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...]

Creativity overflows at Paint Nite events

St. Albert

A bar in St. Albert is letting patrons’ creativity flow along with the spirits. For the past few months, Paint Nite events have been popping up all over Edmonton, encouraging people to come out and learn to paint while enjoying a few cocktails. Recently, though, Paint Nite expanded into St. Albert, setting up shop at O’Maille’s Irish Pub, and the response so far has been very positive, … [Read more...]

Virginia to Vegas spreads positive vibes

St. Albert

October isn’t even done yet, but it’s already been one heck of a year for Derik Baker. Since his first single “We Are Stars” was released in January, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Ontario known by the stage name Virginia to Vegas has been on a rocket ride up the charts, including a performance at the MuchMusic Video Awards. And, as he prepares to headline the Amplify … [Read more...]

Painters Guild show ‘falls’ into place

St. Albert

The weather may be getting colder, but things are heating up for the St. Albert Painters’ Guild. The guild, based out of St. Albert Place, is gearing up for its annual fall show and sale, which will take over the lobby of the civic building from Oct. 17 to 19. The theme for this particular show is “Changing Colours,” but show co-ordinator Betty Tessier said that extends far … [Read more...]

Encore long time coming for PreTenors

St. Albert

After a couple of years away, the PreTenors are back for an encore performance. The operatic comedy trio that features two St. Albertans — Kieran Martin Murphy and Trent Worthington — returns to the stage at the Arden Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18, for their first performance in about two years. Murphy, who plays Luciano Paparazzi alongside Worthington’s Jose Whocarras, said that, … [Read more...]

The Leader chats with … Tyler Hawkins

St. Albert

Tyler Hawkins is a stand-up comedian who hails from St. Albert and, over the course of almost 20 years in the business, he has opened for such comedy legends as Russell Peters, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Jamie Kennedy, Rich Hall and Norm Macdonald. Now, he’s bringing his act home as part of the ATB Financial Edmonton Comedy Festival, which runs from Oct. 15 to 18 at various venues around the Capital … [Read more...]

PHOTOS: StArts Fest 2014

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From music and storytelling to sculpting, knitting and painting, there was something for everyone at this year’s StArts Fest, held at various venues across downtown St. Albert from Friday to Sunday. Folks got a chance to learn from experts in different fields and try their hand at something new. Photos: GLENN COOK, St. Albert Leader … [Read more...]

Long live the King of Kings

St. Albert

A labour of love has finally come to fruition for Lewis Lavoie and the rest of the Mural Mosaic team. After working on it for six years, they recently unveiled their newest mural, King of Kings, on their website, a portrait of Jesus Christ made up of 195 smaller painting of great leaders throughout history, from Roman emperors to United States presidents. Lavoie is excited to show people … [Read more...]