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New West Theatre has something for everyone in thirty-sixth season

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Coming off a record breaking season, New West is excited to present another eclectic season this year.

 This season really does have something for everyone,” said New West Theatre Artistic Director Kelly Reay.


Kelly Reay announces New West Theatre’s new season. Photo by Richard Amery

The first official show of the season is a music comedy revue “ Totally ’80s,” which is a tribute to the music and styles of the ’80s.

 “We’ve never fully explored  the ’80s before in our music comedy  revues. There are a lot of young families and professionals who will be really interested in that show,” Reay said.

The show runs  Aug. 7-24.


 But there are a couple New West Theatre adjacent shows happening before that.

 Up first, get all shook up with A Tribute to Elvis,” starring Matt Cage.

“ He played Elvis during the Million Dollar Quartet. Tickets are selling really fast for that show. It was a nice opportunity to bring him back,” Reay said.

 That show is happening for two nights only, June  22 and 23 at the Yates Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Each night.

 Then, Hootenanny returns to Galt Gardens with a new  original theatre for Young Audiences show  “Scout and the Rarest Badge Ever,” written and  directed  by Hootenanny veteran Ahona Sanyal.


“ That’s a great story ,” Reay said, adding part of New West Theatre’s  goals is developing up and coming young artists.


Block party and whole lot of punk rock happening this week

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It’s starting to feel like summer, which means there plenty of live music and mini festivals happening.

 First off, Keith, Catfish Woodrow returns to the Slice tonight, Tuesday, June 11, to host the blues jam beginning at 8 p.m.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is also on Tuesday.


The Slice is ready to rock with a whole passel of punk and rock related shows happening throughout the week.

 The rock begins on Wednesday, June  12 with Salmo based noise punk band Rad Dog. Mr (Roy Robins) Awesome, andLethbridge metal band Trismegistus and local punk / alternative rock Trio MomBod plus Edmonton band Krash.  The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $15 cover.


Midnight Channel have two shows this week including the block Party on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery

 It is all about more metal on Thursday at the Slice with Victoria based metal-core band , Lethbridge  metal/ punk band Built To Decay, Lethbridge hardcore band Black Solstice and Lethbridge core band Chernoff.

 The show begins at 9 p.m.

 There is a $15 cover for that as well.


 Friday June  14 will be a special day as local musicians gather to remember Will Singer IV,  frontman of puopular local punk trio Chief Mountain, who passed away way too young.

 MoonDawgs, Singer’s bandmates in Chief Mountain will be playing some of Singers favourite original songs and covers. Berserker and Space Wolves members will be playing Green Day covers as F.O.D. Black Arrow will also be playing. Admission is by donation.


 The Slice  features Columbian ska legends Skampida on Saturday with  the Dick Clark 5 and the Hockey Moms / Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

 The Slice winds up a heavy week on Sunday with a matinee show featuring East Vancouver based skate punks MediaSlaves, with Lethbridge goth metal band Void of Mood, local hardcore band Black Solstice and northern Flicker.

 Doors open at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 3 p.m. There is a $15 cover.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge gets into the punk spirit with Edmonton punk rock/ rockabilly/psychobilly  band the Devil’s Sons on Friday. They will be joined by Sick Ritual and local alt punk band New Autumn plus  grunge punk band Blind Eyed Saints. There is a $15 cover for that show, which begins at 8 p.m.

 The Brody Jerome band performs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on June 15. 


Galt Museum “ Taking Care” of nursing history in new permanent of exhibit

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 The Galt Museum is “Taking Care” of  a topic that seems obvious for the museum— recognizing The Galt Museum’s origin as Galt Hospital and Galt School of Nursing from 1910-1955

It seems like a long time coming, but the Galt Museum, has opened “Taking Care,” a new permanent exhibit reflecting the history of  the nursing school in Lethbridge.

 Galt Museum Curatorial Project head Myla Demers took on the project upon being hired as an intern in January 2023.

Galt Museum curator Tyler Stewart and  Galt Museum Curatorial Project head Myla Demers  open The Galt Museum's new permanent exhibit “Taking Care.” Photo by Richard Amery


 Approximately 18 months later, her hard work has come to fruition in the form of a series of  panels,  items from the  Galt Museum archives including shoes and uniforms and a couple interactive exhibits which will be switched over periodically.


