There are bands that toil for years in obscurity, and then there’s The Strumbellas.
The success the Toronto folk-pop group is experiencing makes a case for good timing — occasionally a band’s music will line up almost exactly with popular taste and lightning will strike. READ
In the absurdist world of Levi MacDougall, some Canadians will flop onto the sidewalk, gulping like fish, after crossing into the U.S. “I grew up in Celsius air ... (it’s) too Farenheity,” quipped the Calgary-raised comic, while fanning the air with his hands during a stand-up gig in Los Angeles. “Feels like I’m drowning.” READ
Canadian rockers The Trews initially had trouble explaining their name to the public (‘trews’ means tartan trousers for those who are still wondering). Now they have to explain their connection to Russell Brand. The British comedian effectively co-opted the band’s name by calling his own online “news” site The Trews. It’s Brand’s amalgam of “truth” and “news.” READ
Wanna hear some funky Dixieland? The Doobie Brothers took nearly 3,000 Central Alberta fans by the hand and showed them a good, old funkedelic time this week. READ
The world premiere of a violin-piano sonata by local composer Ruston Vuori will be performed at Sunday’s worship service at Gaetz United Church. READ
Inspirational singer/songwriter Steve Bell will perform ballads about faith, hope and love in Red Deer this week. The Juno Award-winning Christian artist performs on Friday at the First Christian Reformed Church at 16 McVicar St. READ