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RECOGNITION - Blackfalds author Marcia Laycock has landed a Word Award for a powerful play she recently penned called A Pattern in Blue.                                photo submitted

Blackfalds author Marcia Laycock lands a Word Award for new play

Acclaimed writer continues to explore exciting new genres

RECOGNITION - Blackfalds author Marcia Laycock has landed a Word Award for a powerful play she recently penned called A Pattern in Blue.                                photo submitted
HOME GROWN - Vancouver-based husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart – Dear Rouge – bring their engaging pop tunes to Westerner Days July 21st.                                photo submitted

Dear Rouge heading to the City for Westerner Days

Latest CD, Phases, was released earlier this year

HOME GROWN - Vancouver-based husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart – Dear Rouge – bring their engaging pop tunes to Westerner Days July 21st.                                photo submitted
Estonian dancers perform in Stettler County

Estonian dancers perform in Stettler County

The 100th Jaanipaev Celebration keeps ‘singing revolution’ alive

Estonian dancers perform in Stettler County
SWEET SOUNDS - The Amundruds are one of several groups set to perform at this year’s Gospel Music Celebration, set to run in the ENMAX Centrium July 12th, 13th and 14th.                                photo submitted

Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration arrives July 12th-14th

Several bands to be featured at the popular annual event

SWEET SOUNDS - The Amundruds are one of several groups set to perform at this year’s Gospel Music Celebration, set to run in the ENMAX Centrium July 12th, 13th and 14th.                                photo submitted
EXCITING TIMES - Local country artist Jamie Woodfin has landed in the top 12 participants for Project WILD, presented by Alberta Music and WILD 953. If he makes it into the top 3, sizable cash awards are available for further music and artist development as well.                                photo submitted

Red Deer’s Jamie Woodfin lands in Project WILD’s top 12

Following showcase events and public voting, the top three artists will be chosen

EXCITING TIMES - Local country artist Jamie Woodfin has landed in the top 12 participants for Project WILD, presented by Alberta Music and WILD 953. If he makes it into the top 3, sizable cash awards are available for further music and artist development as well.                                photo submitted
PARTY ON - On the heels of a hit new single Worth a Shot, country star Aaron Pritchett is gearing up to hit the Westerner Days stage next month on July 18th.                                photo submitted

Country star Aaron Pritchett set to hit Westerner Days

Pritchett performs July 18th on the Centrium mainstage

PARTY ON - On the heels of a hit new single Worth a Shot, country star Aaron Pritchett is gearing up to hit the Westerner Days stage next month on July 18th.                                photo submitted
CLASSIC STORY - Julia van Dam, Jason Steele and Paul Sutherland star in the latest installment of the ongoing Sherlock Holmes series The Sign of Four, currently being staged at the Nickle Studio.                                David Dinan photo

The Sign of Four lights up the Nickle Studio stage

Solid acting and directing fuel latest in Sherlock Holmes series

CLASSIC STORY - Julia van Dam, Jason Steele and Paul Sutherland star in the latest installment of the ongoing Sherlock Holmes series The Sign of Four, currently being staged at the Nickle Studio.                                David Dinan photo
CLASS ACT - Local singer Randi Boulton is busy continuing to take her compelling tunes and powerful voice to various venues in the region. Local fans will be able to hear what she’s been up to lately on her creative journey when she performs July 21st during Westerner Days.                                Paul Howard Photography
CLASS ACT - Local singer Randi Boulton is busy continuing to take her compelling tunes and powerful voice to various venues in the region. Local fans will be able to hear what she’s been up to lately on her creative journey when she performs July 21st during Westerner Days.                                Paul Howard Photography
MOVING FORWARD - Singer/songwriter Nathan Danser is currently in the midst of his Green Mile Tour that is also featuring special guests. The tour consists of dates here in Red Deer and area, plus several shows up in Thorsby at what is called the ‘Green Mile Market’.photo submitted

Local singer/songwriter Nathan Danser presents Green Mile Tour

Danser continues to build momentum in his own creative journey

MOVING FORWARD - Singer/songwriter Nathan Danser is currently in the midst of his Green Mile Tour that is also featuring special guests. The tour consists of dates here in Red Deer and area, plus several shows up in Thorsby at what is called the ‘Green Mile Market’.photo submitted
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Local Artists are off to compete for the title of Canada’s best

The Lacombe and District Music Festival is part of a Canada wide competition for young artists

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COUNTRY GAL - Alecia Aichelle is looking forward to releasing her new single Hooked On Us June 18th. photo submitted

Singer Alecia Aichelle set to reel in new single

Central Alberta artist excited for main stage performance at Westerner Days

COUNTRY GAL - Alecia Aichelle is looking forward to releasing her new single Hooked On Us June 18th. photo submitted
SOLID SHOW - Presented by the Central Music Festival Society, the Charlie Jacobson band performs June 16th at the Elks. Also playing that night is Shaky Ground - a band that was popular in Red Deer back in the 1990s and are reuniting for this show and an appearance at North Country Fair.                                photo submitted

