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Live music at The VAT! Wait, what?


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Yes! Local legendary live music venue has it’s first show in months and it was me!

The last couple months have been trying to say the least and yesterday it felt like I had awoken from a bad dream. Finally I had a gig to get to. At last I was getting to connect with my musical brothers. It was surreal to put it lightly. The catch? No audience allowed in the room. Huh? Play a gig to nobody? Nope, the whole show was live streamed in real time on YouTube.

“The Marshall stack screaming behind me with joy.”

What a trip! Almost unbelievable how much went into building the show. Dylan Cave and Calvin Bellows set up the coolest mission control a guy could ask for. Pete Stone was my first call for sound (one of my personal favourite guitar players and an incredible tech) and as usual his mix was pretty much epic. As to be expected. All in, with the crew we had about 13 people in the room. Every single one of us simply floored to be in the Vat about to catch a show; yet so many rules, guidelines and unease about this new normal in getting back to life. We did it tho. Behind closed doors with only the crew and us, we did it. It felt SO GOOD!

Man alive it felt good, looking across the stage and seeing Scotty in his natural habitat laying down the foundation that somehow rumbles and cuts simultaneously. Feeling the kick drum in the floor every time Sammy puts his foot down. The Marshall stack screaming behind me with joy. It was a proper night, the stars were aligned and we threw down. At the Vat.

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to the team that put this together. Thank you, thank you, thank you. In a time where we need each other more than ever, I’m humbled that anyone would choose to put their time, talents and effort into my show. Live entertainment may not be the same for quite some time. Last night tho? that was as real as ever. Terry Cave you’ve got a legendary stage. I’m eternally grateful I get to perform on it.

For me performing is life, it’s been overwhelmingly challenging to watch my shows drop off one by one without any real sign of  when they could possibly return. This show was so important for my mental health. I hope in some small way we were able to connect and help escape a tiny bit of the intensity and stress that is now our “normal.”

In short, stay cool, fam stay kind and who knows? Maybe we’ll see you from the stage somewhere sometime soon. Until next time as always, peace, love and kindness. On purpose, with purpose.

  • Jesse Roads – Vocals/Guitar
  • Scott Wiber – Bass
  • Sam Leszczynski – Drums
  • Pete Stone – Sound
  • Calvin Bellows – Videogrophy
  • Dylan Cave – Stream Technician
  • Terry Cave – Bud King
  • Duane Rolheiser – Todayville

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Jesse was born in the city of Lethbridge and raised to his teen years in the southern Alberta farming communities of Raymond and Fin Castle, AB. Jesse's early inspirations include the hypnotic sounds of big-name artists such as Jimi Hendrix, The Black Crowes, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, City and Colour, Jack Johnson, Guns 'N' Roses, and Pink Floyd. Jesse is a Blues/Rock/folk/Indie performer who has done his fair share of "paying his dues" opening and touring with such acts as: The Lazys, One Bad Son, Doc Walker, The Odds, The Northern Pikes, The Grapes Of Wrath, Monster Truck, The Age Of Electric, The Wild, Holly McNarland, Econoline Crush, Coal Creek Boys, Wild T & The Spirit, Cara Luft, Carson Cole, Clayton Bellamy (of The Road Hammers), Tupelo Honey, Retrograde, The Smalls, and Mcquaig to name just a few. In 2015 Jesse was awarded the title "Master of Blues Folk Rock" for the 6th Annual Black American Music Awards. Jesse is known for his funky heavy jam style guitar. Big riffs, an impressive vocal sound all his own and the ability to captivate the crowd with ease. His fans have coined the term "no string solo" as he can be consistently found ripping strings off the guitar like they aren't supposed to be there in the first place.

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Carnival Cinemas = movie theatre and virtual reality complex open again!

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After 3 months of cinematic silence, digital projects will again come to life at Carnival Cinemas on Friday night.
“It has been a tough 3 months,” said theatre owner Bill Ramji. “This weekend, we come back to life!”
Movie goers can choose from Trolls World Tour, Sonic the Hedgehog, I Still Believe and the classic 1970s
film E.T.
Carnival Cinemas has kept prices steady at $5 and still offers the same snack bar and games arcade center in addition to Ctrl V, their virtual reality entertainment complex.

“We will still offer the same services as before, for meetings, birthday parties, and other rentals to serve our customers,” said Ramji. “We are ready to be central Red Deer’s entertainment hub.”
Over the last weeks, the Carnival parking lot has been home to food trucks, a move which was initiated last year.
“Having food trucks in our lot gives us good visibility,” added Ramji. “Last year we even had a small collectors market day for local comic book and card collectors.”
Ramji noted that movie goers can go online at to view their current film slate and view online trailers.



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#RedDeerStrong – Reduce your pain, improve your movement, function your best with Pursuit Physiotherapy

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What does your business do?

Pursuit Physiotherapy helps people in Central Alberta to feel their best, move their best, and recover from injuries.
Our compassionate, highly skilled therapists help you to pursue the activities that you want to do. Reduce your pain, improve your movement, function at your best!

Some of the things that we can help with:

Chronic neck/back pain or injuries
Sports injuries
Joint sprains and Muscle strains
Pelvic Health issues like incontinence or pain
Motor Vehicle Accident recovery
Pain and Stiffness that prevents you from doing the things that you love

How has COVID-19 affected you?

The clinic was closed for about 7 weeks because of the pandemic. It is now open at a reduced capacity to ensure the environment is safe for all of our clients. We are pleased that all of our staff are now back working and have availability to treat you. We appreciate your referrals as we rebuild!

What are you doing to adapt?

At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we have always treated patients on a “one-on-one” basis and minimized wait times. This has allowed us to transition into the “new normal” without disrupting your care plan. We have treatment zones and safety measures in place, including masking, to minimize the potential for virus spread. Also, we continue to offer Video Treatments, also known as Telehealth or Virtual Health. This allows our clients that need to stay home to access treatment. Physiotherapists provide a lot of education and exercise so you’d be surprised how much can be accomplished virtually!

What kind of help do you need?

Help us spread the word: We are open and we want to serve our community. We can see you for in-person treatment or via video. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions to determine your best plan for physiotherapy.

Our New Look at Pursuit Physio

Meet our new Staff!Just kidding. Same great team. Same great treatment. Different look. Longer hair and masks. This is us for the next while!For some information on procedural changes, check out our website:

Posted by Pursuit Physiotherapy Corp. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What do you want the community to know?

Being unable to treat patients for almost 2 months really spelled it out for us:
We missed our patients!
Helping you is what we do. We love to offer help to make you feel better, do better, and pursue your goals. This has been a stressful time for our entire community. Do not suffer unnecessarily because of muscle tension, changes to your workplace environment, or new injuries – We would love the opportunity to help you!

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Red Deer, Alberta T4R 1M9
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