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 https://www.reddeerhighlandgames.com/ for everything you need to know.
This is how a Local Musician is giving back to her Community
Kate Stevens is a local Calgarian and Bishop Carroll High School Alumni making a splash in the Canadian music industry with her original music and community investment initiatives. A talented singer-songwriter, she plays the ukulele, piano and guitar and writes all of her own music.
Growing up in a musical household, Kate’s passion for music began at an early age and stayed with her all through her school years, eventually landing her in the music program at Bishop Carroll High School in Southwest Calgary. The education structure at BCHS allowed Kate to focus strongly on her love of music and develop as a young artist, impressively recording an entire studio album during her senior year. She also sang in choir and vocal jazz groups, building lasting connections within her high school and across the Calgary music community.
Just 20 years old, Kate graduated from BCHS in 2017, the same year she released her debut EP, Handmade Rumors. Since graduation, things have been crazy for Kate. From bringing home YYC Music Awards Female Artist of the Year in 2018 to 4 nominations at the 2019 YYC Music Awards, releasing another single and launching the Youth Musicians of Music Mile Alliance (YOMOMMA) to help nurture young musicians in Calgary, busy is an understatement. However, despite her exciting rise and packed schedule, Kate remains deeply invested in her community, and recently launched a new initiative to give back to the BCHS program that helped her get her own start. Using funds from a recent licensing agreement for one of her songs, she has elected to sponsor an annual scholarship for a BCHS vocal student in their final year.
“I was lucky to attend Bishop Carroll High School, “says Kate, “the incredible music program there helped me to develop as an artist, and I would like to give financial support to future musicians.” At $250 dollars a year, the scholarship will be awarded by the BCHS Choir Director to a student who shows exemplary leadership skills and wants to pursue music after graduation. Having been on the receiving end of scholarships throughout her own high school career, Kate is aware of the positive impact these types of grants can have on the lives of developing youth, and wanted to be a part of the process that helps young musicians chase their dreams. “If I can support someone in this industry and really encourage the idea that music is important, then I’ve done my job.”
Currently, all of Kate’s upcoming performances have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19. Although she misses interacting with crowds and performing on stage, she remains optimistic and excited for the future. To hear her music and read more about her story, visit https://www.katestevensmusic.com.
Check out WeMaple video in partnership with Calgary Arts Development featuring Kate Stevens here.
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Jesse Roads LIVE from The VAT Saturday night at 10. Watch it right here!
HEY! We’ve really missed you guys out there! We have something reallllly cool to tell you. We’re gonna do a live show! Full band! Full meal deal! Myself, Sammy and Scotty. Loud and full out. We’re gonna live stream it, we’re gonna film it. It’s gonna be on one of the most iconic stages in the country. Right here. In our little city. Here’s the thing, you can’t come but you can sure as hell watch from wherever you are in the world. This Saturday night. 10pm. It’s party time.
Yes that’s right we will hit the stage at The Vat 10pm! You can tune in from anywhere in the world via Facebook Live on the Jesse Roads page. We are adhering to all Alberta Health guidelines and practicing Physical Distancing. The bar will be closed. So that’s the catch. You gotta catch it from your place. Or wherever you are. 10pm MST we’re gonna stream the show live as well as film the whole thing, to later be presented as some sort of special.
The Vat to me is like it is to many of you. It’s legendary. I’m excited to bring this raw live show to you from one of our favourite places. Please share and tell everyone you know, we’ll see ya Saturday ya bunch of beautifuls.
Here’s a little taste. Maybe you’ll hear “No Love” performed live Saturday night
P.s. the venue will be closed during the performance with no patrons and or anyone other than the required personnel for the show and will comply with all AHS regulations for the safety of all involved. Physical distancing will be adhered to.
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