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Banjo wielding brothers reunite in Jasper

Born into a family of classical musicians, brothers Max and Frank Evans were quickly introduced to a vast sea of melodies, rhythms and beats. However, unlike the robust sounds of their parents, the boys got hooked on old-time Appalachian music.  In time they started a string band, with Frank plucking the banjo and Max jigging on the fiddle.  For years they performed weekly in Toronto’s Kensington Market, re ...

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Marrying rock and house music: SIIINES plays Atha-B

If Nirvana and Deadmau5 had a baby it would probably sound an awful lot like SIIINES. “We’re very bright and we’re very loud,” said one-half of the group, Morgan Gies. “We really create a party atmosphere.” After experiencing success with their rock band Social Code, Edmonton-based artists Gies and Travis Nesbitt wanted more, seeking new musical avenues to explore. Social Code quietly retired in 2012, and G ...

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Bagpiping rock band takes over the Atha-B

If you have a kilt then now is the time to pull it out. The Johnny McCuaig Band is one kilt-wearing, bagpipe playing rock group you don’t want to miss. Kicking off a string of shows through Western Canada, the band promises to bring its high-energy show to the stage of the Athabasca Hotel on Jan. 20. “We’re used to playing big outdoor shows so this will be more of an intimate show, but we’re hoping people w ...

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Looking at Jasper through the lens

Jasperite Luuk Wijk didn’t plan on becoming a photographer. It just sort of happened. Hungry for adventure, Wijk left his childhood home in Holland several years ago. Before rushing out the door and hopping on a plane, Wijk’s parents handed him a simple point and shoot camera and asked him to send them pictures of his travels. Like any good son, Wijk agreed, but didn’t think much of it. “I was never into ph ...

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Jasperite celebrates 106th birthday

The first decade of the 20th century was a wild time to be alive. By 1910 many suburban homes had been wired with power, the telephone was a new hot commodity and automobiles were becoming available and affordable to the masses. Along with other leaps in technology, 1910 also brought with it the birth of Irene Harrington, Jasper’s oldest resident. Harrington celebrated her 106th birthday with cake, friends ...

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Jasperites discover their inner writer

A new year is usually filled with the same promises—stop procrastinating, lose weight and quit whatever vice you’re still hooked on from last year’s resolution. However, this year Marta Rode is making a different promise to herself. Already more than 50,000 words long, Rode is hoping to finish her first novel. The project came to fruition in November when a friend told her about National Novel Writing Month ...

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Fairmont welcomes new house musician

It’s funny how quickly your life can change. For years, British Columbia’s Neil Harnett played gigs all around the Vancouver region, and that’s exactly how he thought the rest of his musical career would unfold. However, one night during the summer while playing one of his usual venues, a man who had been dining at the restaurant approached Harnett. That man was Ken Hall, general manager at the Fairmont Jas ...

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Film club: movie of the month

The Jasper Film Club is kicking the New Year off with a harrowing yet romantic Canadian film. Near the North Pole, in a modern Nunavut town of 200 souls, –50 Celcius weather is the norm and the roads lead to nowhere. With the remote Great White as the eerie and visually stunning backdrop, Two Lovers and a Bear follows the ups and downs of Lucy and Roman, two young tormented souls, who fall in love. While Ro ...

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Local artist gets acquainted with ‘perfect strangers’

A few years ago local artist Jason Bartziokas was at a marathon, cheering on his wife, when he noticed one man that would trigger a three-year art project. “This guy was getting ready for his run and he was wearing every running accessory in the world—the cap, the gloves, the water bottle belt—just everything,” Bartziokas said. “I just stood there thinking ‘man, this guy is so intense’. “He was comically in ...

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Jasper artist shares his skills

Local artist Alan Butler grew up in England, home of wizards, the Brothers Grimm and King Arthur and his round table of knights. “When I was kid there was no television or computers. The first time I ever saw a TV, it was a tiny little box with black and white images. Every kid in the neighbourhood gathered around it to watch the coronation of QE2,” Butler said, referring to Queen Elizabeth II. “So all we h ...

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