What’s up this week in Wood Buffalo

by Curtis J Phillips

Friday February 27
WinterPLAY, running Feb 27 – March 1, will have various events. Shootout on the Snye, featuring 4-on-4 pond hockey, goes from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and runs, or should we say, skates all three days. Jubilee Plaza hosts opening ceremonies from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with A Night of Inspirational Music from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. presented by Country 93.3, At 8 p.m. the legendary Canadian blues, reggae, rock band Big Sugar belts out tunes including “Diggin’ a Hole”, “The Scene” and”If I Had My Way” starting at 8 p.m. at Keyano College Theatre. Tickets for Big Sugar are $54. For more info on the bevy of WinterPLAY events www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/winterplay.

A whack of talented kids, aged three-to-10, have been under the guidance of the UpTown! Music & Dance instructors all week during Teacher’s Convention and and will hit the stage at 12 p.m. noon to perform FROZEN at the Suncor Energy Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School. Free admission.

Saturday February 28
The Stampeders are in town or close to town….out in Anzac as part of WinterPLAY. Not the Calgary Stampeders mind you – we already have two CFL games booked in town this summer at Shell Place– but The Stampeders of Canadian rock fame. Heck, even I know the lyrics to “Sweet City Woman” and “Hit the Road Jack” Formed in 1964 a few original members are still on tour. They must be close to 70! Tickets are available at Mac Island or Anzac Recreation Centre. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Admission from $51 to $71.
Jubilee Centre is busy all day 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. with WinterPLAY music, entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. Best of all it is FREE.

Stand-up comedian (wonder why there are no sit down comedians?) Trent McClellan hits Keyano Theatre main stage at 7 p.m. as A Part of the Live Once Comedy Tour. He is originally from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Tickets $42 at Keyano College Theatre Box Office.

Sunday March 1
The musical duo of fiddlers Lynae and Denis Dufresne, better known as Pear, wrap up WinterPLAY with a show at Keyano Theatre main stage 8 p.m.

KellyleeEvans2011Wednesday March 4
Opening for legends George Benson and Tony Bennett, Kellylee Evans is one of Canada’s rising jazz and soul music vocalists. She was the recipient of a 2011 Juno in the category Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year which was titled Nina. Tickets are $35. This would be the No. 1 entertainment drop-in for me but already booked for another event.

Thursday March 5
The 2014-2015 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championships tip off with the opening four of 11 games to be played in three days at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. Keyano Huskies men look strong with veterans Lance Wesolowski and Brady MacKay while second semester newcomers Erwin Zapanza and Daniel Briscoe add some scoring off the bench.
Top notch Canadian talent will be on display along with international players Pietro Oliveira de Andrade and Guilherme Carabagiale from Brazil, Donny Moss from the Bahamas and USA talent Jason Jones Jr., Naryland; Chris Maughan, Arizona; Kelvin McGrew, North Carolina; Alvin Parker, Baltimore Maryland and Artez Scharer, Washington.
Adult day pass: $10 Tournament passes $25 Student Day Pass $5.00 (Ages 6 – 17) Children under 6 and Keyano College Students with ID get in free.