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In the Great White North, Canadian Hosers get Bronzed EH!

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Canadian Hosers get Bronzed EH

Sometimes dreams do come true for Canadian Hosers. After a long eight-year journey, Canada’s most famous, “stubby” beer drinking, bacon eating, tuque wearing brothers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, now have two life sized bronzed statues install in downtown Edmonton’s ICE District. Sadly, with no fanfare, no press release, no public events-because of the Covid- 19 pandemic, the official unveiling event, for this beautiful work of art created by Edmonton Sculptor Ritchie Velthuis and produced by Calgary’s Bronzart Casting Ltd., will have to wait for future date.

SCTV’s Bob and Doug McKenzie AKA Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas (R) on the set of the Great White North in their heyday. Photo by/SCTV Handout

It started in late 2011 with a golden idea by Avenue Edmonton magazine publisher Orville Chubb and the magazine’s editor Steven Sandor. Then, in the January 2012 edition of Avenue the first public exposure for “a petition” was printed in a column about the farfetched idea asking, “How about a prominently placed sign welcoming people to Melonville? A bronzed Bob and Doug, sitting on a park bench in Churchill Square? A simple plaque? Or maybe a ceremony, festival or annual party?”

Sandor pined about how, “Small towns do it. Big cities do it. But, in Edmonton, we don’t mark our pop culture.” He continued his argument, “If you are an Oilers legend, you get roads named after you”, and a bronze statue! Sandor widen his pitch on how in Minnesota in honour of hometown hero Charles Schulz, you can find Peanuts characters statues sprinkled around the Twin Cities; in fact there are over 100 statues of just Lucille (Lucy) van Pelt, most of them are five-foot tall fibreglass ones, but still. Sandor continued, “in downtown Minneapolis, you’ll find a statue of Mary Tyler Moore to honour Mary Richards”, the TV associate producer she portrayed. And, “In Toronto’s Kensington Market, you can sit next to a statue of actor Al Waxman, CBC’s famous King of Kensington.”

It wasn’t long after the magazine hit the street that Sandor and Chubb thought the idea could actually, “take off, eh”, he expands, “My phone started ringing, I would get e-mails, so many fans would telling me stories about meeting the stars, having them shooting in their neighbourhoods, so many fond memories.” Sandor doesn’t remember any negative feedback.

SCTV’s Bob and Doug McKenzie painted bronzed statuses designed by Edmonton sculptor Ritchie Velthuis’ are seen in place at new home on the southwest corner of the Stantec Tower at 103 Ave and 103 St., in the city’s Ice District. Photo by Tom Braid/todayville.com

Now the hard part, the non-profit SCTV Monument Committee was formed, which included an original producer for the star-studded SCTV TV show that stills lives in Edmonton, “We had no idea how much work had to be done, we had to create an official non-profit group, the money, the city’s rules for building and permanently placing a statue and so much more.”  Sandor continues, “So many helped us over the years, Allard Foundation and Westbury Foundation for funds, the city was great over the years, OEG and the Ice District for giving us the final place to install Velthuis’ incredible work.”

SCTV’s Bob and Doug McKenzie painted bronzed statuses designed by Edmonton sculptor Ritchie Velthuis’ are seen in place at new home on the southwest corner of the Stantec Tower at 103 Ave and 103 St., in the city’s Ice District. Photo by Tom Braid/todayville.com

The fictional TV brothers and real life-long friends stayed involved and wanted to “have a voice in the project”, Multi-award winning actor Dave Thomas (70), who played Doug McKenzie talked with Edmonton Journal’s Fish Griwkowsky, “Rick and I were both surprised and honoured at these statues of the McKenzie brothers,” Thomas told the paper. “Despite the time that has passed, we both hold dear the memories of working at the ITV Studios – with the rest of the cast and the Edmonton folks who worked behind the scenes on the SCTV show with us.”

