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Teixeira sheds light where darkness goes

The average person may not know how to pluck a gutbucket bass, let alone know what one is, but Awna Teixeira does. In fact she wrote a book on how to play it.

“It’s just a bucket, stick and a rope,” explained the Toronto-born vocalist and musician.  “It’s a very old instrument, but it’s not in popular music anymore.” 

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Dinner theatre returns to Jasper

Live theatre paired with dinner returns to Jasper on May 10 and 11 with the Jasper Theatre Company’s production of Bedrooms at the Legion.

The five racy comedies, written by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, focus on relationships, love and sex. Mountain Park Lodges will cater the dinner.

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Jasper remembers Marilyn Monroe

A fair sprinkling of Hollywood glitz and glamour has dusted Jasper throughout the years, but most pale in comparison to Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 visit.

Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives is recalling the month that the voluptuous actress and icon spent in Jasper with its “Remembering Marilyn” exhibit, opening May 9.

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Where there’s a Wil, there’s a folk-rock sway

Wil Mimnaugh, better known as Wil, has a niche writing music for TV and film, but ultimately his passion is performing live.

This makes sense, considering the folk-rock musician’s career began with steady gigs at bars five nights a week. “[Playing live] is something that I’ve always done and I like the organic creativity of it,” he says. Mistakes can be fixed while producing a record, which “robs a bit of soul from it,” he adds. 

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Hus dusts his boots in Jasper

Country cowboy Tim Hus has ventured to many places in Canada, but with more than 1,600 performances under his belt, he hasn’t stomped his boots on a Jasper stage until now.

“We’ve played so many concerts and so many places, but this is actually our first time to Jasper,” said the Nelson, B.C. native, who now resides in Alberta. “We’ve actually been working on this show for almost a couple years, I think. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Unwed Mothers crash pride party

Edmonton band the Unwed Mothers will perform at Whistle Stop’s Pride Weekend party, and may even dress to suit the event’s fairy tale theme.

“I’ll see what the boys say,” laughs vocalist, guitar and keys player, Julie Adams. “Maybe we can dig up some costumes.” The “boys” are fellow bandmates Michael James, Kurtis Schultz and Josh Eygenraam. They worked together on a few projects and jammed collectively before they joined forces with Adams to form Unwed Mothers.

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Valley musicians perform in Jasper

Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson, best known for fronting the funk/rock/reggae/world groove high-energy dance band Mamaguroove, have ventured into new musical territory.

Samson’s Delilah will feature an acoustic twist that is heavily influenced by Latin guitar, reggae and other world music. As a duo, Macdonald and Gustafson believe they create a powerful and passionate performance.

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The Art of Remembering

Local artists Sharon Anderson and Marla Joy Pollock have joined forces to create a sacred space. 

The gallery at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives is presenting “The Art of Remembering,” a display of journalistic storylines that celebrate the web of life. The show will be on display from April 4-28, with an Earth Day Celebration to take place on April 22.

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Food, films and Fairy Tales

Calgary’s Fairy Tales Film Festival has focused its lens on Jasper’s Pride Weekend.

The Fairy Tales Presentation Society and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge have collaborated to offer a Flicks and Treats event April 13. The event involves dinner and a screening of five or six LGBTQ short films.

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