Sharing music for 19 years and loving it

Kindersley Community Choir director Clayton Braybrook works to inspire others

Sharing music for 19 years and loving it  Joan Janzen for The Clarion Clayton Braybrook of Kindersley has been directing the Kindersley Community Choir for 19 years and loving it! “Sharing music is a passion of mine, in any form. I love it!” he said, “I grew up with choirs. When I got the opportunity to take the reins, I grasped it…

Diverse singer-songwriter up next in music series

East Coast performer Erin Costelo will be in Kindersley next week

Diverse singer-songwriter up next in music seriesKenneth Brown of The Clarion The music of Erin Costelo covers a range of genres, and the east coast singer-songwriter will be in Kindersley to perform early next week. Costelo hits the stage at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on Jan. 15 starting at 7:30 p.m., so the show is next Tuesday. The Costelo performance…

Christmas production puts people in the spirit

A cast of nearly 40 dancers, singers and musicians performed, and young greeters and a table of baked goods met people at the community centre

Christmas production puts people in the spiritKenneth Brown of The Clarion A recent stage production focusing on the sights and sounds of Christmas has captivated audiences in Kindersley and put them in the spirit of the season. The Christmas Spectacular 2018 took place from Dec. 7 to 9 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre, and it was presented by Dahling Productions.…

Russian rap: turning rants and raves into culture

Vladimir Putin wants Russian bureaucrats to regulate the nation’s rap music. What could go wrong?

Russian rap: turning rants and raves into cultureOver the weekend, news reports circulated that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants Russian bureaucrats to regulate the nation’s rap music. Without regulation, Putin says, Russian rap – obsessed as it is with “sex, drugs and protest” – could lead Russia down “a path to the degradation of the nation.” Putin showed ample wisdom by advising…

The first rock ’n’ roll Christmas

That a guy nicknamed Elvis the Pelvis had tackled sacred songs was offensive and sacrilegious to many. But it was perfect marketing

The first rock ’n’ roll ChristmasTeenagers in the 1950s couldn’t escape the music of their parents. Despite radio’s new-fangled Top 40 and the attendant infiltration of rock ’n’ roll, the sounds of the past were all around. This was particularly the case for Christmas songs. But things began to change in late October 1957, thanks to Elvis Presley announcing the…

Local students take musical talents to honour groups

Andrew Glass, Kailey Herner, Rachel Krogstad, Chelsea Martin, Sidney Martin, Charity Klassen, Samantha Mathewson and Tia Townsend all took part

Local students take musical talents to honour groupsKenneth Brown of The Clarion A total of eight high school students from the Kindersley area have shown their musical talent as part of the 2018 Saskatchewan Honour Groups program. The honour groups consist of the Saskatchewan Honour Band and the Saskatchewan Honour Choir. The students had to audition for the annual program and they…

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t like

Social and cultural change is most effective when it employs persuasion as opposed to heavy-handed tools such as censorship

Baby, it’s too cold outside to simply ban Christmas songs you don’t likeThe removal from air play of the newly controversial 1940s hit Baby, It’s Cold Outside represents a noteworthy shift in the way media companies defend artistic freedom in the eight years since the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing was banned in Canada. The Dire Straits tune, a monster 1985 hit, was forbidden from broadcast…

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgia

Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas is recognized as the best-selling single record ever

Christmas songs and the power of nostalgiaIt’s surely a personal quirk, but I must confess that the relatively modern Christmas songs, like All I Want for Christmas Is You and Fairytale of New York leave me cold. Yes, I know they’re critically acclaimed and immensely popular, not to mention enormous money-spinners. However, they don’t tickle my fancy at all. Perhaps it’s a…

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of Christmas

The Christmas tree is a universal symbol that delivers a message of endurance and light during the dark winter months

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of ChristmasThe traditional German song O Tannenbaum is often translated as O Christmas Tree. This is only partly true, however. The English version is quite different from the German. The essence of the German song is far more universal. One of the beauties of learning languages is discovering what words and poetry mean to the people…

Event helps to support brain injury association

The Kindersley Royal Purple and Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association teamed up to present the Brain Blitz dinner and dance fundraiser

Event helps to support brain injury associationKenneth Brown of The Clarion A recent event has helped the Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association to fulfil part of its commitment to the Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association. The Kindersley Royal Purple and Saskatchewan Royal Purple Association teamed up to present the Brain Blitz dinner and dance fundraiser on Nov. 17 at the Legion Hall in…

East Coast band gearing up for Kindersley

Pretty Archie will hit the stage at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on Nov. 28 starting at 7:30 p.m.

East Coast band gearing up for KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The band Pretty Archie from Cape Breton is a music lover’s match thanks to its mixing of styles and the band is scheduled to play in town next Wednesday. Pretty Archie will hit the stage at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on Nov. 28 starting at 7:30 p.m. The band’s…

Solo folk performer up next for arts council

Ian Sherwood, a singer-songwriter from Halifax, appears on the Norman Ritchie Community Centre stage on Nov. 9

Solo folk performer up next for arts councilKenneth Brown of The Clarion A talented folk artist from the east coast will be in Kindersley on Friday as the next performer up for the arts council’s Stars for Saskatchewan series. Ian Sherwood, a musician and singer-songwriter from Halifax, N.S., is performing on Nov. 9 at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre at 7:30 p.m.…

Art auction fundraiser goes well for agency

Approximately 100 people attended the event for West Central Abilities

Art auction fundraiser goes well for agencyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The work of several local artists and contributors has gone up for auction to help raise money for an important building project within the community. West Central Abilities Inc., an agency that provides services to adults living with disabilities, held its first Art Extravaganza fundraiser on Nov. 3 at St.…
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