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Meet the artists & win tickets to BVJ 2018! Contest ends July 20th



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  • The Big Valley Jamboree is getting closer and closer and you do not want to miss out!


    You’ll be entered to win:

    Whether you’ve been heading to BVJ for years or are planning to make 2018 your first-ever trip to Camrose, Alberta for the party of the year, you have to remember three words: ‘Country for Everyone!

    So set aside August long weekend (August 2nd to 5th), round up friends and family and make a plan!


    Here’s a look at some of this year’s headliners!


    Thursday (Kickoff Party):

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status.With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate.

    Today, NGDB (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen) continue their non-stop touring in their 50th year together. Recent tour stops included Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and many more. The plans for their 50th Anniversary will be extensive! On September 14th, 2015 they played to a Sold out Crowd at The Historic Ryman Auditorium with some close friends to film a 50th Anniversary Special to air on PBS starting March of 2016.


    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Location: Coors Banquet Saloon

    Time: 9:30 pm


    Luke Combs

    A native of Asheville, North Carolina, country singer/songwriter Luke Combs took joy in singing from a young age. During his high school years, Combs split his time between football and singing in local vocal groups, eventually picking up the guitar while attending college at Appalachian State. Taking inspiration from some of country’s leading men like Tim Mcgraw and Luke Bryan, he began writing songs and soon released a pair of EPs in 2014. In 2015, his single “Hurricane” reached the Top Ten on iTunes’ country chart and he quickly followed up with his third EP, This One’s for You, later that year. Over the course of 2016, “Hurricane” continued to gain steam, winding up at number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay charts in May of 2017. The single’s success led to Combs signing with Riverhouse/Columbia Nashville, which released his full-length debut, also called This One’s for You.



    Luke Combs BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Location: Coors Banquet Saloon

    Time: 11:00 pm



    Billy Ray Cyrus

     Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Billy Ray Cyrus has achieved international success as a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and philanthropist. He has sold millions of albums, charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits and continues to receive critical acclaim as an actor, writer, and executive producer in film and television. 


    Billy Ray Cyrus BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Friday, August 3, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 5:00 pm


    Paul Brandt

    Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. His 1996 debut RIAA certified Gold album Calm Before the Storm went on to sell one million albums internationally, propelled by the #1 single and wedding classic “I Do”. Stateside, his #5 and #1 charting songs “My Heart Has A History”, and “I Do” were the first to chart by a male Canadian Country artist on the US Billboard Top 20 since 1976. His 11 career albums have spawned hit singles, multiple Album of the Year awards, gold, platinum, and multi-platinum performances. According to Nielsen BDS, of the top 25 Canadian Country songs, 6 were released by Paul Brandt, and his song “My Heart Has a History” is the most played Canadian Country song since the chart began. Paul is also the most played Canadian Country artist on Country Radio in history (Nielsen BDS). He has had 26 top ten songs at Canadian Radio.


    Paul Brandt BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Friday, August 3, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 7:30


    Thomas Rhett

    Thomas Rhett is an American country music singer and songwriter who has released three studio albums for Big Machine Records.Thomas Rhett scored his first No. one hit in 2013 with “It Goes Like This,” introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of county music with pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut, and the anything-goes attitude of rock. During the years since, he’s become a husband. A father, too. And, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, a headliner of massive arenas. It’s funny how life can change so much in such a short period of time.



    Thomas Rhett BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Friday August 3, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 9:00pm



    Emerson Drive

    Emerson Drive has been a part of the country music scene since they signed their first record deal with DreamWorks Records Nashville in 2001. The band’s first two singles, “I Should Be Sleeping” and “Fall Into Me,” peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and quickly became fan favorites but it was the career-changing song “Moments” that gave the band their first #1 single in the USA. Emerson Drive has been honored with awards and/or nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association, CMT, Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, Inspirational Country Music Association, Juno Awards, Music Row Magazine and Campus Activities Magazine. The band has toured with Toby Keith, Shania Twain and Big & Rich among other artists.



    Emerson Drive BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Location: Coors Banquet Saloon

    Time: 12:00 am


    Jess Moskaluke

    Growing up listening to, and falling in love with country music, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) adored the greats, from Terri Clark and Carolyn Dawn Johnson to her idol, Shania Twain. Today, she is amazed at the road she now travels.  Acclaimed as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (Drive Me Away – #3), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with her hit track “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), Moskaluke continues to dazzle the Canadian country music world achieving not one, but three Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away”.  In 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.


