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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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Jasperite shares wisdom in new book  

Having a child with autism is no easy feat—Jasperite Grace Kohn can attest to that. Her daughter Julianne, 20, was diagnosed with the mental condition 13 years ago. After hearing the prognosis, Kohn said she felt overwhelmed and confused. “Julianne was originally misdiagnosed so we had a late start and at the time we knew nothing about autism,” Kohn said. “The disease wasn’t as well known or accepted back t ...

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Transforming Landscapes Exhibit shows rapidly melting glaciers in JNP

Western University professor Brian Luckman and his students have spent the last 40 years studying glaciers in the Rocky Mountains and the effects climate change has had on its rapidly transforming landscapes. Now Jasperites have a chance to scratch the surface of their research through a new exhibit at the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives. “Locals will learn something new and exciting about their backy ...

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Ukrainian dancers serve up entertainment for lunch

Donning vibrant traditional garb, Manitoba’s SELO Ukrainian Dancers were a sight to be seen as they gracefully hopped, flipped and twirled across the Jasper Royal Canadian Legion stage, July 7. The group of 10 dancing youths spent the beginning of July touring across Alberta and had dreamed of making their final stop in Jasper. After a few phone calls, the group was put in touch with Habitat for the Arts’ M ...

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Habitat for the Arts elated about new home

Marianne Garrah, with Habitat for the Arts, couldn’t help but get emotional as the warm sounds of the Calgary’s Cantaré Children’s Choir gently washed over the walls of the new Library and Cultural Centre, July 5. The choir performed in Jasper the previous day and was invited by Habitat for the Arts to host a workshop, sharing their skills with local kids. However, for Garrah, the day was much more than a f ...

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Award winning celebrity impersonator hits Jasper

If you had told Vancouver’s Bonnie Kilroe that she would grow up to become an award winning celebrity impersonator, she would have called you mad. “It’s really weird. I didn’t grow up thinking that this is what I’m going to do with my life,” Kilroe said. “It’s just something that sort of happened by accident.” Even as a toddler Kilroe said she had a love for singing and acting and as she got older she knew ...

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Swingin’ veteran brings his tunes to Jasper

Back in the folk fuelled days of the 1970s, Pat Temple was just getting his start playing in some of Ontario’s low-key pubs. Fast-forward to today and the 61-year-old still hasn’t put down his guitar. “I guess I kind of fell into music. I came from a musical family where there was always someone at my house playing the piano or drums or some kind of instrument,” said Temple. “But I never considered it to be ...

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Former JES teacher’s memory honoured with painting

It’s been years since local artist Sandy Robinson sat down for a visit with his old friend Sister Clare Ashe, however, when he received news of her death earlier this year he said he was deeply affected. “Despite the distance between us we always kept in touch and talked on the telephone,” Robinson said. “We just loved her to bits.” Feeling the need to do something in memory of his dear friend, Robinson did ...

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