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Pop-up radio station pays tribute to The Hip

As The Tragically Hip arrives in Alberta, a Red Deer man is paying tribute to Canada’s beloved band by launching an experimental pop-up radio station online that plays all Hip music, all the time.

Jeff Murray has been a huge fan of The Tragically Hip’s ever since he first heard the Kingston, Ont., group as a 17-year-old. READ

It's all about the song as local artists tour Alberta, B.C.

Music for every taste is in the offing when roots-rocker Levi Cuss joins forces with poetic singer Curtis Phagoo, edgy artist Kimberley MacGregor and “golden voiced” folkie John Guliak. READ

High-energy musical finish to Westerner Days

Two generations of alt-rock fans partied in the Centrium Saturday night as Canadian groups USS and Moist wrapped up the Westerner Days concert series in energetic style. READ

Julius Caesar trumps with modern political allusions

An ambitious, ego-driven politician arouses public fear that he will rule as a tyrant. While there’s no orange comb-over in sight in Bard on Bower’s gripping version of Julius Caesar, now playing on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds, Donald Trump and the U.S. presidential race came to mind while watching the on-stage intrigue unfold. READ

Despite vandalism and Pokémon, Love's Labour's Lost goes on

Shakespeare was outplayed by Pokémon at the opening night of Bard on Bower’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. READ

Inventors of horrorcore rap

The FBI suggests they are gangsters, while others call them Christians. According to rapper Shaggy 2 Dope, his Insane Clown Posse is really just misunderstood. READ

'It's like we were never apart' — Moist plays at Westerner Days

Getting back together is extra sweet when there’s no nasty break-up to get over. Like the good friends they are, members of Canadian band Moist immediately found common ground when they reunited in 2013 after spending years working on solo projects. READ

Meaningful art in Painting the Town Red

Their art challenge was: Choose subject matter that’s meaningful to them and incorporates the colour red. Painting the Town Red, an exhibit at the Harris-Warke Gallery, shows how many different creative paths seven Red Deer artists can go down when following the same instructions. READ

The kids are in school in Love's Labour's Lost

Buddy Holly tunes will provide a nostalgic musical soundtrack for Bard on Bower’s 1950s version of Love’s Labour’s Lost. READ

A mystery with promise

A mysterious woman walks into an opera box at the beginning of Central Alberta Theatre ’s Evelyn Strange and warns: “I don’t want to be rushed…” This line ends up foreshadowing the slow pacing of a production that could take itself less seriously. READ

Higgins gets real in new memoir

Red Deer’s Dwayne Higgins had everything — Hollywood success, a six-figure income and a loving family — and he lost it all to drug and alcohol addiction. READ

Johnny Reid brings crowd-pleasing routine to Red Deer

Coasting on his sheer, over-the-top niceness, Johnny Reid showed his tartan army of 4,500 Central Alberta fans some crazy kind of love Saturday night at Red Deer’s Centrium. Subtlety was not key to Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling Reid’s behemoth What Love is All About concert. READ

Dreaming With My Great Mother: Bold and symbolic native art

Connections to ancestors and the spirit world imbue the captivating Dreaming With My Great Mother art exhibit at Lacombe’s Memorial Centre. READ

Light hearts at work on heavy issues

When Father Tim Farley takes the pulpit, he’s used to feeling the love of his Catholic congregation — so nothing prepares him for being heckled from the pews by Mark Dolson. READ

Hands-on art

There’s no stuffy “hands-off” rule when it comes to art by Trenton Leach. READ

Comedy hangs on people acting strangely: Review

“I just wish you all were a little more normal,” disoriented Avery tells his bizarre relatives in Central Alberta Theatre’s 37 Postcards. Whoa, Nelly! You can say that again. READ

Cast, Crew overcome challenges to bring Wild Dust to stage

In stepping up to direct Central Alberta Theatre’s season-opening comedy Wild Dust, Craig Scott had to do some unusual problem solving READ

RDSO opens season with passion

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra’s Una Noche En Espana concert provided a sizzling contrast to cooler fall weather by delivering some passionate music from more temperate climes. READ

Brock Zeman: More than radio-friendly

Brock Zeman believes he writes radio-friendly songs — they just don’t happen to fit the format of mainstream radio stations. Today’s commercial radio is all about beer-party music, said the Ottawa-area troubadour, who performs Wednesday, July 22, at Gilmore’s Guitars in Red Deer. READ

Musical tapas at RDSO

Spanish guitars will lend some fiery fun to the opening of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra’s new season. READ

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