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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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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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