Creating Lego masterpieces brick by brick

St. Albert

Brick by brick, members of the Northern Alberta Lego Users Group (NALUG) are looking to create something spectacular. The group will be part of the Eek! Comic and Pop Culture Festival taking place this weekend at Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert, giving members a chance to break out some Lego creations that don’t often get to be displayed. “It’s somewhere else where we can … [Read more...]

AGSA plants seeds for bumper fundraiser

St. Albert

With a new theme for 2014, officials with the Art Gallery of St. Albert are hoping their annual fundraiser really blooms. The 24th edition of the fundraiser — dubbed the “Gallery Garden Party” — will be held Saturday, June 7, at the AGSA (19 Perron St.) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The evening will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres and the chance to take home original works of art either … [Read more...]

Imperial forces assemble at Eek!

St. Albert

Members of the 501st Legion may be dressed like bad guys, but underneath all that armour are caring hearts. The 501st Legion is an international group of Star Wars fans who don authentic-looking costumes of various Imperial soldiers from the movies to raise money for charities. And members of the group’s Badlands Garrison — which covers British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — will be … [Read more...]

Children’s Festival cleared for takeoff

St. Albert

The Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival has returned, and with it, a safe place for children and adults to act like kids. Kicking off its 33rd season, the festival marks its 20th year being hosted by the City of St. Albert. According to professional programming presenter Caitlin North, even though it is a kids’ festival, the performances aren’t plain. “There has … [Read more...]

Hall of Famer Wright stronger than ever

St. Albert

After more than 20 years in the country music business, Michelle Wright is proving that she’s stronger than ever. The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee will be in St. Albert on Saturday, May 24, to entertain the crowds under the big top at the Rainmaker Rodeo and Exhibition as she tours to support her latest album, Strong, which was released in July 2013. While she’s had a … [Read more...]

Jazz band conductor bows out

St. Albert

Tom Smyth may not be the man leading the St. Albert Community Band’s jazz band for much longer, but he’ll still be a familiar figure among the band’s ranks. After overseeing the startup of the jazz band and serving as its conductor on and off for nearly 30 years, Smyth is hanging up his baton after the band’s spring concert on June 11 at the Arden Theatre and handing over the reins to … [Read more...]

Intergalactic Nemesis lands at Kids’ Fest

St. Albert

Visitors to this year’s International Children’s Festival are about to have a close encounter of the comic book kind. For the first time, The Intergalactic Nemesis is coming to St. Albert, a mash-up of a radio play and a comic book that will be featured on the Arden Theatre stage for the entirety of the festival from May 27 to 31. The Intergalactic Nemesis is set in the 1930s and … [Read more...]

Arrow star shoots straight for Eek!

St. Albert

A big-name television star is shooting straight for St. Albert. Organizers of the Eek! Comic and Pop Culture Festival announced on Wednesday that they have secured Stephen Amell, star of Arrow on the CW Network and CTV, as the headliner for the show, which takes place on May 31 and June 1 at Servus Credit Union Place. Amell, who plays main character Oliver Queen on the show, will be … [Read more...]

Canyon up early for Rainmaker breakfast

St. Albert

Between driving his kids to school and his upcoming gig in St. Albert, there’s a lot of proof that George Canyon is a morning person. The Canadian country music star will be in St. Albert bright and early on Sunday, May 25, to play at the second annual Sunday Morning Wake-Up, a pancake breakfast and inspirational concert being put on by local churches as part of this year’s Rainmaker Rodeo … [Read more...]

‘Balloon whisperer’ sure to be a Kids’ Fest hit

St. Albert

When it comes to balloon sculptures, Rupert Appleyard isn’t just full of hot air. Appleyard — better known as his steampunk, time-travelling, balloon-twisting character Phileas Flash — will be taking the International Children’s Festival in downtown St. Albert by storm from May 27 to 31 with his elaborate and whimsical balloon creations. Appleyard can make just about anything … [Read more...]