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Calgary’s When Words Collide festival hosts 36th annual celebration

IMG 1341onlinethumbnailReaders and writers from across the country gathered in Calgary, Aug. 12-14 to celebrate the nation’s premium authorial talent at the 36th annual Aurora Awards.

The Auroras are Canada’s most prestigious literary prize recognizing creators in the realms of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. In accordance with their usual custom, the awards were held during the host city’s local writers’ convention, this year’s being Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC). This brought joy to the organizers of the Calgary festival because WWC was nominated for an Aurora in the category of Best Fan Organizational, and WWC creator Randy McCharles was also competing in the category of Best Novel, for his work Much Ado about Macbeth.

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Scholarships will help Alberta musicians hone their craft

Ashley HundredThe Prophets of Music Emerging Artist Scholarship Program recently unveiled the first three artists who will be taking part in a new initiative, the next step in a long process that helps create artistic beauty out of tragedy.

In a special reveal event at the newly opened National Music Centre (NMC) Aug. 11, Dan Owen, owner of OCL Studios, announced the Calgary folk-pop group The Ashley Hundred, beachside pop wizard Brett McCrady and Edmonton based alt-rockers Rend will be the first three Alberta artists to take part in the program.

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Indie rockers Fast Romantics humbled by fans’ support for top English song ‘Julia’

Thumb3Fast Romantics, an indie group based in Toronto but formed in Calgary’s music community, won the SOCAN Songwriting Prize on July 11, securing their place in the history of Canadian songwriters.

From June 9 to 23, Canadian music fans voted for their favourite from 10 songs nominated for the prize.

The votes were tallied and Fast Romantics’ "Julia" was declared the best English song. Laurence Nerbonne’s "Rêves d'été” (“Summer Dreams”) claimed the Prix de la Chanson SOCAN prize.

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Celebrities join in unveiling Studio Bell, a long-awaited musical landmark in Calgary

LobbyA lot of buzz has been circulating throughout Calgary’s music community in the months leading up to July 1, Canada Day, when Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, opens to the public.

Construction began on the mammoth $191-million project in early 2013, and now the National Music Centre (NMC) is heralded as a new landmark on the map of Canadian music. It is a museum, concert space, recording facility, workshop and gathering place all in one five-floor, 160,000 square foot building.

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