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Word on the Street is 'literacy'

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 14:26

Photo courtesy of Lethbridge Public Library
Festivalgoers take in last year’s Word on the Street Festival at the Lethbridge Public Library.

Word on the street is Lethbridge’s 2014 festival season is set to go out with bang. Sept. 21 will mark the unofficial end to a packed summer festival season, with the return of the Word on the Street Festival. The festival, celebrating its fourth season in Lethbridge, strives to promote literacy within the community by bringing in Canadian authors for book readings, signings and workshops.
“The Word on the Street Festival is a national festival; we are one of five cities across the country that host it. It started in Toronto in 1990,” explained Bonnie Mikalson-Andron, Lethbridge Public Library program manager and Word on the Street event organizer.


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Sharing the love (of records)

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:26

Photo by Richard Amery
Five Alarm Funk were the headliners for last year’s edition of Love and Records. This year’s annual music celebration takes place Sept. 13 at Galt Gardens.

Everybody loves records, especially University of Lethbridge-based community radio station CKXU 88.3 FM, who are excited to present the fourth annual Love and Records at Galt Gardens, Sept. 13.
“CKXU is, in my eyes, a vital part of the community and we’re always prepared to provide the community with lots of engaging and culturally saturated events,” said CKXU station manager Aaron Trozzo.
In addition to a killer lineup running from 10:40 a.m.-9 p.m. in Galt Gardens featuring Lethbridge acts Treeline and Shaela Miller, Leeroy Stagger, Dave McCann and the Firehearts, the Utilities, HBO3, Global Drums steel drums and Young Medicine, there will also be excellent Edmonton acts the Wet Secrets and headliners Shout Out Out Out Out plus DJ Skratch Bastid, Calgary’s Highkicks and the Outlaws of Ravenhurst and heavier acts the Invasives and Toronto’s Biblical. There are also specially themed after parties at the Slice featuring War Baby and Black Mastiff, a blues party at Plum featuring Papa King, Paul Kype and Texas Flood and Marshall Lawrence band from Edmonton and a folk after party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge featuring Savk and Ben Everyman.

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Ready to rock

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Written by Richard Amery for the Sun Times   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:47

Photo by Richard Amery
Prism’s Al Harlow plays a guitar solo during a visit to Lethbridge by the band. Prism will be one of the classic rock acts performing at the Lethbridge Music Festival taking place Sept. 6 at Spitz Stadium.

Plenty of your favourite classic rock bands are coming to Lethbridge, Sept. 6, to play the hits and more for the first Lethbridge Music Festival in Spitz Stadium.
Organizer Broc Higginson noted he is already looking ahead to next year and has some big acts in mind if this festival is a hit.
Lou Gramm of Foreigner will be headlining the day-long festival, which begins at noon with local openers followed by cover band Topaz at 2 p.m.
After that all of the ’70s hits you know and love and a whole lot more will follow with Prism (“Take Me To The Kaptain,” “Spaceship Superstar,” “Flying”) playing at 3 p.m. followed by Harlequin (“Superstitious Feeling,” “Thinking of You,” “I Did It For Love,” “Sweet Things In Life”) at 5 p.m. Honeymoon Suite takes the stage at 7 p.m. playing their hits like “New Girl Now,” “Wave Babies,” “Feel It Again.” And Lou Gramm is on stage at 9 p.m. playing the many hits of Foreigner.
“There won’t be a song you won’t know or be able to sing along to,” Higginson said.

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Pedals to the metal

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Written by Judy Westcott — For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:19

Photo courtesy of Tour of Alberta
The peloton passes a field of glowing grain. The race will come through Lethbridge next week.

Tour de France heroes, big-race winners and top Canadian talent are among the field of 120 racers wheeling into the city for the first leg of the Tour of Alberta cycling event on Sept. 3.
The Lethbridge course, spanning 142 kilometres in six laps through the city, was planned to provide maximum viewing options for local residents hoping to cheer on their favorite rider and team or for those just wanting to see some of the top cyclists in the world close up in action.
“The Lethbridge event, designed as a circuit race with several laps, is a very fan-friendly style of race where spectators can stay in one spot and see a lot of race action,” says Duane Vienneau of Edmonton, executive director of the Tour of Alberta.
“The Lethbridge segment is also unique because it features a later afternoon start, as local organizers wanted residents to be able to watch when they finished work for the day,” he says.

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It takes two to tango

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Written by Lindsay Ducharme, For the Sun Times   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:13

Photo by Lindsay Ducharme
Bogdan Gorny and his wife Malgorzata dance the tango at a recent practice of the Argentine Tango Club in Lethbridge. City couples are catching onto the artistry of this Latin American dance through the new local club.

Lethbridge has a new social club in town. The Argentine Tango Club is exactly what its name insinuates, a club dedicated to teaching, learning and dancing the Argentine tango. However, club co-creator Bogdan Gorny insists the club, as well as the dance itself, is social in nature.
“The tango is different, the real Argentine tango is a social dance,” Gorny explains.
“Most people come here having some experience with dance, either rumba, salsa, waltz or western and they want to try tango. They think it will be similar and are surprised because you learn in a different way. What’s nice about the tango is when I’m dancing with my wife even though we’ve been dancing together a long time, when we are dancing she doesn’t know what I am going to do next. You can start with a particular step and from there we could go five different ways, so it’s a surprise for her,” he added.

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