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Randi Boulton lights up Fionn MacCool’s on Sept 23rd

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  • Randi Boulton, featured in the above video, performs here on September 23rd.  At Fionn MacCool’s, enjoy the best of both food and drink in an atmosphere that encourages sharing good times with family and friends. Join us for lunch, dinner, late nights and live music. There’s always something happening at the Pub! Check out some of the great entertainment we have coming over the next few months.

    As mentioned, on September 23rd, local favourite Randi Boulton performs.  Here’s what she says about herself:

    I’m a Canadian singer/songwriter/musician whose roots run deep in Alberta. I was raised on a farm outside of Big Valley but live in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Music has always been a passion of mine despite having no music program at the school I attended. Besides childhood piano lessons and a couple of guitar/vocal lessons, I play by ear and basically, self-taught. I know that a good song is much more than theory and prefer to sing with pure, raw emotion. Singing is something that I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember. Often I found myself alone with my piano and guitar playing melodic sounds with a flood of thoughts running through my mind, turning into a song and putting me in a place of peace and solitude. Writing was never intentional but I always felt it came naturally. It all started when I won first prize in a talent show with my mom when I was 12. Then winning a song writing contest for Chinooks Edge School Division when I was 14. It was my first performance in front of 587 people on a grand piano playing a piece that had “won” or been recognized for something.

    There are a number of Randi’s videos on the internet so take a look.  In the meantime, we really like this one because it so nicely shows off her voice and her songwriting abilities.

    Be sure to remember us for Happy Hour! Monday to Friday, enjoy the following drink specials from 3pm to 6pm…

    Beer Sleeves 14oz – $4.95

    Pints 20oz – $6.50

    Tankards 23oz – $8.00

    5oz house red or white wine $4.95

    8oz house red or white wine $7.95

    *4 for $12 shots all day long ! 1oz

    We are open during the following hours:

    Monday: 11am – 12am
    Tuesday: 11am – 12am
    Wednesday: 11am – 12am
    Thursday: 11am – 1am
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    Sunday: 11am – 12

    CLICK HERE for more about the fabulous Fionn MacCool’s!


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    Collection featuring Group of Seven paintings donated to University of Lethbridge

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  • LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess spent a lifetime following her passion.

    A lifelong educator and art collector, the Order of Canada recipient bequeathed a collection worth as much as $5 million to the University of Lethbridge following her death at age 100 in 2016. 

    The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery received word last year that Hess had donated her vast collection, which includes works from some of the most well-known artists in Canada and from around the world.

    University president Mike Mahon knew Hess for eight years prior to her death. He said she created a masters-level scholarship for students at the university and her generosity was well known.

    “I’ve seen her generosity in spirit, in volunteerism and in funds over the course of her life,” Mahon said

    “I knew she had an amazing art collection partly because when I would have a cup of tea in her living room you’d be surrounded by the Group of Seven and Emily Carr and others hanging on the wall or stacked against a chair.

    “She had art everywhere.”

    The gallery at the University of Lethbridge, now renamed in her honour, has on display 112 of the 1,140 pieces she donated.

    “It’s really exciting. I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite. It was hard enough to come up with a selection out of the gift to show this summer,” said assistant curator David Smith.

    “What I’ve tried to do is replicate the areas of strength in her collection. More than half of her collection was work by Indigenous artists so more than half the works in this show are Indigenous artists,” he added.

    “There’s a selection of Group of Seven works with Tom Thomson and an Emily Carr piece. They’re really great pieces. The Thomson is particularly exciting. A recent guesstimate says there are only about 75 of those panel sketches left in private hands.”

    There are about 15 Group of Seven paintings safely behind Plexiglas.

    Smith said the remainder of the collection will be displayed in years to come.

    Hess, who was the daughter of a lumber magnate, never married and spent her life collecting art and lecturing on it.

    She received a doctorate of fine arts from the University of Lethbridge and at one point was a member of the university senate.

    “She was very close with A.Y. Jackson. He used to come and stay with her and visit her at her ranch near Cochrane. She’d drive him around to the best spots and they had a really great, lifelong friendship there.”

    Also on display until Sept. 7 is an original sketch by Henri Matisse, a print by Pablo Picasso and the art of prominent Indigenous artists, including Alex Janvier, Bill Reid, Tony Hunt, Jessie Oonark and Helen Kalvak.

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    Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press


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    Big Valley Jamboree 2018- Meet the artists & win!

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  • The Big Valley Jamboree is getting closer and closer and you do not want to miss out!

    Here’s your chance to win your way in!

