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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.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:56 ) Read more...

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.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:56 ) Read more...

Stars of the Festival participants to perform classics and original compositions

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After a lot of work, Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival general manager Megan Wittig is excited to see this year’s online Stars of the Festival show at 7 p .m., April 16.
Organizers announced the 19 performers last week. But copyright issues narrowed the pool of available performances.

Megan Wittig has put in a lot of work for this years’ online Stars of the Festival concert. Photo by Richard Amery
“We were only able to feature performers performing original compositions or composition from the public domain. So we couldn’t have any bands,” Wittig said.

This year‘s online festival provided extra challenges because the participants not only had to learn their selected pieces, but also had to submit a video of their performances to the adjudicators.
 There are two original compositions, two selections from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream  and selections from Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin.
Aaron Richardson, Alexandra Morgan and Daniel Kim will be performing in the chamber music category.
David Oler and Masataro Tatsuno will be performing original compositions.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 April 2021 15:47 ) Read more...

South Country Fair cancelled due to Covid for second year in a row

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Though Covid 19 vaccines are beginning to roll out and there is a little optimism in the air, South Country Fair has decided to err on the side of caution and cancelled the popular Summer festival in Fort Macleod for the second year in a row.
Organizer Gillian Moranz is understandably frustrated about making the tough decision, but emphasized the safety of Fair fans and performers is paramount.Peter and the Wolves performing at South Country Fair 2019. Photo  by Richard Amery
 She answered several questions by e-mail.

“It is incredibly frustrating trying to navigate these times as an arts and culture presenter, specifically because we have had so little support and guidance from AHS through all the different phases of this pandemic. Shopping malls and so many non-essential sectors remain open with so much guidance, but large and small performance venues alike are closing at mass all across the country. We are risking losing over 60 per cent of our music infrastructure in Canada, and a great deal of these closures are taking place because arts and culture are not a priority in the same way that other industries are,” she wrote, emphasizing South Country Fair will endure.

“South Country Fair will survive this storm, but only because we have built the foundation we have, slowly and strategically over the last 35 years. The reality that vaccines are rolling out does not change the fact that mounting these big events will take a great amount of care and consideration to ensure we move forward safely and with integrity once vaccination is wide-spread. This is something blatantly not recognized by AHS. There will be structural changes to our festivals to meet post-Covid protocols (protocols which have yet to be defined) and so many 'big-picture' questions that need to be answered before we can move forward. Not to mention, these events are planned a year in advance. With the provincial support we have (or have not) received it is unrealistic to expect events like ours to be thrown together in a few months, especially as there are so still many unknowns (the potential of artist travel, as just one example). Our bottom line through all of this has been the health and safety of our community and the artists we bring to perform. If we cannot guarantee the event can be executed as safely as possible with little-to-no potential of Covid-19 transmission we will not risk the safety of our community. But, with things as they are now we are feeling more confident that 2022 will realistically bring a new but familiar South Country Fair, still present and as strong as ever,” she wrote.

She noted after postponing the fair last year, they were prepared to postpone it again.
“We certainly did not want to make unfounded predictions but we were prepared to postpone again as time went by.  We had held off on things like launching ticket sales for this reason, and any conversations about moving forward were very much with the caveat of possibility. A lot of what we have been planning is in a holding pattern, so lots of the work we have done will be salvaged and carried over to next year,” she said, adding most of the artists and acts who were scheduled for last year and cancelled, agreed to hold over their booking again.  

“Yes, most of our artists/groups have carried their booking over again. A few are unable to commit so far out in their booking schedule but the majority of the line up will be presented at SCF as soon as we can do so safely,” she wrote.
After postponing last year, The South Country Fair prepared The Dog Star Sessions, a series of online events featuring some of the artist scheduled to perform at the festival Dog Star sessions will continued beginning in April.

“Absolutely. The fact that we cannot mount a festival as usual again has made it even more important that we support the greater arts economy and keep our regional arts economy running as strong as possible. We will be releasing the lineup for a spring edition of The Dog Star Sessions early April, and have tentative plans to offer some online programming in the summer as well, although we are still in the process of working out exactly what this programming will look like,” she wrote, noting it is important to keep the spirit of the Fair alive despite not being able to meet in person.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 March 2021 09:03 ) Read more...

Signature ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival cancelled by Covid but will be back in 2022

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The ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row, but organizers remain optimistic they will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the signature community event next year, June 24-26, 2022.Dory Rossiter performing at the ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival in 2019. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s very tough because we spend a lot of time planning this festival every year, but we can’t take any risks,” said ATB Rotary Dragon Boat Festival planning committee chair Diane Randell, noting she is excited about planning a signature event for the twentieth anniversary.

 “There is so much preparation that takes place and a lot of logistical issues that have to be taken care of,” she continued.

 The Festival was to take place June  25-27, 2021, but has been postponed to June 24-26, 2022.

“We have teams from B.C. the United States, Saskatchewan and Alberta coming, so there are a lot of travel restrictions,” she said, noting the even attracts between 6,000 and 10,000 people, including close to 2,000 athletes as the event usually draws 65 teams with 30 members each, plus managers and friends and family who come to see them. She estimated the event brings a million dollars into Lethbridge.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 March 2021 14:37 ) Read more...
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