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l’omelette combine art with fashion and music for single release party

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The Geomatic  hosted Calgary based jazz/ rock band l’omelette’s single release party for their new single “Fast Fashion Fascist ” at the German Canadian Club, Saturday, June 8.

I missed popular local funk trio Adequate who a lot of the audience came to see as well as  a  fashion show  from Andrew Cormier and Cieran Starlight.

L’Omelette playing the German Canadian Club, June 8. Photo by Richard Amery


Megan Thompson  of l’omelette plays a saxophone solo at the German Canadian Club, June 8. Photo by Richard Amery

The audience had started to clear out by the time I arrived.


 But L’omellette were just getting the dance floor  heated up as a  custom made animated multi-media display created by Andrew Cormier.


 They played a heavier than usual , energetic set of saxophone  powered jazz tinged rock with just a touch of punk.


 Meg Thompson was doing triple duty on saxophone, keyboards and vocals.


 The band added a second saxophonist/ percussionist to fill out the sound.

 Peer Cormier, who just returned  from a tour with Charlie Crockett  as part of Noeline Hofman’s band was   holding down the beat on drums.

 In addition to a lot of sweaty, jazz fuelled original music, they were called back for  an encore to put their own stamp on a couple of covers including Miley Cyrus’ ” See You Again.” and  MGMT’s “ Electric Feel.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 June 2024 10:39 )

Rebel Angels bring ’50s style to Pure Summerfest car show

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Pure Casino  Lethbridge opened the summer season with their annual party in the parking lot— Pure Summerfest .  The combination car show and afternoon concert was Saturday afternoon June 8.


There were a plethora of classic cars on display and plenty of  local artisans next to the stage,  set up in the middle of the Casino Lethbridge parking lot .

Rebel Angels ’50s playing Pure Casino Summerfest, June 8. Photo by Richard Amery


I  missed Pete Cormier and Meg Thompson from Peter and the Wolves and  L’omelette playing a duo set, but would catch them later that night. 


Rebel Angels  ’50s were an ideal fit for a classic car show.


The band including  Ben Lamb lead vocals ; Keith Lamb guitar/vocals ; Rod Cahoon/bass vocals ; Mitch Rasmussen drums  and Gary Drayton playing keyboards and  vocals played ’ their usual fine set of ’50s favourites, encourage the audience to sing along with “ Let’s Go the The Hop.”


 They followed it up with Buddy Holly’s “ Oh Boy.”


They were a lot of fun. Gary Drayton played some excellent keyboards and band added superb multi-part vocal harmonies.


One highlight was  Johnny O’ Keefe’s “Real Wild Child,” which Iggy Pop repopularized in the ’80s with his punk and new wave cover.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 June 2024 14:42 )

Lots of skateboarding and music at Jam For Jax

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A good sized crowd enjoyed skateboard demonstrations and live music all day long at Legacy Park, Saturday, June 8 during Jam For Jax.


 The day-long event  in honour of Jax McKnight Hogan featured a variety of bands including some having their first gigs and more established bands like Headliners September Crows, Fawns and Shaela Miller.


 Several bands from local schools opened jam for Jax in the morning, in the after noon, an array of bands from the community including youths and adults took the stage.


Mutant’s Requiem playing Jam For Jax, June 8 in Legacy Park. Photo by Richard Amery

 I was in time for Mutant’s Requiem, who were playing their first gig. They  played a short set of complex progressive rock  and grunge including “ Nirvana’s “ Heart Shaped Box,” then  took a swing at Rush’s “ Fly By Night,””  and wound up with Tool’s “ 46 and 2” featured  a spot on  rendition of the song}s menacing bassline.


Living Fossils were up next with a short set of classic rock including Tom Petty’s You Wreck Me,” followed by Tommy Tutone’s ’80s hit “ 867-5309 Jenny.”


 The frontman was wearing a T Shirt from the Youngbloods,  the popular local pop punk band who were scheduled to play at 4 p.m.

 I would have stayed but wanted to catch another afternoon gig.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 June 2024 14:30 )

Block party and whole lot of punk rock happening this week

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It’s starting to feel like summer, which means there plenty of live music and mini festivals happening.

 First off, Keith, Catfish Woodrow returns to the Slice tonight, Tuesday, June 11, to host the blues jam beginning at 8 p.m.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s weekly open mic is also on Tuesday.


The Slice is ready to rock with a whole passel of punk and rock related shows happening throughout the week.

 The rock begins on Wednesday, June  12 with Salmo based noise punk band Rad Dog. Mr (Roy Robins) Awesome, andLethbridge metal band Trismegistus and local punk / alternative rock Trio MomBod plus Edmonton band Krash.  The show begins at 8 p.m. There is a $15 cover.


