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Rural Alberta Advantage Memorial Centre Monday along with Yukon Blonde

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You’re in for a treat on Monday night if you are lucky enough to find yourself at the Red Deer Memorial Centre.  Rural Alberta Advantage and Yukon Blonde perform on a double bill of Canadian Indie bands that have earned world wide reputations for their songs and their performances.

Tickets are available by clicking right here.

The Rural Alberta Advantage formed in Toronto in 2005. Members consist of Nils Edenloff on lead vocals and guitar, Robin Hatch, on keyboards, bass, and backing vocals, and Paul Banwatt on drums. They have released four albums including their latest, The Wild.  In 2011 they were nominated for a Polaris Music Prize. Check out the video for their first single from The Wild, “Brother”.

“Some people might hear the song as something bleak or overly dark, but I don’t really see it that way,” says Edenloff about “Brother”. “In my mind, it’s always been more about finding comfort in change, trying to embrace the idea of an unknown outcome and how those can often bring about the most positive result that you never knew was there.”

Another highlight is Yukon Blonde, a Canadian band that hailed originally from Kelowna, and now based in Vancouver.  They’ve toured the US and Canada, and played at South by Southwest.  This video for the song Saturday night will put you in the mood!

Here is some background on RAA from their website:

The Rural Alberta Advantage’s percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as “Canada’s best unsigned band” to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song “Stamp”), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014.

The RAA has released three albums on Saddle Creek/Paper Bag Records: Hometowns (2009), Departing (2011) and Mended With Gold (2014). The trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch will release the band’s fourth album, The Wild, on October 13, 2017.

The first two new songs, White Lights and Beacon Hill, are available now on digital and streaming outlets. Watch the video for White Lights including footage of the band’s sold out string of road-testing shows in Minneapolis, Chicago and Brooklyn last fall.

Some words on The Rural Alberta Advantage:

“Regardless of your tastes, if you care about drums at all, Mended With Gold is a must-listen.” –Pitchfork

 “The Rural Alberta Advantage are best seen live, where their acoustic crescendos and Nils Edenloff’s Jeff Mangum-esque vocal acrobatics impress most.”  –Under The Radar

“There’s something that just makes you want to root for them — as Edenloff introduced “Tornado ’87”, a song about a twister that ran through Edmonton, one of the many Canadian bros in attendance shouted: “I LOVE TORNADOS!” That’s making a connection.” – Coachella Festival coverage, Pitchfork

 “The intensity of like “Stamp” and “Don’t Haunt This Place” lean on Banwatt’s marathon-runner stamina and fills, and it’s safe to say the band’s great melodies wouldn’t sound the same without him.” – “The 10 Best New Rhythm Sections”, Paste Magazine

“The crowd sang along to all the ‘oohs’ and danced to songs like The Deadroads and Frank, AB, even demanding an encore that would never materialize in a festival like this. Will this show rate among the weekend’s best? Too early to say, but it’s a strong contender.” – Montreal Gazette at Osheaga Festival.

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CAFF – A mother and daughter face reality of living with Type 1 Diabetes

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Central Alberta Film Festival is coming up Feb. 23-25 and offers up some really interesting films, including SWEET YOYO.

One balmy afternoon in Toronto, single mom Hannah receives the news that no mother wants to hear: her perfect daughter Jozefin (Yoyo for short) has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Faced with a new and shocking reality, Hannah and Yoyo must navigate the difficulties of growing up with a serious condition.  


Yoyo quickly learns the difficulty of having a childhood illness, from her new strict diet to administering daily blood sugar tests at school.  While Yoyo bravely comes to terms with her new reality, Hannah struggles with the financial and emotional burden of having a child with Type 1 Diabetes.

Directed and co-written by director Mark Cira, SWEET YOYO is a semi-autobiographical short film that details with a mother and daughter facing the new reality of living with Type 1 Diabetes.

You can catch SWEET YOYO as it makes its World Premiere at the Central Alberta Film Festival as part of the Drama series.

Saturday, February 24
5:20 PM
Carnival Cinemas  

Mark will be in attendance at the premiere.

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102 Year Old Historical Home Welcomes Visitors to Alberta’s Modern Boomtown

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It should come as no surprise a town as innovative as Blackfalds would find an ingenious way to transform a heritage home built over 100 years ago.

Not long ago the future of the home was very much in doubt.  But interested parties came together with a plan.  Not only did they save the home… they transformed it into a unique public building which will play a significant role for decades to come.

The building is now called The Wadey Centre.  The model of collaboration behind this successful project caught the attention of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.  Hoping to spur other towns to consider similar projects, the AUMA awarded Blackfalds with the prestigious Municipal Sustainability in Action Award just a few months after the Wadey Centre opened.

Click to see the story behind the Wadey Centre Project and enjoy a few glimpses of the 101 year-old heritage home which is enjoying new life as a Visitor Information Centre, and offices for the Blackfalds Chamber of Commerce and the Blackfalds Historical Society.

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Shelley Winters with her stunt double... and her Stand In from Blackfalds

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