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Local School Choir joins Foreigner to rock the Centrium

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Four decades success in the music industry is an unbelievable achievement for a band.  Few can survive, let alone thrive.  Click the video link to listen to frontman Kelly Hansen’s insight into Foreigner’s legendary success, the band’s 40th Anniversary tour and their new Rhino release.  Great insights into the music and their landmark tour with Rock’n Roll Hall of Famers’ Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham, son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Music fans will appreciate the passion Foreigner has for supporting young musicians though school music programs.  Foreigner has a long-standing partnership with the GRAMMY Museum, by which local school choirs are invited to join the band on stage in almost every market they play. Through this program over the past several years, the band has raised well into the six figures for music in school programs, and given thousands of students the once-in-a-lifetime experience to rock on stage with one of the most well known bands of all time.  After winning a contest hosted by Z98.9, Sylvan Lake’s HJ Cody High School Choir will be joining Foreigner on stage Friday night!  Here’s the successful audition… 

Many of these children never even been to a concert, let alone performed with a band of this magnitude. With music programs being cut across the country, some groups even self fund their rehearsals and classes. Thousands of students have had the opportunity to perform with Foreigner over the years, and many site this as pivotal in their music education. Several band members also credit high school music as paramount in their career, from founding member Mick Jones to bass player Jeff Pilson.

Kelly Hansen has been instrumental in the band’s evolution since 2002. One of rock’s greatest showmen, Hansen is known for his innate ability to connect with the crowds.  As a front man and lead vocalist, Hansen is among the most respected, consummate professionals in rock and roll. Kelly has a 35-year career that spans almost every area of music, from the role of lead vocalist to producing and engineering.

Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game. 

At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, a visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks, and multi-layered production talents are responsible for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written. Jones began his songwriting career in France in the 1960s, writing three No. 1 singles for French pop star Johnny Hallyday.  After moving to the U.S. in the 1970s, Jones wrote “Feels Like The First Time,” which reached No. 4 on the charts, serving as the first of a long list of hits that helped build Foreigner’s multi- platinum career over decades to come.

His 1984 track, “I Want To Know What Love Is” quickly became a No. 1 single in both the U.S. and the UK, and to this day remains one of the 25 most-performed songs in ASCAP’s Catalog. It has been recorded by a diverse group of popular artists, including Julio Iglesias, Shirley Bassey, Clay Aiken, and Mariah Carey. With a message that resonates worldwide, the song has been translated into 14 languages and reinterpreted into many diverse genres.

In 2013 Jones was inducted into The Songwriters Hall of Fame. A multi- talented and multi-dimensional “musician’s musician,” he has also written songs such as “Bad Love” with Eric Clapton and “Dreamer” with Ozzy Osbourne, and produced records for others including Billy Joel’s Stormfront and Van Halen’s 5150. A Grammy and Golden Globe–nominated songwriter, Jones is the winner of the prestigious British Ivor Novello Songwriter award for “The Flame Still Burns,” the soundtrack music for the film Still Crazy.

“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” says Mick.  “I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honoured by the team that is helping bring this music to life. I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years.  I had so many great times with Foreigner in Canada and I look forward to bringing the band back here for our 40th anniversary tour.  I’m thrilled that Canada will see the premiere of our brand new musical, Juke Box Hero, in 2018.”

FOREIGNER performs at the Enmax Centrium Friday night (Oct 13) with Canadian rocker icons Honeymoon Suite.   Some tickets still available – PURCHASE NOW.

Learn more about Foreigner.

(with files from Mark Collings)

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Free entry to all “provincial” historic sites and museums during Alberta Culture Days

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From the Province of Alberta

All open provincial historic sites and museums will offer free admission and family friendly activities during Alberta Culture Days, Sept. 28-30.

Free entry to sites during Alberta Culture Days

Check out the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Royal Tyrrell Museum and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump during Alberta Culture Days.

“Offering free admission to the province’s historic sites and museums during Alberta Culture Days is another way to give people the chance to discover our province’s rich arts, history, diversity and heritage. The arts and cultural sector is a significant economic driver supporting local businesses, creating jobs and helping to make life better for Albertans.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

The following sites and museums are open for Alberta Culture Days activities*:

*Some activities may charge additional fees; please check each site for details

Experience Alberta Culture Days

Culture Days is Alberta’s largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit. Communities across the province are celebrating by holding hundreds of free, interactive events and activities, offering something for everyone. Find activities in your area by using the National Culture Days Calendar.

Alberta Culture Days is part of National Culture Days, which includes more than 800 communities from coast to coast and helps increase Canadians’ awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Share your photos and experiences on Twitter by tagging @AlbertaCulture and #ABCultureDays, or like Alberta Culture Days on Facebook.


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#Let’s Walk is a simple yet brilliant idea

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Ryan Langlois is a local singer-songwriter who’s come up with a really simple yet powerful concept. Go for a one hour walk with another person – and talk to one another.  The idea came out of Project Wild, a professional development program for country artists in the province.

Until October 4th, Ryan is walking everyday with someone different.  He reached out to me a few weeks ago and I thought why not!  I’ve admired Ryan’s command of the stage as front man for Boom Chukka Boys, and on his own in our studio recording one of his latest songs with just his acoustic guitar, his preferred way of performing these days.

“I just got kind of tired of the amount of effort it takes to be in a successful band.  Logistics, personalities, travel, not to mention having a family-  it’s just too much and I wanted to simplify,” said Langlois.

So off we walked into our beautiful Red Deer trail system to catch the remnants of the late afternoon sun and talk to one another.

Watch the video to learn more about Ryan and this amazingly simple and powerful approach to bringing awareness to mental health.

 

You can help Ryan reach his $1000 goal by clicking here.  Funds go directly to the Central Alberta region of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

 

 

 


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