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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

Gord Bamford takes home Canadian country awards, sets sights on U.S.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Gord Bamford was crowned king of Canadian country music for a second year in a row Sunday and he says he’s now turning his sights south of the border. READ

Local actor to walk red carpet at TIFF

It’s a starry start to the school year for Red Deer College Motion Picture Arts instructor and local actor Lori Ravensborg. READ

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. READ

First Friday on Sept. 5 features glass, ceramic and fibre artworks

Glass, ceramic and fibre artworks will be featured during the First Friday of September Red Deer gallery openings. READ

Cooking up something lovely

Having three chefs in the kitchen is never a good idea — unless the Good Lovelies are cooking up a brand-new album. Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore are in the midst of a recording session for a yet-unnamed new CD, to be released in February. READ

Ol’ Boots & The Hoots embrace crooners of old

From their embellished jackets and pompadour-ed hair to their heartfelt music, Mark “Boots” Graham loves everything about singers Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Buck Owens. READ

The November Man: Here comes bland, James Bland

Ex-007 actor Pierce Brosnan always thought he had at least one more James Bond movie in him. On paper, the spy thriller The November Man looks like it might be at least a reasonable facsimile. It’s not by a long shot, although it’s not for want of trying. In fact, this looks to be a case of trying too hard. READ

Rogers and Shaw launch video-on-demand service called 'Shomi’

Two of Canada’s top telecommunications companies have teamed up to launch a subscription video-on-demand service they say can rival the current industry titan Netflix without cannibalizing their own cable and television-on-demand services. READ

Keep on truckin’

Its name alone would bring Hamilton hard-rock group Monster Truck to the attention of some (mostly young, male and pickup-driving) Central Albertans. READ

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