MEMORABLE – Second from left

MEMORABLE – Second from left

Friends recall Lann Lieurance’s extensive community involvement

Thurlow Lann Lieurance, described as a widely influential member of the Lacombe community, passed away earlier this month on Aug. 3rd.

Thurlow Lann Lieurance, described as a widely influential member of the Lacombe community, passed away earlier this month on Aug. 3rd.

His impact in Lacombe was particularly felt in the arts and music community. He was president of the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation (LPACF) and the creator of the Music in the Park program.

Through the LPACF he was heavily involved in the partnership of the Cranna Community Cultural Centre, known as the C4 Initiative and was a member of several community music groups and committees.

“When my husband and I came and visited Lann before moving to Lacombe, he said the community was a little jewel in the middle of Alberta. It really stuck with me that he felt that way about the community – he had this really positive feeling about the whole community. I think that really showed in the things he got involved in,” said close friend and colleague Ellen Corea.

“Part of his dream was to have a performing arts centre and theatre here that would answer the needs of musicians and other groups in the community. He wanted to bring something that was missing in the community.”

Lieurance was not originally from Lacombe. Corea said he had spent time in cities like Calgary and Edmonton playing with a number of bands in different genres of music. She said he used the connections made through these experiences to implement Music in the Park.

“A couple of years ago we started talking about what would be a neat thing to do in the community would be and his dream was Music In the Park,” she said.

“He wanted to bring mainly professional musicians from his contacts into Lacombe and provide that type of entertainment for free. He just wanted to bring exposure to all different types of music genres.

“He was really great at calling in his favours so that he got professional musicians coming from Calgary and Edmonton to do Music in the Park. Lann is the one who brought all those musicians together. It was just wonderful to work on that project with him. It was a really neat idea and it’s a great project.”

Lieurance was involved in a number of other community groups as well.

“He worked with the Lacombe Lions Community Band for awhile, was past director of Flat Iron Jazz, where he was still active in playing tenor saxophone,” said close friend and fellow jazz musician Grant Harder.

“He was a terrific composer and arranger. The Alberta Big Rocks Band that was here a couple of weeks ago – Lann had composed their whole set of songs. He could sit and listen to a record and transcribe it note for note for every instrument in the band – that’s pretty cool.”

Both Corea and Harder said Lieurance’s passing would impact members of the community outside his personal circle.

“He didn’t realize the kind of inspiration that he gave to young people especially. That was part of his vision with the arts centre – he wanted a place for children to be exposed to the arts, and become familiar with them and then grow up through the ranks. In that way, you’re actually supporting culture on a grassroots level,” Corea said.

According to Corea, the C4 Initiative has initial plans and estimates being constructed. The LPACF committee will continue to work in partnership with the Lacombe Day Care, Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Parent Link Centre and Small Wonders Family Day Home to move the project forward.

Harder said, “I think the biggest thing is that he’s going to leave such a big hole in the arts and music community in Lacombe. He’s a transplant, like so many of us, but the impact he had on the community was tremendous. His influence on the art community in Lacombe is second to none.”











Just Posted

The Government of Alberta identified 115 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 3,089.
(Black Press file photo)
Red Deer COVID cases continue to fall

114 cases in Red Deer, down one from Saturday

File Photo
Blackfalds RCMP seeking suspects in traffic collision

RCMP are asking the public for help identifing two suspects wanted for multiple offences

Maskwacis Pride crosswalk (Left to right): Montana First Nation Councillor Reggie Rabbit, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Louise Omeasoo, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Katherine Swampy, Samson Cree Nation Councillor Shannon Buffalo, Samson Cree Nation Chief Vern Saddleback.
Pride in Maskwacis

The 4th inaugural Maskwacis Pride crosswalk painting took place on Saturday 12, 2020.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta launches COVID vaccine lottery with million-dollar prizes to encourage uptake

The premier says the lottery will offer three prizes worth $1 million a piece, as well as other prizes

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. The federal government is announcing that Indigenous people can now apply to reclaim their names on passports and other government documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous people can now reclaim traditional names on their passports and other ID

Announcement applies to all individuals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis background

Most Read