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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 tylerjmag@gmail.com 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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    Come hear some talented & budding musicians at the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts!

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  • Red Deerians are invited and encouraged to attend the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts which begins Monday, April 9 and runs until April 20, 2018!

    “We would love to have people join our audience some time over the next two weeks,” says Ashley Miller, Director, Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts. “Those who choose to attend will enjoy high quality performances which culminate a year of practice by student performers. Also when you attend you encourage our community’s youth as they develop their talents.”

    Approximately 1,000 student performers from Central Alberta are registered to perform at the Festival in 10 disciplines: voice, choir, piano, strings, orchestra, bands, woodwinds, brass, musical theatre, guitar and speech arts. Most performers are youth, starting as young as five years old, although age of participants spans all the way to 65. Those who attend will enjoy select sessions that include solo work, group work such as choirs or bands, and small and large ensembles including duets, trios and bigger groups.

    This is the 55th annual Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts, formerly known as the Kiwanis Music Festival. More than 90 volunteers will be assisting with the event. Also, community organizations and businesses have contributed more than $55,000 to the event. Combined with student registration fees, these funds pay for adjudicators who travel to Red Deer to provide feedback and encouragement to the performers. Funds also pay for facility costs at Sunnybrook United Church and Red Deer College.

    “We are incredibly grateful for the support of so many in our community,” says Alison Weir, Board Chair, Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts. “All of our volunteers and donors make such a difference for students and for our whole community. We are grateful for their contributions. A Festival like ours is incredibly valuable because it provides an opportunity for performance, constructive criticism and observation of other performers, all of which help our students grow. Our festival contributes to the
    cultural strength of Red Deer and to our community’s quality of life.”

    In addition to many sessions, there are two culminating showcases that may be of interest to Red Deerians. The Musical Theatre Showcase runs April 20 at Red Deer College’s Arts Centre. The Performer’s Showcase is on April 28 at Sunnybrook United Church. For more information about the Festival, including information about sessions and where they are held, please visit the festival website: www.reddeerkiwanisfestival.org


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    Cultural non-profits, heads up! Applications soon to be accepted for Community Culture Development Fund

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  • The City of Red Deer will accept applications for the 2019 Community Culture Development Fund grant program starting May 15, 2018. The program provides financial support to not-for-profit organizations that deliver arts, culture and heritage initiatives in Red Deer. Grant funds are intended to assist organizations to build their capacity to provide a service, manage a cultural facility, act as an umbrella organization for other cultural organizations, develop new cultural programs and services or to host a special event or festival.

    The Culture Development category provides funding for up to three years while the Culture Opportunities category offers support for short notice and/or one-time costs.
    “Our community’s unique culture is conveyed through artistic expression, creative citizens, public art, natural and built heritage features, cultural heritage, festivals, special events, and more,” said Tara O’Donnell, Culture Superintendent. “The Community Culture Development Fund is designed to support these initiatives and build the kind of vibrant community that Red Deerians have expressed is important to them.”

    Applications for the Culture Development category for the 2019 funding year will be accepted from May 15 to June 30, 2018. In previous years, the application deadline was December 15. Moving the deadline to June will allow successful applicants to receive funds in January rather than April of the funding year. This is a permanent change to the intake dates for the program. Applications for the Culture Opportunities category for the 2019 funding year will be accepted from May 15, 2018 until the funds have been expended. This change is for the 2019 funding year only, to encourage community projects connected to the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

    Interested groups are invited to attend an optional information workshop on Tuesday, May 15 that will outline the grant application and reporting process. The workshop will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Culture Services (3827 39 Street). Please RSVP to 403-309-4091 or culturemailbox@reddeer.ca by Friday, May 11.

    For more information and to access funding application forms, visit http://www.reddeer.ca/recreationand-culture/arts-and-culture/culture-in-the-community/community-culture-grants/.


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