Fans go crazy for Hunter Hayes at free WEM show

Country singer Hunter Hayes performs on the HMV Stage at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton on Monday. (CODIE McLACHLAN, Sun Media News Services)

In his hit song “I Want Crazy,” country star Hunter Hayes talks about being crazy in love, but Monday night he was treated to whole different kind of crazy at West Edmonton Mall thanks to hundreds of screaming fans. The 22-year-old crooner from Louisiana played a handful of songs at the HMV stage, including his anti-bullying anthem called “Invisible,” and his newest single “Tattoo,” … [Read more...]

Museum exhibit gives glimpse into life in WWI

St. Albert

As the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War draws closer, the Musée Heritage Museum is giving visitors a glimpse into what life was like in 1914 — both in the trenches and on the home front. On June 17, the museum opened two new exhibits on the war. Joining Up: Our Men and Women in the First World War features extensive research on the 60 men — and one woman — from St. … [Read more...]

Quilters take poppy challenge to heart

St. Albert

With 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, some local artists are remembering in their own special way. Members of the St. Albert Quilters’ Guild took up the challenge this year of creating quilts with poppies incorporated into the designs to commemorate those who died in the war, which lasted from 1914 to 1918. The quilts were on display Thursday, June 12, … [Read more...]

Travelling keeps things fresh for lead in Wicked

Kara Lindsay plays Glinda in the travelling production of the Broadway musical Wicked, which plays at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton July 2-20. (Sun Media News Services)

In Grade 7, Kara Lindsay nervously wobbled onto a school stage to sing a song from the Broadway show George M. As Kara, now starring as the good witch Glinda in the upcoming production of Wicked, remembers it, “I was a shy girl but here I was doing something that really put me out there — being vulnerable in front of hundreds of people. That kind of experience could go either way. … [Read more...]

Summer reading game brings lots of adventures together into one

St. Albert

Knights, cowboys, pirates — each are great adventurers on their own. But put them together and you have the biggest adventure in St. Albert this summer: the St. Albert Public Library’s summer reading game. The annual reading game for kids in Grade 1 and up starts June 26 and runs through August in Forsyth Hall in the library, located at St. Albert Place. Entitled The Great Museum Escape, … [Read more...]

Young artists awarded grants

St. Albert

The Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Young Artists Awards sees the City of St. Albert grant money to young artists in the St. Albert community. Artists between the ages of 13 to 21 are eligible for the award and this year four young artists and arts groups were awarded a total of $1,380 in prizes. “It’s important to support young artists in our community,” said city councillor Tim … [Read more...]

Penner, puppets highlight Family Series

St. Albert

There’s fun and excitement for kids of all ages as part of the Arden Theatre’s 2014-2015 Family Series. The theatre announced the Family Series lineup last week, and at the top of the list is legendary Canadian children’s entertainer Fred Penner. The Juno Award-winning singer of songs like “Sandwiches” and “The Cat Came Back” hits the stage at the Arden on Sunday, Oct. 19, … [Read more...]

Keys for the City returns

St. Albert

Piano lovers in St. Albert will have all summer to tickle the ivories this year. After a successful pilot project that lasted just the month of September last year, the public pianos that make up the Keys for the City project were rolled out last week, giving amateur pianists almost four months to plunk away on the streets of St. Albert. “I’m really pleased that we’re able to add … [Read more...]

Kim Mitchell to rock Rock’n August

St. Albert

Canadian rock legend Kim Mitchell is bringing his wild party back to St. Albert this summer as part of the annual Rock’n August classic car festival. Organizers announced this week that Mitchell will headline the festival’s wrap-up concert alongside Kenny Shields and Streetheart and Prism on Friday, Aug. 15, at Northstar Hyundai Arena in Servus Credit Union Place. Mitchell is best … [Read more...]

Film festival puts students in spotlight

St. Albert

For the past 11 years, Dave Edwards has taught film studies at Bellerose Composite High School. The class is normally comprised of film analysis of movies like Die Hard and Citizen Kane. As the students advance to the higher levels of the class, they begin to take on their own original film projects. Edwards immediately noticed an extremely talented batch of kids executing film projects with … [Read more...]