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McDermott brings crowd to its feet

With his resonant tenor voice and gift as a storyteller, John McDermott took nearly 400 Central Alberta fans back through the mists of time Friday at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre.

At times, his nostalgic tales dwelt on his boyhood in Toronto in the mid 1960s. McDermott, whose family had immigrated to Canada from Scotland when he was 10, remembered having no shower curtains in the tiny space that became a new home to him, his parents, and 11 siblings. READ

The meaning of art, according to artist Michael Downs

Whether it’s a controversial $470,000 “blue hole” sculpture, or portrait of ex-prime minister Paul Martin with a Brian Mulroney-like chin, no one can agree on what is good public art. Central Alberta artist Michael Downs hopes to shed some light on the topic at a free noon-hour How to Judge Art discussion on Tuesday, July 5, in Room 2919 at Red Deer College during its Series summer art program. READ

From Verdi to pop/electronica

Meg Warren trained as a classical opera singer in her native Newfoundland, a place better known for folk music traditions. So how did she end up in the electro-pop band Repartee — which performs on Tuesday, June 7, at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer? READ

Shakey Graves: Americana meets Canadiana

Texas roots musician Shakey Graves is a Canadaphile. This was the first country Graves (born Alejandro Rose-Garcia) visited outside the U.S., and consequently “Canadian history, folklore and culture are fascinating to me,” said the 28-year-old Austin resident. READ

Caputo claims being guided by spirits

Long Island Medium star Theresa Caputo predicts having no problem channelling spirits in a hockey arena. READ

RDSO closes season in style

It was a big, cymbals-crashing, kettle drum-booming finish for the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra’s season on Friday night at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. READ

CAT comes back to Black Knight Inn

Central Alberta Theatre has come full circle, returning to the Black Knight Inn for its dinner theatre shows starting this fall. READ

Hoja serves up modern take on a cappella singing

The three young guys in Hoja perform Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), complete with the whole thigh-jiggling, butt-slapping dance routine. It kinda gives new meaning to a cappella singing, admitted Matt Deroche, of the vocal trio. READ

Flippin' fiddler returns with sister

Canada’s “flippin’ fiddler” Scott Woods is returning to Red Deer — with a sibling in tow. READ

McDermott sings songs of the Isles

He gets a phone call from an orbiting astronaut, performance requests from the Kennedys, and a Bob Hope Award for supporting veteran’s causes. You could say quitting his day job turned into quite an adventure for Canadian singer John McDermott. READ

Gopher Hole Museum showcased in new doc on CBC site

Whether tickled, appalled or intrigued, 5,000 people from around the world have been finding their way annually to Torrington’s Gopher Hole Museum. Husband-and-wife filmmakers, Chelsea McMullan and Douglas Nayler, have been among the visitors, returning over a five-year period. In the process, they made the 15-minute documentary, World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, which is described as a “wistful ode” to the resourceful residents of a fading Prairie town. READ

St. James is spicing up country music

“Full-throttle,” boot-stomping, rabble-rousing country music, according to singer Ginger St. James, is best performed in Alberta. READ

RDSO and ESO combine forces to paint Mussorgsky's Pictures

Ah, the things that spark musical inspiration … For Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky it was his friend’s artworks. For Red Deer Symphony Orchestra conductor Claude Lapalme, it was the historic music that had been performed under the dome of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. READ

Johnny Summers swings into spring

The saying goes: “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Johnny Summers not only heeded that advice, he wrote a song about it. READ

National attention for local hip-hop group

Red Deer hip-hop band Midwest Mindset has jumped from the Alberta bar circuit into the national spotlight. READ

Ghomeshi apology 'clearest path to the truth': victim

Fallen CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi apologized publicly Wednesday to a former colleague who had accused him of sexually assaulting her at work, but the woman savaged what he did to her and the broadcaster for enabling his lewd and offensive behaviour. READ

Ghomeshi sex assault hearing to take place Wednesday, government says

An expected agreement that will see fired radio host Jian Ghomeshi apologize and sign a peace bond in exchange for the withdrawal of a sexual assault charge against him was instigated by his lawyer, a source familiar with the proceedings said Tuesday. READ

New doc puts spotlight on wolf killings in Alberta

The inhumane and indiscriminate poisoning, snaring and shooting of thousands of Alberta wolves could soon be judged by a global audience, says local conservationist Anna-Marie Ferguson. READ

Tree House wraps season with one-act plays

Tree House Youth Theatre’s young actors are honing their singing and acting talents for the year-end show. READ

Rockin' and rollin' in photos

Dave Flewwelling’s concert photographs pulsate with the energy and passion of the rock and roots acts he’s captured across North America. The Red Deer owner of Moloich Photography Ltd. is showing 29 music-related images at the white gallery adjoining Sunworks. READ

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