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Kandle wants to light the way

Many girls are bending under the weight of sexual pressure and verbal and physical abuse, says Canadian singer Kandle. READ

December First Friday draws inspiration from nature and the night

Art that’s inspired by nature and nighttime will be showing at Red Deer’s First Friday’s gallery openings for December. READ

Internal Ghomeshi probe didn’t include Q employees

A new episode of “The Fifth Estate” takes aim at the internal CBC probe of Jian Ghomeshi, with one “Q” employee saying his faith in the broadcaster has been shaken due to lingering questions about the investigation. READ

Melodies still rule for Edmonton's A/B Trio

A conversation about “bad jazz” with members of the A/B Trio of Edmonton veers into the abstract and philosophical. Two rather intriguing questions emerge: Can any creative form be disparaged in a world that’s relaxed the term ‘artistic’ to include such modern art installments as twine pinned to a wall? READ

Treehouse presents unconventional Christmas show

Ho, Ho ... Huh? is Tree House Youth Theatre’s unconventional Christmas show that starts on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Red Deer’s Scott Block Theatre. It draws on some colourful and bizarre yuletide traditions to help shed some light on our world. READ

Three local acts to play Food Bank fundraiser at the Hub on Friday

Ol’ Boots and the Hoots, The Doll Sisters and Jake Peters will raise their voices in song to benefit the Red Deer Food Bank next week. The multi-talented Central Alberta musicians will perform at a triple-bill seasonal concert, hosted by CKUA Radio’s David Ward, on Friday, Dec. 5, at The Hub on Ross Street. READ

Strings of peace

Peace is the one thing Claude Lapalme hopes listeners will take away from the Seasonal Strings concert at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra music director usually struggles to come up with a different theme for the annual Christmas concert. But Lapalme found this year’s motif to be a fairly obvious choice. READ

Mother Mother slowly seeping into people’s consciousness

Alternative pop band Mother Mother can be called lot of things — including innovative, cerebral and artsy. But easy listening it’s not. READ

A call to consciousness

At a time when some entertainers are mocked for taking political stances, Tom Jackson continues to unabashedly advocate for an end to hunger and the need for peace. READ

Jian Ghomeshi will plead not guilty to sexual assault charges: Lawyer

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi plans to plead not guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault, his lawyer said Wednesday. Marie Henein made her comments just moments after Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail at a Toronto courthouse. READ

Lights brings imagination, inspiration at Red Deer show

Electro-pop singer Lights urged her mostly young and female fans at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre to stay youthful by remaining imaginative. READ

Revivalist folk ’n’ roll on local stage

It’ll be 1980s folk-rock revival night in Red Deer next week, when The Grapes of Wrath and Bryan Potvin of Northern Pikes play a melodic, nostalgia-tinged show at Fratters Speakeasy. READ

Luke Dowler at Fratters Speakeasy

Luke Dowler will perform tunes from his diverse catalogue of music on Wednesday at Fratters Speakeasy in Red Deer. The Montana-based singer/songwriter/producer demonstrated his knack for creating memorable hooks in the jangly pop single Heart Attack, and his social conscience in the 2011 single Silence Is Shameful, a moving look at human trafficking. READ

RDC production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood brings Broadway to local stage

If Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show married Sally Bowles from Cabaret in a garishly ornate Victorian music hall, you’d get something approximating The Mystery of Edwin Drood. READ

Teenage Kicks bares heart and soul on new album

Jeff van Helvoort of Teenage Kicks considers being in a rock band a selfish endeavour. “Sometimes I think I could be doing something to help or better the world,” said the 26-year-old bassist, who performs with Teenage Kicks in a long lineup of bands Friday, Nov. 28, at The Vat in Red Deer. For one thing, the environmentally conscious van Helvoort questions driving 10 hours between cities to sometimes play for as few as 15 people. READ

Innisfail Town Theatre producing Bedtime Stories

Take a peek at what goes on behind the bedroom door in Innisfail Town Theatre’s next production. READ

Trews capture true Canadiana at Thursday concert

Stage lights at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre dimmed as The Trews began playing the familiar intro of a song that’s come to epitomize Canadian duty and sacrifice. READ

A shrug of thanks to the people who believed

After many years of “yearning” to be an artist, 57-year-old Glynis Wilson Boultbee is finally studying visual arts at Red Deer College. It was a case of mind over matter for the Red Deer resident, who’s done other artistic things, such as written poetry, but never thought she could ever create recognizable images on paper. “I just got it in my head that I could not draw, that it was closed off for me,” she said. 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

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

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