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Brass Camel plan to rock Halloween ’70s style with Static Shift and Decadent Phase

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Brass Camel can’t wait to return to Lethbridge for Halloween.

Brass Camel return to Lethbridge to play the Slice for Halloween. Photo by Richard Amery

The Vancouver based five piece aren’t afraid to show their love for ’70s style  progressive rock.

“ There’s a whole lot of whole lot. If you like face melting solos, we’ve got them. If you like funk, we’ve got that too. We like to walk the musical tightrope and try not to fall off,” said guitarist Daniel Sveinson, who formed the band with bassist Curtis Arsenault in  2018.  They later added guitarist Dylan Lammie, drummer Wyatt Gilson and keyboardist Aubrey Ellesson.


“ Then the pandemic happened and lots of bands broke up fortunately for us. So we were able to get all these killer players who were available and form the five piece we’ve always dreamed of,” he said.


 They released their debut album “Brass” on vinyl in September 2022 and sold out of it on their last tour which finished in Lethbridge on June 24.


“ We‘re really happy people like it. We’ve all been in other bands before. This time we really tried to get into people’s ears and we didn’t have to deal with  what to do with having boxes of unsold records,” he said.

 They are working on a new album to be released some time next year. They will be playing some of the new songs.


 “It will be really well represented. And because it’s Halloween we’ll have costumes and merch giveaways and some secret Halloween songs,” he said.

 Brass Camel are heavily influenced by ’70-s rock and funk music.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 October 2023 11:23 ) Read more...

Plays and a plethora of Halloween happenings this week

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In addition to  a lot of frightfully good and loud music for Halloween week it is also the week for big musicals.

Hatrix Theatre opens  their production of The Toxic Avenger the musical at McNally Community Centre on Thursday, Oct. 26.

he Toxic Avenger: The Musical runs Oct. 26-28 and 31, Nov. 2-4,  and 9-10 at   McNally Community Centre. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night with the show beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 and rush seating. Grab yours now and be part of this outrageous and uproarious adventure! Visit:

  Lethbridge Musical Theatre opens their musical  the Full Monty at the Yates Theatre, Oct. 26 as well. It runs at 7:30 p.m. each night , Oct. 26-29 and Nov. 1-4. There are also matinee performances at  2 p.m. on  Oct. 29 and Nov. 4.

Uncovered’s  show at  Pop’s Pub South is one of many pre-Halloween shows happening on OCt. 28. Photo by Richard Amery

It is also the week for female powered rock music.

 The rock and roll begins early with a trio of shows to choose from.

 The Geomatic Attic winds down a busy October on Tuesday, Oct. 24, With Women in blues featuring Miss Emily and Jeni Thai.

They play the Sterndale Bennett Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $68.71 and moving slow.

 Jenie Thai played the Tongue N Groove back in 2011 and has performed at the South Country Fair.

 Down the street from  the Sterndale Bennett, Amy Nelson and her trio host the open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

 To complete the Tuesday trifecta of hot trios playing live music,  Oklahoma based alternative rock/ riot grrrl trio Skating Polly hit the Slice stage with Calgary rock band the Hi Tops and Alec Arms.

 That is also an early show that begins at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is $15.


 The Slice welcomes female fronted  goth/ metal/ industrial/ nu metal band  The Fixer to the stage on Thursday, Oct. 26 . The Lethbridge stop is  part of their “Ghosts Will Tour ”  that began in Le Pas, Manitoba and ends in Thunder Bay on Nov. 17. Putrid Stain and Chernoff are also on the show, which begins at 9 p .m. Admission is $15.


It really is an eclectic week of entertainment.

It‘s the end of October, which means Teri Petz is back at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday to host the monthly poetry open mic.

Jazz jams return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Thursday, Oct. 26 HBO3 hosts beginning at 7:30 p.m.


There is a lot of blues this week. Sedona , Arizona based blues and folk musician Virgil Brown returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Wednesday, Oct. 25  with Papa King Cole and  Doug Freeman. Tickets are $10.

Halloween is on a Tuesday this year so  get ready to get spooky on the weekend  with lots of live music.

 Breanne Urban and Train Wreck host a Halloween jam at Honkers Pub on Friday, Oct. 27. Cal Toth and Anna McBryan  return to Honkers Pub on Saturday, Oct. 28 for dueling pianos. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance. The music begins at 7 p.m.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 October 2023 13:13 ) Read more...

Virgil Brown bringing Almost Famous in Alberta back to Lethbridge with Papa King Cole

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Get in the mood for some blues at the Slice on Oct. 25 at the Slice with Sedona, Arizona based folk/ blues musician Neal Virgil Brown and old friend Papa King Cole .


Brown is touring in support of his new book/ CD “Almost Famous in Alberta and other True Stories.”


Vigil Brown returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 25. Photo Submitted

 Though he never actually lived in the province, while he was starting his musical career in B.C in the mid-’90s, CKUA took an interest in his music and gave him a much appreciated boost.


