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Barber, Rankin part of busy October

Posted on October 2, 2019 by Richard Amery

The Geomatic Attic begins a busy October with Vancouver-based songstress Jill Barber, playing the Yates Theatre, Oct. 5.
She is continuing her tour, “Dedicated To You,” by letting the audience choose their favourite songs and gives them a chance to tell them during the show.
Tickets are $44 for Barber’s show, which begins at 8 p.m.
Next week Canadian Celtic/country musician Jimmy Rankin plays two shows at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 10 and 11 in support of his new CD “Moving East.”
The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $42.50 for Geomatic Attic members, $47.50 for non-members.
The Lethbridge Folk Club has their new website launch party at Casa, Oct. 4, with performances by Celtic Routes and Reid And Writes, who often perform at the Lethbridge Folk Club open mics.
Speaking of the Folk Club, get a preview of the Wailin’ Jennys’ Cara Luft and JD Edwards’ new duo the Small Glories, who play the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Oct. 3. They play for the Folk Club Feb. 9.
Their show at the Empress begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37.50.
Back at the Yates Theatre, magician and hypnotist Reveen performs Oct., 3. The original Reveen’s son carries on the family’s magical tradition at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $56.
The Yates Theatre is a busy place this week as they also feature PIGS: The Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute, Friday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $49.50 at the door, $45 in advance.
The weekend already looks like fun.
Good Times is starting to feature music instead of just comedy. Local country/rock band the Plaid Ramblers play Good Times on Friday night with Chris Ryan Drew a.k.a. CRD opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Comedian Brett Forte performs two shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. the next night, Saturday night. Admission is $10.
Local musicians Shaela Miller and John Wort Hannam play a special inclusion fundraiser for Down Syndrome Awareness Month at the Slice, Saturday, Oct. 5.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $25.
Theoretically Brewing has another big, local rock show with CKXU Oct. 5 featuring Lethbridge alternative rock trio Mombod, emo core band Picture Postcard and Blue Music plus Saskatoon post punk band Chunder Buffet. The show begins at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features Calgary singer Kate Stevens and local folk/country singer Tyson Ray Borsboom, Oct. 5.
The Galt Museum has a very special evening planned Oct. 4.
Maria Dunn and her trio Shannon Johnson and Terry Morrison will be performing an interactive multi-media show “Troublemakers,” which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Great Labour Revolt. The show also features a video by Don Bouzek. Though admission is free, you must RVSP the Galt Museum to reserve a spot as seating is limited. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 7:30.
And Coda Lite a.k.a. Sheldon Shukaliak and Ben Lamb from local blues band Coda play the Bavura catering brunch show at the Old Firehall between 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6.

Jill Barber dedicates her new tour to you, her fans, as she kicks off a busy October at the Geomatic Attic, Saturday, Oct. 5 when she plays the Yates Theatre.
The Juno Award winner and multiple East Coast Music Award winner last played a Geomatic Attic show in 2014, but she swears she has been back since then.
“I was there with my son. But I know I came back with my daughter. Of course now they’re three and six, so they stay home. They’re retired and my husband holds down the fort,’” she chuckled from her Vancouver home, where she is on a 10-day break in between touring legs.
“I just toured Ontario. Now I’m on a 10-day break. And then I’ll start again in Regina. That’s my reality now, so I don’t have to be away for a month at a time, she said.
She isn’t wasting time at home. She is busy at work on a new all-original French-language album, which is a contrast from her straight-ahead pop album 2018 “Metaphora” which produced the number one hit “Girl’s Gotta Do.”
“Whenever I record a new album, I think a lot about what kind of record I want to make. I don’t just go ahead and do it,” she said.
“Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of pop music and I think there are a lot of really exciting things happening in pop music. So it just felt right,” said Barber, who is best known for playing piano and crooning sultry jazz music, though she sings pop just as well as jazz.
She completed a full band tour of the new album when it was released last year, but will be playing this tour with her trio, drummer Morgan Doctor and pianist Johnny Spence, freeing her up to sing and play guitar.
“Only when needed, though. I’m in the audience a lot,” she said.
The current tour, called “Dedicated to You,” has been a hit with audiences, who have an opportunity to share their stories about how Barber’s songs have affected them.
“They have a chance to request their favourite songs, tell me their stories and have the opportunity to tell them over the mic at the show. Though there is no pressure,” she said.
“It has been really meaningful and career affirming. We’ve had a lot of really special moments,” Barber continued.
“I’ve been playing for 16 or 18 years. It has been a lot of fun to play these songs and hearing what they mean to people,” she said,.
Tickets are $44 for Jill Barber’s show at the Yates Theatre, which begins at 8 p.m.

Oct. 2
Beaches —Open mic
Oct. 3
Yates Theatre — Reveen
Slice — open mic
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Empress Theatre — Small Glories
Oct. 4
Good Times — Plaid Ramblers
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Yates Theatre — Pigs: the Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club 40th anniversary celebration
Galt Museum — Maria Dunn Troublemakers 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5
Slice — Inclusion Fundraiser with John Wort Hannam and Shaela Miller 8 p.m.
Yates Memorial Theatre — Geomatic Attic presents Jill Barber
Theoretically Brewing — Mombod, Chunder Buffet, Picture Postcard, Blue
Good Times — Brett Forte Owl Acoustic Lounge- kate Stevens, Tyson Ray Borsboom
Oct. 6
Firehall — Coda lite Bavura Brunch Ben and Sheldon 11-1:30 p.m.
Oct. 7
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Good Times — Open mic
Oct. 9
Geomatic Attic — Jimmy Rankin 8 p.m. $42.50, $47.50
Beaches — open mic
Oct. 10
Geomatic Attic — Jimmy Rankin 8 p.m. $42.50, $47.50
Slice — open mic
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Black Mastiff with Chron Goblin
Oct. 11
Average Joe’s — Dueling Pianos with Cal Toth and Kate LaRoque
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club open stage 7 p.m. $5 donation
Slice — Fall metal bash with Syrn, Divide and conquer, Nyghtbleade, Eons of Earth $10
Oct. 12
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Good Times — Ken Valgardson $10

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