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Robson Valley Music Festival

Nestled in the tiny hamlet of Dunster, B.C., hundreds of people gathered for the 12th annual Robson Valley Music Festival, Aug. 12-14. Music lovers from near and far descended on the festival for three-days of musical bliss as they got down and funky to all sorts of acts and genres—from beat-boxing guru Hachey the MouthPEACE to Columbia’s reggae group De Bruces A Mi. Even after the music had stopped for the ...

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Habitat hosts writing workshop

Putting pen to paper can be a challenge even for the most seasoned writers, which is why Habitat for the Arts is hosting a writing workshop to help get people’s creative juices flowing. On August 12, Kamia Shepherd, a published author who was raised in Jasper as a little girl, will be hosting a three-hour writing workshop for adults. The following day she will also host a two-hour workshop for youth aged 12 ...

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The East Pointers: Traditional Celtic music with a twist

It’s not easy to make a name for yourself playing a genre of music that has been around for centuries, but that’s exactly what The East Pointers have done. Blending traditional Celtic music with a contemporary twist, the Prince Edward Island band has somehow managed to make traditional music seem ridiculously hip. Riding a wave of success since the band released their debut album Secret Victory, the trio of ...

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Robson Valley Music Festival gears up for another year

For the past 12 years, Shara Gustafson and her husband Seth Macdonald, have been hosting thousands of festival dwellers on their property in Dunster, B.C., for what has arguably become one of the best music festivals in the region. The secret to its success has been its ability to attract a diverse set of musical acts and create a family friendly environment–and this year promises to be no different. “It’s ...

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Gypsy dance band gets groovy

Armed with only a violin and a drum kit, gypsy-dance duo The Imprints have been making waves from Australia to Canada with their dreamy late night beats.  While a two-person act might sound like it can’t pack a lot of punch, the Australian couple, Willow Stahlut and Linden Lester, said they’re able to offer a stripped down show if they want, however, most of the time they’re able to sound more like a five-p ...

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Exploring women’s history in the Rockies

University of Alberta professor Colleen Skidmore has spent most of her career researching the history of Canadian photography from the 19th and 20th century, with a particular interest in women’s photographic practices in front of and behind the camera’s lense. After moving to Alberta in the 1990s, Skidmore dove into women’s photographic work in the Rocky Mountains, spending months with her nose buried in a ...

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Jasper author snags book award

When former Jasper National Park warden Rob Kaye sat down to write his memoirs a few years ago, he didn’t even know if he was going to publish them let alone that they would win an award at an international competition. In the spring of 2015, Kaye self-published and released Born to the Wild—Journals of a National Park Warden in the Canadian Rockies. The non-fiction book recounts Kaye’s boyhood adventures g ...

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Festival season in full swing

The hills were alive as hundreds of music lovers gathered for three days of whimsical tenting bliss at Hinton’s Wild Mountain Music Festival, July 15-17.  Over the years the festival has built its reputation from the stage out, running a two-stage format so the music never stops. This year the crowd had the chance to dance and sing along to headlining acts like Dan Mangan, Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie a ...

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Boot Stompin’ Country tunes to rock jasper

Few things scream Canadian quite like a Tim Hus song. The Sundre based singer-songwriter has spent the past 15 years on the road singing about everything from farmers and fishermen to cowboys and truck drivers. “Right from the beginning I made up my mind that I wanted to do Canadian country songs because this is where I’m from, this is where I live and this is where I tour,” Hus said. “I didn’t have a grand ...

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Local writers group reborn

Calling all writers. After a nine-year hiatus the Jasper Municipal Library is relaunching Uncalibrated–a creative writing group. The group was first established in 2003, but folded five years later after many of the group's core members moved away or onto other endeavours. Now that the library has moved into its new building, Janeen Keelan, the adult programmer for the library, said the time was right to re ...

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