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Wild T channels musical spirit

Toney Springer, of Wild T & The Spirit, is often compared to Jimi Hendrix. But he feels he actually learned more from David Bowie.

The Canadian guitarist grew up in Trinidad and Tobago playing “funky jazz” guitar, without knowing too much about rock or blues. READ

Paying tribute to the Bard

The Bard will be celebrated at Bower Ponds this summer with a triple-threat season of romantic comedy, high-stakes drama, music and Shakespearean-themed improvisation. READ

Swinging into Red Deer

The nostalgic era of circle skirts and bow ties was revived last weekend when swing kids of all ages came to Red Deer to jitterbug and Lindy hop to live band music. READ

Western meets steampunk

Carrie Zelent creates clothing that’s sort of steampunk, somewhat Western — and something of a well-kept secret. READ

Ian Tyson not slowing down

Cowboy life isn’t for wimps — and neither is old age. Legendary Canadian singer Ian Tyson, who performs on May 3, at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre, is used to dealing with the rigours of traditional ranching. At age 82, he finds himself facing significant health hurdles as well. READ

Rock n' Roll with Collective Soul

Rock fingers were finally waved in the air at the Red Deer College Arts Centre Saturday night, as Collective Soul performed a sold-out show that started with fans politely singing and swaying in their seats. The restraint had everything to do with over-vigilant ushers rather than a lack of excitement about the band’s exuberant, transcendent performance. READ

Swing dancers descend on Red Deer this weekend

The nostalgic era of circle skirts and bow ties will be revived this weekend as swing kids of all ages come to Red Deer to jitterbug and Lindy hop to live band music. READ

Local dancer takes big leap forward

Many young dancers dream of spending their days in the studio. Kelsey Miller is living the dream. READ

Soul power

Nearly a quarter-century in the music business leaves Collective Soul straddling two very different eras. READ

Dynamic duo

Two voices raised in song are far better than one. That thought occurred to singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien the first time he heard the Catherine Allan sing. READ

Drumming at the Junos

He’s drummed in Italy and Indianapolis, but none of Michael Levia’s concert band experience has quite compared to performing at the Juno Awards. “It was unreal, amazing,” said Levia who, with fellow Red Deer drummer Riley Parker, shared the stage with singing sensation Alessia Cara during the Juno broadcast from the Calgary Saddledome. READ

Animals rule in Orwell classic

For a vivid theatrical lesson in 20th-century history, youths and their parents need to head over to Red Deer College. The Russian Revolution and Stalin’s corruption of lofty Communist ideals have never been as entertainingly — and chillingly — presented as in George Orwell’s Animal Farm. READ

Bamford plays fan favourites

Two thousand fans warmly welcomed back one of their own when country singer Gord Bamford took the stage at Red Deer’s Centrium. READ

Acting out at nationals

A quick-witted team of young Red Deer improvisers invented scenarios about three unionized little pigs, a romantic breakup in a car wash and a greedy-guts on Ottawa’s National Arts Centre stage. READ

Sloan brings new, old songs to Red Deer

You know you’ve done something right as a band if, after 25 years, you are still being compared to The Beatles. READ

Chasing pageant dreams

As a child, Kali-Ann Ropchan was obsessed with her mother’s pageant tiara. READ

You say you want a revolution?

The livestock will be revolting in song at Red Deer College when theatre students stage Animal Farm — the musical. READ

Celebrate The Last Waltz

Ten of Alberta’s best roots musicians will celebrate The Band’s Last Waltz at a concert in Red Deer next week. READ

Dancing dreams

Four talented young Red Deer-area dancers are headed to Manitoba this summer to dance in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s summer program. READ

Jake's Gift keeps on giving

An award-winning play about a Second World War veteran’s reluctant return to Juno Beach is back in Red Deer by popular demand. READ

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