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New West Theatre focuses on the music for Legends of Rock and Country

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New West Theatre’s music comedy revue Legends of Rock and Country will emphasize the music.

 The new show runs at the Yates Theatre from Feb. 15-25.


Legends of Rock and Country features some familiar faces including. Alinafe Lupwayi, Devon Brayne, Erica Hunt, Katie Fellger, Scott Carpenter, Kathy Zaborsky, Keenan Pezderic, Scott Mezei and new performer from Calgary, Ray Val.  Music director/ keyboardist Kathy Zaborsky’s husband Tyson Maiko  will be playing bass for this show.


“He’s a great bass player and  they don’t get to perform together too often,” said Director Kelly Reay, who is excited about the show.


“We wanted to do something a little different, so we‘re focusing on the tribute part of the show  and a handful of interpretations. But most of  it will be tribute with the cast dressing up as the  performers ” he continued, noting Devon Brayne will be reprising his Johnny Cash performance, which is only one of the many highlights of the show.


All kinds of rock for the end of February

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February draws to a close with a busy and eclectic week.

 Start off with some laughs  with Impromptu who host drop in Improv at  Good Times tonight, Feb. 20. Pro Amateur Night is back at Good Times on Wednesday with hosts Cole Howg and Jared Wolf Child. The laughs begin at 7 p.m. Admission is five dollars. 

Fresno, California born, Vancouver based comedian Dino Archie brings the funny on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19.95.


Local comedian Michael Moses celebrates his upcoming move to  New York with a sold out, early show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Feb. 24. The show begins at 7 p.m.


Syryn return to the Slice this weekend . Photo by Richard Amery

 Around the corner, the Owl Acoustic Lounge host their weekly open mic at around 8:30 p.m.

There is plenty of jazz music   this week.


 Standard Time Duo aka Don Robb and Randy Epp return to Watertower Grill to play some jazz music from 6-8 p.m.

 Because of Reading week, HBO3 will host the Owl Acoustic lounge’s  monthly jazz jam, Wednesday, Feb. 29 instead of Feb.21 as originally scheduled.


 And Midnight Channel and Red line take jazz music to unusual places at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, Feb. 23.

 Black Arrow turn things up at the Slice, Wednesday, Feb. 21 where they will be hosting the Slice’s weekly open mic.


Calgary rockers The Definitive to bring a mix of influences to the Slice stage

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The Definitive, a brand new classic revivalist Calgary band is a definitive mix of all their influences from Greta Van Fleet to the Red Hot  Chili Peppers and a healthy dose of classic rock  dashed on top of it.

 They play their second show at the Slice, Feb. 23 with 21st Avenue.


The Definitive return to Lethbridge, Feb. 23 . Photo submitted

“ We played our first show around Halloween on Oct. 29,” recalled drummer Vaughan Xavier.

“It was so cool to see so many people out for our first time there, so it will be cool to see how many bring their friends,” added guitarist Dylan Jones.

 Bassist Evan Burns and vocalist Duke Domino round up the line up of the band, who formed almost a year ago in March 2023.

“We want to build our audience,” Xavier said, adding they are excited to return to Lethbridge.

 They released their debut album “ Worlds Away” last August

 The first single, “ Sugar,” has already passed 10,000 streams on Spotify.


“We’re really excited so many people are listening,” Jones said.

 Xavier noted they recorded their own  individual parts to the songs in their individual home studios with bassist Evan Burns, who is also an audio engineer, mixing it and mastering it in his studio. 


“ It was a  different experience,” Xavier continued.

“But because we recorded it in our own homes, we recorded it for free,” he said.  


Jones agreed it was a strange was to record an album, but their worked on the  songs together.

“We were in the same room when we worked on most of the parts,” Jones said, adding the Definitive bring together a variety of influences from the band’s members, especially classic rock on his part.


“ Absolutely classic rock is an integral part of our sound. I like Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin,” he said.


MOONRiiVR brings together Toronto music scene veterans to create during the pandemic

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The Geomatic Attic opens  the year with a super group of sorts playing Friday Feb. 16. Toronto based MOONRiiVR reference doo wop, 50s rock and roll and a touch of traditional country music. They will also be playing with July Talk’s Peter Dreams.


 Gavin Gardiner, who played with Juno nominated roots band Wooden Sky for 15 years,  is excited about the new project he formed during the pandemic with neighbours bassist Ben Whitely who has played with The Weather Station, Basia Bulat, Julia Jacklin;  Champagne James Robertson who usually plays lead guitar with Lindi Ortega and Dwayne Gretzky and percussionist Kyle Molzan  who has played with Kathleen Edwards and  Corb Lund.

MOONRiiVR play the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16. Photo submitted


“ We all live in the same neighbourhood but have never worked together before, so James and I decided to get together and write some songs,” Gardiner said.


“ It was definitely a productive time,” he said.


He visited his friend “Champagne” James Robertson at his family farm north of Toronto and got to work.

“ I’ve been recording a lot of other artists in my studio like Fiver, Jason Collett, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson,” he said, adding the pandemic was a productive time for them creatively, coming up with a song a session.

 They recruited Whitely and Molzan to fill out the sound.


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