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2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Opening Ceremonies in Lethbridge Tonight

ENMAX Centre
Thursday, February 19th
Pre-entertainment 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.        
Opening Ceremonies 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Lethbridge is invited to celebrate at the Opening Ceremonies which will officially begin the Lethbridge 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games. Eight zones will be brought together in spirited competition, participation and the unity of sport in the province of Alberta.

Entertainment Bios

Lethbridge Community Taiko Drum Group

cityhall3-300x225We are Lethbridge Community Taiko!

LCT is a community based Taiko (Japanese drum) group.  Our business affairs are administered by, and we are financially supported by The Lethbridge Community Taiko Association, a not for profit society.  We respect our connections to Japanese Taiko tradition as we welcome the influence of our Western Culture.  We include drummers of all musical experience and abilities.  Two groups have been established to meet the needs of our drummers as they gain confidence and skill.  We practice weekly, year round and we perform for a variety of community and private events.

We are LCT – bringing Taiko to the Community…and having fun doing it!!

Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers

CRMCallTeams-300x145The Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers is a non-profit organization that began in 1997.  Currently, the CRMC is coached by Rebecca Pinder, Dakota Rasmussen, and Melissa Campbell, with the help of some fabulous student teachers. We are comprised of a group of both competitive and non-competitive dancers who just love to clog! Our team members range in age from 8-25, and our lesson students range from 4-Adult!

Our Teams have competed and won many awards across the U.S. and Canada in places such as Utah, Arizona, and Southern Alberta. They perform year round in Southern Alberta and British Columbia, at private events and community festivals such as, Family & Canada Day Celebrations, Bow Island Fathers Days Fest, Spruce Meadows Calgary, and and many more.  Watch for us this June as we will be performing a full show production this in Fort Macleod and Lethbridge!

Come watch one of our performances and feel the passion for yourself,   to join our group or book our dancers visit us at http://www.crmcloggers.com.  We’d love to meet you!

John Wort Hannam

John-W-Hanam-_01_edited-1-300x222John Wort Hannam and the Blue Collars’ winsome, lonesome and then some style of acoustic roots music is a reflection of all things that John holds dear: the land, true love, underdogs, and a lust for life.  “You’re dead a long time” chants Juno Award nominated John Wort Hannam’s mantra, “so you better get out there and live a little.”

Currently living in Fort Macleod, John is one of the new torch-bearers of a vast songwriting tradition in the styles of  John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle but proudly Canadian.

Maria Livingston and North Stone Singers

Maria-Livingstone-300x250Maria Livingston is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation and grew up in Slave Lake. She is a student at the University of Lethbridge, set to graduate as a Native American studies major this year. Maria is also the mother of a three year old son. She has been hoop dancing since 2005. Along with two of her sisters, Maria first learned hoop dance from Jerry First Charger of the Blood reserve. Hoop dance can have different meanings for each dancer. For Maria, hoop dance is a way of storytelling: you will notice she picks up more hoops as the dance continues; this represents the struggles that one faces in their lives. As the dance continues the challenges are overcome and the hoops are manipulated. Maria is thankful she is able to share her pride of Cree culture through dance.

ATCO logoATCO Gas is the official sponsor of the Opening Ceremonies.

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