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I have recently seen an article in the paper that prompted anybody interested in local arts, culture and heritage (I’m looking at you, visual communications students and alumni) to attend a meeting coming up. Every month the Cultural Development program in the city hosts a luncheon where people get together to network and discuss cultural happening and events. Over the years, the attendance has been dwindling since it started 10 years ago. The purpose of the article written in the paper, and even the purpose of me posting here is to maybe bring some old and new faces to the meetings. This meeting, Carol Beatty (Manager of Cultural Development for the City of Medicine Hat) will be talking about a program called “Cultural Capitals of Canada”. The program supports communities that are engaged in the arts and culture through money grants – which would be greatly support local artists as well as bring more art events to the city.

The meeting is to take place on January 29th, 10AM to noon at the Esplanade Studio Theatre. Anybody that will be attending are asked to RSVP to Terry Gill at 403-502-8795 or

The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show will premiere in Medicine Hat at 8:00PM on Friday, January 9, 2009 at the Esplanade. This is their last performance before the trailer park closes down for good.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at or can be charged by phone at 1-403-503-8777.

Starting December 16, 2008, at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, begins Whole Being, the biannual faculty exhibition from the staff of the Medicine Hat College Visual Communications program. The program of which is founded from the collaboration between fine art and design. The staff consists of a world-wide variety of skilled artisans, all specialized in their own way. Whole Being includes the professionals, Laara Cassells, Craig Cote, Deborah Forbes, Mato Higashitani, Rory Mahony, Micheal McClary, Poul Nielsen, Dean Smale, Yulin Wang, Giles Woodward, and Nelson Yuen. Poul Nielsen has also recently been a featured artist here at Medicine Hat Media; he specializes in drawing and painting. With all types of media combined, the show is surely to strike at all the senses, as well as instill deep thought about how we relate to the world in which we live.

Whole Being Handout

Whole Being Handout

The reception begins Thursday, January 22, 8PM, and is also free admission. The show ends February 1, 2009, making it the grand show to carry the Esplanade into the 2009 New Year. Here is the summary statement presented to you by the Esplanade:

“Artists and designers from the faculty of the Visual Communications Program at Medicine Hat College show exciting new works in all media which embrace art as a way of making sense (by every means) of the existing world and our place in it.”

David Hoffos image courtesy of

David Hoffos image courtesy of

As previously posted on this article, I talked about how David Hoffos has two installations featured at the Esplanade entitled “Catastrophe” and “Another City” – collectively known as Disaster & Desire. The installations will be up until November 30th, 2008; however, David Hoffos will be doing an “Artist Talk” tonight at 8PM. It’s taking place tonight as part of “Downtown Midnight Madness”, which I talk about more on this post.

David Hoffos will be talking about his work, and giving insights on his work currently exhibited artwork in the Esplanade. He will be presenting in the Studio Theatre, which is located in Esplanade tonight at 8PM. Oh yes, I should also mention there will be free admission tonight for the Art Gallery (where his work is featured).

Ron James, the #1 selling comedian in Canada, is hitting Medicine Hat on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre.

Ron James is a Canadian comedian with fifteen years of experience under his belt. He was in such television shows such as Blackfly and Made in Canada and the movie Ernest Rides Again. He has won two Canadian Comedy Awards for his stand-up comedy.

Always at home on the road, James is touring to perform his 90-minute show entitled ‘Mental As Anything’ which should appeal to Canadians of all walks of life. The show touches on different aspects of his life, including family camping trips when he was twelve years old to his current mid-life with some random surprises that he brings up during every show.

Image courtesy of

Image courtesy of

“I guess if there’s any themes in my show it’s the average man just trying to make sense of this rapidly changing planet.” James describes in a Medicine Hat News interview by Kim Dick.

Ron James ‘Mental As Anything’ will be performed twice on December 7, one at 4PM and one at 8PM. Tickets are $47 each. Do not miss out on this one!

The Esplanade is hosting two David Hoffos installations entitled “Catastrophe” and “Another City”. David Hoffos is a prolific Lethbridge-based artist or “video/installation artist” if you prefer. The official name of the show is called “Disaster & Desire” and also features “Bedroom Window” which was created by Art 30 class students from McCoy High School. David Hoffos had an artist residency at the school  from October 1th4 to October 24th and worked with the students to demonstrate all the techniques, ideas, and everything that goes into making a full environment art piece.

David Hoffos - Disaster & Desire

David Hoffos - Disaster & Desire at the Esplanade

The reception took place on October 24th, 7 PM and featured a live performance of “womandflutter” by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks from Calgary. Unfortunately this was a one-time showing and if you weren’t there, you will not get to see it – well at least not at the Esplanade. It was composed by Amon Tobin, choreographed by Kimberly Copper and featured some projected elements by David Hoffos. Overall the performance was very hypnotic at times and the movements of the dancers and projections of the dancers fit very well with the chaotic jungle-esque experimental beat music in the background. There was even a bonus track at the end.

David Hoffos, Another City, installation detail

David Hoffos, Another City, installation detail - Photography via the Esplanade website

The installations are up from October 15th to November 30th, 2008; however “Bedroom Window” has only been set up since October 24th. More on David Hoffos after the jump.

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