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Galt Museum welcomes Aimee Benoit as new curator

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The Galt Museum’s new curator Aimee Benoit has some big shoes to fill in taking over from Wendy Aitkens who retired last year.

Aimee Benoit is excited to be the Galt Museum’s new curator. Photo by Richard Amery
 But Benoit is excited to return to Lethbridge, where she graduated from the University of Lethbridge with her BA in History in 1998. She also has a MA in Geography and is currently working on her PHd in Communities and social inclusion.


“I lived in Lethbridge from Grade 6 on and got my undergraduate degree at the U of L, and then I left the city for a number of years, ” Benoit said adding she lived in Saskatoon and taught English in Japan for several years before returning to Alberta to take a job at the Glenbow Museum. While there, she also worked as the Calgary Stampede’s archivist and historian.


She has a long history with the Galt Museum.


“When I was working on my degree, I started volunteering at the Galt Museum as a collections assistant. That’s when I decided I wanted a career working in museums,” she said.
“ So it feels like a treat to come back and reconnect with that early experience.”
Benoit, who started her new position at the end of November, is looking forward to the job.

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Metal, Malanka and much more this week

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Things are quickly picking up for live music in Lethbridge this week.

It all begins with the regular open mic at Club Didi tonight at 8:30 p.m. A  keyboard and guitar will be available to borrow, though other instruments are also welcome. There is a five dollar cover to cover the room rental.

Tyrants of Chaos play the metal Meltdown at the Slice this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
There will be an excellentt Southern Alberta indie rock show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Wednesday, Jan. 18, featuring Winnipeg rockers Living Hour, local band Wint and Medicine Hat multi-instrumentalist Curtis Windover. Admission to the show is by donation.


It will be a great night for roots and country music all over the city, Jan. 20. Local country band Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction play Coyote Joes, Jan. 20 for a free show. And Fort Macleod’s Ryland Moranz returns to the  Owl Acoustic Lounge to play earnest roots and bluegrass music, Jan. 20 as well.


The other big country show, Jan 20 is at the Slice where Calgary country and roots musician Tom Phillips and Buck’s Row, his Blues Can band, will be holding court with Medicine Hat country singer Derek Hintz.
There is a $15 cover at the door or get tickets in advance for $10.


For something a little different, Club Didi is hosting a drunk improv night, Dec. 20. Impromptou will be performing hilarious shenanigans beginning at 9 p.m. There is a five dollar cover for the show.

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Kimberley MacGregor inspired by working with Harry Manx at Banff Arts Centre

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Musically the past year has been a “dream come true,” for Edmonton based singer/ songwriter Kimberley MacGregor, who returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 21.

Kimberley MacGregor returns to Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 She played a wicked show at the Owl in September, but returns on her own for a more intimate, acoustic evening.


 Since September, she has been writing a lot. She completed a five week residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts where she was mentored by renown Canadian blues/folk/east Indian musician Harry Manx, which lead to an opportunity to perform on stage with him.


“I felt so stupidly lucky to play with him. I got to play ‘Sometimes’ from his In Good We trust Cd which he recorded with Kevin Breit,” MacGregor enthused.


 I got a great recording of us together, though  I don’t think I can release it because it’s his song,” she said, adding it was a highlight just to meet him.
“We had an hour long practice session together.  I had a whole list of things I wanted to do and at the top of the list was get a selfie with him,” she gushed.
“I learned a lot  from him about working with an audience and performing,” she said.
She had high praise for the Banff Centre artist residence program, where artists get their own personal cabin to focus on creating , free of distractions as well as  the added benefit of mentorship from well known artists.
“It was a huge, life changing experience,” she enthused.

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Tom Phillips bringing Buck's Row to Lethbridge

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Calgary songwriter Tom Phillips makes a long awaited return to Lethbridge, Jan. 20 to play the Slice with Derek Hintz.


It has been about three yearTom Phillips returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amerys since he last played Lethbridge, but Phillips has been keeping busy with his own brand of honky tonk and country music.


“I’ve been doing  a lot of writing. And I played 207 gigs last year,” Phillips said, who has three regular weekly residencies in Calgary as well as several regular monthly shows as well.


His last CD, “ Mr. Super Love,” was a departure for him as it was a CD of indie rock covers which was produced by Lorrie Matheson, a well known figure on Calgary’s indie-rock scene.
“He’s very well known in the indie rock scene, so I let him pick the songs. And I hadn’t even heard of some of the bands until he brought the songs to me,” Phillips said, adding the songs included  familiar names like New Order and George Harrison as well as more obscure songs.


 He is excited to release the new CD, which will be all Phillips penned originals, which is also produced by Lorrie Matheson.


“I was hoping to have it out in time for the Lethbridge show, but it will be out next month,” Phillips said.
He usually plays with his band the men of constant sorrow, but will b playing Lethbridge with his other band  Buck’s Row, who accompany him at his regular gig at the Blues Can.
“It’s a mixture of everything I do,” he said, adding his first love is honky tonk and country music.

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