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Upside Downtown with Karen Romanchuk and Wendy Colby
Thu, Aug 26


Time: 5-7 p.m.
Cover: none
Concerts + Art on Rotary Square, Casa
Thursdays, July 29 - September 9, 7pm to 5pm
Cash Bar
This Thursday: Karen Romancuk and Wendy Colby
Weekly concerts on Rotary Square at Casa every Thursday night after work from 5pm - 7pm. Meet your friends, have a drink and listen to local music in the downtown core. 
While you’re listening, check out INSIDE OUT with artwork from 74 local visual artists including 2 installations in the Artist Kiosks, 5 shadowboxes on the flag poles and the SUMMER SALON - an incredibly diverse collection of art inside the building! 


Karen Romanchuk

Karen has added some amazing credentials to her resume throughout her career including opening slots for Willie P. Bennett, Gaye Delorme, Katherine Wheatley, Wendell Ferguson (7 time CCMA guitar player of the year, who also graces her new cd "Dance"), Leeroy Stagger, The Good Lovelies (Juno award winners)and Jill Barber just to name a few.

Karen was the 4th member of Sirens of Song in a Lethbridge, Alberta show which included Juno award winners Melanie Doane, Lynn Miles and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Catherine MacLellan.

Karen was chosen as one of only 60 people, businesses, etc. to represent Lethbridge in the visit Lethbridge campaign for 2011. She appeared in brochures, ads and billboards throughout Alberta and BC to promo the city.

Karen would also like to praise her vocal coach, Brian Farrell, who has worked with the likes of Paul Brandt and Kalan Porter. Brian has been a very positive influence to her career.

Karen is a singer/songwriter that you do not want to miss!

Here's some press and a few quotes to leave you with about Karen as a performer and thoughts about her first 2 CD's (Dance 2011 and Shine 2009)....

"Karen Romanchuk wraps a rich vocal sound that captures the depth of the story inside her songs. An incredibly honest songwriter who writes with her own mesmerizing melodic and lyric artistic signature." ... Brian Farrell, Artistic Mentor.

"You deserve to be here. You are a great singer/songwriter!" Quote to Karen from Juno award winner Lynn Miles during their live performance. (Sirens of Song Concert)

"Karen is a hidden gem" ... Mike Spencer, Geomatic Attic, Lethbridge, AB. (Jill Barber Concert, opening remarks)

"Your best work yet!"... Mark Campbell (Global Television).

"Romanchuk has a definite Lucinda Williams tinge to her world wearied voice. Her melodies are very memorable especially Blue, Blue, Heart. While dance isn't the first thing you think about when hearing Karen Romanchuk's latest CD, good music is. It is an enjoyable and upbeat listen."... Richard Amery (L.A. Beat).

"A cross between Waylon Jennings, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. She writes strong, rich folk and roots. Her material was formed as if it were at the crossroads between Country Rock, the famous Texas Outlaw and rootsy folk scene"...Ctrl. Alt. Country, Belgium.


 Wendy Colby or Wendy Cee is a Lethbridge folk/ country singer/songwriter 


230 8th Street, South
T1J 5H2
Country: ca



Casa is the realization of a 20 year dream, shared by many in the Lethbridge arts community, to expand or replace the Bowman Arts Centre. This unique new facility far surpasses the original vision for expansion, and sets a new standard for interdisciplinary arts centres. It is about experimentation, incubation, learning and growing. Casa was built to serve a multi-generational community, with varying art skill sets and interests in all disciplines of the arts.

Designing the building was a comprehensive and collaborative process led by Nyhoff Architecture from (Calgary) working in conjunction with the local architectural firm of Ferrari Westwood Babits. The Architectural team visited numerous arts education institutions and also met with members of the local arts community to define requirements for a truly functional 42,000 square foot art centre. The resulting building design is truly impressive.

Funding for the project were provided by the Federal Build Canada Fund ($6,000,000.), the Provincial MSI Fund ($14,900,000.) and the City of Lethbridge ($200,000).

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