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Claude Lepalme and the RDSO’s “A Night at the Movies”


I had the opportunity to chat over coffee with Claude Lapalme, Music Director of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra (RDSO). I learned that he is as engaging in person as when he appears on stage.

For now, I will share three thoughts:

1. This is his 29th season with the RSDO. He came to Red Deer with his wife, a cellist, and both have enjoyed our wonderful community for its many benefits. Another attraction is its proximity to Calgary and Edmonton where both are involved in the symphony scene. Immediately prior to Claude’s arrival, he had spent time studying in Toronto and the Netherlands.

2. When I asked him what had changed in his time here, he said, “There have been lots of changes over the years. The RDSO performed four concerts in 1990 while now we do seven. We have also expanded our educational offerings and community concerts and we have begun to do a bit of touring. We have visited Camrose on several occasions as well as other small centres. The personnel of the orchestra has changed and, as it changes, the product becomes a little bit more refined and more current ways of playing are being exemplified. There are different schools of performance; different conservatories teach different things. Since we deal a lot with older music, there are different ways of approaching different styles so it varies over time. As more scholarship is shared by professors and musicologists, the players will apprehend this knowledge and start to apply it. As an orchestra gets younger (older members retiring), new ideas come with this change of the guard.”

3. In response to a query as to the educational aspect of the RDSO, Claude said, “We had been visiting schools but stepped away for a period of time. We will now be doing this again but with a twist – the students will come to the symphony orchestra. Every year, twenty schools get to choose two songs they’ve learned in their elementary school choir programs (Grades 3 – 5). I orchestrate the pieces for a small orchestra of 12 or 13 people. We do four performances, two on a Monday and two more on a following Monday. We call it Choir Kids and they get to perform with us. We’ve been doing this since 1999. Last year I met someone who did the program in her Grade 6 year who introduced me to her child in Grade 3. That was quite moving for me.”

My wife and I will be attending our second-ever performance of the RDSO (A Night at the Movies) on Saturday, March 23 at the Red Deer Memorial Centre. Show time is 8:00 p.m. A call to the Black Knight Ticket Centre informed me there are only 50 tickets left.

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Ron MacLean and Rogers Hometown Hockey coming to Red Deer




From Rogers Sportsnet

Rogers Hometown Hockey is Heading to Red Deer November 30 and December 1

– Festival taking place at Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza –
– NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Shane Doan and Glen Wesley to join the weekend festivities –

Join the conversation: @Rogers #HometownHockey

RogersTM Hometown HockeyTM Tour presented by Scotiabank and Hyundai is heading to Red Deer, AB on November 30 and December 1 to celebrate more of the game that brings us together. Hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will be on site for the festivities, which include meet-and-greet opportunities with NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Shane Doan and Glen Wesley, live local entertainment, and the live Sportsnet NHL broadcast.

The two-day hockey festival begins on Saturday, November 30 at Noon MST at Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza (5205 48th Avenue) and will conclude on Sunday evening following the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party. The evening’s broadcast gets underway with a special pre-game show hosted by MacLean and Slone live from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio beginning at 4:30 p.m. MST, followed by a showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, onSportsnet, Sportsnet NOW and NHL LIVE.

Through Rogers Hometown Hockey, Rogers and the National Hockey League (NHL) are excited to provide grants covering the install of an innovative, multi-use sport net for Red Deer. This unique system enhances community spaces, transforming a single-purpose basketball net into a multi-sport structure, promoting healthy and active lifestyles while also reducing costs and barriers so families can play sports year-round.