The Charlie Jacobson Band plays the Elks June 16th

Jacobson to share the stage with Shaky Ground’s reunion performance

SOLID SHOW - Presented by the Central Music Festival Society, the Charlie Jacobson band performs June 16th at the Elks. Also playing that night is Shaky Ground - a band that was popular in Red Deer back in the 1990s and are reuniting for this show and an appearance at North Country Fair.                                photo submitted
INSPIRING - After a few years away from the title role, Red Deer native Aaron Krogman has again landed the role of Jesus for this year’s epic production of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play near Drumheller.photo submitted

Red Deer native lands title role in Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Aaron Krogram is back in the role of Jesus for this year’s epic production

INSPIRING - After a few years away from the title role, Red Deer native Aaron Krogman has again landed the role of Jesus for this year’s epic production of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play near Drumheller.photo submitted
CREATIVE VENTURE - Lacombe native Cassandra Johnston, who studied both acting and film production at Red Deer College, is directing a new short film called Ugly Girl along with Alex Adamson. The pair also penned the script for the project, which is set for releae this fall.                                photo submitted

Lacombe filmmaker excited about brand new project

Cassandra Johnston and her team are gearing up to present Ugly Girl

CREATIVE VENTURE - Lacombe native Cassandra Johnston, who studied both acting and film production at Red Deer College, is directing a new short film called Ugly Girl along with Alex Adamson. The pair also penned the script for the project, which is set for releae this fall.                                photo submitted
REUNION - Central Music Festival is presenting a performance from Shaky Ground and the Charlie Jacobson Band on June 16th at the Elks Lodge. From left, Trevor Payne, Bruce Jacobson, Teresa Neuman, Charlie Jacobson, Andy Hamilton and Bob Kochan. Missing from the photo is Elly Jacobson.                                photo submitted

Central Music Festival presents Shaky Ground on June 16th

Band members are uniting in a show that also features the Charlie Jacobson Band

REUNION - Central Music Festival is presenting a performance from Shaky Ground and the Charlie Jacobson Band on June 16th at the Elks Lodge. From left, Trevor Payne, Bruce Jacobson, Teresa Neuman, Charlie Jacobson, Andy Hamilton and Bob Kochan. Missing from the photo is Elly Jacobson.                                photo submitted
AUTHENTIC - Harpdog Brown, Canada’s number one harmonica player three years running, is slated to take the stage at The Krossing June 22nd with his Uptown Blues Band.                                photo submitted

Harpdog Brown and the Uptown Blue Band head to The Krossing

Few have tackled the smoky magic of the blues quite like Brown

AUTHENTIC - Harpdog Brown, Canada’s number one harmonica player three years running, is slated to take the stage at The Krossing June 22nd with his Uptown Blues Band.                                photo submitted
TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE - A Tribute to Elvis in Concert, featuring Pete Paquette (pictured) Chris Connor sharing the stage for the very first time in Alberta, runs June 6th at the Memorial Centre.                                photo submitted

‘A Tribute to Elvis in Concert’ runs June 6th

Show features acclaimed Elvis impersonators Pete Paquette and Chris Connor

TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE - A Tribute to Elvis in Concert, featuring Pete Paquette (pictured) Chris Connor sharing the stage for the very first time in Alberta, runs June 6th at the Memorial Centre.                                photo submitted
CLASSIC - Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents Rockin’ Robin Hood the musical, opening June 1st at New Life Fellowship Church.                                photo submitted

Cornerstone Youth Theatre rocks the stage with Robin Hood musical

Talented troupe presents the story of Nottingham’s favourite outlaw

CLASSIC - Cornerstone Youth Theatre presents Rockin’ Robin Hood the musical, opening June 1st at New Life Fellowship Church.                                photo submitted
MOVING FORWARD - Set to play in Red Deer on June 8th, Saskatoon’s Friends of Foes are also busy marking the release of their latest single Bare Boned.photo submitted
MOVING FORWARD - Set to play in Red Deer on June 8th, Saskatoon’s Friends of Foes are also busy marking the release of their latest single Bare Boned.photo submitted
CLASSIC - Jason Steele, right, and Paul Boultbee rehearse the Red Deer Players production of Mass Appeal at the Scott Block Theatre in Red Deer in early 2016. The theatre company is holding several events over the next while to continue to build stronger ties within the community.                                Red Deer Express file photo

Red Deer Players continue to build community presence

Several upcoming events planned to bolster community engagement

CLASSIC - Jason Steele, right, and Paul Boultbee rehearse the Red Deer Players production of Mass Appeal at the Scott Block Theatre in Red Deer in early 2016. The theatre company is holding several events over the next while to continue to build stronger ties within the community.                                Red Deer Express file photo