Crush your craving at Country Craft Fair

St. Albert

This year’s Country Craft Fair has something to satisfy just about every craving. The annual craft fair, put on by the St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council (SAPVAC), takes over the foyer of St. Albert Place once again on Nov. 15 and 16, with vendors running the gamut of handmade goods. “We have everything from chocolate perogies to chocolate fudge to hand-painted chocolate lab … [Read more...]

One Man Star Wars a real tour de ‘Force’

St. Albert

The Force is strong in Charles Ross — it has to be to keep all those characters straight in his head. Ross, who performed his One Man Lord of the Rings show in St. Albert in January 2013, returns to the Arden Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 13, to perform his other acclaimed one-man show, One Man Star Wars. After so many years performing it, though, Ross said he can keep things pretty … [Read more...]

Brass band kicks off 10th season

St. Albert

As it kicks off its 10th season, the Mission Hill Brass Band is tooting its own horn. The St. Albert-based band, which was founded in 2005, takes the stage on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the St. Albert United Church (20 Green Grove Dr.) for its season-opening concert, entitled Autumn Brass. Looking back on the band’s history, musical director Daniel Skepple said they’ve overcome a lot of … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: Amplify Youth Festival 2014

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Youth was served at the Enjoy Centre over the weekend as the first-ever Amplify Youth Festival took over the Moonflower Room. Photos: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader … [Read more...]

Not-so-secret fundraiser to benefit youth

St. Albert

The Wet Secrets’ latest project is one they hope to keep not-so-secret. The Edmonton-based band, which boasts members from Bon Accord and Morinville, is currently in the middle of a campaign on crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise $5,000 for the Chimo Arts and Music Programs and Studios (CH.A.M.P.S.) Fund at the Chimo Youth Retreat Centre in downtown Edmonton to give disadvantaged youth a … [Read more...]

Alberta advantageous for author Stenson

St. Albert

Even after a 40-year career as an author, Fred Stenson has never forgotten his Alberta roots. Born in Pincher Creek, educated in Calgary and now living in Cochrane, Stenson is heading to another Alberta locale — St. Albert, to be exact — on Monday for the fourth annual St. Albert Readers’ Festival (STARFest) for a reading from his latest novel, Who By Fire, and a conversation with fellow … [Read more...]

Martel set to shine at STARFest

St. Albert

Whether you like his books or not, Yann Martel wants to see you. The acclaimed Canadian author of such books as Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister will be visiting the Arden Theatre in St. Albert this Wednesday as part of the fourth annual St. Albert Readers’ Festival (STARFest), put on by the St. Albert Public Library. While festivals like STARFest … [Read more...]

Wingin’ it at Amplify improv workshop

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When it comes to his workshop at the Amplify Youth Festival, Joe Vanderhelm will be winging it. Of course, he’s used to that. Vanderhelm is the youth co-ordinator for Rapid Fire Theatre, Edmonton’s longest-running improv theatre troupe, and he is leading their workshops that are part of this weekend’s festival at the Enjoy Centre. “When a lot of the world is saying, ‘You … [Read more...]

Filmmaker hungry for festival

St. Albert

There’s a first time for everything — just ask Shane Snook. The filmmaker, who recently moved from Newfoundland to St. Albert, will have his latest work, an animated film entitled The Story of Two Wolves, premiere at the 15th annual imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, which runs from Oct. 22 to 26 in Toronto. But while it’s a big stage, it’s actually the first time Snook … [Read more...]

Nomination call out for Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

The City of St. Albert is once again putting out the call for deserving artists to be recognized through the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards. The awards will be handed out at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala, scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2015, at the Arden Theatre, and recognize artists and organizations in the community that “demonstrate a clear commitment to arts and … [Read more...]