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Bruce Cockburn gives thumbs up to cover of perfect song for Mental Health Week


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It’s mental health week in Canada and some are going to great lengths to help spread the word.

Red Deer Musician Jesse Roads has always been passionate for mental health issues.  Roads was developing a play list for online performances when he started work on Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”.  The song turned out to be special and Roads knew it would be a good fit for this particular mental health week, in the middle of a pandemic lock-down.   He released the song and contacted Bruce Cockburn’s manager to let him know he would be using the cover of “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” to try to bring attention to people affected by mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cockburn’s manager passed on an endorsement from the star and Jesse Roads was off and running.

Roads decided that any money he’ll make from this song will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association.  That could be a nice little donation as the song has been streamed 10,000 times since it’s release.  More importantly Jesse is hoping to raise awareness for mental health issues and in particular to remind Canadians of the array of services made available by the CMHA.  Roads is urging anyone who’s feeling down and out to check out

For all those who are feeling alone and getting desperate to see other people the message of “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” turns to one of appreciation for the small group we’re all isolating with.  This sparked an idea for the music video Roads would create for his cover song creation.  He’s calling out for anyone and everyone to send in pictures of themselves with the people they’re isolating with.  While this may be a hard time, it can also be one we look back on someday as being a special time.

“It’s all love right now and being together and connected with each other, supporting each other, building each other up, encouraging each other, and just really being kind to each other.” says Roads, “We wanted to create some sort of awareness and I thought it would be really cool to see all the pictures and include people from all over the world into the music video.”

Identify the people you love to mark Mental Health Week in Canada.

Here’s how you could find yourself and your loved ones in the video to be produced for “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” Send your selfies or photos to [email protected] or dm”

“Thank you for doing Lovers in a Dangerous Time! I really appreciate your decision to use it to help the cause of easing the stress and suffering of mental illness. We’re all under stress from this unexpected source, and we know it’s going to take its toll on some of us. So, good on you! Bet of luck getting it around!” 

-Bruce Cockburn

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After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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New hand-made “Parlour” guitar features rare pre-1950’s Brazilian Rosewood

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For Red Deer luthier David Gilmore, it’s really all about the wood. So he was pretty damned jazzed when fate brought him a rare piece of Brazilian Rosewood.

Gilmore has many friends in the small and exclusive world of guitar-builders.  And they tend to help each other out, swap pieces of wood, and give each other advice and encouragement.  This special piece of Brazilian Rosewood came into Gilmore’s life as a result of one of these friendships.

“I obtained this wood from Jake Peters who is an amazing luthier. Jake obtained the board back in the 80’s from an old guy who was retiring who had it in his stash for decades. According to Jake, this wood was harvested pre 1950.”

Pre-1950!  Well before the Cites treaty, which in 1992 added Brazilian Rosewood to the list and banned its export, greatly restricting the supply of this rare and coveted wood. In the case of this beautiful handmade Parlour guitar, the back, sides, fretboard, bridge, headstock, veneer and binding are all made from this one rare piece of wood.

“I was able to cut 3 complete back and side sets out of this board, and this is my last of the stash.”

This stunning guitar features a Sitka spruce top from a board that David has had squirreled for several years.

“When going through the boards, when I tapped the board, the hairs on the back of my neck stood. That was it!”

To complement the look of the iron acetate finish, Gilmore commissioned MJS Pickups out of Mississauga Ontario to make a one of a kind sound hole pick up that has a very vintage look and feel.

If you want to learn more Gilmore Guitars and this rare and beautiful instrument, click here.


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Watch candlelight vigil to honour Dr. Walter Reynolds

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Our community  honoured Dr. Walter Reynolds with a Candlelight vigil on Friday August 14th.

You can watch it here. 

If you want to donate go to the Dr. Walter Reynolds Memorial Fund, organized by Dr. Johan Myburgh – go to the RDPCN website  or click on this link (we have ensured this is the official link)

Go Fund Me – Fundraiser for Anelia Reynolds.


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