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Son of Trouble

It could be a nickname for Ben Sures, the rootsy troubadour who performed at the Arden Theatre in January 2013 on a double bill with Del Barber.

But it’s actually the electric roots-blues-world music project fronted by Sures. The singer-songwriter-guitarist is trilingual, singing in Spanish, French and English.

“We sat and chatted with Ben at the Fred Larose Singer-Songwriter Showcase one night and really enjoyed the stories he tells and the stage presence he brings. He’s a great guitarist-vocalist with a true deliver and great tone,” says drummer Mark Ammar.

The St. Albert resident is also the host of Mark Ammar’s Tuesday Barsnbands Open Stage at Richard’s Pub along with co-hosts Jim Dyck, Randy Forsberg and Sue Ammar.

Sures is their special guest at the open stage on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Richards Pub.

Sures will perform a few of his oldies along with numbers from Son of Trouble, a combo of originals and covers of Cuban band Los Zafiros and Malian guitarist Boubacar Traore.

The open stage starts at 7:30 p.m. Richard’s Pub is at 12150 161 Ave.

Silence is golden

Punctuate! Theatre is hoping The Silence Project turns into gold.

This new theatrical venture follows the journey of a lone traveler who must find herself in order to find her way home. Living in isolation, she must discover new avenues of communication while navigating a futuristic and absolutely silent world.

“It’s terrifying to rely entirely on breath and movement to communicate our story,” says artistic director Elizabeth Hobbs, “but we’re really excited to venture into a completely different sort of performance that allows the audience to experience the isolation and connection of humanity without labeling the world with language and auditory sign systems.”

The Silent Project stars Julie Ferguson, Elizabeth Hobbs, Elliott James, Andréa Jorawsky and Sheiny Satanove.

The Silent Project runs Jan. 8 to 13 at the TACOS Space, 10005 80 Ave. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 students/seniors. Call 780-420-1757 or online at

CKUA and CJSR are All Ears

CJSR and CKUA are inextricably linked and that connection goes back a long way.

In celebration of CJSR’s 30th anniversary on the FM dial, producers Megan Clark, Matt Hirji and Mark Rogers decided to explore the connection between the two Edmonton-based radio stations.

But the story was bigger than they imagined. After a few weeks of research, the information was extensive and the enterprise morphed into a history.

Since the two stations were intertwined in each other’s DNA, it was really a story of how public radio holds a prominent place as a voice for Alberta’s diverse communities.

All Ears: A Shared History of CKUA and CJSR combines the voices of more than 25 of Alberta’s finest radio makers that tell the story of the evolution of radio.

All Ears airs on Sunday, Jan. 5 at noon on CKUA 94.9 and CJSR 88.5 FM.


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