Midnight Channel have two shows this week including the block Party on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery

 It is all about more metal on Thursday at the Slice with Victoria based metal-core band , Lethbridge  metal/ punk band Built To Decay, Lethbridge hardcore band Black Solstice and Lethbridge core band Chernoff.

 The show begins at 9 p.m.

 There is a $15 cover for that as well.


 Friday June  14 will be a special day as local musicians gather to remember Will Singer IV,  frontman of puopular local punk trio Chief Mountain, who passed away way too young.

 MoonDawgs, Singer’s bandmates in Chief Mountain will be playing some of Singers favourite original songs and covers. Berserker and Space Wolves members will be playing Green Day covers as F.O.D. Black Arrow will also be playing. Admission is by donation.


 The Slice  features Columbian ska legends Skampida on Saturday with  the Dick Clark 5 and the Hockey Moms / Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

 The Slice winds up a heavy week on Sunday with a matinee show featuring East Vancouver based skate punks MediaSlaves, with Lethbridge goth metal band Void of Mood, local hardcore band Black Solstice and northern Flicker.

 Doors open at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 3 p.m. There is a $15 cover.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge gets into the punk spirit with Edmonton punk rock/ rockabilly/psychobilly  band the Devil’s Sons on Friday. They will be joined by Sick Ritual and local alt punk band New Autumn plus  grunge punk band Blind Eyed Saints. There is a $15 cover for that show, which begins at 8 p.m.

 The Brody Jerome band performs at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on June 15. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 June 2024 14:23 ) Read more...

Galt Museum “ Taking Care” of nursing history in new permanent of exhibit

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 The Galt Museum is “Taking Care” of  a topic that seems obvious for the museum— recognizing The Galt Museum’s origin as Galt Hospital and Galt School of Nursing from 1910-1955

It seems like a long time coming, but the Galt Museum, has opened “Taking Care,” a new permanent exhibit reflecting the history of  the nursing school in Lethbridge.

 Galt Museum Curatorial Project head Myla Demers took on the project upon being hired as an intern in January 2023.

Galt Museum curator Tyler Stewart and  Galt Museum Curatorial Project head Myla Demers  open The Galt Museum's new permanent exhibit “Taking Care.” Photo by Richard Amery


 Approximately 18 months later, her hard work has come to fruition in the form of a series of  panels,  items from the  Galt Museum archives including shoes and uniforms and a couple interactive exhibits which will be switched over periodically.


“ My biggest takeaway is the strong connection and correlation between the mining community the nursing school had. It’s always been a part of Lethbridge’s history. The Galt family donated the money to start the school because they saw the miners needed health care ,” Demers said.


 Her favourite part of putting together the exhibit was working with Galt School of Nursing Alumnae Society members, who funded the project with donations from individual members.

“I got to meet and talk to these incredible women,” Demers said .


“They cared really deeply about this project and contributed a lot of tales and brought in items for the exhibit,” Demers said.

“The goal was to recognize them and their contributions to Lethbridge,” Demers continued.

“It definitely should have been done earlier. I’m incredibly honoured to  have been able to do this,” Demers continued.

Local cartoonist Eric Dyck designed the interactive parts of the exhibit.

 Donna Karl,  president   of the Galt School of Nursing  Alumni association, is excited “Taking Care ” has finally come to fruition.


“ It’s a real dream come true. We really wanted to see this happen, so when Tyler (Stewart, Galt museum curator) came to us with the proposal, we thought it was really wonderful,” said Karl, who donated a pair of her old nursing shoes under her maiden name Donna Losey,  from the ’50s for the exhibit to accompany one of the nursing uniforms on display. 


“It’s been really rewarding,” she said adding the alumni association really embraced this project.

“The Galt Nursing school graduated 1,000 nurses and a lot of them have passed on,” she said , adding she remembers working with some of the  people who are mentioned in the exhibit, not to mention remembers how uncomfortable  it was to wear  her nursing shoes. 

“I wore those shoes for 53 years. They were so uncomfortable, but they were good army issue shoes,” she said, noting nurses  wore diffent uniforms depending on their level of training.

“ So you could always tell who  they were,” she said.


Curator Tyler Stewart is pleased the exhibit is now a permanent part of the Galt Museum.

“I’m very grateful to all the people who helped make it happen,” he said.

 There are a lot of sociopolitical issues involved with  the Galt Nursing school. Myla Demers did a lot of research and the Galt nursing Alumnae Society really supported it,” Stewart said.


“There was a lot of engagement. A lot of nurses wanted to share their stories.It was theirs to share. I’m very happy with the exhibit,” Stewart said, adding there weren’t a lot of  employment options for women then, so  they filled the demand for nurses.


“I hope people remember how much gender roles have expanded  over the past 100 years,”  he said.


 The exhibit located on the main floor of the museum, is open during Galt Museum’s regular hours.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 June 2024 15:36 )
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