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F Cancer raises awareness and creates community for cancer survivors

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Tell cancer to fuck off this weekend at Studio as local DJ and promoter Riley Miller aka Millz Skillz brings Fuck Cancer to Lethbridge for the fourth time.Riley Miller is excited for this year’s Fuck cancer event at Studio. Photo by Richard Amery
 It will be at Studio, Saturday, Feb. 3 with DJ Rabbyt, Zodiaque and Millz Skillz.

“This is the fourth year.I started it in 2013 then managed to take a break in 2017  to let it percolate. Because the last year I did it, I also brought in Jenna Marbles,” continued Miller, who is has had a busy month  performing an array of gigs as Millz Skillz as well as organizing other events.

“But a lot of people wanted me to do it again,” he continued.

 Fuck Cancer is a non profit  foundation founded in 2009, which is now operating all over Canada and the U.S.
Yael Cohen  Braun and Julie Greenbaum merged their two non profit organizations Fuck Cancer and F*ck Cancer, which they individually formed around 2009 and 2010 after their mothers were diagnosed with the disease,  into one non-profit organization dedicated towards a common goals of preventing  cancer, detecting it early and supporting those affected by cancer.
A perk of organizing an even like this one is some of the people  he’s met.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 February 2018 13:37 ) Read more...

Dr. Zoo’s Randal Arsenault explores his rock and roll side

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Randal Arsenault is excited to return to Lethbridge in support of his new solo project.Randall Arsenault returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
 Arsenault was last here in 2013 with  Dr. Zoo, which  blended elements of Celtic, African and reggae music, the new project is  more straight ahead roots rock.
He just released  the first single “ Rock and Roll To My Grave.”

“Dr. Zoo still plays, but not very often. I’d like to record a new Dr. Zoo album, but haven’t yet,” said Arsenault, who is excited to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 3.

“I bought a really cool new Larivée guitar which is so much fun to play and  brought out  more roots and country music, which is what I grew up listening to, but which really doesn’t fit in with Dr. Zoo, which plays Celtic, African, reggae and world music,” he said,adding the solo band included Lethbridge’s Megan Brown, who plays with Dr. Zoo with Senegalese guitarist David Kabbashi who also has a successful solo career as David J David and drummer Buchi Iheonu.

“ Dr. Zoo is a much bigger band of six or seven people. This band plays my solo material and some of Dr. Zoo’s greatest hits, because why not,” he said.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 January 2018 09:07 ) Read more...

Big rock and country shows plus cancer fundraiser this week

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This is the first week of several bigger shows in Lethbridge.
 The Enmax opens February on a rocking note as Red Lion, Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm visit the Enmax Centre with Iowa rockers Stone Sour and the Dead Deads.Dave mcCann plays  the Slice this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $58 and $68.

 And, as much as I hate choosing favourites on the thriving local scene, one of my favourite roots rockers Dave McCann returns to the Slice, Feb. 2.
 The other big show is a country show, which takes place at Average Joes, Feb. 3.

Up and coming country /soul singer JoJo Mason opens for Meghan Patrick, who is known for her hit “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”  and who is touring in support of a new album “Country Music Made Me Do it” and the James Barker band who are starting to make an impression on the country charts. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $31 in advance and $36 at the door.

On Feb. 2 the Owl Acoustic Lounge brings back Calgary  folk/ pop band Ghost Factory and Sean hamilton, who plays in several Calgary bands including Miesha in the Spanks and Julius Sumner Miller.
For a little bit rock and roll, Randall Arsenault plays the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 3 as he takes a step away from Dr. Zoo, which blends Celtic music with reggae and world music, to explore his more straight forward roots rocking side.
There is comedy this week too. The Owl Acoustic lounge hosts their monthly stand up comedy open mic, Jan. 31.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:17 ) Read more...

Lots of alternative music and laughter this week

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Mauno returns with Montreal art pop band Look Vibrant! and local post punk/art rock band Body Lens.
There is no cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.

George Arsene of Rancho Deluxe. Photo by Richard Amery As usual, several events happen on the weekend .
Local alternative rock band Fox Eyes and My Tin Hat play the Slice, Jan. 26.
Jazz lovers welcome back the Herb Hicks Jazz quartet with Sheena Lawson to the Mocha Cabana, Jan. 26.

On the country side of the spectrum, local country band Rancho Deluxe returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge Jan. 26 and local country band the Mark Hall Band returns to Casino Lethbridge, Jan. 26 and 27.
There is lots of comedy this week as well. Jokers Gone Wild returns to Casino Lethbridge, jan. 25 with comedians Simon King, Brett Forte and Adam Blank. The laughter begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The other big comedy show is at Average Joe’s, Jan. 26 as the 10th annual Snowed In Comedy Tour blows those winter blues away with the mirth of five-time best Canadian Comedy Awards best male standup nominee Pete Zedlacher, Just for Laughs competition winner Dan Quinn, Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Paul Myrehaug and MC Craig Campbell. The jokes crack open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 January 2018 18:00 ) Read more...

Duchess Says play for FLIPfest

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FLIPfest had a successful fundraiser at the Slice, Wednesday, Jan. 17 which drew a good sized Wednesday night crowd.Duchess D Says playing for FLipfest. Photo by Richard Amery
 While I missed local band W.I.T.S and Windsor duo Partner, I was just in time for an intense set with Duchess Says.

 They played a frenetic set of synth powered punk and alternative rock music featuring the manic energy and crazy eyes of lead singer A Claude, who bounced all over the stage, shrieked, howled and power scatted weird vocalizations as she struck at her keyboard and jumped into the crowd who crouched at her request for a sing for which she crouched with them. She welcomed members of opening act W.I.T.S on stage with her early in the set.

 Her band mates played tightly, and switched instruments throughout the short, loud and sweet set of intense dissonant synth powered noise, which reminded me of Calgary‘s the Shiverettes, but powered by keyboards.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Friday, 19 January 2018 09:12 )
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