Events get ready for 2015 with City stimulus grant

St. Albert Leader

The aim was to stimulate. Mission accomplished. City council recently approved the funding of two ongoing festivals and one brand new music festival for St. Albert in 2015. Night of Artists, Eek! Comic and Pop Culture Fest, and Seven Music Festival will receive $23,397, $35,000 and $40,000, respectively. The Community Significant Event Stimulus Fund was created when the final $199,000 arrived … [Read more...]

A Charlie Brown Christmas to fill the Arden

St. Albert Leader

Growing up in the San Francisco area, Jerry Granelli never knew what snow was. Since moving to Halifax and earning his Canadian citizenship in 1999, he’s comes to know snow and the cold weather that accompanies it quite well, especially while he’s touring through the country. “I didn’t see snow until I was 20 years old,” Granelli says as he prepares for the first show of this year’s tour in … [Read more...]

VASA offers up stocking stuffers for art lovers

The Visual Arts Studio Association (VASA) of St. Albert wants to help you with your Christmas shopping this year. Beginning this past Tuesday and running until Jan. 30, VASA is hosting a cash-and-carry sale of small works by just about all of their member artists — works that art lovers would love to find under the Christmas tree this year. “They’re smaller in size, so they’re easier to give … [Read more...]

Fans brave snow for Foo Fighters

Hundreds of fans waiting outside for Foo Fighters tickets Saturday proved they were no pretenders. Foo fanatics showed up earlier than 6 a.m. outside Rexall Place hoping to score front-row tickets to the band’s Aug. 12 concert. The Dave Grohl-fronted rockers arranged for “beat the bots” pre-sales at show locations to stymie scalper-bots, which are programmed to clog online queues and snag … [Read more...]

The Leader Chats With … Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

St. Albert

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the writers behind such musicals as Edges, Dogfight, James and the Giant Peach, as well as the music for the TV show Smash. They also wrote the musical version of A Christmas Story, which was an instant hit when it debuted on Broadway in 2012 and will be put on by the St. Albert Children’s Theatre starting Nov. 27 at the Arden Theatre. Pasek and Paul will be in St. … [Read more...]

Aisenstats in plays together, stay together

St. Albert

The family that’s in plays together stays together — just ask the Aisenstat family. When the curtain rises on the St. Albert Children’s Theatre production of A Christmas Story on Thursday, Nov. 27, four members of the Aisenstat family will be on the stage. Jillian, 11, plays the lead role of Ralphie while Max, 17, plays her father. As part of the ensemble, their sister Laura, 15, has … [Read more...]

SACT shoots for stars with Christmas Story

St. Albert

The St. Albert Children’s Theatre is triple-dog-daring audiences not to love their upcoming production. The SACT’s musical version the beloved holiday movie A Christmas Story — complete with the tongue stuck to a flagpole, the pink bunny suit, the leg lamp and the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle — takes the stage at the Arden Theatre starting Thursday, Nov. … [Read more...]

Mahé gets national nomination

St. Albert

First, Alex Mahé woke up some good songs; now he’s waking up to a chance at a national music award. The St. Albert-based children’s entertainer has been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the category of Children’s Album of the Year for his latest CD, Reveillons les bonnes chansons!, which was released back in April. Mahé said it’s quite an honour to be nominated, especially … [Read more...]

Award-winning author schedules stop at St. Albert Public Library

St. Albert

On the heels of another successful St. Albert Readers’ Festival, the St. Albert Public Library is welcoming another renowned Canadian author to our city. The library announced this week that Governor General’s Literacy Award for Fiction finalist Michael Crummey will pay a visit to Forsyth Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m to read from and talk about his latest novel, Sweetland. “When … [Read more...]

Theatre troupe Looking for good start to its new season

The St. Albert Theatre Troupe is Looking to get their new season off to a roaring start. The dinner theatre troupe kicks off its fourth season with the romantic comedy Looking, written by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, which opens tonight (Thursday) at the Kinsmen Banquet Centre on Riel Drive. Longtime troupe member Kate Elliott is back in the director’s chair for the season opener, and … [Read more...]