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Bowskill brings the blues

After sharing the stage with notable musician Jeff Healey as a young man, Jimmy Bowskill was set to rock the blues world.

The then 11-year-old was busking outside Healey’s club in downtown Toronto when the guitar legend noticed him and asked that he get up on stage and play.

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Emma Acorn, Some Irish Pirates win Battle Royale

The Legion was packed to the gills for Battle Royale on Friday, May 24, as local musicians battled for a spot on stage at the Jasper Folk Music Festival in September.

Emma Acorn won the solo/duo category with her witty, fun original songs and Some Irish Pirates’ fusion of seafaring Celtic punk received top honours in the group competition. 

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Man, I feel like a woman

With help from local beauty salons, four straight Jasper men will uncover their inner drag queen.

“It’s a battle of the hair salons to bring out the best diva,” said Mychol Ormandy, OUT Jasper’s program coordinator. “If you can turn a straight man into a diva, you’ve got some real talent.”

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Bedroom theatre

Dysfunctional, quirky, cringe-worthy couples aired their dirty laundry in front of the community last weekend.

The display that had the audience doubled over in laughter was the Jasper Theatre Company’s production of Bedrooms, five racy comedies covering everything from over-protective dads to awkward, shame-filled threesomes.

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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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