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Jasper students get their hands dirty

Students from Jasper Elementary School (JES) weren’t afraid to get a little dirty to learn about the benefits of locally grown food, May 18. Marissa Kidd and Jamie Orfald-Clarke, members of the Jasper Local Food Society, spent the morning teaching students about gardening and where their food comes from. “The goal is to get kids connected back to the Earth again and to one another,” said Kidd. Before rollin ...

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Instruments with intestines: La Folia returns to Jasper

Prepare for a classical concert so authentic it’ll rip your guts out and make sweet, sweet music with them. La Folia returns to Jasper for a fourth consecutive year on May 28, bringing with them about eight performers playing baroque music written prior to 1850 from traditional manuscripts on traditional instruments complete with strings fabricated from intestines. Conductor Josephine van Lier, who immigrat ...

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Blue Moon Marquee shares its gypsy blues with Jasper

  What do you get when you mix southern blues and early jazz with a hint of Django Rinehardt and the influence of eastern European swing jazz? Gypsy blues, of course. If that was a mouthful, prepare your ears because Blue Moon Marquee promises to be all that and more when the duo rolls into town May 27. The term gypsy blues has not only come to define the band’s full-bodied sound, it is also the name o ...

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Sebastian Owl returns from the ashes

Armed with a hearty five studio albums and a wicked sense of humour, Sebastian Owl and their self-described “throw-back” style are no strangers when it comes to the stage. Known for their energetic live show, the band formed with Blair Atkinson and Ian Russell bonding over a mutual love of music. “The band has gone through some changes over the years;” said Russell. “We now have the prolific Glenn Radley ba ...

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Robson Valley Music Festival going for zero

The only thing smaller at the 13th annual Robson Valley Music Festival may be its carbon footprint. Coordinator Shara Gustafson said the festival wants to go net zero starting with their seven food vendors, who will be providing reusable cutlery and dishware this year. “It’s not a small undertaking,” she said. “All of the vendors will have wash stations so they can recycle their dishes, and we’re encouragin ...

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Pure poetry: Paul Reddick comes to town

In a world where fewer and fewer things are becoming truly timeless, one constant stands among them all: blues music. Paul Reddick’s eclectic catalogue of blues tunes hits the mark right away, alluring audiences with his hypnotically groovy style. Having written and performed for over 25 years, Reddick’s experience in the blues scene is obvious. “I love playing the songs I write, and the musicians that I wo ...

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Students showcase art with public exhibit

From paper mâché to oil paintings on canvas, a group of 19 students from Jasper Elementary School transformed Habitat for the Arts into a gallery on April 19. Supervised by Vanessa Martin, the school’s art teacher, dozens of pieces of art were hung around the room and invitations were sent out to parents to drop by to see their children’s creative side. “We did a lot of really different projects,” said Joel ...

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Rico’s new form flows through the Jasper Art Gallery

  Local artist Rico’s second exhibit in as many months is unfolding downstairs at the Jasper Art Gallery. OneLine, is a collection of stories told through images drawn with one continuous line along a narrow slat of folder cardstock. The cardstock then folds like an accordion into a book and in turn is housed in a striking box hand painted by Rico. The exhibit opens April 20. Filled in with watercolour ...

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A greasy caveman visits the Rockies

Imagine there’s a phone at work and it’s usually your regular phone but sometimes when it rings, it’s because you’ve been included in the latest season of Trailer Park Boys (TPB). Other times, it’s a tour manager with a chance to perform in the Rocky Mountains and knock Jasper off your bucket list. That’s the life of the real guy behind the irresistibly repulsive and apparently impossible to kill “Greasy Ca ...

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Jasper welcomes pair of drifters

One of Medicine Hat’s coolest musical exports can be found in the form of Enslow, a talented duo formed by Brady Enslen and Jay Bowcott. Shortly after discovering the limits of the Hat’s music scene, Enslen and Bowcott found each other pretty quickly. “It started when I moved to Medicine Hat about four years ago,” said Enslen. “Jay was living there playing music full-time and in a town like Medicine Hat the ...

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