs and the three Bros. Landreth CD.


“ This CD is a collection of songs that never found a place in other projects and newer songs,” he said, adding he worked on the CD with his brother during the pandemic and long-time producer Murray Pulver.


“Dave and I are really proud of it. We really explored every avenue we came across. We challenged ourselves to not put aside any idea. It was a very active collaboration,”  Landreth said.


“ We were writing from different perspectives. A lot of the lyrics go deeper and are multi-layered,” he said.


“ We‘ve tried recording some of the songs before. ‘ Back to Thee’ was from back in 2015. ‘Come Morning’ was the only one that wasn’t fully formed,” he said.


Desirée Dawson excited to “chill” on western Canadian tour with Serena Ryder

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Squamish musician Desirée Dawson is living the dream, opening for Juno Award winning musician Serena Ryder.

Desirée Dawson opens for Serena Ryder in Lethbridge, Oct. 1. Photo submitted

Their tour stops by Southminster United Church, Oct. 1 for a Geomatic Attic show.


“It’s been so much fun. There has been a lot of learning. It’s been amazing,” said Dawson from a tour stop in Kamloops. The tour began Oct. 14  in Mission and ends with two shows in St. Albert, Oct . 7 and 8.


“I met Serena at the Juno Awards. We were both nominated for adult alternative album of the year, and  she won,” said Dawson, whose mother is French-Canadian settler ancestry from Ontario and her father is of African descent from South Carolina.


 “I’ve been listening to Serena since I was really young. So it’s been a beautiful thing to get to know her before and after the show and to see her perform every night. It’s been amazing,” Dawson enthused.


“We don’t get to play together on stage, but that would be a dream come true,” Dawson enthused, noting her 30 minute set only includes one track, “ Mountain Tops” from her new CD “Meet You at the Light.” 


 Dawson is touring with  guitarist/ vocalist Matt Storm, cajón/ percussionist / videographer Sally Zori and  partner and tour manager Jules Tatone.


“I’ve been touring as a duo, as a trio and solo. For Lethbridge, I think it will be a duo. I want to present people with a show that  helps them to be joyful and connected,” said Dawson, who just released a well received album, “Meet You at the Light,” which has a lot of laid back pop influences, but is also reminiscent of Allison Russell’ folk stylings.


It is a sparse sounding album with multi-layered harmony vocals, subtle piano and cello. 


Sweet Alibi to share sweet harmonies and new music at the Slice

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Winnipeg folk pop trio Sweet Alibi are ready bring their sweet harmonies back to Lethbridge, Sept. 29 at the Slice along with a more pop  inspired CD “ Make A Scene.”


Sweet Alibi’s Amber Nielsen playing with Richard Inman and Fortune Block this summer. Photo by Richard Amery

 Amber Nielsen hasn't stopped running since things opened up,  as she was just in Lethbridge in July supporting Richard Inman for Upside Downtown, is excited to return to Lethbridge with Sweet Alibi band mates, Jessica Rae Ayre (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica) and Michelle Anderson (electric guitar/banjo/ background vocals) plus  bassist Alisdair Dunlop and drummer Sandy Fernandez.


 “ I’ve been playing with Richard Inman and before that I was touring with Sweet Alibi,” Neilsen said.

 She is excited about the new CD, agreeing. the band’s sound has evolved.


“it still has folk rock roots. This time we worked with producer Matt Schellenberg and Matt Peters  (from Royal Canoe). We experimented with different sounds, so it has evolved organically,” she said, noting there are a few horns on the new album.


“It’s our fourth album. We’ve tried to make each album different,” she continued.


Since the interview, they won  a WCMA Award for Roots Artist of the Year.



 “ I think we were touring with the band the last time we were in Lethbridge, which has been a few years (in 2015 for the Lethbridge Folk Club).”


 They recorded the CD right before the pandemic , but were unable to tour on it, so Neilsen is excited to finally be able to support the new music.


“I love the way it sounds. it’s exactly like we wanted . So were excited to tour, though we aren”t bringing the horns, ” she continued, adding they have been playing a lot more soft seat theatres in Germany.

“ It’s fun to play theatres,” she said.


“ We did a small tour of Germany in the summer and we hope to go back next year,” she said.


“ It’s definitely a been a fun year,” she continued.


 They explore a variety of emotions through the lyrics for this CD.


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