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RV expo, AG expo and Home and Garden Show postponed by three weeks due to Covid restrictions

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Exhibition Park is postponing three major events for a few weeks due to Covid 19 restrictions.

The Southern Alberta RV Expo has been rescheduled to Feb. 25 – March 6, 2021 from the original date of Feb. 4-14.
AG-Expo and Northern American Seed Fair has been postponed to March 17-19, 2021 from the original date of Feb. 24 – 26.
 And Mike Warkentin. Photo by Richard Amerythe Southern Alberta Home & Garden Show will now take place April 7-10, 2021 from the original date of  March 17-20.

 “ So many of these local businesses rely on these shows every year, so we’ve giving them as much opportunity to adjust,” said Mike Warkentin, Chief Operating Officer of Lethbridge & District Exhibition, estimating the postponement will affect approximately 600 local businesses.


Quaint, Quirky and Queer festival going online

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The Quaint, Quirky and Queer Festival in Southern Alberta goes on online in less that two weeks.Jay Whitehead from Theatre Outre. Photo by Richard Amery
 Theatre Outré artistic director Jay Whitehead is excited to present three big events happening, Feb. 18 to20.
 “The Quaint, Quirky and Queer Cabaret is  an excellent opportunity for the community to gather in person, but obviously we can[t do that this year,” he said.
“But we have three  big events happening online.

Whitehead will premiere a play he penned called 333 via Zoom at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.
 Theatre Outré veterans Brett Dahl, Nick Bohle and Halifax actor  Garry Williamson will be reading Whitehead’s play.
“ 333 tells the story of three men at a bathhouse in Toronto which the police raided in 1981. It’s based on a real life event. It‘s an important part of queer history in Canada that isn’t often talked about,” Whitehead said, noting he wrote it last year.

“ It’s something that's been on my mind for a long time, but I banged it out over Christmas. It spurred the Canadian pride movement,’” he said.


Steve Keenan excited his new CD is finally “In My Hands”

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Local blues musician Steve Keenan noted he is excited to have new music “In My Hands,” as he just released his long awaited second album.
 It has been over 10 years since he released his debut album with his band Fat Baby Jake.Steve Keenan, Gary Drayton and Paul Kype playing Honker’s Pub. Photo by Richard Amery
 He started recording “ In My Hands” almost exactly a year ago in local musician Paul Kype’s s home studio.
“It’s been over 12 years since my last EP with Fat Baby Jake, Keenan said, noting he revisited and created new arrangements for three older songs “Something New,” “Whiskey Drinking Blues” and “Lucky One,” for the CD.

 While it has been a a long time since Keenan released his own album, he has been far from idle, playing his own shows and performing with local musicians Paul Kype and recording on local artists’ CDs including Allan Roy Wilson, Greg Gomola and Papa King.

Band mate Gary Drayton added keyboards to the new arrangements as well as  the seven other new songs on the CD.

“ There are a couple of country songs on it and there are some really pretty ballads on it too,” Kennan continued.

“Lucky One’ is an older song that I wrote about being thankful and  ‘In My Hands is a newer song I wrote for my daughter about how life changes and about  how my daughters have been such a huge benefit to my life,” Keenan continued, noting he enjoyed working on the CD  in Paul Kype’s Bearfoot Studio.


LMT Broadway open mics are back online

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Even though musical theatre aficionados can’t sing live in person,  they can at least sing together online.

 Lethbridge MusicJillian Bracken is looking forward to putting on her musical theatre hat for LMT's virtual Broadway open mic, Feb. 27. Photo by Richard Ameryal Theatre was just hitting their stride with regular Broadway open mic nights at the Owl Acoustic Lounge when Covid hit and live entertainment got shut down.

 However, Jillian Bracken is excited to  to bring back Broadway open mics, in spirit anyway, with a special virtual Broadway open mic, Feb. 27 beginning at 8 p.m

“ We did one in the fall of 2018 then three in 2019 and then Covid hit,” Bracken recalled.

“We started them at Casa, then moved to the Owl, which had a different vibe. It became more about the community getting together and having fun performing,” she continued.

“That’s what makes it special,” she said adding the Zoom event will have a different vibe again.

“We kept hoping we’d be able to perform live again, but it kept getting delayed and delayed again,” she said adding artists have been forced to adapt by doing these sorts of events online.

“It will work and  we’ll be ready for whenever we are allowed to perform again,” she said, six people have already signed up through the Facebook event, with many more signing up to be part of the audience.


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