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Plenty of country this week plus rap and rock

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Country and folk music dominate this week with several shows for folks who want to kick it country style.Gabriel Thaine has several shows coming up this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Winnipeg’s folk musician Cary Dow makes her Lethbridge Lethbridge debut at the Slice, Tuesday, Nov. 13. She is winding up a 10 date Canadian tour in support of her new CD “Comet”and heading back to Winnipeg with her band mates, bassist Ashley Au and guitarist Darwin Baker.
 Things get loud at the Enmax Centre with the Glorious Sons and Beaches at the Enmax Centre, Nov. 13 as well with one of several big rock shows also happening this week.
Tickets for the concert are $46 and $56. The show begins at the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m.
 In the folk vein, Calgary alt country/roots band the  Wine Soaked Preachers return to Lethbridge this week to play the Windy City Opry at the Slice, with Edmonton pop /folk singer Vissia. As always Windy City Opry shows start at 8 p.m. on the nose. Admission is $10.

FLIPfest features another fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday as well with Winnipeg psych pop dream pop- band A La Mode performing at 9 p.m. with  local musicians Jess Tollestrup and  the ugly Cry Club. Admission is by donation.

 A sure sign of Christmas is a performance of renown holiday opera the Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet returns with their production of the Nutcracker to the Enmax Centre with local dancers participating, Thursday. Nov. 15, The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $78, $58, $48 and $38.

 The weekend is all about country and roots music. Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday.
 Country star George Canyon makes his annual visit to Average Joes on Friday, Nov. 16 in support of his latest album “Southside of Heaven.” Tickets are $40 on the day of the show and $35 in advance. the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Edmonton folk/roots musician Matt Patershuk returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday as well.
 For something a little different, Slice server and musician Megan Rourke celebrates her birthday, Nov. 16 with a masquerade party featuring local rock band Queen of the Worms and a solo set from Vernon singer songwriter October  Poppy. Masks are required, so make or bring your own. There will also be some available at to door. Admission is $10.

Also on Friday, PIGS: Canadas Pink Floyd Tribute is on the stage at the Yates Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $48.50.
Just outside of town , local funk trio Adequate bring the groove to McLennan’s Pub in Coaldale beginning at 9 p.m.
 if you just want to laugh, Impromptu spoof reality TV with DMTV  at Club Didi beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is five dollars.


October Poppy pumped to return to Lethbridge this week

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Vernon based folk/ indie pop musician Eryn Kleyh aka October Poppy makes her second visit to Lethbridge in about as many months when she plays Megan Rourke’s masquerade party at the Slice, Nov. 16.

October Poppy (Eryn Kleyh)  October Poppy (Eryn Kleyh) and Meagan May at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Sept. 15. October Poppy returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Ameryand Meagan May at the Owl Acoustic lou8nge, Sept. 15. October Poppy returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“When I was playing Vancouver last week, people were asking me what they high points and low points and the high point was Lethbridge and getting to share the stage with three kick ass women (Kimberley MacGregor and Jenny Allen at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Sept. 15). It was my first time playing out of province anywhere as October Poppy. But I spent a few years living in Calgary, so I’m no stranger to Alberta,” she said from Vernon,  taking a break from her day job as a silversmith. She will spend the winter making silver jewelry, working at the local  ’80s and ’90s radio station the Beach and working on a new EP, including the first single “Howl.”

“I wrote Howl when I was driving down to Colorado to visit my best friend. I was driving home all alone and thinking about a major life change, so when I got back, I moved  from Vancouver to Vernon,” she said, adding she moved back home  with her parents and younger sister.
“The best thing is, everyone in my family is musical as well. My younger sister plays violin and piano and sings as well. So when we sing together, it’s the closest I can come to singing harmonies with myself,” she said.


Manitoba musician Carly Dow to make Lethbridge debut this week

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Manitoba folk musician Carly Dow is enjoying her current tour which comes to the Slice, Tuesday, Nov. 13.Carly Dow makes her Lethbridge debut this week. Photo submitted
“It’s been great, we’re two thirds of the way through it,” Dow said from Vancouver.
 She is touring in support of her second CD “Comet,” with her trio including bassist Ashley Au and guitarist Darwin Baker. she also plays guitar and banjo and sings.
“So we have three part harmonies, which are great,” she said.

“ I’ve played with Ashley for five years and Darwin engineered the last two of my albums,” she said.
She is pleased with the tour and the response to the new CD, which was released, Oct. 19.

“It’s 10 tracks. It‘s all of my original material.  A lot of the songs are about people and their relationships to their natural surroundings,” she said.
“Musically it is similar to my last album,” she added, adding it has received positive response.

“ For the past two weeks it’s been at the top of the roots and blues charts. So that’s exciting,” she said.
Her band mates figure prominently on the album, but there are a few special guests.


Glorious Sons look back on a great run this year

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 The Glorious Sons have had a pretty great run since they were last in Lethbridge for Whoop Up Days last year.The Glorious Sons play the Enmax Centre next week. Photo by Rob Blackman
But it takes a toll on the personal lives of the Kingston based rock band band.

“ My girlfriend doesn’t want to be on the damned tour bus for three months,” said Glorious Sons frontman Brett Emmons, pulling into Victoria after a successful run of American club dates.
 The play the Enmax Centre with Beaches on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

“It’s like having two different lives — on the road with the band and at home. It’s like trying to grow two different worlds, you have to water them both,” he said, adding he has enjoyed the past three months on tour.

“I find when I get home, I go a little crazy, I don’t know what to do with myself,” he continued.
“ I’ve been trying to lead a cleaner lifestyle. So I’m proud of that and feeling good about it,“ he said.
They won a Juno Award for their most recent CD “ Beauties and Fools,” which spawned their most recent single “S.O.S.” and had a lot of success with the previous CD  “The Union,” which got them noticed.

“ It‘s been a really good year for us,” he said.
He noted the current Cross-Canadian tour will feature music from both.
“On the first tour we mostly played music from ‘ the Union,’ on the next one, it was mostly music from ‘Beauties and Fools.’ On this one we want to give you some from them both,” he said.


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