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Free art, culture and music at First Friday Red Deer!



On the first Friday of every month, join the galleries in downtown Red Deer in celebrating local, regional and national artistic talent. The galleries buzz with art experiences, open gallery spaces, social mingling and maybe some entertainment. Suitable for adults, youth, families, date nights, music lovers, culture-vultures and anyone who enjoys kicking off their weekend with a Friday night party. First Friday Red Deer is becoming a staple in the local culture diet. Free to attend.

First Friday Red Deer at the Kiwanis Gallery hosts local, regional and provincial artists in a wide variety of subject matter and media. The Red Deer Arts Council displays wide-ranging exhibitions of paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media work and more, from locals or from artists around the province. For exhibit openings, the artist(s) will be in attendance. When an exhibit has already had its opening, the next first Friday a musician may play or maybe local authors will read.

Here are the events you can take part in!

Kiwanis Gallery – * in Red Deer Public Library – operated by the Red Deer Arts Council (RDAC)
Kiwanis Gallery, 4818 49 Street

In Concert with Hearts of Harmony

Red Deer Arts Council present A Musical Concert with Hearts of Harmony for First Friday Red Deer on August 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Hearts of Harmony will be singing for 3 sets starting at 6:15 and ending at 7:45 pm. The program will consist of chorus and quartet performances singing a mix of traditional barbershop, jazz, rock, and show tunes in four part harmony.              

Hearts of Harmony

Exhibit continuing:

Title:  Close Up                                  Artist: Donna Gallant
Media: Oil Paintings                        Dates: June 19 to August 19, 2018
Reception: First Friday Red Deer from 6 to 8 pm.

A + Art Gallery & Unique CollectionsUnit 203, 4919 49th Street
Title:  Portrait Drawings
Artists: Gavin Petersen
Media:  Graphite Pencil & Charcoal          Dates: August 3 to August 31, 2018

Reception: First Friday Red Deer from 4 to 6 pm.  Artist in attendance.

The Gallery on the Alley, Alberta Art and Drafting, 4711 – 49 Avenue
Title:     Starving Artist Collection               Artist: Sasha Grinnell

Media: Acrylics                                                  Dates: August 1 to 30, 2018
Artist not in attendance, but gallery open for viewing from 4 to 6 pm.

Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 47 A Avenue
Title:     The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert, RCA        
Artist:  Joane Cardinal-Schubert
Media: Mixed Media                                      Dates: May 5th, 2018 to August 12, 2018
Reception: First Friday Red Deer from  5 pm to 8 pm.
Guided tour of exhibition at 6 pm

Gallery shows new and continuing but no receptions although some spaces are open to the public.

Harris-Warke Gallery, upstairs in the Sunworks Home & Garden Store, 4924 Ross Street
Title: Untitled at this time.            Artist: Jordan Blackburn
Media: Mixed Media                      Dates: August 17 to September 22, 2018
No First Friday Red Deer reception.


Corridor Community Gallery – at the downtown Recreation Centre, 4501-47A Avenue
Title:  Untitled                                                    Artist: Danielle Kessler
Media: Charcoal                                               Dates: August 3 to September 28, 2018.
No First Friday Red Deer reception.

Viewpoint Gallery, Cultural Services Centre, 3827 – 39 Street, Red Deer
Viewpoint collective members – Shirley Rimer and Erin Boake.
Media: Paintings and Porcelain Teapots                                Dates: July 2 to August 31, 2018
No First Friday Red Deer reception.
(403)309-4091                    Hours: M-F 8 am – 4:30 pm, closed noon-1 pm


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Time to consider RDSO Season Tickets




From the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

The RDSO Reveals Upcoming Season
The 2019-2020 Season has a lot in store for central Alberta. The Main Series will deliver seven concerts with programming ranging from Pachelbel, to Lapalme, to music from Broadway.

We The North | October 5, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Come hear music from Russia, Finland and Norway. Though conceived in icy cold climates, don’t be fooled – this music is still full of warmth. The first concert of the season will feature the newly appointed principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnold Choi, in the highly demanding and exciting Sinfonia Concertante by Prokofiev.
Featuring Arnold Choi, Cello
PROKOFIEV: Sinfonia Concertante
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suite

Czech Out These Bohemians | November 2, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
Let Czech-born Edmontonian Zuzana Simurdova delight you in the very entertaining piano concertino by Bohuslav Martinů. And because there is no such thing as having too much Dvořák in life, this program will further visit the Bohemian countryside with his celebrated Serenade for Strings.
Featuring Zuzana Simurdova, Piano
MARTINŮ: Piano Concerto
DVOŘÁK: Serenade for Strings

