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The Beat: Ryedell goes solo

Time and time again, solo musicians fly the nest and while some see success, others fall flat on their face. Tanner Riedel is no such musician. Hailing from Pincher Creek, Alta., Riedel’s folk-inspired acoustic blues sound has been capturing the attention of audiences for a while now. Hardcore fans may recognize Riedel from his position in Calgary rock-band Magesty, which recently disbanded. “It’s slightly ...

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Jasper artists gather at Meeting of the Waters

A new exhibit opens in the lower gallery at the Jasper Art Gallery on March 10, and a river runs through it. Curated by Greg Deagle, Meeting of the Waters represents the only time this winter that work by multiple members with the artist’s guild will be on display together. “When we have a group show, we like to determine a specific theme so there is a continuity and consistency in the subject matter and th ...

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Lisa LeBlanc sails into Jasper

The soul-wrenching sounds of Lisa LeBlanc’s “trash folk” is an experience to be had by anyone who’s been heartbroken, lost, or just fancies themselves a bit quick-witted. Originally hailing from Rosaireville, New Brunswick, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter has built a career with a nod to musical legends like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. With a musical family behind her, it’s no wonder the Montreal singer sh ...

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Artist’s work worth more than the paper it’s on

It wasn’t until she moved to Jasper about four years ago that it occurred to Rico to include landscapes in her art. The Japanese-born, Dutch-trained artist has been drawing since before she can remember. As a child she picked up painting and more recently began working with backlit layered paper collages with a technique called hikarie. A lot of the pieces from her time in Europe focus on a single character ...

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Juno winner brings new country to town

Winnipeg’s Joey Landreth will be wheels up and westward bound as soon as he can convince a skateboard wheel to sit in for a suitcase caster. Luggage is expensive at any point in your career, so the 2015 Juno Award winner is working with what is at hand. That’s kind of the form his latest tour is taking. Stepping away from the fantastic foursome he formed with his older brother, David, that earned them a roo ...

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The legacy of the Man In Black lives on

It’d be a rare talent to bring one of the most iconic musical legends back from the dead, let alone with the same level of performance gusto and class. Thankfully, David James and his Big River Band have skipped the whole resurrection fiasco and delivered a tribute to Johnny Cash that’s the next best thing. Dabbling in the world of rock-guitar from the age of 15, James discovered his more blues-y roots afte ...

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High school students showcase creative side

Arts students from Jasper Junior/Senior High School will get an opportunity to showcase their creative side during a three-day art exhibition hosted at the Jasper Art Gallery starting Feb. 24. The unique opportunity is a chance for 22 grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in the high school’s Art 30 class to publicly display their work in a professional setting. “Often they don’t get to show their work to a lot ...

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Bringing the Rockies to life

If you love the Rocky Mountains chances are you’ll love Georges Tremel’s paintings. The self-taught 68-year-old artist has been painting Jasper’s landscapes for the better part of the past 25 years and starting Feb. 23 his paintings will be on display at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives. While the majority of his 35 paintings will depict mountain landscapes, a handful of paintings will also portray ...

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Jasper writer shares her experiences

Former Jasperite and McEwan  University instructor Roberta Laurie never imagined she would end up in Malawi, Africa. “I had absolutely no interest whatsoever. I know a lot of people that are interested in Africa or Saharan countries, but this was never something I dreamed about,” she said. That all changed several years ago when a fellow Canadian told her about Memory Chazeza, a Malawi woman on a quest for ...

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Art through the ages: JAG starts lecture series

Enrich the mind, travel through space and time, and explore art history with members of the Jasper Artists Guild (JAG). Members Michael Flisak and Sarah Budd have teamed up to offer a mini-lecture series throughout February. Budd starts off the first of three lectures on Feb. 8, as she dives into the world of French impressionism, an art movement that came to fruition in the 19th century and is often charac ...

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