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Craig Cardiff to work with university students and their songs

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Arnprior, Ontario based songwriter Craig Cardiff hopes to pay his good fortune forward at the University of Lethbridge when he returns for workshops and a show, Jan. 19 and 20.

Craig Cardiff returns to lethbridge for workshops and a show, Jan. 19 and 20. Photo by Richard Amery
“ I just feel lucky I’m able to do this for a living, making music and playing shows. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I‘d like to save people some time.There’s probably people out there who are just as excited about music as I am and there’s probably people out there who are better players and songwriters than I am, so I want to pay it forward,” Cardiff said before a soundcheck at the University of Alberta.

 Cardiff met Riley Miller, University of Lethbridge Student’s union VP of student affairs and New Media Production and Design student  at an entertainment conference last year who helped him implement the workshops and show idea.

He was so impressed after visiting the University of Lethbridge’s state of the art recording studio he wanted to repeat the experience this year.

“When I went to the studio on campus last year I thought I was in a professional CBC studio,” he said.
 He will be helping students with their songs.

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 January 2015 17:10 ) Read more...

Mwansa Mwansa And HBO3 play with a whole lot of soul

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 A handful of people enjoyed a whole lot of soul on a cold an stormy night, Jan. 2 courtesy of HBO3 and vocalist  Mwansa Mwansa at the Slice.Mwansa Mwansa singing with soul. Phopto by Richard Amery

 I only caught  the first set which included  soulful, poppy ’60s and ’70s  tunes including  “ I Can See Clearly, “ Valerie” and a gorgeous version of ‘ People Get Ready.”

 Mwansa Mwansa   sang with absolutely gorgeous soul as James Oldenburg played pretty guitar solos. Bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer  provided a tight knit rhythm section. One highlight was James Oldenburg’s jazz tinged original song “Right Time.”
 They also did an excellent version of ”’90s classic Fast Car.” 

 They ended their first set with an excellent version of  the Alabama Shakes’ “ Hold On.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:23 )

Karen Romanchuk introduces new music for new year

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 There was a decent crowd of approximately 20 people out on a chilly night, Jan.  2 to hear Lethbridge folk and country musician Karen Romanchuk play a long set of music at the Owl Acoustic Lounge including covers and quite a few originals from her three CDs and several brand new songs including “Loved By You.”Karen Romanchuk amd Jason Eveleigh. Photo by Richard Amery

 She performed excellent covers of Ryan Adams’ new  song “Give Me Something Good,” as well as  Steve Earle’s classic “ Someday.”

 It was great to hear her older songs like “ Jessie” as well as one of my favourites “ Blue, Blue Heart.” plus a very pretty song called “Summer Leaves.” Jason Eveleigh, hidden in the shadows, supplied  some very sweet  guitar solos complementing Romanchuk’s world  weathered voice.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:14 )

Troyanda Ukrainian Dance club celebrate the new year with Malanka

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 The Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club is excited about celebrating the new year, Jan. 24 at  the Lethbridge Senior Citizen’s organization with Malanka.Malanka 2015 will focus on seasonal dances this year. Photo by Richard Amery
 The event begins at 4:30 with the Troyanda Dancers showing what they can do followed by dinner and a dance to follow featuring popular Calgary Ukrainian band Absolute.
 While the official date for the Ukrainian new year is Jan. 13,  the Troyanda  Ukrainian Dance Club plan their celebration around the availability of the popular band Absolute.


“ They’re booked most weekends. They’re very popular so we usually wait for them to have a date open before we hold Malanka. There are other Malanka celebrations even locally. So we book it two or three weeks later and hopefully miss the competition,” said Patt Williams, one of the organizers who has been a member of the group for the past nine years and who always looks forward to performing in the celebrations.
“ And it gives us more time to practice,” she continued.

“ I had been to a few Malanka celebrations in the early days and my daughter, who was three, wanted to dance with them, so she was the catalyst for joining up,” Williams said.
“And you get red boots, though they’re very tight,” she laughed.

“ I like the challenge. It’s something everyone can do even if they have back and knee pain. And it’s fun,” she said.
“ And I enjoy learning about how the dances relate to the region they come from,” she continued.

The  group is in the middle of a busy 20th anniversary celebration which is earmarked by Malanka and capped off  with their end of year Vesna celebration on May 2.
 Members also perform in schools for Grade 3 Social studies classes who study the Ukrainian culture as part of their curriculum. They also regularly perform in senior’s homes and, because it is  their 20th  anniversary celebration, they have had a few extra activities including a Ukrainian art series in September at various locations including the Galt Museum, CASA  including  the art of making perogies and open dance classes at the Galt Museum and CASA respectively.

 The art series continues in the new year at locations to be determined including demonstrations of Ukrainian embroidery and costumes, the art of Ukrainian bread making and the art of Ukrainian Egg Writing which will likely take place closer to Easter.
 They were also part of the UNITAS inclusion series on Nov. 29 at the Bill Kergan Heritage Centre which included Ukrainian music, art, egg writing, a slide presentation of Troyanda’s history and much more. They will also be performing at the  Alberta 55 Seniors Games,  Feb. 22.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:06 ) Read more...

Live events pick up this week

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Things  start to pick up for the new year this week as there are several excellent shows happening.
 The University of Lethbridge Student’s Union brings back their Frostbite festival, Jan. 16 and 17.

Fox Eyes play the Fourth Waves Freaks zine release party this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 There will be a variety of ski related activities in the Grove outside of University Hall on Jan. 16,  Appropriately, Fernie based stoke folk band Shred Kelly will be a highlight of the Frostbite  Neon Chalet Cabaret in the University of Lethbridge, Jan. 17 Student’s Union Zoo featuring stoke folk band Shred Kelly plus rappers Rougies Clique and Montreal’s Botnek. Tickets are $20.

If you are in the mood for some punk music, Inferno celebrates a late New Year’s with Calgary punk band the Reckless Heroes and Medicine Hat’s  Ohmwar. Tickets are $10 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

 Thursday, Jan. 15 is a big day for concerts as The Odds, who had several hits  in the ’90s including “Heterosexual Man” and  “Someone Who‘s Cool. ” Even Cooler the Odds’s Craig Northey wrote the theme song “ My Happy Place” for the TV show Corner Gas. The Odds play Average Joes, Jan. 15  at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 January 2015 12:41 ) Read more...
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