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Hootenanny ready to have a hoot in July with The Junk Story

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This year‘s Hootenanny is making art out of junk for July.


The popular local devised theatre family production of Hootenanny returns to Galt Gardens all July beginning on Canada Day, then Saturday morning.


Ahona Sanyal and Quinn Larder star in Hootenanny’s The Junk Show in July. Photo by Richard Amery

 “The Junk Show” features Ahona Sanyal and Quinn Larder play Rusty and Dusty, two junk collectors who have some fun with rubbish, sorting junk into piles labelled “No Good” and “So Good,” but get lost in their imaginations playing with their finds.

“Rusty and Dusty are two junk collectors who make friends and learn that everyone and everything has value,” Sanyal summarized.


“We make puppets out of the junk, we go into medieval times, underwater and into space,” continued Sanyal, who is excited to be part of Hootenanny again. She was part of last year’s Hootenanny— “The Risky, Yet Rewarding Adventure of Pearl and Dot.” They had to take the year before that off because of Covid.


Director Nicola Elson, who also works at the University of Lethbridge, didn’t have as much time to dedicate to it due to the strike and Covid affecting operations at the university.


“Usually I like to devise a skeleton of a script and work off that, but I wasn’t able to do that this year, so this is truly devised theatre,” Elson said, adding they let the junk inspire the story.


“ They dialogue doesn’t really matter as much for theatre for young audiences. It’s more about physical acting and colour,” she said,  noting she visited an art junkyard called Bin Diver near Irricana , outside of Calgary and collected an array of items like bicycle wheels, old mops, motorcycle helmets, watering cans, clocks, fans and lamp shades to use.


Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society bringing Hamlet to Lethbridge venues

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society gave a preview of this summer’s production of Hamlet  at the Grand opening of  Festival Square, next to Telegraph and across from the SAAG.


Jesse Thibert (Hamlet) and Ben McLuskey (Horatio) perform a scene from this summer’s production of hamlet  at Festival Square, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery

 Producer Kate Connolly is excited to bring Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy to stages all over the city this summer.


Darryl Croft (Ghost)  performs a scene from this summer’s production of hamlet  at Festival Square, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery

“This is our eleventh year and we were able to do this throughout Covid,” Connolly said before the show.


 While  the local thespians usually concentrate on the comedies, they have explored some of Shakespeare’s tragedies including Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and the Tempest .

 Connolly is excited to have a full slate of shows and new venues for this year.


“We have 17 shows this summer, which is the most we’ve ever done,” Connolly said, noting most of the July shows will be outside Casa on Thursdays at 7:30 part of Upside Downtown. 


They also have three shows at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Galt Gardens, Legacy Park and road trips to the Historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod,  Coutts Centre outside Nanton and the Venue in High River.


“We’re very excited to be part of the very popular Upside Downtown concert  series ,” Connolly said.


Canada Day is the day for live music this week

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There’s lots to do on the Canada Day long weekend.The week was to begin with lots of laughs from Russell Peters, but the show  has been cancelled.

 Bot there is a lot going on because of Canada Day.

 First, there is an open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge tonight.


Gabe Thaine hosts another jam for hunger at the Slice on June 29. 

Gabe Thaine and friends open the night air 8 p.m. followed by a jam at 8:45. p.m. Donations will be taken for the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen.


 The Slice features a burlesque show on Thursday, June 30 Jukeboxx: Rock and Roll burlesque show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $15  in advance, $20 at the door. Karlotta  Handle, Delilah Delirium, Bella Gold, Ivy la Fleur, Bea Lelissima, Karla Marx, Scartlett Disdaine and Babz Uka will be performing.

Theoretically Brewing is doing live music on their patio.


Dory Rossiter and Horizon play Galt Gardens and Henderson lake park Canada Day celebrations. Photo by Richard Amery,

 They have big rock and roll show planned for June 30, featuring Toronto trio Deadwolff, Vancouver’s Rebel Priest and Lethbridge’s Hell Diablo. Admission is $15.


 Also on Thursday, New West Theatre presents a special presentation of the Greetergrammars. The Greetergrammars, featuring Mark Campbell, George Gallant, Randy Paskuski, Bente Hansen, Neil Sheets, Mark Switzer, Lloyd Pollock, Thad Mandin, Mike Day, Don Robb, Mark Boh, Dave Mikuliak, Mark Ward and Lyndon Bray who will be returning from Regina.have been spreading the joy through music for 40 years for special occasions.

 Proceeds from this show will be donated to the Logan Boulet fund. Tickets are $28.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge finishes off June with Drag bingo, June 30.


 Things really cook for Canada Day, and I’m not just talking about the weather, which is predicted to be  27 degrees Celsius and sunny. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden has a full slate of entertainment beginning at 11 a.m. with the first guided tour of the day.

 The Minyo Dancers will be performing at  2 p.m.. The Lethbridge Community Taiko Drummers will also be performing at 2 p.m. as well as 10:30 p.m. 


 Yukata Dancing happens 10 a.m- 5 p.m. Tickets for that are $30. There will also be going and juniper tastings also extra at $30 and $40 and there will be an anime movie night from 7-9 p.m.


 If you want to dance, Unified Vibe is hosting an all ages patio party at the Onion with a variety of local DJs spinning beginning at 2 p.m. Streeter, Phunky da Freak, Verbose, Phenomenorm and Fuze will be on the turntables.


Rebel Priest ready to raise hell in Lethbridge

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Vancouver’s Rebel Priest  are stoked about their latest EP “ Lesson In Love” and their upcoming visit toTheoretically Brewing with Deadwolff and Local rock band Hell Diablo, June 30.

Rebel Priest play Lethbridge, June 30. Photo submitted

“ We’re stoked about visiting Theoretically Brewing,” said Rebel Priest bassist/ vocalist Jayme Black, who will be joined by guitarist/vocalsit  Benny Kemp and drummer/vocalist Nate Pole.


 Rebel Priest released their  first EP in 2017.


“We got together in 2014, just playing together. We were all in other bands, but decided to focus on Rebel Priest for the past four years,” he said.


 Though  the new EP  wasn’t officially released un til Friday, June 24, he said audiences are already responding to it.


“It‘s the best one we’ve released so far and people really seem to like it,” Black said, adding he is alway excited to tout with Deadwolff.


“ We’re stoked about that. We’ll show them the west then we’ll go out east,” he said adding they share Deadwolff’s love for ’80s rock.


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