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Casa’s new exhibits focus on crafts and music

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It will be a busy weekend at Casa with four new crafty art exhibits opening on Saturday, April 30.Casa curator Darcy Logan plays with a clay rain shaker which is part of Musicality, opening this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
“Musicality” is a milestone exhibit for the Old Man River Potter’s Guild, which turns 50 years old this year.

“That's a pretty serious milestone for  any arts organization in Lethbridge,” observed Casa curator Darcy Logan.

 The artists  Bridgitte Berke, Natalie Brewster, Louise Cormier, Karen Dormaar, Craig Fawcett, Rosemary Foder, Caroline Freeman, Vicki Gibson, Elaine Harrison, Sandra McKay, Gail Mckenzie, Eileen Schuler, Olivia Sieniewicz, Donna Schenher and Heather Sorochan really embraced the exhibit’s theme.

 Many  of them opted  to build actual functional instruments, including flutes, rain shakers, musical cups and even a  mandolin.

 Logan said patrons will be able to try some of the instruments out at the opening reception, April 30 at 7 p.m. Signs will be posted next to ones the can‘t.

 Another artist created a mosaic of music incorporating pennies and dimes.

“ They are all new pieces created just for this exhibit,” Logan said.
He was impressed with the artists’ work.
“The mandolin is fretted and everything,” he said.

“With a theme like musicality you will have as many different interpretations of it as there are people participating,” he observed.

The other exhibit in the main gallery, “Hanging By A Thread”  is a family affair featuring works from a couple groups of Canmore based ladies, their daughters and grand daughters.


Cornucopia of killer shows on crazy Saturday night

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April ends with a blast with a cornucopia of amazing shows this week, most of them happening on April 30.The Perpetrators’ Jay Nowicki. Photo by Richard Amery
 One of my absolute favourite bands, blues rock trio the Perpetrators return to the Slice, April 30.
The Juno and Western Canadian Music award nominated  Winnipeg trio are guaranteed to get those toes tapping all night long with high octane Hound Dog Taylor inspired raunchy blues. There is a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
 For something a little more laid back, down the road at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Edmonton based laid back indie rock/ folk band the Provincial Archive return. There is no cover for that show. And the Geomatic Attic winds up their season on April 30 with some easygoing pop and indie rock with Toronto musician Jason Collett backed by the band Zeus plus Kalle Mattson. Tickets for the show, which starts at 8 p.m. sharp, cost $27.50 in advance, $30 online and $32.50 at the door.

The night before, put on your dancing shoes for the return of the Good Ol’ Goats to the Slice, April 29. The Cranbrook , B.C. based energetic alternative folk band were a hit at last year’s South Country Fair.
 They will be joined by Calgary roots  band the Wine Soaked Preachers. There is a $15 cover for that show.

 The Lethbridge Folk Club winds up their season on April 29 with Victoria based bluegrass band the Clover Point Drifters, who play at Casa on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features a taste of the Maritimes with Prince Edward Island born, Calgary based storyteller and singer Scott MacLeod who will be performing at 9 p.m.


Jason Collett strips songs down for pop tinged new CD

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Toronto based songwriter Jason Collett , who was part of the band Broken Social Scene, took a step back and let his band take the reins for his new ninth solo CD  “Song And Dance Man.”Jason Collett plays the Geomatic Attic, April 30. photo submitted
 He brings the tour including members of Toronto based indie rock band Zeus to the Geomatic Attic, April 30 with Kalle Mattson.

“ It was released a couple months ago, so we are finally getting to tour on it,” said Collett, taking in breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery through the windows of the Banff Centre, which he is considering using for his long running side project the Basement Revue which he described as a  variety show combining music and literature, which over its 10 year run has featured  collaborations with people like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Feist.

“I’ve never felt the need to go some place to get into a creative head space. I’ve never had any trouble doing that on my own. But being here, I get it , it’s beautiful,” he observed.
He is pleased with his new, more pop inspired album.
“It really sounds more refined. It is definitely a fun record,” he said, noting he made the record in Brewster Studio with producer  Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas and long time collaborator  drummer/ engineer Don Kerr plus Zeus’s Neil Quin on  background vocals plus Christine Bougie playing guitar and lap steel.
“ She’s definitely the secret weapon on the CD. And Don Kerr is one of Canada’s greatest drummers. He has played with  Ron Sexmith for a lot of years,” he said.


David Vertesi excited to join old friends Said the Whale on tour for new CD

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Vancouver based indie rock band Hey Ocean’s David Vertesi is excited to join old friends Said the Whale on tour while supporting his new David Vertesi returns to LEthbridge with Said the Whale, May 1. Photo Submittedsophomore CD  “Sad Dad Cruise Ship.”

They play Studio in Lethbridge, May 1.
“ It’s kind of tongue and cheek. That’s how I’ve always described my music as sad dad cruise ship.  I like that contrast. I always like  to try to make people happy and sad at the same time,” said Vertesi en to route to London, Ontario for a tour date.

Most of the shows have been sold out.

“They’re playing smaller venues than usual so there’s always a lot of people,” he said.
“ I’m playing three sets. Their bassist (Nathan Shaw) stepped down before the tour.

So I’m playing a solo set on my own — which is how I’ve always written the songs with a guitar and stripped down. So I’m excited to play the songs for people like that and I’m playing bass with them,” he said.


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