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4 year old caber-tosser proves the Highland Games are in his blood!



Courtesy of Todayville Contributor Jock Mackenzie

Jamie Arthur is only four years old and he loves tossing the caber. His mom says, “All he talks about is the Highland Games.” Jamie started “giving a toss” when he was three and now his dad, Ben, has cut and peeled Jamie’s second caber. The first caber is now tossed with ease; the second one (shorter but heavier) is still a challenge. 

For everyone who’s a Scot, for those who wish they were, and for anyone who appreciates great value for their dollar, the 72nd Red Deer Highland Games will be held at the Westerner on Saturday, July 22. See for everything you need to know. 

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‘Going for Baroque’ with Red Deer Symphony Orchestra




La Dolce Vita – An Evening of Italian Baroque

Claude Lapalme, director of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, is bringing his unique Rosa Barroca orchestra to Gaetz Memorial United Church on Saturday, May 11. (Rosa Barroca means Baroque Rose and is a nod to Alberta’s wild rose.)

This orchestra is dedicated to performing music from the Baroque period (approximately 1600 – 1750) on instruments of the period or modern instruments that are faithful copies. What’s the difference? There are many! For a complete explanation, see this great video.

For a short answer, consider the violin: very different bows (length, strings, curvature), chin rest versus no chin rest, length and angle of  fingerboard. More generally, Baroque instruments were not standardized, they have a softer sounds, strings are gut and not silver wrapped, they are simpler in design and function, and on it goes.

Highlights of the concert will certainly include the performance of guest cellist, Elinor Frey. A longtime resident of Montreal and Juno nominee, Ms. Frey will play Concerto no.2 in D major on a unique 5-string Baroque period cello. She will also perform a concerto for two cellists with Rosa Barroca’s principal cellist Janet Kuschak.

Guest cellist Elinor Frey

Two aspects set Baroque music apart from that of other periods. Claude Lepalme says, “It is particularly tuneful, melodic and ornamental. It is also seen and heard like a battle of wits – either one instrument or a small group of instruments plays against the rest of the orchestra.”

Only the stringed instruments of Rosa Barroca will be on stage for the May 11 concert: violins, violas, cellos, bass, harpsichord and theorbo. This final instrument, the theorbo, is a lute and according to Claude Lepalme, is the most photographed of any instrument when it appears on stage.

Here’s why –

Rosa Barroca’s Esteban La Rotta with the theorbo


The May 11 performance of Italian Baroque music (La Dolce Vita) begins at 8:00 p.m. at Gaetz Memorial United Church. Tickets are available through the Black Knight Inn Ticket office.



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2019 Canada Winter Games

Friday Festival Events Feature Music, Art, Craft Beer, 2019 Winter Games Downtown




Thanks to The City of Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games Festival

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Meet Queen Elsa

Join Queen Elsa to celebrate the magic of Winter on Little Gaetz (50) Avenue! From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Elsa will be available for meet & greets and photos. Stroll with her along Little Gaetz (50) Avenue between 48 & 49 Street. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Photos are allowed, but a photographer will not be present. Feel free to use your own camera or cell phone for pictures.

  • Little Gaetz Avenue, 4815 50th Ave
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Live Lunch Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

Friday, March 1 from 12 – 1 PM: Bob Shortt

  • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM



Join Eco-Tree for a wood milling demonstration and workshops with Sawing for Schools.

  • Little Gaetz Avenue , 4815 50 Avenue
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

52° North Music + Cultural Festival

This free, non-ticketed outdoor festival includes a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy from February 16 to March 1. Activities include: Artisan Avenue and Alberta Craft Council markets, Crokicurl, Snow Maze, Ice Slide, Skating and so much more!

  • Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, 5205 48th Ave
  • 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Craft Beverage Sampling

Come downtown to sample local fare and taste beer, spirits & sodas at The Scott Block Theatre. We’ve teamed up with local restaurants, breweries and distilleries to provide a menu that is crafted right here in central Alberta. It’s a great stop to make on your way home from work or on your way to the 52˚ North Music + Cultural Festival. Craft Beverage Sampling happens from 4 – 7 p.m. March 1 & 2. Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to purchase alcohol. Sampling tickets are $1 each. Today’s craft beverages are Blindman Brewing, Olds College Brewery, Snake Lake Brewing Co, Hawk Tail Brewery and Sawback Brewing Co. Food by State & Main (Golden West). Entertainment by Ryan Marchant.

  • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Avenue
  • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Live Evening Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

Friday, March 1 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Bob Shortt

  • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Chainsaw Carving

Come watch Chainsaw Spirit turn wood into unique pieces of art! Each carving takes approximately 30 minutes and is outdoors. Proudly sponsored by ENMAX.

  • Little Gaetz , 4815 50 Avenue
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

First Fridays Red Deer: Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The galleries will be open from 5-8 pm for viewing. Join a MAG Staff for a guided tour beginning at 6 pm. First Fridays Red Deer at the MAG are free to attend but donations are welcome. Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks.

ABOUT HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: DISCOVERING THE METIS NATION IN THE ARCHIVAL RECORDS OF LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA: Explore some of the rich history of the Métis Nation by visiting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The travelling exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery from December 15, 2018 to March 10, 2019. This exhibition explores the portrayal of the Métis people—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in reproductions of artworks and photographic collections, and in the accompanying archival descriptions. The exhibition aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation. The exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of the Government of Canada.

  • Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, 4501 47A Av
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

First Friday Red Deer

First Friday Red Deer is the free monthly event where downtown art galleries hold show openings and special events. The Kiwanis Gallery and Snell Auditorium are located in the basement of the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, 4818 49 Street, Red Deer. For March, the Kiwanis Gallery is excited to host the group exhibit, “Baby It’s Cold Out Here” with several of the 21 artists showcased in attendance from 6 to 8 pm. We will also have live instrumental music, performer TBD.

  • Red Deer Public Library – Downtown Branch, 4914 48 Av
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Winter Games Exhibit – “Baby, It’s Cold Out Here!, in the Kiwanis Gallery

You might want to bring a parka to the Kiwanis Gallery’s upcoming show, “Baby, It’s Cold Out Here!” February 20 to April 22, 2019. This juried exhibition features visual arts members of the Red Deer Arts Council, giving us their impressions and interpretations of a Canadian winter. The theme helps to celebrate the Canada Winter Games being held in Red Deer from February 15 to March 3, and reminds us that, as a northern city, we can choose to embrace and participate in our uncomfortable winters. Artists were offered a wide-open theme, to be inspired by how Canadians spend winter, what we think of winter, or what we do in winter. (No flying south allowed!) We selected the work of 21 artists, and the results are frigidly fabulous! First Friday Opening: March 1, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance. A musical performance will highlight the evening.

  • Kiwanis Gallery, Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49 Street
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Orbit Exhibit opening reception with artist Amy Sallenbach

Join Harris-Warke Gallery and artist Amy Sallenbach for an opening reception for her exhibition Orbit on First Friday, March 1st, 6-8 p.m. refreshments, artist in attendance learn more about the artist at: Harris-Warke Gallery 4924 Ross Street (upstairs in Sunworks), Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X7

  • Harris-Warke Gallery , 4924 Ross Street (upstairs in Sunworks), Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X7
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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