    Simply send an email to info@todayville.com with ‘Todayville BVJ Contest’ in the subject line. It’s that easy!

    You’ll be entered to win:

    Whether you’ve been heading to BVJ for years or are planning to make 2018 your first-ever trip to Camrose, Alberta for the party of the year, you have to remember three words: ‘Country for Everyone!

    So set aside August long weekend (August 2nd to 5th), round up friends and family and make a plan!

     

    Here’s a look at some of this year’s headliners!

     

    Thursday (Kickoff Party):

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status.With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles”, multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate.

    Today, NGDB (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen) continue their non-stop touring in their 50th year together. Recent tour stops included Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and many more. The plans for their 50th Anniversary will be extensive! On September 14th, 2015 they played to a Sold out Crowd at The Historic Ryman Auditorium with some close friends to film a 50th Anniversary Special to air on PBS starting March of 2016.

     

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Location: Coors Banquet Saloon

    Time: 9:30 pm

     

    Luke Combs

    A native of Asheville, North Carolina, country singer/songwriter Luke Combs took joy in singing from a young age. During his high school years, Combs split his time between football and singing in local vocal groups, eventually picking up the guitar while attending college at Appalachian State. Taking inspiration from some of country’s leading men like Tim Mcgraw and Luke Bryan, he began writing songs and soon released a pair of EPs in 2014. In 2015, his single “Hurricane” reached the Top Ten on iTunes’ country chart and he quickly followed up with his third EP, This One’s for You, later that year. Over the course of 2016, “Hurricane” continued to gain steam, winding up at number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay charts in May of 2017. The single’s success led to Combs signing with Riverhouse/Columbia Nashville, which released his full-length debut, also called This One’s for You.

     

     

    Luke Combs BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Thursday, August 2, 2018

    Location: Coors Banquet Saloon

    Time: 11:00 pm

     

    Friday:

    Billy Ray Cyrus

     Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Billy Ray Cyrus has achieved international success as a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and philanthropist. He has sold millions of albums, charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits and continues to receive critical acclaim as an actor, writer, and executive producer in film and television. 

     

    Billy Ray Cyrus BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Friday, August 3, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 5:00 pm

     

    Paul Brandt

    Paul Brandt is the most awarded male Canadian country artist in history. His 1996 debut RIAA certified Gold album Calm Before the Storm went on to sell one million albums internationally, propelled by the #1 single and wedding classic “I Do”. Stateside, his #5 and #1 charting songs “My Heart Has A History”, and “I Do” were the first to chart by a male Canadian Country artist on the US Billboard Top 20 since 1976. His 11 career albums have spawned hit singles, multiple Album of the Year awards, gold, platinum, and multi-platinum performances. According to Nielsen BDS, of the top 25 Canadian Country songs, 6 were released by Paul Brandt, and his song “My Heart Has a History” is the most played Canadian Country song since the chart began. Paul is also the most played Canadian Country artist on Country Radio in history (Nielsen BDS). He has had 26 top ten songs at Canadian Radio.

     

    Paul Brandt BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Friday, August 3, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 7:30

     

    Thomas Rhett

    Thomas Rhett is an American country music singer and songwriter who has released three studio albums for Big Machine Records.Thomas Rhett scored his first No. one hit in 2013 with “It Goes Like This,” introducing a sound that mixed the southern swagger of county music with pop hooks, R&B grooves, soulful strut, and the anything-goes attitude of rock. During the years since, he’s become a husband. A father, too. And, thanks to eight chart-topping singles, a headliner of massive arenas. It’s funny how life can change so much in such a short period of time.

     

     

    Thomas Rhett BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Friday August 3, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 9:00pm

     

    Saturday

    Emerson Drive

    Emerson Drive has been a part of the country music scene since they signed their first record deal with DreamWorks Records Nashville in 2001. The band’s first two singles, “I Should Be Sleeping” and “Fall Into Me,” peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and quickly became fan favorites but it was the career-changing song “Moments” that gave the band their first #1 single in the USA. Emerson Drive has been honored with awards and/or nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association, CMT, Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, Inspirational Country Music Association, Juno Awards, Music Row Magazine and Campus Activities Magazine. The band has toured with Toby Keith, Shania Twain and Big & Rich among other artists.