    Jess Moskaluke BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 5:00 pm


    Dallas Smith

    Platinum selling Country star DALLAS SMITH “has blazed a path across genres in Canadian music” (CBCMusic) for nearly two decades and fans continue to prove they’ll follow him wherever he wants to go. On the heels of a career album (Lifted) earning critical acclaim, commercial success including a multi-week #1 single and an armful of JUNO and CCMA Award wins and nominations, Smith continues one of the most talked about journeys in Canadian country music with the latest marker, his fourth #1 single “SKY STAYS THIS BLUE” from the 2017 JUNO Award nominated and CCMA Awards Album of the Year release “SIDE EFFECTS” (604 Records) released last September (2016).


    Dallas Smith BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 7:30



    It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they’d been dreaming of, but then seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music. ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They reeled off 21 straight #1 singles, a record that will probably never be equaled in any genre. They brought youthful energy, sex appeal and a rocking edge that broadened country’s audience and opened the door to self-contained bands from then on, and they undertook a journey that led, 73 million albums later, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of the bands songs are among the most memorable in country history.


    Alabama BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday August 4, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 9:00 pm



    Brett Eldredge

    Brett Eldredge is an American country music singer who grew up in Paris, Illinois. His parents bought him a guitar when he was young and by age 15, he was a performer in high demand for local functions. After he finished college, Brett moved to Nashville, relearning the guitar and becoming a singer-songwriter. When Brett broke out on his own, his first three singles charted, with his third, “Don’t Ya,” reached the Top 20 of the Hot Country Songs. The song reached the No.1 spot on the Country Airplay charts in Aug. 2013, the same month he released his debut, “Bring You Back. Brett’s rising success in the music world has led him to tour with some big names. He was on the Red Tour with Taylor Swift in 2013, the 2014 Painkiller Tour with Little Big Town and, in 2015, he joined Darius Rucker for the Southern Style Tour. That year, he co-headlined the Suits & Boots Tour with Thomas Rhett.

    Brett Eldredge BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 7:30 pm


    Florida Georgia Line

    Florida Georgia Line came out of nowhere in 2012 to become the biggest country group of the new decade. The vehicle of their success was “Cruise,” a slick, shimmering ode to the wide-open road that became an unkillable crossover hit in 2013 and, eventually, the biggest country single of all time. After “Cruise” broke through on its own merits, reaching 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, its life was extended thanks to a remix featuring rapper Nelly. This unexpected collaboration pushed the single all the way to number four on the Hot 100, but at that point it was clear that the appeal of “Cruise” lay in Florida Georgia Line’s unabashedly polished pop perspective. Unlike some fellow contemporary country bros, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were bright, sunny, and friendly, qualities showcased on subsequent hits “Get Your Shine On” and “Round Here.” Florida Georgia Line stayed on the top of the charts with 2014’s “Anything Goes” and 2016’s “Dig Your Roots”.

    Florida Georgia Line BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 9:00pm


    Again, here’s your chance to win your way in!

    Just send an email to with ‘Todayville BVJ Contest’ in the subject line. Could it be more easy?!

    You’ll be entered to win:

    Best of luck!
    Entries will be accepted starting on April 25, 2018 at 08:00 MDT and ending July 20, 2018 at 12:00 MDT. 
    Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.
    The winner will receive 2 x 3-Day General Admission Passes, 2 x Thursday Kick-off Party Tickets and 1 x Country Nation Campsite. No cash or other prize substitutions.
    The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.


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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Call out for musicians to perform at “Live on Little Gaetz” during the Canada Winter Games



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  • from the Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA)

    January 14, 2019

    Call for Musicians: Musical Performances on Little Gaetz

    (Red Deer, AB) – The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is accepting applications from musicians to provide entertainment on Little Gaetz Avenue, during our Live on Little Gaetz series.

    Live on Little Gaetz will take place during the 2019 Canada Winter Games, February 15 to March 3, 2019. Performances will be 90 minutes in length and take place outdoors on Little Gaetz Avenue starting at 11:30 a.m. Eight to ten performers are needed.

    Musicians interested in being involved are asked to complete the application form and include as much of the following information as possible:

    • Artist or group bio
    • Audio disk or web link containing samples of current work – please indicate which track(s) you

      would like reviewed

    • Website address
    • Social media sites

      Applications must be received by Friday, January 18, 2019 at 4 p.m. Selected artists will be notified by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Only those artists selected for a performance will be contacted.

