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American Rapper Tech N9ne wows Red Deer crowd

American rapper performed for enthusiastic fans at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on Wednesday evening. Tech N9ne is known for delivering fast-rhyming chopper rap and for co-founding the Strange Music record label in 1999. He’s sold more than two million albums, had his music featured in film, TV and video games, and has appeared on shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live. The artist is working on another album, to be titled Special Effects. 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

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

Wide range of musical styles on display at upcoming show

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

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

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

Two local ceramicists nominated for provincial awards

Two Central Alberta ceramicists are in the running for a 2014 Alberta Crafts Award. READ

Not just a flight of fancy

In this hyper-kinetic age, two Red Deer artists are using stillness to try to capture children’s attention and help foster an appreciation of nature. Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur have created a series of bird friezes and sculptures in white porcelain as a travelling art/education exhibit commissioned by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts TREX program. READ

Street art situation: art or vandalism?

Bronson Wilson’s supporters say he provided beautiful, thought-provoking street art free-of-charge to anyone passing through the streets and alleys of Red Deer. READ

Sheepdogs performance: Undeniably optimistic

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

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