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Edmonton Fringe, CCMA nominations, Arden season
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Leslie Caffaro (left) and St. Albert actor Lucy Haines (right) star in the Edmonton Fringe Festival's Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess, a battle of wits between a psychiatrist and a person who thinks they are Charlie Chaplin. BRADLEY BSIHOP/Photo

It's the beginning of August and the region is packing in as many performances as possible before the winter chill sets in. This week Chatter takes a peek at St. Albert performers at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, local CCMA Award nominees, and the upcoming Arden Theatre season.

Fringe returns 

The 41st Edmonton International Fringe Festival comes roaring back Aug. 11 to 21 with more than 160 uncensored shows at 27 venues. 

There is every genre imaginable. Take your pick of comedy, satire, horror, historical, tragedy, futuristic, Indigenous, political, musical theatre, cabaret, and improv. Artists from around the world are set to perform at the festival for the first time in two years. 

Some current and former St. Albert actors will add their talents to this event, predicted to attract about 100,000 visitors. Visit www.fringetheatre.ca for more information. 

Below is a partial list of St. Albert’s theatre voices: 

• Barbara Hubbard and Rhonda Kozuska: I’m Still Here 

• Christina O’Dell: Suor Angelica 

• Dallas Arcand Jr.: Hoop dancer 

• Josh Languedoc: Rocko and Nakota 

• Kate Ryan: Ten and The Dreamer’s Cantata  

• Lucy Haines: Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess 

• Owen Bishop: Half the Battle 

• Neil LeGrandeur: The Flying Detective 

• Paige Tirs: The Ladies of Jazz 

• Visionary Theatre: The Enchanted Forest 

Arden season announced

The wait is over. The Arden Theatre has announced its entire 2022-2023 season. Although it's a slightly shorter lineup of 26 acts compared to pre-pandemic levels, it encompasses an exciting blend of past heavy hitters and a few new acts.

Whether it's Scottish super group Skerryvore, African ensemble Black Umfolosi, Grammy Award-winner Latin artist Alex Cuba, or Indigenous dance band Northern Cree, the season is peppered with a mesmerizing selection of world and roots music.

Anyone who loves the country-bluegrass vibe can look forward to The Slocan Ramblers, Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express, Terri Clark, Aaron Goodvin, and St. Albert's Hailey Benedict.

On the rock, blues, and jazz front, Whitehorse, Serena Ryder, The Bros. Landreth, Ellen Doty, Suzie Vinnick, Lloyd Spiegel, and Charlie A'Court step up with mashup of gentle ballads, soulful pieces, and/or electrifying guitars. 

A few completely new shows are booked for families. They include the jaw-dropping and popular Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour; an Axis theatre production of Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish; music by Beppie; and the live fantasy adventure A Dinosaur Tale.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. Call 780-459-1542 or go online at https://stalbert.ca/exp/arden/

Congrats CCMA nominees 

The 2022 Canadian Country Music Association nominees are in, and several artists with St. Albert connections shine once more. 

Tied for two nominations each is newcomer Hailey Benedict and veteran recording artist Aaron Goodvin. Benedict is nominated for Rising Star of the Year and Interactive Artist or Group of the Year. 

Also competing for Interactive Artist or Group of the Year is Aaron Goodvin. The former St. Albert resident is also up for Single of the Year for Boy Like Me

Local singer-songwriter-recording artist Dan Davidson was given the nod as Record Producer of the Year for Benedict’s charting single Wanted You To. 

Travis Nesbitt, former lead singer of Social Code turned videographer, is recognized for this past year’s body of work. It includes Gord Bamford’s Drink Along Song video; The Congregation’s Soundtrack to the End of the World video; and two Dead South videos: Chop Suey and People Are Strange. 

Lastly, Matthew Atkins, who received the 2021 Drummer of the Year Award, is nominated once more this year. 

Calgary is the 2022 host city. A gala announcing winners takes place on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Scotia Saddledome. TV coverage will be live on Global starting at 6 p.m. 


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