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MAC DADDY – The Fleetwood Mac Experience LIVE at the Arden Theatre

MAC DADDY – The Fleetwood Mac Experience is proud to be performing at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert on June 22, 2019.

Join us to hear all your favorite Fleetwood Mac hits spanning the 60’s to the 80’s as well as a few special surprises. Have a Fleetwood Mac Experience like no other.

Tickets available on Ticketmaster of at the Arden Theatre box office.

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CHRISTMAS IN JUNE WITH STRICTLY BUSINESS

CHRISTMAS IN JUNE WITH STRICTLY BUSINESS

Dynamic cabaret duo will get you in the holiday spirit

By Jessica Ryan

Attendees at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre launch will not only be the first to find out what exciting events are coming to Camrose next season, but will also be treated to a free performance by Edmonton-based Strictly Business Theatre, the cabaret pairing of musical theatre adepts Kelsey Visscher and Kayla Nickel.

Visscher took some time to describe what Strictly Business is all about and hint at what is in store for theatregoers on June 20 (answers have been edited for length):

What does a Strictly Business performance entail?

For us, cabaret is a series of songs, sometimes some dancing, and we tie it together with stories, jokes and fun facts about us. We like to share as much as we can with the audience about us as people and performers. It’s a fun, casual night. We really like to get people out who don’t usually go to live performances.

How did it all come about?

(Five or six years ago) we had just graduated from Grant MacEwan university’s theatre arts program, and we wanted to further our studies in New York. So we decided, since New York is so stinking expensive, that we should put on a cabaret as a fundraiser. People kept asking when our next one was, so we decided to do some more, and here we are!

Are there things you learned while studying in New York that you incorporate into your shows?

For sure. General acting tips, our different voice teachers would help us with performing different styles and people there recommended songs that made it into shows. Seeing different shows definitely inspired us to do a few different little bits or different songs. We did get the chance to see a more cabaret-style show at a really famous cabaret venue there, so that was cool, just to see how that happens in a big city like New York and how we can bring that back here.

What do you hope your audiences experience at your shows?

We hope they get to know us a little bit. And a lot of times theatre is seen as a very hoity-toity type thing, so we want to make it more casual again, make it fun. If we can make them feel things — whether it be happy, sad, make them maybe learn something new about a situation — and just have a good time, go home and enjoy the people they were with, enjoy what they saw, enjoy what they drank and ate, then we’re happy.

What do you have planned for the performance in Camrose?

We’re hoping to make people laugh. A really big thing we have learned at our Christmas shows is people tell us that’s what gets them in the Christmas spirit, so I think that’s definitely started to inform the songs we choose to do and how we decide to do them. I guess our No. 1 goal is to entertain people, No. 2: get people in the Christmas spirit and just have a good time.

What are some of your all-time favourite songs to sing?

We always, at Christmas, like to do an Elvis tribute. We have a couple classic Christmas songs; The Christmas Song is one of our favourites. We’re really big fans of the Andrews Sisters and that era, so we have a couple of those that are some of our favourites to perform. They’re hard work, but they’re so worth it once you get them.

See Strictly Business showcase their cabaret at the Lougheed Centre’s Season Launch on Thursday, June 20th. This is a free event and no tickets are needed to attend. Come early (6pm) if you would like a facility tour. For more information, call the box office at 780.608.2922

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Tim Isberg Releases Third Album Running on the Edge

Tim Isberg Releases Third Album Running on the Edge

Singer, songwriter, soldier and storyteller Tim Isberg, is celebrating the release of his latest album, Running on the Edge, February 22, 7 PM at the Norwood Legion (11150 82 Street NW).

Running on the Edge is inspired by adventures both from around the world and around the human heart. The advance single Yesterday is a poignant testament to veterans: their memories, their pain, their joy, and the yearning to return to say goodbye. A decades-old live recording of solo cellist Valery Volkov – Tim’s father-in-law who died in 2007 – performance with the Syrian National Symphony, comes alive as part of the intriguing Baghdad Cafe. And, the rootsy sound of Learned A Lot and Highway Two speak to growing up in rural Alberta, and the toils of driving a certain highway.

This is Tim’s third full length album, and follows his sophomore ‘Tears Along The Road’ album selected as a Top 25 Favourite by Music Canada. Produced by Miles Wilkinson, Running on the Edge features Marc Ladouceur on guitar & mandolin, Jeff Bradshaw on pedal steel and dobro, Mike Lent on bass, Brendan Lyons on drums, and Stewart MacDougall on keys.

Tickets for Tim Isberg’s Running on the Edge CD Release Party are $20, available online at YegLive or in person at Myhre’s Music (8735 118 Ave). This performance is being presented by the Uptown Folk Club.

For more information, please visit timisberg.com or uptownfolkclub.ca.