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Local artists helping families help fight cancer with art exhibit

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Local artists are helping local  families help battle cancer with the second annual art show at the Galt Museum, May 27. Childhood cancer survivor Carie Stock started the organization “Helping Families,” eight years ago, holding several events including a Calgary Helping Families Art show, eight years ago and decided to bring the event to Lethbridge last year.

“I’m a childhood cancer survivor and I remember how hard it was for my mom when I was fighting cancer,” Stock said, noting the money raised goes to families to help cover things like parking fees, ambulance fees, utilities, medication and time spent away from jobs to care for a child for cancer.

“Alberta health care covers a lot, but it doesn’t cover specialty expenses,” she said, adding that is where Helping Families is able to help out.
“We’ve been doing the event for the past eight years in Calgary and it has been so successful, we decided to bring it to Lethbridge,” she continued.
 The event will feature works from 100 southern Alberta artists.

“They are all from Southern Alberta. One is from Magrath. Most of them are paintings, acrylic and oil and photographs, because those are the best for an event like this,” she said.
“This year will be a milestone for us. We’ll have raised $500,000. So we’re excited about reaching that goal. Now we can focus on the next goal which is $1 million,” she said.


Amos Garrett among highlights of slower week

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Another slower week also features some very cool shows. Amos Garrett plays Lethbridge on Wednesday. Photo by Richard Amery
Blues legend Amos Garrett plays a special show at the Mocha Cabana, Wednesday, May 24 with Julian Kerr from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The $78.75 tickets also include at three course dinner.

That same night, Peterborough musician Kayla Howran returns to Lethbridge  to introduce the Slice to her new CD.

The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra features “Feel The Beat,” Thursday, May 25. They will be introducing young folks to children with four shows during the day and finish it up with a public performance at the Southminster United Church at7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, nine dollars for children.

 If you want to laugh, Rotary Mosaic  are hosting a fundraiser at Average Joes featuring Rotary members doing improv. The show begins at 6 p.m. There is a $20 cover.
It is a good week to rock out.


Silence Factory riding “High” on Gavin Brown produced single

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Nathan McNevin of Windsor rock band The Silence Factory doesn’t say much.

The Silence Factory play lethbridge this week. Photo by Maximus Photography
 The Windsor based rock and roll trio stop by the Slice, May 26 in support of their new Gavin Brown  produced single “High.”

“The tour is going really good,” said Nathan McNevin, frontman and guitarist/ bassist of the band, which also includes guitarist Nathan Schiller and drummer Nick Predhomme.

 The single has done well since  the release in January , spending 11 weeks on the Canadian active rock charts and peaking at 37 last week.

“Sometimes we have a bassist. But I play bass too,” he said from a day off in Lake Louise.
“Playing as a trio is a bit of a challenge,  but we give it everything,” he said.
They enjoyed working with Gavin Brown on the new single “High.”


Social Arsonist’s metal transcends borders

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Metal transcends borders and continents with Vancouver based metal band Social Arsonist, including members from Canada, Chile and Mexico.Social Arsonist play Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
 But they all met and bonded over music through the power of the internet.
 They play the Smokehouse, May 28 with the Vth Circle.

“I was playing music and couldn’t find anyone who quite fit with what I wanted to do so I started a youtube channel and Dario (Zuñiga Marro, bassist ) and Manuel (Morgado Prado, guitarist) started commenting on it from Chile, but I thought it was just spam, so I just deleted their comments,” said Social Arsonist frontman Cayle Charlton, noting they persisted, so he finally made contact and started communicating with them online in 2010 with them and was so impressed that he decided to go to Chile for a few months in 2013 to work and play with them, where they were already making music, but couldn’t find the right vocalist fit.

“It was a real eye-opener. It was an awesome experience,” he said.
“It was just the right fit,” he continued.
While they were down there, they recorded their debut EP  “De-Evolution of Thy Self” and full length CD “Duality of Perception.”


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