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SOAR cabarets and hair metal fun this week

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June starts off slowly, other than SOAR dominating the week.
 But there are several excellent Calgary acts performing as well as lots of exceptional local talent.
 Floyd Sillito plays traditional country for his regular gig at the Lethbridge Public Library at noon on June 1.
AC DC tribute BC DC return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery

Miesha and the Spanks and the High Kicks return to Lethbridge to show duos do it better at the Top Hat, June 1.
 Both duos have been prominent faces on the Calgary music scene. Miesha and the Spanks are a punk infused guitar and drums duo featuring Miesha Louie and Sean Hamilton.

Highkicks is bass and drums duo featuring Dan Vacon of the Dudes and several other Calgary bands and drummer Matt Doherty plus local alternative rock duo Cope (Tyson Wiebe and Mick Hayward). Tickets are $20 in advance, Doors open at 8 p.m.

There are three special SOAR cabarets sprinkled throughout the week featuring an array of talent performing at Casa  including music, dance, drama, comedy and magic. The first SOAR cabaret on Wednesday, June 1 features Griffin Cork, Justin Many Fingers and Newman Mentalism.

Cabaret 2, June 2 features Sundari, Tanya Plonka, The Bear, Kristin Krein and The Waif.
 Cabaret 3, June 4 features Improv with David Gabert, dance from Claire Lint and magician Ben Price.

They begin at 7 p.m. each night, There is a $10 cover for each cabaret.

There is a variety of music on the weekend as usual.
 The Mark Hall band are a little bit country at Casino Lethbridge, June 3 and 4.
If you want rock— you’ve got it.
AC DC tribute BC DC  returns to Lethbridge to rock Sound Garden, June 3. The Nelson, B.C. based BC DC have been bringing the rock around the world since 1999 with their blend of Bon Scott era  AC DC and a lot of humour.
 Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance.


SOAR festival gives young artists wings

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 It is no secret that Lethbridge has an amazing arts scene  full of  super creative people.

So the second edition of SOAR takes flight in the first weekend of June to not only let  young artists aged 18-35 show what they can do during three cabaret nights at Casa, June 2 and 4, but also share some of their expertise during a series of symposiums simultaneously happening that week.

Muffy McKay looks at a couple of  works created by Kiley Grenberg and Arianna Richardson which will be part of the M.A.P.S art exhibit as part of the SOAR festival this year. Photo by Richard Amery
“We started SOAR in conjunction with the Lt. Governor’s Awards and part of hosting the event was to create an ongoing project that was sustainable, so we began SOAR for young emerging artists,” said Allied Arts Council projects co-ordinator Muffy McKay.

Local visual artists also have an event happening with M.A.P.S ( Making Art in Peculiar Spaces) which begins at the Casa Gallery on Friday. Patrons will take a tour of the downtown where original works in identical wooden boxes will be installed.
“ Last year we had the exhibition Loose Leaves, which exhibited work on paper,” McKay said.

“ This year we created plexiglass boxes for young artists to showcase their works,” she added, noting Casa curator Darcy Logan put out a call for artists to participate in M.A.P.S.

The SOAR cabarets  feature an array of entertainment including music, dance, drama, comedy and magic.The first SOAR cabaret on Wednesday, June 1 features Griffin Cork, Justin Many Fingers and Newman Mentalism.

 Cabaret 2, June 2 features Sundari, Tanya Plonka, The Bear, Kristin Krein and The Waif.
 Cabaret 3, June 4 features Improv with David Gabert, dance from Claire Lint and magician Ben Price
Admission to each cabaret night is $10 with performances beginning at 7 p.m.


Peter and the Wolves make an impression across Canada

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Rockabilly lives across Canada.
 That’s what Calgary  based rockabilly Quartet Peter and the Wolves who are enjoying their first tour east of Alberta in support of their  new CD “ Papa’s Going Out of Town.”
Howlin Peter Cormier brings peter and the Wolves back to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery They will be at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, June 4.

The band including frontman/ lead guitarist Howlin' Pete Cormier, drummer Miss Cherry Kisses, keyboardist Paul Rhodes Rodermond and upright bassist Theo Waite have been pleasantly surprised  by the response to  their music.
“ Montreal has a great scene. We got invited to play with these old rockabilly guys who had a show. It was totally impromptu,” Cormier enthused of being embraced by members of veteran rockabilly bands   the Rockabilly Rascals and Roy Condo and his Hard Rock Goners.

“ I can’t wait to see what the scene in Toronto will be like,”  Cormier continued.
“It’s been so much fun. People seem to like our original rock and roll as much as they are enjoying the traditional songs” he said.
Fans have been embracing the new CD.


Miesha and the Spanks excited to play with HighKicks

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Calgary based guitar and drums Miesha and the Spanks and the Highkicks return to Lethbridge, June 1 to prove once again, that duos do it better — this time at the Top Hat.

 They will be joined by local duo Cope.

“This time I think we’re each doing a set, though at the end we might be on stage together,” said Miesha Louie, who always enjoys playing with the High Kicks aka the Dudes’ Dan Vacon on bass and drummer Matt Doherty.

Miesha Louis of Miesha and the Spanks. Photo by Richard Amery
“We play with them a lot. They’re our buddies,” said the lead singer/ guitarist of Miesha and the Spanks, noting  they last time they played together was in Golden, where they each did a set.

“I’m pumped to play with them again. It’s always fun to play with your friends,” she said.
 She plays as much as possible as does Sean Hamilton who joined the Spanks last year on drums.

“Our old drummer moved to Vancouver. But Miesha and the Spanks has pretty much always been my project, where I play with whoever is available,” she said, noting she and her other drummers have always played in multiple projects.

“Sean plays in a lot of other projects. We both play a lot. I love touring and Sean feels the same way,” she said adding Hamilton was filling in for other drummers and officially joined Miesha and the Spanks in November.

One project Louie is excited about is a long distance collaboration with Daniel Farrant, who currently plays drums fro iconic British pop punk band the Buzzcocks.

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