      Please submit applications by mail or hand delivery to:

      Red Deer Downtown Business Association 1, 5000 51 Avenue
      Red Deer, AB T4N 4H5

      Or by email to:
      For more information and to access the application form, visit

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    Nominations open for Alberta’s most prestigious (and lucrative) arts award(s)



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  • Alberta has amazing artists!  If you know someone deserving, then don’t let this chance get away on you.  Nominations are now open for the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards.  These are Alberta’s most prestigious artistic award, and 3 recipients will each receive a $30,000 cash prize.

    Alberta artists (from all disciplines) and those now working elsewhere, but maintaining a strong connection to Alberta, are eligible and anyone may nominate through a simple online process, see link below.

    Here  is a list of Distinguished Artists already awarded: John Estacio (music – composer); Alice Major (literary arts); Alex Janvier (visual arts); Frances Ginzer (music); Ronnie Burkett (theatre arts); Peter von Tiesenhausen (visual arts); Old Trout Puppet Workshop (theatre arts); Aritha van Herk (literary arts); Robert Kroetsch (literary arts); Jane Ash Poitras (visual arts); Joan Stebbins (visual arts – curator); Rudy Wiebe (literary arts); Greg Hollingshead (literary arts); One Yellow Rabbit (theatre arts); Isobel and Tom Rolston (music); Douglas Cardinal (architecture); John Murrell (theatre arts – playwright).

    The 2019 recipients will receive their $30,000 awards from the award’s patron, the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Alberta, at a celebration in Maskwacis, Alberta on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

    The nomination process closes midnight, March 31, 2019. Click here to nominate someone.

    To prepare for the nomination:
    * Ensure the nominee is a Canadian citizen, lives in Alberta, or has had a significant connection to Alberta over time.
    * Speak to your nominee, let them know you will be nominating them, ask for a current CV and their complete contact information.
    * Write a document of no more than three pages, single spaced, explaining why this nominee merits Alberta’s top recognition for artistic achievement. Include highlights of the nominee’s artistic achievements and/or their contribution to advancing their artistic discipline. If the nominee does not currently reside in Alberta, clearly outline their connection to Alberta and their contribution to growing our province’s arts and culture.

    Fill out the contact information online and upload the nomination and CV documents.

    About the Awards:  The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation was established in 2003 to celebrate excellence in the arts and to underline the importance of the arts in Alberta. The Foundation administers two programs of awards to Alberta artists.

    The Distinguished Artist Awards program gives up to three awards of $30,000 each in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts by Albertans or significant contribution to the arts in Alberta.

    The Emerging Artist Awards program gives up to ten awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising artists early in their careers, who have created a modest body of work, and are recognized by established artists in the same field of artistic endeavour as having potential to achieve excellence in their discipline.

    The Awards Programs of the Foundation were established under the founding patronage of The Late Honourable Dr. Lois E. Hole, C.M., A.O.E., Lieutenant Governor of Alberta from 2000 – 2005, and continue under the patronage of Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

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    january, 2019

    mon14jan - 31jan 1410:00 amjan 31Kindergarten Registration Begins at Red Deer Public SchoolsRegister your child for Kindergarten10:00 am - 3:00 pm (31)

    thu17jan - 26jan 177:30 pmjan 26Ignition Theatre Presents: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIESPulitzer prize finalist Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries7:30 pm - 11:00 pm (26)

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    sat26jan9:00 am- 5:00 pmChildhood Anxiety: Understanding & Helping Children Heal Workshop9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    sat26jan1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    sat26jan8:00 pm- 10:30 pmRobbie Burns Night8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

    mon28jan11:30 am- 1:30 pmLending Cupboard Presents Jann Arden in 1st annual Winter LuncheonJann Arden \"Winter Luncheon\"11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    tue29jan5:00 pm- 7:00 pmRed Deer and District Chamber of Commerce presents: January Business After Hoursnetworking event 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    tue29jan7:00 pm- 12:00 amPaul BrandtThe Journey Tour 20197:00 pm - 12:00 am

    tue29jan7:00 pm- 11:30 pmLive Country Music @ Bo's Bar and GrillAaron Pritchett w/ Guest Kira Isabella and David James7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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