Additionally, Ted Rogers Community Grants are being awarded to local educational programs that enable Canadian youth to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Boys and Girls Clubs of Red Deer and District has been awarded $10,000 to help provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Festival Details:

The free hockey-themed weekend features games, prize giveaways, fun activities, and live local entertainment for the whole family, including:

  • Rogers Fan Hub: Celebrate more of the game that brings us together with fun and interactive hockey experiences. Fill out your Fan Profile for a chance to win exclusive Rogers Moments, enjoy autograph signings with NHL alumni Glenn Anderson and Shane Doan, test your stickhandling with the Infinite Dangles challenge, and grab some free popcorn!
  • Sportsnet Shooting Accuracy Game: Fans race against the clock to snipe as many targets as possible before time runs out! A digital scoreboard tracks the best scores from the day, and from the other Tour stops across the country. Players of all ages can show off their hockey skills and see how they match up to NHL stars and alumni with fantastic prizes to be won!
  • Steve Goodtime Rockin’ Hockey Show: Come see Steve Goodtime, our world-renowned hockey acrobat! Steve performs his incredible family-friendly rock n’ roll hockey show packed with fire, juggling, stunts, and guitar solos. The event will be rocked!
  • Scotiabank Community Hockey Rink: A family-friendly outdoor hockey space designed to engage hockey fans who can interact with NHL alumni Glen Wesleyand celebrate the game. Scotiabank will also be donating $15,000 in support of kids’ community hockey at each tour stop this season.
  • Hyundai Drives Hockey: Hyundai displays on festival grounds will feature games and challenges for kids and parents alike. Opportunities to test-drive and interact with the entire range of five Hyundai SUVs will demonstrate how Hyundai is made for those who drive hockey. Fans will have the chance to win on-site giveaways, weekend prizes as well as an overall grand prize for the season.
  • Dr. Oetker Giuseppe Pizzeria: Fans can enjoy a complimentary slice of Giuseppe Pizzeria pizza fresh out of the oven, and learn more about the Find Giuseppe contest with many great prizes to be won!
  • Playmobil Kids Zone: Fans have the chance to face off against friends and family with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Arena and its lineup of NHL figures. In the zone, fans will also be able to enter to win an NHL playset.
  • Lucy Tries Hockey: Join author Lisa Bowes for a reading of her children’s story Lucy Tries Hockey. Lucy and her family are skating on an outdoor rink when she sees a game of hockey going on. She and her friends learn basic hockey skills, have fun on the ice and decide to add hockey to their list of favorite sports!
  • Sobeys Community Barbeque: Sobeys is proud to support the Community Barbeque through a food donation. All funds raised this weekend will go towards supporting the Red Deer Minor Hockey Association.
  • Live Local Entertainment: Live music featured throughout the weekend beginning with Ryan Langlois performing on Saturday followed by Mitch Belot Band on Sunday.


Rogers Hometown Hockey Event and Broadcast Details


  • Gary W Harris Celebration Plaza (5205 48th Avenue)


  • Saturday, November 30 – Festival open from Noon to 6 p.m. MST.
  • Sunday, December 1 – Festival opens at Noon MST and runs through the end of the Rogers Hometown Hockey outdoor viewing party.


  • Special Guests:
    • NHL alumni Shane Doan and Glen Wesley

o   Melody Davidson, Head Coach of the gold medal winning 2006 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Olympics Canadian women’s team

  • Game Matchup:
    • Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins, 4:30 p.m. MST (Sportsnet, Sportsnet NOW, NHL LIVE)
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A whole lotta Heart December 6th at The Krossing



Looking for the perfect Christmas Event? This is it !!

This high energy Edmonton-based HEART Tribute band “Brigade” was formed by powerhouse lead singer Dahlia Wakefield who’s chosen an awesome repertoire and line up consisting of amazing musicians Brian Vincent on bass and backup vocals, Glenn Thorpe on lead guitar, Stan Pietrusik on keys and backup vocals and Dennis Boisvert on drums authentically performing Heart’s greatest hits from the 70s through the 90s.
Friday, Dec 6th
Showtime 9:30 PM
$10 in advance
$15 at the door
Reservations can be made after tickets have been purchased
Cal 403-406-6592
Our resident sound tech and musical aficionado Carl Stretton says this:  Dahlia is an amazing singer. The band is well worked out and the show is entertaining. If you love Heart you will love this show.
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