“I was living in Seattle and running coffee shop and trying to sell it for years. When I sold it I had the money to make a CD and tour,” said Brown, visiting his sister in Comox on Vancouver Island before taking off for a gig in Port Alberni.


 Brown grew up in Vernon B.C. then in the ’80s started touring the U.S. with a rock band “the 57s, then toured Europe in the ’90s before settling down in Seattle, before touring with a tight group of friends and  becoming a surprise hit in Alberta in 1999 thanks to the support of CKUA.


“I reached out to Holger Peterson at CKUA not expecting to hear anything, but he started playing ‘High Heel Shoes’ a lot,” he said.


Around the time he started touring in Alberta, he fathered a daughter and stepped away from the music business to raise her.

“We played all over Saskatchewan, B.C. and Alberta. We only got as far east as Winnipeg,” he said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 October 2023 17:54 ) Read more...

Southern Accord Chorus excited to celebrate 25th anniversary with World Singing Day concert

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The Southern Accord Chorus is making up for lost time for their 25th year singing together at a special concert, this Saturday,  Oct. 21 at the College Drive Community Church.

 The 28 member  all female a Capella chorus will be singing  everything  from Bruno Mars to the Beatles, plus old favourites like “Hallelujah, ”  old favourites like “ Sweet Caroline” and “Stand By Me,” which a lot of  choruses will be singing for World Singing Day.


The Southern Accord Chorus is excited about their Oct. 21 concert at College Drive Community Church. Photo Submitted

“ This will be our first concert in five years. We‘ve done other things, but  it’s our first concert. We’re pretty excited about it,” said Carol Quan, who has been part of Southern Accord Chorus for the past 15 years.


They did a few special concerts like  “Carbershop” during Covid where they all song in their cars through individual microphones and hearing each other  through a special FM radio broadcast.


 They begin a busy Fall and Christmas season with a special twenty-fifth anniversary show falling on World Singing Day.

“ We’re pretty excited to sing together and give back to the community by entertaining people,” Quan said.


 In addition to  the 28 chorus members singing four part harmonies, they are welcoming back nine alumni members for the show.

“ People leave Southern Accord for a variety of reasons. But we‘re always glad to welcome them back,” Quan continued.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2023 15:24 ) Read more...

Cornucopia of comedy and folk and pop music this week

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It is fall so community theatre is in full force.

 This week, Playgoers of  Lethbridge presents their dinner theatre production of Ken Ludwig]s murder mystery/ comedy “ The Game‘s Afoot: Holmes  For the Holiday” opens tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 17 and running through Saturday. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner and show are $60.


Richard Inman and Kevin Peters play The Owl Acoustic lounge this week. photo by Richard Amery

It is another banner week for comedy.

 CODCO and This Hour has 22 Minutes veteran Mary Walsh is  performing  “An Evening with Mary Walsh” at the Yates Theatre, Wednesday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $70. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Once you’ve seen one of Canada’s best comedian,  with Mary Walsh, check out the young up and comers at Pro-Amateur night at Good Times with host Brian Dawdniuk."  Ty Reveen, son of the original Great Reveen, Peter Reveen carries on a family tradition as he brings his hypnotic brand of comedy to the Place on Friday, Oct. 20. Tickets are $22.50. The show begins at 7 p.m.


“Smart ass king of comedy” Mike “ Pickle” Dambra returns to Lethbridge to bring his interactive comedy show to Good Times, Oct. 20 and 21. Tickets are  $24.95.

 the shows begin at 8 p.m.

Theatre Outré returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge  on Wednesday, Oct. 18  to bring the laughter.

 There are plenty of open mics this week.. The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s usual weekly open mic is tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 17

 Jolene Draper and the Inquisitive Few  return to the Slice stage on Wednesday to host their open mic.

 Gabe Thaine hosts an early open mic at  Theoretically Brewing oN Thursday beginning at 6 p.m..  Dennis Wade and Bill Weiler host Honkers Pub’s open mic on Friday, Oct. 20.

There is a little bit of everything for the rest of the week.

including a lot of folk.

 Slow Leaves , a solo project of Grant Davidson return to Lethbridge to play the Geomatic Attic on Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets are. $30 and $32. 50. The show begins at 8 p.m.

 Also on Saturday, The Lethbridge Folk Club hosts Charlie Ewing  and his trio  including bassist Les Kesler and Dirty Hat Band band mate  Bob Blair at the Lethbridge College Cave. Mike Murchison will be opening.

 Tickets are $40 non members, $35 for members.

 The show begins at 8 p.m.


There is plenty of pop this week.

 University of Lethbridge based campus radio station wind up their Bubblegum Pop Themed Fundrive at the Owl Acoustic  Lounge with  Calgary  indie pop dup Midnite Gossip, and rappers Pogboii and  K Riz and the Family. admission is $10 for the early show beginning at 7:30 p.m. They will be announcing the winner of their Vinyl 50 50 draw then. Check out  for Fundrive details and perhaps pledge to help CKXU attain their $20,000 to help revamp their music library.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 October 2023 16:22 ) Read more...
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