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More festival fun and a lot of rock and roll and roots happening this week

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There are festivals and then some this week, which hopefully won’t get rained out.


 The first big festival is  a three-day long festival opening the newly renovated  Festival square downtown outside of Telegraph Taphouse.

Cope play a couple of shows this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with the grand ceremony, followed by  Blackfoot drumming featuring  Big Sorrell Horse. There will be an array of entertainment  including Katie Bruised Head and White Buffalo singers, Celtic Routes, the conservatory, Patrick Bad Eagle and the Northstone drum group, highland dancing,  a preview of Shakespeare in the park’s summer  production of Hamlet and Theatre Outré.

 The festival continues the next day with the downtown farmer’s market with the Tell it Like it Is. Poets, Stephanie Brave Rock, Rudy Strangling Wolf, the Little Lethbridge Opera  Co plus classical guitarist Dale Ketcheson, the Chinook High Rock band and the New Testaments winding hip the day at 8 p.m.

 Festival square family  fun continues on Friday at 1 p.m. with Heros and Princesses, JJ First Charger, Sheldon Day Chief and Dancers, Indigidrip,, Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s/Playgoers of Lethbridge One Act Play Priscilla  Pringle’s Predicament and Makiisma at 7 p.m. 

If you missed Kirbfest on the weekend, a lot of familiar faces from it return for Friday on Festival Square including the band Formerly Known as Karen Lewis and Pam, a preview of Hootenanny, Willy Big Bull and John Wort Hannam.


 The Rotary Dragon Boat Festival begins on Friday, June 24 at Henderson Lake park at 5 p.m. with Dusty  Dee Litchfield, followed by opening ceremonies, the Chinook high School band, Lethbridge Community Taiko Association. Local classic rock favourites the Chevelles  rock the stage at 8 :15 p.m. ad finish off the night at 10 p.m.


The Rotary Dragon boat Festival continues on Saturday, June 25 with  Standard Time jazz followed by the Rose ceremony at noon, followed by bluesman Eric Braun, Expressions Dance Studio, classic rock band  Horizon, The Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club, DanAllie, Global Drums, Coda Blues, Rebel Angels playing their favourites from the ’50s, a line dance lesson and demo and  country band Coyote Junction closing off the main stager at 9:30 p.m.


 Folk duo Reid and Writes open up the Rotary Dragon boat Festival at 11 a.m., June 26 followed by the Lethbridge Highland Dancing association, local Celtic band Celtic Routes, the country rockers Mark Hall band, classic rockers  Old School and country rock band Lawless Murphy finishing off the festival at 4:30 p.m.


It is Pride week, so there are  quite a few activities celebrating Pride  beginning with Queer Improv at Good Times, on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Erica Barr, Mark Ogle, Katie Fellger, Brent Clark and Nicola Elson will be performing all your favourite improv games. Admission is $15.


 Slice hosts a unique event, Friday, June 24 with Fetish Friday, which is a fundraiser for OUTreach.. Admission is a minimum $15 donation. Click on L.A. Beat’s listing for details.


 The 14th annual Pride in the Park is at Galt Gardens on Saturday, June 25 with a variety of performers ranging from drag to rap to country. Some highlights include Shaela Miller, Calgary musicians the Corey Hotline and Katie Winds and rappers  Thug Shells. There will be free faceprinting and  the Hibikaya drummers as well.

There are a lot of country and roots shows as well this week. Marlaena Moore, Samantha Savage Smith and Bailey Kate hit the Owl Acoustic lounge Stage win Tuesday, June 21.


 Petunia and the Vipers return to the Slice on Thursday, June 23.


The Owl rocks all week long. A Trozzo Medium Rare and Cope rock the stage on Friday. Adequate bring the funk back to the Owl on Saturday.


 Fawns rock the Slice Stage on Saturday, June 25 to wind up Pride week.

Rudz Crew return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday. A Trozzo medium Rare and Cope rock the stage on Friday at 9 p.m.


Speaking of rock, Theoretically Brewing is also   putting on shows. A. Triozzo plays Theoretically Brewing, June 22 with Vancouver band Buddie. 

Victoria’s i.o,  local bands Cope and and local metal band 4BPM tear up the patio, Saturday, June 25 for an afternoon show at 1 p.m. Admission is pay what you can.


 Good Times has comedy pretty much all week long.

 In addition to Queer improv, it is ladies night again on Thursday, , June 23 with Elisia Snyder, Kendall Dancocks and host Megan  Windle.

 The laughs begin at  7 p.m. Tickets are available for $16.67 through showpass.

Brad Semotiuk returns to  the Good Times stage with Edmonton comedian  Chan Beatty, June 24 and 25.

 The Canadian Bewhouse’s comedy night is  on Thursday, June 23.


 As always, there are a lot of open mic this week.

 Luke James Bruce hosts Mojo Pub’s open mic tonight, Monday, June 20.

Braeden Rouse and Falen host the Slice’s open mic on Wednesday

The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s poetry open mic returns on Wednesday, June 22.

Local country band Midnight Sons host Honkers Pub’s open mic on Friday night. Instead of  an open mic on Saturday, The Trippy Hippys play a full show on Saturday, June 25. There is a $10 cover.

— by Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 June 2022 13:50 )  
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