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Local artists helping families help fight cancer with art exhibit

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Local artists are helping local  families help battle cancer with the second annual art show at the Galt Museum, May 27. Childhood cancer survivor Carie Stock started the organization “Helping Families,” eight years ago, holding several events including a Calgary Helping Families Art show, eight years ago and decided to bring the event to Lethbridge last year.

“I’m a childhood cancer survivor and I remember how hard it was for my mom when I was fighting cancer,” Stock said, noting the money raised goes to families to help cover things like parking fees, ambulance fees, utilities, medication and time spent away from jobs to care for a child for cancer.

“Alberta health care covers a lot, but it doesn’t cover specialty expenses,” she said, adding that is where Helping Families is able to help out.
“We’ve been doing the event for the past eight years in Calgary and it has been so successful, we decided to bring it to Lethbridge,” she continued.
 The event will feature works from 100 southern Alberta artists.

“They are all from Southern Alberta. One is from Magrath. Most of them are paintings, acrylic and oil and photographs, because those are the best for an event like this,” she said.
“This year will be a milestone for us. We’ll have raised $500,000. So we’re excited about reaching that goal. Now we can focus on the next goal which is $1 million,” she said.


Amos Garrett among highlights of slower week

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Another slower week also features some very cool shows. Amos Garrett plays Lethbridge on Wednesday. Photo by Richard Amery
Blues legend Amos Garrett plays a special show at the Mocha Cabana, Wednesday, May 24 with Julian Kerr from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The $78.75 tickets also include at three course dinner.

That same night, Peterborough musician Kayla Howran returns to Lethbridge  to introduce the Slice to her new CD.

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra features “Feel The Beat,” Thursday, May 25. They will be introducing young folks to children with four shows during the day and finish it up with a public performance at the Southminster United Church at7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, nine dollars for children.

 If you want to laugh, Rotary Mosaic  are hosting a fundraiser at Average Joes featuring Rotary members doing improv. The show begins at 6 p.m. There is a $20 cover.
It is a good week to rock out.


Social Arsonist’s metal transcends borders

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Metal transcends borders and continents with Vancouver based metal band Social Arsonist, including members from Canada, Chile and Mexico.Social Arsonist play Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
 But they all met and bonded over music through the power of the internet.
 They play the Smokehouse, May 28 with the Vth Circle.

“I was playing music and couldn’t find anyone who quite fit with what I wanted to do so I started a youtube channel and Dario (Zuñiga Marro, bassist ) and Manuel (Morgado Prado, guitarist) started commenting on it from Chile, but I thought it was just spam, so I just deleted their comments,” said Social Arsonist frontman Cayle Charlton, noting they persisted, so he finally made contact and started communicating with them online in 2010 with them and was so impressed that he decided to go to Chile for a few months in 2013 to work and play with them, where they were already making music, but couldn’t find the right vocalist fit.

“It was a real eye-opener. It was an awesome experience,” he said.
“It was just the right fit,” he continued.
While they were down there, they recorded their debut EP  “De-Evolution of Thy Self” and full length CD “Duality of Perception.”


Kaslo couple make beautiful music together

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The Eisenhauers are excited to present their new Cd “The Road We Once Knew” to Lethbridge at the Slice, Monday, May 29.The Eisenhauers play Lethbridge next week. Photo submitted

 The Kaslo, B.C. based duo of Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer are visiting Lethbridge in the middle of a tour of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in support of their debut CD as a duo which they recorded in Nashville with renown producer Steve Dawson, who immediately released it on his record label Black Hen Records.

“We think it captures how we play live,” said Jeremy Eisenhauer, who has been playing with his wife, Sheree Platt for the past 12 years on their solo projects.

“It was great. Steve really just let us play. He didn’t multi-track us, it was really enjoyable,“ he said, adding Dawson added some steel guitar and  some Nashville session musicians also added a few extra flavours.
 They have no plans to tour  with Dawson.
“We’d love to, but he’s so busy,” he said.
“The Road We Once Knew” is the first time they have recorded a CD as a duo.
They did a Kickstarter crowdfunding  program to finance the CD and record with Dawson.


Lots of fun for everyone with country, rock, blues and laughter

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This week will be a fun one.

Tonight, Moose Jaw singer songwriter Megan Nash returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

Things get loud  and a little bit weird from the start, Feb. 22 as the Slice will rock on a Wednesday with Edmonton prog rock band the Dead Fibres tearing things up with local post punk bands Wint and bubble wrap plus experimental duo the Postnamers. There is a five dollar cover.
The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
The next night the Irish Descendants get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit three weeks early, Feb. 23 at Average Joes. They always equal a really good and often drunken time with plenty of fiddle and plenty of ‘sociables’. The show begins at 7:30 p.Dave McCann is one of many local musicians playing this week. Photo by Richard Amerym. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show.

It is also an exceptional week for local music, as usual.
Daylan Delaney returns to Plum, Feb. 23 to play a free show beginning at 9  p.m.

Local roots rocker Dave McCann and the Firehearts return to the Slice, Feb. 24. They’ll be playing at 9 p.m.
 Local country rock band the Mark Hall band returns to Casino Lethbridge for the weekend as well, Feb. 24 and 25. There is no cover for the show.

 Pop country songstress Alyssa McQuaid returns to the Mocha Cabana, Feb. 24.

And, Edmonton based, Lethbridge bred musician Jesse Northey returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 24 with Brenna Lowrie.
The 15th annual pretty Witty and Gay festival kicks off Feb. 24 in Club Didi with Panti Raid at 10 p.m.
 There is even a show for the kids this week as the Bubble Guppies bring a “fin-tastic” time to the Enmax Centre, Feb. 24 with rock and roll, comedy hi jinks and audience participation. Tickets are $31.50.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

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