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Boom Chucka Boys have shot at country music group of year

Sylvan Lake’s The Boom Chucka Boys are joining Gord Bamford to make up a solid Central Alberta contingent of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

“Holy Smokes!” The Boom Chucka Boys exclaim on their website, before expressing their gratitude for being nominated for the Canadian Country Music Association’s Group/Duo Of The Year. READ

Free concerts at MusiCamp

Music lovers can enjoy free concerts at the Red Deer College Arts Centre main stage starting on Monday. READ

Diamond Forever show at Sylvan

The timeless music of Neil Diamond will be performed in the Diamond Forever show on Saturday in Sylvan Lake. READ

Terry Gilliam ponders the meaning of life with The Zero Theorem

TORONTO — Over 30 years after starring in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, filmmaker Terry Gilliam is exploring the significance of existence once again with his new sci-fi drama, The Zero Theorem. It’s a theme that’s been on his mind since he was young, says the American-born British writer-director, who got an Oscar nomination for co-penning the 1985 film Brazil. READ

Boom Chucka Boys nab nod for country music group of year

Sylvan Lake’s The Boom Chucka Boys are joining Gord Bamford to make up a solid Central Alberta contingent of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. READ

Sheepdogs performance: Undeniably optimistic

It was a grand — some might even say heroic — return to Red Deer for The Sheepdogs. READ

Hamlet on the prowl

The very heavens opened up and doused Bard on Bower’s opening night of Hamlet with a steady drizzle. READ

Science funk-tion

Shirtless Tayo Branston really stands out in a crowd — even when his crowd is a funkadelic nine-member band that performs songs about a giant robot destroying the earth. READ

Underside Pattern coming to the patio

Upbeat pop group Underside Pattern performs this week on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio. READ

Matt Blais to rock Red Deer

Calgary’s passionate blues-rocker Matt Blais will perform next week in Red Deer. READ

Sex Tape: dull, tone deaf and not the least bit sexy

Just lie back and think of funnier films. Sex Tape reunites Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as marrieds Annie and Jay who are looking to get some heat back between the sheets. They make a sex video and then spend the rest of the movie trying to keep anyone from seeing it. READ

Delicious comedy Chef is as close to food porn as it gets

“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death,” roared Rosalind Russell as the screen’s eccentric Auntie Mame, a woman who wasn’t shy about feeding a variety of appetites. READ

Violinist who fuses several genres in city on Thursday

Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin can do with a fiddling fusion of bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and Indian music. READ

Double-barrelled blast from the past to take the Westerner Day stage

They came from neighbouring provinces and their music helped define Canadian radio in adjoining decades. Now Harlequin and Honeymoon Suite are joining up to perform a high-energy double-bill concert on Friday at Red Deer’s Westerner Days. READ

Archie’s death latest comic book story to inject reality

For most of Archie Andrews’ life, the red-headed comic book icon’s biggest quandary was whether he liked Veronica or Betty. The character’s impending death comes in Wednesday’s installment of Life with Archie, a spin-off series that centres on grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale pals. READ

Diamond Rio to shine at Westerner

It’s been nearly a quarter century since Diamond Rio made a huge splash on the country music scene with the group’s first self-titled album. And the Tennessee band that performs at Red Deer’s Westerner Days on Thursday maintains a loyal following of fans, who can pretty much chart their coming-of-age years with Diamond Rio tunes. READ

Kissel enjoying breakthrough success

Brett Kissel reveals he wrote his searing love song 3-2-1 for his wife of three years, Cecilia. READ

Poet is inspiration for Edmonton songwriter

What does Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson have in common with a contemporary Edmonton songwriter? A romantic sensibility, as it turns out. READ

Making music without boundaries

Yes, Marco Calliari is one of the guys behind the quirky, feel-good club hit We No Speak Americano. READ

Nothing vintage about The Sheepdogs

The Sheepdogs’ musicians already sport long hair, beards and fringe leather vests. Now their G.I. Joe-like Feeling Good music video totally references 1970s toys and B-movie pop culture. READ

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