Stringing The Holidays Together | December 7, 2019 | RDC Arts Centre
A concert for strings only, featuring the Rosedale Valley Strings Youth Orchestra playing alongside the RDSO’s string sections. This concert will feature a variety of Christmas favourites and a surprise or two.
Featuring Rosedale Valley Strings | Conductor Naomi Delafield

On Broadway | January 25, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
The musical stage will come alive! This exciting pops concert will feature music ranging from old chestnuts to newly minted classics. From Cole Porter to Elton John, and Rogers & Hammerstein to Andrew Lloyd Webber, there will be something for everyone.
Selections From:
Rogers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Music; Cole Porter: Kiss me Kate; Claude Schönberg: Les Misérables; Elton John: The Lion King; Frederick Loewe: My Fair Lady; Stephen Sondheim: “A Little Night Music”; Pasek and Paul: The Greatest Showman ; Stephen Schwartz: Wicked; Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story ; Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera

Canada On Canvas | February 22, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre
An all-Canadian tribute to the visual arts. Among works by Somers (on Picasso) and Korndorf (on Maud Lewis), there will be an exciting new premiere. Our very own Claude Lapalme is composing an important new work to celebrate and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven.
Featuring the Premiere of the “Group of Seven Suite” by Claude Lapalme

Water Music | April 18, 2020 | Gaetz Memorial United Church
Presented by the RDSO, Rosa Barroca returns with a full complement of winds to present audience favorites from the baroque period, such as the Pachelbel Canon and the Suites from Handel’s Water Music.
Presenting Rosa Barocca
PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue
HANDEL: Water Music

Finale Friday | FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 | RDC Arts Centre

Corey Hamm’s triumphant return to the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. He will wow us with an energetic performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program will be RDSO’s concerto competition winner from Red Deer’s 2019 Festival of the Performing Arts, Kathryn Fakeley. This incredible young cellist will be performing a movement of the Kabalevsky cello concerto. The evening will end with the 1812 Overture by
Tchaikovsky. It will be a sound spectacular!
Featuring Corey Hamm, Piano & 2019 Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts Winner Kathryn Fakeley, Cello
BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No. 2
KABALEVSKY: Cello Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

For information regarding Season Memberships and a downloadable 2019-2020 Season booklet visit

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Five More Things I Didn’t Know About Symphony Music (with particular attention to the upcoming Season Finale for the RDSO)




By Jock Mackenzie

  1. Highlighted in a concerto of three movements will be cellist Cameron Crozman. The multiple award winning Crozman will be playing the big concerto for cello and orchestra. It’s Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and is one of the two most performed cello concertos in the world.
  2. The second concerto, by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, will be one movement featuring violin. Lacombe’s own, Harbour Lehockey, in recognition of being a 2018 winner of the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts, has been chosen to perform this piece.
  3.  The third major part of the Season Finale is by a Canadian composer, Jocelyn Morlock of Vancouver, and is titled “Oiseaux bleus et sauvages” (Why All the Bluebirds?)
  4. Other interesting facts: A concerto is a classical music composition that highlights a solo instrument against the background of a full orchestra.Ingrid Crozman, Cameron’s mother, used to play in the RDSO and will be attending the June 8 performance. 
    Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841- 1904) was a Czech composer, one of the first to achieve worldwide recognition.
  5. As a newbie to the world of symphony music, I don’t know when to clap. If there’s a pause, I’m tempted to applaud. I’ve learned otherwise. Here’s what the internet told me – A movement is a self-contained part of a musical composition or musical form. While individual or selected movements from a composition are sometimes performed separately, a performance of the complete work requires all the movements to be performed in succession.  Symphony Director, Claude Lepalme, tells me, “If you’re moved, applaud.” I’m good with that.

Todayville Top 5 features the freelance writings of Jock Mackenzie.

Jock is an original Red Deerian!  Educated at Lindsay Thurber and Red Deer College (with a stint at the U of A), he became an educator himself, spending 31 years with the Red Deer Public school system.

It’s safe to say Jock knows Red Deer about as well as anyone (OK.. maybe not Michael Dawe).   As a confirmed life-long learner, Jock never tires of getting to know his surroundings even better.  That’s where the Todayville Top 5 comes in.  In each feature, Jock shares a few ingredients that go into the mix that makes this delicacy called Red Deer the place we want to call home.  As a well organized person who knows you’re busy, he’s choosing just 5 juicy tidbits to share each time.

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Here’s another one of Jock’s Top 5’s.

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