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Folk fest tickets on sale, volunteers sought

With less than two months to go, the Jasper Folk Music Festival is taking serious shape. Tickets for the Sept. 13–15 event at Centennial Park are now available through, and so far four artists—Five Alarm Funk, Oscar Lopez, Alex Cuba and Michael Rault—are listed as performers. Five Alarm Funk is a 10-piece “horn powered, percussion fueled sonic and visual assault” from Vancouver, B.C. Oscar ...

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A day in the park

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the importance of Canada’s parks and national historic sites, July 20. Playing host to the event was the Information Centre lawn, which was swarming with people who bounced from one activity to the next. There was everything from canine search-and-rescue demonstrations to musical performances and rock climbing. Parks Day started in 1990 and has since been celebrated ...

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Wild weekend

Thousands of people flooded Entrance Ranch, 20 minutes from Jasper National Park, for the sixth annual Wild Mountain Music Festival last weekend. The three-day event attracted people as young as two and as old as 85, said WMMF chairperson Brian LaBerge, who, after the festival, said he was “tickled” with how things played out. “I didn’t celebrate until Sunday, but Sunday night I dolled out a lot of hugs and ...

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‘Biggest and best’ WMMF yet

The Wild Mountain Music Festival (WMMF) is gearing up for its “biggest and best” year, said chairperson Brian LaBerge. The three-day music festival takes place from July 19–21 on the Entrance Ranch, just 20 minutes from Jasper National Park. “There’s lots of opportunity to camp out there and just take the show in and enjoy the whole thing from beginning to end and never leave the place,” said LaBerge. Volun ...

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Show some love for local artists

Nominations are open for the third annual Raven’ About the Arts Awards. The awards, which will be presented during Culture Days in September, recognize artists and artisans in the community. “Seven artists are picked as winners,” said Marianne Garrah of Habitat for the Arts. Also selected is a “patron, which is somebody who supports the arts, and a pillar, which is somebody who inspires or has been involved ...

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A display of hidden beauty

Behind fences, gates and bushes, Jasper’s green thumbs hide the fruits of their labours, and once a year, those gates are thrown open, allowing the public a sneak peek at some of the town’s hidden green spaces. This year was no exception, as the Friends of the Jasper Library put together a tour of 10 gardens Saturday, July 13, for the 10th annual Secret Garden Tour. On the map this year were gardens with ev ...

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Folk artist looks for bears in Jasper

Along with his guitar and Clare Reynolds on back-ups, Australian folk singer Jordie Lane is travelling across Canada—a country he’s never before seen, unless you consider three visits to Ontario seeing the country. “This is my first time outside of Toronto,” he said while travelling to Huntsville, Ont. last week. “And Canada’s just terrible, I hate it. The landscape is ugly. The people are awful. No. That’s ...

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In the name of art

Melissa Woodcock is back in town, teaching kids to get in touch with their creative side. The trained artist, who graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design this year and who also has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, teaches art camps in Jasper each summer. This is her ninth year. Last Tuesday, she had the kids playing with papier-mâché. The students placed pieces of glue ...

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Barber to play in his ‘home away from home’

The Jasper Legion is Del Barber’s most played venue in Canada. The Canadian folk singer-songwriter says he doesn’t know how it happened—aside from having tremendous support from Ken Kuzminski, who does the venue’s bookings—but either way he’s not complaining. “Now I have so many close friends that live in Jasper, so it’s sort of my home away from home,” says the Manitoba native. “In Jasper I always know I h ...

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Healing songs, the result of a long recovery

photo966.jpgWhile riding his bike in 1999, world music artist Frank Patrick was struck by a car. The impact threw him 60 feet and resulted in a head injury that left him with major short term memory loss.

The severity of the injury, which he attributes to not wearing a helmet, made it difficult for Patrick to play his music, so he took seven years off to recover before writing an album and again touring with his songs.


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