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Cello takes centre stage for RDSO

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra will starts its new season with three memorable works that look back at the past in grandiose, anxious and whimsical ways.

Compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten are on the program for the Continental Cello concert on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. READ

The power of women: Female-fronted rock bands breaking down the old boys’ club

Women rock! — especially women like Carol-Lynne Quinn and Felicia Harding. Quinn, who fronts award-winning Edmonton alt-rock band Rend, and Harding, lead singer of Victoria-based synth-rock band Isobel Trigger, are riding a welcome wave. READ

CAT is back with Rounding Third

Dolphin dads, tiger moms, helicopter parents. ... What’s the right way to raise children, anyway? That question is too loaded to be definitively answered in Central Alberta Theatre’s season-opening play, Rounding Third, by Richard Dresser. READ

Big Wreck's Ian Thornley is a man of few words; lets guitars do the talking

When he isn’t singing, Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley is a man of few words. Perhaps wisely, he let his guitars do most of the talking at Monday night’s near sellout rock concert at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre. And it turned out the six-stringers the frontman regularly traded off (one per song, in every colour, as if guitar-making elves were busy backstage) had a lot of fascinating things to say. READ

Tyson resonates with songs evoking a simpler time

He walked slowly and stiffly across the stage, like the former rodeo cowboy he is. Then he started playing guitar, and the legendary Ian Tyson appeared a foot taller and at least a decade younger. For a guy who will be 81 years old on Thursday, Tyson still clearly held the power to dazzle a full-house audience at the Memorial Centre on Sunday night. READ

Tagaq wins Polaris prize

TORONTO — Nunavut-reared throat singer Tanya Tagaq claimed the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday night, then used her acceptance speech to support the wearing and eating of seal — and lob an expletive at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. READ

Hardcore legend coming to Red Deer

Mick Foley could be the poster child for the idea that there’s some truth in wrestling. After all, it wasn’t fake blood he was spewing when he fell through the “Hell in a Cell” structure that was built for his famed 1998 bout with The Undertaker. READ

Moderation in all things

Comic Steve Patterson intends to send a message to all big jerks when his stage show This is Not Debatable hits Red Deer. “The show’s overall theme will be ‘Don’t be an arsehole,’ because there’s a lot of them in this world,” said Patterson, who performs at the Memorial Centre on Saturday, Sept. 27. “They seem to be making the news lately.” READ

Ian Tyson: legendary singer a hard man to track down

Ian Tyson won’t carry a cellphone or answer emails. That’s why it’s been impossible, according to his longtime publicist Richard Flohil, to set up an interview with the legendary singer, who performs with a newly recovered, smoother voice at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on Sunday night. READ

Sons of rock ’n’ roll

While playing the bar circuit in his hometown, singer Brett Emmons of The Glorious Sons would routinely hear an older musician diss another Kingston, Ont., native who rose to fame with The Tragically Hip. “This guy would talk about how he was so much better than Gord Downie when he was younger,” recalled Emmons. READ

‘You write what you know’: Big Wreck singer Ian Thornley opens up on new album

You could say Big Wreck singer Ian Thornley has removed another albatross from his neck — rock star “goofiness.” “Once you give up that rock star bulls--t, it’s a whole lot easier to get down and dirty and make music,” stated Thornley on the group’s website. READ

Fratters to host jazz concert series

Red Deer is back on the map as a concert stop for touring jazz musicians. READ

Tech N9ne: Independent rapper can’t stop writing about life as he knows it

They may look tough and talk tough, but even rappers can get their feelings hurt. Tech N9ne was so stung by a music journalist’s criticism of his verse that he retaliated by writing Fragile. He and rappers Kendrick Lamar and ¡Mayday! appear in the song’s video to voice their disdain for people dissing their music. “I spoke for a lot of people ... who feel sensitive about (their) work,” said Tech N9ne in a recent interview. READ

Cutting edge and classic fare: 2014-15 entertainment lineup

From rapper Tech N9ne to Tennessee Williams, zombies to Jane Austen, the 2014-15 entertainment scene promises to be a dynamic mixture of cutting-edge and classic fare. READ

Bring to light: Trudy Golley’s Lucent: works in Light and Shadow is an illuminating exhibit at the MAG

The play of light shimmering off shiny ceramic surfaces is the cornerstone of a new exhibit at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. Trudy Golley’s Lucent: Works in Light and Shadow is a study of precision. READ

Birds of Chicago to perform at Fratters Speakeasy

Birds of Chicago will perform everything from mountain gospel to street corner doo-wop and classic soul music today at Fratters Speakeasy in Red Deer. READ

Doc MacLean bringing the blues to Red Deer

Canada’s relentlessly touring bluesman Doc MacLean performs on Saturday at Fratters Speakeasy in Red Deer. READ

John Antoniuk, Jen Lane join forces at Velvet Olive

He’s a little bit rootsy, she’s a little bit country. Together, they’ll be singing some sweet harmonies in Red Deer. READ

The Trews to perform acoustic, electric sets at Memorial Centre in November

Both sides of The Trews will be heard in Red Deer this fall. READ

Google says no to online regulations as CRTC starts hearings

Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed — as would consumers — if regulations for Canada’s broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada. READ

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