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Jann Arden featured speaker on Monday at The Lending Cupboard’s first annual “Winter Luncheon”

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Jann Arden will be the featured speaker when The Lending Cupboard hosts its first annual Winter Luncheon on Monday at Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel.

The Lending Cupboard serves more than 10,000 clients each year, many of whom are aging.  The “Winter Luncheon” is a new initiative designed to bring education and awareness to the many issues members of community face, in this case, Alzheimer’s.

“The Lending Cupboard is introducing this new event to continue to bring awareness to our organization and the services that we provide to central Albertans.” said Dawna Morey, Executive Director of The Lending Cupboard. “This includes our clients that are dealing with long term illnesses such as Alzheimer’s”.   

“We chose Jann Arden because she speaks so passionately about her painful journey dealing with her Mom’s Alzheimers”, says Morey.  “As one of our country’s most-enduring and endearing artists, we really hope that she can help us create new connections to our community, raise our profile and raise some money.  We are a non-profit organization and rely heavily on fundraising and volunteers to operate.”

This short video gets right to the heart of why this organization is so vital to our community.

Jann Arden knows all about Alzheimer’s. Here’s a link to a blogpost Arden penned earlier this year called Being With Mom, about her journey dealing with her mom’s disease.  It sets the tone for what she’ll speak to when she’s here in January. Being with Mom is a deeply personal and heartfelt story written in a voice that’s clearly Arden’s.

“The Lending Cupboard has played an important role in the communities of central Alberta since 2006, ensuring individuals and their families have the support of medical equipment and daily living aids regardless of their income, status, or ability.  We are extremely grateful for the support that our community partners and individuals have entrusted to us to ensure we are “Paying It Forward – Enhancing Mobility, Independence & Dignity.”

Dawna Morey, Executive Director, The Lending Cupboard

As a renowned musician and bestselling author, Jann Arden can bring a hall full of people to tears through song, only to have them, moments later, rolling in the aisles from her off-the-cuff comedy. Whether she’s performing her music, hosting an event, or telling her deeply personal and affecting stories, Arden’s wisdom and wit shine in everything she does.

Arden catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993, with the release of her debut album, Time For Mercy. She boasts 19 top-10 singles, and has received eight Juno Awards, including “Female Artist of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year.” She has also been recognized with 10 SOCAN Awards; four Western Canadian Music Awards; a Much Music Video Award; three Prairie Music Awards; and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. She has also been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, and inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Of course, never one to settle on a single discipline, Arden was the host of Being Jann on CBC Radio; she has been a judge on television’s Canada Sings; and has appeared on the Rick Mercer Report and in several sitcoms. She is also a returning co-host of CTV’s The Social.

On stage, Arden was part of the cast for the Canadian tour of The Vagina Monologues. Her most recent album of original material is These Are The Days, released in early 2018.

Arden is the author of several books, including, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?; I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing and That’s All I Know; Falling Backwards; and her memoir, Feeding My Mother — a piercingly honest account of her experience with her mother, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

Listen to Arden’s hit song “Good Mother”.

What is The Lending Cupboard?

TLC is a unique non-profit organization operating in Red Deer and serving a growing number of communities in Central Alberta.  We loan more than 1400 pieces of medical equipment and aids to daily living each month.  We are supported by volunteers who contribute more than 11,000 hours each year.  In 2018 we served in excess of 10 thousand clients.

What is Alzheimers?

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that affects 564,000 Canadians, with the number is expected to reach 937,000 in 15 years, according to Alzheimer’s Society Canada.

It’s not yet known what causes Alzheimer’s. Risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol, low levels of formal education, depression, head injuries, family history and being female.

Alzheimer’s Society Canada says that warning signs include the following:

  • Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities–forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks–forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
  • Problems with language–forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
  • Disorientation in time and space–not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
  • Impaired judgment–not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
  • Problems with abstract thinking–not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
  • Misplacing things–putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
  • Changes in mood and behaviour–exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
  • Changes in personality–behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
  • Loss of initiative–losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.

Please join us for a moving and memorable luncheon on January 28th.

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WATCH: A must see for guitar lovers and filmmakers

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Luthier working on a guitar

If you are a guitar player in Western Canada, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of Central Alberta’s Gilmore Guitars. A relentless promoter of live music and everything guitar, master luthier David Gilmore’s beautiful instruments grace stages and studios with many well-known and many not so well-known musicians.

