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Lethbridge drag community seeing success with short film Moniques on 4th

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Lethbridge‘s drag community is making waves with their short film/ music video Moniques on 4th.
 “It’s one third short film and two third music video,” summarized producer and  Hatchap productions general manager Nick Bohle who co-directed the film with first time director Erica J Barr.
“It’s really Erica’s baby. I just helped make her vision come alive on screen. She did a great job,” Bohle said.


“ Mama Didi can’t find a dress to wear to her music video launch, so she goes shopping in town until Alberta’s crazy weather whisks her away to a magical land where all her fashion dreams come true,” Bohle summarized.


The short film features a who’s who of Lethbridge’s drag and theatre scene including New West Theatre’s Katie Fellger and Erica Hunt, Francheska Dynamites and Jay Whitehead and Kathy Zaborsky’s  popular drag characters Didi D’Edada and her brother Castrati. Richie Wilcox and Aaron Collier play prominent roles on the film while Charlie Christensen, Danielle Wintrip, Katt Panic, Jamie Johnson and Deonie Hudson make invaluable contributions behind the scenes.


Aaron Collier produced the Jay Whitehead penned song.
“It a disco/ dance song that has a lot of ’80s and ’90 influence,” Bohle described.

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Adequate put the fun in funk music with eponymous debut CD

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Local  funk trio Adequate put the fun in funk music
It has taken seven years, including an extra year due to Covid, but Adequate are excited for Lethbridge to get funky with their brand new eponymous CD, which drops on June 11.
 But first the high spirited trio of Scott Mezei, Keenan Pezderic and Josh Thorlakson will be releasing two singles from the 11 track CD. Click here to hear Adequate.
“Bike Shorts” is out on April 30 and the follow-up, “Groove,” a collaboration with Calgary musician Mariah Stokes, drops on May 21.


“We like to consider ourselves the missionaries of funk,” Mezei chuckled over a Zoom call with the band.
“ Yes. Do you have time for us to tell you about the word of the funk,” added Pezderic.


 The trio are experienced musicians and veterans of the Lethbridge scene who have known each other since around 2002 and who have played in a variety of different bands including country, pop and even heavy metal bands, but decided to bring the funk out seven years ago.
 Pezderic and Mezei are familiar faces with New West Theatre. But they have carved out a unique “groove” together playing funk music.


“We feel we were born in the wrong generation,” Mezei observed.
“We love  the funk music of the ’60s and ’70s but not a lot of people were doing it. Though bands like Five Alarm Funk really paved the way for us” he continued.


“ We find our music reminds them a lot of their childhoods, because we have fans who are in their 20s but also people in their 40s and 50s,” Pezderic added.


“It’s a lot of fun to play and it’s fun for the audience to listen to,” Pezderic continued.


They chose “Bike Shorts” as the first single because it is a fun song to play.
“It’s a nice, short, fun, upbeat song. And it’s a crowd favourite when we play it live. Besides who doesn’t want to shout out ‘Bike Shorts,’” Mezei said.
“And it really showcases all three of our playing,” Thorlakson said.


“We’ve all gone to different music schools,”  he noted.


 They recorded most of their CD last year with Ryland Moranz producing at Leeroy Stagger’s Rebeltone Studios, just before Stagger moved to Victoria.
“We were one one of the last artists he recorded before he moved,” Pezderic said.
“We recorded most of it live off the floor except for the solos and some of the vocals,” Thorlakson recalled.


 They wrote most of the songs together as a group, though  Kennan Pezderic wrote  ‘Leana,’ and ‘Highway 5.’
“ There’s lots of instrument swapping on the CD,” Mezei added, noting they wanted the CD to capture the feel of their live show as closely as possible.

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Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society to revisit first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society celebrates their tenth anniversary thius year by going back to the past to revisit their very first production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 Auditions for the play, which is being directed by Andrew Legg who also directed it 10 years ago, are Thursday, April 1 at the Lethbridge Fish and Games Hut (946 9th Ave South Street,)
“We’re definitely really excited about this season,” said Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society artistic director Kate Connolly.

Andrew Legg performing in the Merry Wives of Windsor last year. Photo by Richard Amery
 They have booked rehearsal space at the Gate in May and June and have booked three outdoor shows at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens on July 9, 23 and Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m..
“The audience can be socially distanced. It is easier or them to have the audience socially distanced and more easily control access to the facility,” Connolly said, adding The Mocha Cabana will provide charcuterie boards for the Nikka Yuko shows and there will be a bar.
And there are more outdoor shows in the works.


“We hope to be back at Galt Gardens, but we may have shows in other parks in town,” she said.
 There are also a couple of road trips this season.


“The Coutts Arts Centre has expressed a lot of interest in having us back and so has High River,” she said, adding unfortunately there will be no show at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod this season.
“We’ll be moving around a lot this year,” Connolly observed, noting the Casa Plaza is a possibility as is Festival square by the Telegraph and the Gate.
“They might even have a small stage set up by July,” she continued.

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Trevor Panczak excited new single ‘Where I Go to Come Back’ has found a home in the Top 40

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Trevor Panczak’s latest  single “ Where I Go To Come Back”  has found a home in the Top 4
 The title track of the Lethbridge based country singer’s last album has been enjoying a slow burn on the Top 40 on the Mediabase Canadian Country Music Chart since October.
 Since Panczak released the Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens, Dustin Lynch  penned song, Aug. 31 last year, it has resonated with a lot of people who appreciate the pastoral sentiments it echoes. Trevor Panczak’s new single Where I Go to Come Back is a Top 40 hit. Photo submitted


“As soon as I heard the song, it felt like me,” Panczak said, adding though he recorded it pre-Covid, people really seem to relate to it even more now. He released the album three years ago.


“It has really resonated with people. They really relate to it. It’s been amazing to see the life we’ve got out of this song,” Panczak said.


“Because usually the life span of a song is eight to 12 weeks,” he observed.
 “So it’s been a nice slow burn. It’s getting more exposure to a lot of different people and now it’s in the Top 40.”

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