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Dave McCann and the Firehearts
Thu, Aug 12


Time: 8 p.m.

Roots Songsmith Dave McCann hits the stage at CASA Lethbridge this Thursday for the Upside Downtown Concert Series. Roll by after work for a safe social hang with friends and a celebration of live music. 5-7pm. Just another amazing event happening in Lethbridge Alberta thanks to the world class creative powers at CASA!!!! 

Concerts + Art on Rotary Square, Casa
Thursdays, July 29 - September 9, 7pm to 5pm
Cash Bar
This Thursday:Dave McCann
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!  

Dave McCann

The long and rolling lines of moon-lit silence that stretch across the Great Northern Plains. The spirit that folds the beautiful, sweeping, haunted, wind-torn hills of Blackfoot Country. This is the medicine that marks the fifth, full length release from Dave McCann and the Firehearts. Produced in collaboration with alt-rock songsmith Leeroy Stagger and built at The Rebeltone Ranch in Southern Alberta, “Circle of Light” brings an aggressive evolution of Blues-tinged Southern Roots that unleashes the scorching honesty of pure hand-built Rock and Roll.

The recording kicks off with the unshakable jolt of “Wooden Wings” and winds its way through new musical terrain. New songs defined by their dynamic lyrical force, solid musicianship and a collaborative, creative spontaneity that finds itself the grounding force behind the recent release. Originally slated as a stripped down acoustic effort “Circle of Light” crept it’s way beyond the folk quality and twang based statements of previous efforts to a renewed, saturated, almost elemental sound. A slight sonic departure that doesn’t completely abandon history. Fans will still feel the old sparks from “Beautiful Road” and the Soul-bent acoustic warmth of “Lend Myself to Love”. Given the sonics and the song craft on “Circle of Light” this recording will widen the universal hold with audiences for Dave McCann and The Firehearts.

Gaining ground as regional luminaries in the Western Canadian roots-rock scene, Dave and the Firehearts have always given fame the backseat to the idea of making creativity and musical impact a priority. They have shared the stage with many great artists over the years, Willie P. Bennett, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Neko Case, Naomi Shelton, Melanie Safka, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Joe Pug, Kieran Kane, The Skydiggers, Geoff Muldaur and more. The Firehearts’ line up is based on long time guitarist Dave Bauer, multi instrumentalist Peter Loughlin on the Bass, Piano and Guitar, Tim Williams on the Drums and acclaimed slide guitar wizard Charlie Hase on the pedal steel. The band is based in Calgary, Alberta.

Born in Toronto and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Dave found his musical roots when he relocated West to Calgary, Alberta twenty years ago and started Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs. They released three critically acclaimed recordings “Woodland Tea”, “Country Medicine” and “Shoot The Horse” (a live recording captured at the historic Sidetrack Cafe, one of Alberta’s fondest and long gone venues). 2009 brought a name change and took Dave McCann and the Firehearts to Nashville to record with Americana guitar icon and producer Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Mavis Staples, Todd Snider). The resulting work “Dixiebluebird” was released a year later and brought rave reviews. “Dixiebluebird” was a benchmark recording for Dave McCann and the Firehearts and it is clear to see “Circle of Light” shares the same optimistic charms.



230 8th Street, South
T1J 5H2
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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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