Gilmore builds beautiful looking, great sounding, and incredibly playable guitars. Pick one up, put your fingers on the fretboard, feel the playability, hit a string, and you instantly know you have a high-quality instrument in your hands.  And Matt Kooman creates beautiful video productions, in this case completely capturing David’s passion for his craft.

So if you love beautiful things, and appreciate the time, energy and passion it takes to create them, then this video will check off a couple of boxes for you.

A couple of notes about this video.

Firstly, the music features Adam Dobres from Salt Spring Islands, and is performed on a Gilmore SJ very similar to the guitar in the video.  Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island in British Columbia, Adam has toured all over the world with acts ranging from folk ensemble The Ruth Moody Band to pop rock singer Toni Childs. In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his self-titled debut album, earning him a nomination for instrumental artist of the year in the West Coast Music Awards.

Recently Adam toured with the Ruth Moody Band opening for renowned former Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, including 8 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Gilmore SJ

Video was shot and produced by Matt Kooman at Makerhouse Studio in Red Deer. Matthew was born and raised in Red Deer, AB. He began his career directing the docudrama _E for Everyone: The Mouse and The Elephant (2007). He set out around the world with 5 film makers to ask a series of nine questions about happiness. The film took them to the US, UK, Kenya, India, Thailand and Malaysia, and was filmed over a 3 month period. Kooman has since worked on short films, music videos, documentaries and features both as an Editor and Director.

David Gilmore is originally from Radville, Saskatchewan, (Canada). After an upbringing that included 18 years on the family farm, David hi-tailed it to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and enrolled at WABC radio school and started working as a radio announcer on January 11, 1981.  During that 30 year radio David spent in radio, he also toured relentlessly across the province, clearly addicted to guitar.

David started building guitars in 1995. Adrienne, his wife, graciously allowed him to attend a 10 week course at Timeless Instruments. There, under the tutelage of David Freeman he received his education and certificate in Lutherie. This course was only the beginning of a journey that is still happening.

Gilmore Guitars” opened on a full time basis May 1st, 2011.

Here’s a longer (7 minute) version of the above video.

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Maskwacis to host Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Sept. 21st

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September 9, 2019

2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards September 21, Maskwacis, AB

Edmonton… The community of Maskwacis in the Battle River region is host to the 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards, Saturday September 21, 2019. This year’s Awards Gala marks the first time the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards have been regionally co-planned and hosted on a First Nation. Activities throughout September celebrate the deep connections of the land, its people and the arts across the region.

The awards patron, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, will present three Distinguished Artist awards at a celebration from 2-4 PM in the Jonas Applegarth Theatre, Nipisihikopahk Secondary School, Maskwacis, AB.

The 2019 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist awardees are:

Marilyn Dumont

Poet and writer Marilyn Dumont (Edmonton) was born in Olds, Alberta of Cree/Métis ancestry and is descended from the family of Gabriel Dumont. Her first collection of poetry, A Really Good Brown Girl (1996), won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. Other important publications include: green girl dreams Mountains (2001); that tongued belonging (2007), winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year; and The Pemmican Eaters (2015), which won the 2016 Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award. Marilyn Dumont’s support for a new generation of writers is leading to profound, progressive changes to the writing landscape in and beyond Alberta.

Walter Jule

Walter Jule (Edmonton) is one of Canada’s most important printmakers and has made outstanding contributions globally through both teaching printmaking and his own creative work. He is recognized for developing and growing Canada’s first printmaking studio master’s program at the University of Alberta and has been described as “the central figure in the Edmonton school of printmaking”. Jule’s work can be found in over 60 major public collections worldwide.

Katie Ohe

Katie Ohe (Calgary) is considered one of Alberta’s pioneers of abstract art. Her six-decade career working in sculpture in a range of materials including steel, concrete, epoxy and chrome has spearheaded the abstract sculpture medium in Alberta.  Ohe has exhibited extensively throughout Canada and internationally, and her sculptures are found in numerous public collections.

The laureates will each receive a handcrafted medal, $30,000 award and two-week residency at the Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Studios; the awards celebration is hosted by the Battle River Group at Maskwacis, Alberta Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Click to purchase event tickets: camroselive.com

Learn more about the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation.  Website: artsawards.ca

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