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OLP come full circle

Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace remembers telling interviewers early in his music career “this is all great, but talk to me in four years” — if he’s still around making records.

“Now I have to eat my words because we’ve made it,” said the singer of Clumsy and other cryptic, poetic alt-rock songs. READ

Goin' to California

Whether crossing paths with a gun-happy Kentucky miner or young foosball players in Seattle, Susan Barker’s art exhibit Goin’ to California: My Motorcycle Diaries proves that road trips are about journeys rather than destinations. READ

Catching the New Wave

They’re too young to be experiencing early-’80s flashbacks, but members of Yukon Blonde threw hints of Talking Heads and Blondie on their new album. The band has purposely evolved from a guitar-driven rock band to a group with synth New Wave-pop influences. While Yukon Blonde’s first release in three years, On Blonde, has the potential to surprise fans, so far, all the feedback has been positive, said Brandon Scott, the group’s guitarist. READ

Cancer Bats: Straddling the divide

Whether “experimental” or “radio-friendly,” the Cancer Bats’ latest album, Searching for Zero, defies easy description. “Some (critics) are like, ‘This is your craziest album’ ... some are saying, ‘This is your most radio friendly, accessible one.’ It’s definitely coming from a broad perspective,” said the band’s singer Liam Cormier, with a chuckle. READ

Ponoka native explores ‘outlaw country’ sound

Singer/songwriter Jamie Woodfin sees today’s country music diverging along two main roads — one paved with pop and the other with “twang.” The Ponoka native, now based in Red Deer, prefers going down a path that’s been a little less travelled lately. “I love all kinds of country, but I used to play in a punk rock band, so I have more rock influences.” READ

Award winning play — Twelve Angry Men — continues to stand the test of time

Well-made things stand the test of time — including the acclaimed 1954 play Twelve Angry Men. READ

Multi-media exhibit explores Romania’s Wild Men

Whether it’s a Bigfoot, Yeti or ogre, hulking and hairy Wild Men are the stuff of folk legends around the world. READ

RDSO is bold and bombastic for Bolero

With horns blaring from the rafters, and crashing cymbals and kettle drums pounding on stage, Saturday’s Bold Bolero concert just might be the loudest the RDSO has ever played. READ

Theatre in small bites

Eight short plays will be packed into one punchy evening of theatre in CAT’s latest One-Act Play Festival. Billed as “CAT nips: Theatre in small bites,” the Central Alberta Theatre festival will deliver a sampling of life’s foibles in five-to-10-minute staged installments. READ

Stakes are high in gritty drama

From stockades in the town square to modern-day courts of public opinion, incidents of crime and punishment are endlessly fascinating to the public. If the crime is murder and the punishment is possible execution, then voyeuristic interest is extra high. And those are the stakes in the gritty drama Twelve Angry Men, by Reginald Rose. READ

Red Deer author lauded for youth mystery novel

Red Deer author Sigmund Brouwer won Canada’s top crime fiction award for his youth novel Dead Man’s Switch. READ

Central Alberta losing two outdoor music festivals

You win some, you lose some, when it comes to outdoor music festivals in Central Alberta. READ

Absorb the unfamiliar

John Stowell wants to take Central Albertans on a musical journey into less-travelled territory. To appreciate the open jazz tunes played by his trio, Scenes, Stowell advises listeners to sit back and absorb the “unfamiliar” sounds with an open mind. READ

The Gay Nineties set to shake things up at Bo’s

The Gay Nineties refers to the 1890s, with its decadent and ground-breaking art, witty plays, society scandals and the beginning of the suffragette movement. READ

Gilmore and Giebelhaus to play Golden Circle

From making guitars to playing them in front of an audience, Dave Gilmore is going the whole nine yards. The duo of Gilmore and Kelly Giebelhaus will entertain on Saturday, May 23, as part of the In Concert at the Golden Circle series. READ

Treat your ears for a good cause

Playing for audiences is fulfilling. Performing music to help others is life changing. Naomi Delafield, director of the Rosedale Valley Strings, has seen young musicians grow as artists and as people every time they put on a Music With a Mission concert to fundraise for global projects. “It changes who they are and who they grow up to be,” said Delafield, who has seen youngsters go on to volunteer with non-profits, “empowered” by the idea of helping others. READ

Can’t beat original art

More people are eating local produce and shopping at local stores — so how about buying local art? READ

Mother Mother concert shapes up ‘just lovely’

Something pretty zen was in the air Friday night. Or as Mother Mother frontman Ryan Guldemond put it: “Tonight’s got the right stuff . . .You never can tell how the voodoo’s going to shape up, but it’s taking shape just lovely . . . ” READ

Finding shelter from the hustle and bustle of Christmas

A beautiful and peaceful antidote to the busy clamour of the holiday season was delivered Saturday night by the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. 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

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