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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 06:00 am

SPECIAL GUEST – Danita Lynn performs at the Bourbon Room Wednesday night.
SPECIAL GUEST – Danita Lynn performs at the Bourbon Room Wednesday night.
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Bourbon Room hosts idol finale

Wednesday night is the big finale for the Bourbon Idol, which will see one vocalist walk away with a $1,000 prize.

One of the competitors, Bartha Hartman Stehlin, sent the Gazette an email saying, “I can use your help by coming out and cheering for me. The competition is great and I have invited many people to come and now I’m asking you to come and cheer me on as I hope to be the inaugural Bourbon Idol winner.”

And on Friday night, owner Paul Ballach celebrates the Bourbon Room’s first anniversary.

Jared Sowan and Brittany Grayling are featured as the Dueling Pianos, and special guest Danita Lynn will sing three sets of top-40 country rock, some classic rock and a few originals.

“I’ve been playing the Edmonton area for about 10 years and Paul has been a good host and he’s done well for the music scene,” said Lynn, a member of Dirt Road Angels.

Friday’s gig is a separate project and her support band includes Van Ramshorst (lead guitar), Derek Oja (bass) and Mike Kuehn (drums).

“The evening is going to be high energy and it’s a good time to get out and be entertained.”

Bourbon Room is located at 205 Carnegie Dr.

Photo scavenger hunt

If you’re a fan of The Amazing Race, you just might want to take part in the St. Albert Farmers’ Market photo scavenger hunt starting July 19 and ending July 20 at midnight.

It is an event designed to build awareness for St. Albert as a city.

Each item to be photographed is located at a well-known city site. Each photographer who completes a submission is entered into a draw for three prizes donated by local businesses.

All competitors must be at least 18. Participants can send their completed list via email to

Morinville garden competition

Summer has arrived with a vengeance and that can only mean one thing – it’s the season for garden competitions.

The Town of Morinville is hosting its seventh annual Best Garden Competition and it’s asking residents to peek over their neighbour’s fences and admire the handiwork.

The town wants to know who has the best gardens or the most unique planters or the most interesting outdoor living spaces.

Garden competition entries must be received by Monday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. Submit entries to Community Services at 9502 – 100 Ave. or by contacting Allen Jacobson, 780-939-7832 or by email at

Gardens will be judged between 9 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, July 30. Prizes will be awarded.

Taste of Edmonton

Taste of Edmonton, one of the capital city’s most attended events, is in full prep mode at Sir Winston Churchill Square from July 17 to 26.

Already Canada’s biggest food festival, it is expanding its reach with a roster of entertainment, food vendors, culinary workshops, al fresco pop-up dinners, food-tasting adventures as well as wine and beer offerings.

New this year are the culinary adventures where participants are led away from the Square on guided tours of a brewery, a farm, a golf course and shopping trips.

Taste of Edmonton has also upped their entertainment game with classic acts such as The Former Ladies of the Supremes and Frijid Pink paired with new artists such as Kay, Smalltown DJs and Said the Whale.

Four St. Albert connected acts are also providing exciting, energetic entertainment. Singer-songwriter Jessy Mossop performs July 18 at 7 a.m. followed by rock/hip hop threesome Siiines at 7:45 p.m.

Doug Hoyer performs with Jesse and the Dandelions on July 19 at 6 p.m. and indie success Tupelo Honey kicks it up a notch on July 23 at 9 p.m.

Performances are free. Ticket prices for food vendors, culinary workshops and adventures are available on www.


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