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Whoop Up Days art contest welcomes southern Alberta artists

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Whoop-Up days  is connecting with Southern Alberta’s thriving art community with the Whoop Up Days art contest.
“It’s a way for us to  connect to the local art community,”  Exhibition Park  Chief Operating Officer Mike Warkentin.

Mike Warkentin talking abut Whoop Up Days 2020. Photo by Richard Amery
“We want to showcase local talent, ” he continued.


 Artists living in the Lethbridge and district region, anywhere south of Calgary are welcome to submit   any original artwork in a poster or canvass 18x24 inches.


 No copyrighted characters are permitted, though artists are welcome  to incorporate the Exhibition Park and Whoop Up days logo. All posters become exclusive property of  Exhibition Park and may be used  for reproduction and promotional purposes.

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Brenna Lowrie creates winning combination of classical music and folk with “Loss Leader”

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Local musician/ songwriter Brenna Lowrie keeps a pretty low profile, online as well as in person, but she is pleased the attention her new classical and folk music inspired Ep “Loss Leader” is receiving from fans, media as well as radio stations like CKUA.

Click here to Hear Loss Leader
“Who know where these ideas come from? said Lowrie.


“ But I decided I wanted this collection to feature classical guitar and voices and maybe a little folk music. I wanted it to be very sparse,” she continued, adding she recorded most of her six song EP at home. She also added a few subtle keyboard sounds.


 “I also recorded some of the voices in a space I rent because I wanted to eliminate background noise,” she continued.


The result is a beautiful 16 minute platter of tender fingerpicking highlighting, but never overwhelming Lowrie’s hauntingly beautiful voice.
 It is a departure from her more Joni Mitchell inspired folk music.


“ It’s a very honest artistic statement,” she summarized.


“ If I can record an EP at home, then anyone can,” said the ever humble Lowrie.
“She approached lyrics from an emotional point of view.


“Some of them are true, some of them are made up. A lot of them are about the loneliness of the human condition. None of them are black and white, but emotions are part of the human condition,” she continued. Loss Leader is her second EP. She also has released two full length albums. She is only going to release the music online. through Bandcamp as well as streaming services like Spotify, iTunes, Googleplay and Apple.

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Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society winds up season with Merry Wives of Windsor at Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens

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Covid-19 has pretty much crippled entertainment as we know it. But it has lead to artists experimenting with new ways to get their art out to people.

Most theatre companies hJenna Lowe as Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor. Photo by Richard Ameryave gone online or broadcasted through social media. The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance society has also done that, but they were also first out of the gate to have a live performance of this summer’s production of the Merry Wives of Windsor.


 The dozen cast members performed in front of a live audience once this summer and finished their season with a sold out performance of the Shakespeare farce at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Aug. 6.


 I forgot how much I missed live theatre, and even more, being part of the troupe.


 So I joined the sold out audience of 75 at the Gardens, who were laughing and chuckling throughout the comedy.


 The talented cast, some playing multiple characters performed director John Poulsen’s abridged reader’s theatre version of the comedy.Cole Fetting in Merry Wives of Windsor. Photo by Richard Amery
 The cast as the audience sat six feet apart from each other.
 The cast switched costumes and wigs as well as  cracked Shakespearian dirty jokes as the audience laughed appreciatively.


 There were a lot of familiar faces including highlight’s from last year’s production of Macbeth including Trevor Loman, the always beaming Chelsea Fitzsimmons and veterans like the scene stealing Cole Fetting, Chris Kyle Peterson, Jeff Graham and Andrew Legg.

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Whoop Up Days 2020 events focus on food and families

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Whoop Up Days has been a great way for the Lethbridge community  to wind up summer for the last 100 years.
 Unfortunately due to  Covid-19, all touring concerts have been cancelled, as well as touring midway events, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at home with your families.

Mike Warkentin annoucnces  socially distanced programming for whoop Up Days 2020. Photo by Richard Amery
This year, Exhibition Park is celebrating Whoop up Days 2020 with food, which dominates the family-centric events  planned, Aug. 18-22.


“It’s exciting to talk about some good news for once, said Exhibition Park Chief Operating Officer Mike Warkentin, noting half of the proceeds of this years events will be donated the Farm Credit (FCC) Drive Away Program which supports  nine Southern Alberta Food banks including Interfaith Food Bank, Lethbridge Food Back, and foo banks in Bow Island, Pincher Creek, Taber, Coaldale, Picture Butte, Claresholm and Standoff.

“It’s been a challenging year since we announced the cancellation of Whoop-Up Days in April. But it‘s been just as challenging for families and community members,” Warkentin continued.


 Umami Shop downtown reached out to Exhibition Park shortly after  Whoop Up Days was officially cancelled in April.
 They are sponsoring a locally sourced pancake breakfast, Tuesday, Aug.18.
 Kits are available for pre orders online www.exhibitionpark.ca for $19.99.
 MP Rachel Harder is also hosting a  free drive through pancake breakfast, Aug. 18 from 7-10 a.m.. But you have to register at www.rachelharder.ca to take part.

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