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House Concert Features Scott Cook



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  • On Sunday, April 23rd, there’s going to be a very intimate concert in our city when Scott Cook and his band, the Second Chances, take over the living room of a private home. “House concerts” have becoming increasingly popular in recent years and I can’t think of a better way to see Scott.  Born in Morgantown, WV, he grew up around the Canadian prairies. Cook flies under the radar around these parts, but he travels relentlessly entertaining happy folk audiences around the world.

    I met Scott 5 years ago when a group of us aging musicians slipped him some cash to spend a day talking about songwriting and playing guitars. And I was hooked.  Cook has a rich baritone voice that never gets old. He’s a stand out acoustic guitar player, with serious chops honed from a decade of touring. And as a former philosophy student, he has an exceptional command of our language and puts it to the most poetic of uses. Oh, and he loves to laugh. If you have an appreciation for folk and roots music, then you may already have heard Scott perform.  If not, take a $10 dollar risk and reserve a spot.  You simply will not be disappointed!

    Details: Doors open at 7 – Show at 8.  Admission is a $10 donation. Contact Tyler at to reserve your seat.

    Here is Scott performing the title track from “Further Down The Line”.

    Here’s another one – “Fellas Get Out The Way”.

    Here’s a favourite of mine from 2014 – “Pass It Along” – from the album Moon Mountain Sessions.


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    Discover another world with ‘Bollywood is for Lovers’



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  • Some of the most popular films in the world are made in India, but you’d never know it if you only follow North American movie coverage. Erin Fraser and Matt Bowes sought to fill that gap with their podcast, Bollywood is for Lovers.

    Originally, we planned to try and introduce Hindi films to Western audiences, but over time we’ve had much more interest from people who like hearing us interact with films they’ve already seen,” Bowes says.

    So the podcast is a bit of a mix of Western film criticism with Eastern fan culture. Sometimes they have guests; sometimes it’s just the two of them having a deep and knowledgeable conversation about two or three films connected by a theme.

    The Edmonton couple have amassed quite a following of South Asian listeners. The podcast is regularly among the most downloaded podcasts in India and Pakistan. Let’s find out more about them:

    Q. Why should people listen to your show?

    A. People should listen to Bollywood is for Lovers to learn about one of the biggest film industries on the planet, which has been producing interesting films for the past hundred years and provides a mirror to Hollywood’s output.

    Q. What is the most interesting comment you’ve ever received from a listener?

    A. We had a listener from Miami tell us that after listening to all of our episodes while commuting to work, he felt like we were his friends. We told him that we were.

    Q. Why do you think people enjoy podcasts?

    A. I think that people enjoy the personal nature of a podcast, how a really good one feels like it’s produced specifically with you in mind. They are also an entertaining art form that can be interacted with while doing other things, like walking to work, doing data entry, etc.

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents that may surprise your listeners?

    A. Erin knows a lot about all the ducks found in the province, and we also have an extensive tiki mug collection. Does drinking cocktails fall under hobby or talent? 

    Q. If you could have any guest on your show, who would you choose and why?

    A. I’d love to have Anupama Chopra on the show, as she’s the world’s best Hindi movie critic and has a ton of followers.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode so far and why?

    A.Episode 31: Dev Anand’s Bombay Noir with Neale Barnholden was very enjoyable to produce, as the films we checked out were great specimens of mid-Fifties crime thrillers, and Barnholden made for a fun and engaging guest on the topic.



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    Over the next several weeks, Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network, so you can invite even more Alberta-made podcasts into your ears! Find Bollywood is for Lovers and dozens of other shows at

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    -Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences

    -Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters

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    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.


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    Bring your kids and learn some new steps next Friday – Family Dance hosted by the Country Pride Dance Club



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  • From the Country Pride Dance Club

    Has the cooler weather got you wanting to snuggle down? Not yet! Bring your family and friends and have some fun at the Friday Family Dance, October 19 at 6:30pm at Festival Hall, 4214 58th Street, Red Deer.

    This dance’s feature community partner, The Red Deer Native Friendship Society, has booked The Tradesmen as the live band for this event. This Alberta band plays a fusion of outlaw, prime and top 40 country, blended with classic rock n’ roll. They are certified technicians in their respected crafts ranging from plumbing and trucking to social work. Trent Agecoutay, Jason Berg and Nathan Cunningham are no strangers to a day’s work or a night’s fiesta. Trained by Alberta music legends and seasoned with plain old passion and instincts, their music is a reflection of their roots. Individually they have garnered multiple awards and nominations, including Agecoutay’s current nomination as Best Male Artist in the 2018 Native American Music Awards. This team prides themselves on being a voice for the voiceless, advocates for the working class and just some good ole’ boys having fun on stage-anywhere. With a new single on its way to making a radio debut- “The Journey” of The Tradesmen has just begun. They invite you to be a part of it.

    Another exciting feature of the October 19 event will be a Métis jig performance, and a chance to try the jig yourself. The Red Deer Native Friendship Society Youth Group will be selling bannock to raise funds for their ongoing programs, and other refreshments will be available for purchase in support of the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society.  Country Pride Dance Club instructors will be on hand to teach some line dances and review old-time steps learned at Friday Family dances over the last five years. So both newcomers and regulars will have a chance to learn some new moves.

    DJ Lifestyle Audio will round out the night with a wide variety of contemporary, country and rock and roll music. 

    There will be snacks and doors prizes, including a special prize draw for those buying their tickets online.

    Doors open at 6:15pm with the DJ starting at 6:30pm and the live band at 7:00pm. Tickets for the October 19 dance are available at the door, or online at;  $20/family/household of four; $10/adult; $5/youth; 3 years and under free. 

    Country Pride Dance Club, Red Deer Arts Council, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, City of Red Deer Culture Services and the Red Deer Native Friendship Society, with support from Nossack Food Group, are pleased to present Friday Family Dances several times a year.

    For more information please see this video from one of events back in 2015.

    For more information contact Rob Ironside, Country Pride Dance Club at (403) 403-357-0483 or  

    Suzanne Hermary at Red Deer Arts Council, at (403)348-2787

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