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Walk Off the Earth and Busty and the Bass Sun. Feb. 18th at Celebration Plaza

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  • It’s been a tough start to 2019 for Juno Award winning band Walk Off the Earth.

    The band announced the passing of its “brother and band member” Mike Taylor on December 31st.

     “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor. Mike had a love for life that was unmatched and a willingness to give that went beyond ordinary means. He passed peacefully from natural causes last night in his sleep. Our deepest sympathies are with his two children, whom he adored more than anything else in the world. We ask for privacy for his family in this trying time.”

    This video, from the song 5th Avenue was released on January 22nd and as noted on the band’s Facebook page.

    “… it’s a bittersweet release for us as it was the last major video we shot with Beard Guy before his passing, he was very excited to share it with you all. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it…”

    In the band’s own words:

    “…We often get asked what the meaning behind our band name is. What does Walk Off the Earth mean? More than anything else, it’s a state of mind. When you’re deeply entranced by a collection of musical compositions and your day-to-day stresses become a lot less bothersome, you’ve walked off the earth. You forget that your boss is a dick-weed, that your neighbour is a racist…or even that your girlfriend has been spending a little too much time with your best friend! You let the pulsing rhythm, the soaring melodies and the lush harmonies take you away to a place where nothing can affect you. Walk Off the Earth with us!…”

    The band’s stop at the Dome on February 18th at 7:30 will be a performance not to miss!

    A blend of “Canadian electro-soul and hip hop” is what Montreal’s Busty and the Bass is all about.

    The group met at McGill University and released their first full length album, Uncommon Good, in 2017.  They earned the title of Canada’s Top University Band [5] Since then, the band has toured extensively across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and performed at festivals that include the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

    Here’s a video of the band with the Macy Gray cover “I Try”.  Catch them on Feb. 17th at 7:30 at the Celebration Plaza.

    Click here for the complete event guide.

    Click here for a story about Brett Kissel and Frannie Klein, performing Saturday, Feb. 17th in the Dome.

     


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    To a “City of Volunteers” from the Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games… Thank you!

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  • The 2019 Canada Winter Games are underway and the city is alive with activity.  You can feel a buzz on major roadways, near any of the games venues, and on the sidewalks and streets downtown.  It’s time to enjoy the experience, take in the sport and culture.. make memories with your loved ones.

    It certainly is a good time to be grateful and that’s the way Games Chair Lyn Radford is feeling.  In the days leading up to the games she reached out to her community to offer thanks to a short list of citizens.  Well… at least that ‘was’ a short list of citizens… until the final day of Radford’s “grateful campaign”.    For her final thank you, Lyn turned her attention to the thousands of citizens who are volunteering in all the roles needed to make sure these games are a ‘smooth’ success.

    These people have all stepped up to the plate in a major way and Lyn wants to recognize their impact.  If you’re looking for someone to say thank you to for this event and for the many legacy infrastructure projects that will enhance Central Alberta’s offering to future citizens..  say Thank You… to someone in a volunteer uniform.

    Thank you from Todayville as well!   Now over to Lyn:

    Day 1 of personal thanks for 2019 Canada Winter Games – Red Deer journey- is to the 5000 + volunteers that believe in their community and are sharing their time and skills to make this event a life shaping experience for athletes and spectators .

    From the bottom of my heart ❤️ I send so much love to all of you for stepping up! I know you will show CANADA the class act Red Deer, Central Alberta and Alberta is!


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    Brett Kissel and Frannie Klein kick off the 52 North Music and Cultural Festival Sat. Feb. 16

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  • Opening night of the 52 North Concert Series features some serious country music with Alberta’s own Brett Kissel and Manitoba’s Frannie Klein.

     

    Brett Kissel seemingly sprung out of nowhere onto Canada’s country music scene – an apparent overnight sensation who now occupies the lofty space as one of the country’s leading country music stars.
    But there’s always another story – the one that saw a young kid from Flatbush writing songs from a young age, ducking in and out of Legion Halls, shopping centres, and downtown clubs in the middle of  severe Edmonton winter nights.  He was not old enough to get into them through the front doors.
    Always an acoustic guitar case in hand, cowboy hat firmly in place, and the look of calm determination of someone who knew at an early age that this was what they were meant to do.  Polite, energetic, and talented.  Brett’s paid his dues and has what it takes to be an ‘overnight sensation’.

    Here’s some background from Brett’s website:

    Over the past few years, the country crooner has received an armful of Canadian Country Music Association Awards, (including two straight wins for Male Artist of the Year and the coveted Fans’ Choice). Brett was the recipient of the Allan Slaight Honor from Canada’s Walk of Fame (previously presented to Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd), the Breakthrough Artist of the Year winner at the JUNO Awards, and was recognized as the International Artist of the Year at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood, California (an honour bestowed upon Ed Sheeran and Adele in the last two years respectively). Click to read more.

    ‘Frannie Klein is bringing real country music back.’

    Frannie Klein’s bio describes her like this:

    Authentic, badass, and genuine – she is the real deal. Growing up on Lake Manitoba and raised on a cattle ranch, she has been immersed in the country lifestyle since birth. Forever embracing her aboriginal heritage, she often spends time back in Ebb & Flow First Nation , and credits much of her musical passion, fierce spirit, and attitude to her time spent there.

    Frannie Klein and Great Canadian Entertainment President Scott Ord started collaborating in the summer of 2015, working together to create the best possible debut project for her. The album was written by Frannie during a handful of trips down to Nashville over the last two years. Together, with a band of Winnipeg’s finest musicians, they have begun to produce a project that is fun, timeless, and classic. 

    Brett Kissel and Frannie Klein are firing up the mainstage dome at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza on Saturday, February 16. You definitely don’t want to miss this!

    6 p.m. Dome opens
    7:30 p.m. Frannie Klein 
    9 p.m. Brett Kissel

    Experience some of Canada’s best arts and entertainment as part of the 2019 Games’ 52° North Music + Cultural Festival, presented by ATB and ATCO.


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