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You want festivals? We’ve got festivals this week

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All of Lethbridge’s summer  festivals  and attractions begin this week. Most of them at Casa.


The Lethbridge Jazz and Blues  festival  bring Grammy award winning drummer Larnell Lewis and Joy Lapps to the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Monday, July 4.

 Tickets ate $43 and $45. The show begins  at 8 p.m.


Classical music fans will be overjoyed that The Centric music Festival returns to Lethbridge this week. The First concert is  at Casa featuring violinist Alina Khvatova and pianist  Cheryl Emery-Karapita paying tribute to the tragedy in Ukraine by performing  a distinctive program of Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian music, featuring Lyudkevych, Latoshinsky, and Wieniawski, and Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky.

The second Centric concert is at Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Wednesday, June 6,. Music in the Garden features the 2022 Centric music fest String quartet including violinists Laurie Syer, Eric Auerbach, viola player Gabe Kastelic and cellist Julie Amundsen. That concert begins at 7:30 p.m.


The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society open’s their summer's production of Hamlet with. Jesse Thiber as Hamlet at casa this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 The third concert is in Indian Battle Park at 7:30 Friday, July 8. Music in Nature also features the 2022 Centric music Fest String Quartet. Both  performances feature will be performing Phillip Glass’s String quartet No. 2 “Company” and  Alexander  Borodin excerpts from String Quartet No. 2.


The Centric Festival wraps up with the Rising Stars concert at Casa on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. It features the inaugural winner of the 2022 Centric MusicFest/Primo Music Association scholarship: violinist Alayna McNeil, as recommended by adjudicators and the scholarship committee of the Lethbridge and District Speech Arts Festival. She will be performing some of her winning repertoire, including works by Prokofiev, Bach, and Brahms with pianists John-Paul Ksiazek and Deanna Oye. The 2022 Centric MusicFest String Quartet are also performing with visiting colleagues, Laurie Syer and Eric Auerbach. They will be joined by artistic director, pianist Ryan Kolodziej, in a performance of Brahms’ dramatic Piano Quintet in F minor



 Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students for each show or a festival pass for $85.


 If you’re looking for family friendly fun, Hootenanny’s The Junk Show happens every Wednesday through Saturday in Galt Gardens at 10:30 a.m. It runs until the end of July


 The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society opens their season’s production go Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet at Casa, Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. They will also be at Legacy Park at 7:30 p.m.. Admission is by Donation.

 The Upside Downtown weekly Thursday concert series season opens at Casa this Thursday with John Wort Hannam performing from 5-7 p.m.


 Latinfest returns to the  Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, Saturday, July 9 with plenty of Latino food, culture, children’s entertainment and music from 12 - 9 p.m.


Arts in the Park was cancelled last week because of weather but the Allied Arts Council is gong to give it a go again, Saturday, July 9 with Mingling’ in the park focussing on world and international  dancing and music including  the Minyo Dancers performing in Legacy Park beginning at 12:30 p.m.


 Street Machine Weekend is they weekend , which means there will be cool carts at Galt Gardens and Exhibition  Park.

 The fun begins last Exhibition Park, Thursday, July 7 with a Drive in movie Screening of American Graffiti. No alcohol is allowed. Admission is $20 per car. There is no official Street Wheelers cruise on Friday, but people are still welcome to cruise .

 The 100 yard dash event is at Exhibition Park on Saturday morning.

Tech runs from 7- 9.30 a.m GFates open to spectators at 9 a.m. Admission for spectators is $10 for 14 and up. 13 and under get in for free. The race begins at 10 a.m.  And the show and  shine is at Galt Gardens on Sunday with registration beginning at 8 a.m.. Awards will be presented at 3 .m.. Alcohol is not permitted at the event.. More information is at

 And last, but certainly not least, some of Honkers Pub’s favourite performers will be performing at Honkers Pub’s second annual outdoor parking lot festival, Saturday, July  9  at 2 p.m. beginning with Chuck Reinhart.

 He will be followed by  The Trippy Hippys,  local country band the Midnight Sons, a solo set by Steve Keenan, Luke Bruce, local country rock band Trainwreck with Breanne Urban at 7 p.m., The Mark Hall band is after them, Raymond classic rock/ alternative rock band Saints and Sinners and local Tragically Hip tribute the hip Trip closing things off at 10 p.m.. Admission is $15 for the day.


John Wort Hannam opens the Upside Downtown concert Series at Casa on Thursday. Photo by Richard Amery

That’s just the festivals. As usual there is a lot going on everywhere else.

The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s open mic on Tuesday, July 5 features Manitoba country/ pop musician Tyler Del Pino.



Taylor Ackerman hosts the open  mic at the Slice on Wednesday

Saskatchewan songwriter Ellen Froese returns to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge wth Stu Larsen, Thursday, July 7.


 Nashville inspired, Kelowna based folk Quartet Kentucky Eileen  play the Owl Acoustic lounge, July 8.


 If you like rockabilly, don’t miss Edmonton band the Dice Cubes who play the Slice, July 8.

Gabe Thaine and Corduroy Brown aka James Swinney, putting on his country hat, play the Slice on Saturday.

 Blues fans won’t want to miss the Eric Braun band’s return to Casino Lethbridge Friday and Saturday.

And classic rockers will hear all the hits as the Chevelles return to the Place.

Also for classic rockers, Australian Queen Tribute  It’s a Kinda magic— The Queen Tribute play the Yates Theatre, Friday July 8. Tickets are $38-$67. The show , influenced by Queen’s 1986 World tour, begins at 8 p.m.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 July 2022 09:04 )  
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