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Bruce Cockburn gives thumbs up to cover of perfect song for Mental Health Week


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It’s mental health week in Canada and some are going to great lengths to help spread the word.

Red Deer Musician Jesse Roads has always been passionate for mental health issues.  Roads was developing a play list for online performances when he started work on Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time”.  The song turned out to be special and Roads knew it would be a good fit for this particular mental health week, in the middle of a pandemic lock-down.   He released the song and contacted Bruce Cockburn’s manager to let him know he would be using the cover of “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” to try to bring attention to people affected by mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cockburn’s manager passed on an endorsement from the star and Jesse Roads was off and running.

Roads decided that any money he’ll make from this song will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association.  That could be a nice little donation as the song has been streamed 10,000 times since it’s release.  More importantly Jesse is hoping to raise awareness for mental health issues and in particular to remind Canadians of the array of services made available by the CMHA.  Roads is urging anyone who’s feeling down and out to check out

For all those who are feeling alone and getting desperate to see other people the message of “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” turns to one of appreciation for the small group we’re all isolating with.  This sparked an idea for the music video Roads would create for his cover song creation.  He’s calling out for anyone and everyone to send in pictures of themselves with the people they’re isolating with.  While this may be a hard time, it can also be one we look back on someday as being a special time.

“It’s all love right now and being together and connected with each other, supporting each other, building each other up, encouraging each other, and just really being kind to each other.” says Roads, “We wanted to create some sort of awareness and I thought it would be really cool to see all the pictures and include people from all over the world into the music video.”

Identify the people you love to mark Mental Health Week in Canada.

Here’s how you could find yourself and your loved ones in the video to be produced for “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” Send your selfies or photos to [email protected] or dm”

“Thank you for doing Lovers in a Dangerous Time! I really appreciate your decision to use it to help the cause of easing the stress and suffering of mental illness. We’re all under stress from this unexpected source, and we know it’s going to take its toll on some of us. So, good on you! Bet of luck getting it around!” 

-Bruce Cockburn

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After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Important announcement from Red Deer Festival of Trees

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Dear Festival Supporter,
Once again, let us take this opportunity to thank you for your past sponsorship support. For the last 26 years, Festival of Trees has provided more than $16 million to Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre thanks in part to your generosity.
While it was a difficult decision, Festival of Trees has been closed to the public due to the current rise of COVID-19 cases in our province however we are still moving forward with a virtual Tree Room, online Silent Auction and our Festival Virtual Fete.
We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, but we need to lead by example and prioritize the health and safety of our community, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and staff.
We remain committed to enhancing healthcare in Central Alberta. Although Festival of Trees is closed to the public, we are offering a number of ways for our community to participate virtually while supporting our goal of raising funds for electronic fetal monitoring for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and other care centres in Central Alberta.
We will showcase the Tree Room and sponsor banners virtually, through Facebook Live and our other social media channels. Follow us on Facebook at to be notified when we go live.
You will be able to view packages and bid from any computer or mobile device:
We are grateful for your commitment to Festival of Trees, and most importantly our healthcare. We thank everyone who had made plans to attend this year’s Festival of Trees and we look forward to a time where we can gather again.
If you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected].
With sincerest regards,
Red Deer Regional Health Foundation
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Indoor Winter Market accepting applications for vendors

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From The Downtown Business Association

Vendors wanted for Scott Block Theatre Winter Market.

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is looking for vendors who would be interested in participating in this year’s first indoor winter market happening November 26 to 28 at the Scott Block Theatre (4816 50 Ave).

The Scott Block Theatre Winter Market is the first indoor winter market hosted by the DBA for Red Deer Lights the Night. This Alberta Farmers’ Market Association approved market will feature local vendors selling an array of make it, bake it, and/or grow it items. The times and dates for the market are:

  • Thursday, November 26: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday. November 27: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 28: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    To be a vendor at the Scott Block Theatre Winter Market, just complete the vendor application on our website.

    Applications must be received by Thursday, November 5, 2020.

    Please submit applications by mail or hand delivery to:

    Red Deer Downtown Business Association 120, 5009 50 Avenue
    Red Deer, AB T4N 4B2

    Or email to: [email protected].

    The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.

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