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Getting jazzy at the art gallery

Combining acoustic grand pianos, synthesizers, organs and the melodica, Parker Abbott Trio isn’t your grandfather’s jazz from decades gone past. The trio—made up of Simeon Abbott, Teri Parker and Mark Segger—is a keyboard-centric group of Toronto-based musicians who dive deep into today’s modern world of jazz using only two pianists and a drummer, creating a unique multi-faceted sound. “I wouldn’t say we’re ...

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Four shows in a row: Devon Coyote returns

Rock and blues act Devon Coyote is at it again, playing not one but four upcoming shows in Jasper. “Last time we played in Jasper we did three shows in a row and it was so much fun that we decided to add on an extra night this time around,” front man Devon Bjarnason said. “We saw different people come out every night so we were really excited to come back.”   After releasing their third album—The Wind—in 20 ...

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Mayhem, Madness and Murder

It’s been a long time coming, but Patricia Reed is finally ready to release her debut novel. Taken straight from the back cover, Tap Dancing on Quicksand is a thrilling novel that follows the ups and downs of a young woman named Jessica. In the beginning, Jessica’s marriage to handsome hotelier Julian reads like a romance novel, but her marital bliss soon begins to unravel as she realizes she has not only m ...

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Country musician bares his soul at Whistle Stop

In his short life, Zachary Lucky has been through a lot. In particular, the past three years have been a real whirlwind for the country singer—he’s spent grueling months on the road playing shows across North America, he’s had his heart broken and he’s become a father. Rather than get overwhelmed by all the ups and downs that life has recently thrown at him, Lucky escaped into the comforting realm of music, ...

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Film Club: Movie of the month

As summer winds down and the chill of fall creeps in, the Jasper Film Club is gearing up for another season, showcasing some of the best Canadian and international films of the year. This season starts Oct. 13 at the Chaba Theatre with the Australian film, The Dressmaker, a comedic drama set in the Australian Outback in the 1950s. The film tells the story of Tilly Dunnage, a beautiful and talented dressmake ...

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Winnipeg musician to borrow Jasper’s ears

Armed with an array of new songs, Sean Burns intends to bring something a little bit different to Jasper this time around. The Winnipeg-based musician recently set out on a 25-day tour across western Canada to try out some of his new tunes before he sits down to record his fifth album next year. “In the past I used to write songs and record them even if I hadn’t sung them more than 15 or 20 times, so for me ...

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Musical veterans reunited after 20 years

It’s been 20 years since musicians Gerry Barnum and Gord Matthews sat down to play a set together. After separately touring the world with other successful acts—Branum sharing the stage with the likes of Lyle Lovett, while Matthews collaborated on albums with Canadian icon K.D. Lang—the two gravitated towards Vancouver in the 1990s. Being immersed in the west coast music scene, it didn’t take long for their ...

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Author to ‘get real’ in exclusive Jasper reading

As a scholar and early activist of wildlife conservation, British Columbia’s Ian McTaggart-Cowan spent most of his life inspiring and informing generations of Western Canadians about the natural wonders around them. During the early 1950s, McTaggart-Cowan became one of the first pioneers of science television, hosting various series including Fur and Feathers, The Living Sea and Web of Life. The scientist a ...

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Habitat for the Arts serves up multiculturalism

As an uprooted Irish woman living in Jasper, Oonagh Neilan said sometimes she feels disconnected from her homeland. “I’ve been here for two seasons and I miss home sometimes—I miss the energies and the way we think and talk, but there’s also negatives to my life at home too,” Neilan said. “But sometimes I’d love to have access to both my world here and there at the same time.” Looking for a way to connect w ...

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New children’s book encourages outdoor exploration

Shortly after Edmonton couple Nancy Gordy and Cory Johnn started dating, Gordy moved to Jasper for a job opportunity. Just like anyone who has experienced a long distance relationship will tell you, the challenge came with its ups and downs. To help with the lows, the two decided to start a unique project that would help keep them connected. After hashing out a few ideas, Olen’s Adventures in the Canadian R ...

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