“ My biggest takeaway is the strong connection and correlation between the mining community the nursing school had. It’s always been a part of Lethbridge’s history. The Galt family donated the money to start the school because they saw the miners needed health care ,” Demers said.


 Her favourite part of putting together the exhibit was working with Galt School of Nursing Alumnae Society members, who funded the project with donations from individual members.

“I got to meet and talk to these incredible women,” Demers said .


“They cared really deeply about this project and contributed a lot of tales and brought in items for the exhibit,” Demers said.

“The goal was to recognize them and their contributions to Lethbridge,” Demers continued.

“It definitely should have been done earlier. I’m incredibly honoured to  have been able to do this,” Demers continued.

Local cartoonist Eric Dyck designed the interactive parts of the exhibit.

 Donna Karl,  president   of the Galt School of Nursing  Alumni association, is excited “Taking Care ” has finally come to fruition.


“ It’s a real dream come true. We really wanted to see this happen, so when Tyler (Stewart, Galt museum curator) came to us with the proposal, we thought it was really wonderful,” said Karl, who donated a pair of her old nursing shoes under her maiden name Donna Losey,  from the ’50s for the exhibit to accompany one of the nursing uniforms on display. 


“It’s been really rewarding,” she said adding the alumni association really embraced this project.

“The Galt Nursing school graduated 1,000 nurses and a lot of them have passed on,” she said , adding she remembers working with some of the  people who are mentioned in the exhibit, not to mention remembers how uncomfortable  it was to wear  her nursing shoes. 

“I wore those shoes for 53 years. They were so uncomfortable, but they were good army issue shoes,” she said, noting nurses  wore diffent uniforms depending on their level of training.

“ So you could always tell who  they were,” she said.


Curator Tyler Stewart is pleased the exhibit is now a permanent part of the Galt Museum.

“I’m very grateful to all the people who helped make it happen,” he said.

 There are a lot of sociopolitical issues involved with  the Galt Nursing school. Myla Demers did a lot of research and the Galt nursing Alumnae Society really supported it,” Stewart said.


“There was a lot of engagement. A lot of nurses wanted to share their stories.It was theirs to share. I’m very happy with the exhibit,” Stewart said, adding there weren’t a lot of  employment options for women then, so  they filled the demand for nurses.


“I hope people remember how much gender roles have expanded  over the past 100 years,”  he said.


 The exhibit located on the main floor of the museum, is open during Galt Museum’s regular hours.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


Upside Downtown features fantastic local entertainment every Thursday this summer

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One of the best things about summer is  being able to sit out side and  enjoy some live music with a cold beverage in hand.

Joel Stretch and his band Starpainter are among  the performers at Upside Downtown this summer. Photo by Richard Amery


 So with that in mind,  Allied Arts Council promises something for everybody during an extended Upside Downtown season every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. in Rotary Square outside casa throughout July and August.

 The popular outdoor concert series grew out of Covid in 2021 and the ensuing demand for outdoor concerts.


 Allied Arts Council projects manager Shannon Bos wanted something for all tastes and identities when she booked her first  Upside Downtown.


“I was definitely  looking to book artists covering a range of genres and identities including female artists. I wanted to book a lot of different groups,” Bos said, adding she also wanted to continue focusing on local artists.

 One Exception os Toronto Based roots rock/ jazz tinged band Doghouse Orchestra  who were a hit of last year’s South Country Fair and will be playing  the Fair again this year.

“Steve (Foord, manager of Engagement) was able to snake them for Upside Downtown too. They’re fantastic and aI think a few of the members are from Alberta originally,” Bos enthused, adding it has been a lot of work.

“Now the work is done, I’m just excited to be able to sit back and enjoy live music. There is a lot of local talent. You don’t have to go far to find great music,” Bos beamed.

 Upside Downtown opens July 4 local punk trio MomBod and Alternative rock band Fawns. It is all about country music on July 11 with Hurtin.’


 The Doghouse Orchestra warm up for their South Country Fair performance by combining country with horns and a lot of different styles of music on July 18.

 Adequate bring the funk to Rotary Square, July 25. 

 August opens with more outlaw style original country with Badlands on Aug. 1.


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