     

     

    Emerson Drive BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Location: Coors Banquet Saloon

    Time: 12:00 am

     

    Jess Moskaluke

    Growing up listening to, and falling in love with country music, Jess Moskaluke (MDM Recordings Inc. / Universal Music Canada) adored the greats, from Terri Clark and Carolyn Dawn Johnson to her idol, Shania Twain. Today, she is amazed at the road she now travels.  Acclaimed as the first Canadian female country artist to have a song in the Top 5 since 2008 (Drive Me Away – #3), and the first female Canadian country artist since [her childhood idol] Shania Twain to achieve PLATINUM single status (with her hit track “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes”), Moskaluke continues to dazzle the Canadian country music world achieving not one, but three Top 10 hits with her respective singles, “Kiss Me Quiet”, “Take Me Home” and “Drive Me Away”.  In 2016, Moskaluke had the #1 Most Played Song (“Take Me Home”) at Canadian Country Radio and was the top spun Canadian female artist for the second year in a row.

     

    Jess Moskaluke BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 5:00 pm

     

    Dallas Smith

    Platinum selling Country star DALLAS SMITH “has blazed a path across genres in Canadian music” (CBCMusic) for nearly two decades and fans continue to prove they’ll follow him wherever he wants to go. On the heels of a career album (Lifted) earning critical acclaim, commercial success including a multi-week #1 single and an armful of JUNO and CCMA Award wins and nominations, Smith continues one of the most talked about journeys in Canadian country music with the latest marker, his fourth #1 single “SKY STAYS THIS BLUE” from the 2017 JUNO Award nominated and CCMA Awards Album of the Year release “SIDE EFFECTS” (604 Records) released last September (2016).

     

    Dallas Smith BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 7:30

     

    Alabama

    It took Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook six long years of tip jars and word of mouth to earn the major label deal they’d been dreaming of, but then seemingly no time at all to change the face of country music. ALABAMA is the band that changed everything. They reeled off 21 straight #1 singles, a record that will probably never be equaled in any genre. They brought youthful energy, sex appeal and a rocking edge that broadened country’s audience and opened the door to self-contained bands from then on, and they undertook a journey that led, 73 million albums later, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some of the bands songs are among the most memorable in country history.

     

    Alabama BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Saturday August 4, 2018

    Location: Mainstage

    Time: 9:00 pm

     

    Sunday:

    Brett Eldredge

    Brett Eldredge is an American country music singer who grew up in Paris, Illinois. His parents bought him a guitar when he was young and by age 15, he was a performer in high demand for local functions. After he finished college, Brett moved to Nashville, relearning the guitar and becoming a singer-songwriter. When Brett broke out on his own, his first three singles charted, with his third, “Don’t Ya,” reached the Top 20 of the Hot Country Songs. The song reached the No.1 spot on the Country Airplay charts in Aug. 2013, the same month he released his debut, “Bring You Back. Brett’s rising success in the music world has led him to tour with some big names. He was on the Red Tour with Taylor Swift in 2013, the 2014 Painkiller Tour with Little Big Town and, in 2015, he joined Darius Rucker for the Southern Style Tour. That year, he co-headlined the Suits & Boots Tour with Thomas Rhett.

    Brett Eldredge BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 7:30 pm

     

    Florida Georgia Line

    Florida Georgia Line came out of nowhere in 2012 to become the biggest country group of the new decade. The vehicle of their success was “Cruise,” a slick, shimmering ode to the wide-open road that became an unkillable crossover hit in 2013 and, eventually, the biggest country single of all time. After “Cruise” broke through on its own merits, reaching 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, its life was extended thanks to a remix featuring rapper Nelly. This unexpected collaboration pushed the single all the way to number four on the Hot 100, but at that point it was clear that the appeal of “Cruise” lay in Florida Georgia Line’s unabashedly polished pop perspective. Unlike some fellow contemporary country bros, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were bright, sunny, and friendly, qualities showcased on subsequent hits “Get Your Shine On” and “Round Here.” Florida Georgia Line stayed on the top of the charts with 2014’s “Anything Goes” and 2016’s “Dig Your Roots”.

    Florida Georgia Line BVJ Performance Information:

    Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Location: Main Stage

    Time: 9:00pm

     

    Again, here’s your chance to win your way in!

    Just send an email to info@todayville.com with ‘Todayville BVJ Contest’ in the subject line. Could it be more easy?!

    You’ll be entered to win:

    Best of luck!
    Entries will be accepted starting on April 25, 2018 at 08:00 MDT and ending July 20, 2018 at 12:00 MDT. 
    Entrants must be 18 years of age or over.
    The winner will receive 2 x 3-Day General Admission Passes, 2 x Thursday Kick-off Party Tickets and 1 x Country Nation Campsite. No cash or other prize substitutions.
    The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

     


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