Lethbridge Arts Days begins today

My secret source from the Allied Arts Council writes:

From Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, downtown Lethbridge will be alive with the arts!  Lethbridge Arts Days 2011 is one of many events occurring throughout the province during Alberta Arts Days 2011.  The event is being coordinated by the Allied Arts Council in partnership with over 150 arts organizations and artists showcasing a diverse cross section of what Lethbridge’s artists have to offer including music, dance, photography, sculpture painting, performance art, and much more including live demonstrations.

The 8th annual ArtWalk runs Friday and Saturday from 10:00am- 5:00pm.  Everyone is invited to join other Art-Walkers for this laid back, self-guided tour of art in downtown Lethbridge.  Downtown businesses and galleries will open their doors to host an eclectic mix of art displays and demonstrations.  Running concurrently with ArtWalk, an Artisan Market will be running at The Gate.

On Friday at 10:00am, the latest addition to the City of Lethbridge Public Art Collection will be unveiled at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.  On Saturday morning from 10 – 11:30am, a public art tour begins at City hall and winds through downtown highlighting several public art pieces in downtown Lethbridge.  ArtsFest, a showcase of local performing artists runs Friday & Saturday night in Galt Gardens starting at 5:00pm.  Local musicians, dancers and performers will delight crowds until 10:00pm.  Food and beverage vendors as well as a beer garden will be on site.

From 1:00 – 5:00pm on Sunday, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery presents SAAG Family Fun Day – a carnival of entertainment, with street performers roaming the gallery and Galt Gardens, drop-in family art activities in the TD Creativity Center and Loose Moose Theatre Company presenting their fast paced Impro Show.

All events are open to the public.   Arts Days programs outlining detailed event information are available at the Allied Arts Council office, Bowman Arts Centre, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Galt Museum and many other participating venues.  The program is also online at www.artsdayslethbridge.org.  Join the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ArtsDaysLeth) for all the latest updates and information.

Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival

My best friend Martin Warszawski has a piece in Calgary’s only animation festival, “Animated City!”

GIRAF Animation Festival is pleased to announce a brand new project literally animating the streets of Calgary! Animated City is a two part initiative: a series of large-scale projections on the sides of buildings in downtown Calgary, and a collection of rear projections in the windows of cool community businesses along 17th avenue and in Kensington. Hitting the streets in early November, Animated City promises a series of psychedelic, experimental and mind-blowing animations, with many made by local animators.

He’s an incredible artist, talented as he is tall, and his animation will be projected at the Jubilee Auditorium, North Wall, November 5th from 7PM to midnight.


TD pumps it up

So, TD Canada Trust is holding a contest for a chance to win a massive concert (worth $300,000 – not kidding) for Lethbridge College. It’s called TD Pump It Up! I’m asking everyone to vote for the college (and complete the additional tasks for extra entries).

Also, the Lethbridge College Students’ Association has set a booth up outside their offices to encourage students to vote. They even are giving away goodie packs and a chance to win Flames tickets for doing so. I got a free Schick Hydro 5 razor with five blades and hydrating gel skin guards to reduce irritation.

TD customers also get VIP status if the college wins. It’s easy to enter via Facebook or email: TD Pump It Up!

EDIT: I just thought I should mention that the concert is Mother Mother, B.o.B. and Team Canada DJs.

UPDATE: You blew it, Lethbridge. We lost out on the fifth round 🙁

Corb Lund: Prairies, punk and politics.

Alberta NDP’s Shannon Phillips, Lethbridge West candidate (insert political stripes here), has written an article titled “The Long View ” in Alberta Views magazine about Southern Alberta’s Corb Lund. Alberta Views was actually at the Word on the Street festival recently.

Lund is even-handed in his appraisal of Alberta’s politics and environment. Things are this, but they’re also that. It’s not equivocation or weasel-words. It’s a full reckoning of the situation. “The oil and gas industry is reflective of the duality of the province ,” he says.

To read her article, pick up the latest copy or read the “preview digital edition” of the magazine.

Flashmob wedding proposal in Galt Gardens

I’m about 4 months late on this one, but it’s sweet nonetheless. I actually know the girl 🙂

Kate had been on an afternoon treasure hunt with a friend… at the last stop, her boyfriend Keith, with some great friends and family, greeted her with this…


The Word on The Street

I took in a bit of “The Word on the Street” festival this afternoon. The streets around the Lethbridge Public Library were closed off for presenters, booths and FOOD. I ate a hot dog.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 marks the day that Lethbridge joins Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Kitchener and Saskatoon in hosting the national Word On The Street Festival and celebration of literacy.

Hosted by the Lethbridge Public Library, the Lethbridge festival is designed to be a playful, all-ages, spill-out-into-the-street community event with something for everyone to see, hear, do, and of course, eat!

More photos after the jump. Continue reading ‘The Word on The Street’

Whetstone #2 now available

I got the heads up from my sister, the assistant editor for Whetstone magazine, that issue #2 is now available. For those unfamiliar:

Whetstone is a biannual literary magazine managed by student-enthusiasts at the University of Lethbridge with occasional help from members of the English Department.

Originally established in 1971, Whetstone was revived in September 2009 and aims to attract writers from southern Alberta and the prairies.

Whetstone accepts original works of prose, poetry, photography, and graphic design from students, scholars, and members of the general public.

To get your copy:

Whetstone website
Facebook page