The original public unveiling was to happen before the Edmonton Oilers game against the San Jose Sharks on March 27th. Thomas confirmed, “For obvious reasons that has now been postponed.” He promised when safe travel is allowed, “We will return to Edmonton to see these statues in person.”

SCTV’s Bob and Doug McKenzie painted bronzed statuses designed by Edmonton sculptor Ritchie Velthuis’ are seen in place at new home on the southwest corner of the Stantec Tower at 103 Ave and 103 St., in the city’s Ice District. Photo by Tom Braid/todayville.com

Canadian Hosers get Bronzed EH!

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COVID can’t stop CAFF

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Central Alberta Film Festival to proceed in Red Deer in partnership with CMHA

Screenings and Awards Show to take place in-person at Festival Hall in Red Deer with help from Canadian Mental Health Association

The 2020 Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) will take place onsite at Festival Hall in Red Deer October 14, 15, 16, and 17. Canadian Mental Health Association will run the box office and earn a portion of the ticket sales.

“The partnership between CMHA and CAFF is a perfect fit,” says Ranjit Mullakady, President of CAFF. “CMHA has volunteers in place, and CAFF has a way to contribute to CMHA fundraising.”

Organizers are preparing to offer an in-person festival experience in a safe environment, allowing for social distancing.

Tickets will be sold for blocks of time instead of individual films. Screenings will run 6:00-9:00 p.m. on October 14 15, and 16. Screenings will run 12:00-2:00 and 3:00-5:00 p.m. on October 17, followed by an awards show at 6:30-9:00 p.m.

A variety of short and full-length films will be shown during the blocks without intermission.

“People can take breaks throughout the screenings if they need to, with social distancing protocols in mind,” says Mullakady.

Seating will be at tables this year, so groups of attendees will remain socially distant from other groups.

“We’ve always known the Festival would go on, even with worries about COVID-19,” says Mullakady. “We have a backup plan if things change. The festival will go on.”

CAFF is prepared to go forward as a drive-in event if government regulations about indoor gatherings change.

About Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF)

Central Alberta Film Festival is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote cinematography and film making in Alberta and Canada. CAFF is a bridge between the audience, critics and the contemporary filmmakers who want to showcase and discuss their work. This festival is a platform to incubate Albertan, Canadian, and international talent. The fourth annual Central Alberta Film Festival will take place October 14-17, 2020.

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Love Alberta? Listen and share “Sweet Alberta”!

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Editor’s Note:  “Sweet Alberta” may be the perfect song to pull you out of your funk and re-aquaint you with the province you love.  

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If you’re a music lover you know that sometimes when you’re feeling down a good song played at just the right time can turn it all around.   If you think of all that’s gone wrong for the province of Alberta during 2020 you might say this whole province could use a hug and a great tune!  Just as it looked like the oil and gas industries might be able to turn a corner, a dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia early this year resulted in an historic downturn.  Then.. COVID.  Need we say more?  Well hopefully we can all get a hug from someone we love.  As for the tune, here’s a brand new option produced by Alberta artists.. for the entire Province of Alberta to enjoy.  It’s called “Sweet Alberta” and it just might be that special tune that becomes an anthem.  It’s that good. Co-written by Red Deer’s Scott Wiber (who also plays base on this track) and a fellow musician from London, England, this new single is officially out today (Friday, August 7).

Jesse Roads also from Red Deer is the lead singer and front man for this production. Based in Red Deer, Jesse’s a been touring Alberta and beyond for over 20 years.  Right up until COVID swept artists off the stage back in March he was filling up bars and performing for raucous audiences wherever he went. Check out this tune and you’ll see why this should be the song that takes you out of the summer of 2020!

 

 

Here are a couple of other tunes performed by Jesse Roads any new fan is going to want to hear.

 

Enjoy a taste of “No Love” a Jesse Roads classic.

 

This “COVID” concert was recorded live at The VAT this spring.  Check it out to get a real good taste of Jesse Roads and his fabulous band.   (Click ahead to the 41 minute mark for the start of the music)

Originally published August 8, 2020. 

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