Love and Records set for Galt Gar­dens

Mu­sic fes­ti­val set for all day Satur­day fea­tur­ing new at­trac­tions

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Melissa Vil­leneuve mvil­leneuve@leth­bridge­herald.com

The sev­enth an­nual Love & Records Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is ready to roll this Satur­day at Galt Gar­dens.

The free, fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., pre­sented by the CKXU Ra­dio So­ci­ety, a Uni­ver­sity of Leth­bridge cam­pus and com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion in Leth­bridge. This year’s fes­ti­val in­cludes many new at­trac­tions, as well as some pop­u­lar ones from years past.

Every year, a dozen hours of live mu­sic is per­formed on­stage by a va­ri­ety of Cana­dian mu­si­cians. This year’s lineup in­cludes two Po­laris Prize nom­i­nees from Toronto: Cold Specks and Weaves. From Cal­gary, rock­a­billy act Peter & The Wolves and clas­sic coun­try artist Carter Felker will also en­ter­tain. Lo­cal mu­si­cians per­form­ing in­clude Fox Eyes, J. Blis­sette and award-win­ner John Wort Han­nam.

At­ten­dees can ex­pect a new cen­tral stage lay­out spon­sored by South Coun­try Fair. An All Can­di­dates Fo­rum will also take place at 11:50 a.m. on the main stage.

Love & Records will be­gin at 11 a.m. with a bless­ing and ac­knowl­edge­ment of Black­foot Ter­ri­tory by El­der Con­nie Crop Eared Wolf.

Through­out the day there will be stilt walk­ers, rov­ing uni­corns, and per­for­mances by Koote­nay-based ac­ro­bats the Cir­cus Acts In­som­ni­acs and lo­cal gym­nasts from Gymfin­ity Ae­ri­als.

Tra­di­tional Cree Hoop dancer Maria Liv­ingston will share the hoop dance along with an in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tion at 5 p.m.

The Com­mu­nity and Uni­ver­sity Swing Bridge Dance Club will also be on hand to in­spire folks to dance to Peter & the Wolves.

Mu­sic col­lec­tors will revel in the more than 50 ven­dors from across West­ern Canada, with vinyl records, CDs, 45s and tapes avail­able to pur­chase. There will also be a num­ber of ar­ti­sans mar­ket­ing their wares, food trucks, and a beer garden fea­tur­ing prod­uct from lo­cal­ly­owned Coulee Brew Co.

The Servus Credit Union Fam­ily Fun Zone will fea­ture a Bank Vault Mo­bile Es­cape Room, bouncy cas­tle, in­flat­able balls, bub­ble blow­ing and face paint­ing. There will also be an En­max Mo­ments Photo Booth in the park.

A Canada 150 Out­door Art Gallery cu­rated by Kris­ten Krein will ex­plore what Canada means. Guest art in­stal­la­tions — Cal­gary’s Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Gar­rett of SO­LAR FLARE and Saska­toon’s Lind­sey Rewuski of GHOST HOUSE — cu­rated by Jane Ed­mund­son and Tyler Ste­wart as part of the SAAG’s “Into the Streets” pub­lic art se­ries, will light up the evening fes­tiv­i­ties.

At the nearby Owl Acous­tic Lounge, a “Tune­ful Tan­gle” will take place from 1-3 p.m. fea­tur­ing lo­cal mu­si­cians un­der the age of 18.

As part of the fes­ti­val’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives, there will be no plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles avail­able. In­stead, the City of Leth­bridge will of­fer wa­ter refill sta­tions for those who bring their own bot­tle. Re­cy­cling and com­post con­tain­ers will be on site. Bike Bridge Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion will of­fer bike racks through­out the park to en­cour­age at­ten­dees to leave their cars at home.

For those that can­not at­tend the fes­ti­val in-per­son at Galt Gar­dens, they can tune into the live broad­cast on CKXU 88.3 FM and at www.ckxu.com fea­tur­ing CKXU DJ’s start­ing at 11 a.m.

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