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Rebel Priest ready to raise hell in Lethbridge

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Vancouver’s Rebel Priest  are stoked about their latest EP “ Lesson In Love” and their upcoming visit toTheoretically Brewing with Deadwolff and Local rock band Hell Diablo, June 30.

Rebel Priest play Lethbridge, June 30. Photo submitted

“ We’re stoked about visiting Theoretically Brewing,” said Rebel Priest bassist/ vocalist Jayme Black.


 Rebel Priest released their  first EP in 2017.


“We got together in 2014, just playing together. We were all in other bands, but decided to focus on Rebel Priest for the past four years,” he said.


 Though  the new EP  wasn’t officially released un til Friday, June 24, he said audiences are already responding to it.


“It‘s the best one we’ve released so far and people really seem to like it,” Black said, addinghe is alway excited to tout with Deadwolff.


“ We’re stoked about that. We’ll show them the west then we’ll go out east,” he said adding they share Deadwolff]s love for ’80s rock.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 June 2022 12:55 ) Read more...

Casa celebrates Lethbridge history in “Heavy Metal” of third Ave in new exhibit

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It’s heavy metal history at Casa  —literally . The new exhibit “Heavy Metal” which opens June 25 until Aug. 20, as it was inspired by and incorporates elements of the trolly tracks, uncovered during renovations to 3rd Avenue.

Darcy Logan examines one of the pieces in Casa’s new exhibit ‘Heavy Metal,” which opens , Saturday, June 25. Photo by Richard Amery

“Lethbridge had a trolly running from 1912 to 1947, so we asked for several sections of the track for our artists to use. The result became ‘Heavy Metal,” said Casa curator Darcy Logan.


“A lot of the artists built sculptures, others explored the history of the trolly. Another artists  did more abstract works,” Logan said. 


 Most of the 28 artists involved with the project are from Southern Alberta, however there are also artists from Calgary, Edmonton and the Crowsnest Pass.


 One artist polished and nickel plated a piece of the track.


 One Calgary artist submitted a massive installation of speakers complete with a recorded accompaniment 

“She has asthma. That”s her breathing,” Logan said.


Last Updated ( Monday, 27 June 2022 19:13 ) Read more...

Coda bring the ’50s back to Honkers Pub

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Honker’s Pub went back to the ’50s for a sock hop on Saturday with Coda Blues, focussing on the ’50s.


Sheldon Shukaliak sings  ’50s hits with Rebel Angels at Honkers Pub, June 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 I only caught the end of the show. There were still a few swing dancers as the band played some ’50s pop and needed with Johnny B Goode.

They played a fun set of ’50s favourites for an enthusiastic audience, who had  trickled down to just a few hard core dancers  by the time I arrived.


 They were called back for an encore of  “Mustang Sally” and  Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “ This House is Rocking.”

 — By Richard Amery L.A.Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 June 2022 15:32 )

Lots of music happening on festival square

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Festival square live entertainment has been going on  for most of the week in the newly opened Festival square. I only caught the preview of the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s summer production of Hamlet. 

I caught a few more acts on Thursday.


Danica Sommer singing with the New Testaments in Festival Square, June 23. Photo by Richard Amery

Rudy Strangling Wolf, who will be playing Casino Lethbridge with his band this weekend, was playing a solo  set  of mostly original  country music, with the help of backing bass, drums and lead guitar tracks as well as live background vocals . He ended his set with a great cover of “Driving With The Brakes On.”


 A couple of excellent local pop bands closed off Thursday’s live entertainment schedule.


 I’d never heard the Last Minute Letdowns. They played an upbeat set of contemporary rock and pop including Walk the Moon’s “ Shut up and Dance With Me.”

Rudy Strangling Wolf playing  in Festival Square, June 23. He is also at the Casino this weekend with Rudz Crew. Photo by Richard Amery

They alternated between male and female lead vocals. Their keyboardist was spotting a T shirt from local fun band Adequate.

They dug deep for an excellent cover of Aretha Franklin”’s Respect.”


 Local bluesman added some extra spicy lead guitar to a cover of Needtobreathe’s “Oh, Carolina.”

 Braun would be back to add some more spice to local pop and funk band The new Testaments who finished off Thursday night.


The New Testaments played a fast paced, bass heavy, percussion fueled set of contemporary hits, highlighting Danica Sommer’s lead vocals. She shone on Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.”

They also covered Liz’s “Juice” and Bruno Mars.They went back a few years for a cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky.


 The band embarked on multiple jams on hits  songs powered by that overpowering , funky bass.

They guitarist got to show off his chops of  Santana‘s “Maria Maria.”


 Eric Braun returned to a dd a little more blues on some Toto and  on “Tennessee Whiskey.”


Festival square fun has been delayed due to the rain, though  there will yoga in the rain.

Eric Braun plays with the last Minute Letdowns  in Festival Square, June 23. Photo by Richard Amery

 The afternoon productions of Hootenanny will take place in Analog book which will also host fine arts activities. 


Heroes and princesses, The band Formerly Known as Karen Lewis and Pam, Westwards Thunders and Sheldon Day Chief and Indigidrip have been cancelled.

 The beer garden opens at 5:30 p.m.


Willy Big Bull, Makiisma and John Wort Hannam are scheduled to play this evening at 6 p.m.

 —By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 June 2022 12:20 )

Dragon Boat Festival family fun back after two year hiatus in Henderson Lake park

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Like everything else, The ATB Dragon Boat Dragon boat festival got cancelled because of Covid, but it is back again this year after a two year hiatus to celebrate their twentieth anniversary in Henderson Lake Park.

“Technically thew twentieth anniversary was last year, but we’re going to celebrate it anyway,” said Don Robb ATB Rotary Dragon boat Festival Marketing Chair.


Volunteers set up the Rose Ceremony platform for the ATB Rotary Dragon boat Festival, June 24-26. Photo by Richard Amery

While everything is basically where it has been in past years— in Henderson Lake Park across from Exhibition Park, this year, the grounds have been expanded to include a larger kid zone and Rotary city has been spread out a little more for teams to relax in their tents in between races.


Planning Committee Chair Diane Randell said there are 48 teams competing this year including 29 from Southern Alberta and 19 from out of town including more than 800 paddlers who will be participating in 59 races, beginning  Friday, June 24 at 5 p.m. There are are no American teams competing this year.


“We‘re really excited to bring back the ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival,” Randell said, adding the teams range from teens to seniors.


“We have youth teams right up to senior teams,” she said.


 Races begin at 5 p.m., Friday and bright and early at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning.


“Dragon boat Racing  is definitely a sport. You can go and see Dragon boat racing somewhere every weekend during the summer if you want to,” she said. 

 There will be the traditional blessing of the dragon boats.

The ATB Rotary Dragon boat Festival is June 24-26 in Henderson lake park. Photo by Richard Amery


“And they will dot the eyes so the dragons know where they’re going,” Randell said.


 There will be a beer gardens for the adults, vendors,  and all kinds of attractions.


 Live entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on Friday with local country singer Dusty Dee Litchfield on Friday,  at 11 a.m. on Saturday with Standard Time jazz and 11 a.m. with folk duo Reid Seibert at 11 a.m Sunday.


There will be 26 bands performing, 12 food vendors and a variety of vendors featuring everything from fitness equipment to vehicles. 

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