August 14th, 2020

Folk Club celebrates its 40th season

By Mabell, Dave on October 12, 2019.

For 40 years, its volunteers and guest performers have been entertaining southern Albertans. Now with a new website and a new logo, the Lethbridge Folk Club is ready for another 40.

Earlier this month, members and guests celebrated the first 40 with a free concert downtown, taking time to honour founding members and the organization’s past presidents. It was a time to remember scores of folk and blues artists who’ve performed here over the years – at places like the former Chinook Mall, Carole’s Bistro, the Scandinavian Hall and the Bill Kergan Centre.

The Cave at Lethbridge College is the group’s current home, with the second concert of the regular season set for Oct. 19.

Tri-Continental, winner of four Juno Awards, has become one of the major players in Canada’s roots, folk, blues and world music scene. No wonder why – it combines the Canadian roots sounds of Bill Bourne with the musicianship of Lester Quitzau (from Australia) and the African influences of Madigascar Slim.

“This creates an amazing synergy that is a unique experience, not to be missed, where Celtic, Latin, folk, flamenco, blues and African rhythms fuse into one,” says club president Tom Moffatt.

Last year, he points out, jazz drummer percussionist and vocalist Michael “Bearfoot” Treadway joined the band – which has been nominated for 2019 “roots group/duo” honours at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Steve Keenan, leader of the local band bearing his name, will open the show with an acoustic solo performance at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets for Folk Club concerts ($25 for members, $30 for others) can be purchased online at or in person at Casa.

Next up, on Nov. 23, will be Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Old Man Luedecke from Chester, N.S.

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And as mentioned previously, upcoming attractions at the Geomatic Attic include Del Barber on Oct. 22 and the Lonesome Ace String Band on Oct. 26 – both at the Attic – followed by Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express at Southminster United Church on Nov. 7.

Tickets and details are available online at

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And here’s a free event, for everyone interested in what’s coming next for Lethbridge residents. On Oct. 23, another in the occasional “Get Involved Community Conversation” will be held at the ATB Centre off Whoop-Up Drive W., from 3 to 7 p.m.

That’s where visitors will be able to view displays, ask questions and learn more about a dozen-plus ongoing initiatives and projects.

They’ll range from improvements at the Japanese Garden, Henderson Park and Legacy Regional Park to work on an “intelligent community,” a “play charter” and an Indigenous cultural centre.

Organizers suggest, “Don’t keep your ideas and interests at home.”

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In a nation as populous as India, we can only imagine how many people get involved in Diwali events each autumn.

It’s the year’s biggest celebration there – and now, southern Albertans are invited to share in the tastes, colours and sounds.

Southminster Church Hall will be the setting for a Diwali festival here, Oct. 26, described as “a celebration of truth over evil.”

Tickets, $30 for the meal and entertainment, are available from

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Our congratulations this week to longtime University of Lethbridge professor and enthusiastic community supporter Dennis Connolly.

He’ll be feted Oct. 17 at the annual Arts and Science Scholarship Dinner at the Sandman Signature.

One of our university’s founders back in 1967, Connolly has strongly supported many sports and arts programs on campus and across our city for many years. All the while, he’s taught more than 10,000 students in 36 different courses over more than five decades!

Proceeds from the gala event will help create a new scholarship fund in his name.

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Our last-minute reminders:

Today, the final performance of “A Lie of the Mind,” one of Sam Shepard’s best known dramas, is set for 7:30 p.m. in University Theatre. Check for tickets online at

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On Oct. 16 and 17, selections from the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival will be screened at the Movie Mill, 7 p.m., sponsored by the Southern Alberta Chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada; tickets at the door.

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And next Saturday, all who enjoy high-energy music might want to check out “Brass Day,” from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the university’s Recital Hall.

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