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Fort Whoop-Up features special summer programming

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 A lot has changed at Fort Whoop- Up since the Galt Museum took it over three years ago.: Fort Whoop Up interpreter Keiran Swayn and Graham Ruttan give a rope making demonstration at Fort Whoop Up. Photo by Richard Amery
 This summer they have been having special programs every Thursday night, alternating between performances by local musician Floyd Sillito and a historical story telling program spearheaded by Andrew Legg and featuring  local actors DJ Gellatly and Kathy Zaborsky, who will be taking over from Gellatly in August.
“It’s called Trader Tales. And really the credit goes to Andrew Legg who created this character from the 1860s-70s who would have been around  Fort Whoop Up at the time,” Gellatly said, adding he has enjoyed spending the summer telling stories around the campfire.


“This character tells story around the campfire about some of the characters who would have been around the Fort at the time,” he continued, adding he has enjoyed learning about the history of the Fort.
“I had never been down here until I started doing this. I think that’s true of a lot of people. They have never been to the Fort,” he observed.
“It really was the wild west here. So it has been really cool learning about it. It’s very interesting the North West Mounted Police formed to stop the whiskey trading happening at  Fort Whoop up,” he continued, adding he dresses in 1860s-70s style for the program.


“I wear a real 1860’s moose hide jerkin,” he said.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m. July 26 was Gellatly’s last performance. New West Theatre veteran Kathy Zaborsky takes over in August.
“She’s created a female character from that era,“ he said.
“It’s really Andrew Legg’s baby,” Gellatly said.

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LEMF 2018 celebrates electronic music

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Get ready to let your “freak flag fly,” at LEMF, Aug. 18 in Galt Gardens.David Fritz aka Marty Funkhauser is excited about the seventh annual LEMF in Galt Gardens, Aug. 18. photo by Richard Amery
If you enjoy electronica music, the seventh annual LEMF  (Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival) is the place to be.


“There’s people in colourful costumes. It’s a place to make a total ass of yourself in a non judgemental atmosphere. It‘s a place to let your freak flag fly,” said organizer David Fritz aka Marty Funkhauser when he is on stage. He noted the event attracted 4,500 people attending throughout the day and he is hoping for more this year with five headlining acts.
“We have five headliners this year, two from New Zealand (Cheshire and Sammy Senior), one from Australia (Slynk), one from the U.S (Joe Nice) and one from Canada (Wood N Soo),” he continued.


“Having five headliners is unusual for us, but everything just seemed to work out this year, he said, adding their performances will be staggered throughout the day, so people will be able to catch all of their sets.


“This will be Cheshire’s first tour of Canada. He‘s beginning it here,” he said.


“He plays glitch funk music, but he also plays live saxophone over top of it and he does some scratching as well,” he said.


“Wood N Soo play multi-genre soul dub and  electronica. There are two of them they play a two by four set which is four turntables and two mixers,” he continued.
“Joe Nice is a dub step guy. He’s one of the godfathers of dub step,” he said adding He is one of the few DJs still using vinyl.


“Sammy Senior plays ghetto funk and glitch hop. Slynk plays glitch hop and most kinds of funk,” he continued.


Fritz will be one of 30 DJs performing on three stages throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Applefest among this week’s highlights

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It is a short week due to the long weekend, yet there still a lot going on.Gabriel Thaine, playing Bigwood 10 on the weekend, plays Applefest this weekend. photo by Richard Amery
It is an excellent week for loud, local rock and roll.


 Chief Mountain plays for Paint and sip at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug.  8.
it will be a super night for music,” because after that, local ’90s rock trio the Supervoid will be joined by Seattle musician Mark Palm’s pop-rock project  Supercrush. He used to play in a variety of punk and hard core bands including  shoegaze band Modern Charms.


This month’s edition of the Windy City Opry at the Slice features an all local line Up on Wednesday, Aug. 8 with local roots band Rancho Deluxe and a songwriting circle including Megan Brown and Victoria Officinalis. The music begins at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover.


The Slice features a super special guest to host the Thursday night jam— Kansas City blues musician Amanda Fish and her drummer Glen James. She has Fish, the sister of fellow blues musician Samantha Fish, just released her sophomore CD “Free.”


It will be a fantastic weekend as well.
The Slice slow things down on Friday, Aug. 10 with Toronto folk duo Piper and Carson performing featuring Piper Hayes and her partner Carson Ritcey-Thorpe
 The Slice turns things up with a big metal show, Saturday Aug. 11 with Calgary’s King Mammoth and local metal band Extrados. There is a $10 cover for that show.
The Owl Acoustic lounge slows things down on the weekend with a couple of excellent folk shows.

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Good causes and something to laugh about at the end of April

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Most of the best shows this week  feature local musicians playing for good causes.AMy Nelson is one of the performers at a FLIPfest Fundraiser this week. Photo by Richard Amery
The big event of the week is Heartbreak Hotel: A special Flipfest Fundraiser at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 28. Calgary based banjo picker and singer/ songwriter Amy Nelson returns to Lethbridge for the show.
Shaela Miller is also on the bill her band will also back Wanda Krein. There will be a raffle for prizes including a Dolly Parton prayer candle, country inspired pins by local artist Meghan MacWhirter, a selection of used country vinyl and more. Admission to the event is by donation. It begins at 9 p.m.


 It is competing with Maggie Hall’s annual day long fundraiser for Alzheimer’s. There will be a variety of different artists performing at Legends Pub, April 28. Bands include local country band the Mark Hall band, folk group Artemis in the Summer, electronica artist Tyler Vandendool, Calgary bluesman Eric Braun,local blues rock band Good Time Charlie, singer songwriter Bryan Horvat, local metal band Eons of Earth and 123Go. Admission is $10. The music begins at 4 p.m.


But the fun begins early in the week, April 24 with Vancouver classic rock inspired musician Terence Jack stopping by the Slice with local singer songwriter Tyson Borsboom. The early show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
The Slice has a busy week as the next night, April 25, they welcome back Moose Jaw based blues rockers Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities who will be playing with local alternative rock trio the Supervoid. There is a $10 cover for that show as well.


 The Slice features more alternative rock, April 27 with alternative rock band Fox Eyes, and Brooks based Celtic/punk/blues band My Tin hat and Friends. There is a minimum $5 donation for that show.
 As April draws to a close,  it means  get ready to laugh as the Owl Acoustic Lounge features their monthly stand up comedy open mic. You can also laugh at Average Joes, April 26 as local Rotarians return with 10 Rotarians and a microphone, presenting 10 different Rotary club members and stand up comedians.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. it is a fundraiser for Rotary Club of Lethbridge Mosaic. The giggles begin at 8 p.m.

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